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In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Harford County government and Welcome One Emergency Shelter have placed some first responders and vulnerable homeless people in Aberdeen hotels to shield them from the virus or wait out a possible infection.

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Anne Arundel County is implementing a countywide hiring freeze, with exceptions for public safety, health and human services, as projected revenues from the county budget are down $63 million.

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Baltimore Police said two officers assigned to the department’s Eastern District tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in 42 others to be quarantined.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan holds a news conference to discuss how the coronavirus is affecting nursing homes and poultry processing plants in the state.

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Smaller homes and “microapartments” were once thought to be a trend in real estate. But small-space fatigue may be settling in.

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The usual limit of six transactions per month has been expanded for account holders.

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Due to state-mandated school closures because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the general election for Howard County’s student member of the Board of Education for the 2020-21 academic year will be held online June 2 and 3.

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The Baltimore Sun has won a national breaking-news award for its coverage of ex-Mayor Catherine Pugh’s indictment on fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy charges that she had illegally used sales of her self-published children’s books to buy a house, pay down debt and fund her mayoral campaign.

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Realogy Holdings has sued the investment firm that was set to purchase its relocation business for now trying to back out of the deal.

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Homeowners’ perception of “home” is changing. Find out what features are now ranking highest on their wish lists.

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Acknowledging that the launch of a new unemployment application has “fallen short,” Maryland labor officials said they will take the site down from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. every morning to try to fix it.

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REALTORS® in California are spreading joy by surprising their neighbors on their birthdays with yard displays.

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Get inspired by the thoughtful, innovative ways your colleagues are supporting small businesses, essential workers, and community members.

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Here’s where some of the top players with ties to Maryland signed as undrafted free agents.

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The Labor Department wrote the app is expected to be back up early Sunday afternoon and all progress in workers’ applications should be retained.

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The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Washington, the No. 170 overall pick, was a three-year starter and two-time team captain for the Red Raiders.

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Two Carroll County natives have always wanted to join the food service industry and in February their dream came true, only with the COVID-19 pandemic to soon follow.

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A robocall purporting to be from NAR asks for payment and personal information.

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A total of $370 billion in relief through the Small Business Administration is on the way.

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The State of Maryland could take a $250 million hit because its revenue from casinos and lottery games has plummeted due to the coronavirus, lottery and gaming director Gordon Medenica said Thursday.

Medenica also said state casinos “are working on incredibly detailed procedures” for reopening,…

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As coronavirus deaths continue to rise in Maryland, state and local officials are opening Laurel Regional Hospital to prepare for a potential surge of patients.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks spoke about the expansion of 135 beds outside the hospital…

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Buyers with cash on hand are looking for homes to flip believing that quarantined homeowners will seek upgraded properties when the economy reopens.

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Visitor traffic to listings online is increasing, and housing inventories are lean.

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A letter from nonprofit Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, which was co-signed by 30 other labor organizations and other groups, was sent to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera on Tuesday asking for protection from garnishments on stimulus checks doled out by the federal…

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Through May 31, REALTORS® without a telemedicine plan can enroll and receive this benefit at no cost for two months.

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Maryland first lady Yumi Hogan nabbed national attention this week after she worked to obtain coronavirus test kits for the state from South Korea.

A South Korean native, Hogan helped the state secure the purchase of 500,000 coronavirus tests this week by making calls to the South Korean ambassador.

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The annual Lyrid meteor shower has begun.

It technically runs from April 16 to 25, but EarthSky.org predicts it will start picking up in intensity late Sunday night, peaking in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning.

As many as 10-15 meteors can be seen per hour at the shower’s peak, not as many…

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Major metropolises including Austin, Baltimore, Boston and Detroit may struggle to access a $500 billion emergency lending program meant to shore up local governments’ cash-starved budgets under rules that limit participation only to cities with 1 million or more residents.

The program, administered…

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These are the confirmed Maryland cases of the novel coronavirus, the illness that causes the COVID-19 disease, confirmed by the Maryland Department of Health. The charts and map below show what has been reported by the state and updates at 10 a.m. each day. With tests in short supply, public health…

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Maryland officials said Friday they were closing public schools until May 15 as deaths from the coronavirus pandemic continue to increase in the state.

