Thursday, October 02, 2014

Board Docs - October 6, 2014, Charles County Planning Commission


A. ROAD LAYOUT TO REDUCE SPEEDING IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS, SRA #14-21, Applicant: Department of Planning and Growth Management, Presenter: Donna Daugherty

SRA 14-21 RoadsPublic Notices.pdf (16 KB)

Subdivision Sect 44, 73 & 74.pdf (140 KB)


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Board Docs - October 6, 2014, Charles County Planning Commission


TRC Process Change.pdf (408 KB)

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AccessDNR October 2014

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Md. Food Drive Falls Short of Goal in Time of Rising Need
Madeleine List ― Southern Maryland Online

Sometimes, more than 16 tons is not enough.

On Tuesday, the final day of Hunger Action Month, the Maryland Food Bank, a nonprofit hunger organization, weighed a total of 33,405 pounds in donations of food and other goods from its most recent food drive. Even with the help of a “virtual food drive,” this fell shy of its goal to beat the September 2013 collection of 35,000 pounds.

The drop in donations comes at a time of rising food insecurity in a state where people are still feeling the effects of an economic recession and cuts to federal food assistance programs.

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Still Searching for Solution to Shortfall in Transportation Funding
Alexis Webb ― Southern Maryland Online

Former U.S. transportation secretary Ray LaHood urged leaders to consider following Virginia’s lead and rethink transportation funding at a panel discussion in Baltimore last week.

LaHood, a 36-year public servant, proposes a higher federal gas tax to fund nationwide projects, but also suggested that the solution for a broken transportation system could be something like what Virginia did when it moved from a gas tax to a wholesale sales gas tax. By taxing a percentage of wholesale, legislative leaders would not need to make controversial votes (like the Maryland General Assembly’s move last year to increase the gas tax) in order to help transportation funding keep up with inflation.
Current Maryland federal transportation funding is stretched over a number of hefty projects, with the state infrastructure receiving a grade of C- by latest report published with the Maryland Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Evacuation route eyed for Cove Point gas plant

The power firm Dominion mentioned Tuesday that it is exploring creating an alternate evacuation route for some residential neighbors of its proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas plant, prompting opponents to question anew assertions by the enterprise and federal regulators that the facility poses no considerable security or environmental dangers.

Karl R. Neddenien, spokesman for the Richmond, Va.-primarily based corporation, declined to offer facts but said Dominion is “looking into” establishing an alternate route for residents living on Cove Point to get away should there be an emergency at the facility. The only road the community can use now to evacuate goes past the LNG terminal gate.

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Feds open new data center in western Maryland
Daily Record

Your Social Security information has a new home.

The Social Security Administration held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting Monday for a national data center amid wooded hills near Frederick that will replace a 34-year-old building at the agency’s Baltimore-area headquarters, about 40 miles away.

At 300,000 square feet, the two-story, beige-and-glass complex along Interstate 270 is about 35 percent smaller than the building in Woodlawn it replaces and will use about 30 percent less electricity than a typical data center, officials said. They said its computers, powered partly by four acres of photovoltaic panels, will help improve the delivery of Social Security benefits to millions of Americans.

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Drought has 14 communities on the brink of waterlessness
Hector Becerra ― Los Angeles Times

Parkwood’s last well dried up in July. County officials, after much hand-wringing, made a deal with the city of Madera for a temporary water supply, but the arrangement prohibited Parkwood’s 3,000 residents from using so much as a drop of water on their trees, shrubs or lawns. The county had to find a permanent water fix.

Parkwood is one of 28 small California communities that have since January cycled onto and off of a list of “critical water systems” that state officials say could run dry within 60 days. Amid the drought that is scorching the state and particularly the Central Valley, the State Water Resources Control Board decided this year, for the first time ever, to track areas on the brink of waterlessness.

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FDA sets guidelines for medical devices’ cybersecurity
Elizabeth Weise ― USA TODAY

The Food and Drug Administration has released long-awaited guidelines on the cybersecurity of medical devices.

“There is no such thing as a threat-proof medical device,” said Suzanne Schwartz, director of emergency preparedness at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

“It is important for medical device manufacturers to remain vigilant about cybersecurity and to appropriately protect patients from those risks,” she said in a statement.

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Rieder: The embattled newspaper business
Rem Rieder ― USA TODAY

Wednesday brought the news that The New York Times, the nation’s pre-eminent news outlet, was shrinking its newsroom staff by 100 positions through buyouts and, if necessary, layoffs.

Last week, Freedom Communications, which had brought excitement to the struggling newspaper business with its audacious expansion plans, shuttered its five-month-old Los Angeles Register and carried out yet another round of layoffs at its flagship Orange County Register.

On Sept. 3, USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-circulation newspaper, announced it was eliminating 60 to 70 jobs, about half of them in the newsroom.

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Md. law protects people seeking help for overdose victims
Dick Uliano ― WTOP

Maryland has added a new law this week meant to save lives, and while D.C. has a version of it, Virginia doesn’t.

Maryland is the 20th state in the nation to enact a “Good Samaritan Law,” which provides some immunity to people who summon medical help for someone overdosing on drugs or alcohol.

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Review: Pay by phone or just keep using plastic?

PayPal, Apple and others are betting on billions in mobile payments.

But so far, trying to use my phone to pay at restaurants and retailers has been frustrating. It’s easier just to pull out my plastic credit card than to figure out which card works with which app and which app works with which store.

In theory, mobile-payment services such as Google Wallet are easy to use. You simply download an app and enter your card information. With Apple Pay, you can even snap a picture of the card or use the one you already use with Apple’s iTunes. Then, when you’re ready to pay, you typically hold your phone near the store’s payment terminal. The transaction is authorized through a special wireless chip embedded in many Android phones and—in the case of Apple Pay—the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. PayPal and Square use a different method, but the idea is the same. There’s no need to look for the right card in your wallet or purse.

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Man with Ebola virus flew roundabout trip to US

The first reported case of Ebola in the United States is spooking airline investors and raising the prospect that some frightened travelers might stay home despite repeated reassurances from public-health experts.

Details of the man’s 28-hour trip from western Africa emerged Wednesday. He flew on two airlines, took three flights, and had lengthy airport layovers before reaching Texas on Sept. 20.

Still, federal officials say other passengers on the flights are at no risk of infection because the man had no symptoms at the time of his trip.

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Are free credit scores really free?
Kimberly Palmer ― WTOP

Consumers tend to regard the offer of “free” stuff suspiciously, and rightly so, especially when it relates to credit cards. In the past, companies that have offered free credit scores or free credit reports have enrolled unsuspecting consumers into monthly programs that charged fees. The Federal Trade Commission warns consumers that “impostor” websites claiming to offer “free credit scores” are not part of the government-required program that allows people to access their credit report at no charge once a year, through

Now, though, legitimate companies are increasingly offering consumers access to their credit scores for free—no strings attached. Consumer advocates say getting your score can be a useful exercise and offer the motivation to shore up your score if necessary, especially before taking out a big loan. After all, lenders can access your score to judge whether you’re fit to receive a loan, so shouldn’t you know what it is, too?

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Open Thread - October 2, 2014


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