The Annapolis arts community needs support. The mayor has an idea.

When Alison Harbaugh opened ArtFarm two years ago, she did it to showcase the diverse artistic talent thriving in Annapolis. Her West Street space, which Harbaugh runs with graphic designer Darin Gilliam, combines Gilliam’s retail store with a workshop space for classes. But the bright, cheery art haven subsists on the hustle of its two proprietors, who have to stay creative to turn their passions into profit. Her business sees a lot of one-time patrons, Harbaugh said, who are excited to take workshops and rave about the space, but never return. The arts community needs broader support from the city and residents to keep going, she said. Enter Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley. (Capital)

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Ocean City questions wind farm developer’s ‘dismissive attitude’ about distance concerns

While there may yet be an opportunity to find some common ground between Ocean City and US Wind over the distance from shore of the proposed wind turbines, a pair of letters fired back and forth this week indicates the two sides remain far apart on the issue. On Feb. 5, the Mayor and Council passed a resolution reiterating its opposition to the development of offshore wind energy turbines within view of the resort’s coastline. (Dispatch)

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Baltimore Police disciplinary records remain shielded despite revelations of misconduct

As federal authorities continue to probe Baltimore’s corrupt Gun Trace Task Force, police commanders are pledging internal investigations aimed at finding and rooting out corruption. But by law, those findings will never see the light of day. Maryland is one of nearly two dozen states that shield the personnel and disciplinary records of police officers from public disclosure. (Balt. Sun)

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SUV passenger shot at by NSA police says wrong turn led to top-secret installation

He was too drowsy to drive, so Javonte Alhajie Brown said he handed keys to his rented sport-utility vehicle to a teenage friend. The 24-year-old entered a route on GPS from Southeast Washington to his brother’s house in a Maryland suburb. Then, Brown and a back-seat passenger went to sleep. They were soon jolted awake by the shouts of police officers from the National Security Agency, Brown said. Some banged on the vehicle’s doors and windows, he said, while others pointed guns that resembled assault rifles at their heads as the SUV continued moving. (Wash. Post)

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Delaware trial date set for man accused of shooting five co-workers in Edgewood

A man accused of shooting five co-workers in Edgewood last year will first be tried in May in Delaware, where he also faces shooting charges. Radee Prince, 38, is scheduled for trial May 8 on charges stemming from a shooting at a Wilmington auto shop Oct. 18, a spokesman for the Delaware Attorney General’s Office said. Hours before the Wilmington shooting, authorities say Prince shot five co-workers — three fatally — at Advanced Granite Solutions in Edgewood. (Balt. Sun)

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Gun rights supporters sue Maryland Capitol Police over recent arrest

Two gun-rights advocates have filed a federal lawsuit against the Maryland Capitol Police officers who recently arrested them in Annapolis, alleging their First Amendment rights were violated. Brothers Jeff and Kevin Hulbert were holding a weekly protest Feb. 5 on a sidewalk near the State House when officers asked them to move away from the street and onto Lawyers Mall, the open area at the center of the state government complex. Police said the men declined to move three times and were then arrested. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll's Environmental Advisory Council outlines 2018 Work Plan

Carroll County’s Environmental Advisory Council laid out plans last week for 2018 that included further researching concepts like community solar in the county, reducing polystyrene and recycling plastic bags in Carroll, and residential greywater use. The EAC functions at the direction of the Board of County Commissioners and, according to the 2018 plan, works cooperatively with Carroll’s environmental staff to “research environmental policy issues; to advise the Board of County Commissioners; to foster environmental education; and generally to act in the best interest of County residents by promoting effective environmental protection and management principles.” (Carr. Co. Times)

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Designer selected for Allegany County's new tourism website

BarkleyREI, an interactive web design and marketing agency based in Pittsburgh, was awarded a contract to redesign and host the county's new tourism website during a county commission meeting last week. "They are truly industry experts," Ashli Workman, the county's tourism director, said. Officials opened the bidding process last October, and 39 agencies submitted a proposal. BarkleyREI's bid was $37,500, plus an $800 a month fee for website hosting, security and customer care. (Times-News)

 

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