Thursday, January 14, 2010
Court: County must find records
JEFF NEWMAN ― Recorder

Calvert County commissioners must comply with a circuit court order to search their work and personal computers for any records pertinent to their ongoing dispute with a local food pantry, the Court of Special Appeals ruled Thursday.

In 2007, the county tried to shut down a food pantry and counseling center run by Chesapeake Church because neither facility had proper zoning permits. The two sides have been snared in a legal battle ever since.

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Beware of Earthquake Disaster Relief Scams
Southern Maryland Online

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is advising Marylanders to be cautious about the relief organizations that they choose to give donations for the victims of the recent Haitian earthquake.

“Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous folks that will view this time as a way to capitalize on the generosity and compassion intended for Haitians affected during this disaster,” said Attorney General Gansler. “Be on the lookout for possible scams to verify that a relief organization is legitimate before donating.”

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Incident and Arrest Reports
Southern Maryland Online

LA PLATA, Md. (Jan. 14, 2010) - The Charles County Sheriff’s Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.

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SHA Launches New Online Customer Management System for Citizens
Southern Maryland Online

Citizens can communicate at their convenience at

In keeping with the motto “Customer Driven, Now More than Ever” adopted during its centennial celebration, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) recently deployed a new Customer Care Management System (CCMS). The new system allows customers to quickly and efficiently submit service requests and comments through an online form as well as monitor the progress of inquiries.

SHA maintains more than 17,000 lane miles of road and 2,500 bridges throughout the state. SHA’s responsibility includes the interstate, US and state routes - the numbered, non-toll routes in Maryland’s 23 counties. Nearly 70 percent of the 56 billion miles driven every year are on the state system, which is only 17 percent of the total road mileage in Maryland.

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Proponents of Lower Taxes Rally in Annapolis
Southern Maryland Online


Proponents of lower taxes gathered late Wednesday night on a packed Lawyer’s Mall following the opening of the 2010 session of the Maryland legislature.

The protest featured an enthused group of citizens lobbying for decreased taxes and rejection of federal stimulus money. Many people were also vocal about their desire to see former Gov. Robert Ehrlich return to office.

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Depression, WWII lessons for economic recovery? Sacrifice
John Waggoner ― USA TODAY

The last time the nation’s debt was this big compared with gross domestic product — 70.4% of GDP — was immediately following World War II.
How did the Greatest Generation pare it down? It didn’t.

It grew the economy faster than the debt, pushing down the debt-to-GDP ratio and making debt payments easier to manage. But that generation also did some things that U.S. citizens and politicians don’t seem willing to do today. It paid higher taxes, and it had a smaller government — and, at least until the 1980s, it kept annual budget deficits small.

The citizens of the U.S. owe $12.3 trillion in Treasury debt to banks, individuals and foreigners. That’s about $40,000 per person living in the U.S., and it’s not counting the amount our states owe — or, for that matter, what we owe to our individual creditors.

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Retail sales drop in December; new jobless claims rise

Retail sales fell in December as demand for autos, clothing and appliances all slipped, a disappointing finish to a year in which sales had the largest drop on record. Meanwhile, the number of newly laid-off American workers requesting unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week as jobs remain scarce amid a sluggish economic recovery.
The Labor Department said Thursday new claims for unemployment insurance rose by 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 444,000. Wall Street economists polled by Thomson Reuters expected an increase of only 3,000.

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2010 Maryland General Assembly Session

SYNOPSIS - Senate Bills and Joint Resolutions - January 13, 2010 - Schedule 1
SYNOPSIS - Senate Bills and Joint Resolutions - January 14, 2010 - Schedule 2

SYNOPSIS - Prefiled House Bills and Joint Resolutions - January 13, 2010 - Schedule 1
SYNOPSIS - House Bills and Joint Resolutions - January 14, 2010 - Schedule 2

Daily Status Reports:  Senate Legislation  House Legislation 

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County Commissioners’ Meeting Video…

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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Viruses may target social networks
Bridget Carey ― Baltimore Sun

Social networkers of the world, it’s time to amp up your security software and put on your cynical cap before clicking on friend requests and links to “funny videos.” Facebook and Twitter will be the top targets for cyber attacks in 2010, according to several security firms.

Networks like Facebook are a gold mine of information for identity theft scams. You may have stumbled upon a cyberattack or two before on Facebook. It’s usually an inbox message from someone you don’t talk to often, with the message: “Hey is this you in this video? LOLZ!!!” followed by a strange link with random letters in it.

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Education magazine ranks Md. No. 1
Liz Bowie ― Baltimore Sun

State praised for school achievement, educational policies

For the second year in a row, Maryland schools were ranked No. 1 among states in the nation for school achievement and educational policies by a respected trade publication.

Education Week gave Maryland a B-plus, far above the national average of a C. New York ranked second and Massachusetts third in the survey; Nevada, Nebraska and the District of Columbia did particularly poorly. The survey looks at numerous factors, including student achievement on national tests, how well schools are financed, what state policies are in place and the overall chances a child has of success in school while living in a particular state.

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Enterprise LTE: Is it worth writing to your representative after all?

There are times when some issues you might have become important to you. So important that you feel you should write to your congressmen. I have such an issue so I wrote to three members of Congress. I typed my letters out; each one was different, but on the same subject.  I placed the letters in envelopes, addressed them, placed a stamp on them and mailed them. And I waited.

I waited six weeks and received one answer, none from the other two. The one answer I got was a form letter that never mentioned the subject that I had written about. It only leaves me to wonder what is happening. Were my letters understandable? Did they know what I was asking about? My letters were simple so I don’t think it was that. Do they have time to answer all the letters, e-mails and telephone calls they get? I know that the congressmen don’t open and read all the letters. They have staff people who do that. Did the staff person think that my letter was not worthy of an answer? How am I to know? Maybe I was just a stroke of the pen in some column numbering pro and con opinions on the subject.

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Governor Martin O’Malley Highlights Economic Agenda on Opening Day of 427th Legislative Session

ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 13, 2010) –In remarks before the 427th Maryland General Assembly today, Governor Martin O’Malley highlighted his economic agenda to create jobs, fuel innovation, and drive economic progress during these tough economic times.  The Governor promoted initiatives that include a job creation tax credit, expansion of credit access for small business, and immediate tax relief for Maryland business owners while stabilizing the state’s Unemployment Trust Fund.

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Over 43,000 Citizens Demand Stronger EPA Action on the Chesapeake Bay

In what could well be the largest outpouring of public comments on the Chesapeake Bay, Environment Maryland reported that 43,140 bay area residents wrote to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency demanding they take stronger action to protect the bay.

“The message from the public is deafening and crystal clear: the EPA should be using every tool available to rein in bay polluters—including tough penalties if states fail to do their part,” said Tommy Landers, Environment Maryland Clean Water Advocate. 

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Van Go MiddayServices to be Restored
The Bay Net

Charles County was recently awarded $227,000 of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Federal Stimulus funds to restore Van Go services that had been recently cut. Due to budget restraints Van Go was forced to incorporate a midday service break in March 2009, shutting down service for an hour in the middle of the day. Additionally, service on the rural routes in Nanjemoy and Indian Head were reduced for 2 hours each day. These services will be restored effective as of January 19.

Charles County’s Transportation Division is also pleased to announce that a Van Go northbound 301 stop at the Charles County Department of Health in White Plains will be added to improve safety for Van Go patrons. This change will be effective on January 16th.

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