Sunday, April 20, 2014
Fiscal Year 2015 General Fund, Fees & Charges, Special Revenue Fund, CIP Recap

Board Docs - Apr 22, 2014 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

1.08 [9:30 a.m.] Budget Work Sesssion: Fiscal Year 2015 General Fund, Fees & Charges, Special Revenue Fund, CIP Recap (Mr. David Eicholtz, Director/Ms. Jennifer Ellin, Acting Chief of Budget, Department of Fiscal & Administrative Services))

CSM FY15 Budget Request.pdf (792 KB)

CCSO FY15 Budget Request.pdf (2,679 KB)

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Charles County Update Quick Take - “5th Annual Port Tobacco Market Day”

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Civil War Round table to tour battlefields
THEBAYNET.COM

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table (SMCWR) is hosting the second annual spring bus tour to the Wilderness and Spotsylvania battlefields on Saturday, April 26 leaving from the La Plata Campus of the College of Southern Maryland at 9 a.m. The tour is open to members and nonmembers of the SMCWR.

The first stop on the tour will be the Chancellorsville/Wilderness National Park Service Visitors’ Center.

“The tour will pass the command post of Ulysses S. Grant on the Wilderness Battlefield and follow through the location of bloody fighting at Saunders Field, then down the park road to the Widow Tapp Field, and back up the Orange Plank Road to where Confederate General James ‘Pete’ Longstreet was severely wounded. From here we will follow the Brock Road, just as the Union and Confederate soldiers would have done on May 7, 1864, toward the Spotsylvania Court House,” said SMCWR President Dr. Brad Gottfried, the tour’s organizer.

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Hawaii is flash point for genetically engineered crops
Frederick News-Post

ou can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii.

The tiny island state 2,500 miles from the nearest continent is so critical to the nation’s modern corn-growing business that the industry’s leading companies all have farms here, growing new varieties genetically engineered for desirable traits like insect and drought resistance.

But these same farms have become a flash point in a spreading debate over genetic engineering in agriculture.

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The robot is ready - so when will deep sea mining start?
Stephen Eisenhammer and Silvia Antonioli ― REUTERS

The world’s first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea (PNG) - when a wrangle over terms is solved.

Beyond PNG, in international waters, regulation and royalty terms for mining the planet’s subsea wealth have also yet to be finalized. The world waits for the judgment of a United Nations agency based in Jamaica.

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Hip hotels harvest honey with on-site apiaries
Neal Turnage ― USA TODAY

Hip hotels went local long ago with chef-tended herb and veggie gardens. The next wave, make that swarm, is here: hotel honeybees housed in on-site apiaries.

It’s an offshoot of the urban agriculture trend that is playing out across the EU and the U.S. The importance of honeybees in the food chain can’t be underestimated: experts approximate one-third of all food Americans consume is directly or indirectly tied to honeybee pollination. Combine that with the economic advantages concomitant with sustainable food practices and it’s no wonder so many hotels are buzzing.

There’s a good chance one of your favorite spring or summer getaway destinations is buzz-worthy. Here, a nod to a few places that have taken a sweet step to reducing their carbon footprint.

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Obamacare enrollees urged to change passwords over Heartbleed bug
Chris Francescani ― REUTERS

Americans with accounts on President Barack Obama’s health insurance enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, were advised that their passwords had been reset to guard against the “Heartbleed” bug, in a message posted on the site on Saturday.

The warning marks the latest fallout from the widespread security bug, which surfaced this month and allows hackers to steal data online without a trace. Companies from Amazon.com Inc to Google Inc. have been forced to take steps to protect against Heartbleed.

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Social Security to resume benefits statement mailings
Mark Miller ― REUTERS

Paper Social Security benefits statements, which used to be mailed out every year and then fell victim to budget cuts, are going to make a partial comeback.

Starting this September, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will resume mailings at five-year intervals to workers who have not signed up to view their statements online, an agency spokesman told Reuters. The statements will be sent to workers at ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60, he said, adding the agency would continue to promote use of the online statements.

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Cutting the Cord: Antennas let you tune in TV for free
Mike Snider ― USA TODAY

The oft-forgotten TV antenna could help lessen your dependence on pay TV.

In addition to making their programming available on cable, fiber and satellite TV systems, more than 1,780 stations are transmitting digital TV channels that can be picked up in many cases by small indoor TV antennas.

Antennas are catching on as many consumers wean themselves off of pay-TV services use them to get local channels. Homes with an antenna rose from 20 million in 2012 to 21.5 million in 2013, an increase of 7%, according to tech research firm Strategy Analytics.

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Delete, avoid and hang up on spring scams
Susan Tompor ― USA TODAY

Assistant U.S. Attorney Abed Hammoud picked up the phone one day and the caller had a great discount for Dish Network. The pitch sounded pretty good; all Hammoud had to do was pay up front for six months to receive a hefty discount.

But what stopped Hammoud from opting for the deal — and ultimately losing hundreds of dollars to a con artist? The caller told Hammoud to go to the store and put his cash on a prepaid Green Dot MoneyPak card. Hammoud tracks economic crimes and knew that the money would be gone once the prepaid card numbers were read over the phone to the con artists. It’s as dangerous as wiring money to someone you do not know.

Legitimate companies aren’t asking consumers to wire cash immediately or buy prepaid money cards and then send off the card or read the numbers over the phone.

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You’re on the clock: Doctors rush patients out the door
Roni Caryn Rabin ― USA TODAY

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These days, stories like Eisenstodt’s are increasingly common. Patients — and physicians — say they feel the time crunch as never before as doctors rush through appointments as if on roller skates to see more patients and perform more procedures to make up for flat or declining reimbursements.

It’s not unusual for primary care doctors’ appointments to be scheduled at 15-minute intervals. Some physicians who work for hospitals say they’ve been asked to see patients every 11 minutes.

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National energy boom blurs political battle lines
NICHOLAS RICCARDI ― WTOP

The U.S. energy boom is blurring the traditional political battle lines across the country.

Democrats are split between environmentalists and business and labor groups, with the proposed Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline a major wedge.

Some deeply conservative areas are allying with conservationists against fracking, the drilling technique that’s largely responsible for the boom.

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In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream
NICHOLAS RICCARDI ― WTOP

Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

Tens of thousands gathered for a weekend of Colorado cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment, from a marijuana industry expo called the Cannabis Cup at a trade center north of downtown, to 4/20-themed concerts at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater—acts include Slightly Stoopid and Snoop Dog—to a massive festival in the shadow of the state capitol where clouds of cannabis smoke are expected to waft at 4:20 p.m. MDT Sunday.

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Open Thread - April 20, 2014

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Saturday, April 19, 2014
Gansler to file suit against BP claiming oil spill-related pension losses
ALEX JACKSON ― CapitalGazette.com

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said he would file a lawsuit Friday alleging BP’s handling of an oil spill four years ago caused “millions of dollars in investment losses” for Maryland’s pension fund.

Gansler said he would file the suit against BP, formerly British Petroleum, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Gansler claims BP made “false and misleading statements regarding its commitment to safety reforms and oil spill prevention and response capabilities,” following the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, according to a statement from the attorney general’s office.

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