Attorney General's office and attorneys spar over settlement for lead paint victims

The Maryland attorney general’s office is seeking to block a settlement for lead-paint victims who sold off their structured settlements for pennies on the dollar, arguing they are entitled to far more restitution. The attorney general’s office and attorneys for 100 people injured by lead paint are set to spar in court Tuesday over who can get a better deal for the victims. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore gun offenders vary, Sun review shows

A young woman who says she carried a gun for her own protection. A truck driver passing through Baltimore with a gun in his cab. The manager of an optometrist’s office who, after a car accident, was found to have a gun in his vehicle. As Baltimore’s City Council considers a proposed one-year mandatory sentence for those who illegally carry guns, The Baltimore Sun reviewed dozens of cases in which people were charged last year with illegal gun possession. (Balt. Sun)

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Does Wicomico still need tax revenue cap? Study to look at its impact

It’s been 17 years since Wicomico County voters supported a property tax revenue cap, a controversial move that limits how much money the county can collect each year. Now a new study sponsored by the Greater Salisbury Committee will take a look at what impact it has had and how it may affect the future of the county. (Daily Times)

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County testimony will figure into Public Service Commission deliberations on solar projects

Attorneys for Frederick County want utility regulators to consider a new solar energy ordinance before granting approval to a 20-megawatt solar array near New Midway. County attorneys petitioned the Maryland Public Service Commission to reopen its consideration of the proposed LeGore Bridge Solar Center on Clyde Young Road to accept testimony relating to the ordinance passed by the County Council in May. (News-Post)

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Tornado strikes Eastern Shore, leaving 1 hurt and houses, trees damaged

One of the more powerful tornadoes in the Washington region in recent years lifted roofs, toppled trees and chewed up buildings in Maryland early Monday near the eastern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The twister, which touched down in Queen Anne’s County about 1:30 a.m., was rated EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita scale of tornado intensity and had an estimated top wind speed of 125 mph, according to the National Weather Service. (Wash. Post)

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Michael Phelps falls to great white shark in TV race

Michael Phelps lost his race against a great white shark to kick off Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” festivities Sunday night, falling by 2 seconds. The special culminated in 56-degree waters off the coast of South Africa, where Phelps, the 23-time Olympic gold medalist who grew up in Rodgers Forge, donned a 1-millimeter-thick wet suit and a specially designed mono-fin before attempting to outrace a computer-generated, superimposed great white shark 100 meters. (Balt. Sun)

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Hagerstown proposes $295K upgrade to parking-garage equipment

The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday night will discuss the possibility of installing new parking equipment in both of the city's parking decks at a cost of nearly $295,000. Eric Deike, director of the city Department of Public works, will be addressing the five-member council about the need to upgrade the equipment. (Herald-Mail)

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A year after the flood, Ellicott City residents reflect on recovery and community

Jason Crebs was in his walkout basement apartment on Main Street in Ellicott City July 30 when a nearby stream turned into a river, pushing foot after foot of water against his glass doors. As water seeped into the apartment — to his ankles, then his waist, then seven feet high — he grabbed his cat off the floating bed, stuck his fiancee's engagement ring on his pinky, dove under the water to yank the door open and swam to safety. Old Ellicott City is well-known as a walkable shopping district, drawing visitors with an eclectic mix of small businesses. But it is also a town of residents, many with harrowing stories from the night of the flood, whose lives were uprooted in the weeks and months afterward. (Ho. Co. Times)

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