Friday, November 11, 2011
Shots Fired Near White House

A machine gun was recovered Friday night after gunfire and a chase near the White House.

One suspect is still at large and several streets remain shut down in the area.

Constitution Avenue is shut down between 15th and 17 avenues.

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When kids drink, parents are legally responsible
Kate Ryan ― WTOP

Teenagers aren’t the only ones at risk when they get into cars after drinking. Their parents are liable for what happens when the party is over.

That message is being hammered home by Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy, who told reporters that when parents break up a party where teens have been drinking, they should take away the keys and get the kids home some other way.

“Think twice before allowing those young people to go back into their cars heavily intoxicated,” he said.

McCarthy took the opportunity to make that statement after talking to the families of three young people killed in a crash on Olney-Laytonsville Road in May. The driver in that case, 20-year-old Kevin Coffay, pleaded guilty to three counts of manslaughter by motor vehicle and one count of failure to remain on the scene of a crash where a death occurred. He faces up to 40 years in prison.

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Transparency topic at legislative meeting

Transparency became an evening theme on Tuesday as the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners met with the county’s state representatives to discuss the board’s legislative package for the upcoming legislative session.
The issue that received the most attention was a request to allow the commissioners to close the public record and pass an ordinance or resolution at the conclusion of a public hearing. Right now, state law prohibits them from adopting a new ordinance or resolution until 10 days after a public hearing has been held, but County Attorney John Norris said his office is requesting more information as to when Calvert, if at all, is required to postpone adoption, since the current law’s language is “somewhat muddy.”

O’Donnell said he feared passing such a law might make citizens feel deprived of their right to further comment on a proposed resolution or ordinance after hearing the comments of others at a public hearing, and a Lusby resident who attended the meeting specifically spoke to that point.


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Dominion Files with DoE to Export LNG From Cove Point to Non-FTA Countries
Southern Maryland Online

Dominion (NYSE: D) has filed with the Department of Energy for permission to use its Dominion Cove Point facility on the Chesapeake Bay in Lusby, Md., to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to any country with which the U.S. does not prohibit trade.

In its application, Dominion said exports would be in the public’s interest because studies show they could provide an enormous economic stimulus, provide energy price stability, promote the continued development of domestic natural gas and natural gas liquids, create thousands of new jobs in the oil and gas industry, increase tax revenues and improve the balance of trade.

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Local Orgs Receive $512,850 in Fed Funds for Crime Victim Services
Southern Maryland Online

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP) recently announced it is awarding $7,623,460 in federal grants to help provide services for victims of violent crime in Maryland. The funds come to the state from the U.S. Justice Department, through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).
—Center for Abused Persons, in Charles County, received $46,823 for their Domestic Violence Victim Services Program (VOCA) and $104,660 for their Services for Victims of Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Program (VOCA).

—Center for Children, Inc., in Charles County, received $59,200 for Child Abuse Trauma Recovery Therapy Program for Child Abuse Victims and Non-offending Parents.

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Club Official Says “We’re in the Green’
Marty Madden ― The Bay Net

Reports that the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maryland’s North Beach headquarters was in dire straits have apparently been greatly exaggerated.

During the Nov. 10 meeting of the North Beach Town Council, an official from the local organization addressed the audience and assured everyone that everything was fine.
Hill reported that on a regular basis the local club has 30 to 40 children participating in daily activities. The children range in age from 5 to 17. Additionally, parents have provided adult supervision and support. “They [parents] will step up to the plate and get things done,” Hill stated.

The club charges $15 a week per child, but if parents are unable to pay the fee is waived, said Hill, who estimated about half the children have parents who are able to pay the weekly fee.

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Veterans Honored In Annual Parade, Ceremony
Dick Myers ― The Bay Net

Thousands of participants and thousands of spectators honored out nation’s veterans in Friday’s 36th Annual Leonardtown Veteran’s Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony. The ceremony is the largest Veteran’s Day event in the state.

The parade got about a 45-minute late start when one of the participants in the staging area at St. Mary’s-Ryken fell off a horse and a MedEvac helicopter had to be summoned.Following the parade a ceremony was held on the town square between the two war memorials.

Town Commissioner Dan Burris MC’d the event.Four Leonardtown Elementary School students read essays on what Veteran’s Day meant to them.

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Lawsuit filed against town

Plaintiffs argue La Plata acted too soon on Walmart

A lawsuit filed Wednesday claims that the La Plata Town Council violated state law when it approved an annexation that would build a Walmart Supercenter in the town.

