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News Wrap: Dirt Bikers Stay Away From Druid Hill; Back to School For Baltimore

First day at Dundalk Middle School
Baltimore Co Schools /
First day at Dundalk Middle School

For the second week in a row, Baltimore City police used a “traffic calming” approach — cones and cruisers — to keep dirt bikers and crowds away from Reisterstown Road. Dirt bikers typically gather there to race on Sunday evenings. While the quieter evening is a relief to many residents in the area, small business owners are suffering because the dirt bike races are their busiest night of the week.

First Day of School For Many in Baltimore

For many students in the Baltimore area, today is the first day of the 2015-2016 school year. Schools in Howard, Baltimore County, and Anne Arundel are opening today. Baltimore City schools open August 31. WBAL notes that Maryland has a record number of students enrolled across the state this year — more than 1 million.

Maryland Receives Boost in Victim Services Funding

Maryland will receive a boost in federal funding that will go to providing legal services, counseling, and support for victims of crime. The state will receive $36 million from the federal Victims of Crimes fund this fall. Last year, Maryland received $8 million for the same services. This increase in funding is possible because Congress raised a longstanding cap on the amount of money that can be spent. Other states are receiving similar increases, and the money can be used over the next three years. 

New Sexual Assault Policy at Johns Hopkins 

Johns Hopkins University is making changes to its sexual misconduct policy.  The new policy says consent cannot be given if a person is unconscious, asleep, or unable to make a rational decision. The university hopes the new policy is now easier to access and understand. The school is one of about 100 facing a federal investigation into how it's dealt with past accusations of sexual assault. 

Man Shot After Struggle With State Trooper 

A 30-year-old man wanted for theft is dead after a struggle with a Maryland state trooper. Charles S. Hall, of North East, was shot while the trooper, Daryl Brackett, was trying to arrest him Friday night. According to police reports, Brackett approached Hall and tried to arrest him. When Hall resisted, a struggle ensued and Hall got into his car and tried to drive away. Bracketts then fired at him. The shooting is under investigation by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit. 

Orioles' Hardy Heading To DL 

The Baltimore Orioles are taking another big hit after getting swept by the Minnesota Twins.  O's shortstop J.J. Hardy says he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list and will likely have an MRI on his left groin today. Baltimore lost 4-3 in 12 innings yesterday as Minnesota swept the four-game series at Camden Yards.


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