State's attorney's office is closely watching the University of Maryland football scandal

The Prince George’s County state’s attorney’s office is closely monitoring the football scandal at the University of Maryland following the heatstroke death of a 19-year-old offensive lineman. “At this point, there is not a criminal investigation, nor has a decision been made as to whether or not that’s a direction we may go at some point,” said John Erzen, a spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office, on Wednesday. “But we are watching everything with regard to the investigation going on right now.” (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore called 'the new millennial hotspot' by British newspaper

It’s hard to compare Baltimore to New York or D.C., but that’s OK. There’s nothing like Charm City, and rarely has this small piece of the Maryland pie tried to shape itself into something it’s not. That air of defiance — it’s what makes Baltimore so cool. Across the pond, somebody noticed. This week, British newspaper the Evening Standard celebrated Baltimore as the coolest city on the East Coast and a named it “the new millennial hotspot.” (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore's Confederate monuments are gone, but not forgotten

Mark Martindale has a favorite path through Wyman Park Dell, up and down sloping walkways, under the canopy of huge old trees and into the clearing where, until a year ago, stood a statue of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. “From an artistic standpoint, I miss it,” said Martindale, 54, who lives in Charles Village. “The double equestrians, the horses, they were magnificent. “But I don’t miss the racism it represented.” Overnight one year ago, as most of Baltimore slept, crews working for the city took down three memorials to the Confederacy and a statue of Roger B. Taney, the Supreme Court justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery. (Balt. Sun)

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Civilian Review Board says it has not received internal affairs cases since refusing confidentiality agreement

The independent city board that investigates police misconduct said Wednesday that the Police Department has not sent any new cases to the board since its members refused to sign a confidentiality agreement last month. Bridal Pearson, the chairman of the Civilian Review Board, said the group typically receives eight to 15 cases from the department’s internal affairs division each month. But for its meeting Thursday evening, he said, “we’ve received nothing from IAD.” (Balt. Sun)

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Man charged in Capital Gazette shooting asks for time to consider insanity plea

The man charged in the death of five people in the Capital Gazette newsroom may be considering a plea of not criminally responsible by reason of insanity, according to court records requesting more time to consider that defense. Jarrod Ramos’ attorney has filed a motion Monday claiming there is “good cause” to extend the plea deadline. Maryland law requires a defendant enter a plea of not criminally responsible by reason of insanity when the defendant enters his or her official plea. A judge can allow an extension if there is good cause. (Capital)

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Settlement reached in dispute over $750,000 left to Anne Arundel SPCA

Six organizations fighting over $750,000 left to the Anne Arundel County SPCA have agreed to a settlement, with the animal welfare group receiving less than half the original donation from a deceased Annapolis philanthropist. While the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals initially attempted to lay claim to the entire donation left by Mark Eisner Jr., a former SPCA board member who died in 2007, it filed a joint motion in July with the other organizations involved agreeing to the lower amount. (Capital)

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Baltimore police officer charged with assault pleads not guilty; attorney says video doesn't tell full story

The Baltimore police officer who was captured on a viral video last week punching a man repeatedly in an encounter pleaded not guilty Wednesday to assault and misconduct. Arthur Williams, 25, was indicted on Tuesday and turned himself in that evening. He has resigned from the force. Williams was led into Baltimore Circuit Court on Wednesday wearing a yellow jumpsuit and shackles. “He attacked a citizen without justification,” Assistant State’s Attorney StacyAnn Llewellyn told Judge Charles Peters. She asked that Williams remain jailed until his trial. (Balt. Sun)

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DJ Durkin still has support among Maryland football players despite being placed on leave

Jesse Aniebonam has worked a solid year to get back onto the field for the Maryland football team, and he hopes to be in form by the time the 2018 season begins Sept. 1 against Texas at FedEx Field in Landover. The redshirt senior outside linebacker is excited about his last college season. But he had been looking forward to another season with DJ Durkin as his coach. That is likely not going to happen, as a result of the 40-year-old Durkin being placed on administrative leave by athletic director Damon Evans last week, with the chances of coaching his third season in College Park beginning to fade. (Balt. Sun)

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