Thursday, March 05, 2015

Board Docs - March 9, 2015, Charles County Planning Commission

6. [6:50-7:10] BRIEFING

6.01 MAJOR PROJECTS SUMMARY AND UPDATE, Presenter: Joseph Adams-Raczkowski

Development Update March 2015.pdf (210 KB)

Major Development Activity_Feb2015_1.pdf (4,003 KB)

Major Projects Summary Briefing to PC 3.9.2015.pdf (293 KB)

WURC Phase 1.pdf (7,693 KB)

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Charles County Operating Status Updates for March 5
Charles County Government

Charles County Government is closed today, Thursday, March 5 due to inclement weather. Essential personnel and employees required to maintain operations during inclement weather are to report to work as scheduled.

The following Charles County facilities and services also are closed or canceled today:


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Charles County Prepares for Next Winter Storm
Charles County Government

Hazardous road conditions possible throughout Charles County

Snow is expected across Charles County today, and the Department of Emergency Services and partner agencies are preparing to assist residents local responders with issues related to the storm. Charles County is under a Winter Storm Warning until 9 p.m. tonight, and a wintry mix is expected to change to all snow, heavy at times, with accumulations of 4 to 6 inches.

Residents should make preparations now, and are asked to stay off the roads during the height of the storm. Road conditions are expected to be particularly difficult during the Thursday morning rush hour.


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Bill Would Limit Types of Drinks Included on Kids’ Meals in Md.
Deidre McPhillips ― Southern Maryland Online

In an effort to battle childhood obesity, some legislators are seeking to regulate the types of drinks Maryland restaurants offer as part of children’s meals.

A bill presented Tuesday by Delegate Cheryl Glenn, D-Baltimore City, at the state House Economic Matters Committee, would limit drink options included in children’s menu meals to bottled water, low-fat milk or 100 percent fruit juice. Other drinks, like soda, could still be offered, but for an additional charge.

Fast-food chains in the state, like Burger King and Subway, would fall under the regulation, as would traditional dine-in restaurants.

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Bowie lands Harris Teeter store
Daniel Leaderman ― Gazette

A Harris Teeter grocery store will soon come to Bowie as part of the long-awaited redevelopment of the aging Bowie Marketplace Shopping Center, according to city officials.

“Since the 60s there has been a shopping center of some sort on the site, and since about 2000 it’s been in decline,” said Una Cooper, a city spokeswoman. The property has been through several owners, and was most recently purchased by the Rockville-based Berman Enterprises in 2013, she said.

After months of negotiations between Berman and Kroger, Harris Teeter’s parent company, an agreement was signed last week, Cooper said.

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Feral cat tests positive for rabies
St. Mary's County Health Department ―

The St. Mary’s County Health Department reported Wednesday, March 4 that a feral cat captured in a Breton Bay subdivision has tested positive for rabies. The test results were confirmed by the State’s laboratory at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore. Residents are asked to report any animal exposures involving people to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at 301-475-8008. Suspected animal bites to pets or livestock should be reported to St. Mary’s County Animal Control at 301-475-8018.

Rabies is a preventable viral disease most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The health department investigates reports of animal bites and, based on the outcome of the investigation, provides post-exposure treatment to people who are at risk for contracting the disease.

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Hogan once again grills university system over construction
Brian Marron ―

For the second consecutive meeting, the Board of Public Works on Wednesday criticized the University System of Maryland for vague and confusing language in requests for additional construction funding totaling more than $29 million, but eventually voted to approve the projects.

Two weeks after delaying a vote on funding four university construction projects, Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, and the other members on the board Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot, both Democrats, once again found themselves raising the same questions.

All three expressed frustration over the University System’s convoluted explanations for additional funding for new buildings — at Salisbury University, Bowie State University, Universities at Shady Grove and University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

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Hogan wants to refill campaign finance fund he used
Rebecca Lessner ―

Gov. Larry Hogan successfully used public financing when he ran for office, and now he wants to make sure the fund is replenished so other candidates have the same opportunity.

