Police officers recruited to handle backlog of gun-buyer background checks

About 20 police officers from across the state have been enlisted to help the Maryland State Police complete tens of thousands of background checks for gun buyers that have been languishing for several months. Half of the state's gun dealers have stopped waiting for the checks to be completed. (Balt. Sun)

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Former County Council member Merdon to become Howard tech chief

Former County Council member and 2006 county executive candidate Chris Merdon is returning to local government as head of Howard’s Department of Technology and Communication Services, County Executive Ken Ulman announced Thursday. Merdon, who was Ulman’s Republican opponent in the 2006 county executive race, will lead the 87-employee department starting Monday, Sept. 16. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland fourth in foreclosures as distressed houses slog through process

Maryland ranked fourth in the nation for the rate of home foreclosures in August, with new filings rising 24 percent, according to a RealtyTrac report released Thursday. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Chevy Chase plans to hire expert to help fight Purple Line route

The Town of Chevy Chase says it won’t be railroaded into believing plans are set for the Purple Line project. Despite state and local officials talking as if the Purple Line is a done deal, the resolve to fight the route of the 16.2-mile light-rail system, which would cut through some backyards in the town, was strong at a town council meeting on Wednesday. (Gazette)

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Methadone clinic draws fire at community meeting

A boisterous meeting Thursday night did nothing to change the minds of two Baltimore City Council members who said a complaint-prone methadone clinic in Hampden should be closed. "We're engaged in a struggle," said City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, who has called for state health officials to shut down the clinic, which she and many merchants and residents say has long been a magnet for drug dealing and loitering in the heart of Hampden's business and school districts. (Balt. Sun)

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Commissioners to decide on training center costs

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners must decide whether to allocate between $400,000 and $1.7 million to build a new public safety training center in Westminster. County staff and first responders met with the board Thursday to discuss the project, which includes building an apparatus building to store equipment and a new two-story building with classrooms, offices and an auditorium. (Carr. Co. Times)

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City bar mistakenly transmits confidential info 

The confidential applications of 10 candidates for at-large seats on the Court of Special Appeals were mistakenly emailed recently to the Bar Association of Baltimore City’s full membership, instead of to just the panel members who review judicial applicants. (Daily Record)

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Flights resume at BWI after lightning strike shuts down airport

Lightning struck Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport's air traffic control tower, injuring one person and shutting down the airport for nearly three hours Thursday afternoon, delaying or stranding thousands of travelers. (Balt. Sun)

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