Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Board Docs - September 8, 2014, Charles County Planning Commission

B. AGRICULTURAL PRESERVATION DISTRICT, Amend Chapter 215 to Establish a Charles County Agricultural Preservation District Program and to Create a Purchase of Development District (PDR), Applicant: Planning Division

PC Public Notice PDRs.pdf (80 KB)

PDR Program.pdf (565 KB)

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Board of Elections: Charles - Monthly Statistical Report

Last Transaction Date From: 08/01/2014 To: 08/31/2014

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Vaccination requirement deadline for Charles County schools is Sept. 15

The state health department is requiring kindergarten and seventh-grade students to get additional vaccinations this school year. Failure to receive the immunizations or provide proof of updated shot records by Sept. 15 could lead to the exclusion of students from school.

Charles County Public Schools kindergarten students are now required to have two doses of the Varicella, or chickenpox, vaccine and seventh graders must have one dose of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis/whooping cough) and one dose of the Meningitis (MCV4/Meningococcal) vaccine. These are new requirements for the 2014-15 school year from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and updated shot records for these students must be provided to the school within the first 20 calendar days of the school year.

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Casting a ballot ... or two
Frederick News-Post - Editorial

Is voter fraud a significant problem, as some Republicans assert, or are GOP calls for stricter voting laws a ploy to control voter participation, as some Democrats assert?

A recent Baltimore Sun story revealed that one form of voter fraud — casting ballots in more than one election district — has indeed occurred in Maryland and Virginia. While double-voting appears to have been extremely rare, it’s still a problem and needs to be addressed.

According to The Sun, two conservative advocacy groups went to great lengths to determine the extent of double-vote fraud in the two states. Election Integrity Maryland and Virginia Voters Alliance put a computer program to work combing through voter rolls in both states looking for matches.

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Tree issue leads legislator to reconsider Pepco law
Kate S. Alexander ― Gazette

As Potomac residents await a hearing in their suit to stop Pepco from cutting down their trees, lawmakers are questioning what can be done to control how the utility goes about meeting its mandate for reliability.

Maryland’s General Assembly in 2011 passed a law requiring utilities to improve reliability, but Pepco’s aggressive tree cutting and trimming to meet that mandate has the law’s chief sponsor wondering if an amendment is needed.

“There seems like there could be some ambiguity and some gaps that would be areas that we would take a look at,” Sen. Brian J. Feldman said.

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Our say: Economic strength starts with US workers

There have been vast improvements in the 120 years since Labor Day was established as a national holiday. Most of the workers who took part in the often-violent strikes and protests of the late 1800s would have thought you had your head in the clouds if you predicted a time when the federal government would have a Department of Labor and there were guaranteed minimum wages, nondiscrimination laws, regulation of workplace safety — and when an eight-hour workday and a 40-hour workweek were not a radical demand.
Recent years have not been kind to America’s workers. Indeed, our guess is that rampant insecurity is a major contributor to what the U.S. Travel Association, after doing a survey of more than 1,300 employees and business leaders, has dubbed the “work martyr” attitude — some 41 percent of American workers don’t plan to take all of their paid vacation in 2014. Reasons given for this include fear of returning to a “mountain of work,” a belief that no one else can do the job while they’re away and fear of seeming “replaceable.” And while 95 percent of senior business leaders say they recognize the importance of time off, one-third admit they seldom or never make that point to their employees.

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Defense grant to protect 2,259 acres along the Nanticoke
Karl Blankenship ― Bay Journal

The Nanticoke River is getting a new ally in efforts to protect its shorelines from development — the military.

The Department of Defense in August announced that it was awarding $1 million to help protect 2,259 acres of forest, wetlands and farmlands along the Eastern Shore river which contain a high diversity of plants and animals.

The lands are also important to the Patuxent Naval Air Station because they are part of its Atlantic Test Range used for aircraft. Protecting the lands from development will reduce noise and safety concerns in the test range and head off potential future restrictions or delays in training and testing.

