Frederick first to use state's new child abuse response

Maryland is rolling out a new method of addressing child abuse and neglect cases, and Frederick County was first to use the family first approach. The new method, called "alternative response," changes the way social workers approach low-risk child abuse cases by helping families find services to improve a situation rather than investigating them for possible criminal charges. (News-Post)

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Md. juvenile detention center employee pleads guilty to stealing frozen crab legs

A former dietary manager at a juvenile detention center in Maryland has pleaded guilty to illegally using a state-issued credit card to purchase more than 15,000 pounds of frozen crab legs and shrimp. Douglas Allen Fairfax, 42, of Hagerstown, pleaded guilty in Frederick County Circuit Court to one count of felony theft for activities that occurred while he worked at the Victor Cullen Center in Sabillasville, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) announced Wednesday. (Wash. Post)

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Babe Ruth's bat to be on display in Ellicott City

Babe Ruth's 1927 record-setting home-run bat will be on display for Howard County baseball fans Friday at the Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City. The event, from 7-9 p.m. in the library's first-floor meeting rooms, will feature Ruth's bat — available to be photographed — as part of a celebration of Ruth's connection to Howard County. (Patuxent)

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Baltimore Co. pain relief practice resisting probe into meningitis outbreak

A Baltimore County pain treatment center is resisting involvement in a probe into the deadly national fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroids last year. Baltimore Pain Management Center, which received some doses of the recalled medications, filed an objection Tuesday in federal court to a subpoena it received last month. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. Masons come to aid of bombing victim

Erika Brannock is still adjusting to life with new physical challenges after the Boston Marathon bombing, but she now has a fully accessible bathroom, thanks to renovations by the Freemasons of Maryland. Brannock, whose left leg was amputated above the knee, said the renovations have allowed her to regain some independence. (Balt. Sun)

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Bel Air subdivision residents face $60,000 bill for stormwater pond maintenance

If the Bel Air town commissioners approve a contract during their August meeting, homeowners in the Roland Place subdivision would be faced with a nearly $60,000 price tag for repairs to their stormwater management pond. (Aegis)

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Balto. Co. businesses question stormwater fee calculations

Baltimore County business owners are criticizing the way the county has imposed its new stormwater management fee, saying officials miscalculated the amount of hard surface on their properties.The complaints came as a county official acknowledged that the technology used to measure properties cannot tell the difference between surfaces that are impervious and those that are not. (Balt. Sun)

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Hagerstown will not charge property owners stormwater fee

The city of Hagerstown will not charge its property owners a stormwater fee to help cover the estimated $210 million cost of complying with the state’s plan to reduce nutrient and sediment discharges to the Chesapeake Bay by 2025, but how to fund the mammoth mandate remains a mystery. (Herald-Mail)

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