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Battling a scourge of sewage, trash and polluted runoff to restore Baltimore’s waterways
BY Melissa Gerr
August 7, 2014

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor received a failing grade this year for its lack of water quality, and the resources needed to improve it are as complex a network as the myriad waterways that comprise its watershed, draining 134 square miles within Baltimore City and County, an area equal to 64,856 football fields. But for Baltimore’s tourism CONTINUE »

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Israeli college students wage social-media battle over Jewish state’s image
BY Alina Dain Sharon/JNS.org
August 7, 2014

Australia’s Sydney Harbor is up in flames. Large letters superimposed on the scene ask, “How would they react?” That image and many others like it have been distributed by an Israeli student initiative called “Israel Under Fire,” which now boasts more than 66,000 followers on its Facebook page. While rocket attacks continue from Gaza after CONTINUE »

Candidate for delegate brings $200K suit against former staffers
BY Heather Norris
August 7, 2014

Jay Jalisi surprised many when he won a Top 2 slot in June’s House of Delegates primary election. The District 10 general election candidate defeated three officially supported candidates, losing only to incumbent Del. Adrienne Jones when all votes were totaled. Three days after the election, on June 27, Jalisi, together with his Friends of Jay CONTINUE »

Alan Gross, still captive in Cuba, losing all hope
BY Suzanne Pollak and Dmitriy Shapiro
August 7, 2014

Alan Gross, the contractor from Potomac currently imprisoned in Cuba since 2009, has taken a major turn for the worse, according to Jill Zuckman, a spokeswoman for the family. Gross, 65, “has said that he will kill himself if he is in prison much longer,” Zuckman said. During a permitted visit this past July between CONTINUE »

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Maryland’s secretary of health and mental hygiene moves to academia
BY Marc Shapiro
August 7, 2014

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, will be stepping down from his current position and joining the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as its new associated dean for public health practice and training. The move is effective Jan. 1, 2015. Sharfstein will also hold a faculty CONTINUE »