Thursday, October 23, 2014


The Charles County Commissioners are seeking County residents to fill vacancies on the following Boards, Committees & Commissions:

•Area Council on Aging
•Board of Appeals
•Cable Advisory Commission
•Charles County Tax Assessment Appeal Board
•Commission for Women
•Commission on Individuals with Disabilities
•Grants Advisory Panel
•Heritage Commission
•Homeowner’s Association Dispute Review Board
•Library Board of Trustees
•Sheriff Disability Review Board
•Sheriff’s Office Retirement Plan Committee (SORP)
•Wicomico Scenic River Commission

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CSM hosts Board of Education for joint meeting

The Board of Education of Charles County and College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Board of Directors will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27 at the Center for Business Industry in room BI 103/104, located on the CSM La Plata campus. The following is a tentative agenda:

  Pledge of Allegiance
  Access CSM
  Early College Academy proposal
  Update on Middle College
  Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CSM and Charles
  County Public Schools

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Transportation Lockbox Is Too Easy To Open, But Is Still Worth Passing
Southern Maryland Online

Commentary by Len Lazarick,

Shouldn’t the money we pay in the gasoline tax be used to fund the roads and bridges it was supposed to build and maintain?

Yes, of course, you say.

That’s the answer voters need to give to Question 1 on the state ballot this year.

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Why Performance Incentives and Public Schools Don’t Mix
Huffington Post

We have always paid public servants a flat fee, untethered to any sort of “performance measures.” That’s because we want public service to be completely disconnected from any private interests.

Fighting Fire With Money

Imagine if, for instance, we paid fire fighters on sliding scale, based on how many of which type fires they put out at a certain speed. This would be disastrous for many reasons.

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More than 5 million in state live near oil or gas well, report says
Tony Barboza ― Los Angeles Times

More than 5 million Californians — most of them in Los Angeles and Kern counties — live near an oil or gas well, and expanding drilling in the state could increase their exposure to health risks, according to a report released Wednesday by a national environmental group.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, analyzing state environmental data, identified 5.4 million people who live within a mile of at least one of the state’s 84,000 active or new wells. They are the most likely to be affected by potential air and water pollution caused by oil and gas production if advanced extraction methods such as fracking, acidizing and horizontal drilling expand in California, according to the report.

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Dominion wetlands disturbance permits approved
Sarah Fleischman ― The Recorder

The practical implications of a judge’s decision that the export project at Dominion Cove Point in Lusby must still meet local zoning ordinances despite the county’s attempt to exempt the company from the ordinances were discussed at the Oct. 15 meeting of the planning commission, where two applications from Dominion to disrupt nontidal wetlands were approved.

Mary Beth Cook, deputy director of the county Department of Community Planning and Building, said in an interview Thursday that Dominion’s two applications were a result of the department reviewing the project in light of the judge’s decision, which was made Aug. 6.
At the Oct. 15 planning commission meeting, the commission approved two proposed disturbances to nontidal wetlands — one application dealing with wetlands on the terminal site itself, and the other on Offsite Area A across Route 2/4 from the plant.

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Canada Attack Stirs Terror Fears

Two deadly attacks in three days against members of the military stunned Canadians and raised fears their country was being targeted for reprisals for joining the U.S.-led air campaign against an extremist Islamic group in Iraq and Syria.

“We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed in a nationally televised address hours after a masked gunman killed a soldier standing guard at Ottawa’s war memorial shortly before 10 a.m. on Wednesday. The suspect then stormed Parliament in a dramatic attack that was stopped cold when he was shot to death by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms.

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FCC pauses clock on AT&T-DirecTV, Comcast-TWC merger reviews

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday paused its informal “shot clock” deadline on the reviews of the proposed mergers of AT&T Inc (T.N) and DirecTV (DTV.O) and of Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O) and Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N) over the issue of confidential programming agreements.

The FCC, which will determine whether the deals are in the public interest, said it will pause its self-imposed, 180-day shot-clock deadline to decide how to handle highly confidential documents related to agreements with media companies.

The FCC’s review of the $48.5 billion merger of wireless carrier AT&T and satellite TV provider DirecTV on Wednesday was in day 76 of the 180-day deadline. The review of the $45 billion Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal earlier had been stopped at day 85.

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Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients
Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley ― REUTERS

Officials from at least three hospital systems interviewed by Reuters said they were considering whether to withhold individual procedures or leave it up to individual doctors to determine whether an intervention would be performed.

Ethics experts say they are also fielding more calls from doctors asking what their professional obligations are to patients if healthcare workers could be at risk.

U.S. health officials meanwhile are trying to establish a network of about 20 hospitals nationwide that would be fully equipped to handle all aspects of Ebola care.

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U.S. misinformed Congress, public on immigrant release
Brad Heath ― USA TODAY

New records contradict the Obama administration’s assurances to Congress and the public that the 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails last year to save money had only minor criminal records.

The records, obtained by USA TODAY, show immigration officials released some undocumented immigrants who had faced far more serious criminal charges, including people charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.

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Special report: America’s perpetual state of emergency
Gregory Korte ― USA TODAY

The United States is in a perpetual state of national emergency.

Thirty separate emergencies, in fact.

An emergency declared by President Jimmy Carter on the 10th day of the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 remains in effect almost 35 years later.
Those emergencies, declared by the president by proclamation or executive order, give the president extraordinary powers — to seize property, call up the National Guard and hire and fire military officers at will.

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Sky spectacle: Partial solar eclipse coming Thursday
Doyle Rice ― USA TODAY

In the afternoon, a partial solar eclipse — where the moon covers a part of the sun — will be visible across much of the USA, barring any pesky clouds that could block the show.

The eclipse will occur over most of North America — except for a small slice of eastern Canada and eastern New England, said meteorologist Joe Rao of
Unless you use a special filter, such as welder’s glasses, never look directly at the sun during the eclipse, or at any time for that matter. Universe Today warns that dangerous ultraviolet and infrared light focused on your retinas will damage your vision for the rest of your life.

Your camera also needs a special filter in order to photograph the eclipse.

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US to track everyone coming from Ebola nations

All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country.

Starting Monday, anyone traveling from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will have to report in with health officials daily and take their temperature twice a day.

The measure applies not only to visitors from those countries but also returning American aid workers, federal health employees and journalists. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the new step Wednesday.

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Corporate giants funding state ballot initiatives

Voters may not know it, but the millions of dollars paying for ads on ballot measures they will consider next month come from large companies and national advocacy groups.

Many of the messages are tailored to defend or expand the business interests of companies such as Coca-Cola, Monsanto and ExxonMobil, yet few have their names in the ads.

For example, $6.4 million in ads funded by Coloradans for Better Schools is backed by the Rhode Island-based Twin Rivers Casino in favor of a ballot initiative that would expand gambling to horse tracks. Opponents, calling themselves Don’t Turn Racetracks Into Casinos, are backed by a group of Colorado casinos and are helping fund $5.7 million in ads to defend their turf.

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Open Thread - October 23, 2014


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