Thursday, August 25, 2011
Breaking curfew is civil offense under newest draft of proposed law
Kristi Tousignant ― Gazette

Though the Montgomery County Council is on recess, those for and against a proposed teen curfew law are in session.

The law, proposed in July by County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), would create an 11 p.m. curfew for teens 17 years old and younger on weekdays and midnight on weekends. The curfew would extend to 5 a.m. daily.

There would most likely be an exception for teens headed home from sports, movies and concerts. Community and county council members are discussing specifics, officials said.

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Border agents cite pressure not to detain illegals
Sara A. Carter ― Washington Examiner

A decrease in the number of illegal immigrants entering the United States from Mexico touted by federal officials is a fiction created by an unwritten policy to avoid arresting those crossing the border illegally and instead to use a variety of tactics to turn them back across the border, federal law enforcement agents said.

“This unspoken policy isn’t anything new,” said one federal law enforcement official, who asked not to be named for fear of reprimand. “For years we have been verbally ordered to ‘turn back south’ aliens who already illegally penetrated the border. Agents are verbally ordered to ‘TBS’ illegal entries by using intimidation tactics ... therefore, the agency avoids documented arrest numbers.”

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Millions of US court records bound for shredder
MICHAEL TARM ― Frederick News-Post

Wrestling with the challenges of documents in the digital age, U.S. officials are destroying millions of paper federal court records to save storage costs — and raising the ire of some historians, private detectives and others who heavily rely on the files.

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration says at least 10 million bankruptcy case files and several million district court files from 1970 through 1995 will be shredded, pounded to pulp and recycled. Files designated as historically valuable, however, will be kept in storage.

Federal archivists spent years consulting legal scholars, historians and others about which files to purge after realizing that sorting and digitizing just the bankruptcy cases would cost tens of millions of dollars. None of the civil or criminal cases up for destruction went to trial, and docket sheets that list basic information such as names of defendants and plaintiffs will be saved from each case.

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Del. orders evacuation, declares emergency as Hurricane Irene nears

Gov. Jack Markell has issued an evacuation order for visitors in Sussex County as the most significant tropical threat to the region in years continues its march toward the East Coast, bringing with it hurricane-force winds, catastrophic tidal flooding, and torrential rains throughout much of the weekend.

State and county officials are urging residents, visitors and property owners along the Inland Bays, Delaware Bay and along the Route 1 corridor to move now to higher ground ahead of Hurricane Irene. The storm’s center is expected to graze Delaware to the east late Saturday night into Sunday, but the wide swath of the system would still bring 75 mph winds with gusts to 100 mph, more than a foot of rain and a storm surge of 4 to 7 feet.

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Tropical Storm Watch

SUMMARY:

tropical storm watch for charles county /4011

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Germantown-based Earth Networks finds…
Daily Record

...correlation between lightning, storm path

Earth Networks Inc. of Germantown, the owner and operator of WeatherBug, the country’s largest weather network, said it is actively tracking the path of Hurricane Irene as it approaches the East Coast by providing an early look into Irene’s total lightning activity.

This is the first time, the company said, that there is an established network in place to continuously monitor total lightning activity for the entire projected track of the hurricane.

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SMECO Postpones Career Fair
The Bay Net

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) had scheduled a Contact Center Career Fair for Saturday, August 27.  Because of the threat posed by Hurricane Irene, the career fair has been rescheduled for October 15, 2011.  The event will be held in SMECO’s Hughesville headquarters auditorium at 15035 Burnt Store Road (Route 231).  Potential candidates may stop by for about 20 minutes between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to tour the contact center, meet current employees, and get an inside look at the career of a contact center representative.  Candidates are encouraged to complete an online job application prior to the event.  For employment information, go to SMECO’s website at www.smeco.coop and click on the “careers” tab.