The decision, announced by Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon at a State House news conference with Gov. Larry Hogan, means Maryland is…

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In the city that was once the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, “there’s a ‘this too shall pass’ perspective,” real estate pros say.

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Listing data, detailed photos, and virtual and live-video tours suffice for some buyers practicing social distancing.

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Make sure your clients understand that they may owe missed monthly payments in a lump sum at the end of the forbearance period.

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The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services reported 136 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday evening.

A total of 72 correctional officers and 31 inmates have been reported with having the virus. The other confirmed cases include contract workers and staff not working…

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Maryland election officials announced the locations of three in-person voting centers to be offered during the upcoming special general election for the 7th Congressional District on April 28.

One location will be offered in each of the three jurisdictions that make up the district.

For Baltimore…

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Baltimore Police are searching for two men captured on surveillance video breaking a window into a Canton rowhouse and throwing an “incendiary device” inside.

Police and firefighters were called at about 11:25 p.m. Tuesday night to 602 S. Potomac St., said police spokesman detective Donny Moses.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday issued an executive order requiring masks or face coverings for those inside retail establishments or riding any public transportation in the state as Maryland continues to face the coronavirus pandemic.

The order, which will also apply to staff members at…

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“The Hispanic community will play a critical role in the revitalization of America’s post-pandemic economy,” a NAHREP spokesman asserts.

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Consumers are stockpiling essentials, and firms are rethinking their previous lean inventory strategies.

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The Maryland State Board of Education voted Tuesday to waive the requirement that high school seniors pass state tests in order to earn a diploma.

State graduation tests will be suspended for the first time since they were put in place in 2009 because the state has cancelled all testing this spring…

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Baltimore small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic can apply for loans through a new partnership between the city and Goldman Sachs.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young joined business executives Tuesday to announce the plan, supported by federal coronavirus relief legislation and Goldman…

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More than 10,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers lost power Monday afternoon as stormy weather moved through the Baltimore region, leaving some coastal flooding concerns behind.

The utility reported that repairs brought the number of customer outages to 7,700 by 3:18 p.m.

The National…

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan took his argument for billions more in aid to state governments to the White House on Monday, making a pitch to Vice President Mike Pence during a conference call.

“The COVID-19 response is resulting in catastrophic damage to state economies, and fiscal assistance is critical…

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Maryland health officials are now reporting confirmed coronavirus cases by ZIP code as the state confirmed 531 new patients since Saturday, with 235 total deaths resulting from the virus.

By ZIP code, Northwest Baltimore showed the highest singular concentration of cases with 137, officials said.

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Blood tests for the coronavirus could play a key role in deciding whether millions of Americans can safely return to work and school. But public health officials warn that the current “Wild West” of unregulated tests is creating confusion that could ultimately slow the path to recovery.

More than…

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Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. is asking the White House to pressure General Motors to reopen its White Marsh plant as it begins producing life-saving ventilators for increasing numbers of coronavirus patients.

“It is a large state-of-the art facility with advanced technology,…

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Employers have reported increasing numbers of layoffs in Maryland over the past week, with retailers New York & Co, Fashion to Figure, and Pandora and the Medieval Times dinner theater cutting more than 400 jobs.

State-ordered business shutdowns during the new coronavirus pandemic have led to a…

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Mortgage rates could shift lower in the second half of this year, Freddie Mac’s chief economist says.

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Could less-dense cities grow in popularity?

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Area politicians expressed frustration, but not surprise, Thursday after Maryland released information about the race of confirmed coronavirus cases for the first time that showed the state mirrors others around the country with higher rates among black residents.

The initial data showed that 49.4%…

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Convicted former Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh has been assigned to serve her sentence at an Alabama facility nearly 900 miles from home, and is asking for a delay in reporting so that she can resolve pending state charges and try to get a new prison assignment.

The disclosures come in a new…

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Maryland saw its largest daily spike in new coronavirus cases Wednesday with more than 1,000 new confirmed cases announced, as the state’s hospitals brace for a rush of patients.

The state announced an additional 1,158 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, bringing the…

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FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac have not raised rates and fees, but the National Association of REALTORS® is advocating for a reliable source of liquidity for mortgages in forbearance.

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From ramping up online education to growing your social media presence and more, the industry is offering a growing set of resources.

