Friday, May 29, 2015
Update on Historic and Archaeological Resource Program- Review of…

...Subdivision Code Implementation Process

Board Docs - Jun 02, 2015 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

1.11 [9:50 a.m.]Briefing: Update on Historic and Archaeological Resource Program- Review of Subdivision Code Implementation Process (Mr. Peter Aluotto, Director, Ms. Cathy Thompson, Community Planning Program Manager, Department of Planning and Growth Management)

Archaeological Presentation.pdf (4,590 KB)

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Doing Business with Charles County Government

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Leadership Southern Maryland Graduates 2015 Class
Southern Maryland Online

Class Celebrates Completion of the only Regional Leadership Development Program

The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Board of Directors announced that they celebrated LSM’s seventh class during a graduation ceremony on May 1, at the Swan Point Yacht and Country Club in Issue.

Leadership Southern Maryland is a nine-month tuition-based program specially designed to develop leaders from the Southern Maryland area for regional collaboration. The LSM program is dedicated to building a cadre of informed regional leaders, prepared to address common issues and bring long-term benefit to their neighbors and communities and incorporates a cross-section of the region to include diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender.

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Commissioners should deny zoning change in Fairway Village
Maryland Independent - LTE

We are living in a society where, unfortunately, money means everything to some people and they will do anything to make sure they get it. These people don’t care who their actions affect. It is time for the people of the community to have a voice and be heard.

The St. Charles Community LLC is trying to amend the Fairway Village Master Plan (PDZA #14-90) right under our noses. The amendment means they are trying to shove a high-density apartment complex — 636 apartments — into the growing housing project around the Billingsley Road and St Charles Parkway area. They need to be stopped.

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Charles draws near budget adoption deadline
Ted Pugh ― Maryland Independent

Raising taxes still on table as deadline looms

Approaching the end of this year’s budget cycle, the Charles County commissioners are wrestling with tough choices to close a $7.9 million hole in the fiscal 2016 budget.

In a meeting Wednesday afternoon, county staff presented a recap of the unbalanced general fund operating budget to the commissioners, with options on how to balance it. While about $32 million has been cut from county department and agency budget requests made in recent weeks, the county still sustains a $7.9 million “baseline” deficit — a staff term for a budget plan that rejects most agency requests.

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MD’s shellfish plan for helping oysters increases harvest on 1% that are left
Tom Horton ― Bay Journal

Maryland’s Gov. Larry Hogan says he will be good to the Chesapeake Bay. He says he will be good to Chesapeake Bay watermen, too. He will find this a difficult balancing act.

He faces hard decisions on the oyster, a keystone Bay species, a reef builder providing vital habitat for all manner of marine life, as well as a pollution filter removing excessive algae and nitrogen.

To maximize Bay health, our best science says it’s time to stop catching oysters. Their population is less than 1 percent of the abundance that in the 1800s employed one of every five people fishing for a living in the United States, a fishing pressure that was never sustainable.

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Study: Ink likely culprit of tattoo complications
WTOP

Nowadays, tattoos are about as American as baseball and apple pie. In fact, according to CBS, surveys say approximately 20 percent of adults in the United States have at least one tattoo.

But beneath the ink may comes a hidden danger. A new study found that 6 percent of New York City residents with tattoos suffer from health complications, including rashes, swelling and itching.

Among study participants who suffered complications, those symptoms lasted for at least four months, and in some cases, more than a year.

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States declare war on powdered alcohol
Nathan Rubbelke ― Washington Examiner

Powdered alcohol, given the green light by federal regulators in March, is facing battles across the country as state legislatures and federal politicians file legislation aimed at banning the newly approved product.

Eighty-one bills seeking to ban or regulate powdered alcohol have been filed in 39 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico this year. Most seek to ban powdered alcohol, while others intend to amend state alcohol definitions to include powdered alcohol.

