With approval of Rash Field agreement, Waterfront Partnership says work on redesigned park can start this winter

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Rendering from June 6 UDAAP presentation, by Mahan Rykiel Associates

A waterfront transformation years in the making is finally close to breaking ground, with the approval of a management agreement today allowing the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore to oversee construction of a new Rash Field.

Enoch Pratt’s Forest Park library branch next up for renovations

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Photo from 2014, via Enoch Pratt Free Library/Flickr

Forest Park’s century-plus-old library is the next Enoch Pratt branch in line for an overhaul.

Two contractors, student injured following explosion at McDonogh School

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Photo via Baltimore County Fire Department/Twitter

Two contractors and a child were injured at Owings Mills’ McDonogh School after an explosion in the school’s boiler room that partially collapsed a smokestack, school officials said this morning.

A statement released by the school around noon said the student “sustained a minor injury,” and was released from a local hospital after an evaluation.

Two outside contractors also suffered minor injuries, and one was transported to a hospital for an evaluation, the school said.

The note said “all students, faculty, and staff are safe.” School dismissed early at 11 a.m. after the incident, and all afternoon activities there are cancelled.

The blast caused the top of a smokestack connected to the boiler room to crumble, sending bricks falling to the ground. The smoke tower sits adjacent to the Allan Building, and school officials said the area “has been cordoned off.”

Fire department crews were at the campus investigating Wednesday morning, including a collapse team evaluating the stability of the tower. Officials asked drivers to avoid McDonogh Road while teams were responding.

Units were dispatched to the private school just after 8:30 a.m. A photo later posted by the department showed the damaged top of the smokestack.

A school spokeswoman reportedly notified parents about 20 minutes later that the explosion had occurred in the boiler room.

Per its website, the Allan Building houses administrative offices, the school’s business office, its technology department, the counseling office, music studios, choral music space, the Upper School’s humanities department and a library. It was built in 1929 and was recently renovated.

The school said it contacted a structural engineer today “to assess the building and ensure that the surrounding area is safe.”

This story has been updated.

Raise a Glass at the Maryland Wine Festival – 9/21 and 9/22

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Maryland Wine Festival 2019Enjoy a fall weekend with friends in historic Westminster at The Maryland Wine Festival, slated for Saturday, 9/21 and Sunday, 9/22. Samples wines, browse through the Maryland Cheese Pavilion and Juried Crafts, munch on fabulous food and sway to live entertainment. The Maryland Wine Festival will be an unforgettable weekend. To purchase tickets, click here.

While Baltimore weighs police gag-order changes, city to pay $75K settlement for woman’s violent 2014 arrest

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Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

Two days after Baltimore lawmakers heard emotional testimony about the city’s use of “gag orders” in settlements for lawsuits against police, officials are set to approve a $75,000 payment to a woman who allegedly was choked, lost a tooth and called a racial slur during a 2014 arrest.

Opioid overdose deaths decline year over year, but remain staggeringly high

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

For the first time in nearly a decade, Maryland is seeing a decline in overdose deaths in the midst of the nationwide opioid crisis, according to new data from the Maryland Department of Health.

But the number of deaths remains staggeringly high. Through June of this year, 1,060 people in Maryland have died from opioid overdoses, the second-highest level recorded since 2007. Of those, 962 fatal overdoses–or 90 percent–were caused by the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl.