Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Fundraiser for Friends of Sharon “Sherri” Hancock

October 6, 2010 from 5 to 8 at the La Plata Volunteer Fire House. Additional information at www.reelecthancock.com

The Quack 07:45 PM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
FLOOD WATCH

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF MARYLAND…THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA AND VIRGINIA…INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS…IN
MARYLAND…ANNE ARUNDEL…CALVERT…CHARLES…PRINCE GEORGES…
SOUTHERN BALTIMORE AND ST. MARYS. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN
VIRGINIA…ALBEMARLE…ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA…
CULPEPER…FAIRFAX…GREENE.. .KING GEORGE…MADISON…NELSON…
ORANGE…PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK…SOUTHERN
FAUQUIER…SPOTSYLVANIA AND STAFFORD.

* FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

* LOW PRESSURE IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ALONG A FRONTAL BOUNDARY
  THAT IS CURRENTLY ACROSS CENTRAL VIRGINIA AND SOUTHERN MARYLAND
  LATE TONIGHT…THEN MOVE NORTHEAST TOWARD THE DELMARVA ON
  WEDNESDAY. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH HEAVY RAIN ARE
  EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ALONG AND NORTH OF THIS LOW WEDNESDAY
  MORNING…THEN PERSIST INTO WEDNESDAY NIGHT. RAINFALL IN EXCESS
  OF TWO INCHES…WITH LOCAL AMOUNTS OVER THREE INCHES…IS EXPECTED
  IN A SWATH FROM NORTH- CENTRAL VIRGINIA TO CENTRAL MARYLAND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
CURRENT FORECASTS.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE
FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE
PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

Click here to view the notification on the Charles County CNS website

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A New Approach to Protecting Drinking Water and Public Health

EPA is seeking a new approach to expand public health protection for drinking water by going beyond the traditional framework that addresses contaminants one at a time. The Agency is initiating a national conversation to identify better ways to address contaminants in groups, improve drinking water technology, and more effectively address potential risks to give Americans greater confidence in the quality of their drinking water. EPA will engage the public and stakeholders, including utilities, rural communities, and states, in developing the new approach.  Over the next few months, the Agency will hold public meetings, webcasts, and use EPA’s website to seek input.  The Agency will also seek advice from the National Drinking Water Advisory Council and consult with the Science Advisory Board’s Drinking Water Committee.

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Participate in the discussion forum

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Late mortgage payments spike in 2Q
Daily Record

The rate at which U.S. homeowners fell behind on their mortgage payments remained stubbornly elevated in the second quarter.

In the three months ended June 30, the number of mortgage holders 60 days or more behind on their payments was 6.67 percent, credit reporting agency TransUnion said Tuesday. That’s a big jump from 5.81 percent in the second quarter of last year, and well above the historical norm of 1.5 percent to 2 percent.
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Driving up the national rate are the four states hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis: Nevada, Florida, Arizona and California. In each of these, the rate is above 10 percent, with Nevada leading at 15.86 percent, compared to 13.8 percent a year ago. In Florida, the delinquency rate rose to 15 percent, from 12.3 percent last year.

The rates in Georgia, New Jersey, Maryland and Illinois are also above the national average.

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Incident and Arrest Reports
Southern Maryland Online

LA PLATA, Md. (Auguest 17, 2010) - The Charles County Sheriff’s Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.

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New Oyster Facility to Help Expand Bay Restoration Efforts
The Bay Net

On the banks of the Choptank River, State, regional and University leaders dedicated a new $11 million Oyster Setting Facility at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) Horn Point Laboratory. Once fully operational, this new facility will more than double the laboratory’s annual production of oyster spat for Chesapeake Bay restoration, setting the stage for a significant expansion of the State’s aquaculture and environmental restoration programs
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“By increasing the number of oysters available for sanctuaries, harvest reserve areas, public oyster grounds and our burgeoning aquaculture industry, this new facility will play a major role in our efforts to return the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population to the vital ecological, economic and environmental resource it once was,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.  “The State’s investment in this project demonstrates our long term commitment to that goal, and our faith that UMCES scientists will continue to expand and improve the science that makes large-scale restoration possible.”

When fully operational, the new facility should allow the Horn Point Laboratory Shellfish Cultivation Program to produce up to two billion spat-on-shell for Chesapeake Bay restoration. In a decade’s time, scientific advancements and the adoption of new technologies have expanded annual production from 50 million to a record 750 million oyster spat in 2009. This new facility sets the stage for much greater advancements.

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Judges crack down on inappropriate clothes in court
USA TODAY

If you’re headed to traffic court in Bakersfield, Calif., better leave the flip-flops at home.

Have a court appearance in district court in Inkster, Mich.? Jeans are on the not-to-wear list.

And don’t even think of wearing short shorts to court in Dover, Del.

Judges in those jurisdictions and others across the USA are cracking down on skimpy, sloppy or what they consider inappropriate attire in an effort to maintain decorum and beef up security.
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Dress codes can play a role in public safety. For instance, gang-related clothing or gang colors could be used to intimidate witnesses in criminal cases.

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Report: Cancer is the world’s costliest disease
MARILYNN MARCHIONE ― WTOP

Cancer is the world’s top “economic killer” as well as its likely leading cause of death, the American Cancer Society contends in a new report it will present at a global cancer conference in China this week.

Cancer costs more in productivity and lost life than AIDS, malaria, the flu and other diseases that spread person-to-person, the report concludes.

Chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease and diabetes account for more than 60 percent of deaths worldwide but less than 3 percent of public and private funding for global health, said Rachel Nugent of the Center for Global Development, a Washington-based policy research group.

