Thursday, October 30, 2014
Public Hearing:  Special Exception for a Commercial Greenhouse

THE BOARD OF APPEALS FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND has been petitioned by Amir Kacapor for a Special Exception for a commercial greenhouse with on-premise sales permitted, as provided in Article XIII, Section 297-212 (Use 1.05.200) and Article XXV, Section 297-415 of the Charles County Zoning Ordinance.  The address for the proposed use is 6005 Huntt Road, La Plata, Maryland.  The property, designated as Charles County Tax Map 32, Grid 7, Parcel 73, is located in the Rural Conservation Deferred Development (RC(D) Zone.  The Board of Appeals is hereby giving notice that a Public Hearing will be held on this matter Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room of the Charles County Government Building, La Plata, Maryland.

The Petition and Plans, filed on April 11, 2014, and Zoning Officer’s Report for Docket #1330 are available for inspection at the Office of the Board of Appeals located in the Planning Division, Planning and Growth Management Department, Charles County Government Building, La Plata, Maryland.

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Care goes high-tech with mobile tablet program
Rebecca J. Barnabi ― Maryland Independent

Paperwork becoming thing of the past for EMTs

The amount of patient paperwork has flatlined in Charles County thanks to the addition of mobile tablets in county ambulances.

The mobile tablets — Getac F117s — will make it possible for emergency medical technicians and other emergency personnel to upload patient information electronically to a hospital before the ambulance arrives at the hospital.

“The hospital can see what’s going on with the patient in real time,” Charles County Assistant Chief of Emergency Services Steve Finch said. The tablets will be especially useful in mass casualty instances, such as a bus accident or an active shooter.

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Prince George’s sheriff’s squad finding FAST success
Emilie Shaughnessy ― Gazette

A special Prince George’s County sheriff’s unit tasked with tracking down violent offenders has helped close nearly one-quarter of the outstanding warrants in the county — and counting.

At the end of 2012, there were almost 500 open, active warrants for violent felony offenders in the county, 23 of which were related to homicides, said Capt. William Mints of the county sheriff’s department. In July, the number was down to 377 warrants, with 15 related to homicides, he said. Warrants come to the sheriff’s department if the county police department cannot serve them in a certain period of time, usually 90 days, Mints said.

Mints attributes much of the department’s success in tracking down violent criminals to the new Fugitive Apprehension Surveillance Team (FAST), which began as a cold case unit last November and was renamed and expanded in July.

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Lawyer validates board’s Dominion stance
Marty Madden ― TheBayNet.com

Amid criticism from citizens and some county commissioner candidates that they mishandled the issue of Dominion Cove Point’s export project, the current Calvert board received a report Tuesday, Oct. 28 that virtually absolved them of any misdeeds.

The presentation was made at the behest of County Attorney John Norris by Alan Robbins of Jennings, Strouss and Salmon PLC. Robbins essentially told the commissioners that because of federal law the decision to move the controversial project forward never was in the county’s purview.

Robbins, an attorney who has specialized in the energy industry, presented a summary of the firm’s research, entitled “Federal Preemption and Calvert County.”

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With selfies and listicles, U.S. politicians go vote-hunting on social media
Alina Selyukh ― REUTERS

From viral videos to selfies, listicles and “throwback Thursday” photos, candidates in the Nov. 4 midterm elections are leaving no social media stone unturned.

Where a 2010 gubernatorial or congressional campaign could proudly claim an active presence on Twitter as something almost fashion-forward, in 2014 a multifaceted digital strategy is seen as a prerequisite, even if little research exists to show how much online politicking translates into votes.

Virtually all candidates are on Twitter and Facebook. Some have Instagram accounts brimming with snapshots from the trail. Most raise money by email and many buy online ads.

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France investigates mystery drone activity over nuclear plants
REUTERS

France has launched an investigation into unidentified drones that have been spotted over nuclear plants operated by state-owned utility EDF (EDF.PA), its interior minister said on Thursday.

Seven nuclear plants across the country were flown over by drones between Oct. 5 and Oct. 20, an EDF spokeswoman said, without any impact on the plants’ safety or functioning.

“There’s a judicial investigation under way, measures are being taken to know what these drones are and neutralize them,” Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told France Info radio on Thursday, without specifying the measures.

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Maine nurse fights Ebola quarantine, says will not be bullied
Susan Heavey and Roberta Rampton ― REUTERS

Saying she will not be bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse is giving the state an ultimatum: Lift her Ebola quarantine by Thursday or she will disregard the restrictions and go to court.

