Costa Rica officials in Baltimore raise new flag on old U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats

The Costa Rican flag rose Tuesday on a refurbished former U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat in Baltimore, one of two outdated vessels the United States is donating to the Central American nation to help fight drug and human trafficking. As part of the transfer, worth about $18 million, a pair of Costa Rican Coast Guard crews are undergoing 10 weeks of training at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, where they will be taught to operate the 110-foot cutters formerly known as the Long Island and the Roanoke Island. (Balt. Sun)

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February 13 // Trump administration proposes keeping FBI headquarters in D.C. instead of moving to Md. or Va.

The Trump administration said Monday it plans to pull away from a proposal to build a new headquarters for the FBI in suburban Washington, dashing hopes that the project would be built in Maryland following years of planning and lobbying by state officials. In a report due that was due months ago to the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, the General Services Administration said its new approach — rebuilding the agency’s current headquarters in downtown Washington — would provide the FBI with a building “capable of supporting national security … while providing a good deal for the taxpayer.” (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore detectives convicted in shocking corruption trial

Two Baltimore detectives were convicted Monday of robbery and racketeering in a trial that laid bare shocking crimes committed by an elite police unit and surfaced new allegations of widespread corruption in the city’s police department. Daniel Hersl, 47, and Marcus Taylor, 30, join six colleagues from the Gun Trace Task Force who already had pleaded guilty in a conspiracy that also included overtime fraud. But the guilty verdicts offer small comfort for a city where homicides keep rising and gun violence rocks neighborhoods even as the police department struggles to overcome accounts of bias and lawbreaking. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore County officer who fatally shot Korryn Gaines testifies in civil trial

Cpl. Royce Ruby Jr. testified Monday that on that August 2016 day outside the apartment of Korryn Gaines, he spent five hours in the line of gunfire. All around him were brick walls, he said, which if hit by stray bullets would expose him and fellow Baltimore County police officers to the equivalent of a “deadly pinball machine.” (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Metro shutdown frustrates riders, politicians

The first day of a sudden, monthlong shutdown of Baltimore’s Metro for emergency track repairs brought confusion and frustration for many riders Monday — and finger-pointing about how the system fell into such disrepair that service had to be halted with less than 24 hours’ notice. The head of the transit operator’s union said the Maryland Transit Administration in recent years has restricted Metro speeds rather than fix track problems, while Gov. Larry Hogan blamed previous administrations for a “drastically underfunded” system with a woeful maintenance record. (Balt. Sun)

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Proposal of high-speed trains between Baltimore, D.C. stirs debate

Proposed plans for high-speed trains that would one day transport people from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. in 15 minutes are cause for serious debate. Officials say most of the route would run underground and would likely create nearly 74,000 jobs during its construction. The idea sounds like something out of science fiction: a high-speed, magnetic levitation train transporting riders from point A to B in record time. (WJZ-TV)

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Regional compact to oppose public financing for new Redskins stadium appears doomed

Efforts by lawmakers in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia to pass a regional compact to oppose public money being spent on a new Washington Redskins stadium appear to have fallen short this year. Last week, a Virginia General Assembly subcommittee voted 7-0 to table a bill filed by Republican Del. Michael Webert that would have blocked state subsidies for a new Redskins stadium in Virginia, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch. (Bethesda)

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New president appointed to lead Baltimore hospital where woman was put outside in gown

The University of Maryland Medical Center is moving to tighten control of its Midtown Campus, a month after a patient there was found outside the emergency room in frigid temperatures wearing just a gown. Video of hospital staff putting the 22-year-old woman out went viral, stoking national outrage and sparking discussion of the practice known as patient dumping. The medical center on Monday appointed Alison Brown, a 25-year veteran of the system responsible for marketing and strategic planning, to take over as president of the Midtown Campus in March. (Balt. Sun)

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