The bills are aimed at Palcohol, a new product approved by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in March. Created by Arizona entrepreneur Mark Phillips, Palcohol is a flavored and powdered alcohol that can be mixed with water or other liquids. Adding one pouch of powder to six ounces of liquid equals one mixed drink, according to the product’s website.

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Va. waited 2 months to notify Ky. of sewage leak into river
Bruce Schreiner ― Washington Post

Kentucky officials are upset that it took two months for anyone in Virginia to tell them about the millions of gallons of sewage pouring into the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River and across the state line.

A marina operator at Fishtrap Lake is frustrated, too. He has seen his business nosedive just as the prime season gets underway.

The leak started in early March in Buchanan County, Virginia. Officials there blame it on flooding that shifted pieces of manholes, causing rocks and sediment to clog a stretch of sewage line. The sewage seeped through underwater manholes into the river that flows into Kentucky.

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New Lab Can Create Hurricane Conditions on Demand
JENNIFER KAY ― ABC News

Researchers trying to figure out what makes some hurricanes strengthen into catastrophic monsters have a new lab that allows them to generate tropical storm conditions with the flip of a switch.

The lab is at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. It’s known as the Surge-Structure-Atmosphere Interaction, or SUSTAIN.

THE TANK

The lab features a clear acrylic tank about 75 feet (23 meters) long and 6.5 feet (2 meters) high. Inside, 38,000 gallons of seawater can be whipped into white-capped waves by a 1,700-horsepower fan that can create Category 5 conditions, with winds topping 157 mph.

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Google’s Gmail hits 900 million users, opens up Inbox
Jessica Guynn ― USA TODAY

Extending the lead of the world’s most popular email service, Gmail now reaches 900 million around the globe, more than double the 425 million monthly active users that it had three years ago.

Google’s senior vice president of products, Sundar Pichai, made the announcement Thursday during the Internet giant’s annual I/O developers conference.

More than three-quarters of Gmail users are logging on from mobile devices.

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Automakers add millions more cars to Takata air bag recalls
Chris Woodyard ― USA TODAY

Automakers were adding millions of cars Thursday to their official lists of models recalled because of potentially dangerous Takata airbag inflators.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it will add another 1.4 million vehicles globally. Honda announced the addition of 350,000 in the U.S. And BMW added 420,100, also in the U.S.

That’s likely just the start. Eleven automakers in the U.S. have been caught in the Takata air bag recalls, and it’s likely more will add recall details as they figure them out.

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Report: Amazon to launch private label food items
Roger Yu ― USA TODAY

Amazon is expanding the grocery business by broadening its private-label brand, Elements, into food items, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

In December, Amazon launched the Elements brand by selling baby diaper wipes, which are sourced from a vendor, to Amazon Prime members. By paying $99 a year, Prime customers get expedited shipping and access to streamed movies and TV shows.

At the time, company watchers speculated that the brand will be used to launch other products, mirroring the private-label strategy used by other large retailers.

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Inside America’s secretive biolabs
Alison Young and Nick Penzenstadler ― USA TODAY

Investigation reveals hundreds of accidents, safety violations and near misses put people at risk

Vials of bioterror bacteria have gone missing. Lab mice infected with deadly viruses have escaped, and wild rodents have been found making nests with research waste. Cattle infected in a university’s vaccine experiments were repeatedly sent to slaughter and their meat sold for human consumption. Gear meant to protect lab workers from lethal viruses such as Ebola and bird flu has failed, repeatedly.

A USA TODAY Network investigation reveals that hundreds of lab mistakes, safety violations and near-miss incidents have occurred in biological laboratories coast to coast in recent years, putting scientists, their colleagues and sometimes even the public at risk.

Oversight of biological research labs is fragmented, often secretive and largely self-policing, the investigation found. And even when research facilities commit the most egregious safety or security breaches — as more than 100 labs have — federal regulators keep their names secret.

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Open Thread - May 29, 2015

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