Harford County enforces basketball hoop regulation, angering some residents whose hoops were removed

Rich Szumlanski’s grandsons played basketball in the court of his Amyclae neighborhood in Bel Air all the time. So did other neighborhood children — until the county took his hoop away. “The whole street, including parents, play with the hoop,” Szumlanski said. “Now my grandsons don’t have their hoop, nor do any of the other children.” He’s aggravated over the whole process — a letter from the county telling him he needed to remove his portable hoop from the right of way then the county coming to remove it on Jan, 25 — and the resources the county used. (Aegis)

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'We no longer trust the council under your leadership': Wicomico executive calls on president to resign

After repeated conflict and miscommunication between Wicomico County officials, County Executive Bob Culver is calling on Council President John Cannon to resign. On Monday, Culver sent a private letter to Cannon, but after parts of it were leaked to the public, the letter was ultimately released in its entirety. While issues between the Wicomico County Council and the County Executive's office have existed for several years, according to the letter, this call for Cannon's resignation was prompted by remarks he made at the most recent council meeting. (Daily Times)

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Board of County Commissioners, Department of Planning talk medical cannabis zoning in Carroll

As the Board of County Commissioners and Department of Planning near the end of comprehensive rezoning for the industrial, commercial and employment campus zones in the county, the discussion turned to medical cannabis Tuesday. Comprehensive Planner Mary Lane explained to the BOCC that since medical cannabis was legalized in Maryland, it has been widely successful. “The info provided on the state website says in the first year of sales [from 2017 to 2018] the number of registered cannabis patients increased from 20,000 to 75,000 patients with an additional 250 to 300 per day applying to be licensed,” she said. (Balt. Sun)

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Makers of Citizen app, which alerts users to crime in their surroundings, to launch in Baltimore

A mobile app that provides users with real-time alerts about crimes and other emergency situations in their immediate surroundings, will launch in Baltimore on Wednesday, CEO Andrew Frame said. Called Citizen, the venture-funded app employs teams of analysts to collect publicly available information — such as police scanner chatter — to push out notifications to users within a certain radius of incidents. “We’re all about empowering people and giving them situational awareness for their safety,” Frame said. (Balt. Sun)

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Here's where Maryland's next bridge across the Chesapeake Bay could start and end

A new bridge over the Chesapeake Bay could begin on the Western Shore anywhere between Harford County and St. Mary’s County, according to maps of potential new bridges created by the Maryland Transportation Authority and the Federal Highway Administration. The maps, part of the Chesapeake Bay Crossing Study, show options for bridge sites spanning either side of the Chesapeake Bay. On the bay’s Western Shore, two potential sites begin in Harford County; three are in Baltimore County; five are in Anne Arundel County — including a span alongside the existing bridge; three sit in Calvert County; and one is in St. Mary’s County. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland lawmakers consider expanding hate crime law to include attempts at racist, anti-Semitic acts

Amid increasing reports of anti-Semitic and racist incidents in Maryland, state lawmakers on Tuesday heard from witnesses who support proposed legislation to expand the definition of hate crime laws to apply to attempts and threats to commit such acts. Del. Sandy Rosenberg, a Baltimore Democrat, proposed the legislation in response to a recent surge in hate crimes — including several bomb threats sent to Jewish schools across Maryland that caused panic and forced evacuations. Similar to the rest of the nation, Maryland has seen an increase in reported hate crimes and incidents since the 2016 presidential campaign. (Balt. Sun)

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Housing sales in region continue to slide, prices continue to rise

Housing sales in the Baltimore region continued their slide in the cold, gray days of January, marking the fifth consecutive month in which the number of sales was lower than a year earlier. Sales volume for the month was down by 7.5 percent compared to last year, according to data provided by MarketStats by ShowingTime based on listing activity from Bright MLS. But amid the housing slump that there were promising signs, for sellers and for buyers. Sellers were getting higher prices for their homes. The median sale price rose 4.6 percent compared to last year, to $249,900. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. Legislature To Conduct Harassment Climate Survey

The Maryland General Assembly will conduct a workplace climate survey as part of ongoing efforts to stop sexual harassment. The House speaker and Senate president made the announcement Tuesday. The survey will be conducted this month. The state has retained TalentKeepers, a company with experience conducting legislative climate surveys, to conduct the independent review of the workplace climate and culture in the General Assembly. The survey has been expanded beyond elected officials and employees to include registered lobbyists. (WJZ-TV)

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