Gaithersburg homes could lose wells to highway

Decades-old Gaithersburg communities along a possible Midcounty Highway extension may lose one of the characteristics that make their homes unique — their water source. County officials have presented several options for the construction of a Midcounty Highway extension, intended to relieve congestion on Md. 355, improve vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian access to employment centers, commercial districts and residential areas, and do so in an environmentally sensitive manner, according to the county’s 2010 study. (Gazette)

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Urbana teen takes third place in world Pokémon tournament

One of the world’s best Pokémon players happens to call Urbana home. For Cameron Swan, 13, many years of Pokémon training culminated in a third-place world ranking Aug. 11 at the World Pokémon Championship in Vancouver, British Columbia. (News-Post)

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Friends hold vigil for victims of fatal Pigtown shootings

Lily Howe was the first to be shot, the bullet traveling through her shoulder and out as she tried to protect her longtime friend from a gunman loose in their Pigtown rowhouse early Tuesday morning. On Wednesday evening, Howe, her arm in a sling and still wearing a hospital wristband, joined at least 150 people who gathered Wednesday night in the 1200 block of South Carey Street, where the shooting took place, to remember Kerrigan, 22, and Monroe, 21. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland ranks as 29th costliest state to operate a vehicle

Maryland is the 29th most expensive state in the U.S. to operate a motor vehicle, according to a report released Wednesday. The study from Bankrate.com says Marylanders pay an average of $3,158 per year to operate their car. That comes in just below the national average of $3,201. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Anne Arundel police use Taser on 'Boogie' Lawson, 'mayor of Edgewater'

William Lawson Jr., the “mayor of Edgewater,” always goes outside during police chases. He likes to know what’s going on. Known as Boogie to friends and Boo to family, Lawson is 49 years old and mentally disabled. Everyone has a Boogie story, whether it’s seeing him on a firetruck or hearing him belt out “Your Cheatin’ Heart.” Most Boogie stories end with a smile. (Capital)

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Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake Addresses Increase In Fatal Shootings

Frustration grows across Baltimore City as the violence spirals out of control. The mayor now adds more officers to the streets to keep people safe. The question is—will it work? (WJZ)

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CLC finds new ways to use law to help neighborhoods 

From helping community organizations for more than 25 years, the Community Law Center has seen its nonprofit clients evolve — just like the neighborhoods they serve. (Daily Record)

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August 21 // Firefighters reach compromise with city on hours, pay

Two Baltimore fire department unions reached a compromise with the mayor's office Tuesday that will require them to work more hours but will significantly boost their pay. The agreement is expected to save the city about $72 million over nine years, with about 140 positions are eliminated through attrition. Meanwhile, firefighters will get a 16.5 percent pay raise and be required to work 47.5 hours per week rather than 42. (Balt. Sun)

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