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Baltimore Police have charged a 19-year-old woman with violating Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order requiring residents to stay home, writing that an officer believed she was outside a vacant East Baltimore home only to sell drugs.

Police said officers warned Danasia Campbell twice about the executive…

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Nearly three weeks since the new coronavirus claimed its first victim in Maryland, the state announced it has surpassed 100 deaths caused by COVID-19.

Tuesday’s announcement of 12 additional deaths brought the state’s coronavirus-related death toll to 103, an increase of about 54% in the past two…

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Here are six ways Zoom users can protect themselves from hackers and security breaches.

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Learn what builders are prioritizing in new single-family homes this year.

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A staff member working with the Juvenile Detention Services in Salisbury tested positive for COVID-19 after previously being on quarantine, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services announced Monday.

The department says it was notified of the confirmed case on Sunday.

The detention services…

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It’s necessary in these times to use April to focus on education, reflection, and discussion of the Fair Housing Act while practicing social distancing.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Sunday issued an emergency order aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus in nursing homes, many of which have been ravaged by outbreaks in the state and across the country.

Among the measures, nursing home staff who interact with residents will be required to…

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A federal judge declined to order the release of two people from immigration detention facilities in Maryland after their lawyers argued that they are at a high risk of death or serious illness from a coronavirus infection.

But U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang said he would quickly consider…

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Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and the Baltimore City Department of Transportation announced Saturday the city will suspend Harbor Connector maritime commuting services beginning Monday.

The suspension comes amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s stay-at-home…

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday said coronavirus cases or clusters of cases have now been identified in 60 different nursing home facilities across the state, as well as in multiple correctional facilities in the state.

“We now have widespread, community transmission. This virus is everywhere…

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A March housing report released by realtor.com® shows fewer homes are on the market as the nation battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Find out which real estate professionals posted a stellar year, winning the REALTORS® Land Institute APEX Awards.

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Real estate pros who are unable to work now may be eligible for government assistance even as independent contractors. Here’s a resource to find out more.

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Maryland requested masks, gloves and face shields — and 15,000 body bags — from the federal government but has received only a small fraction as it tries to prepare for continued increases in coronavirus cases, according to a new document.

The state received 34 percent of the 778,129 face masks…

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Connecting with neighbors and others may be more challenging, but you can find opportunities to remain engaged with one another.

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These vegetable gardens, first popularized during World War I, are making a comeback amid the coronavirus pandemic. Find out why.

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The Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday that two deputies have tested positive for coronavirus.

Maj. Sabrina Tapp-Harper said the deputies work in the unit that serves evictions, though that work has been on hold with evictions halted due to coronavirus. Tapp-Harper said the deputies…

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Follow the guidelines of your city, county, and state governments, and practice with caution, experts advise.

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Here are five simple things you can do to help curb power costs.

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Four more Marylanders have died from the new coronavirus, officials said Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to at least 19.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Maryland has risen to at least 1,660 as of Tuesday, the day after Gov. Larry Hogan issued an executive…

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Millions of Marylanders received an emergency alert on their cellphones from the state Monday, urging them to abide by Gov. Larry Hogan’s stay-at-home order to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The order, which requires all residents to remain inside their homes except for essential activities,…

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Maryland prison officials confirmed its first cases of the new coronavirus, saying one inmate and two non-correctional contract employees at two different facilities have tested positive for COVID-19.

The three victims are associated with correctional facilities in Baltimore and Jessup, officials…

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While data has yet to reflect the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the market should recover from any future losses, says Lawrence Yun.

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Homeowners who have policies through the National Flood Insurance Program now have 120 days to renew without a lapse in coverage.

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A man in his 90s passed away at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Carroll County and 17 other residents have been taken to two local hospitals, Carroll County officials announced Sunday.

A total of 66 residents at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy tested positive for COVID-19. County…

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A Charles County man has been charged with two counts of violating the emergency order limiting crowd size during the coronavirus outbreak as authorities say he organized two events of more than 10 people in the past week.

Shawn Marshall Myers, 41, of Hughesville, was charged Saturday after the…

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Baltimore City firefighters battled a four-alarm fire Saturday at the Urban Bible Fellowship Church in East Baltimore, a building nearing its bicentennial that has been on the National Register of Historic Places for almost four decades.

