Advocacy group launches contest to predict when Silver Spring transit center opens

The opening date of the Silver Spring Transit Center so far has been a crapshoot. Now, a transportation advocacy group is also making it a contest. Action Committee for Transit is holding a tongue-in-cheek contest to attract members and spark discussion about when the transportation hub — the subject of a fight about its construction — will open its doors to commuters. (Gazette)

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Closed meeting of CA Board, Inner Arbor Trust questioned

The Columbia Association Board of Directors met with the representatives from the Inner Arbor Trust Inc. Thursday in what some board members are calling an improperly closed meeting. “In my opinion, this does not qualify for a closed meeting,” said Alex Hekimian, CA board member from Oakland Mills. (Patuxent)

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Lifetime membership to Frederick County Ag Society goes for $38,500

A New Midway farmer and letter carrier won a lifetime membership to the Frederick County Agricultural Society for $38,500 Saturday. Joe Biser, through his representative, Jim Summers Sr., won the bid at the estate auction of Jan David Kuczma on Warner Road near Keymar. (News-Post)

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Boating deaths increase this season

The boating season ended with four more fatalities in the state this year compared with last year, but that number is still down significantly from 2011, according to Natural Resources Police. There were 15 boating-related deaths in Maryland this year, said Sgt. Brian Albert. There were 11 in 2012. (News-Post)

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Former deputy director of public works pleads guilty to stealing from Fruitland

As the deputy director of Public Works and Utilities for the city of Fruitland, George Calloway was paid by the taxpayers. But during the last few years of his 11-year tenure with the city, he bought items for himself with city money, took the city’s property and had fraudulent inspections completed, according to court records. (Daily Times)

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Stony Run gets foamed

Stony Run, a stream through Baltimore's Wyman Park that's been plagued by sewage spills over the years, was fouled Friday by a mysterious foamy discharge. (Balt. Sun)

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Sept. 27 // Five years into trans fat ban in Montgomery, violations persist

Five years after Montgomery County imposed a ban on trans fats in food establishments, nearly 10 percent of restaurant inspections are turning up violations. If a restaurant is found to use cooking products with more than 0.5 grams of trans fat or without labels, it’s considered a violation of the countywide ban. (Gazette)

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Baltimore Police commissioner affirms rules on "stop and frisk"

Baltimore police officers will be retrained on when to use the controversial "stop-and-frisk" tactic, Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said Thursday, after a civil liberties group criticized the department's decision to change the name of the tactic. "I want our officers to know we don't just randomly stop people without cause, without a reason," Batts told reporters in Northeast Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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