Friday, January 22, 2010
Forrest Center to Host SkillsUSA Southern Regional Competition
Southern Maryland Online

The Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center will host the Maryland SkillsUSA Southern Regional Competition on Saturday, February 6, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the school located at 24005 Point Lookout Road, directly across from the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown. The competition begins at 9:00 a.m., with the award assembly starting at 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Leonardtown High School next door.

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Editorial - The Court’s Blow to Democracy
New York Times

With a single, disastrous 5-to-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has thrust politics back to the robber-baron era of the 19th century. Disingenuously waving the flag of the First Amendment, the court’s conservative majority has paved the way for corporations to use their vast treasuries to overwhelm elections and intimidate elected officials into doing their bidding.

Congress must act immediately to limit the damage of this radical decision, which strikes at the heart of democracy.

As a result of Thursday’s ruling, corporations have been unleashed from the longstanding ban against their spending directly on political campaigns and will be free to spend as much money as they want to elect and defeat candidates. If a member of Congress tries to stand up to a wealthy special interest, its lobbyists can credibly threaten: We’ll spend whatever it takes to defeat you.

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Calvert Aquatic Center Opening Soon
The Bay Net

The Calvert County Division of Parks and Recreation has established fees and operational hours for the soon-to-be-completed Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center in Prince Frederick.
The facility will include a 50-meter competition pool, leisure pool with slideQs, therapy pool, spa, fitness room and meeting and party rooms for rent.

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State slots panel talks table games
Sean R. Sedam ― Gazette

The time is right for Maryland to consider full-fledged casinos, a former delegate and member of the panel that awards slot machine licenses said Friday.

“I think we’re at a point where one of the recommendations we need to make to leaders of the legislature and the governor is we should consider the addition of true casinos in the state of Maryland,” said D. Bruce Poole, a Democrat who represented Washington County in the House of Delegates from 1987 to 1999.

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Appeals board hears case of 1,160-seat church
Christian Brown ― Gazette

Water use a sticking point in construction of massive church in Frederick County

The fate of a proposed 1,160-seat church near the Frederick-Montgomery county border remains in limbo after a 10-hour hearing Wednesday before the Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals.

The board heard the church’s appeal of the Frederick County Planning Commission’s October denial of the plan, but delayed voting on the project until Jan. 28.

Silver Spring-based Global Mission Church, a primarily Korean parish affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, wants to build an 85-foot-tall, 138,027-square-foot church in Frederick County on 88 acres of land zoned for farming.

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The Cost of Preparing Maryland’s Budget
Southern Maryland Online

How much does a budget cost?

In Maryland, the tally comes to at least several million dollars—and possibly much more.

Last year, the state spent $75,000 just to print copies of the governor’s proposed budget, said John Pirro Jr., director of the Department of Budget and Management’s Division of Finance and Administration.

His department hasn’t yet been billed for producing 900 copies of this year’s 2,800-page budget document in advance of its release Wednesday, Pirro said, but the cost will probably be similar. The budget is presented as three phonebook-sized volumes and two supplemental booklets.

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LETTER: Sheriff Evans Addresses Fatal Accident Caused by Speeding Deputy
Southern Maryland Online


I am writing this letter in regard to the tragic accident which occurred in Dunkirk on July 24, 2009. This unfortunate incident, which was heartfelt throughout our community, took the life of Rachael Campbell and seriously injured Deputy C. Wayne Wells. Sincere condolences from the entire Sheriff’s Office goes out to the families touched by this accident and please know that our thoughts are prayers have been with you.

On a personal note, as Sheriff, I would like to apologize to the family for statements made to the press prior to the investigation being fully completed. I, together with the Sheriff’s Office staff, have reviewed data and facts and have met with numerous investigators to fully understand this accident and what steps could be taken to lessen the chances of such a tragedy occurring in the future.

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Tobacco Barns Summit Reconvenes After Five Years
Southern Maryland Online

The public is invited to attend an afternoon presentation and discussion about the past, present and future of the many tobacco barns in Southern Maryland.

