Changes brewing as task force studies ways to energize Moco nightlife

The Montgomery County Nighttime Economy Task Force, which has been studying ways to make the county more competitive with the District, is expected to finalize its recommendations in October after a series of hearings. Loosening regulations on where, when and how alcohol is consumed is likely to be a major focus. (Wash. Post)

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Severna Park man's case one of first to follow Holder's recommendations

A Severna Park man accused of running drugs from Atlanta to Northern Virginia pleaded guilty Tuesday to a cocaine conspiracy charge that did not specify the quantity he sold — marking one of the first cases in the Washington area in which prosecutors have followed the attorney general's directive not to charge low-level drug offenders with crimes that trigger stiff mandatory minimum penalties. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland a net loser as taxpayers migrate

The Tax Foundation published a new map Monday showing the migration of income between states in the decade 2000-2010, with Maryland losing $5.5 billion in taxable income along with 66,000 residents. (Md Reporter)

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Wicomico looks to expand oyster recycling

The Wicomico County Council’s Tuesday meeting had elements of a high school science class as council members passed around oyster shells and answered questions about the organism’s role in cleaning the Chesapeake Bay. Meeting with Bryan Gomes from the Oyster Recovery Partnership, council members learned about how gathering oysters from restaurants and residents can help to restore the bay. (Daily Times)

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Humane Society, MedImmune move toward uncertain futures

The Humane Society of the United States and biotechnology company MedImmune are moving forward with largely undefined plans for their Gaithersburg locations. The City Council approved a rezoning plan for MedImmune. The council and planning commission will accept public comments on a sketch plan for the Humane Society. (Gazette)

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Montgomery looks to get $400,000 to preserve open space

Maryland’s Board of Public Works on Wednesday will consider giving Montgomery County $400,000 to preserve more rural open space. The money for Montgomery is one of 15 Rural Legacy Grants, a total of $13.5 million, that the state looks to dole out in fiscal 2014. (Gazette)

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Lead paint judgments against Baltimore inflated by delay

Justice delayed is justice denied, so the legal maxim goes. Judgments delayed, however, can be downright expensive. Last week, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City announced that it had paid $6.8 million to satisfy outstanding court judgments that the agency had allowed six former tenants to become lead-poisoned while living in public housing as young children. Those checks, though, represented just the final installment in a series of payments made over the past 13 months to comply with the judgments, which were four to six years old. The total price tag was much higher. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore heliport now TSA ‘gateway’ 

Baltimore Helicopter Services, owner of the Pier 7 Heliport, has received approval from the Transportation Security Administration to fly passengers directly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. (Daily Record)

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