Saturday, October 22, 2011
Waldorf Juvenile Detention Center Public Hearings

November 2 and 3 (Tues and Wed) 7-9pm Thomas Stone High School, 3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf.

Flyer:  DJS_Flyer.pdf

Pauleen Brewer 03:18 PM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
This is a car advertisement from Great Britain.

When they finished filming the ad, the film editor noticed something moving along the side of the car, like a ghostly white mist. They found out that a person had been killed a year earlier in that exact same spot.

The ad was never put on TV because of the unexplained ghostly phenomenon.

Watch the front end of the car as it clears the trees in the middle of the screen and you’ll see the white mist crossing in front of the car then following it along the road…..Spooky!

Is it a ghost, or is it simply mist? You decide. If you listen closely to the ad, you’ll even hear the cameraman whispering in the background about it near the end of the commercial.

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Pauleen Brewer 09:19 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
The Picasso of Pumpkin Carving
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Zoning Text Amendment #11-125
SoMdNews.com

Notice is hereby given that the Charles County Planning Commission will hold a Public Meeting on proposed Zoning Text Amendment ZTA # 11-125 on November 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the County Commissioner’s Meeting Room located in the Charles County Government Building, La Plata, Maryland.

Zoning Text Amendment #11-125
Medical/Office Building Parking

The proposed amendment to the Zoning Ordinance is to amend the parking requirements of Use #5.01.116 (Offices or Clinics of Physicians, Dentists, or Chiropractors) found within Figure XX- 1 Table of Off-Street Parking Requirements, in order to revise the current requirement of 4 spaces per exam, diagnostic and/or treatment room, plus 1 employee and replace it with a 1 space per 200 square feet of gross floor area requirement.

Sammy 08:46 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Expert Says Quakes in England May Be Tied to Gas Extraction
New York Times

A British seismologist said Friday that two minor earthquakes in northwestern England “appeared to correlate closely” with the use of hydraulic fracturing, a method of extracting natural gas from wells that has raised concerns about environmental and seismological risks in the United States.

The scientist, Brian Baptie, seismic project team leader with the British Geological Survey, said data from the two quakes near Blackpool — one of magnitude 2.3 on April 1, the other of magnitude 1.5 on May 27 — suggested the temblors arose from the same source. Cuadrilla Resources, a British energy company, was conducting hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations at a well nearby when the quakes occurred.
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Fracking is now widespread in the United States, and has been blamed by some landowners, environmentalists and public officials for contaminating waterways and drinking water supplies. Some critics have also said that the technology could cause significant earthquakes.

Sammy 08:16 AM | (1) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Iraq PM: Immunity issue scuttled US troop deal
Rebecca Santana and Lara Jakes ― Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP)—Iraq’s prime minister said Saturday that U.S. troops are leaving Iraq after nearly nine years of war because Baghdad rejected American demands that any U.S. military forces to stay would have to be shielded from prosecution or lawsuits.

The comments by Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, made clear that it was Iraq who refused to let the U.S. military remain under the Americans’ terms.

A day earlier, President Barack Obama had hailed the troops’ withdrawal as the result of his commitment - promised shortly after taking office in 2009 - to end the war that he once described as “dumb.”

“When the Americans asked for immunity, the Iraqi side answered that it was not possible,” al-Maliki told reporters in Baghdad. “The discussions over the number of trainers and the place of training stopped. Now that the issue of immunity was decided and that no immunity to be given, the withdrawal has started.”

Pauleen Brewer 08:13 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Autocross Returns to Waldorf on Sunday
Andy Marquis ― The Bay Net

Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Autocross will come back to Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf on Sunday where drivers will get the chance to drive on the edge.  During the events, Charles County Commissioner Ken Robinson (D: 1st) will issue a County Proclamation.

SCCA is one of the nation’s oldest auto enthusiasts clubs in the Nation.  During the 1960s, SCCA endurance racing frequented the Southern Maryland region at the Marlboro Motor Raceway race course, a track credited for launching the career of Roger Penske.

Sammy 08:06 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Lawmakers open to changes in military benefits
DONNA CASSATA ― Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The government’s promise of lifetime health care for the military’s men and women is suddenly a little less sacrosanct as Congress looks to slash trillion-dollar-plus deficits.

Republicans and Democrats alike are signaling a willingness - unheard of at the height of two post-Sept. 11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - to make military retirees pay more for coverage. It’s a reflection of Washington’s newfound embrace of fiscal austerity and the Pentagon’s push to cut health care costs that have skyrocketed from $19 billion in 2001 to $53 billion.

