Security tightened at city buildings after fired employee gained access to sensitive areas

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The Abel Wolman Municipal Building. Photo via Google Street View.

The Department of General Services tightened security at the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, home to multiple agencies, and other city buildings after an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General revealed a former Department of Public Works employee who had been fired was able to gain access to sensitive areas.

Storewide Summer Sale at Halcyon House

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Halcyon House Summer Sale

A Summer sale that will have Chip and Joanna Gaines drooling. This week, take advantage of Halcyon House’s Summer Storewide Sale with 20-50% the entire store. Browse through antiques, fine arts, one-of-a-kind furniture, decorative accessories and a wide selection of women’s jewelry and accessories. Check out Halcyon House’s Instagram to get some inspiration and get the shopping vibes flowing. Take advantage of this sale, stop by and find some great pieces for your home.

Council President Scott explains why he asked a judge to free his attacker from a 2009 robbery

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Photo via Councilman Brandon Scott/Facebook

Ten years after being robbed of his phone by two teens while out walking his dog—an experience Brandon Scott says he never spoke about publicly until this week—the council president on Monday asked a judge to give one of his assailants a break after reconciling with him personally and watching him grow behind bars.

Baltimost: Sharon Buie, founder of Recreation Chariot

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Photo courtesy of Sharon Buie

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Sharon Buie, 57, is the owner of Recreation Chariot, which provides therapy through outdoor activities like hiking, biking and more. In her words:

College Essay Writing Season is in Full Swing

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Now that the Fourth of July is behind us, forward-thinking families are beginning to prepare for the coming school year. That means pulling out summer reading lists; encouraging kids to sharpen their math skills; and, for those whose children are rising high school seniors, starting to think about the college essay. It’s definitely not too early.

Here’s why.

Senior year of high school is an exceedingly busy time for students. Clearing time during the fall semester to develop a thoughtfully crafted Common Application Essay—the notorious 650-word personal piece of writing that students hope will wow college admissions officers and secure them a spot at their dream college—suddenly becomes an enormous challenge in the midst of all the other academic, college-related, and social obligations students face during senior year.

Baltimore is under a Code Red heat alert for the rest of the week

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Photo by jypsygen, via Flickr

Baltimore’s health commissioner today declared a Code Red alert running from tomorrow through Sunday.

BSO management says audit results show ‘substantial uncertainty,’ but doesn’t release report

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Photo by Maryland GovPics on Flickr.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra said today that it has the results of an audit looking into the organization’s finances, and there is “substantial uncertainty about the BSO’s ability to continue as a going concern.”

Two days before management and the musicians are due for another round of federally mediated bargaining, BSO leadership said the review of financial statements ending in August 2018 shows it will be difficult for the orchestra to meet its forecasts for contributed revenue and earned revenue.