Appeals Court To Hear Slot Referendum Case. Maryland’s highest court has agreed to hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling against a public vote on whether a casino should be allowed near a shopping mall. The Court of Appeals on Wednesday scheduled arguments for July 20. The court will consider whether a zoning ordinance needed for the casino near Arundel Mills Mall in Anne Arundel County is the proper subject of a referendum. Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Silkworth ruled last month that a local ordinance enacted to allow the casino is part of an appropriation package for maintaining state and local government and thus is not subject to a referendum.
Annapolis Dig Gives Glimpse Into Life In The 1800s. Some artifacts recently uncovered in Annapolis are giving archaeologists a glimpse into the history of the city.University of Maryland students involved in the Archeology in Annapolis project spent the month of June digging up the back yard of a historic home on East Street.The house was purchased in 1850 by a man named James Holliday, who was freed from slavery before emancipation. He also worked for the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, records show.
Woman’s Body Found Floating In Middle River. Baltimore County police said a restaurant patron noticed a body floating in the waters of Middle River on Wednesday afternoon.The body was found near the River Watch Restaurant on Nanticoke Road in Essex.Police said the body of a woman was recovered just after 2 p.m.So far, police said there’s no evidence of foul play.An autopsy is scheduled to be performed on Thursday to determine the woman’s cause of death. She has not yet been identified.
Code Red Heat Alert For Today. Extreme heat continues to blanket much of Maryland on Wednesday, affecting health and transportation.Interim Health Commissioner Olivia Farrow declared Thursday a Code Red Heat Alert Day on Wednesday night.She said Baltimore City will open 15 emergency cooler centers. Each center will have cool air, water and ice available.City officials said residents can call 311 for the latest cooling center hours and locations.At the U.S. Naval Academy, four midshipmen showed symptoms of heat exhaustion Wednesday morning, according to academy spokeswoman Deborah Goode.