Firefighters responded to the scene in the 1200 block of…

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The number of Marylanders known to have the new coronavirus is nearing 1,000, as the number of cases confirmed by the state climbed by 218 on Saturday, according to the Maryland Department of Health.

In Maryland, 992 people have tested positive for COVID-19, a 28% increase in cases from the 774…

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Johns Hopkins is conducting promising research into a possible treatment method that aims to fight the new coronavirus using the blood of patients who have recovered from it, with $4 million in funding gifted by the state of Maryland and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The research, led by Arturo Casadevall,…

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Furnishings offering comfort and usability may become priorities for homeowners as they spend more time indoors.

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A new report names the top markets that have the highest level of refinancing activity.

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The law, which includes many benefits for REALTORS® and consumers, should provide a boost to the economy as mortgage rates remain low.

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The Right Tools, Right Now program has been reactivated to help members navigate this uncertain business climate.

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A week after the University System of Maryland announced its 12 universities will finish their spring semesters online, the system’s board of regents voted unanimously to allow its chancellor to approve plans for partial refunds of various student fees.

[University System of Maryland moves all…

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As more of the nation transitions to working from home, prepare to make more appearances over video.

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As layoffs continue to mount at small businesses and in the airline, hotel and hospitality industries, other employers are busier than ever meeting demands sparked by the coronavirus crisis. And they need more workers to keep up.

As shutdowns of nonessential businesses occur in Maryland and across…

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“Vacant retail malls provide the physical infrastructure needed to win this battle against the coronavirus outbreak and future epidemics and pandemics,” writes an NAR researcher.

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The new-home sector saw sales decline last month, but sales volumes still remained near an annual cycle high.

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With the American Red Cross experiencing a blood shortage amid the coronavirus pandemic, the University of Maryland Medical Center is partnering with the University of Maryland, Baltimore, to host a three-day blood drive from March 25-27.

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House hunters are adapting their search. “The future of real estate has come earlier than any of us could have anticipated,” Redfin’s CEO says.

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Congress is considering legislation to make it easier to complete transactions electronically in the current environment.

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Businesses, large and small, have had to close their doors in a collective effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday morning announced additional measures to limit the COVID-19 outbreak, closing non-essential businesses effective 5 p.m. Monday.

While…

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See who was selected from this year’s field of finalists. Plus, find out who won the Web Choice voting competition.

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These real estate pros are overcoming tall challenges to deliver food, shelter, and health care to the most vulnerable citizens.

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Another 54 cases of coronavirus were reported in Maryland on Sunday, bringing the state’s total to at least 244. Three people have died.

Baltimore City cases jumped from 15 to 24 from Saturday to Sunday. Increases elsewhere include 18 cases in Anne Arundel, up from 15; Baltimore County has 28 cases,…

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Top stories

2:46p.m.: Recreational activities at the Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy reservoirs will be suspended, citizen drop-off center service will be reduced and additional restrictions by Baltimore public works will be in place starting Monday. Baltimore public works officials announce…

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Recreational activities at the Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy reservoirs will be suspended, citizen drop-off center service will be reduced and additional restrictions by Baltimore public works will be in place starting Monday.

Beginning Monday, staff who can work from home will remain home,…

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The Maryland Department of Health wants health care professionals who want to volunteer as first responders to provide services during a disaster or emergency situation.

On Friday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s office asked health care practitioners to be a part of the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve…

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Maryland officials implored residents this week to wash their hands, maintain social distancing and disinfect surfaces in an effort to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

But as the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to lurch the world to a halt, Gov. Larry Hogan’s office on service and volunteerism…

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Online companies look to restart services soon, citing low inventory as a catalyst that will soon reignite the housing market.

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Existing-home sales last month were the highest since 2007. Read more from NAR’s latest housing report.

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With older people and those with underlying health conditions at particular risk for the novel coronavirus, several local and national stores in the Baltimore area are designating special shopping times during for only those specific groups.

Most of the dedicated hours are right after the retailers…

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When the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas left the Cruise Maryland port terminal nearly two weeks ago, only three people in the state were confirmed to have tested positively for the new coronavirus, and it still seemed like a far-away problem to passengers Lisa and Dave Thoma.

“Things were…

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Make a good impression from the front entryway by avoiding these four common design faux pas.

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Housing construction faces “significant headwinds” as it enters the spring season, the builder’s trade group says.