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Report: 21 states don’t meet emergency standards for kids
Lindsay Deutsch ― USA TODAY

Dropping your child off at day care or seeing them onto the school bus can be difficult — but what are your plans if the unthinkable happens?

Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia do not meet emergency planning standards for schools and child care providers, according to a new report from Save the Children. However, for the first time this year, more than half of states — 29 — reach the non-governmental disaster relief organization’s standards in its laws and regulations.
The report judges states based on four tenets, distilled from guidelines created by a post-Hurricane Katrina governmental committee, the now-defunct National Commission on Children and Disasters. It looks at states’ evacuation and relocation plans, family-child reunification plans, children with special needs plans and K-12 multiple disaster plans.

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Los Angeles is largest manufacturing center in U.S., government says
Tiffany Hsu ― Los Angeles Times

The largest manufacturing workforce in the country is based in the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana metropolitan area, according to government figures.

As of July, the region had 510,900 manufacturing workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Producers in Chicago and the surrounding cities employ 408,100 workers; in New York, northern New Jersey and Long Island, there are 356,100 manufacturing workers.
lRelated Garment broker is seeing rebirth of local apparel factories

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Marijuana’s hazy contribution to highway deaths

As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry there will be more drivers high on pot and a big increase in traffic deaths. It’s not clear, though, whether those concerns are merited. Researchers are divided on the question. A prosecutor blamed the Beer crash on “speed and weed,” but a jury that heard expert testimony on marijuana’s effects at his trial deadlocked on a homicide charge and other felonies related to whether the teenager was impaired by marijuana. Beer was convicted of manslaughter and reckless driving charges.

Studies of marijuana’s effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking, all of which are important driving skills. But unlike with alcohol, drivers high on pot tend to be aware that they are impaired and try to compensate by driving slowly, avoiding risky actions such as passing other cars, and allowing extra room between vehicles.

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Halliburton reaches $1B Gulf oil spill settlement

Halliburton agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle what it calls “a substantial portion” of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The settlement, if approved by a federal court, would allow businesses and property owners who were hurt by the oil spill to collect punitive damages from Halliburton through a fund to be administered by a court-appointed representative. These plaintiffs will receive or have already received compensation for their economic loss through a separate settlement with BP.

Halliburton and the plaintiffs had been waiting on the court to decide to what extent Halliburton was responsible for the blowout of the Macondo well and the subsequent explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. Halliburton was BP PLC’s cement contractor on the project. The accident killed 11 workers and led to the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

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32 teens escape from Nashville detention center

Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence late Monday, and nine of them were still on the run Tuesday, a spokesman said.

The teens—ages 14 to 19—left their rooms at Woodland Hills Youth Development Center and went into a common area, where they overwhelmed 16 to 18 staff members, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services spokesman Rob Johnson said.

The group then kicked out a metal panel under a window to get out of the building and into a yard, Johnson said. The teens were running in the yard for a few minutes, and then they realized they could lift part of the chain-link fence and crawl out, Johnson said.

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It’s no longer safe to recline your airplane seat

Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers.

Three U.S. flights made unscheduled landings in the past eight days after passengers got into fights over the ability to recline their seats. Disputes over a tiny bit of personal space might seem petty, but for passengers whose knees are already banging into tray tables, every inch counts.

“Seats are getting closer together,” says Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, which represents 60,000 flight attendants at 19 airlines. “We have to de-escalate conflict all the time.”

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Study links polar vortex chills to melting sea ice

Remember the polar vortex, the huge mass of Arctic air that can plunge much of the U.S. into the deep freeze? You might have to get used to it.

A new study says that as the world gets warmer, parts of North America, Europe and Asia could see more frequent and stronger visits of that cold air. Researchers say that’s because of shrinkage in ice in the seas off Russia. Less ice would let more energy go from the ocean into the air, and that would weaken the atmospheric forces that usually keep cold air trapped in the Arctic.

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Open Thread - September 2, 2014

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. ~Mahatma Gandhi

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