Friday, November 06, 2009
County cheerleading teams advance to regional, state competitions

Two Charles County Public Schools varsity cheerleading teams have a chance to compete at the state level as winners in the county competition held Oct. 31 at North Point High School.

The team from North Point received first place and La Plata High School won second place. Both teams will compete in the southern regional competition Nov. 10 against teams from Anne Arundel, Howard and St. Mary’s counties for one of four spots at the state competition.

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Woman saved from fire by ‘good Samaritans’
Joshua Garner ― Gazette

Two Prince George’s County residents are being hailed as good Samaritans after pulling a woman from a burning car Thursday after a two-vehicle crash along Indian Head Highway in Oxon Hill, according to county fire officials.
Two of the witnesses rushed from their vehicles to help the woman, who was not responding to the shouts of bystanders and appeared to be dazed from the collision, Brady said.
“The immediate removal of the female from the vehicle saved her life,” Giampetroni said. “There is no way anyone could have survived the intense fire that firefighters encountered upon their arrival.”


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Grand Jury Rules Shooting Justified

After reviewing the incident regarding the police-involved shooting of Cornelius Warren, a grand jury has determined that the shooting was justified and declined to indict any of the three officers involved.

Rumors are that State’s Attorney Leonard Collins will hold a press conference on Monday to present these findings to the public.

People’s Coalition of Charles County President makes request for review board, calls Sheriff racist
Video spurs probe request
NAACP Wants Answers in Man’s Shooting
Police mum on shooting
NAACP wants more details on shooting
Family contests police shooting story
Shooting in Nanjemoy

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U.S. jobless rate tops 10 percent for October
Christopher S. Rugaber ― Baltimore Sun

The unemployment rate has surpassed 10 percent for the first time since 1983—and is likely to go higher.

Nearly 16 million people can’t find jobs even though the worst recession since the Great Depression has apparently ended. Many economists worry that persistently high unemployment could undermine the recovery by restraining consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of the economy.

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People’s Coalition of Charles County President makes request for review board, calls Sheriff racist

I received a copy of this email exchange via the Duck Hotline this afternoon.

Telephone numbers and email addresses were removed as noted in brackets

From: Gaylord Hogue
Sent: Sunday, October 25, 2009 9:27 PM
To: Hurd, Jack [two email addresses removed]
Cc: [twelve email addresses removed]
Subject: RE: Warren shooting

R.J. “Jack” Hurd, Director
Administrative Services Division
Charles County Sheriff’s Office

I fine your response totally unacceptable.  We ask for information that should have been public information.  It is very clear to the Black Community that whoever the Sheriff (Rex Coffey) is today he will follow the practices of the formal White Sheriff’s of shooting Black Charles County Citizens down with no accountability.  Because of your action we the Black Community will make a request for a review board. The review board will consist of responsible adults, of all races, gender, and political parties. This review board’s primary function is to investigate practices and policies of the Sheriff Department.  Clearly the review board issues will be a deciding factor who we choose in 2010 election for the sheriff’s Office. The citizens of Charles County pay the salaries of your officers and yourself they deserve a trueful and timely accounting issues and disputes. Please identify the independent group that will review this case.

Gaylord Hogue
People’s Coalition of Charles County (PCCC)
[phone number removed]

——-Original Message——-
From: Hurd, Jack [email address removed]
Sent: Monday, October 19, 2009 10:11 AM
To: Gaylord Hogue
Cc: [two email addresses removed]
Subject: RE: Warren shooting

Mr. Gaylord Hogue, President
People’s Coalition of Charles County

Good morning Gaylord.

Thank you for your interest in this matter and your desire to meet with Sheriff Coffey. The Sheriff and several members of his executive command staff have met with Mr. William Braxton, President NAACP and have openly discussed this issue. We have not, as of yet, concluded the full investigation and presented all evidentiary facts to the States Attorney and Grand Jury.  It would not be appropriate to hold further discussions until all of the above is completed.  At the conclusion of the Grand Jury, we will present these findings, to bring a sense of closure to this unfortunate matter.
If I may be of further assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.


R.J. “Jack” Hurd, Director
Administrative Services Division
Charles County Sheriff’s Office
6915 Crain Highway
Post Office Box 189
La Plata, Maryland 20646
[phone number and email address removed]

——-Original Message——-
From: Gaylord Hogue [email address removed]
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2009 7:47 PM
To: Hurd, Jack
Cc: [three email addresses removed]
Subject: RE: Warren shooting

R. J. “Jack” Hurd,

Can you assist in arraging this with meeting request below?

Gaylord Hogue, President
People’s Coalition of Charles County (PCCC)
[telephone number removed]

——-Original Message——-
From: Jason Henry, Sr. [email address removed]
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2009 3:33 PM
To: Rex Coffey; Troy Berry; Gaylord Hogue
Subject: Warren shooting

Sheriff Coffey,
I’m requesting a meeting this week regarding the Warren shooting. The meeting will be with Gaylord Hogue and I any day after 4pm. You can contact me at [telephone number removed].

Look forward to hearing from you.

Jason Henry, Sr., President
Black Caucus of Charles County, Inc.

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Lawyer sues prosecutors over raid and seized files
JOHN WHARTON ― Enterprise

A lawyer running for St. Mary’s state’s attorney filed a lawsuit this week against the incumbent, an assistant and the county sheriff’s office alleging that a recent police raid was an act of political retaliation.

