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Preservation group report challenges Howard County’s flood plan

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The Ellicott Theater in the Historic District on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (Photo by Howard R. Fletcher/Capital News Service)

By Howard R. Fletcher
Capital News Service

ELLICOTT CITY, Maryland — In a move to slow down Howard County’s flood mitigation plan, which would demolish 10 buildings in historic Ellicott City, a preservation group on Wednesday released a report that questions county officials’ decision-making methodology.

Juvenile detention centers use yoga to teach mindfulness

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Boys at the detention center follow Jackson and Carter in “downward dog” on Sept. 25, 2018. (Courtesy of Eric Solomon)

By Savannah Williams
Capital News Service

Ten young men file into the gym, wearing identical maroon polos, white undershirts, navy sweats, white socks and black, laceless shoes. Soon, they’re removing those shoes and placing them behind 10 royal-blue yoga mats, rolled out on the basketball court floor.

The gym smells faintly of sweat and rubber, and life-size posters of Ravens football players are displayed around the room’s cinder block walls.

The two instructors lead the boys in slow, calming breaths, and show them how to roll their heads in lethargic circles to stretch and loosen up their necks.

“Do what’s comfortable for you,” one says.

Howard County approves $17 million for Ellicott City flood plan

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The lower half of Main Street past the Caplan’s building are the main properties proposed for removal in the historic district on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (Photo by Howard R. Fletcher/Capital News Service)

By Howard R. Fletcher
Capital News Service

ELLICOTT CITY, Maryland—The Howard County Council in a narrow 3-2 vote approved two bills on Monday night that will allocate nearly $17 million toward a controversial five-year flood mitigation plan for Ellicott City.

Hogan and Jealous square off in lone debate

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Democratic challenger Ben Jealous shakes hands with incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan at the lone 2018 Maryland gubernatorial debate on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Owings Mills, Maryland. Photo by Larry Canner/Maryland Public Television.

By Brooks DuBose
Capital News Service

OWINGS MILLS, Maryland — Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and his Democratic challenger, Ben Jealous, on Monday painted starkly different portraits of both each other and the direction they would take the state in the lone debate of the 2018 Maryland governor’s race.

Hogan announces lower 2019 insurance premiums

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer announce lower premiums for healthcare plans at a news conference on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Brooks DuBose/Capital News Service)

By Brooks DuBose
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday announced a reduction in next year’s insurance premium rates for individual healthcare plans in the state.

Marylanders are preparing for Hurricane Florence

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Downtown Annapolis, Maryland, experiences some flooding during prolonged rains on Sept. 10, 2018. Meanwhile, Hurricane Florence is heading toward the Eastern seaboard. (Karen Denny/Capital News Service.)

By Savannah Williams and Harrison Cann
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — From chicken houses to festivals, business, agencies and residents across Maryland are preparing for Hurricane Florence.

Hogan spends big on campaign ads; Jealous holds off

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By Brooks DuBose
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — As expensive ads in favor of Republican incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan went out on Maryland television channels this week, his Democratic challenger, former NAACP President Ben Jealous, has yet to respond with his own TV spots.

Legacy of slavery, segregation influences debate over removing Confederate statue in Maryland

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The Talbot Boys statue, which has stood in front of the Talbot County Courthouse since 1914, has been a source of tension in a community grappling with its history. (Capital News Service photo by Teri West)

By Teri West and Kirstyn Flood
Capital News Service

EASTON, Maryland — When residents here describe their town, they describe a paradise. There’s no crime and everyone—black and white—gets along in neighborhoods just a few miles from the banks of the Eastern Shore’s Tred Avon River in Talbot County.

Plea deals punish the innocent in Gun Trace Task Force scandal

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Omar Burley, 47, was imprisoned for more than seven years after his arrest by corrupt Baltimore police officers. He, like many others arrested by the officers, pleaded guilty to the charges in exchange for a lighter sentence even though he was innocent. Capital News Service Photo by Alex Mann.

By Angela Roberts, Lindsay Huth, Alex Mann, Tom Hart and James Whitlow
Capital News Service

Omar Burley and his cousin were parked in an old, black Acura on a residential side street in Northwest Baltimore, when two cars pulled up next to them. Three men with guns jumped out.

Fearing a robbery, Burley hit the gas. His assailants gave chase.

“I was speeding for my life,” he recalled.

Legislature passes bill to expand post-conviction relief

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Photo by Julie Depenbrock/Capital News Service

By Alex Mann
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Many bills remained in the balance as the minute hand ticked toward midnight on April 9, the last of Maryland’s 90-day legislative session.

Among them was legislation addressing the rights of criminals to petition for post-conviction relief–a process of challenging a conviction in court.

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