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A day after eight people were shot in Baltimore, including seven in a single incident, top officials condemned the continuing gun violence, saying it further strains resources at a time when the coronavirus is upending daily life.

The mass shooting took place around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when a gunman…

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Spring begins with the vernal equinox at about 11:49 p.m. Thursday. And a significant warm-up is forecast to come along with it in the Baltimore area.

Temperatures are forecast to reach the lower 70s Thursday afternoon, amid rainy weather, and then perhaps remain around 60 degrees through the night….

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Real estate pros and brokerages adapt to a work-from-home and virtual environment.

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Rates have been on a wild ride in recent weeks. Where will they land?

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Even with schools, offices and restaurants closed by the coronavirus, Baltimore Circuit Judge Melissa Phinn was on the bench Tuesday morning to hear guilty pleas.

This continued business required the presence of lawyers, clerks and other courtroom staff — leading city prosecutors to urge Phinn…

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School leaders and health experts say a long term shutdown of schools — perhaps through the end of the school year — seems increasingly likely with new federal guidance showing a short closure has little impact on slowing the spread of coronavirus.

On Monday, Maryland State School Superintendent…

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“Do not panic, stay informed, and use your best judgment,” guidance from NAR reads. “Focus on putting policies and procedures in place.”

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For the second time this month, the Federal Reserve lowered its benchmark interest rate to stem economic volatility surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

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A Maryland Senate committee voted Sunday to confirm nearly two dozen nominees to the University of Maryland Medical System board ― despite a recent audit that revealed new details about the self-dealing scandal that rocked the hospital network last year.

University of Maryland Medical…

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The General Assembly will adjourn Wednesday out of concern over the coronavirus, with plans to meet again in the last week of May for a special session, legislative leaders announced Sunday.

State Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones spoke at an afternoon news conference…

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A person identified as a “provider” at Johns Hopkins Hospital has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the hospital confirmed late Friday.

It was not immediately clear whether the person was among the 19 confirmed cases reported to date by state and county authorities in Maryland.

“The Maryland…

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On Saturday, a day when the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Maryland rose by seven, Gov. Larry Hogan enacted an emergency order to expand access to child care for “critical personnel” during the state of emergency prompted by the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

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Six more people have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Maryland to 18, officials said Friday.

One of the new cases was confirmed in Baltimore County, another in Anne Arundel County, two in Prince George’s County and the fifth in Charles County,…

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Rents aren’t rising quite as quickly as prices for investment rental properties in most of the country, a new report shows.

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What’s that home really worth? Online visitors will get more data to find out. Realtor.com® says it’s not relying on one estimate but posting multiple third-party value estimates on for-sale and off-market properties.

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It was billed as the biggest cocaine bust in Baltimore Police Department history: officers from the elite Violent Crimes Impact Division conducting surveillance on a West Baltimore drug trafficker a decade ago found 41 kilograms of cocaine in the back of a truck.

“Just good old fashioned police…

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Top Stories Today:

While Baltimore officials said Wednesday there are no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, the governor said later in the day a woman confirmed to have it in Montana had visited Anne Arundel County.

The total count of confirmed cases in Maryland remains at nine as the case…

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Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young confirmed Wednesday there are still no known cases of the new coronavirus in the city, but said preparing for a potential outbreak of the illness is his administration’s “top priority.”

He is postponing the mayor’s annual State of the City address, which…

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Many borrowers who are unable to make their monthly payments due to COVID-19 have options to postpone payments.

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Single female buyers account for the second largest segment of home buyers, behind just married couples. See where they’re buying.

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Maryland’s federal lawmakers said they believe the state will soon have adequate capacity to conduct widespread testing for the coronavirus but expressed frustration that many residents haven’t been given guidance to answer a basic question: how do they get tested?

“If I’m sounding a little bit…

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After weeks of bitter fighting, the Maryland Senate has approved a package of anti-crime bills, including one that contains large portions of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s top legislative priority ― the Violent Firearms Offenders Act.

The compromise legislation comes after the Judicial Proceedings…

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City officials in California are looking for ways to protect tenants against evictions if they fall behind on rent during any potential fallout from the COVID-19 scare.

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Second Century Ventures, NAR’s strategic investment arm, announced plans to expand its tech accelerator program globally for the third time in less than a year.