The numbers are daunting for a military focused on building and arming an all-volunteer force for war. The Pentagon is providing health care coverage for 3.3 million active duty personnel and their dependents and 5.5 million retirees, eligible dependents and surviving spouses. Retirees outnumber the active duty, 2.3 million to 1.4 million.

Sammy 07:59 AM | (1) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Condo nation: Why so few Americans are buying homes
John Melloy ― USA TODAY

The housing market is rebounding — at least one piece of it.

Construction of multifamily homes such as condominiums and apartment buildings surged a whopping 51 percent in September as demand for rentals continued to climb, according to the Commerce Department.

“People are moving out of Mom and Dad’s basement finally, but they are renting or buying apartments rather than homes,” said Jeffrey Greenberg, an economist with Nomura Securities International. “You have to assume another three to five years before the whole housing market recovers because of the enormous foreclosure overhang.”

Sammy 07:53 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
California becomes first state to adopt cap-and-trade program
Julie Cart ― Los Angeles Times

The California Air Resources Board on Thursday unanimously adopted the nation’s first state-administered cap-and-trade regulations, a landmark set of air pollution controls to address climate change and help the state achieve its ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The complex market system for the first time puts a price on heat-trapping pollution by allowing California’s dirtiest industries to trade carbon credits. The rules have been years in the making, overcoming legal challenges and an aggressive oil industry-sponsored ballot initiative.

The air board met in Sacramento for more than eight hours in a packed hearing room. Board members listened to sometimes scathing comments from union workers fearful of losing their jobs and a parade of industry representatives who likewise characterized the regulations as anti-business. Other speakers called the proposal historic and groundbreaking.

Sammy 07:49 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Bill would encourage foreigners to buy U.S. homes
Jim Puzzanghera and Lauren Beale ― Los Angeles Times

American consumers and the federal government haven’t been able to bail out the sinking U.S. real estate market. Now wealthy Chinese, Canadians and other foreign buyers could get their chance.

Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would allow foreigners who spend at least $500,000 on residential property to obtain visas allowing them to live in the United States.

The plan could be a boon to California, which has become a popular real estate market for foreigners, particularly those from China.

Sammy 07:46 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
US appeals court upholds roadless rule in forests
STEVEN K. PAULSON ― Frederick News-Post

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a law prohibiting roads on nearly 50 million acres of land in national forests across the United States, a ruling hailed by environmentalists as one of the most significant in decades.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule after lawyers for the state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association contended it was a violation of the law.

The ruling affects hunters, fishermen, hikers and campers, giving them confidence that many of the outdoor refuges they have enjoyed will remain in the future. It also protects water quality and wildlife habitat for grizzly bears, lynx and Pacific salmon.

Sammy 07:42 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Bloodstream infections down in Maryland hospitals
Baltimore Sun

Maryland hospitals have reduced potentially deadly bloodstream infections by 37 percent in the latest 12-month reporting period, according to the latest state data.

The infections are preventable through proper insertion and care. And the Maryland Health Care Commission began tracking those that occur in central lines recently to shine light on the problem. The hospitals self report but the state is among 11 that audit the numbers to verify their accuracy.

Last October was the first reporting period (for July 2009 to June 2010) and acute care hospitals reported 424 such infections in adult intensive care units and 48 in neonatal units. This year, the number dropped to 262 infections in adult units and 34 in neonatal units.

Sammy 07:38 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
O’Malley pushes PSC to seek renewables in new power generation
Hanah Cho ― Baltimore Sun

Gov. Martin O’Malley is pushing state energy regulators to consider renewable energy resources and to allow utilities to own plants again in their efforts to seek potential new power generation at cost-controlled prices.

To prevent potential blackouts and reduce Maryland’s reliance on out-of-state electricity, the Public Service Commission last month ordered the state’s utilities, including Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., to seek proposals for companies that would build natural gas plants in return for guaranteed power purchases by the utilities.

Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a letter Thursday to the Public Service Commission that limiting the solicitation to natural gas plants is “not in the public’s best interest.”

Sammy 07:35 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Global ban on exports of toxic waste advances
PEDRO MENDOZA and FRANK BAJAK ― WTOP

More than 170 countries agreed Friday to accelerate adoption of a global ban on the export of hazardous wastes, including old electronics, to developing countries.

The environmental group Basel Action Network called the deal, which was brokered by Switzerland and Indonesia, a major breakthrough.

“I’m ecstatic,” said its executive director, Jim Puckett. “I’ve been working on this since 1989 and it really does look like the shackles are lifted and we’ll see this thing happen in my lifetime.”

Sammy 07:24 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
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