Thursday, August 18, 2011
Stock markets are walloped by another sell-off…
Cezary Pokdul and Peter Whoriskey ― Washington Post

...as fears of second recession build

Stock prices plunged in a broad sell-off Thursday amid renewed fears about the finances of countries and banks in Europe in a return of the investor skittishness that led to last week’s wild market swings.

While there was no one trigger for the market plunge, a spate of gloomy numbers and the return of panic selling reawakened fears of another recession.

Sammy 08:09 PM | (2) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Tool to Streamline and Expedite Permit Review
The Bay Net

Today, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown addressed a meeting of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and encouraged businesses and developers to apply for the recently launched FastTrack program.  FastTrack, an initiative chaired by Lt. Governor Brown, is a new tool for business owners and developers to streamline and expedite the review of state permits for projects in priority development areas.

The initiative is a component of the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s Maryland Made Easy program, an effort to improve the conditions that allow businesses to grow and create jobs. Maryland Made Easy encompasses strategies to streamline procedures, simplify regulations and improve communications.

Sammy 07:50 PM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Study: Sniffer dogs spot early stage lung cancer
USA TODAY

Trained sniffer dogs are able to detect lung cancer in its early stages, researchers have found.

The dogs could identify volatile organic compounds that are linked to the presence of cancer on people’s breath, according to the German study. Because those with lung cancer often have no symptoms and current methods used to detect the disease are unreliable, the findings are significant, the study authors explained.

In conducting the study, researchers recruited people with lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or no health problems at all. The specially trained dogs successfully identified 71 out of 100 samples with lung cancer, as well as 372 out of 400 cancer-free samples.

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Md. planning department releases new sprawl statistics
Nicholas Sohr ― Daily Record

Gov. Martin O’Malley will renew his call for a statewide growth plan Friday at the annual Maryland Association of Counties summer conference in Ocean City.

Plan Maryland, as the administration calls it, would steer population growth into already developed areas while seeking to stop the seemingly-endless rings of suburbs radiating out from the state’s urban centers into forests and farmlands.

O’Malley will be armed with a new map and new statistics. The land-use map, updated for the first time since 2002, shows 128,650 acres of land were developed in the state over those nine years, according to the state Department of Planning. That’s good for 8.4 percent growth, or about twice as fast as the state has added population during that time.

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Independent bookstores add a new chapter
Neely Tucker ― The Washington Post

The brick-and-mortar bookstore is, like most of the economy, dead or close to it. See: Amazon, growth of. See: Borders, tanking of. Everybody knows this.

So here’s Eileen McGervey, owner of One More Page bookstore in Arlington, standing next to her gourmet chocolates and a nice little wine selection, right across from the food and travel section, and she… opened in January of this year?

“It’s going well, we’re in a great neighborhood,” she says. “Where else do you get to meet such fun people?”

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Drug shortages lead to price gouging
Liz Szabo ― USA TODAY

Scalping tickets to a rock concert can get you arrested. But reselling lifesaving medications at a hefty markup is a thriving business.

With the nation in the midst of a record shortage of prescription drugs — including vital medications used in everything from surgery to chemotherapy — unscrupulous marketers are stockpiling hard-to-find drugs and attempting to sell them back to hospitals at up to 50 times their normal prices, a new report says.

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Report: Government investigating Standard and Poor’s
USA TODAY

The Justice Department is investigating whether the Standard & Poor’s credit ratings agency improperly rated dozens of mortgage securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The investigation began before Standard & Poor’s cut the United States’ AAA credit rating this month, but it’s likely to add to the political firestorm created by the downgrade, the newspaper said. Some government officials have since questioned the agency’s secretive process, its credibility and the competence of its analysts, claiming to have found an error in its debt calculations.

Sammy 07:46 AM | (1) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Study: Only 1 in 5 medical malpractice cases pay
MIKE STOBBE ― WTOP

Only 1 in 5 malpractice claims against doctors leads to a settlement or other payout, according to the most comprehensive study of these claims in two decades.

But while doctors and their insurers may be winning most of these challenges, that’s still a lot of fighting. Each year about 1 in 14 doctors is the target of a claim, and most physicians and virtually every surgeon will face at least one in their careers, the study found.