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A businessman and former president of Maryland’s Black Chamber of Commerce pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Monday to paying $42,500 in bribes to a former Baltimore politician.

Lance Lucas, who runs a non-profit called Digit All Systems, which provides cybersecurity training, appeared in…

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A federal judge who oversaw the recent criminal conviction of former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has granted a request from Pugh to delay her incarceration until April 27, two months after she was sentenced to three years behind bars for her “Healthy Holly” book fraud.

Pugh was to “self-surrender”…

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More physical retailers are incorporating services that online shops can’t provide, hoping to entice shoppers.

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With severely limited inventory and the lowest mortgage rates in history, house hunters should expect steep competition this spring.

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A 13-year-old boy was fatally shot and several others – four children and a 19-year-old man – were injured during a shooting at a Rosedale shopping center, Baltimore County police said Sunday.

Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt said 13-year-old Rickie Forehand was pronounced dead at the…

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan largely praised the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak on Meet the Press Sunday, saying that while he is at odds with some of President Donald Trump’s messaging, the team led by Vice President Mike Pence has been effective in coordinating with the state.

Coronavirus…

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A woman in Baltimore was knocked to the ground by a squeegee worker on a scooter Thursday when she got out of her vehicle after he broke the rear window, according to a police report.

The woman told police the squeegee worker broke the window when she attempted to drive away after being approached…

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State-run buses in Baltimore break down about six times more frequently than buses in St. Louis or Denver. A state-run subway through the city fails five times more often those in Cleveland or D.C. And, Baltimore’s light rail system breaks down three times more than Pittsburgh’s or Salt Lake City’s.

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden picked up several Maryland endorsements after the Super Tuesday primaries, including one from a former Baltimore mayor who had been in Michael Bloomberg’s camp.

U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Baltimore County and fellow Maryland congressman David…

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young had just finished reading a group of elementary school students Dr. Seuss’ “Hop on Pop” when the kids pivoted to asking Baltimore’s top official some questions.

Are you rich? How did you become the mayor? And finally, will you be the president after Donald Trump?

No,…

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Businesses are taking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep commercial buildings sanitary.

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The same motivating factors also influence millennials and members of the silent generation—those 74 to 94 years old—to make a move, NAR report shows.

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After lawmakers killed a much-maligned proposal to greatly expand the state’s sales tax, top Maryland Democrats say they are moving forward with an alternative plan: Cobble together revenue from nine tax bills to bring in more than $700 million annually for schools.

That plan won’t fully fund the…

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The news spread quickly across the neighborhood. Dayquon Glenn had been shot.

Word passed from friend to friend and soon reached Glenn’s brother, who then had to make the most difficult call — to their mother.

“He called me on the phone and was like ‘Mom, Dayquon been shot’ and I said “where?'”…

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Some markets have seen significant declines in home tours due to consumer fears of exposure.

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Several upcoming events will likely leverage technology to replace in-person meetings on behalf of the association.

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Every parent knows a child with a cold is a leaky, disgusting mess. Snot everywhere. Coughs spread far and wide.

Diseases can travel fast when those kids show up at a day care center or school and begin spreading their germs — or novel coronavirus — onto desks, doorknobs and cafeteria tables. And…

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Maryland’s spending panel on Wednesday awarded more than $8.7 million to three recently exonerated men who spent more than 100 combined years in prison.

The Board of Public Works voted unanimously to pay about $2.9 million to Alfred Chestnut, Andrew Stewart Jr. and Ransom Watkins, who were formally…

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“It’s like nothing I’ve seen,” says a spokesman with the Greater Nashville REALTORS® of an F3 tornado that ripped through Tennessee on Tuesday. Real estate pros are stepping up to help.

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Americans are getting scared to go to the store as the U.S. faces the potential of a viral outbreak.

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The Maryland Senate’s top-ranking Republican is making a late push for a bill that would allow the governor to declare a state of emergency in Baltimore due to the high murder rate.

Sen. J.B. Jennings, a Republican who represents Harford and Baltimore counties, said he wants to find a way to help…

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A 27-year-old man has been charged with killing Baltimore rapper Dee Dave in a case of mistaken identity — and then returning to shoot the intended target, according to Baltimore County police.

