Planning Commission critical of Monocacy board process

Members of the Frederick County Planning Commission aren’t happy about the process that has been taken to approve the Monocacy Scenic River Management Plan, saying it would limit public review of the plan and raise questions about any plan that is approved. Several commissioners criticized a move by members of the Frederick County Council to hold a vote on the river plan before the current council leaves office, saying that it limits residents’ chance to weigh in on the plan and denies the Planning Commission an opportunity to offer a recommendation on the plan before the council votes on it. (News-Post)

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November 14 // Baltimore mayor Pugh hoping for police commissioner 'by Thanksgiving'

A new holiday has emerged as the target date for Baltimore to get a new police commissioner. Mayor Catherine Pugh said Tuesday that she’s hoping to name her choice “by Thanksgiving.” City officials had initially said they aimed to have someone in place by Halloween and since that date passed have been reluctant to set a timeline. But at a hearing Tuesday before state lawmakers in Annapolis, City Solicitor Andre Davis said he expected a pick would named “in the next week or so.” Asked about that comment later, Pugh said “I am hoping before Thanksgiving.” (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore police union approves contract introducing civilian oversight

Members of the Baltimore Police Department voted on Tuesday to accept a new labor agreement with the city that would increase civilian oversight of the department. The new three-year contract requires two civilian volunteers to serve on all oversight review boards, along with three sworn officers. The idea was supported by public and elected officials who have called for increased oversight in police misconduct cases. But it had been unpopular with some members of the department, who said residents were not qualified to understand the complex decisions police were required to make. (Balt. Sun)

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This is our lane: Baltimore surgeon pushes back after NRA tweet about doctors and gun control

When the National Rifle Association tweeted Nov. 7 that doctors should “stay in their lane” on the topic of gun control, that message did not sit right with Joseph Sakran. The Johns Hopkins Hospital trauma surgeon is himself a victim of gun violence and has been a vocal advocate for funding more research of what he calls “a uniquely American problem.” So Sakran launched a Twitter campaign, which includes an account called @ThisIsOurLane, following the uproar from members of the medical community over the NRA tweet. (Balt. Sun)

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PETA to run ad in Baltimore challenging animal testing

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals plans to run an ad in Baltimore Tuesday evening showing what it’s like for animals used in medical experiments, but the animal will be a teddy bear. PETA, known for graphic billboards and stunts to highlight animal cruelty, said a real animal would be a no-no during prime time and on social media so the stuffed version will be seen in the ad, airing during the hit NBC show “This is Us.” The animal rights group is targeting the Baltimore market because it is home to Johns Hopkins University, a frequent PETA target for its use of animals in research. (Balt. Sun)

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Commission investigating Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force scandal will get secret records — but has to keep them secret

A state commission investigating the Baltimore police Gun Trace Task Force scandal will get secret records from the police department, but will have to sign an agreement to keep them from public view. City Solicitor Andre Davis told members of the Commission to Restore Trust in Policing on Tuesday that “there will be information we provide to this commission that we’re going to have to insist be kept strictly confidential.” (Balt. Sun)

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Archbishop Lori Would ‘Support Vote’ To Deal With Church’s Sex Abuse Crisis, Despite Pope’s Request

Welcomed to Baltimore by protestors Tuesday on the waterfront, 300 of the nation’s bishops met inside the Marriott Hotel for the second day under the spotlight of the church’s sex abuse scandal. Monday, the Pope asked that the bishops delay a formal vote on measures aimed at dealing with the church’s sex abuse crisis. But Catholic leaders said even without a vote, the issue is still at the forefront this week. “I think the bishops are keenly aware of the need to do something here,” said Archbishop William Lori with the Archdiocese of Baltimore. (WJZ-CBS)

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1.1 million Marylanders expected to travel for Thanksgiving

More than 1.1 million Marylanders will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the most in more than a dozen years, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic projections. It’s the fourth straight year the auto club has projected Thanksgiving travel volumes of more than 1 million people in Maryland. Roughly one in every six state residents are expected to go away between Wednesday and Sunday of the holiday weekend. (Balt. Sun)

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