A rash of drug overdoses and two deaths have area police searching for the source.
Nine people overdosed on heroin in the Culpeper, Spotsylvania and Fredericksburg areas during the week of May 13. Two of them subsequently died.
Police are now searching for the source of what they call a “lethal” dose of the drug.
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A monster tornado ripped through southern Oklahoma City and the suburb of Moore on Monday afternoon, leaving homes and schools in ruins and fires burning out of control.
There was no immediate word on casualties, but aerial footage showed major destruction: homes in rubble, cars flipped over and crushed, residents milling around in shock or combing through debris.
Two elementary schools were heavily damaged, possibly completely destroyed, KFOR reported. Those schools are Briarwood Elementary in Oklahoma City and Plaza Towers Elementary in Moore.
It was unknown how many children may have been in the schools when the twister hit, but a KFOR reporter saw a student being rescued from Plaza Towers, where the roof was blown off and the cinderblock walls demolished.
The U.S. Navy’s first Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) designed to fly from the flight deck of an aircraft carrier entered the public consciousness in June, 2012 as a UFO sighting as it traveled from Edwards AFB to Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
Not quite a year later and within 72 hours time, the UCAS-D provided a glimpse of what the future might be for Naval Aviation.
Reuben B. Collins, II, Commissioner Vice President (District 3)
Capital Clubhouse (3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf)
The following seven schools were recertified this year: Appeal Elementary, Calvert Elementary, Calvert Middle, Huntingtown High, Saint Leonard Elementary, Sunderland Elementary, and Windy Hill Elementary.
Schools must report and document their efforts every four years to remain certified. To obtain recertification, each school must document its actions towards waste reduction, decreased pollution, habitat restoration, energy conservation, and creating healthy learning environments. Additionally, each school must demonstrate that the teaching staff is exposed to current environmental topics through professional development opportunities and must prove that the environment is used as a context of learning in the classroom.
Life was different back in 1918. There were no smart phones, no V6 engines, no television – and when Patrolman Lawrence McParlin attempted to serve a witness summons on a Washington, D.C., man on May 21 that year, there were no police radios or computer databases to warn him the man was wanted for murder in South Carolina. The man shot and killed Patrolman McParlin and a D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Officer assisting him in the summons service. It is the first recorded death of a Charles County Sheriff’s officer.
Bucking longstanding patterns in the United States, more poor people now live in the nation’s suburbs than in urban areas, according to a new analysis.
As poverty mounted throughout the nation over the past decade, the number of poor people living in suburbs surged 67% between 2000 and 2011 — a much bigger jump than in cities, researchers for the Brookings Institution said in a book published today. Suburbs still have a smaller percentage of their population living in poverty than cities do, but the sheer number of poor people scattered in the suburbs has jumped beyond that of cities.
The shift caught many communities by surprise, the authors found, with public and private agencies unprepared to meet the need in suburban areas.
The Supreme Court has affirmed the authority of federal regulators to try to speed local government decisions on proposals to build or expand cell phone towers.
The court voted 6-3 Monday to uphold an appeals court ruling in favor the Federal Communications Commission.
The case involves complaints to the FCC by telecommunications companies and the wireless industry that local authorities are delaying the placement and construction of wireless service facilities. The FCC said that local jurisdictions generally should act on applications within three months for existing structures and five months for new towers.
Our view: Somerset County’s choice to refuse voluntary buyouts reflects fierce pride in a community but a poor grasp of climate change realities
That’s why the decision of the Somerset County Board of Commissioners this week not to allow any of the $8.6 million in superstorm Sandy federal disaster aid to be used to acquire vulnerable Smith Island properties, while understandable, is unfortunate. State officials had originally proposed using $2 million from that fund to buy out island residents who want to relocate so their properties might be bulldozed and the land set aside as open space.
Well, perhaps it will. But that’s a bit like suggesting all that’s needed to sustain the place is a bit more rip-rap or some bulkheads around the edges. For hundreds of years, Smith Island has been eroding, but it’s about to get a whole lot worse.
That’s because climate change is on the verge of changing humanity’s basic relationship with its environment. The seas are rising, and they’re going to be rising a whole lot more. To suggest that Smith Island can make itself immune from this inevitability is folly along the lines of the last days of Pompeii, Krakatau or Mount St. Helens.
New state laws on septic systems will require increased on-site work for Allegany County Health Department staff and could lead to an eventual increase in septic system inspection fees, department officials said last week.
The new laws require new septic systems to use the best available technology. And that technology is expensive.
“Basically, these systems are small wastewater treatment plants in a tank,” said Brian Dicken, director of environmental health. “More site visits are going to be involved.” That means the department may have to look at increasing septic inspection fees to compensate for the time and effort involved. Such fees could only be increased by county commissioners after public comment. The current fee for a septic installation permit is $100.
Forty-nine years ago, Ashley Yost’s grandfather sank a well deep into a half-mile square of rich Kansas farmland. He struck an artery of water so prodigious that he could pump 1,600 gallons to the surface every minute.
Last year, Mr. Yost was coaxing just 300 gallons from the earth, and pumping up sand in order to do it. By harvest time, the grit had robbed him of $20,000 worth of pumps and any hope of returning to the bumper harvests of years past.
“That’s prime land,” he said not long ago, gesturing from his pickup at the stubby remains of last year’s crop. “I’ve raised 294 bushels of corn an acre there before, with water and the Lord’s help.” Now, he said, “it’s over.”
It’s planting time in the Chesapeake Bay, just as it is on land for farmers and gardeners across Maryland.
Instead of seeds, though, hundreds of millions of speck-sized baby oysters — known as spat — are being planted this spring in Harris Creek, where it’s hoped they’ll grow and multiply. The Eastern Shore waterway is ground zero for an ambitious experiment — a multimillion-dollar gamble, actually — to see if the bay’s depleted oyster population can be restored, one creek and river at a time. In the process, the effort just might help clean up and revitalize the bay.
One day last week, 6,400 tons of clam shells barged down from New Jersey were spread on Harris Creek’s bottom, using satellite navigation to pinpoint where the load would go.
Not far away, over one of the reefs built last year, the oyster partnership’s vessel used a hose to spray 1,400 bushels of oyster shells overboard carrying an estimated 27 million spat to the bottom.
A new U.S. Geological Survey study documents that the Nation’s aquifers are being drawn down at an accelerating rate.
Groundwater Depletion in the United States (1900-2008) comprehensively evaluates long-term cumulative depletion volumes in 40 separate aquifers (distinct underground water storage areas) in the United States, bringing together reliable information from previous references and from new analyses.
“Groundwater is one of the Nation’s most important natural resources. It provides drinking water in both rural and urban communities. It supports irrigation and industry, sustains the flow of streams and rivers, and maintains ecosystems,” said Suzette Kimball, acting USGS Director. “Because groundwater systems typically respond slowly to human actions, a long-term perspective is vital to manage this valuable resource in sustainable ways.”
Location: American Indian Cultural Center, 16816 Country Lane Waldorf, MD 20601
Saturday June 1, noon to 6 pm
Sunday June 2, noon to 5 pm
Description: Native American singing, music and dancing, arts & crafts, finger weaving presentation, food and refreshments, healthy cooking demo’s (using traditional Native American foods), pony rides, face painting and kids corner.
The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind citizens that the next household hazardous waste collection for this year will be held on Saturday, June 1. The household hazardous waste collection site is located in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata. Collection hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Items accepted free of charge include: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, batteries, expired prescription drugs, fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, and other poisons found in the home. Please remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label.