Calvin Krasheen Fogg is charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the Jan. 24 double shooting…

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Companies are showing a greater willingness to allow workers to relocate and stay with their job.

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It’s not as simple as spraying a cleaner and wiping down a window. Here’s how to make those windows shine for your showings.

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The leader of the Episcopal Church in the diocese of Maryland is asking congregants to alter some of their worship practices to minimize the chances of contracting or spreading COVID-19, the coronavirus first reported in China in December that has spread to more than 50 countries, including the…

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A Baltimore judge sentenced Keith Davis Jr. to the maximum 50 years in prison Monday after a jury convicted the 28-year-old in a fourth trial of murdering a Pimlico security guard.

Davis was tried three times for the 2015 murder of Kevin Jones before the jury convicted him last summer of second-degree…

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Nearly half of owners moved into their home in the last decade in the city with the least tenured homeowners.

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Home values vary considerably nationwide, and that means aspiring buyers will need more—or less—money depending on where they’re putting down roots.

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A 60-year-old man who was beaten last month has died from his injuries, according to Baltimore police.

Rashad Peartree, 33, was charged Feb. 19 with first- and second-degree assault after allegedly beating Louis Henson. Police said Henson died from his injuries at about 9:57 Saturday morning.

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Baltimore saw its first February on record without even a trace of snowfall.

There has been at least a trace of snow in every February on record in Baltimore. Observations were made at the U.S. Customs House from the 1870s until 1950, and at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall…

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Four men were shot in Baltimore on Friday evening, and two of them died of their injuries, police said.

Officers responded to North Milton Avenue and Biddle Street in East Baltimore at about 10:10 p.m. for a report of a shooting, police said, and they found 37-year-old Floyd Huntley of the 1300…

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Armed with $1.1 million in donations, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s political lobbying organization on Friday announced it would begin airing negative television ads against Democrats in the General Assembly over crime and taxes.

One spot advocates for the legislature to pass the Republican governor’s…

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Maryland lawmakers are weighing whether to give a break to Baltimore City on how much more money the city should contribute to additional programs for public schools.

Officials from Baltimore City, Prince George’s County and some small counties had raised concerns that they wouldn’t be able to…

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A $389 million plan to overhaul the Pimlico and Laurel Park thoroughbred horse racing tracks cleared a key hurdle in the Maryland General Assembly on Friday.

The plan won approval by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on a unanimous vote, sending the measure to the full Senate for consideration…

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Hold off on the sledgehammer: See which features in older homes may be extremely valuable.

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The Wisconsin real estate executive and World War II Purple Heart recipient helped shore up association finances after a rocky economic period early in the decade.

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A Baltimore County college is about to be honored as part of a national campaign to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote.

Goucher College officials are scheduled to unveil a highway marker Friday that commemorates the role many of the school’s students and educators played…

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Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who held elected offices in Baltimore for two decades and was elevated by voters to lead the city following the upheaval of 2015, was sentenced to three years in federal prison Thursday for a fraud scheme involving a children’s book series.

Pugh, 69, asked…

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Real estate pros are having a busy winter. Pending home sales climbed 5.7% over a year ago. Read more from NAR’s latest housing report.

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As inventories of existing homes remain extremely low, more buyers may be pushed into the new-home market.

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The advertisement wooed buyers to Woodlawn Estates, a new Baltimore County subdivision, where $10,800 bought a three-bedroom rancher on a large, landscaped suburban lot.

The lots, the brief ad in a 1954 edition of The Baltimore Sun also noted, were “approximately 400 feet above sea level.”

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For a moment during the unrest of 2015, state Sen. Catherine Pugh looked like the leader Baltimore needed.

After night fell on the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues ― where angry protesters defied a citywide curfew and threw water bottles at police ― Pugh spoke into a bullhorn and urged…

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Maryland lawmakers are considering an ambitious $389 million plan to renovate Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, two historic horse racing tracks. Here are key elements of the plan.

Two tracks would be overhauled

Laurel Park would be renovated first, and would continue to be the focus of year-round…

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Maryland’s statewide high school graduation rate fell slightly in 2019, while school districts in the Baltimore region saw slightly larger declines.

The new graduation figures, released by the Maryland State Department of Education Tuesday, showed 86.9% of students graduating statewide, down from…

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American households are more likely to include pets than children, and vacancy rates are lower for rental properties where pets are allowed, a study finds.