Sammy 07:33 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Final Comprehensive Plan Design Charrette to be Held Aug. 18

The 2012 Comprehensive Plan update process is now underway. Public input is essential to produce a new plan that reflects community consensus and identifies ways to maintain Charles County as an ideal place to live, work, shop and play.

Several Charles County Comprehensive Plan design charrettes have been held for citizens. The series of similarly-structured, regionally specific follow-up meetings or “charrettes” are intended to give the community an opportunity to review and refine three distinct land use scenarios. Illustrated in three conceptual maps, the various scenarios have been developed as a result of public input on the visions, goals, and issues that should be addressed during the update process.

The final design charrette will be held on Thursday, August 18, at Westlake High School in Waldorf. All design charrettes are open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. and meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

Sammy 07:31 AM | (17) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
511 Free Traveler Information Service Available in Md.
Southern Maryland Online

New Tool Designed to Help Marylanders Navigate Daily Commutes, Road Trips, Special Events

Will a car crash double the time it takes to get home tonight? Will an emergency road repair steal away beach time next weekend? If you have traffic questions, you can now get answers with Maryland 511.

As the Grand Prix rolls into Maryland early next month, the State Highway Administration (SHA) urges drivers to “Get ready, Set, KNOW.” Know Before You Go is the theme of the new Maryland 511 traveler information system now available throughout the State. It provides key travel information to help guide Marylanders before heading out to major events, cross-state travel and daily commutes. Calling 511 from any mobile or land line or logging onto www.MD511.org provides free one-stop shopping for travel information on State maintained roadways, including travel times, incident or work zone lane closures, weather reports and connections to transit, airport and tourism information.

Sammy 07:27 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Thieves Steal Cash from 80-year-old Amish Man at Farmer’s Market
Southern Maryland Online

Police seeking public’s help in identifying thieves

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying thieves who on Tuesday afternoon stole a cash box from an 80-year-old Amish man at the Amish Market located in the 37000 block of Three Notch Road in New Market. The victim, who lives in Mechanicsville, was a vendor at the market.

State Police spoke with the victim who said that he was notified by a witness that a male subject entered his shed around noon and ran off with the metal cash box while the owner was in the rear tending to an unrelated matter. The victim advised that earlier in the day, a female subject was loitering around the shed. She told the man that she was financially unable to make a purchase and would return later.

Sammy 07:25 AM | (7) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Security Faulted at Calvert Cliffs Plant

Federal regulators found gaps in the security measures at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant after a six-month inspection at the twin reactor site in Lusby, though the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will not release the specific details of the issues.

Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the NRC, said that a letter from a nuclear reactor safety regulator to Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, which owns and operates the site, informs the public of the issue in basic terms only.

Sammy 07:24 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Public Hearing to be Held on Proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter in La Plata
The Bay Net

A scheduled August 23rd vote on a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter in La Plata has been rescheduled pending a public hearing.  The public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at the La Plata Town Hall.

The proposal to bring a Wal-Mart Supercenter to La Plata has been met with a lot of scrutiny.  Some residents fear that the Supercenter could put places like Safeway and Food Lion out of business.  The Town of La Plata says they have gotten a lot of feedback regarding the plan to build a Wal-Mart Supercenter, which would be built at the site of the former Mitchell’s Supply building off US-301 and MD-6.

Sammy 07:21 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Charles County Government Debuts New & Improved Online Photo Gallery
The Bay Net

The Charles County Commissioners are pleased to announce that Charles County Government now has a new and improved online photo gallery available for public viewing and use. The online photo gallery features photos from Charles County Government recreation and sporting events, Commissioner proclamations, award presentations, and more.

“The online photo gallery is a central repository for Charles County Government’s photos. It’s another way that citizens can get connected with what’s going on in their local government,” said Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly.

Sammy 07:18 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Preliminary Plan for Used Car Dealership in Indian Head Approved
Andy Marquis ― The Bay Net

On Monday evening, the Indian Head Planning Commission approved a plan to revive the site of a nursery and used car dealership in Indian Head.  The dealership, proposed by Ivan Young, would be built at 4335 Indian Head Highway.

The new used car lot would only see minor changes, such as some landscaping changes and wooden posts built five feet apart to keep cars out when the facility is closed.  Permits for signs must be approved separately, and Young must acquire a license from the Maryland Vehicle Administration.

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