Cold weather killed off a third of adult Chesapeake crabs this winter, but juvenile crab population surges in 2018

The Chesapeake Bay crab population is down by 18 percent in 2018 compared to last season after cold weather killed off more than a third of adult crabs. But the number of juvenile crabs swimming into the bay is up by a third as crabbing season begins. That means watermen are expecting a slow start to the season, which technically began April 1. But the harvest could get busier in late summer when many of the young crabs have grown big enough to be considered legal catch. (Balt. Sun)

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D.C. AG seeks more than $800,000 from city employees who live in Maryland, alleging they fraudulently sent children to city schools 

The D.C. attorney general’s office has filed lawsuits seeking more than $800,000 from four parents — including three who work for the District government — alleging they fraudulently enrolled their children in the city’s public schools while living in Maryland. The complaints, filed Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court, are against a public charter schoolteacher and two employees of the D.C. police department. (Wash. Post)

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Peroutka keeps Anne Arundel liquor board in $20,000-a-year exile

It will cost an additional $20,000 a year for the Anne Arundel County Board of License Commissioners to hold its meetings outside of County Council chambers. The board asked Council Chairman Michael Peroutka, R-Millersville, to end the exile started last year, and allow them to use the chambers again. He has refused. The chairman manages which official bodies can use the chambers at the Arundel Center in Annapolis for public meetings. (Capital)

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As Harford prepares to preserve 2,400 acres of farmland, council member attempts to discontinue program

The same night bills were introduced to preserve another 2,400 acres of Harford County farmland, one county council member introduced a budget amendment that would essentially eliminate funding for the county’s preservation program altogether. Twenty-two bills were introduced at Tuesday’s Harford County Council meeting to eliminate 211 development rights on 2,425 acres and put those properties into an agricultural preservation program at a cost of $14.9 million, funded through a portion of the real estate transfer tax. (Aegis)

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Analysis finds adding paid parking to 22 oceanfront blocks would generate $662K; former councilman likely to petition expansion

A task force will begin examining an expansion of metered on-street parking in some areas of the Ocean City resort amid an acknowledgement some mistakes were made the last time the concept was considered five years ago and a veiled threat of another petition drive. Last week, with an eye on tapping potential unrealized revenue in the face of anticipated municipal budget difficulties in the future, Ocean City officials agreed to form a task force to begin exploring an expansion of paid on-street parking in certain areas of the resort. (Dispatch)

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Montgomery County to test out a pop up bike lane in downtown Bethesda

Cyclists will get their very own pop-up bike lane in downtown Bethesda in celebration of Bike to Work Day on May 18. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation will be setting up barrels, cones and special bike lane markings along the route, which will start at the traffic circle at Cheltenham Drive and Tilbury Street and run along Woodmont Avenue before ending near the entrance to the Capital Crescent Trail. (Bethesda)

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May 9 // Algae blooms already clouding Chesapeake waters

Annapolis area creeks and rivers have been hit with recent outbursts of algae blooms known as mahogany tides — with one report of a bloom running the length of the Severn River. The species found in abundance, prorocentrum minimum, contributes to dead zones as the bloom dies and consumes oxygen in the water column. In high enough concentrations, it can cause fish kills although none have been reported this year. South River Federation staffer Nancy Merrill noticed the mahogany bloom off her dock in Church Creek. “It was an orange-coffee color,” Merrill said. “I know it was not good.” (Capital)

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Tri-partisanship: Three elected officials team up in first Annapolis Sailor's Triathlon

Pundits often lament bipartisanship as a lost cause. And that might be true — but have they heard of tri-partisanship? Mayor Gavin Buckley, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh and Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford will this summer compete together in the first Annapolis Sailor’s Triathlon, a feat of across-the-aisle cooperation and calisthenics. Buckley, a Democrat, and Schuh and Rutherford, both Republicans, will each complete a leg of the July 28 triathlon that comprises a 500-meter Spa Creek swim, a bike ride to Greenbury Point and a 3.8 mile run through the city and the Naval Academy. (Capital)

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