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Why is the president allowed to use Air Force One while on the campaign trail?
WTOP

For security reasons, the president and vice president don’t fly on commercial airlines.

Air Force One is not only the safest way for the president to fly, but it also allows him to keep working while in the air.

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Reader’s Letter: Is Mold Making You Sick?
The Bay Net

By Lynnw

We recently left our home in the Carrington neighborhood due to high levels of mold making us sick. It turns out our home had a busted drain pipe under the slab that was leaking water and food from the disposal and dumping it directly under the home. Not only that, but it was originally built at the bottom of a steep hill. Concrete slab homes built at the bottom of a hill are ready made for mold problems. We also had a very wet back yard from city drainage back up every time it rained which caused standing water and mosquito infestation. We had no idea the drain pipe was busted until we got a clog and the plumber couldn’t pull anything out of it except tree roots. Our insurance denied to the claim to fix it and as soon as the weather warmed up, we began smelling mold and garbage. We always had bad ant problems no matter how much we sprayed, especially in the dishwasher. We later learned they were coming up the drain pipes. We had already been dealing with health related problems for the past several years, not long after moving in, that included headaches, thyroid dysfunction, hypoglycemia, depression, anxiety, fatigue, allergies, asthma, developmental delays, rashes, hair loss, vision loss and memory loss. In the spring when the weather warmed up, my child began getting nosebleeds and the baby started getting sick. We evacuated the home and called a company to have the air tested for mold. It turned out we had numerous potentially toxic strains of mold three times higher inside the home than outside. A leading toxicologist indicated we had an indoor source of mold. The mold testing company informed us our neighborhood was built on drained swamp land. The home always had an earthy smell that got worse after we tore up carpets and flooring to remodel. We put thousands of dollars in to the home not realizing we made an already moldy environment worse when we tore up carpets disturbing spores and releasing them in to the air.

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Agreement to Terminate All Uses of Aldicarb

EPA and Bayer CropScience, the manufacturer, have reached an agreement to end use of the pesticide aldicarb in the United States. A new risk assessment conducted by EPA based on recently submitted toxicity data indicates that aldicarb no longer meets our rigorous food safety standards and may pose unacceptable dietary risks, especially to infants and young children.

To address the most significant risks, Bayer has agreed to first end aldicarb use on citrus and potatoes, and will adopt risk mitigation measures for other uses to protect groundwater resources. The company will voluntarily phase out production of aldicarb by December 31, 2014. All remaining aldicarb uses will end no later than August 2018.

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The worst bet in real estate today: Construction loans
Paul Wiseman ― USA TODAY

The biggest bank killer around isn’t some exotic derivative investment concocted by Wall Street’s financial alchemists. It’s the plain old construction loan, Main Street banks’ bread and butter for decades.

Deutsche Bank has called them “without doubt, the riskiest commercial real estate loan product.” The Congressional Oversight Panel, a financial watchdog, has warned that construction loans have deteriorated faster and inflicted bigger losses on banks than any other real estate loans.

And the worst may be yet to come. Banks, adopting a desperation strategy known as “extend and pretend” or “delay and pray,” have been reluctant to admit defeat, repossess half-completed housing developments and strip malls — and dump them on a depressed market at a big loss. “There probably are many loans out there that are in worse shape than reflected on lenders’ books,” says Chicago construction lawyer Joshua Glazov.

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AP Enterprise: Old-style coal plants expanding
MATTHEW BROWN ― Frederick News-Post

Utilities across the country are building dozens of old-style coal plants that will cement the industry’s standing as the largest industrial source of climate-changing gases for years to come.

An Associated Press examination of U.S. Department of Energy records and information provided by utilities and trade groups shows that more than 30 traditional coal plants have been built since 2008 or are under construction.

The construction wave stretches from Arizona to Illinois and South Carolina to Washington, and comes despite growing public wariness over the high environmental and social costs of fossil fuels, demonstrated by tragic mine disasters in West Virginia, the Gulf oil spill and wars in the Middle East.
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They also will generate about 125 million tons of greenhouse gases annually, according to emissions figures from utilities and the Center for Global Development. That’s the equivalent of putting 22 million additional automobiles on the road.

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Notice of Applications Received for State Permits
Maryland Independent

The Water Management Administration is reviewing the application for the State Permit listed below. The application and related information are on file at the Administration; arrangements may be made for inspection and copying. Opportunity is afforded individuals to provide written comments or to be placed on an interested persons list for the listed application. Any further notices about actions on an application will be provided only by mail to those individuals on a mailing list of interested persons. Comments must be received in writing by the Administration on or before August 27, 2010. All inquiries and requests should include the permit application number; your name, address and telephone number; and should be addressed to John Grace, Chief, Source Protection and Appropriation Division, Water Management Administration, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland 21230. Telephone: (410) 537-3590.

Charles County

CH2010G001/01 – Simms Landing Investment, LLC, 8500 Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco, Maryland 20677 has applied to appropriate and use an annual average of 14,400 gallons of ground water per day (gpd) and 24,500 gpd during the month of maximum. The water will be withdrawn from 64 individual wells in the Upper Patapsco aquifer for the Knotting Hill residential subdivision. The project is located on the south side of MD Route 6 and west of Simms Landing Road, Port Tobacco, Charles County, Maryland.  The wells will be approximately 600 feet deep and screened in the Upper Patapsco aquifer. Impacts to the resource and nearby users were evaluated using aquifer data from an on-site aquifer test and geologic reports. Pumping during periods of maximum use may lower the water table about 15 feet at a distance of ¼-mile. In making the evaluation, the withdrawal was modeled as being pumped continuously for 60 days at the maximum rate with no recharge to the aquifer.

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Charles County Board of Appeals meeting video…

...Tuesday, August 10, 2010

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