Some premature newborns can't be treated at PRMC, hospital says

Premature newborns who once could have been nurtured on Delmarva will now have to be transferred to better-equipped hospitals in the Baltimore and Washington areas. Peninsula Regional Medical Center officials announced Friday they are downgrading services at the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit from Level 3A to 2B. (Daily Times)

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Top court backtracks on conflict in sentencing laws 

In a victory for prosecutors, Maryland’s top court Friday erased a long-awaited decision that had essentially struck down the state’s mandatory, no-parole, five-year sentence for handgun possession by a convicted felon. (Daily Record)

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Fredericksburg, Va., officials to meet with Hagerstown Suns to discuss newest proposal

Officials in Fredericksburg, Va., will meet with the Hagerstown Suns on Tuesday to discuss terms on the newest proposal that could land the team in the Virginia city, Suns majority owner Bruce Quinn confirmed Friday. (Herald-Mail)

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Pr. George’s mental health court aims to treat, rather than jail, defendants

A mental health court in Upper Marlboro is one of a growing number of such courts being established across the nation because the criminal-justice system is swollen with the mentally ill. More than half of all inmates in U.S. jails and prisons — more than 1.2 million people — reported symptoms of mental illness, according to a 2006 federal study, the most recent national study available. State and local court systems are adjusting to this reality, with about 300 jurisdictions setting up specialized dockets for judges who use the power of the legal system to impose mental health treatment on some of society’s most troubled residents. (Wash. Post)

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Sign shop helps keep Md. motoring

In the back of a busy highway department depot near BWI Marshall Airport, sign makers tell Maryland motorists where to get off. And on. And lots of other things. The State Highway Administration sign shop fabricates 8,500 to 9,500 signs a year, enough metal and plastic to cover a RavensVision end zone video board more than 35 times. (Balt. Sun)

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Former Bussard Center employees could receive back pay

Former clients of the Jeanne Bussard Center could be entitled to more than $200,000 in back pay, court records say a Department of Labor audit revealed. The center, which for 47 years provided jobs and training for Frederick-area residents with developmental disabilities, abruptly closed July 5, 2012. (News-Post)

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First food, now fashion trucks take to the road

Fresh from unveiling the new Hobo International accessories truck, Koren Ray is ready to take her fashion show on the road. In a couple of weeks, the owner of the Annapolis-based firm plans to cruise through the Mid-Atlantic to her most loyal retailers, using the truck as a mobile showroom. She's only the latest local entrepreneur to study and pursue the mobile fashion movement. (Balt. Sun)

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Former sheriff’s office employee accused of running scam at work

There is a law enforcement office in the basement of the Montgomery County Circuit Courthouse that people involved in divorces and other legal proceedings often visit. For a $40 processing fee, they can get sheriff’s deputies to officially deliver — or “serve” — documents to another party in a case. Seems like an odd place to run an alleged theft scheme. But for more than four years, according to court documents filed late last week, that is exactly what receptionist Joyce Saunders is accused of doing behind her glassed-in front counter. (Wash. Post)

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