Hogan Official Accuses State Senate President of Unethical Behavior; Teens Linked to Shirley Povich Field Vandalism

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Hogan official accuses Senate president of unethical behavior

Gov. Larry Hogan’s chief spokesman Doug Mayer accused state Senate President Mike Miller of trying to prevent Anne Arundel Medical Center from receiving a coveted certificate to perform open heart surgeries—an action Mayer called “flat-out illegal.” The certificate offers financial benefits, but is controlled by the state to prevent market saturation, among other reasons. The medical center received approval for the certificate, but a Prince George’s circuit court judge has prevented the hospital from moving forward with the surgical program. Miller responded to the allegations by calling them “spurious” and Mayer a “pipsqueak.” [Baltimore Sun]

Teens linked to Shirley Povich Field vandalism

Two 18-year-old Walter Johnson High School students and two other teens were linked to vandalism in April at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda in which police say they set a small fire in a dugout and drew male genitalia and the number “420” on the base pads. A maintenance man saw the young men flee as he approached the field and was able to get the license plate number of the vehicle that one of the boys drove away in. Police used that number to make arrests. [WJLA]

Three men indicted in Montgomery Village graduation killings

Jose Canales-Yanez, 25, Edgar Garcia-Ganoa, 24, and his brother Roger Garcia, 19, were indicted in the killings of students Shadi Najjar, 17, and Artem Ziberov, 18, in the June 17 double shooting in a Montgomery Village cul-de-sac. The three suspects had previously been charged in the killings of the two teens who had been on the honor roll at Northwest High School in Germantown. The indictment added handgun and robbery counts to the murder charges the three men face. [Washington Post]

Maryland moves up to No. 25 on list of the best states to do business

The state moved up five rankings on CNBC’s annual list compared to last year’s ranking and has improved 11 spots over the past two years. The business news network uses more than 60 factors to rank the states to determine how friendly they are to do business. [Baltimore Business Journal]

Showers, thunderstorms rolling in this afternoon

The National Weather Service predicts a high near 92 degrees Friday with showers and thunderstorms hitting after 2 p.m. and continuing into the evening. A nighttime low around 73 degrees is expected.

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