Arnold man's death prompts regulation of waterfront cliffside elevators

Friends and family members say that in life, John T. Menzies was passionate about helping others. In death, they say, Menzies will continue to help others through new state legislation that would require regular inspections of residential cliffside elevators — such as the one involved in his death last year. (Balt. Sun)

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Frederick's 'green' promise goes unfulfilled

The dust has settled in North Pointe. In the unfinished neighborhood in downtown Frederick, silence has replaced the beeping of backhoes and the knocking of nails. As new residents wait to hear what’s next, the empty lots and poured foundations next to their homes serve as constant reminders of a builder’s broken “green” promise. (News-Post)

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Weather a culprit in weak Md. employment numbers

In the midst of yet another snowstorm Monday, Maryland officials and area economists blamed harsh January weather for weak state employment numbers. Maryland lost 9,800 jobs in the month, according to preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics — 1,200 in the public sector and 8,600 in the private sector. (Daily Record)

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New Windsor Town Council considers real property tax rate increase

At their Monday work session, New Windsor Town Council members discussed potentially raising the real property tax rate for residents in order to deal with a projected loss in revenue and increase in expenses expected for the next fiscal year. Town Council members instructed Town Manager Frank Schaeffer to consider a tax rate increase of 10 cents per $100 of assessed value on real property for Fiscal Year 2015. (Carr. Co. Times)

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March 17 // House gives preliminary OK to mental health medication bill

The Maryland House gave preliminary approval Saturday to a bill that would make it easier for caregivers to administer medication to patients in mental hospitals against their wishes. The action clears the way for a final House vote Monday on the measure, which is based in part on recommendations from a panel set up by Gov. Martin O'Malley after the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.  Similar legislation was passed unanimously in the Senate. (Balt. Sun)

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Lawsuits, money issues have strained relationship between Berlin and its fire company

A lawsuit. Questionable behavior at a crash scene. Withheld funding. Two years after two Berlin Fire Company paramedics first reported their harassment complaints to town officials and set off a chain of events that included pending litigation and the town holding $600,000 in funding, little has changed in the strained relationship between the two parties. An $8 million lawsuit filed by one of the Berlin Fire Company paramedics moves forward while town officials struggle to develop the lines of communication they say are required if the fire company wants to retain town funding. (Daily Times)

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After successfully defending stormwater mandate, environmentalists eye future changes

While environmentalists have so far spent much of this year’s 90-day General Assembly session defending the state’s stormwater mandate, some of them say they may be back on the offensive soon. This time their focus will be on exemptions from the law. (Capital)

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Fort Detrick's $10 million fire

A welder’s torch may have sparked a fire that caused $10 million in damage at the world’s largest high-security research lab, still under construction at Fort Detrick, according to a report prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The two-alarm blaze started Aug. 14, 2013, at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases’ new home. Two people were hospitalized for smoke inhalation and released the next day. About 300 others were safely evacuated from the 800,000-square-foot building. (News-Post)

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