Wednesday, November 26, 2014
U.S. regulator orders national Takata driver-side air bag recall
Bernie Woodall ― REUTERS

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday ordered air bag supplier Takata Corp (7312.T) to expand its regional recall of driver-side air bags to cover the entire United States.

Such a nationwide recall would affect vehicles made by five automakers: Ford Motor Co (F.N); Honda Motor Co (7267.T); Chrysler Group LLC, a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCHA.MI) (FCAU.N); Mazda Motor Corp (7261.T) and BMW AG (BMWG.DE).

NHTSA gave Takata until Tuesday to issue a recall. If the company does not, NHTSA “may begin proceedings” leading to fines for the Japanese air bag supplier of up to $7,000 per vehicle that the U.S. road safety regulator says should have been recalled.

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Public Hearing: Maryland Airport Land Use Study

Public Meeting Notice

Maryland Airport Land Use Study

January 14, 2015

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

At the Indian Head Village Green Pavilion

Charles County is conducting a study of the area in the vicinity of the Maryland Airport, a privately owned, public-use airport in western Charles County. The County has been studying land use, public facilities and environmental features around the airport as background for making recommendations regarding the supply of employment land in the vicinity of the airport.


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Be thankful, even for politicians
Maryland Independent - Editorial

We all have personal reasons to be grateful for the lives we lead, and on Thanksgiving, most of us will gather with some of the people most important to us.

Others will be pulled away from family and friends by their occupations or volunteer work to watch out for our safety and well-being even while we are celebrating, and many of those serving in the military won’t be able to make it home this year. It would be ungrateful, indeed, not to keep them in our thoughts as well.

There are other people as well in this community who are willing to step up to serve the public who are often unappreciated. Actually, not just unappreciated, but sometimes held in contempt. They are politicians.

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Local company helps with Oprah project for life coach personality
KAREN TANG ― Maryland Independent

Special home makeover involves Waldorf’s Barnes Builders

Barnes Builders Inc. contributed to a celebrity home makeover surprise that will be featured on the television special “Oprah Prime: Iyanla, I’ll Fix Your House,” airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network on 8 p.m. Nov. 29.

Network producers contacted Terry Barnes, the general contractor of Waldorf-based Barnes Builders, for the job of remodeling the house of spiritual life coach and OWN host Iyanla Vanzant.

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Mistrust of government hampers agency in fishing data collection
YEVGENIY TRAPEZNIKOV ― Maryland Independent

Revisions to a federal program used to monitor recreational fisheries, such as the striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay, have failed to gain the trust of the recreational angling community despite the millions of dollars that have been spent so far, critics say.

For years the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been using a set of surveys to monitor how many fish are caught by anglers in the nation’s coastal waters. But the way monitoring was conducted was not always efficient.

For example, in the 1980s, it took several years of fishing moratoriums from North Carolina to Maine to restore striped bass stocks.

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Hundreds show up to walk, fight to end homelessness
KAREN TANG ― Maryland Independent

LifeStyles of Maryland Foundation recently hosted its 12th annual walk to end homelessness in Charles County, benefiting the Safe Nights program.

About 300 people signed up before the event. However, more than 500 participants were bundled and gathered on a chilly Saturday in front of La Plata Town Hall for the walk.

“Today is cold, and people still came,” Sonie Jones, director of human services and co-founder of LifeStyles, said. “They’re excited. ... It’ll make a big difference.”

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Commissioners reject anti-loitering bill
Jeff Newman ― Maryland Independent

The Charles County commissioners unanimously rejected controversial legislation last week that would have prohibited loitering in public spaces, particularly the park-and-ride lot at the Waldorf intersection of U.S. 301 and Smallwood Drive.

The bill would have defined loitering as refusing to leave a public space “with the intent to intimidate or harass others, litter or commit or conceal illegal activities” after being asked to leave by the police, and made it a misdemeanor carrying a penalty of up to 30 days in jail and a $100 fine for first-time offenders. Repeat offenders would have been subject to a 60-day jail term and $200 fine.

