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Former Mayor Sheila Dixon’s lead in the Democratic primary for Baltimore mayor held Friday with the release of additional returns. After a day of counting and scanning, the state elections board published returns based on about two-thirds of ballots received so far.

Demonstrators representing Baltimore’s black, transgender community and two of the city’s most established medical institutions protested racial injustice Friday.

The city’s decision will allow religious institutions to have tented outdoor services for up to 50 people with physical distancing and face coverings. Camps and childcare providers will be allowed to open on a limited basis, and hair salons and barbershops can reopen for appointment-only services.

About 1,400 contact tracers in Maryland will begin calling the public to ask about contacts with those infected with coronavirus.

As Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan touts progress in coronavirus testing — expanded locations, no need for a doctor’s note — he continues to be questioned about whether highly-publicized tests from South Korea have been used.

Towson University is convening a committee to change the names of two residence halls named after two Maryland men who owned slave owners, the university announced Friday.

Humans are social creatures. We gather at school, work, church, parks, parties, bars and restaurants and other places for activities. Social distancing to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus has kept us largely isolated from many of the people we are closest with and has tested our mental health. We are continuing to flatten the curve and save lives with our efforts. However, according to a study from personal finance website WalletHub, it’s easier to maintain proper social distancing in some states than others.

Reddit co-founder and Columbia native Alexis Ohanian announced his resignation from the board of the social media site and urged the board to replace him with a black candidate.

Maryland’s highest court reinstated a $200,000 judgment against a Baltimore Police officer for excessive force after the officer, who is white, opened fire on an black man during a traffic stop five years ago.

A 60-year-old Maryland man was arrested Friday after a video appeared to show him violently grab an object from a young adult who was posting signs protesting the death of George Floyd, park police said.

About 109 patients have transferred to the facility at the Baltimore Convention Center from 19 Maryland hospitals since it opened, staying for an average of five days, said Chuck Callahan, co-director of the field hospital and a doctor at University of Maryland Medical Center.

It will mark the first time student-athletes will be allowed back on campus since the coronavirus pandemic shut down universities across the country and subsequently forced the cancellation of college athletics seasons.

A Baltimore County Police officer took to Facebook to describe "the in pit in my chest" after watching "Floyd's last moments" on video.

Gov. Larry Hogan and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser continued to disagree Thursday over the presence of Maryland National Guard troops in the nation’s capital.

U.S. Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Chris Van Hollen have introduced legislation that would replace the bust of controversial Supreme Court justice Roger Brooke Taney, who wrote the majority opinion in a case concluding black people were not U.S. citizens, with the first African American to serve on the high court, Baltimore's Thurgood Marshall.

Seeing Baltimore as ‘our city,’ a suburban Catholic church raised $500,000 in one weekend for a rec center and school on the southwest side.

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Races to Watch

Displays percentage of vote as distributed among the top candidates in each race.
See the full election results here »

Baltimore City Mayor Democratic
Candidate
votes
Sheila Dixon
27,608
41.4%
Brandon Scott
23,985
35.9%
Mary Miller
15,144
22.7%
3 of 4 precincts reporting; 3 of 24 candidates shown
Baltimore City Comptroller Democratic
Candidate
votes
Bill Henry
44,748
52.6%
Joan M. Pratt
Incumbent
40,268
47.4%
3 of 4 precincts reporting
Baltimore City Council President Democratic
Candidate
votes
Nick Mosby
34,201
43.5%
Shannon Sneed
24,170
30.8%
Carl Stokes
20,222
25.7%
3 of 4 precincts reporting; 3 of 7 candidates shown
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