A decade after Great Recession, home values in some communities remain underwater

The Great Recession that fueled a mortgage and housing crisis more than a decade ago has faded from memory for most Americans. But not for millions of homeowners – mainly in rural and minority communities – who continue to struggle with depressed home values and underwater mortgages.

A familiar face rejoins Maryland’s congressional delegation

Kweisi Mfume, 71, once again is representing Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, which includes parts of Baltimore City, Baltimore County and the majority of Howard County. The district formerly was represented by Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died last October.

Baltimore City’s food waste reduction progress met with challenges

Baltimore City is trying to significantly reduce its commercial and residential food waste by 2040. Through waste prevention, food rescue and composting efforts, the city has diverted small amounts of waste from its local incinerator and landfill. But businesses are not required to track the waste they generate, which makes food waste reduction efforts more challenging due to gaps in local waste data.

Ex-Baltimore mayor gets three years for ‘Healthy Holly’ fraud

Former Baltimore mayor and “Healthy Holly” author Catherine Pugh, who wrote her own downfall by fraudulently selling children’s books to organizations with which she was politically connected, was sentenced to three years in federal prison.

Mfume wins Democratic primary to succeed Cummings; Klacik gets GOP nod

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland – Baltimore area voters Tuesday picked former Rep. Kweisi Mfume as the Democratic nominee and Kimberly Klacik as the Republican nominee to vie for the unfinished term of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died unexpectedly on…

Bill would make possession of ransomware a crime in Maryland

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.

UMD flights help the state understand air quality

The Regional Atmospheric Measurement Modeling and Prediction Program or RAMMPP, comprised of University of Maryland researchers and students, has helped the Maryland Department of the Environment improve regional air quality since 1999 by tracking how the ingredients for smog can originate from upwind states.
Due to Maryland’s geography and size, the state’s air quality is often affected by what is coming out of smokestacks upwind.
Traffic, development density and proximity to water — particularly the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic — also contribute to the state’s dirty air.

Immigrants, led by Jamaicans, slow Baltimore population loss

Steve McMurray owns what some say is the best Jamaican restaurant in Baltimore, doubling as an informal cultural center for what the U.S. Census reported as the city’s largest immigrant group. Baltimore is rapidly losing people, but immigrants continue to move there, helping to stem the population loss.

BARCS holds a pet-friendly festival to promote pet adoption

The Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter saves thousands of abused and abandoned animals each year. Max Marcilla reports on how the group hopes to raise awareness and promote adoptions at its 15th annual BARCStoberfest.

In Baltimore, presidents, family and friends bid Cummings a final farewell

BALTIMORE – Three days of commemorations for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings concluded Friday with a funeral service marked by eloquence, tears, laughter and pointed political commentary at New Psalmist Baptist Church.  Two former presidents, members of his staff, friends…

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