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NAR’s Second Century Ventures announces another global expansion of its real estate accelerator program.

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A Baltimore man was found guilty of shooting his father multiple times after an altercation inside their home and then hiding his body in the basement.

Ruben Jackson Jr., 28, admitted to police that he shot Ruben Jackson Sr., 60, last April, but said he acted only after his father started choking…

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A loaded handgun was confiscated from a student at Patterson High School in Baltimore on Monday, according to the president of the city’s school police union.

Tipped off by detectives, two unarmed school police officers arrested the minor after a hallway confrontation at the high school, said Sgt….

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Homes with features designed to improve quality of life for people with disabilities are 10% more expensive than nonaccessible homes nationwide, data shows.

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Lighting can set the right mood in a home and make it feel more welcoming, and achieving that doesn’t always require professional work.

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A coalition of environmental and community groups and half a dozen Baltimore City Council members on Saturday launched a plan under which the city would strive to one day virtually eliminate waste, and, they say, create jobs and improve the community in the process.

The plan includes straightforward…

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A contractor is working to recover an estimated 50 gallons of fuel oil that spilled where the Jones Falls meets the Inner Harbor Saturday morning, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment.

A U.S. Coast Guard contractor is using a vacuum truck to attempt to recover fuel at the site,…

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A man was shot in the head in Pigtown Saturday morning, Baltimore Police said.

Police said the shooting occurred at about 10:45 a.m. in the 1100 block of South Carey St.

The victim was taken to a local hospital but police did not provide addition information about his condition.

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As governments and health agencies shut down travel and limit public gatherings in an attempt to contain the deadly coronavirus, Maryland colleges and universities say the response could slow — or shut off — a pipeline of Chinese students.

Auditions at Peabody Institute were more subdued this week…

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A man’s body was found in the water near the 8200 block of Eastern Avenue in Dundalk around 8:20 a.m. Friday, Baltimore County Police officials said.

That location is near the Back River Waste Water Treatment Plant, which is owned and operated by the City of Baltimore.

The man was declared dead…

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Faced with rising home prices and student loan debt, some cash-strapped millennials are teaming up with friends to purchase a home.

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Low mortgage rates entice rookie buyers, and more robust housing starts should boost sales in the near future, according to NAR.

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Maryland on Wednesday notified the owner of the Luke paper mill in Allegany County that it is filing a federal lawsuit over Potomac River contamination.

The move ramps up the state’s enforcement of a leak of black sludge from the mill that was first spotted by a fisherman nearly a year ago, about…

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Citing their opposition to mandatory minimum sentences, Democrats in the Maryland General Assembly say they are unlikely to pass Gov. Larry Hogan’s top priority this session ― the Violent Firearms Offender Act ― infuriating the governor who alleges lawmakers aren’t taking shootings in Baltimore…

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The recent upswing could “change on a dime if the broader housing market flattens out or sags,” according to ATTOM Data Solutions.

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While low mortgage rates are improving buyers’ purchasing power, the cheaper borrowing costs are drawing more house hunting competition.

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The Baltimore Sun won the prestigious George Polk Award Wednesday for its coverage of Mayor Catherine Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” book scheme that led to her resignation from office in May and federal charges against her.

The distinction for political reporting recognizes reporter Luke Broadwater and…

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The man accused of assaulting Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott outside of a mayoral forum has filed his own charge, alleging it was Scott who struck him during the contentious encounter.

Video obtained by The Baltimore Sun shows a volunteer for a rival campaign shoving Scott and punching…

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Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Woodrow “Jerry” Jones to be the superintendent of the Maryland State Police on Tuesday.

Jones has been serving as the chief of police for the Maryland Transportation Authority. He spent 27 years with the state police before becoming chief of the MDTA.

Jones has been appointed…

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Khaled Heeba fled the most dangerous place on earth in 2016, escaping Syria’s civil war with his parents to come to the United States for a better life. He settled in Baltimore.

He went to work delivering pizzas full time to help support himself and his parents, his co-workers and a family friend…

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They’re cheaper to build than community golf courses and appeal to a wider pool of buyers, developers say.

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The lack of knowledge may be why 11 million homeowners are missing out on potentially saving $268 per month by refinancing.

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