Tough Mudder fined for muddying Frederick creek

The mud apparently got out of control at the Tough Mudder obstacle race held last September in Frederick. Organizers of the event were fined $25,000 for sediment and erosion violations that fouled Big Tuscarora Creek, the Maryland Department of the Environment disclosed Thursday. (Balt. Sun)

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Hampden merchants call for closing methadone clinic

Citing reports of drug dealing, loitering, littering and other nuisances, Hampden merchants and a Baltimore City councilwoman are calling on the state to close a 3-year-old methadone clinic that overlooks The Avenue. "We want them shut down," City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke advocated, saying the drug abuse treatment clinic, Hampden Health Solutions at the Rail Inc., has been a constant source of complaints since it opened in 2010. (Patuxent)

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Animal skeletons seized at port

Call them port discoveries. Federal agents intercepted dozens of animal skeletons at the port of Baltimore in recent weeks because they "pose a potential threat to the United States poultry industry," according to the Department of Homeland Security. Separately, a rugged four-wheel-drive truck seized in April was destroyed Tuesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (Balt. Sun)

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Public concerned over smart meter safety

As the Public Service Commission weighs a decision on BGE’s new smart meters, some Marylanders are questioning the meter’s safety. BGE and other power companies want the commission to allow them to charge any customer who opts out of a smart meter. (WMAR)

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Adam Jones and other Orioles have learned there are two sides to Twitter

Adam Jones, whose Twitter handle is @SimplyAJ10, said he aims to give Orioles fans a glimpse into the life of a major league baseball player. But over the weekend one of his tweets sparked a media maelstrom when he wrote that a banana was thrown in his direction in center field during the ninth inning of Sunday's game in San Francisco. It was the latest example of the double-edged sword that the Orioles and other professional athletes face when participating in social media. (Balt. Sun)

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Water bill is laundromat's heavy load

After more than 30 years in business, the only laundromat in Mount Airy could be all washed up. Pat and Gary Frey, owners of the Mount Airy Laundromat, say closing its doors could be their only option if the town does not change its water rates to a “fair” price. (News-Post)

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Woman's murder raises questions about domestic violence protections

Victoria Vernetta Glover had taken the available legal steps to protect herself from an allegedly abusive husband but was killed nonetheless. Police say Cory Bowman shot his estranged wife this week outside her Parkville home as she was putting her 3-year-old son in a car. In recent months, she had filed for divorce, citing cruelty as grounds, obtained a protective order and pressed assault charges on which Bowman was out on bail. He was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a Baltimore apartment a day after her killing, police confirmed Thursday. Advocates for domestic-violence victims are calling the apparent murder-suicide yet another reminder that, despite recent victories, their fight to improve Maryland's handling of domestic-abuse cases isn't finished. (Balt. Sun)

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Former Pr. George’s deputy admits sex with inmate

A former Prince George’s sheriff’s deputy admitted in court that he had sex with a female detainee who was awaiting a hearing at the Upper Marlboro courthouse, officials said. Lamar McIntyre pleaded guilty to having sex with an inmate as well as misconduct in office, the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s office said. (Wash. Post)

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