The plaintiffs are three town residents, William Borza Sr., Michael Chopp and Gary Maynard, and James Jarboe, who lives just outside of the town limits.

Bowie attorney Traci Scudder is representing them.

According to documents filed with the Charles County Circuit Court, the plaintiffs are alleging that the town council could not approve any annexation of the property before Oct. 12, 2011, which is a year after the council rejected the first attempt at annexing the property into the town.

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Lollar decides against another Hoyer challenge in 2012

Charles Lollar has taken his Republican hat out of the 2012 ring, announcing Wednesday he will avoid a rematch with U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer for Maryland’s Fifth District and instead focus on “promoting true, fiscally conservative values all across the state of Maryland and supporting those candidates who walk that line.”

A dynamic public speaker who became a tea party favorite during his spirited run against Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) in 2010, Lollar has seen his star rise considerably in GOP circles during the past few years.

A Newburg resident, Lollar was a relative unknown outside of local circles when he began his campaign against Hoyer in fall 2009.

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Residents ask for state law to ban Waldorf jail

Commissioners hear request at legislative hearing

A public forum Wednesday night in La Plata to discuss potential state legislation became another venue for opponents of a proposed youth detention center in Waldorf.

Matt Ashurst, a resident in a neighborhood adjacent to the intended site of the Southern Maryland Children’s Center, submitted suggested legislation barring the construction of jails and prisons within three miles of homes and schools in Waldorf. Ashurst also has organized an Internet petition drive against the plan.

The last-minute proposal mirrors an existing state law regulating the number of prison beds permitted in Jessup, he said.

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Counties association urges PlanMaryland opposition
Erica Mitrano ― Indy

Kelly, Robinson say Md., Charles goals are aligned

Officials from the Maryland Association of Counties tried Tuesday to get Charles County to join its campaign against a new state land planning proposal, but at least two county commissioners remained unconvinced that changes would have much effect on the county.

PlanMaryland is a state growth plan that state officials have said will save money on infrastructure and reduce sprawl development in the state.

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Facebook reported near privacy accord with FTC
Byron Acohido and Scott Martin ― USA TODAY

Facebook is on the verge of being hit with a Federal Trade Commission consent decree establishing 20 years of federal oversight of the company’s privacy practices, according to a report.

The social-networking giant has agreed to a proposed settlement containing sanctions stemming from sweeping changes the company made to its privacy policies in December 2009, according to a Wall Street Journal report that cites unnamed sources.

The Journal reported Thursday that the proposed settlement requires final approval from the agency’s commissioners. The FTC reportedly will require Facebook to obtain “express affirmative consent” if the company makes “material retroactive changes” to its standing privacy policies.

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More homes heat with wood, raising pollution risks
Wendy Koch ― USA TODAY

Mostly to save money, Matthew Walton switched a few years ago from heating his home with natural gas to wood, becoming a modern-day Paul Bunyan.

“The access to cheap wood made a difference,” says Walton, a carpenter who lives on heavily forested land in Keene, N.H., where he chops his own fallen or dead trees.
This upswing is prompting federal officials, concerned about the health and environmental impact of burning wood, to update 23-year-old certification criteria for stoves and set the first requirements for outdoor wood boilers, which heat water that’s piped into homes.

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Starbucks applies its coffee model to juice
Bruce Horovitz ― USA TODAY

Starbucks, the go-to java giant, now wants you to drink your juice.

Make that, its juice.

The coffee kingpin says it wants to try to do with juice — and, ultimately, the entire health and wellness category — what it’s already done with coffee. It took the first step on Thursday by paying $30 million cash for Evolution Fresh, a small, West Coast maker of super premium juices that still cracks, peels, presses and squeezes its own raw fruits and vegetables.

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NRC chair: industry must address list of issues
RAY HENRY ― Virginian-Pilot

The country’s top nuclear safety regulator warned power companies against complacency Thursday and said the agency must push ahead with new rules prompted by a nuclear crisis in Japan while also resolving long-running issues involving fire protection and a new analysis of earthquake risks.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner Gregory Jaczko made the remarks at a meeting of industry leaders after what has been a turbulent year for the nuclear power sector. In March, damage from an earthquake and tsunami caused nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan. The facility was rocked by explosions and spewed radiation into the environment, causing widespread evacuations.

“The Fukushima accident is clearly one of the most significant events in the history of nuclear power,” Jaczko said in prepared remarks. “It is critical that we take prompt, decisive and effective action to make the needed safety changes,” he said.

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