Dolfield Boulevard work finished in Owings Mills

Crews have finished the final phase of Dolfield Boulevard in Owings Mills, connecting Reisterstown Road with Lakeside Boulevard. The last half-mile of the four-lane highway opened to traffic with a ceremony by Baltimore County officials. They say the road -- which runs from I-795 to Reisterstown Road -- opened a year ahead of schedule and will help divert traffic from many residential streets. (Balt. Sun)

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Esperanza Center marks 50th anniversary by restoring mural

Emblazoned over Broadway are the words of a mother to her son, translated from Spanish to say, "The dignity created through a rich history of efforts, sacrifice and work is, for me, a symbol of Hispanic pride." The message, conveyed in a mural commissioned to encourage immigrant participation in the 2000 Census, was restored and then rehung Saturday as part of the festivities to mark the Esperanza Center's work in Baltimore for half a century. (Balt. Sun)

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Residents irked by dust from sports field

Residents near a popular youth sports field say the vehicle traffic to and from practices is kicking up dust that leaves them unable to enjoy their homes. “It's grit. Pure grit. It's awful,” said Margaret Stack, 80, as she rubbed her hand down the plastic siding at the back of her house on Kent Court near New Market. (News-Post)

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Sept. 14 // Plans for Md. housing agency headquarters move forward in Prince George’s County

The construction of the new headquarters of the Maryland housing agency in New Carrollton is a step closer. The Prince George’s County Planning Board on Thursday unanimously approved key elements of the project, allowing the developer to move forward with the grading and permitting process. (Wash. Post)

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VA office excluding veterans from disability program, group says

A senior official of the American Legion, working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce its disability claims backlog, told Congress her organization had encountered an "obstructionist attitude" in the VA's underperforming Baltimore office. Verna Jones, director of the Legion's Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division, told a House subcommittee this week that VA officials in Baltimore were "aggressively excluding" Maryland servicemen and -women from a program that was designed to fast-track their claims. (Balt. Sun)

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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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