Maryland police turning to drones to help some investigations, raising surveillance concerns

The search for a missing Ellicott City man was stretching into a fifth day this summer. But when a volunteer launched his privately owned drone into the air over a densely wooded area of Columbia, a search party found the injured 44-year-old within minutes. Howard County police say they envision more of those scenes unfolding in the future. (Balt. Sun)

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‘Alarming’ Similarity Found Between Vaping Patients And 9/11 First Responders, Maryland Doctor Treating Lung Disease Says

The vaping crisis is sweeping the country, killing at least 42 people and sickening thousands in nearly every state, including Maryland. The number of people with vaping-related illness is rapidly increasing with almost 50 cases reported in Maryland alone. “JR” is one of the people here in Maryland whose life was forever changed by vaping. (WJZ-TV)

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Gender inequality persists at law firms, new report says

Women have increased their numbers in the legal profession over the last 40 years, but many still report gender-related issues hampering their careers – including everything from offensive comments in the workplace to being passed over for promotions. That’s the takeaway from a new report that focused on senior female lawyers, a project of the American Bar Association and ALM Intelligence that surveyed 1,262 lawyers nationwide, 70% of them women. Everyone surveyed had at least 15 years of experience in the legal profession. (Daily Record)

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Despite Drop In Opioid Death Rates, Baltimore County Says More Work Remains

For the first time in a decade, Maryland experienced a decline in opioid death rates in the first six months of the year. There typically has been a year-to-year increase in fatalities. Still, the epidemic rages on, and in Baltimore County, new steps are being taken to counter it. Baltimore County has the second-highest overdose death rate in the state, but like other Maryland jurisdictions, saw a slight decline in the first six months of this year. (WJZ-TV)

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Local Libraries Mull Job Centers

Job search services could be coming to branches of the Worcester County Library. Library Director Jennifer Ranck told the library’s board of trustees on Tuesday that a proposal to offer job search services at the Worcester County Library are currently under consideration. “Some really good news is the Lower Shore Workforce Alliance met with the library to talk about offering job search services in our branches,” she said. (Dispatch)

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BWI Airport Ranked Seventh Most Affordable

Good news for travelers flying out of BWI Airport. Travel website “The Points Guy” has just named BWI the seventh most affordable airport in the country. For its ranking, the site looked at things like average airfare, luggage cart rental, and parking prices. The airport in Las Vegas was named the most affordable, while Newark Airport was named the most expensive. (WJZ-TV)

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Baltimore Twins Now Roommates Celebrate Milestone 100th Birthday

It’s a milestone birthday for twins George and Jim Martin. The life-long Baltimore residents are turning 100 Friday. The two have certainly kept their sense of humor and are living life to the fullest. “I like to go places, do things and keep active,” George said. George and Jim were born just minutes apart, on Nov. 15, 1919. (WJZ-TV)

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Setup Underway For Baltimore’s Christmas Village

We’re just two weeks away from Thanksgiving, but the Inner Harbor is already preparing for Christmas! Set up is still in full swing for Christmas Village. The tent arrived earlier this week, and Thursday, organizers put up decorations and holiday lights. The 65 foot-tall Ferris wheel will arrive next week. (WJZ-TV)

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