Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Is it time to consider earthquake insurance?
DAVID PITT ― Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Earthquakes and California go together. Or at least that’s what most of the country thought until Tuesday’s East Coast earthquake centered in Virginia.

Reports of the earth moving were widespread, coming from New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Georgia. Even a few came from as far away as Chicago.

Although no immediate news of significant damage emerged, such a widespread impact raises questions about preparedness and insurance coverage.

That’s particularly because earthquake damage is not covered under standard homeowners or business insurance policies.

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In Yellowstone, Killing One Kind of Trout to Save Another
New York Times

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The decline of recreational fishing in the United States since its peak in the late 1970s is adding its own twist, scientists, environmentalists and anglers say. Between 1991 and 2006, according to the most recent figures from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the percentage of Americans 16 and older who fish declined to 13 percent from 21 percent.

At the same time, the environmental movement, which in its earlier years was closely aligned with the hunting and fishing communities, became more urban and less connected to the idea that nature should be harvested or consumed.

Here at Yellowstone, that has led to a coalition of partners standing shoulder to shoulder for killing the lake trout, of which visitors are of course encouraged to catch and eat as much as they like, on behalf of a protected fish, the cutthroat, that is strictly catch and release. Eco-system watchdog groups like the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, and the national clean-waters angler group, Trout Unlimited, for example, are raising money to help Yellowstone kill its lake trout.

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Bars look to head off trouble with ID scannners
Trevor Hughes ― USA TODAY

A growing number of bars nationwide are turning to new ID scanner technology to bounce troublemakers before they cause more problems by sharing information about them with other neighborhood taverns.

The trend has privacy advocates concerned about how the information will be stored and about potential uses by private companies.

When entering a venue using one of the systems, a customer, regardless of age, presents his or her ID to a member of the door staff, who runs it though scanner that checks for validity and whether the person is of legal drinking age, says Nathan Perry, a bar manager at Southside Johnny’s in Colorado Springs.

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Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge to Have Only One Lane Open in A.M.
The Bay Net

The Thomas Johnson Bridge will be one lane traffic between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on August 24th. The bridge will be getting inspected for any damage. Expect delays during this time.

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East Coast earthquake’s epicenter near a nuclear plant
Los Angeles Times

The magnitude 5.8 earthquake that shook the East Coast on Tuesday was centered near a nuclear power plant, raising concerns that the facility could have been damaged.

North Anna Power Station, located about 10 miles from the epicenter, is running its safety systems on backup generators after the quake knocked out the plant’s outside power source.
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The North Anna plant reported an “alert” after the quake struck. An alert is the second most serious of four status positions for a nuclear plant.
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The North Anna plant was designed to withstand a 5.9 to 6.1 quake.

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Charles County to Host Blue Ribbon Commission on…

...Maryland Transportation Funding Meeting

The Commissioners are pleased to announce that the 28-member Maryland Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding has selected Charles County as the host location for their upcoming meeting on Thursday, September 8. The meeting will be held at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center (3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m
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“We welcome the Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding to Charles County, and appreciate the opportunity to host this meeting at the Jaycees Center,” said Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly, who is one of two Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) representatives appointed by the Governor to the Commission. The second MACo representative is Howard County Executive Ken Ullman.

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Nice Bridge Closure

The Harry Nice Bridge will be closed until further notice pending a safety inspection.

UPDATE:  Harry Nice Bridge has been re-opened by Maryland Transportation Authority

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Rumbling Felt Across D.C. Region
WRC-TV (NBC4)

The Washington, D.C., region shook at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday.

The rumbling was felt across Virginia and the District.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the event was an earthquake, which registered 5.8 in magnitude. The quake was 9 miles from the middle of Virginia, News4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer reported. It lasted about 30-40 seconds.

The U.S. Capitol was evacuated.

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Update on Hurricane Irene

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2011 Mustang Grand National Show

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Charles County Update: Nanjemoy Heritage Day

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PGM Seminar: Capital Overview

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COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF LA PLATA - NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
SoMdNews.com

Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Town of La Plata will hold an additional public hearing regarding Resolution 11- 11, which proposes to authorize and approve an amendment to an Annexation Agreement dated June 13, 2006, entered into between the Town of La Plata, party of the first part; and Rosewick Limited Partnership, party of the second part; Helen K. Jennings, party of the third part; and others, recorded among the Land Records of Charles County, Maryland in Liber 6034, page 554, in connection with the annexation of 74.6032 acres, more or less, approved by the Council of the Town of La Plata pursuant to Resolution 06-4. The amendment to the Annexation Agreement proposes to alter that Agreement in the following respects if the Town annexes into the corporate limits of the Town a 10.00 acres, more or less, parcel of land shown and depicted on Charles County Tax Map 33 as Parcel 492 (“the Johel Parcel”)and a 4.111 acres, more or less, public roadway area of U.S. Route 301 owned by the State of Maryland and depicted on State Highway Administration Plat Number 5215:
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The public hearing before the Council of the Town of La Plata to consider the proposed amendment to the Annexation Agreement will be held at the La Plata Town Hall, 305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata, Maryland, on Tuesday, September 13, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. At the public hearing all parties in interest and citizens will have an opportunity to be heard.  Special accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made upon request.

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Toyota, Ford to jointly develop hybrid trucks, SUVs
VICKI VAUGHAN ― Houston Chronicle

Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. announced Monday they will collaborate to develop hybrid light trucks and SUVs before the end of the decade.

The two auto giants said the collaboration would mean consumers would be able to purchase hybrids - powered by gasoline engines and batteries - that would deliver greater fuel economy at an affordable price.

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Hurricane Irene marks 1st big US threat in years
CURT ANDERSON ― Houston Chronicle

The rapidly intensifying Irene that’s already cut a destructive path through the Caribbean is the first hurricane to seriously threaten the U.S. in almost three years, a worry for some emergency management officials who hope people haven’t become complacent about the dangers.

Predictions by the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Irene was likely to become a major Category 3 hurricane Tuesday. By Thursday as it roars toward the U.S. coast over warm open waters, it could become a Category 4, NHC hurricane specialist John Cangialosi said late Monday. Winds in such a storm can blow from 131 to 155 mph (210-249 kph).

The last hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. was Ike, which pounded Texas in 2008.

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