Friday, August 22, 2014
Celebrate History at the 14th Annual Nanjemoy Heritage Day

On Saturday, Sept. 20, come join us to celebrate the 14th annual Nanjemoy Heritage Day. This event will be held at the Nanjemoy Community Center (4375 Port Tobacco Road) from noon until 3 p.m.

The festivities will begin with a lively parade. Following the parade, participants can enjoy live music, crafts for the kids, face painting, area artists, local heritage displays, classic cars, games, and much more. Refreshments and souvenir t-shirts will be available.

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County needs more high-speed Internet capacity
Maryland Independent - LTE

I am writing to express my dissatisfaction with my current Internet service. I would contact the two main companies themselves, but I have been trying to for years, and they don’t seem to care.

I live on Oliver Shop Road, less than a mile from T.C. Martin Elementary School and St. Mary’s Bryantown Church. Both of these establishments are fortunate enough to have high-speed Internet. Bryantown Road, Oliver Shop Road, Penns Hill Road and many other rural areas in Charles County are not that lucky. They are forced to use satellite Internet or a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

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Parents, students struggle after activities bus cut
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf ― Maryland Independent

[...]
Last school year, the ridership on the after-school buses was 25,632 — the figure represents the number of rides students from every school took, across the entire 2013-14 school year, schools spokeswoman Katie O’Malley-Simpson said.

At Lackey, which offers five after-school activities buses, that number was 8,775 rides, averaging 18 students per bus, or a total of 90 students daily. The student population numbered approximately 1,209, according to last year’s enrollment statistics.
[...]
The buses were a casualty of a shortfall in the school system budget. School officials downsized the school budget by $5.5 million after the county commissioners reneged on a pledge of $10 million in operating costs for the opening of St. Charles High School. The decision inflamed the already rocky relationship between the board of education and commissioners.

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Retired judge ordered defendant shocked in court
Jeff Newman ― Maryland Independent

Five years after he was reprimanded for deflating the tire of a car parked outside the Charles County Courthouse, retired Charles County Circuit Judge Robert C. Nalley is again facing scrutiny for directing a court security officer to shock a defendant during a July 23 jury trial.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office, whose deputies provide security at the circuit courthouse, is nearing completion of its investigation into the incident, spokeswoman Diane Richardson said.

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Maryland DNR Fights Hydrilla Invasive Plant in Deep Creek Lake

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Economist says St. Mary’s should strongly consider its economic
Dick Myers ― THEBAYNET.COM

“For the first time in a long time, St. Mary’s County should strongly consider its economic future.” Those were the marching orders from noted Maryland economist Aniriban Basu at a public briefing Tuesday at the Frank Knox Center in Lexington Park. The briefing was sponsored by the newly reconstituted St. Mary’s County Economic Development Commission.

Basu’s strong suggestion is already being acted upon, as the St. Mary’s County Commissioners have launched a determined economic development initiative which has included two recently released studies and the beginning of an ongoing effort at diversification along with preserving the county’s main economic engine – the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. A strategic plan is next on the agenda.

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More harm than good from crab ban, experts say
Dan Rodricks ― Carroll County Times

For scientific reasons, they say harvest moratorium will yield diminishing returns

Angus Phillips, an inveterate Annapolis-area crabber, joined my call for a moratorium on the harvest of blue crabs from the Chesapeake Bay. “The time has come,” he wrote in The Washington Post last month, “to stop pussyfooting around and shut down crabbing for a few years, to give the delectable crustaceans a chance to recover the way geese, yellow perch and rockfish did.”
[...]
So it’s just common sense: Let’s give the crabs a break.

But Maryland’s crab experts disagree.

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Laurel seeks to hold water utility accountable for May flood
Alice Popovici ― Gazette

Laurel officials want residents to contact Prince George’s County officials and their representatives in the U.S. Congress to ask for more accountability from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s in response to a flood that led to evacuations and damaged property in low-lying areas of the city on May 1.

“I think there need to be some changes, changes in the right direction,” Mayor Craig Moe said to a gathering of residents and city officials who attended an Aug. 14 public hearing at Partnership Hall in Laurel to hear a presentation about the flood and share their thoughts. “More accountability and transparency.”

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GAO: Pentagon Violated Law With Bergdahl Swap
DONNA CASSATA ― ABC News

The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday.

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said the Defense Department failed to notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the exchange — a clear violation of the law — and used $988,400 of a wartime account to make the transfer. The GAO also said the Pentagon’s use of funds that hadn’t been expressly appropriated violated the Antideficiency Act.

“In our view, the meaning of the (law) is clear and unambiguous,” the GAO wrote to nine Republican senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and various committees. “Section 8111 prohibits the use of ‘funds appropriated or otherwise made available’ in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014, to transfer any individual detained at Guantanamo Bay to the custody or control of a foreign entity’ except in accordance” with the law.

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USNA Chief Says No Double Standard for Athletes
BRIAN WITTE ― ABC News

The new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy said he does not now believe there is “a cultural issue” in Navy sports with the kind of lax oversight of athletes that is being investigated at the U.S. Air Force Academy, but if there is “we’re going to take care of it.”

Vice Adm. Ted Carter spoke to reporters Thursday for the first time since he arrived as the new superintendent in July. Carter said he spoke with the superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy after it launched an investigation this month into its athletic department and demanded greater accountability from coaches due to reports of athlete misconduct, including allegations of sexual abuse. Air Force Academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson told coaches this month to take a bigger role in preventing sexual assaults.

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Kings Dominion expanding water park for 2015 season
PETER BACQUÉ ― Richmond Times-Dispatch

Kings Dominion will expand its 20-acre water park for its 2015 season.

The amusement park will be adding a water-slide complex, a “splash zone” for small children, and expanded cabanas and upgraded bath houses, the Hanover County attraction announced Thursday.

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Islamic State threat ‘beyond anything we’ve seen’: Pentagon
Missy Ryan ― REUTERS

The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday.

“They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it’s in Iraq or anywhere else,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon.

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Fastest and slowest states: Where does your state rank?
Matt Schmitz ― USA TODAY

This year marks four decades since President Richard M. Nixon signed into law a mandate that set the maximum national speed limit at 55 mph, helping to fend off an oil crisis, diminishing Americans’ ability to make good time on a cross-country road trip and inspiring rocker Sammy Hagar’s signature song. It’s been nearly two decades since that law’s repeal and, since then, two-thirds of U.S. states have picked up the pace significantly, raising their speed limits to 70 mph or higher on stretches of their roadways.
So which state is the fastest? Put another way, which states have the highest average top speed limit?

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Study: Wealth gap widened in the last decade
WTOP

A report from the Census Bureau is the latest evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer.

The study released Thursday divided the U.S. into five groups, from wealthiest to poorest. The median net worth of the richest households rose 11 percent between 2000 and 2011, to $630,754. The next-wealthiest group’s net worth also rose.

But because wealth dropped for the majority of Americans, the median household net worth for the country overall declined about 7 percent to $68,828.

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Open Thread - August 22, 2014

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