Baltimore’s McKeldin Fountain returns as an app

When you walk by the bland patch of grass where Baltimore’s McKeldin Fountain once stood, do you get a pang and wish you could rekindle its splashy spirit of public protest, free speech and Brutalist architecture? If so, you’re in luck – there’s an app for that! Artist Lisa Moren has crafted an “augmented reality” app that lets you bring the now-demolished landmark at the Inner Harbor back to life. You just need to go to the intersection of Pratt and Light streets (where the multi-tiered concrete water feature once stood) and hold up your phone or tablet like a protest sign. (Brew)

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Orioles outfielder Adam Jones buys Cal Ripken Jr.'s Reisterstown mansion, auction house confirms

The ownership of Cal Ripken Jr.’s regal Reisterstown estate has gone from one Orioles great to another. Adam Jones, center fielder for the Orioles, placed the winning bid for the property during a Saturday auction at the house, said Wendy Oliver, business development director for DeCaro Auctions International, which handled the auction. “We had eight bidders, registered bidders, and the house sold in 17 minutes,” Oliver said. (Balt. Sun)

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May 18 // Pugh lays out plans to revitalize Park Heights community, keep the Preakness at Pimlico

As preparations for the 143rd Preakness Stakes moved along in the rain Thursday morning, Mayor Catherine Pugh spoke at Pimlico Race Course to reiterate her commitment to keeping the race in Baltimore — and laid out her plans to revitalize the community surrounding the track. Plans in the works for Park Heights, the Northwest Baltimore neighborhood that is home to Pimlico, include several new housing developments, improvements to the Park Circle intersection at the gateway to the community and a new LifeBridge Health outpatient facility adjacent to the race course, the mayor said. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Montgomery County executive threatens rare veto over storm water proposal

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) is threatening a veto if the County Council rejects his request to privatize storm water management in Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction. A line-item budget veto rare seen in Montgomery County, and Leggett’s promised veto of the roughly $48 million allocated to storm water management in the proposed capital improvement program budget would be the first time he will have wielded that part of his executive power. (Wash. Post)

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In reversal, Baltimore County Council will seek public input in replacing Kamenetz as county executive

In a reversal from plans stated earlier this week, Baltimore County Council Chairman Julian Jones said Thursday the council will seek the public's help as it decides who should replace County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who died suddenly on May 10. The council will hold a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to gather input from county residents, and is also encouarging people to email their thoughts to between now and the close of business Monday. Since Kamenetz’s death after suffering cardiac arrest, County Administrative Officer Fred Homan has been serving as acting county executive. (Balt. Sun)

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Ocean City named among Top 10 summer destinations of 2018

Just in time for the summer rush, Ocean City has received yet another boost from the popular travel site TripAdvisor. In TripAdvisor’s new list of Top 10 Hottest U.S. Destinations for Summer, Ocean City earned the sixth spot, according to a release. The listing is based on the greatest increase in seasonal hotel booking interest, including the average one-week vacation costs for hotels and airfare. “With the summer season about to begin, we are honored to be named one of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Hottest U.S. Destinations for Summer,” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. (Daily Times)

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Annapolis community specialists launch outreach efforts next week

Two members of Mayor Gavin Buckley’s administration will help host a community engagement event next week, marking their first large-scale outreach to members of the African American and Hispanic communities. Adriana Lee, Annapolis’ Hispanic community services specialist, and Adetola Ajayi, the African American community service specialist, will help host an event Wednesday to connect residents from traditionally marginalized communities with city services and job opportunities. The event, held in Pip Moyer Recreational Center, serves to launch engagement efforts between the city and the Hispanic and African American communities. The goal is for these meetings to become regular, said William Rowel, the city’s community relations specialist. (Capital)

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Maryland's garbage workers in harm's way

Jimmy Elben is almost 10 times more likely to die at work than most of the commuters who pass his truck every day. Elben doesn’t strap into a jet, or heave nets of fish onto a pitching deck at sea, but when he starts his work week, he may as well, since his profession is one of the top five most dangerous jobs in America. He’s a garbage man. Waste collection workers in Maryland face a daunting task: gathering tons of solid waste in the face of unpredictable weather, distracted drivers and inherently dangerous equipment. For Elben’s garbage crew, the difference between life and death can lie in a quick tap of the truck’s horn. (Wash. Times-AP)

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