Baltimore Museum of Art receives major gift of contemporary photography

The Baltimore Museum of Art has received its most significant gift of contemporary photography in more than 25 years. Baltimore collectors Tom and Nancy O'Neil have given the institution two dozen color and black-and-white works by 19 important artists of our time, including Dawoud Bey, celebrated for his portrait photography, and Edward Burtynsky, whose photos document humanity's impact on the environment. (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis faces more than $1 million in unfunded vacation pay

Annapolis has more than $1 million in unfunded vacation time for employees, the city's finance director told the City Council Monday. Most unused vacation hours are not budgeted into city salary costs, Finance Director Bruce Miller told the council. As a result, most vacation time must be funded through a transfer from the city’s contingency fund. (Capital)

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Residents helping decide what to spend Town of Chevy Chase's reserves on

The Town of Chevy Chase is trying to find the best place or places to spend its extra money. At the end of the last fiscal year, the town had more than $8 million left in the bank. For a town of 2,800 people with an operating budget of $2.8 million, that’s no small number. (Gazette)

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Food stamp recipients breathe sigh of relief

Food stamp recipients in Maryland will be spared from the cuts once proposed in the federal farm bill. President Barack Obama signed the Agriculture Act of 2014 into law on Friday. The controversial law, formerly known as the farm bill, sets U.S. agricultural and food policy for the next five years. “Marylanders won’t see additional cuts as a result of the passage of the farm bill,” Maryland Hunger Solutions spokeswoman Brooke A. McCauley said. (Gazette)

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Crime prevention focus of State of City

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake started Monday's State of the City address by assuring a better Baltimore is within reach, telling city residents, "We're making progress everyday." The city saw its 30th homicide of the year just a day before the address. "It is something that is on my mind every hour of everyday," Mayor Rawlings-Blake said of public safety. She talked about implementing new initiatives to cut back on crime, specifically Operation Ceasefire and its effort to target violent individuals. (WMAR)

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Photographer captures new images of Maryland's National Security Agency

Two news websites Monday published images of the three of the most secretive U.S. agencies including the Maryland-based National Security Agency. Outside of a single undated image provided by the NSA — which has been used repeatedly by The Sun and other media outlets for years — the agency's Fort Meade headquarters has not been extensively photographed. (Balt. Sun)

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Some Western Md. Residents Want To Form Their Own State

A tale of two Marylands: western Maryland and the rest of the state. Fed up with high taxes and gun control, some people want to break away and go it alone. There’s a storm brewing over the beautiful mountains and valleys of western Maryland. More and more people in those five counties say Governor Martin O’Malley is out of touch and they want to break away from the rest of the state. (WJZ-CBS)

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Potomac resident challenges pit bull decision

When his owner calls, Rocco follows. The owner — Potomac resident Eric “Rick” Bernthal — beckoned his dog to join him in his sunlit sitting room early Friday morning and the chocolate-colored canine climbed into his lap without hesitation. A 3-year-old rescue dog from the Washington Humane Society, Rocco has had four leg surgeries in his short life and has only just begun to roam his home like a normal dog. (Gazette)

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