Friday, October 31, 2014
Marijuana-Laced Candy Seized in Prince George’s County
WRC-TV (NBC4)

Authorities in Prince George’s County say they’ve seized several boxes of Halloween candy infused with marijuana.

The candy—including taffy, mint chocolate bars, blueberry chocolate bars and banana-walnut chocolate bars—was shipped from the west coast and Colorado, said Prince George’s County Police.

Each piece of the candy contains 100 milligrams of THC.

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REVIEW OF MAPS AND TEXT CHANGES TO THE DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Board Docs - November 10, 2014, Charles County Planning Commission

A. REVIEW OF MAPS AND TEXT CHANGES TO THE DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, Presenters: Steve Ball and Charles Rice

Comprehensive Plan - PC info, Nov 10th mtg.pdf (1,410 KB)

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Public Hearing: Disclosure of Confidential Information

Notice is hereby given that the Charles County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on November 18, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the County Commissioners’ Meeting Room located in the Charles County Government Building, La Plata, Maryland, for a proposed Bill Number 2014-14, concerning Disclosure of Confidential Information.

The purpose of the bill is to prohibit disclosure of confidential information from closed meetings.

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Commissioner hopefuls spend campaign cash on last-minute messages
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf ― Maryland Independent

Lollar, with gubernatorial bid leftovers, leads in cash, spending

Campaign finance reports were due Oct. 24, which seem to indicate that, as the Nov. 4 general election approaches, Charles County commissioner candidates are shelling out big bucks to ensure they reach office.

In perhaps the most fevered race of the season, pitting incumbent Commissioner Ken Robinson (D) in District 1 against former GOP gubernatorial hopeful Charles Lollar, both have taken in significant donations and turned them around, funding fliers, signs and fundraising opportunities.

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Speakers at charter government forum talk timing, separation of powers
Andrew Michaels ― Maryland Independent

With the gubernatorial general election approaching Nov. 4, the Citizens for a Better Charles County continued its efforts to inform the voting public by holding a charter forum Tuesday evening in La Plata at the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department.

Over 60 voters gathered at the forum, where three speakers discussed Charles County government’s transition from code home rule to a charter government, if it is approved, in addition to reasons for and against the change. Voters could write questions on index cards that later would be answered by the speakers. CBCC member Russ Talcott said it is crucial for voters to understand Question A on the ballot and what they are voting for and why.
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John Rutherford also spoke at the forum and shared his opposition to the charter. After listing several officials, groups and organizations against the change, the county Republican Party figure told voters a charter is not necessary because “if you want a better government, elect better people.”

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Defense Department logs in against wind turbine project
Dick Myers ― TheBayNet.com

The long-anticipated response from the Department of Defense on the proposed Eastern Shore wind turbine project was released Thursday and it is so strongly negative against it that it could very well deep six it.

The letter from the Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says of the proposed Great Bay Energy Center wind turbine project in Somerset County, even if mitigated: “(It) would constitute an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States as defined in 32 C.F.R. § 211.3 because it would significantly impair or degrade the capability of the Department of Defense to conduct testing, evaluation and operations or to maintain military readiness. This project, if not mitigated, would impact the critical research, development, test and evaluation of the Department’s advanced airborne weapons systems and would ultimately place our armed forces at great risk when they are in harm’s way.”

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Maryland’s ‘Flying Fisherman’ goes viral
Daily Record

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Trotlining is a well-known crabbing method that uses a long baited rope to lure crabs to the water’s surface so that they can be scooped up with a net.

The method may be well known, but executing it with a kayak is not—a fact that gets Majette a lot of notice for his hobby.

Since 2006, Majette’s 168 YouTube videos have earned him over 117,000 views so far. (youtube.com/user/madcartographer)

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Md. medical board learning about background checks
Daily Record

The Maryland Board of Physicians is learning about criminal background checks.

Wednesday’s meeting agenda in Baltimore includes a presentation from the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services division. The agency would check the records of Maryland medical license applicants if the state medical board decides to require background checks.

The board plans to ask next year’s General Assembly for the authority to require background checks. That decision followed the revelation last spring that an Allegany County physician, William Dando, obtained a Maryland license in 1996 despite his conviction and imprisonment for raping a woman at gunpoint in Florida nine years earlier. Dando surrendered his Maryland license last month.

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Far fewer Maryland homes are entering foreclosure this year
Kevin Litten ― Baltimore Business Journal

The number of homes entering foreclosure in Maryland has fallen significantly in the last year, dropping 29 percent since September 2013, according to a CoreLogic report released Wednesday.

Just 2.3 percent of all homes in Maryland are entering foreclosure, the report said. The number of completed foreclosures on homes is falling as well, dropping from 9,873 in September 2013 to 7,199 in September 2014, Corelogic found.

Nationally, 1.6 percent of homes on the market are foreclosed homes.

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CareFirst wants to give discounts to members who choose efficient doctors
Sarah Gantz ― Washington Business Journal

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield knows which doctors are most efficient and soon you will, too.

The insurer plans to begin denoting in its physician directory which doctors are most efficient — those reducing unnecessary and costly tests, for example — possibly as soon as 2016. Members who chose those doctors could get a discount on their premium.

The doctor designation is one example of how CareFirst plans to begin using data collected as part of its successful Patient-Centered Medical Home program, which aims to slow rising health care costs. CareFirst is also considering waiving co-pays for some members, when the service is an integral part of their care plan, after learning through the PCMH program that about half of members don’t follow their care plan.

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Social media could become part of security clearance process
Emily Kopp ― Federal News Radio

For the past six months, the Director of National Intelligence has been trying to determine whether the government should do Google searches on people who hold security clearances.

Their question: Could publicly available information — the type that pops up when you type a name into a search box — tip off investigators that someone with access to sensitive government property may turn violent or become a spy?

The answer becomes more critical as the government moves toward evaluating security clearance holders all the time, rather than checking up on them every few years.

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US sues NYC over Medicaid claims worth millions
WTOP

The federal government has sued New York City, saying it ripped off Medicaid for millions of dollars by submitting tens of thousands of false claims.

A civil lawsuit seeking unspecified damages was filed Monday in Manhattan federal court.

The lawsuit says the city and a computer company used computer programs to dodge a requirement that Medicaid be billed only after private insurance coverage is exhausted. The lawsuit says false diagnosis codes were submitted to Medicaid.

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FTC accuses Gerber of false claim on baby formula
ANNE FLAHERTY ― WTOP

Baby-food maker Gerber is being accused by the government of claiming falsely that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children.

In a complaint filed Thursday in federal court, the Federal Trade Commission alleged that the company misled consumers by suggesting that its formula was the first to meet government approval for reducing the risk of allergies.

The FTC said it wants Gerber to pull its claim from labels and advertisements and left open the possibility of asking the court to require Gerber to issue refunds for the $20-plus packages sold since 2011.

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Md. elections official: Noncitizens may be voting
WTOP

A state elections official says it’s possible that some non-U.S. citizens are voting in Maryland.

Voter Registration Director Mary Cramer Wagner tells The Frederick News-Post (http://bit.ly/1wIjhov ) that state and local election boards have no system for verifying the citizenship of voter registration applicants.

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Open Thread - October 31, 2014

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