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A discovery in a Bethesda garden

Plus: Maryland faces ‘extreme’ threat of gerrymandering, new report says; Stage set for final negotiations over legislation to change policing

A discovery in a Bethesda garden

One Sunday a few weeks ago, Colleen Williams Vyas, doing some gardening in the yard of her Bethesda home, hit something hard.

It turned out to be a mortar, which appeared inert. [Washington Post]

Maryland faces ‘extreme’ threat of gerrymandering, new report says

Maryland is under “extreme” risk for gerrymandering when lawmakers draw up new election districts, according to a new report from an anti-corruption watchdog group.

The Gerrymandering Threat Index from the nonprofit group RepresentUs lists Maryland, alongside 26 other states, in the highest risk category for gerrymandering. [Maryland Matters]


Stage set for final negotiations over legislation to change policing

Maryland lawmakers set the stage Tuesday for final negotiations over a series of major policing bills that are the General Assembly’s top remaining priority with the legislative session ticking to a close.

After several hours of contentious debate, the House of Delegates passed the final piece Tuesday of a Senate-drafted package of bills, a measure that would give the public limited access to disciplinary files and complaints against officers through public records requests and place new limits on no-knock search warrants. [Baltimore Sun]

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