Alleged Victim’s Attorney Seeks Records In Naval Academy’s Sexual Assault Case

An attorney for an alleged victim in a sexual assault case involving two U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen is asking for court records. Ryan Guilds wrote an email this week to the academy’s superintendent, noting it would not be an issue to obtain similar documents from a civilian court. (WJZ-TV)

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Parkview Towers residents say renovations have been poorly handled

For the past six months, residents of the Parkview Towers apartment building on Maple Avenue have been living in something of a construction zone as the building undergoes extensive renovations. Residents claim construction workers have come in early in the morning to do work and have left holes in the walls and ceilings and nails and tools on the floor. Leaks and flooding have caused water damage that looked to be growing mold in some units. (Gazette)

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Updated plans for Wheaton redevelopment revealed

Developers are moving forward with a revised design for downtown Wheaton that could have county staff moving into the regional services center building there by 2018. Developers presented updated preliminary designs Dec. 11 for a new town square and Mid-County Regional Services Center in the Wheaton Triangle. The plans addressed residents’ concerns from meetings earlier this fall, and were received favorably by many at Wednesday’s meeting, according to meeting organizers. (Gazette)

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Dec. 18 // Wind leases off Maryland coast proposed

Federal officials announced plans Tuesday to auction the rights to build industrial wind turbines off Maryland's Atlantic coast — a move hailed by many environmentalists and some businesses as the first step toward a new green industry but criticized as a drain on household budgets by the state's lone Republican congressman. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell joined Gov. Martin O'Malley at Baltimore's harbor to declare that her department intends to offer leases for wind energy development on nearly 80,000 acres of the Outer Continental Shelf at least 10 nautical miles off Ocean City. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland panel expands search for equine sites to be included in statewide horse park

The Maryland Horse Industry Board is looking for government-owned properties with equine facilities for a statewide horse park. The board will spend next year studying the potential for a multi-site horse park — a network of equestrian facilities across Maryland that would be joined under an umbrella organization, similar to the state’s park system. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation building new fields

Announced Tuesday, $30 million in funding is being poured into the effort meant to create 50 high-quality fields over the next five years. The idea behind the project is to build top-notch parks in at-risk communities nationwide. The foundation has currently raised $18 million toward the campaign and by the end of 2013, will have 26 completed parks or fields currently under construction. (WMAR-TV)

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Heavy winter snows could mean big algae blooms

If Maryland experiences heavy snowfall this winter, biologists predict the Chesapeake Bay could experience above-average levels of bacteria and toxic algae blooms during the summer. While human pollution can cause bacteria growth and algae blooms, natural factors, such as climate conditions, dictate their frequency. The amount of snowfall each winter is linked to algae bloom instances in the summer, since spring snowmelt causes runoff, and more nutrients to enter the Bay. (Star Dem)

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Baltimore chefs headed for James Beard House

Baltimore-area chefs, including a team from the Bagby Restaurant Group, will be headed to New York City in January, where they'll be cooking at the James Beard House, a storied culinary venue named for the celebrated author, educator and champion of American cuisine. (Balt. Sun)

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