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Mon June 30, 2014

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Tawanda Jones, Tyrone West's Sister, testifying before a City Council committee last Thursday looking at West's death in police custody.
Credit P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

We report on last week’s meeting of the Baltimore City Council’s Public Safety Committee. Plus, the future of spice company McCormick, the Maryland Renaissance Festival’s continued push to move to Lothian, more surveillance cameras in Baltimore County schools, and travel predictions for the Independence Day holiday.

Hearing Opens Past Police Wounds: Past incidents involving the use of force by police were a part of a hearing that took place last week before the Baltimore City Council’s Public Safety Committee. It’s part of that panel’s look at the death of Tyrone West while in police custody nearly a year ago. WYPR’s Kenneth Burns talks with Nathan Sterner about some of the issues raised… and about tomorrow’s hearing on reducing public towing fees.

Will Maryland Get McCormick's New Office Site? Spice company McCormick is looking for a new location for its office workers. WYPR's Joel McCord and Kevin Litten of the Baltimore Business Journal talk about a couple of Baltimore sites that might be attractive to the iconic Maryland company. It’s this morning’s edition of Inside Maryland Politics.

Maryland Renaissance Festival Continues Push To Move: The organizers of the Maryland Renaissance Festival are still trying to move the event from Crownsville – where it’s been held for nearly 3 decades – to Lothian. And they’re appealing a zoning decision that prevents the move. The Anne Arundel County Board of Appeals is now set to take up the matter, although a hearing date hasn’t been scheduled yet. This year’s Festival is on track to remain in Crownsville, opening on August 23rd. The Baltimore Sun has more.

More Surveillance Cameras In Baltimore County Schools: Baltimore County is responding to a spike in violence in Maryland schools by adding more electronic doors and surveillance cameras. School officials say all doors will eventually be electronic requiring either a swipe card or somebody to buzz a visitor in. Baltimore County principals attended a two-day seminar last week to discuss new ideas on improving campus safety for the fall. WJZ has more.

Holiday Travel Predictions: Lots of Marylanders are making travel plans for Independence Day; the 4th of July is this Friday. Triple-A Mid-Atlantic is predicting that over 828-thousand state residents will journey 50 miles or more for the five-day holiday period, running from Wednesday, June 2nd to Sunday the 6th. Air travel is expected to tick up one-and-a-half percent this year, when compared to last… and if Triple-A’s predictions hold, more Marylanders will hit the roads than during any previous Independence Day holiday. The Baltimore Business Journal has more. There’s some good news for holiday travelers who plan to visit the Eastern Shore: ongoing construction on the Bay Bridge will wrap up on Wednesday. Officials want to make sure both spans on the bridge are open to travelers all day Thursday, which’ll be getaway day for thousands of vacationers.

Crackdown On Drunk Boating: If your Fourth of July plans include boating, the Maryland Natural Resources Police remind you that you should never boat while intoxicated. Over the weekend, Natural Resources Police took part in a nationwide policing event to raise awareness of the dangers of drunken boating. More patrols will be out this weekend, from Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland, to the Chesapeake Bay, to the Atlantic coast. Last year, more than 200 people were arrested in our state for boating under the influence. The Baltimore Sun has more.

Baltimore Baseball: The Orioles fell 12 to 7 to the Tampa Bay Rays in yesterday’s game. The O’s host the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards this evening, for the first of a four-game series. Tonight’s game starts at 7:05pm.

Washington Baseball: The Nationals won yesterday’s game against the Chicago Cubs; the score there, 7 to 2.

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