The saga of nurse Kaci Hickox illustrates how U.S. states are struggling to protect against the virus without resorting to overzealous and useless precautions or violating civil rights.

Hickox, 33, tested negative for Ebola after returning from treating patients in West Africa. She previously blasted New Jersey Governor Chris Christie after she was taken from Newark’s airport and put in quarantine in a tent before being driven to Maine to spend the rest of her 21-day quarantine at her home.

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SoftBank’s humanoid robot lands job as Nescafe salesman
Chang-Ran Kim ― REUTERS

Nestle SA will enlist a thousand humanoid robots to help sell its coffee makers at electronics stores across Japan, becoming the first corporate customer for the chatty, bug-eyed androids unveiled in June by tech conglomerate SoftBank Corp.

Nestle has maintained healthy growth in Japan while many of its big markets are slowing, crediting a tradition of trying out off-beat marketing tactics in what is a small but profitable territory for the world’s biggest food group.

The waist-high robot, developed by a French company and manufactured in Taiwan, was touted by Japan’s SoftBank as capable of learning and expressing human emotions, and of serving as a companion or guide in a country that faces chronic labor shortages.

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Investigators look beyond enterovirus as cause of paralysis in 51 kids
Electa Draper ― The Denver Post

Investigators have broadened their search for the cause of polio-like paralysis that has stricken 51 children across the country — including 11 in Colorado.

The lead suspect, enterovirus D68, and other viral illnesses sent thousands of Colorado children to hospitals and clinics with serious respiratory problems. That outbreak is subsiding, officials said, but questions remain.

In a cluster of Colorado cases, children developed spinal-cord lesions and partial paralysis following bouts of EV-D68-like illness, said Mark Pallansch, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Viral Diseases.

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What does future hold for Atlas V rocket?
James Dean ― USA TODAY

Since first taking flight 12 years ago, Atlas V rockets have sent NASA spacecraft soaring throughout the solar system and lofted nearly 30 military missions supporting communications, weather forecasting, missile warnings, surveillance and research.

The United Launch Alliance rocket could be the next to boost astronauts from the Space Coast within a few years.

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Some doctors wary of taking insurance exchange patients
Jayne O'Donnell ― USA TODAY

Now that many people finally have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges, some are running into a new problem: They can’t find a doctor who will take them as patients.

Because these exchange plans often have lower reimbursement rates, some doctors are limiting how many new patients they take with these policies, physician groups and other experts say.

“The exchanges have become very much like Medicaid,” says Andrew Kleinman, a plastic surgeon and president of the Medical Society of the State of New York. “Physicians who are in solo practices have to be careful to not take too many patients reimbursed at lower rates or they’re not going to be in business very long.”

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Experts: Major cyberattack will hit in next 11 years
Elizabeth Weise ― USA TODAY

Almost two-third of technology experts expect a “major” cyber attack somewhere in the world that will cause significant loss of life or property losses in the tens of billions of dollars by 2025.

A survey released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center found that many of analysts expect disruption of online systems like banking, energy and health care to become a pillar of warfare and terrorism.
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As critical infrastructure moves online, cyber attacks could take out financial systems, the power grid and health systems, wreaking as much damage as bombs, the experts said.

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For-profit colleges face ‘gainful employment’ rule
KIMBERLY HEFLING ― WTOP

For-profit colleges that don’t produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government.

Schools with career-oriented programs that fail to comply with the new rule being announced Thursday by the Obama administration stand to lose access to federal student-aid programs.

To meet these “gainful employment” standards, a program will have to show that the estimated annual loan payment of a typical graduate does not exceed 20 percent of his or her discretionary income or 8 percent of total earnings.

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Survey: Shrimp in US rife with murky labeling
CAIN BURDEAU ― WTOP

Consumers around the nation can’t be sure what kind of shrimp they’re buying if they simply look at the label or menu at supermarkets, grocers and restaurants, an advocacy group says.

Oceana did a DNA-based survey of shrimp sold at outlets in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; and various spots around the Gulf of Mexico.

The group said it found about 30 percent of 143 shrimp products bought from 111 vendors were not what the label said. Cheap imported farm-raised shrimp is being sold as prized wild-caught Gulf shrimp, common shrimp sold as premium shrimp and shrimp of all kinds sold with no indication whatsoever about where they came from, the group said.

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Open Thread - October 30, 2014

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.

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