Fort Worth police chief has interviewed for Baltimore commissioner job, but hasn't accepted any offers

Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald is a contender to be Baltimore's next police commissioner, officials in Texas confirmed, marking the first name to emerge from the city's secretive selection process. Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh said she was still vetting candidates and would not confirm Fitzgerald's candidacy, saying she was on track to name the new commissioner by the end of the month. (Balt. Sun)

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Critics slam Baltimore police commissioner search, saying secrecy spurs confusion

After reports surfaced in Texas on Friday that Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald had been selected as Baltimore’s next police commissioner, Mayor Catherine Pugh quickly refuted the story and said her administration was still vetting candidates. But she declined to answer additional questions. That left many in Baltimore confused as to where the city stood in the search for its next chief — which was sadly nothing new, critics said. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard legislation would require electric-vehicle friendly new homes

Howard County is considering a proposal to require new single-family houses and apartments to have infrastructure to support charging stations for electric vehicles. “We are concerned about the environment and we think electric vehicles will help,” said Jen Terrasa, a Democratic member of the County Council who introduced a bill to require the necessary wiring and other infrastructure. (Ho. Co. Times)

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State studying possibility of Route 3 and Ritchie Highway widening

At the Anne Arundel County’s urging, the Maryland Department of Transportation is studying the feasibility and costs of widening Route 3 and Ritchie Highway, two of the most congested corridors in the area. In an Oct. 11 letter to County Executive Steve Schuh, Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn said his department has initiated a “high-level feasibility study to determine preliminary costs and impacts” of widening the two roadways. (Capital)

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Capital Gazette editor named National Press Foundation's editor of the year

The National Press Foundation has named the editor of the Capital Gazette newspapers, Rick Hutzell, as its Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year. Hutzell received the award for leading his newsroom through and beyond a mass shooting in the Capital Gazette offices. He will be honored at the foundation’s annual journalism awards dinner Feb. 13, 2019. (Balt. Sun)

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Family, friends, co-workers come together to read Rob Hiaasen's 'Float Plan'

What happens when a courageous widow, well-connected best friend and a compassionate publisher join forces to realize a late writer’s dream? “Float Plan.” Rob Hiaasen spent nights and weekends for the better part of the last decade tweaking his masterpiece: a fiction novel. Well-known for his unique feature stories, which highlighted the quirky nature of humanity, and then for mentoring young journalists to do the same, Hiaasen employed those skills behind the scenes at his Baltimore County home crafting “Float Plan.” He pitched it to publishers a few times to no avail — despite receiving some encouraging feedback. He didn’t give up. He wouldn’t, however, have an opportunity to see his beloved book through to the end. (Capital)

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Not just Nice anymore: Md. governor renames Harry Nice Bridge

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s office announced that the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge has been renamed. The 1.7-mile-long, 77-year-old bridge will now also bear the name of Charles County Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton. “I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to a gentleman and a leader who has dedicated so much of his life to this county, to our great state, and to serving others than renaming this the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge,” Hogan said in a news release. (WTOP)

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Ahmadi Muslims welcome their spiritual leader to Baltimore County mosque

Ahmadi Muslims from around the United States and Canada welcomed the spiritual leader of their faith to their Baltimore County mosque Saturday — an occasion as inspirational to them as a papal visit to Catholics. Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the fifth Khalifa of Islam, came to Rosedale to inaugurate the Bait-us-Samad mosque as part of a U.S. tour that earlier brought him to the Islamic denomination’s national headquarters in Silver Spring. (Balt. Sun)

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