SMECO’s contact center representatives assist customer-members by answering questions, resolving billing inquiries, and providing high quality customer interaction.  The Co-op recently received its fourth consecutive award for the JD Power and Associates electric utility residential customer satisfaction study.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA… NORTHEASTERN SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA… KING GEORGE COUNTY IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA… SOUTHERN STAFFORD COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… WESTERN CHARLES COUNTY IN SOUTHERN MARYLAND…

* UNTIL 530 PM EDT

* AT 441 PM EDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS O F 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF STAFFORD… AND MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.

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Ocean City in Phase 3 of Hurricane Preps
WRC-TV (NBC4)

Officials want everyone except emergency personnel to get out of Ocean City, Md., by midnight.

Phase three of the hurricane action plan goes into effect at midnight. Visitors and residents should be gone by then. Hurricane Irene could hit the resort by Saturday night.

Mayor Rick Meehan declared a state of emergency. He is banning the sale of alcohol and requests that all businesses close by midnight.

No vehicles except emergency vehicles and those approved by the mayor, city manager or emergency services director will be permitted entry to the island.

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HHS Awarded $137 Million to States for Public Health
The Bay Net

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today awarded up to $137 million, partly supported by the Affordable Care Act, to states to strengthen the public health infrastructure and provide jobs in core areas of public health. Awarded in nearly every state, the grants enhance state, tribal, local and territorial efforts to provide tobacco cessation services, strengthen public health laboratory and immunization services, prevent healthcare-associated infections, and provide comprehensive substance abuse prevention and treatment.

“More than ever, it is important to help states fight disease and protect public health,” said Secretary Sebelius. “These awards are an important investment and will enable states and communities to help Americans quit smoking, get immunized and prevent disease and illness before they start.”

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of

    District of Columbia
    lower Maryland
    central and northern Virginia
    coastal waters

Effective this Thursday afternoon and evening from 325 PM until 900 PM EDT.

Hail to 1 inch in diameter… thunderstorm wind gusts to 70 mph… and dangerous lightning are possible in these areas.

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St. Charles Townhouse Development Approved
Andy Marquis ― The Bay Net

The Charles County Planning Commission on Monday approved a preliminary plan for a townhouse development in the Gleneagles neighborhood in St. Charles. 

The Gleneagles North development is located near Billingsley and Piney Church Roads in Waldorf.  The planned townhouse area would be part of Gleneagles North.  There would be four or five units per building; 60% or more of the facade would be brick. There will be a total of 92 two bedroom units placed on 22.3 acres of land.  The development does meet current adequate public facilities, according to planning staff.

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General Hurricane Preparedness

General Emergency Preparedness Information for Residents

Hurricane season is in full swing, and the Department of Emergency Services recommends that Charles County residents take the time to prepare your families for all types weather-related disasters.

Register today for Charles County’s Citizen Notification Service (CNS) to receive inclement weather and traffic alerts by e-mail or on your cell phone or pager. To sign up for the free CNS service, visit www.CharlesCountyCNS.com

Create a family emergency plan.  The family emergency plan should include the following:

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O’Malley declares state of emergency due to Irene
Daily Record

Gov. Martin O’Malley has declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Irene.

The governor made the declaration on Thursday, shortly before he scheduled a news conference to provide an update on the storm. In his disaster declaration, O’Malley notes that while Irene’s path is uncertain, Maryland must prepare for potential destruction and minimize the threat to public safety.

O’Malley is scheduled to hold a 3:30 p.m. news conference at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency in Reisterstown.

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U.S. leads world car population; China, India close behind
Adam Tuss ― WTOP

No wonder it takes you so long to get to work. For the first time ever, more than 1 billion cars are now rolling across the planet.
[...]
The biggest jump in vehicle registrations last year was in China, with India close behind. But no where in the world are there more cars than right here in the U.S.

According to Ward’s research, America’s 239.8 million units continues to constitute the largest vehicle population in the world. The U.S. also leads the car to person ration .

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