The three hour meeting will take place on Sunday, January 31st at the Calvert County Library in Prince Frederick beginning at 1:00 pm. The summit will feature a presentation on the history of tobacco barns, tobacco barn reuse success stories, a showcase of available resources for barns, as well as an opportunity for the public to brainstorm about the future of the barns.

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Maryland Hispanic Population Booms Since 2000
Southern Maryland Online


The Maryland Hispanic population has increased by at least 65 percent since the 2000 Census, contributing to increasing ethnic diversity nationally, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report released.

There are 375,830 Hispanics living in Maryland as of 2007, an increase from 227,916 in 2000, according to Census Bureau data analyzed by the Maryland Department of Planning and released Wednesday. After Hispanics, Asian immigration ranks second with a 29 percent increase.

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Republicans push open government rules changes
SEAN R. SEDAM ― Recorder

Republican lawmakers on Tuesday floated a series of rule changes for the General Assembly that they say are designed to promote open government.

The four-point proposal would urge committee votes to be posted online, allow citizens to use audio and video equipment in committee hearings and voting sessions in order to produce Webcasts and provide streaming video of committee hearings when available.

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Md. unemployment rate climbs to 7.5% in December
Jamie Smith Hopkins ― Baltimore Sun

All told, 220,000 Marylanders were actively looking for work last month and not finding it.

The state’s unemployment situation remains better than the nation’s, which had a jobless rate of 10 percent last month. Maryland’s 7.5 percent rate tied for 14th lowest in the country, about half as bad as Michigan but significantly above North Dakota. That Midwestern state had a 4.4 percent unemployment rate, best in the nation.

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Charles officials plead case for bigger new high school
LAURA BUCK ― Maryland Independent

Charles County Board of Education Chairwoman Roberta S. Wise made two requests on behalf of the school system. The first, to increase the state-rated capacity for a new high school from 1,300 to 1,600 students, generated considerable discussion among board members.
Specifically, the planned development of a “green city” in St. Charles will add 12,000 new homes to the county, including 1,200 this year. Already, the county’s six high schools are bursting at the seams and some residential development has been put on hold.

“If we opened this school tomorrow, it would already be nearly filled,” Wise told the state board.

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Dump Truck Hits Tower Causing Power Lines To Dangle Over Road
Tom Hunsicker ― WUSA


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AQUASCO, Md.—A high-voltage power line is dangling over the road and keeping people from going into and out of Eagle Harbor.

A steel tower fell over Eagle Harbor Road, which is the only road into and out of the small town of Eagle Harbor and Cedarhaven. A dump truck crashed into the tower in the town of Aquasco, causing it to start slowly coming down. An eyewitness described hearing a “huge explosion” when the truck hit the tower. The truck’s driver did not suffer any injuries

Eagle Harbor Road will remain shut down for the morning rush so crews can work on lifting this line. One lane will be open for some traffic.

Children at school were not be able to get home for a while. The town was setting up a central location where students could be sent until the road reopened.

The plan to fix the tower is extensive and will take time. Workers said they plan to use cranes to lift the lines and build temporary frames for them. Then they will lift the tower straight up in the air and rebuild the base and then put the lines back on. All of this will take place Thursday morning.

Until crews make the repairs, the power line will remain in it’s 45 degree state.

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Charles County Sheriff’s Officers Identify and Charge Bank Robbery Suspect

Suspect May be Linked to Bank Robberies throughout Region

Charles County Sheriff Rex W. Coffey said detectives from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office identified and charged Earl Macvernon Pegram, 56, of Clinton, in connection with the January 19 robbery of the M & T Bank on Mall Circle Drive.

Pegram was arrested on January 21 by members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, US Marshals Office, Prince George’s County Police Department and other lawenforcement agencies at a residence in Temple Hills. Search warrants were executed at two addresses affiliated with Pegram where detectives recovered evidence linking him to multiple robberies throughout the region, including the December 22 robbery of the Old Line Center Bank located at 12080 Old Line Centre in Waldorf. His method of operation was similar in almost every case: he would enter a bank, approach a teller, imply he had a weapon and demand money. No one was injured.

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County Commissioners’…

...meeting minutes: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 and Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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