Businesses Clean Up After EF-1 Tornadoes Hit Baltimore, Mount Airy

Two people are dead after a tornado partially collapsed a wall at an Amazon warehouse in Baltimore. A second tornado touched down in Mount Airy in Carroll County, causing widespread damage. Friday night, the National Weather Service confirmed two EF-1 tornadoes touched down in our region: one in southeast Baltimore City and the other in Mount Airy. The first EF-1 tornado touched down in Mount Airy around 8:30 p.m. Friday, frightening residents. Not only did it cause damage to a shopping center, but it downed hundreds of trees, causing all kinds of problems. (WBAL)

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November 5 // Proposed Baltimore police union contract calls for civilian members on oversight boards

Amid calls from the public and elected officials for increased oversight in police misconduct cases, a proposed contract agreement between the city and the Baltimore police union would require placing two civilian volunteers on oversight review boards, along with three sworn officers. The change is included in a three-year tentative agreement between the city and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, according to a notice issued to union members Saturday and provided to The Baltimore Sun by union members. (Balt. Sun)

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Supreme Court agrees to hear case to determine if Maryland's Peace Cross violates the Constitution

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case about whether the nearly 100-year-old, cross-shaped war memorial in Maryland known as Peace Cross violates the Constitution's required separation of church and state. The case of the monument, located in the Bladensburg community of Prince George’s County, could impact hundreds of similar monuments nationwide. (AP)

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Annapolis exploring drug test kits to allow users to check for fentanyl

Annapolis city officials and Mayor Gavin Buckley are exploring giving drug users a test kit to check their drugs for fentanyl and other potent opioid derivatives. Buckley and Office of Emergency Management Director Kevin J. Simmons stressed that the city is in the early planning stages, with Simmons adding he’s been researching it the past two weeks. The mayor said he hasn’t approached city council with the proposal. (Capital)

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Carroll County first county to receive SolSmart silver designation, EAC delivers solar report

Carroll County has become the first county in Maryland to be designated “SolSmart Silver” for advancing solar energy growth, the Environmental Advisory Council told the Board of County Commissioners this week. The EAC also delivered a report on Community Solar Energy Generating Systems, CSEGS, in the county and provided informational materials for anyone interested in not only having their own solar panels, but subscribing to solar energy in other jurisdictions. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Gunman in Florida shooting identified as former Anne Arundel teacher

A man identified by police as the gunman who killed two people Friday at a Tallahassee, Florida, yoga studio before killing himself was a former Anne Arundel County teacher. Scott Paul Beierle taught at Meade High School in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 school years, county schools officials confirmed. At a Saturday news conference, Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said Beierle, 40, shot six people and pistol-whipped another at Hot Yoga Tallahassee just after 5:30 p.m. Friday. (Capital)

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To lower prison health care costs, Maryland is trying something new: Serving healthier food

Not long after taking over as warden of the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, Margaret M. Chippendale noticed a sizable problem: Women were leaving the system a lot heavier than when they arrived. She made an easy connection in the dining hall. The women were being served the same food as male prisoners, a 3,200-calorie menu filled with carbs, such as three slices of white bread at a meal. In an effort to stem the weight gains, and improve chronic health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes that disproportionately affect those incarcerated, Chippendale worked with a dietitian to retool the offerings and slowly cut about 1,000 calories a day from the meals. (Balt. Sun)

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Ex-Maryland bishop could be granted imminent release in DUI collision that killed cyclist

Heather Cook, a former Episcopal bishop who killed a bicyclist while driving drunk in 2014, will seek a reduction in her prison sentence at a court hearing in Baltimore on Monday that could lead to her imminent release. Cook, 62, has served about three years of a five-year sentence for the crash in which she fatally struck Thomas Palermo with her car while driving under the influence and texting. (Balt. Sun)

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