Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Charles County Government Election Day Holiday Schedule

The Charles County Commissioners wish to remind residents of the following offices and facility schedule changes on Tuesday, Nov. 4 in observance of Election Day.

The following offices will be closed for normal business hours:

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Tri-County Animal Shelter to Hold Free Rabies Clinic Nov. 2

Maryland law requires all dogs, cats, and ferrets are vaccinated for rabies. Protect your furry friends, bring your pet to a free rabies clinic Sunday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon at the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department (911 Washington Avenue, La Plata).  Dog and cat licenses will be available for purchase. The fee for a pet license is $5 if your animal is altered and $25 if your animal is not altered.  All dogs must be leashed and all cats and ferrets must be contained in a carrier.

The Charles County Animal Response Team (CART) volunteers, Charles County Animal Control, and the Charles County Department of Health are sponsoring the clinic.

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Army looking past push-ups, math scores to fill its future ranks
Jared Serbu ― Federal News Radio

Army officials, like their brethren in each of the other armed services, are troubled by the fact that a shrinking minority of American young people meet the physical and educational qualifications needed to join the military. And while Army officials say they want to grow that potential recruiting base, they say it’s also possible that they haven’t been measuring all the right things.

So going forward, it’s possible that written tests which gauge traditional measures of academic aptitude won’t be the biggest factor in whether a potential recruit is deemed eligible for military service.

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Striped Bass Survey Reveals Healthy 2014 Reproduction
Southern Maryland News Net

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today announced that the 2014 juvenile index ─ a measure of striped bass spawning success in Chesapeake Bay ─ is 11.0, nearly equal to the 61-year average of 11.7. The results indicate a healthy level of reproduction for Maryland’s state fish.

“These findings reinforce that, although the coastal striped bass population has recently decreased from historically high levels, the spawning stock in the Chesapeake Bay is capable of producing healthy year-classes as defined in the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Striped Bass Management Plan,” said DNR Fisheries Service Director Tom O’Connell. “We will continue to work with our partners along the Atlantic Coast to conservatively manage the striped bass population.”

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Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot
SARA BURNETT ― Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school - some on as little as $7.25 per hour.

First, though, they are out to help themselves.

Looking to motivate younger people, minorities and others in their base to go to the polls on Nov. 4, the party has put questions on the ballot in five states asking voters whether the minimum wage should be increased. The issue is also a near-constant topic on the campaign trail, as Democrats work to identify themselves as stalwarts for the middle class and to paint Republicans - who typically oppose raising the wage because they say it will lead to job cuts - as uncaring.

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Unclaimed funds are there to be discovered
Tim Grant ― Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Eighty-six-year-old James Murphy could not have been more pleased to get a phone call about three months ago from Assets International informing him that he and his two siblings were entitled to hundreds of thousands in mineral royalties that they inherited from their father, who died in 1985.

“They hunted the whole thing down and found some royalty payments we were entitled to,” said Mr. Murphy of Texarkana, Texas. He and his brother and sister recently received their first payment of more than $150,000 from an oil and gas firm and will get a check each month as long as they live.

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Boston bomb case judge wants 1,000 juror summonses
Daily Record

At least 1,000 people will be summoned and asked to fill out questionnaires for the jury in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a federal judge said Monday.

Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with carrying out the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He has pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Prosecutors say Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, planted two bombs near the marathon finish line. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police several days later.

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Colorado considers ban on pot-infused goodies
Daily Record

Colorado health officials want to ban many edible forms of marijuana, including brownies, cookies and most candies, limiting legal sales of pot-infused food to lozenges and some liquids.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment told marijuana regulators that many forms of edible marijuana “are naturally attractive to children” and violate the law’s “requirement to prevent the marketing of marijuana products to children.”

The recommendation was obtained by The Associated Press in advance of a third and possibly final workgroup meeting Monday to draw up rules for identifiable markers or colors for edible marijuana products so they won’t be confused with regular foods.

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Ebola crisis turns a corner as U.S. issues new treatment protocols
Anna Driver and Lisa Marie Garza ― REUTERS

The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent medical workers from becoming infected.

The new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta come as 43 people who were exposed to the first patient diagnosed in the United States were declared risk free, easing a national sense of crisis that took hold after two Texas nurses who treated him contracted the disease.

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Airlines raise U.S. fares despite cheaper fuel
Charisse Jones ― USA TODAY

Several major U.S. airlines hiked fares last week, signaling that lower oil prices aren’t necessarily being passed on to fliers, and Ebola fears are not quashing the demand to fly, according to an analysis by a fare-watching site.

Rick Seaney, of FareCompare.com., says that fares rose up to $4 round trip on many domestic flights. United, Delta, American and US Airways confirmed that they matched an industry-wide fare increase of $2 one way, or $4 round trip. Southwest said it also increased one-way fares by $2 on some domestic markets on Friday afternoon.

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Officials warn 500 million financial records hacked
Erin Kelly ― USA TODAY

Federal officials warned companies Monday that hackers have stolen more than 500 million financial records over the past 12 months, essentially breaking into banks without ever entering a building.

“We’re in a day when a person can commit about 15,000 bank robberies sitting in their basement,” said Robert Anderson, executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch.

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US military drone makes ‘hard landing’ in Niger
WTOP

The U.S. military says one of its surveillance drones made what the military labeled a “hard landing” at an airport in Niger.

The military on Tuesday said no one was injured but that the landing of the MQ-9 Reaper damaged the runway at Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey, Nigeria. The hard landing happened on Monday.

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Staples investigating possible data breach
WTOP

Staples says that it is looking into a potential credit card data breach and that it has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue.

The office supplier retailer said that if it turns up any data discrepancies during its investigation, customers won’t be responsible for fraudulent activity on their credit cards as long as it is reported in a timely manner.

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Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record
SETH BORENSTEIN ― WTOP

Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say.

That’s because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit (15.72 degrees Celsius). That was the hottest September in 135 years of record keeping.

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