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Artists hop on board to support Jake’s Skate Park on Rash Field

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A rendering of Jake’s Skate Park, which is planned to be constructed at Rash Field on the Inner Harbor’s south shore. Rendering courtesy of the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore.

There was a time when skateboards were just skateboards. Now they’re works of art, collectible objects to display on a wall or mantel, not just ride.

The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore is taking advantage of this trend by harnessing the talent of local artists to create one-of-a-kind skatedecks that can be sold to help build a new skate park on Rash Field.

Maryland’s COVID-19 hospitalizations tick up as state records nearly 1,300 new cases

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This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC tests are provided to U.S. state and local public health laboratories, Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and select international laboratories. Photo courtesy of CDC.

Maryland health officials on Thursday confirmed 1,297 new cases of coronavirus and 21 new deaths.

W Ventures invests in store-hailing startup Robomart, with plans to deliver Baltimore HQ

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Robomart delivers the store. (Courtesy photo)

In launching W Ventures last month, Baltimore entrepreneur David Warschawski said a couple of the key goals of the VC and accelerator company’s goal were to keep promising companies in Baltimore, or attract startups to the city.

Baltimore County beefs up non-police resources to respond to mental health emergencies

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Baltimore County announced this week an expansion of emergency behavioral health services to support residents experiencing crises.

The county announced a 50-percent expansion during peak hours of its mobile crisis teams, which are made up of health professionals and specially trained police officers to respond to emergency calls.

The county will also create a 9-1-1 Call Center Clinician Program, in collaboration with the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services. Mental health clinicians will screen calls from residents and divert mental health or substance abuse related calls to appropriate behavioral health support.

Maryland confirms 1,471 new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations decrease slightly to 1,200

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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the exterior structure of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Image courtesy of CDC.

After two days of confirming new cases in the mid-800s, Maryland’s coronavirus caseload on Wednesday grew by 1,471 newly reported cases.

Baltimore’s removal of statue of enslaver Capt. John O’Donnell draws mixed reactions

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Baltimore City on Monday night removed a statue of enslaver Capt. John O’Donnell in Canton Square. Image courtesy of Canton Community Association/Facebook Live.

Baltimore City workers on Monday night removed a statue of Captain John O’Donnell, who enslaved Black people on his Canton plantation in the 18th century, from its pedestal in Canton Square.

About 19% of Marylanders have beeen fully vaccinated as state expands vaccine eligibility

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This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC tests are provided to U.S. state and local public health laboratories, Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and select international laboratories. Photo courtesy of CDC.

As Maryland on Tuesday opened vaccine eligibility at mass vaccination sites to all Marylanders age 16 and older, the state has fully vaccinated a total of 1,149,976 residents to date.

Maryland’s fully vaccinated population represents about 19% of the state’s residents.

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