Sunday, September 16, 2012
Post Storm Report

Board Docs - Sep 18, 2012 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

4.02 [3:00 p.m.] Briefing: Post Storm Report (Mr. Bill Stephens, Director of Emergency Services)

ccgtv_powerpoint_Storm Events.pdf (3,952 KB)

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Multi-Generational Center Project

Board Docs - Sep 18, 2012 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

4.01 [2:30 p.m.] Briefing: Multi-Generational Center Project (Ms. Eileen Minnick, Director of Community Services)

CIP Project Sheet.pdf (217 KB)

Breifing on proposed Multi-Sen Cen.pdf (563 KB)

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Job Access Reverse Grant

Board Docs - Sep 18, 2012 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

1.08 [10:45 a.m.] Briefing/Approval: Job Access Reverse Grant (JARC) (Ms. Eileen Minnick, Director of Community Services)

Job Access Reverse Commute Grant.pdf (53 KB)

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Drill bits on rover could contaminate Mars
Louis Sahagun ― Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For all the hopes NASA has pinned on the rover it deposited on Mars last month, one wish has gone unspoken: Please don’t find water.

Scientists don’t believe they will. They chose the cold, dry equatorial landing site in Mars’ Gale Crater for its geology, not its prospects for harboring water or ice, which exist elsewhere on the planet.

But if by chance the rover Curiosity does find water, a controversy that has simmered at NASA for nearly a year will burst into the open. Curiosity’s drill bits may be contaminated with Earth microbes. If they are, and if those bits touch water, the organisms could survive.

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Balancing Act: Worker fatigue costs employers billions
Tim Grant ― Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Most employees would not dare go to work liquored up to the point of intoxication.

Yet they wouldn’t think twice about showing up at the job ready to pass out from lack of sleep.

Sleep expert Robert Oexman, a doctor of chiropractic, says if a worker loses just one night of sleep, his cognitive ability is roughly the same as being over the legal alcohol limit.

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The 2012 drought: Midwest pain, but profits for Pennsylvania corn farmers
Ann Belser ― Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Harold Foertsch hasn’t had a great year for growing corn, but it has been a terrific year to sell it.

“I just sold four trailer loads at $8.60 [a bushel],” said Mr. Foertsch, the owner of Har-Lo farm in Jefferson Township, Butler County.

Last year’s average price of $6.01 a bushel had been a record price for corn.
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The latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that just 21 percent of the nation’s corn crop is in “good” or “excellent” condition. More than half, 52 percent, is in “poor” or “very poor” condition.

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Google rejects White House request to pull Mohammad film clip
Gerry Shih ― Reuters

Google Inc rejected a request by the White House on Friday to reconsider its decision to keep online a controversial YouTube movie clip that has ignited anti-American protests in the Middle East.

The Internet company said it was censoring the video in India and Indonesia after blocking it on Wednesday in Egypt and Libya, where U.S. embassies have been stormed by protestors enraged over depiction of the Prophet Mohammad as a fraud and philanderer.
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Google said was further restricting the clip to comply with local law rather than as a response to political pressure.

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Ocean Downs ownership spreads political donations
Jennifer Shutt ― Daily Times

Last week, Ocean Downs Enterprises filed contribution disclosure forms detailing more than $10,000 in donations to candidates during the 2007-2010 election cycle.

The paperwork, which is due every six months for companies that hire lobbyists and make more than $500 in political contributions, was late. In fact, the slots parlor located just outside Ocean City had never filed it before.

“A little known section of the Maryland Public Ethics law was recently brought to the attention of Ocean Enterprise 589 LLC as a result of a press inquiry,” said Michael Vild, general counsel for Ocean Downs. “It is our understanding, from discussions with the Maryland State Board of Elections staff, that there is widespread confusion regarding this law, not only in the gaming industry, but across all industries with an interest in Maryland.”

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Our say: If tolls must go up, everyone should pay them
CapitalGazette.com

Paying higher tolls is no fun. But there’s something even more annoying: Paying higher tolls, then finding out that the state officials who decided on the increase — solemnly contending that they had no choice — are doing precious little to collect millions of dollars owed by thousands of toll scofflaws who blow through E-ZPass lanes without transponders.

About a year ago, the Maryland Transportation Authority board voted to raise tolls at the MdTA’s facilities statewide, including an increase in the Bay Bridge toll from $2.50 to $4 (it will go up to $6 in July). Officials insisted that the increases couldn’t be helped.

If things were so dire, you’d think the state wouldn’t have allowed some $6.7 million in unpaid tolls to pile up in the last five years. But, as The Washington Post reported last week, that’s exactly what happened. While the state’s laws are part of the problem, the MdTA wasn’t making much noise about this until the matter came out in the newspaper.

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Police: Tennessee man tried to lure county girl
TIM PRATT ― CapitalGazette.com

A vigilant school counselor last week helped thwart a Tennessee man’s attempt to lure a 12-year-old county girl to his home, police said.

An Anne Arundel County Public Schools counselor received a tip Sept. 6 saying a middle school student planned to run away from home the following day to meet who she thought was her teenaged boyfriend. The pair planned to meet before school, where they would depart for Tennessee in a stolen car, police said.

The counselor reported the information to an assistant principal, who contacted the school resource officer, police said. Police released no identifying information about those involved.

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Pat Furgurson: The Clean Water Act and fracking
E.B. FURGURSON III ― CapitalGazette.com

The Clean Water Act is 40 years old.

On Saturday the Waterkeeper Alliance, including our local Riverkeepers, led a rally in Washington, D.C., to celebrate what has been accomplished and to warn against attempts to weaken the law.

West Rhode Riverkeeper Chris Trumbauer was there.

“Nationally we have been successful regulating pollutants coming out the end of a pipe from point sources like factories and municipal waste. The act has also allowed us to begin making progress on nonpoint-source pollution like stormwater,” Trumbauer said from his Shady Side headquarters Friday.

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Fact Checker: More than 4,000 jobs will be created with No. 7?
TINA REED ― CapitalGazette.com

Claim: Those backing the state’s gambling referendum, Question 7, say it will create 4,000 “good-paying permanent” jobs at a Prince George’s County casino, in addition to 2,000 construction jobs, and 1,600 additional jobs statewide from table games.

The truth: The math turns out to be much trickier than supporters suggest.

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Military: Afghan inside attack kills 4 US troops
HEIDI VOGT and MIRWAIS KHAN ― WTOP

An Afghan police officer turned his gun on NATO troops at a remote checkpoint in southern Afghanistan before dawn Sunday, killing four American service members, according to Afghan and international officials.

It was the third attack by Afghan forces or insurgents disguised in military uniforms against international forces in as many days, killing eight troops in all.

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Report: US banks subject of money-laundering probe
WTOP

Regulators are investigating whether several major U.S. banks failed to monitor transactions properly, allowing criminals to launder money, according to a New York Times story. The newspaper cited officials who it said spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the federal agency that oversees the biggest banks, is leading the money-laundering investigation, according to the Times. The report said the OCC could soon take action against JPMorgan Chase & Co., and that it is also investigating Bank of America Corp. Money laundering allows people to make money _ often obtained illegally _ appear like it came from another source.

The OCC, JPMorgan and Bank of America declined to comment.

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Open Thread - September 16, 2012

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