At the House Ways and Means committee hearing Wednesday, two similar bills were proposed to re-enact a check-off box that would allow voters to contribute to gubernatorial campaigns through their income tax forms: Hogan’s proposal is HB 485 and Del. Eric Luedtke’s is HB 573.

Hogan was the first candidate in state history to use public financing in a successful campaign that led to his election.

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Delegates push for special elections for vacancies in U.S. Senate, legislature; parties opposed
Rebecca Lessner ―

Two freshmen delegates are attempting to bring more democracy to the people by passing legislation that would allow voters to choose their own representative when there is an unexpected vacancy in the U.S. Senate or Maryland General Assembly.

Del. David Moon, D-Montgomery County, introduced HB 595 Wednesday to the Ways and Means committee. It would allow voters to have a say in who represents them in the the United States Senate.

“I would argue the U.S. Senate — you know we have only two senators from Maryland — this is one of the most important positions we are electing,” said Moon.

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Government handed out millions of ill-advised loans after Hurricane Sandy
Sarah Westwood ― Washington Examiner

Small Business Administration officials issued nearly $18 million in hurricane disaster loans to businesses without verifying whether they actually had the ability to repay the government.

Agency officials ignored borrowers’ living expenses and inexplicably set different criteria for the same types of loans, according to an inspector general report.

Loan officers are supposed to assess a borrower’s income and credit score to ensure they can repay the loan before handing them taxpayer dollars.

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Second Los Angeles Hospital Reports ‘Superbug’ Infections

Four patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have been infected with an antibiotic-resistant “superbug” linked to a type of medical scope that’s used on more than a half-million people in the U.S. every year, the hospital said Wednesday.

The revelation comes two weeks after a similar outbreak at Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center where seven patients were sickened with the superbug known as CRE after undergoing endoscopic procedures. Two died.

Cedars said in a statement that it halted such procedures after learning about the UCLA outbreak and launched its own investigation. The hospital said the germ may have been transmitted through a duodenoscope made by Olympus Corp. during procedures performed between last August and January.

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Google, Facebook Update Contrasting Plans to Connect World

Sci-fi solutions or making friends one at a time? Google and Facebook want more people online, searching around and clicking on ads. And they are finding new ways to make it happen — from selling smartphone data plans, to using solar-powered drone aircraft as floating cell towers to partnering with telecom providers in the developing world to get people hooked on apps.

The two Internet giants gave updates on their efforts at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona on Monday. And while Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google Vice President Sundar Pichai say they might like to collaborate more, they are taking very different approaches to getting the world connected. is Facebook’s fledgling effort to create new users in countries with little or low Internet use. Zuckerberg said Monday that it has launched apps with basic free services in six countries: Zambia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Colombia and most recently, India. Zuckerberg said initial feedback from telecom partners in those countries has been positive, and called the app an “onramp” for paid services.

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Justice questions ban on interstate sales tax
Sam Hananel ― Daily Record

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that federal courts can hear a dispute over Colorado’s Internet tax law. One justice suggested it was time to reconsider the ban on state collection of sales taxes from companies outside their borders.

The ruling is a win for business groups that want to challenge the state’s so-called “Amazon tax,” which requires extensive reporting by out-of-state retailers that don’t collect the state’s 2.9 percent sales tax from Colorado customers.

Online retailers claim Colorado is violating protections for companies doing business in other states. A federal court agreed that the law violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Read more:

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Two fossils suggest human family is older than thought
Traci Watson ― USA TODAY

The mottled wedge of rock was lying on a hill in the Ethiopian desert as if waiting to be noticed.

Now elated scientists say it is a 2.8 million-year-old fossilized jawbone—and the oldest known remnant of the family that includes modern humans.

The fossil, described in this week’s Science magazine, has been hailed as a “missing link” between two classes of species: the group that includes us and a group of earlier, more apelike beings such as the iconic Lucy. A second, unrelated study in this week’s Nature provides yet more evidence of humanity’s deep roots, suggesting that our family’s origins date back much farther than suggested by previous fossil evidence.

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Open Thread - March 5, 2015

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~Proverb

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