State lawmakers hear about liquor sale issues, towns wanting more state funds

Various liquor sale issues and local towns seeking more state revenue were among the issues Washington County's state lawmakers heard Tuesday at Hager Hall. The Washington County liquor board talked about making changes to state legislation dealing with one-day licenses for alcoholic beverages. The board wants to expand who can receive such licenses from clubs and nonprofit organizations who don't have annual on-sale licenses to also include corporations, societies, and associations with nonprofit status and without annual licenses. (Herald-Mail)

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Allegany County officials seek registration of ATVs

The Allegany County Board of Commissioners is seeking to adopt a new law requiring ATV operators to register their vehicles. In an effort to curb unregulated travel on county roads, the commissioners want ATV owners who plan to utilize those roads to have their vehicle inspected and display a county-issued registration sticker. The law would be identical to one currently in place in Garrett County. (Times-News)

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OC council OKs beach trash truck purchase

 In what can best be characterized as a slam dunk, resort officials this week agreed to purchase a second state-of-the-art trash collection truck to remove the mountains of trash collected each night in the summer from the beach. Last year, the Mayor and Council approved the purchase of a single new state-of-the-art beach trash collection truck called at the time a “game changer” for the operation. (Dispatch)

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Letter confirms county’s support for inlet dredging

Efforts to find a long-term solution to the decreasing depth of the Inlet continue to move forward. This week, the Worcester County Commissioners signed a letter reaffirming their support of the Ocean City Inlet dredging project. The letter is expected to help pave the way for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study of the Inlet. (Dispatch)

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Fells Point Corner Theatre cancels 'A Christmas Carol,' citing 'troubling' circumstances

Citing “a complex and troubling set of circumstances,” officials of the Fells Point Corner Theatre and the Collaborative Theatre have canceled their run of “A Christmas Carol,” which was scheduled to begin Friday. In a carefully worded announcement posted on the theater’s website, officials said the “the accumulation of new information has presented us with no option but to cancel in this late stage.” (Balt. Sun)

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Comic Con in Ocean City will rally fans, newcomers

After years of dreaming, it's finally here. The nationally-renowned pop-culture convention known as Comic Con is getting its Eastern Shore debut on Dec. 9 at the Grand Hotel and Spa in Ocean City. The event will be a delight for Shore gamers, comic book fans and cosplay enthusiasts. For OC Comic Con Coordinator and PLB Comics Editor James Dufendach, this year's inaugural event is the result of several years worth of work. (Daily Times)

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December 7 // Metro funding plan has regional leaders at odds

Reforming the region’s long-troubled transit agency reached an impasse Wednesday, as Virginia’s governor clashed with the leaders of Maryland and the District over a $500 million annual dedicated funding plan for Metro. Gov. Terry McAuliffe has said that Virginia will not budge on funding Metro unless its Board of Directors, which currently numbers 16 members, is downsized to a more manageable figure. That puts him at odds with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who said it would be illegal to overhaul the Metro Board without a lengthy and expensive contract renegotiation. It also pits Mr. McAuliffe against Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans, who says the large panel has been productive and the focus needs to be on Metro’s new funding mechanism. (Wash. Times)

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Mayor Pugh says Baltimore's crime situation showing improvement after she launched new initiative

Less than a month after declaring crime in the city "out of control," Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said an initiative she launched is driving down violence in five targeted neighborhoods. “I think we’re trending in the right direction,” Pugh said Wednesday during a news conference at City Hall. Officials have steered resources not just from the Police Department but also the fire, transportation, parks and health departments toward the five neighborhoods in East, West and Northwest Baltimore. Pugh has ordered 30 agency heads to meet at police headquarters each morning to coordinate their efforts. (Balt. Sun)

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