Tuesday, January 12, 2010
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A Message from Candice Quinn Kelly:

Dear Duck Bloggers,

Tomorrow, I will file to run for the office of President of the Charles County Commissioners. My family, friends, Campaign Chairman, Rudy Carrico, Campaign Manager, Pauleen Brewer, and Treasurer, Valencia Riggins-Simms, will join me at 305 Centennial Street, Suite B in La Plata at 3 PM where we will depart for the Board of Elections.

I welcome you, one and all, to join us. I would appreciate your feedback on matters of importance to you. I am always open to speak with you and hear what you have to say.

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Thank you.

Pauleen Brewer 07:19 PM | (3) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
U.S. launches new group to fight driver cellphone use
Ashley Halsey III ― Washington Post

Twenty-eight percent of all traffic accidents are caused when people talk on cellphones or send text messages while driving, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Safety Council.

The vast majority of those crashes—1.4 million of them—are caused by cellphone conversations, while an additional 200,000 are blamed on text messaging, the council report said.

Sammy 06:26 PM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Fed panel wants more scrutiny of biolab workers

A federal panel has recommended that researchers who work with the world’s deadliest pathogens undergo more frequent security screening.
The panel recommended that those who work with dangerous pathogens undergo a security risk assessment — an FBI review to ascertain whether they should be barred from such work — every three years instead of every five, the current standard. The assessment should include certain mental health indicators that the FBI currently is prohibited from using in such reviews, the panel said.

Sammy 05:16 PM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
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Sammy 05:12 PM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Dirty Air Has Utah Urging Kids To Play Inside

Schools in parts of Utah kept students inside for sports and recess Tuesday after soaring pollution levels prompted state health warnings on driving and outdoor activity.

Highland Park Elementary students with respiratory problems were kept inside for morning recess and no one was allowed outside for lunch recess, principal Sue Parker said.

Sammy 05:01 PM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Is I-395 heading for a traffic catastrophe?
Adam Tuss ― WTOP

One of the region’s busiest highways is about to be congested in ways that are unthinkable, and there’s no solution to fix the oncoming mess.

A huge office complex called BRAC 133 is being built on 16 acres at the Mark Center, right off Seminary Road and Interstate 395.

Virginia leaders say it will have a catastrophic effect on traffic.

Sammy 04:50 PM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Incident and Arrest Reports
Southern Maryland Online

LA PLATA, Md. (Jan. 12, 2010) - The Charles County Sheriff’s Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.

Sammy 04:45 PM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Competition for jobs reaches record level as openings drop amid economic uncertainty

The competition for jobs is intensifying as companies are reluctant to hire new workers, leaving millions of unemployed Americans chasing fewer job openings.

There were nearly 6.4 unemployed workers, on average, for each available job at the end of November, according to Labor Department data released Tuesday. That’s up from 6.1 in October and a record high.

Sammy 04:41 PM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Report: Spend more on transit to create more jobs
Sean R. Sedam ― Gazette

State trying to maximize stimulus dollars for roads, transit

When the first of $27.5 billion in federal stimulus aid for highway projects became available in March, state and national officials ballyhooed a one-mile resurfacing of New Hampshire Avenue in White Oak as the initial project in the United States to benefit.

However, a report last week on stimulus spending said the federal money would be better spent on transit — not highway — projects, if the goal is to create jobs.

Sammy 04:27 PM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
State pushes smart growth through historic tax credits
Sean R. Sedam ― Gazette

O’Malley announces remodeled heritage program

Gov. Martin O’Malley on Friday announced plans to re-create the state’s successful heritage tax credit as a vehicle for promoting smart growth.

Using the shell of the historic Druid Mill in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood as a backdrop, O’Malley (D) said that the three-year, $50 million Sustainable Communities Tax Credit program would promote development in communities well served by transit and infrastructure while creating construction jobs, revitalizing neighborhoods and spurring economic development.
The new program would replace the 14-year-old Heritage Structure Tax Rehabilitation Credit, which is set to expire in June. The new program would need approval by the General Assembly, which convenes Wednesday for its 2010 legislative session.

Sammy 04:21 PM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Duck Hotline: County Employees Pay May Be Slashed Another 20%?

Rumor has it that the Commissioners are discussing reducing employees from the current 37.5 hour work week to a 30 hour work week in lieu of additional furloughs or reductions in force.
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

03:45 PM | (20) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Area drinking water disinfectant changing

The Army Corps of Engineers is changing the disinfectant in the drinking water for nearly 1 million residents of Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia.

The Washington Aqueduct, an arm of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is making the change from chlorine gas to a liquid form of chlorine called sodium hypochlorite to avoid the threat of a release of chlorine gas by terrorists. Officials say the liquid is considered safer to transport, store and use.

Sammy 09:13 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Public Service Commission approves Mineral County wind project
Megan Miller ― Cumberland Times-News

The West Virginia Public Service Commission on Monday approved a permit to allow up to 23 wind turbines to be built atop a 3.5-mile stretch of Green Mountain in Mineral County, a few miles west of Keyser.

Pinnacle Wind Force, a subsidiary of Greensburg, Pa.-based US Wind Force, filed the permit application on March 17, but the project has been in development since 2002. The planned wind farm would have the capacity to generate 169 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. The electricity generated by the wind farm will be sold into the PJM regional transmission grid, which serves 13 states and Washington, D.C.
The pending power purchase agreement is with the University of Maryland, which is looking to purchase renewable energy credits to “green” its energy consumption. Pinnacle might also have a customer in NewPage Corp. The coated paper manufacturer leased land near its Luke mill to the energy developer for the construction of six of the 23 planned turbines. NewPage has tentative plans to become a Pinnacle customer by purchasing renewable energy credits from the wind farm to power its Luke administration and engineering buildings, according to company spokeswoman Patsy Koontz.

Sammy 09:08 AM | (1) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Bird-plane collisions may pass 10,000, a first
JOAN LOWY and TED BRIDIS ― The Virginian-Pilot

Reports of airplanes hitting birds and other wildlife have soared since a stricken US Airways jet landed last year in New York’s Hudson River, and the government’s tally for last year could reach or even exceed 10,000 for the first time.

Serious accidents are climbing at a faster rate than minor incidents.
And there is no shortage of frightening reports of knocked-out engines and emergency landings.

Why the increase in bird-strike reports?

Sammy 08:59 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
In uranium mining issue, it’s Beach vs. the state
Deirdre Fernandes ― The Virginian-Pilot

The state is considering lifting its 28-year ban on uranium mining, a move that has so alarmed Virginia Beach officials that they are spending $437,000 to study the worst-case scenario for the city’s water supply .

Virginia Beach has hired engineering firm Michael Baker Corp. to look into what could happen to Lake Gaston if there were a catastrophic accident at a possible uranium mining site upstream in south-central Virginia.

Sammy 08:57 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
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