Gibson: Baltimore on ‘slippery slope’ after commission approves cross removal

A decision by a Baltimore preservation commission to allow crosses to be removed from a historic church may create religious liberty headaches for the city in the future, according to one member. Larry Gibson said the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation’s decision concerning the former St. John’s Episcopal Church sets the commission on a slippery slope. (Daily Record)

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Anne Arundel police see changes in Fatal Overdose Unit, media relations

The Anne Arundel County Police Department has made changes to the Fatal Overdose Unit and media relations team as it announced a number of transfers and promotions. According to spokeswoman Sgt. Jacklyn Davis, the Fatal Overdose Unit — formed last year to investigate drug overdose deaths in pursuit of tougher charges against dealers — is now headed by Sgt. Sean Genest, a 17-year veteran of the department. (Capital)

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August 15 // BPD has been misleading the public on staffing data, Council members say

Several lawmakers pounced on Baltimore Police brass Monday night, accusing them of misleading the public with a budgetary “shell game” to hide the extent of overtime spending. The BPD has repeatedly promised to increase hiring and to assign more officers to patrol, blaming staffing shortages for high overtime costs – projected to be $43.8 million in FY19, well over the agency’s $20 million overtime allotment. But that’s not what has happened, numbers presented at a City Council hearing showed. (Brew)

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Baltimore police officer who was shown on video beating man is charged with assault and turns himself in

A Baltimore police officer who repeatedly punched a man over the weekend in an altercation caught on video was charged with assault and turned himself in Tuesday. Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced Tuesday that a grand jury indicted Arthur Williams on charges of first- and second-degree assault and misconduct in office. (Balt. Sun)

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Report on church abuse in Pennsylvania calls into question actions of Baltimore's Keeler

An explosive grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania has called into question the actions — or inaction — of the late Cardinal William H. Keeler, the former archbishop of Baltimore who was once hailed for his transparency in handling such cases. Keeler is accused of allowing a priest who was accused of having sex with underage girls in Harrisburg to resume his ministry in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. (AP/Balt. Sun)

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Parents call for independent oversight board for Anne Arundel police

Years have passed since their loved ones died and police closed their investigations. And it’s been nearly as long since family members of the deceased started their own inquiries and pored over thousands of documents. And now, after finding what they believe are discrepancies between police investigations and their own reports, family members want an independent board formed to look at their loved ones’ deaths and make sure their cases were properly handled. (Capital)

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Some City Council members want police to stop special patrols around Hopkins facilities in East Baltimore

Some Baltimore City Council members are asking the Police Department to stop deploying officers to patrol the areas around the Johns Hopkins institutions in East Baltimore. Four council members sent a letter to interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle saying they were “alarmed” to learn city officers are being diverted toward the Hopkins campus and hospital and away from some of the city’s most violent areas. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland requires three coal power plants to limit arsenic, mercury water pollution starting in 2020

Maryland is requiring three coal power plants to limit the amount of mercury, arsenic and other toxic metals they release into the Potomac and Patuxent rivers starting in 2020, amid uncertainty over whether the federal government will address the discharges. State environmental regulators issued the new water discharge permits to the Chalk Point, Dickerson and Morgantown power plants last month, replacing water pollution standards that dated to the 1980s. (Balt. Sun)

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