Nearly $13M in grants awarded for Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency announced $12.6 million in grants to fund cleanup efforts throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. “Runoff is critically important across the state of Maryland. Work is important everywhere, not just in Annapolis, which sits right there on the bay,” said Jake Reilly, executive director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. (WTOP)

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‘The next Bernie Madoff’: Towson millionaire sentenced to 22 years for massive Ponzi scheme

The sentencing hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore brought to an end the stunning downfall of the college dropout turned millionaire, a man from a middle-class family who orchestrated one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in Maryland history, and who hung a $32,000 painting over his mantle of the mustached Monopoly character Rich Uncle Pennybags standing in a swirl of dollars bills. (Balt. Sun)

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Plan to repeal ban on pit bulls in Prince George’s passes out of council committee

A Prince George’s County Council committee on Thursday advanced an amendment to animal-control legislation that would repeal the county’s 22-year-old ban on pit bulls. A majority of the 11-member council still appears to support or be undecided on the ban, which a national coalition of animal rights advocates has labeled ineffective and inhumane. (Wash. Post) 


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Ravens And Leidos To Host Prescription Drug Take Back

This month is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Those going to the Ravens and Bengals game Sunday can bring unused prescription drugs and turn them in free and anonymously on Ravens Walk. The DEA said it will not accept liquids, needles or medicines that contain iodine. (WJZ) 

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Wastewater Treatment Plant On Eastern Shore Gets $5.8M Grant

A wastewater treatment plant on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has received a $5.8 million federal grant for an upgrade. Rep. Andy Harris made the announcement Wednesday. The Twin Cities wastewater treatment plant is shared by the towns of Secretary and East New Market in Dorchester County. The grant will be accompanied by a loan of about $1.1 million. The money will be used to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant for enhanced nutrient removal. (WJZ)

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Founder of group that owns Pimlico wants Preakness deal changed, daughter out as president

In an interview, Frank Stronach, 87, said he doesn’t necessarily have an issue with the deal his daughter, Stronach Group President Belinda Stronach, 53, cut with the city of Baltimore to keep the second leg of the Triple Crown at Pimlico in Park Heights. But he doesn’t like that he wasn’t consulted, believes his daughter is an illegitimate company president and wants the agreement to do much more for the Park Heights community. (Balt. Sun)

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FEMA provides over $1 million for fire and rescue work in Western Md.

The Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department was awarded nearly $1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Department of Homeland Security to be used on behalf of every fire department in the county. The Garrett County commissioners have committed to fund the required 10% share in the amount of $90,706. Volunteer Fire Department Chief Justin Orendorf said, “I would like to publicly thank the commissioners for their efforts and commitment to cover the volunteer portion of this grant award. This funding is going to help the fire and EMS community tremendously.” (Times-News)

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Mayor, aldermen get first look at Frederick's 2030 strategic plan

From as granular as the difference between the words “prosperity” and “welfare” all the way to the existentialism of what precisely constitutes “strategic,” the mayor and Board of Aldermen had plenty to say about the city of Frederick’s proposed 2030 strategic plan. It was the first time the board reviewed the completed document, and the blueprint itself would be historic if the board passes it. After nearly 275 years, such a plan has never been implemented in the city, which is something Mayor Michael O’Connor points out on one of the first pages of the initiative. (News-Post) 

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