Young begins search for new DPW director

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With DPW Director Rudy Chow leaving his post on Feb. 1, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today launched a national search for a new head of the agency.

On the day Chow leaves, Deputy Director Matt Garbark will become acting director, according to the city charter.

1854 farmhouse on 3+ acres in Lutherville-Timonium


Hot House: 1606 Broadway Rd, Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093. 

Three-bedroom and two-bathroom farmhouse on 3+ flat acres in Lutherville between Greenspring Avenue and Falls Road, complete with log cabin and run-in shed. Built in 1854: $415,000

Bin 604 in Harbor East plans move, expansion

A rendering of the new signage for Bin 604 at Liberty Harbor East. Courtesy of Harbor East Management Group.

Since the early 2000s, Bin 604 Wine Sellers and Whole Foods Markets have been neighbors in Harbor East, some of the first retail establishments to open in the neighborhood.

So now that Whole Foods is nearing the opening date for its new, bigger location in the Liberty Harbor East building just down the street, it’s only fitting Bin 604 is following the grocer over.

Q&A: Horse trainer H. Graham Motion on Sharing’s Breeders’ Cup win, horse racing reforms and more

Trainer H. Graham Motion watches from the rail at the Fair Hill Training Center. Credit: Maggie Kimmitt of Herringswell Stables.

At 13-1, Sharing was a bit of a long shot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf last November. But with jockey Manuel Franco aboard, the 2 year old stayed near the front of the pack for most of the race and found an extra gear in the stretch run, surging past Sweet Melania for a convincing 1 1/4-length win. Sharing is just the fourth Maryland-bred horse to reach the winner’s circle at the Breeders’ Cup, and the first since Cigar won the Classic in 1995.

For trainer H. Graham Motion, it was déjà vu. In 2010, he brought Sharing’s dam, Shared Account, to Churchill Downs for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf and pulled off an even bigger upset, going off at 46-1.

Health Department issues Code Blue warning for Sunday evening

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Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa issued a Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert for Sunday evening into Monday morning, when temperatures are expected to dip into the low 20’s.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are forecast to drop to 21 degrees on Sunday night, with wind gusts as high as 23 mph. Prior to that, the forecast calls for a mix of rain and snow throughout most of the day Saturday.

Mayor reveals renderings for Elijah E. Cummings Courthouse, proclaims day in late lawmaker’s honor

A rendering of the Elijah E. Cummings Courthouse with the new signs installed. Credit: Ziger/Snead Architects.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today unveiled renderings of two signs that will be installed on the Courthouse East Building as part of a plan to rename the structure in honor of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Young also proclaimed that Jan. 18, the congressman’s birthday, will henceforth be Elijah E. Cummings Day in Baltimore City. Cummings, who died last October, would have turned 69 on Saturday.

Hot Plate: Bacardi dinner at The Bygone, Boiler Room opens, DaMimmo closes and more

Bourbon, whiskey and rum lovers have their pick of tasting events and cocktail dinners this week.

It’s cold outside but with local restaurant week promotions in full swing and a handful of fun events on the horizon, there are plenty of good reasons to bundle up and head out to eat in Baltimore this week. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Weekend Events Calendar: MLK Day, Poe’s Birthday, Lexington Market celebration and more

The 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

This weekend brings a chance to honor Baltimore history, with celebrations of Lexington Market and Edgar Allan Poe. Plus, there’s plenty of dancing at a b-boy/b-girl battle and the 10th Anniversary of 4 Hours of Funk. On Monday, honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a parade, museum events and service.

Bill would make possession of ransomware a crime in Maryland

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By Wesley Brown
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — State lawmakers heard arguments Tuesday on a bill that seeks to add criminal penalties for knowingly possessing ransomware with the intent to use it in a malicious way.

Ransomware is a type of malware that can impede the use of a computer or computer network indefinitely until a ransom is paid. It is already a crime in Maryland to use the malicious technology in a way that costs victims money—this bill would criminalize mere possession of the software.

Returning bill to require background checks on transfer and sale of rifles and shotguns

Members of the House Judiciary Committee hear testimony on legislation that would regulate the sale and transfer of shotguns and rifles in Maryland. (Capital News Service Photo by Fatemeh Paryavi)

By Fatemeh Paryavi
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — A bill returning to the Maryland legislature this session aims to regulate certain sales and transfers of rifles and shotguns.

Maryland law requires the regulation of the “sale, transfer, rental, and possession of regulated firearms, which consist of handguns and assault weapons,” according to a state analysis. However, this regulation does not currently apply to rifles and shotguns, which lead sponsor of House Bill 4, Del. Vanessa Atterbear (D-Howard County), has been striving to pass.