But the bill quickly raised concerns over the potential for racial profiling and whether it gave officers too much power in distinguishing between loiterers and law-abiding citizens.

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O’Malley administration sets out path to fracking in Md.
Timothy B. Wheeler ― Baltimore Sun

Capping more than three years of study, the O’Malley administration declared Tuesday that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas can be done safely in Western Maryland, but only after regulations are tightened to reduce air and water pollution and protect residents from well contamination, noise and other disruptions associated with an anticipated drilling boom.

The state Departments of Environment and Natural Resources released a draft final report proposing new rules for “fracking,” as the drilling technique is often called, and recommending legislation to stiffen penalties for spills and to levy a tax on any gas extracted to address impacts on affected communities.
With only weeks to go in his term, the Democratic governor made clear he intends to propose the most stringent fracking safeguards in the nation, putting his Republican successor on the spot over whether to follow through.

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Southern Maryland Residents Reminded of IRS Scam
Southern Maryland News Net

A National scam tactic is growing involving suspects claiming to be Special Agents with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or collection officials are contacting unsuspecting victims.  In many of these incidents, suspects will become irate and put a tremendous amount of pressure on citizens to pay a Past Due amounts immediately or face an Arrest Warrant through a local law enforcement agency.

Suspects are known to use tactics including calling from “spoofed” official telephone numbers and other strategies including: 

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US Home Price Gains Slow for 10th Straight Month

U.S. home prices rose in September at the slowest pace in more than two years, reflecting modest sales gains and a rising number of available homes.

The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, increased 4.9 percent in September from 12 months earlier. But that’s down from 5.6 percent in August and the smallest gain since October 2012.

On a monthly basis, the 20-city index was unchanged, the first flat reading in seven months. The monthly changes aren’t adjusted for seasonal factors such as colder weather, which can impact sales. Prices dropped in nine of 20 cities from August.

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AP sources: Gov’t to set stricter smog standard

The stricter smog standard proposed by the Obama administration joins a string of historic—and controversial—moves by the administration to improve air quality.

The Environmental Protection Agency will announce Wednesday a preferred range of 65 to 70 parts per billion to reduce the amount of smog-forming pollution allowed in the air, people familiar with the proposal told The Associated Press. The agency’s scientific advisers had endorsed a standard as low as 60 parts per billion. The current standard is 75 parts per billion, put in place by President George W. Bush in 2008.

The EPA was under a court-ordered Dec. 1 deadline to issue a new proposal. Those familiar with the proposal were not authorized to discuss it by name ahead of the official announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Space station’s 3-D printer pops out 1st creation

The first 3-D printer in space has popped out its first creation.

The 3-D printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample replacement part for itself this week. It churned out a new faceplate for the print head casing.

Space station commander Butch Wilmore removed the small plastic creation from the printer Tuesday, a day after its manufacture.

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New speed, stop sign cameras in D.C.

There will be a few more eyes on D.C. drivers with the installation of new speed and traffic cameras.

Eleven new traffic cameras were put in place Monday throughout D.C.

There is a 30-day “educational phase” where violators will receive warning violations. After the warning period, Metropolitan Police Department will begin issuing citations.

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Montgomery Co. considers ban on e-cigarettes

Vape. The word has become so prevalent that the Oxford English Dictionary included it among new entries this year.

To vape is to use an e-cigarette, which emits vapor, not smoke. And while you’re free to say the word all you want, you may be banned from doing it in Montgomery County.

A proposal to ban vaping or using e-cigarettes in public has been introduced before the Montgomery County Council.

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Germany to require 30 pct women in top boardrooms

Germany’s coalition government wants major companies to have at least 30 percent women on its supervisory boards.

The leaders of Germany’s Social Democrats and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc agreed on the measure at a late-night meeting Tuesday. Merkel said Wednesday a bill will be put to Cabinet on Dec. 11.

Currently women hold just 22 percent of non-executive positions on the boards of companies listed in Germany’s benchmark DAX 30 index. They hold six percent of management board posts.

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