Here's an update on the fate of Baltimore's Divine mural

City officials and community members will meet Tuesday to discuss the fate and legality of the Midtown-Belvedere mural of “Hairspray” actor and drag queen Divine during a public hearing hosted by the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP). The mural, painted by Baltimore-based street artist Gaia on the alley-facing wall of Preston Street, was commissioned by Midtown-Belvedere residents Jesse Salazar and Tom Williams. But the married couple did not receive permits or authorization for the mural from the city’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), which is required when altering the exterior of properties within Baltimore’s historic districts or local landmarks, according to Eric Holcomb, the commission’s executive director. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland one of the most iPhone obsessed states in the U.S.

The debate of Android vs. iPhone seems to have a clear winner here in Maryland. If you feel like it’s more common to see Marylanders using an iPhone, you’re right. A new study by Kempler Industries shows Maryland ranks third in the most iPhone obsessed populations in the nation. Maryland is just behind New York and Georgia. (WJZ-TV)

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First week of New Windsor pay-as-you-throw trash program sees 90 percent compliance rate

The New Windsor Fair Trash Reduction pilot program debuted this week and had about 90 percent compliance, Courtney Forrester, the programs and municipal partnerships manager for WasteZero, said via email. WasteZero is the company working with the town on the pay-as-you-throw pilot trash program. The program lasts 34 weeks, with the last trash pick-up occurring June 24, 2019. (Carr. Co. Times)

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United Black Clergy to hold town hall to address 'unchecked' racism in Pasadena

The United Black Clergy of Anne Arundel County will host a community town hall Friday to address the “unchecked culture of racism” in Pasadena. Two of the area’s schools — Chesapeake High and Chesapeake Bay Middle — have been under scrutiny following racist acts that targeted African Americans. “We are not going away until we have confidence that African-American children and their families are safe in Pasadena,” said Apostle Larry Lee Thomas Sr., leader of the county’s United Black Clergy, in a statement. (Capital)

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November 8 // Marylanders set midterm record with more than 2.1 million ballots cast

More people voted in Maryland’s midterm election this year than ever before. With more than 2.1 million ballots cast, the total number of votes cast this year surpassed 2010’s midterm record of nearly 1.9 million voters. That doesn’t mean it’s a record turnout by percentage of registered voters — only that the state’s growing population and voting base continues to increase. Preliminary turnout numbers from early voting and Election Day indicate 54.6 percent of registered voters cast ballots this election — which is better turnout than in 2014 or 2010, but not as good as 2006 when 57.5 percent of registered voters cast ballots. (Balt. Sun)

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Three Baltimore prosecutors elected as state's attorneys in suburban counties

Three veterans from the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office were elected Tuesday as top prosecutors in Anne Arundel, Harford and Howard counties. Democrat Anne Colt Leitess, who supervised the office’s Special Victims Unit, focusing on cases involving child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault, returns to Anne Arundel County, where she beat Republican incumbent Wes Adams. Democrat Rich Gibson, a supervisor with the Major Investigations Unit, which focused on prosecuting violent repeat offenders and criminal organizations, was elected as Howard County’s next top prosecutor. And Harford County’s new state’s attorney is Albert Peisinger, a Republican who spent 21 years in the city state’s attorney’s office before leaving to campaign in 2016. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel County Executive-elect Steuart Pittman: 'We are going to get moving quickly'

About 12 hours after his victory over Steve Schuh, County Executive-elect Steuart Pittman said he will move quickly to establish his administration. He better. The incoming county executive has less than 30 days to set up a transition team, put staffing in place and establish his administration. Pittman will be sworn in — alongside the new Democratic and women majority County Council — on Dec. 3. The council was previously all men. On Wednesday, Pittman named former County Executive Janet Owens and County Councilman Chris Trumbauer as co-chairs of his transition team. They will oversee the staff that takes Anne Arundel County from the Schuh era to the Pittman era. (Capital)

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Baltimore Police commissioner search down to one candidate, Mayor Pugh says

The search for Baltimore’s next police commissioner is down to one candidate, Mayor Catherine Pugh said Wednesday. Pugh’s team is completing a background check on one final commissioner candidate, she said in an interview Wednesday at a media event to present construction updates at Broadway Market. She said the candidate’s name would be announced “shortly,” but declined to give a timeline. “I don’t want to put a date on it because I just want to make sure … we turn him upside down and inside out,” she said. (Balt. Sun)

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