Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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University of Maryland to guarantee athletic scholarships
Daily Record

The University of Maryland says it will start guaranteeing scholarships to students-athletes until they graduate, regardless of injury or on-field performance.

Maryland announced Tuesday that the guaranteed scholarships will begin this November. They will go to athletes in all spots, not just the so-called revenue sports of football and basketball.

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IRS repeats warning about phone scams

The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS.

Based on the 90,000 complaints that TIGTA has received through its telephone hotline, to date, TIGTA has identified approximately 1,100 victims who have lost an estimated $5 million from these scams.

“There are clear warning signs about these scams, which continue at high levels throughout the nation,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Taxpayers should remember their first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail. A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment. This is not how we operate. People should hang up immediately and contact TIGTA or the IRS.”

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Emerald ash borers invade Baltimore
Timothy B. Wheeler ― Baltimore Sun

A voracious Asian beetle that’s killed millions of ash trees across North America has finally been spotted in Baltimore, posing a costly and difficult challenge for a city that stands to lose more than 200,000 of its most common trees to the exotic pest’s onslaught. It could denude blocks lined with ash and cost the city millions of dollars to remove dead or dying trees from public lands, while homeowners may be forced to pay hundreds or even thousands to treat or replace their vulnerable trees.

City officials are developing a plan to deal with the emerald ash borer, which was found in June in traps set in ash trees in Druid Hill Park and near Fort McHenry, according to Craig Kuhn, an entomologist with the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The few metallic-green insects caught likely came from infested trees nearby, he said.

The city’s tree lovers have been dreading the insects’ invasion since they were found in Maryland 11 years ago at a nursery in Prince George’s County. The borers have spread across Western, Southern and most of Central Maryland, including Anne Arundel and Howard counties. They showed up for the first time as well this summer in a trap in Carroll County.

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New technology turns manure into electricity
Charlene Sharpe ― Daily Times

Maryland Department of Agriculture officials awarded a Pocomoke farm and two other projects more than $1 million in grants Friday for their innovative waste management projects.

Pocomoke’s Millennium Farms, owned and operated by Jason and Kim Lambertson, received $676,144.47 in funding to help with the anaerobic digester and nutrient recovery system that’s been developed by Planet Found Energy Development.

“This funding was created to jumpstart new technology,” Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Buddy Hance said during a ceremony at the Pocomoke farm. “This is just another example of the commitment of the administration trying to help agriculture move forward. We’ve got to be progressive.”

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IRS Agents Seize Records at Park Southern Apartments
Tom Sherwood ― WRC-TV (NBC4)

Agents from the criminal division of the Internal Revenue Service have seized boxes of management documents from the troubled Park Southern apartment complex in Southeast Washington, News4 has learned.

Agents entered the property on Southern Avenue SE Aug. 12. The agents for the criminal division seized records dating back to 2003—more than 10 years of records.

Problems at Park Southern, home to about 700 low-income and no-income tenants, has become an issue in the D.C. mayor’s race.

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Facebook to test ‘satire’ tag after users mistake The Onion as real news
Sarah Drake ― Baltimore Business Journal

Facebook Inc. is hoping to make it easier for users to distinguish satirical articles by websites like The Onion from real news stories by testing a satirical label that identifies the parody stories.

Some news items have caused confusion and outrage among Facebook users, as well as established publications, so the Menlo Park, Calif.-based social networking company is looking to nip the problem in the bud with the new tag, MarketWatch reported.

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Job growth is mostly at the low end
Tucker Echols ― Washington Business Journal

Earlier this year, George Mason University economist Stephen Fuller predicted that low-wage job growth would lead employment gains in the Washington area. It’s turning out to be true nationwide as well.

The National Employment Law Project says lower-wage industries accounted for 41 percent of job growth in the last year. That compares with 33 percent for high-wage industries and 26 percent for mid-wage industries, according to NELP’s latest survey of job growth trends.

More discouraging may be the survey’s finding that, averaged across all occupations, real median hourly wages declined by 3.4 percent from 2009 to 2013. Lower and mid-range occupations suffered greater declines, 4.3 percent and 4.6 percent respectively.

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Large crowds at BWI prompt security concerns
Nick Iannelli ― WTOP

A major section of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is being shut down periodically due to long lines that prompted security concerns.

“I think this was proactive on the airport’s behalf,” says BWI spokesperson Whitney Kidd.

“We’re trying to make getting through security as easy as possible.”

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Google Maps saves travel data—tips to unhook it
Amanda Iacone ― WTOP

Google Maps has jumped from our desktops to our smartphones, and it can be a handy tool, whether you are navigating through D.C.‘s side streets or the cafe-lined walks of Naples.

But it has a feature many smartphone users may be unaware of: It tracks your movements.

Whether you drove from your house to the post office or spent a long weekend visiting Seattle, your phone knows where you’ve gone—and so does Google.

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NORAD conducting exercise Tuesday in Washington area
Victoria St. Martin ― Washington Post

If you’re in the Washington area Tuesday morning and hear low-flying helicopters or planes overhead, don’t be alarmed: It’s an exercise.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, will conduct a national-level test between 10 and 11:30 a.m. to practice intercept and identification procedures, a public information officer said.

The officer, Capt. Jennifer Stadnyk, said the exercise is scheduled for Tuesday morning but could be delayed or canceled because of weather.

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Charles County school system prepares to open schools on Aug. 25

The 2014-15 school year officially begins on Monday, Aug. 25 for students in grades kindergarten through 12. Charles County Public Schools expects to welcome more than 26,500 students this school year. Students enrolled in the prekindergarten and three-year-old programs start back on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Charles County Public Schools staff and teachers are preparing for the start of another school year and are finalizing services and programs for students and parents.

Bus hotline

The school system is sponsoring a bus hotline for parents to call with questions about bus routes. The hotline can be reached at 301-932-6655, and is only available on Aug. 21-22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Aug. 25-26 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parents can access bus route information through the School Locator feature available on the CCPS website at http://schoollocator.ccboe.com/.

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Cars and stars vie for attention at benefit concert

Southern Maryland seems to be at the epicenter of the music world this August. Concert after concert with big name entertainment have delighted local crowds and there are several major concerts remaining before the month fades into history. On Friday the Country Stars and Hot Cars concert debuted at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek. It featured two up-and-coming acts and a local favorite who is about ready to launch a recording career. The concert benefited Cedar Lane Senior Living Community in Leonardtown.

Danielle Bradbery and the duo Love and Theft have recently had Top 20 Country Chart hits. Sam Grow, who started his career performing at the old Hotel Charles in Hughesville, has recently moved to Nashville and is about to release his first EP.

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Successful sign-ups for stream fencing leave Virginia looking for funds
Whitney Pipkin ― Bay Journal

The focus among conservationists in Virginia is shifting from getting the word out about the full funding that’s available for two years to fence livestock out of streams to ensuring that money is availabe to follow through on the promise.
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has pledged that landowners who sign up for the program to keep animals out of waterways during fiscal years 2014 and 2015 would have 100 percent of their costs covered.

But Soil and Water Conservation Districts were quickly overwhelmed with demand. By the time the first fiscal year ended on June 30, they had only been promoting the program for about seven months yet garnered about $13 million worth of sign-ups for the SL-6 practice, as it is called.

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Auto theft hits historic lows in D.C., Md., Va.

Crime statistics show auto theft is hitting historic lows throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Citing annual crime reports, AAA Mid-Atlantic reported Monday that auto theft in Maryland last year was the lowest ever reported, dating back to 1975.

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