The Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD) has reported there was an explosion with a partial roof collapse in the Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) building at West Fayette and Liberty this morning, December 23rd, around 8:30 AM.  The explosion was loud and powerful enough to shake neighboring buildings.  BCFD officials said that as many as 23 victims were rescued from the building and at least 21 were taken to the…

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Proper estate planning is vital for anyone who wishes to protect his or her assets and loved ones, but it is potentially more critical for same-sex couples and families, due in part to the passage of marriage equality laws.  Estate planning for the LGBTQ+ community has long been a special challenge.  A turning point came in in 2015 with the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, where same-sex marriage…

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2021 Extension System is Live Today, the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) announced that its free 2021 Annual Report Extension System is live, which allows businesses to extend their filing deadline from April 15 to June 15, 2021. Annual Report “Blackout” Period Scheduled In preparation for the 2021 filing season, the SDAT will be disabling online submissions of all Annual Reports from noon on December 31 through…

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According to a Memo from Dana P. Moore, Baltimore’s Acting City Solicitor, Baltimore City is set to pay out more than $10 million to settle lawsuits related to the now infamous Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF).   Most notably, the settlements call for Umar Burley and Brent Matthews to be paid almost $8 million. On December 10, 2020, less than one month after being awarded nearly $8 million, Burley was arrested…

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