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Cool roofing? Not much in Baltimore

Kimmy Caldwell says her new East Baltimore home, which has a white roof, is cooler than her Fells Point rowhouse, which had an old black roof. (Capital News Service/ Maris Medina)

In east Baltimore, home to neighborhoods with the hottest summer temperatures in the city, Saahil Panikar credits the white roof on his Butchers Hill rowhouse with how comfortable his home is year-round. “I keep my thermostat on the lower level ...

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‘Resilience hubs’ forming around Baltimore

This banner, which highlights each location as being a resource for extreme weather, hangs in resiliency hubs around Baltimore. Capital News Service/Maya Pottiger

Perkins Homes, a public housing complex in southeast Baltimore, lost power during the heat wave in July. As window air-conditioning units failed residents, neighbors turned to a nearby solar-powered community center for relief. At POWER House, residents refrigerated their medications ...

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Maryland lawmakers taking aim at climate change

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ANNAPOLIS — When the Maryland legislature reconvenes in January, legislators of both parties say they will continue the battle against climate change. Some of their plans are much more aggressive than others. Del. Brooke Lierman, D-Baltimore, said she will sponsor ...

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Capital Gazette shooter was concerned about sanity

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A thread that pulled the gunman responsible for the June 2018 murders of journalists Wendi Winters, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara and Gerald Fischman, and advertising assistant Rebecca Smith, closer to The Capital Gazette newspaper through the years is one that the justice system now has its eyes focused on: His sanity.

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Maryland’s suburbs saw a large influx of prescription opioids

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. State attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments said Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, they are in active negotiations with Purdue Pharma, maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, as they attempt to reach a landmark settlement over the nation's opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Between 2006 and 2012, Maryland saw a large influx of prescription opioids, more of which, per person, were sent to suburban areas of the state than the urban or rural areas, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration database published by The Washington Post.

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Md. counties and universities boost revenue with ICE contracts

Protesters chant slogans as they march during a demonstration calling for the abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, and demand changes in U.S. immigration policies, Friday, June 29, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

ANNAPOLIS — As Maryland counties and universities face increasing pressure to end their partnerships with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Cecil County’s partnership recently became “operational,” according to an ICE spokeswoman. Cecil is one of three Maryland counties — with Frederick and ...

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