Maryland Attorney General wants more drug dealers charged with manslaughter after some fatal overdoses

Maryland’s top lawyer says local prosecutors should consider manslaughter charges for more dealers and suppliers whose drugs cause fatal overdoses after the state’s highest court has swept away legal doubts. Attorney General Brian Frosh said he believes some dealers who sell particularly deadly drugs should face charges if someone dies from an overdose. “The distribution of dangerous drugs like heroin runs a risk of killing people,” Frosh said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun. While he would not recommend homicide charges in every fatal overdose case, he said prosecution is warranted when someone supplies drugs "in a way that’s grossly negligent.” (Balt. Sun)

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Next Generation 911 will mean some address changes in Washington County

Dozens of Hancock residents might have to change their addresses for the Next Generation 911 emergency phone service. Residents in other Washington County towns could follow suit. Bud Gudmundson, Washington County’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) manager, and Jennifer Kinzer, GIS coordinator for the planning and zoning department, talked about Next Generation 911 and the addressing issues during Wednesday’s meeting of the Hancock Town Council. The new 911 technology brings several features, such as text, video and map capability, that current systems lack, Gudmundson said. It also relies on correct, consistent and upgraded addresses. (Herald-Mail)

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Notes from MACo

Good fences make good neighbors. Competing receptions take place all the time during the course of a Maryland Association of Counties summer convention in Ocean City. Sometimes they even take place at the exact same time in adjoining bars and restaurants, now that the Annapolis establishments Dry 85 and Red Red Wine Bar have opened outposts that are attached to each other in OC. But we may never have seen anything like the phenomenon we witnessed Wednesday evening, when the venerable Annapolis lobbying firm Alexander & Cleaver held a reception at Dry 85 and during the exact same time slot, Compass Government Relations Partners, whose founders worked at A&C before jumping ship and setting up their own shop a year ago, were next door at Red Red Wine Bar. (Md. Matters)

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Nationwide Survey: Nearly Nine of Ten Seniors are Satisfied with their Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage

A nationwide survey of Americans 65 and older who are enrolled in Medicare Part D prescription drug plans shows that the program remains enormously popular.  Among poll respondents, 87 percent said they were satisfied with their Medicare prescription drug coverage and 85 percent said that their Part D plan provided good value. The survey of 2,000 seniors was performed by Morning Consult and commissioned by the Medicare Today coalition.  Mary R. Grealy, president of the Healthcare Leadership Council and chair of Medicare Today, said the survey results underscore the importance of maintaining the fundamental structure of the Part D program. (Medicare Today) 

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Israel denies entry to Reps. Omar and Tlaib hours after Trump’s push for a ban

President Trump’s explosive feud with two Democratic congresswomen moved to the international stage on Thursday as Israel denied the lawmakers entry into the country just hours after Trump publicly urged Israel to block them. U.S. officials said the extraordinary intervention by the president was part of his strategy to sow divisions within the Democratic Party by shining a spotlight on its most liberal members. Trump blasted the two lawmakers, Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), tweeting that “they hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds.” (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore Mayor Young: ‘I live and breathe regionalism’

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said he plans to ask Gov. Larry Hogan about ways to free up city police to focus on violent crime and to use nonviolent offenders to clean up neighborhoods. The ideas are part of a number of priorities Young said he plans to discuss with the Republican governor when the two meet next week to discuss how to address violent crime in the city. In addition to that meeting, the mayor said, Young hopes to explore a new form of regionalism with surrounding counties that help with law enforcement efforts. (Daily Record)

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Maryland recalls 8,000 Real ID driver’s licenses

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration has recalled the driver’s licenses of 8,000 residents because they failed to meet requirements to be in compliance with the Real ID Act — a federal law designed to tighten security for state-issued identification. That means if any of those drivers are pulled over by police for any reason, the officer could confiscate their driver’s license. If you are one of the 8,000, the MVA says you can avoid having your license confiscated by presenting the required paperwork — proof of age and identity, your Social Security number and Maryland residency — to an MVA branch. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore Co. Police, Gov. Larry Hogan Show Support For Philadelphia Police After 6 Officers Shot

The Baltimore County Police Department and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan are showing their support for the Philadelphia Police Department and praying the injured officers a speedy recovery, Six Philly police officers were shot Wednesday during a standoff with a suspect in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood. The gun battle and standoff started around 4:30 p.m. when police were serving a narcotics warrant on the 3700 block of North 15th Street in Philadelphia around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The suspect was taken into custody around midnight. (WJZ-TV)

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