Annapolis restaurants fork over politics

Chick & Ruth’s Delly has a menu featuring state and local politicians, but that’s as far as it will go into politics. Not that owner Ted Levitt doesn’t have his voting preferences - he’s just keeping them to himself. And he’s not against hosting fundraisers or parties for candidates, it’s just that he hasn’t been asked. (Capital)

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Frederick Man President-Elect Of Md. Dental Group

Dental problems are the second most common reason people show up at the Frederick Memorial Hospital emergency room. Preventive care and better health programs could help reduce those visits, according to the president-elect of the Maryland Dental Association. Dr. Richard Rogers, whose office is in Frederick, will serve a three-year term, from president-elect to president, then immediate past president, all with distinct duties within the state association. (News-Post-CBS)

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Baltimore woman gleeful about making music to help sick children

In the summer of 2008, When Leora Friedman was 15 and her sister Ariela was 19, the sisters led a song-writing workshop for patients and families of the Hackerman-Patz House, a Baltimore residence for children receiving limb-lengthening surgery at Sinai Hospital. Working with a $500 grant from the Johns Hopkins University, the Friedman sisters donated instruments, wrote songs and performed with the seriously ill youngsters. The result was an album, "A Friend Like You," filled with original songs. (Balt. Sun)

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Oct. 25 // Maryland, other states vow to boost plug-in car sales

Aiming to boost the fledgling market for plug-in vehicles, Maryland and seven other states pledged Thursday to use their governments' tax and spending powers to get 3.3 million "zero-emission" cars, trucks and vans on the road in the next dozen years. Gov. Martin O'Malley and his counterparts in California, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont formally vowed to promote plug-in or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in their states. (Balt. Sun)

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FBI investigating false reports filed by Baltimore police unit

FBI investigators acting on a tip from a disgraced former Baltimore police investigator have found that officers in a special plainclothes unit falsified reports to further their cases, a federal prosecutor alleged in court Thursday. Kendell Richburg, who was assigned to the Violent Crimes Impact Section, turned on his colleagues after he was charged with federal drug and gun offenses. He told prosecutors he was just one of many who misrepresented facts in order to protect informants and continue making arrests, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Copperthite said. (Balt. Sun)

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Double Blind Photo Lineups To Curb False Identification In Baltimore City

In an effort to cut down on what can be devastating mistakes, Baltimore police are making major changes to the way the department conducts photo lineups. The commissioner admits mistakes have been made in the past. He believes these changes can help fix what many consider to be a flawed system. (WJZ-TV)

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New cameras will ticket drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses in Montgomery

First there were automated tickets for drivers who run red lights or speed. Now, cameras will be installed on school buses in Montgomery County to catch motorists who illegally pass buses letting children on and off. Before enforcement begins, a public education campaign will be rolled out in early December to increase awareness about laws against passing school buses when their stop arms swing out and their lights are flashing. (Wash. Post)

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Dominion LNG project concerns abound for Calvert residents

Community members crammed into a room Tuesday night at the Southern Community Center for a town hall meeting about the proposed Dominion Cove Point expansion project, hosted by environmental activists. At the “Calvert at Risk” town hall meeting, residents heard about the proposed Dominion Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas exportation project from Chesapeake Climate Action Committee Director Mike Tidwell, Patuxent Riverkeeper CEO Fred Tutman, Earthjustice associate attorney Moneen Nasmith, and Cove of Calvert Homeowner’s Association member Jean Marie Neal. (Recorder)

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