Monday, November 23, 2009
Man charged with stealing 100+ flat-screen TVs from Fort Belvoir
Scott McCabe ― WTOP

A Fredericksburg man has been arrested on charges of stealing more than 100 flat-screen televisions from Fort Belvoir.

Stephen Don Carter, 36, was charged in federal court in Alexandria with theft of government property.
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Prosecutors said Carter was friends with Michael A. Cook, a stockroom manager of the Post Exchange at Fort Belvoir, and approached Cook last year about stealing and selling flat-screen televisions. Cook had worked at the PX for 10 years.

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Southern MD Drug Dealer Sentenced to 220 Months in Prison
The Bay Net

U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Otis Renaldo Harris, 36 of Washington, D.C., and Jerry Carlos Bannister, 38 of Indian Head, Monday, Nov. 23, to 280 months in prison and 220 months in prison, respectively, followed by five years of supervised release each, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to Bannister and Harris’ guilty pleas, from November 2007 through July 2008, they conspired with Jamohl Swann and others to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.  Bannister sold and distributed cocaine and crack cocaine to individuals in Charles County, Maryland.  Harris sold and distributed cocaine, cocaine base, “ecstasy” (MDMA), and numerous firearms to individuals in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.  During the course of the conspiracy, Bannister and Harris obtained the drugs from Jamohl Swann, using cellular telephones to conduct their drug business.  Harris and Bannister were overheard by law enforcement on a number of occasions making arrangements to obtain drugs from Swann.  Harris was also overheard arranging to sell two firearms to Swann.

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Buy a Fresh, Real Maryland Christmas Tree
Southern Maryland Online

Mention Christmas trees and the images quickly form: evergreens glistening with decorations and topped by an angel or star; family outings to select the “perfect tree.” This holiday season, why not start a new tradition by displaying a fresh, real Christmas tree grown by a Maryland farmer?

“Maryland farmers work year-round to provide customers with high-quality, fresh, fragrant Christmas trees for the holiday season,” said Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance. “Buying locally keeps Maryland smart, green and growing. It supports our local economy and gives consumers an opportunity to experience a delightful time of year on the farm.”
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Consumers who are concerned about the environmental impact of cutting their own Christmas tree should be aware that it is common practice for Maryland Christmas tree growers to plant three new trees for each one cut down. Used trees can be recycled in a variety of ways, including local government programs to chip Christmas trees into mulch that returns valuable nutrients to the soil.

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Tiny Iowa town has the chargers, awaiting drivers
Daily Record

Hoping to see the USA in your Chevrolet Volt or Nissan Leaf? The tiny Iowa town of Elk Horn will have plenty of electric charging stations and no wait — if you can get there.
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Mike Howard, the businessman financing a project that reflects his lifetime fascination with the possibilities of alternative energy, compares the plan to the Pony Express.

“They had to have stations to continue on to deliver the mail,” Howard said. “This is a modern-day Pony Express.”

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New olive planting method prompts Calif. oil boom
Daily Record

An oil boom is under way in California’s agricultural heartland, as evolving tastes and a trend toward healthy fare have transformed a profession as old as civilization: olive production for the extra virgin market.

Gnarly trees picked by hand are being supplanted. This year, California’s olive oil production will top 1 million gallons for the first time, the lion’s share from 8-foot trees planted in hedgerows and mechanically harvested, then pressed into oil within 90 minutes.
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In each of the past three years, the company, with 10,000 acres and counting, has doubled its production. This month food lovers’ esteemed Cook’s Illustrated magazine rated their “nutty, fruity” oil, which sells in half-liter bottles online for $13.97, just a fraction of a point under their test-kitchen favorite Columela from Spain, which retails for $22.95 at Sur la Table.

The company’s oils are distributed in California, but officials hope for nationwide distribution as production ramps up.

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PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA

DECEMBER 7, 2009

CONSENT ITEM

4. FINAL PLAT

A. GLENEAGLES, PARCEL E, XRS 08-0067, 6th & 8th e.d., 53.57 acres, 117 lots, single family, PUD Zone, located off Piney Church Road

DISCUSSION ITEMS

5. PUBLIC MEETING

A. INDIAN HEAD SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY PARK, STEP 2: GENERAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN, PDZA 09-21

6. PRELIMINARY PLAN

A. DAVID & SARA FOSTER, XPN 08-0023, 1st e.d., 11.2 acres, 3 lots, single family, RC Zone, located on Glen Albin Road

7. WORKSESSION

A. MINIMUM SQUARE FOOTAGE, ZTA #09-109
B. WALDORF URBAN DESIGN STUDY IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE
1. VISION PLAN AND DESIGN GUIDELINES
2. WALDORF ACTIVITY CENTER ZONES, ZTA #09-110
3. WALDORF ACTIVITY CENTER ZONES, SRA #09-13
4. WALDORF ACTIVITY CENTER ZONES, ZMA #09-38
5. REVISIONS TO CRR/CER ZONES, ZTA #09-111

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Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

2008 Annual Report

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Economist: No ‘gangbusters’ holiday this year
Chris Huntemann and Kevin James Shay ― Gazette

Survey: Region’s consumers more upbeat about economy

The “shaky” economic recovery may have an effect on this year’s holiday sales, economists say.

Several factors that were part of the recession, including fluctuating house prices and the dramatic increase in unemployment, add to the stress felt by consumers, said Robert A. Dye, a senior economist with PNC Financial Services Group in Pittsburgh, the parent of PNC Bank. The bank is one of the largest in deposits and branches in Maryland.
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The poll of 1,202 adults in the region was taken Nov. 1-5 by Clarus Research Group of Washington. The sample included people in eight Maryland counties: Montgomery, Prince George’s, Frederick, Howard, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s and Anne Arundel.
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In a jolt of positive momentum, the number of existing housing units sold in October in Maryland jumped by 39.5 percent from a year earlier, according to the Maryland Association of Realtors. However, the median price of the homes sold last month declined by 8.7 percent to $250,210.

