New parks and rec director gives Howard its ‘best bet to succeed’

Even though Raul Delerme has never watched an episode of the popular TV show “Parks and Recreation,” his nearly 30 years of experience with the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks means he knows what to expect as its new chief. In June, Delerme was named the department’s new director, replacing outgoing director John Byrd, who retired after serving nine years as the parks and rec head. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore police commissioner says he hasn’t ruled out using surveillance plane in the future to fight crime

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said Tuesday he hasn’t ruled out resurrecting a surveillance airplane program, which city police grounded in 2016 after the revelation of its use sparked an public outcry. In an interview with The Baltimore Sun, Harrison said he met Monday with Ross McNutt, founder of the Ohio-based Persistent Surveillance Systems, but has not made a decision about the plane’s future. (Balt. Sun)

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‘He Had A Great Spirit’ | Family Prepares To Bury Sherman Reed Jr. Amid Push To Stop Violence In Baltimore

The sister of Sherman Reed Jr. is still struggling to come to terms with his murder. He shared a passion for athletics and family like his father, Sherman Reed Sr., the head baseball coach at Coppin State University. “Everyone who is in contact with him thought he was a great person,“ said his sister Candice Myles. “He had a great spirit about him. Honestly, it is devastating.“ (WJZ)

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Maryland State Fair organizers beef up security measures after mass shootings across U.S.

Organizers of the Maryland State Fair say security and safety are of the utmost concern, in the wake of recent mass shootings at so-called soft targets across the country. “We try to make it a safe environment. That’s our goal — making people safe so they can enjoy themselves at the fair,” said Andy Cashman, the state fair’s general manager. The 138th My Maryland State Fair opens Thursday evening at the state fairgrounds in Timonium, about 21 miles north of Baltimore. Organizers expect more than 500,000 visitors over the fair’s 11-day run. (Wash. Times)

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Baltimore teen to be sentenced Wednesday for murdering Officer Amy Caprio

The West Baltimore teen convicted of murdering Officer Amy Caprio last year is to be sentenced Wednesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court in Towson. Dawnta Harris, 17, faces life in prison. Prosecutors will ask the judge to hand down the full term, Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said Tuesday. Last May, the ninth-grader from Gilmor Homes was convicted of felony murder for killing Caprio. (Balt. Sun)

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County residents voice concerns about Eastalco proposal of Livable Frederick

Several Frederick County residents testified at a public hearing Tuesday night about Livable Frederick, expressing environmental and infrastructure concerns related to the current Eastalco proposal in that comprehensive plan. More than 60 people had signed up to speak about the plan, including more than a dozen related to the Eastalco site, which consists of roughly 300 acres where aluminum smelting occurred, surrounded by about 1,900 acres of farmland. (News-Post)

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Chesapeake Bay Dead Zone Growing, Concerning Scientists

The dead zone identified in the Chesapeake Bay alarmingly is growing. Monitoring data gleaned by the Maryland Natural Resources Department reveals an area with little to no oxygen covering two cubic miles as of late July. It’s the worst picture painted so far, with the most concerning areas including the lower Potomac and Patuxent rivers, as well as much of the bay from Baltimore to the mouth of the York River. (Md. Matters)

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Baltimore County reports a sewage spill it claims really didn’t happen

Baltimore County has rebuilt a stacked manhole that environmental activists say spewed raw sewage earlier this month at Lake Roland, a popular water recreation and nature park in north Baltimore. County officials, however, say their quick action to replace the manhole’s missing bricks and clean up the site after a story in The Brew should not be taken as proof of any sewage problem at the park. (Balt. Brew)

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