Baltimore residents trade guns for computers

In what organizers believe was the first event of its kind in the United States, Baltimore residents were offered free Dell laptops Saturday in exchange for firearms — a twist on the more common cash-for-guns exchanges that have proliferated across Maryland and the country in recent years. (Balt. Sun)

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Report: Maryland meeting or exceeding most goals for Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction

Maryland is on track or has moved ahead of most of its key commitments to reduce pollution that runs into the Chesapeake Bay, aside from one goal it appears to be behind on, according to a report by two environmental groups. The state appears to have lost ground on the number of acres of farmland that are operating under plans to curb pollution from fertilizer and other nutrient sources, the report says. (Carroll Co. Times)

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July 12 // Officials fear court ruling voids crime-fighting tool

Authorities are warning that a ruling by Maryland's highest court could take away a powerful weapon in the fight against crime: the state's mandatory five-year, no-parole sentence for gun possession by certain convicted felons. The Court of Appeals ruling in a Baltimore case erased a defendant's mandatory sentence and ordered him resentenced under a more lenient provision of the law. City officials decried the ruling, which comes as Baltimore is grappling with a flareup of gun violence. (Balt. Sun)

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Most commuter bus service on ICC to continue

Most commuter bus service will continue on the Intercounty Connector, but a route between College Park and the Germantown Transit Center will be scrapped Aug. 1, due to low ridership, Maryland transit officials said Thursday. (Wash. Post)

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Montgomery ready to start repairs at Silver Spring Transit Center

The first stages of repairs at the Silver Spring Transit Center are scheduled to begin in the next few days, including the removal of concrete slabs that did not contain reinforcements and testing concrete that will be used to replace the slabs. (Gazette)

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New Frederick Co. fire chief shakes up ranks

The incoming chief of Frederick County's fire and rescue services made her first big move more than a week before her official start date, as commissioners Thursday approved her plan to shake up the system's top brass. The restructuring, which will bring several new faces to the system and result in one departure, is part of an ongoing effort to integrate the volunteer and career wings of the service. (News-Post)

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What court's decision in Johns Hopkins malpractice case might mean for Baltimore OB services

The Maryland Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a record-breaking verdict in a birth injury malpractice case against Johns Hopkins Hospital. But the jury is still out on whether the ruling will reverse any of the fears such large verdicts have spurred among doctors who deliver babies in Baltimore. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Inaugural Charles Street 12 race will benefit University of Maryland Children’s Hospital

Almost 2,000 runners have signed up for a new 12-mile race from Towson to the Inner Harbor that will have its inaugural running in August. The Charles Street 12 race, which organizers say they want to make an annual event, is expected to draw about 2,500 runners for the Aug. 10 race, said Kelly Dees, the race director. The event benefits the pediatric heart program at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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