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Sewers at Capacity, Waste Poisons Waterways
CHARLES DUHIGG ― NEW YORK TIMES

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One goal of the Clean Water Act of 1972 was to upgrade the nation’s sewer systems, many of them built more than a century ago, to handle growing populations and increasing runoff of rainwater and waste. During the 1970s and 1980s, Congress distributed more than $60 billion to cities to make sure that what goes into toilets, industrial drains and street grates would not endanger human health.

But despite those upgrades, many sewer systems are still frequently overwhelmed, according to a New York Times analysis of environmental data. As a result, sewage is spilling into waterways.

In the last three years alone, more than 9,400 of the nation’s 25,000 sewage systems — including those in major cities — have reported violating the law by dumping untreated or partly treated human waste, chemicals and other hazardous materials into rivers and lakes and elsewhere, according to data from state environmental agencies and the Environmental Protection Agency.
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There is no national record-keeping of how many illnesses are caused by sewage spills. But academic research suggests that as many as 20 million people each year become ill from drinking water containing bacteria and other pathogens that are often spread by untreated waste.

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Wave of Debt Payments Facing U.S. Government
EDMUND L. ANDREWS ― NEW YORK TIMES

The United States government is financing its more than trillion-dollar-a-year borrowing with i.o.u.’s on terms that seem too good to be true.

But that happy situation, aided by ultralow interest rates, may not last much longer.

Treasury officials now face a trifecta of headaches: a mountain of new debt, a balloon of short-term borrowings that come due in the months ahead, and interest rates that are sure to climb back to normal as soon as the Federal Reserve decides that the emergency has passed.
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With the national debt now topping $12 trillion, the White House estimates that the government’s tab for servicing the debt will exceed $700 billion a year in 2019, up from $202 billion this year, even if annual budget deficits shrink drastically. Other forecasters say the figure could be much higher.

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Officials Kick Off Effort to Win 211 Hotline Funds
WJLA-TV (ABC 7)

Federal and state leaders are kicking off an effort to win funding for a statewide hotline to help connect Marylanders with health and human service needs.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski has requested $800,000 to make the state’s 211 hotline pilot program permanent and is cosponsoring a bill that would provide dedicated funding for such services nationwide.

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Teenage Suicide Prevention Program - Tuesday, Nov. 24 at Bowles Farms
The Bay Net

Dr. Kathleen V. Price will facilitate a discussion for folks who have been affected by teenage suicide. There have been 3 deaths of young men in the Seventh District in the past 22 months. This seems an unusually high number for a small geographic area.

Dr. Price is the rector of the Episcopal Church in this area and holds a degree in counseling, marriage and family therapy. She is trying to bring folks together to talk about an issue that needs our attention. This tragedy can bring people together or isolate them. Let’s make an effort to bring people together.

This is a community event; not a church event. Dr. Price will be hosting at Bowles Farm, 22880 Budds Creek Rd. in Clements on Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. Parents, siblings, family and friends, neighbors – all who are interested, concerned or grieving the loss of a teen to suicide are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Price has contacted many professionals for assistance at the event. There will be high school guidance counselors and other representatives from St. Mary’s County Public Schools along with clergy, hospice care workers, personnel from the Departments of Social Services, Mental Health and other county agencies.

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Fundraiser adds spice to holidays
BETHANY RODGERS ― Maryland Independent

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More than 20 chili recipes vied for top spot at the Saturday afternoon cook-off in La Plata, according to officer John Long of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. The event collected about $1,700 for Shop With a Cop, a program that gives kids from low-income families a chance to buy something special for Christmas.

“People had a really good time,” Long said of the chili cook-off.
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Shop With a Cop is scheduled for Dec. 5 and will kick off at about 8:30 a.m. at the Waldorf Elks Lodge, where kids and sheriff’s officers will meet before making the short trip to Walmart. Once there, the children will receive some money to purchase clothes and other essentials, but they can decide how to spend an additional amount. Sheriff’s officers will accompany the kids as they shop, then take them back to the Elks Lodge to eat lunch and wrap their gifts.

Long said that 53 kids participated in Charles County’s first Shop With a Cop event, and the goal is to raise enough money so 75 children can be involved this Christmas.

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How to help

Donations for Shop With a Cop can be mailed to P.O. Box 160 Bryantown, MD 20617. Make checks payable to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 24.

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Tight budgets mean some prisoners go light on meals
John Tuohy/The Indianapolis Star ― USA TODAY

The inmates at Plainfield Correctional Facility east of Indianapolis can’t be accused of getting a free lunch. Or any lunch at all. At least on some days.

The medium-security prison has eliminated lunch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays — part of a pilot program that could go statewide. The Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) insists it’s not about saving money but what’s in the best interest of prisoners. The move is being criticized by national civil rights groups and lawmakers.

“Denying food or cutting back on meals is beneath the dignity of the state of Indiana and is not in sync with our Hoosier values,” said state Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel. Delph is chairman of the state Senate corrections subcommittee.

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DMVs hit by budget cuts
Marisol Bello ― USA TODAY

Drivers are waiting in longer lines and paying higher fees for licenses and vehicle registrations as budget cuts force motor vehicle departments to close offices, furlough employees and scramble for revenue.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is “not that service-oriented to begin with,” says Tom Crosby, spokesman for AAA Carolinas. “This leads to a higher level of frustration from those who work there and those who go there for service.”

At least nine states have furloughed DMV employees, according to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. Others have frozen hiring, laid off workers or closed offices.

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