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Legislators predict gloomy season in Annapolis due to lagging economy
ALAN BRODY ― Maryland Independent

State legislators are forecasting an eventful General Assembly session next year in which the budget and economy will once again loom large.

The prediction, made by several lawmakers at a legislative preview more than two months before the 90-day session begins in January, is an acknowledgement that the state must still navigate rough fiscal seas, despite signs of an improving economy.

And with the 2010 elections likely to power the agenda, the session’s intensity will be particularly high.

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County carols ‘let it snow’
MEREDITH SOMERS ― Maryland Independent

In the midst of a financial tempest, Charles County is bracing its residents and roads for any wicked weather that finds its way to Southern Maryland this winter.

There’s roughly 6,000 tons of salt stored away in the county for this year’s snowy season — enough for three good storms — $350,000 set aside in the budget for snow removal, and with no complaints from the commissioners during Monday’s update on the department of public facilities’ snow policy, all that’s left to do is hunker down and hope for a mild season.

“It appears we’re ready for the snow or the swine flu,whatever hits us this year,” said Charles County commissioners’ President F. Wayne Cooper (D).

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Activists rally connector opposition at forum
MEREDITH SOMERS ― Maryland Independent

Activists told a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday at the La Plata campus of the College of Southern Maryland that the county’s way into the future is at a fork in the road with its plan for a cross-county connector.

“The county commissioners have one foot in two futures,” said Jennifer Bevan-Dangel of 1,000 Friends of Maryland. “They could continue with ‘business as usual’ which means opening up [the county] to sprawling development and the cost of servicing these sprawling homes. The commissioners also have a foot in a better future, an alternative future.

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Virginia Supreme Court upholds power line plan

The Virginia Supreme Court upheld permits for construction of a multistate power line Thursday, rejecting a claim by the project’s opponents that state regulators ceded too much authority to the federal government.

The court unanimously ruled that the State Corporation Commission’s approval of the Virginia portion of the line was supported by evidence that the project is an acceptable solution to meeting future demand for electricity in northern Virginia.

Dominion Virginia Power and Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Co., a subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based Allegheny Energy Inc., plan to build the 500-kilovolt transmission line from Washington County, Pa., to Loudoun County, Va. The 265-mile line would also cross northern West Virginia.

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Governor Martin O’Malley Addresses Statewide Travel and Tourism Summit; Launches ‘Green’ Travel Prog

OCEAN CITY, MD (November 5, 2009) – Governor Martin O’Malley addressed more than 300 tourism and hospitality professionals today at the 29th Annual Maryland Travel and Tourism Summit in Ocean City.  During his remarks, Governor O’Malley presented several awards to industry stakeholders and launched the Maryland Green Travel Program, designed to attract so-called eco-tourists while creating a more sustainable future for all Marylanders.

“We’re so proud to live in our great state, known as ‘America in Miniature’ since Maryland offers so much for visitors to enjoy,” said Governor O’Malley.  “We know that when it comes to growing smarter and more sustainably as a state, our choices are all connected.  So as we work toward a more sustainable future, we can extend these principles to our travel and tourism industry with our new Maryland Green Travel Program.”
Economic Engine Award: Awarded for job creation; positive impact to the region and state; and exemplary contributions to Maryland’s tourism industry, the recipients of this award have ramped up their performance while significantly contributing revenue for the state.

Charles and Prince George’s counties: Each of these counties saw increases in tourism tax revenue in fiscal 2009, driven in part by the opening of two new attractions—Regency Furniture Stadium and National Harbor, respectively.

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Governor Martin O’Malley Launches Economic Update Online Series

ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 5, 2009) – Governor Martin O’Malley delivered the first in a series of Maryland Economic Updates today to provide a status update on Maryland’s economy.  The Governor’s Economic Update focused on such economic indicators as rising real estate sales, an unemployment rate consistently below the national average, and companies throughout Maryland announcing the hiring of additional staff.

The Economic Updates launches today as Governor O’Malley addresses tourism and hospitality professionals and the Maryland Travel and Tourism Summit.  This evening, Governor O’Malley will outline the State’s efforts to strengthen the small business community at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Business Policy Conference.

Governor O’Malley’s weekly economic updates can be viewed here.

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Music From the Heart
Southern Maryland This is Living

Southern Marylanders craving culture in pursuit of a live classical music performance no longer need to make the dreaded drive into Washington, D.C. Southern Maryland is home to the Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland in Concert (COSMIC) - a treasure in our own backyard.

In 1995, when three musicians, from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties joined forces and decided they wanted a place to play, COSMIC was created. The group advertised in local newspapers for other musicians to audition and soon the orchestra grew to its present 56-member ensemble.

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County Commissioners’ Meeting Video…

...Monday, November 2, 2009

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Economic Matters chairman says no to re-regulation
Alan Brody and Sean R. Sedam ― Gazette

House Economic Matters Chairman Dereck E. Davis will vote against proposals to re-regulate Maryland’s electricity industry and vowed to prevent the issue from consuming his panel’s work in the 2010 General Assembly.

His comments, made Wednesday during a legislative breakfast at the College of Southern Maryland more than two months before the 90-day session, could set the tone for a debate that went unresolved last session and still promises to be highly charged when lawmakers return in January to Annapolis.

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