Preservation commission throws wrench into plans for new Wheaton recreation center

The 50-year-old Wheaton Community Recreation Center on Georgia Avenue smells of mold, caused by water from a chronically leaky roof and windows. And so Wheaton residents said good riddance last year when Montgomery County set aside money in its capital construction budget to raze and replace the crumbling facility with a $36 million combined recreation center and library. But the county’s Historic Preservation Commission looked at the center last month and declared the building an exemplar of “Asian-influenced modern design.” (Wash. Post)

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Prince George’s County executive calls on Redskins to consider name change

The chief executive of the county where the Washington Redskins play their home football games saidWednesday that the team should consider a name change. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III has been asked in the past about the Redskins name and has typically avoided stating a direct opinion. But after a meeting of top regional leaders at the John A. Wilson Building in the District, Baker (D) explicitly said he would support a name change. (Wash. Post)

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Sheriff's office busy with fingerprinting services

New Market resident Carl Clayton is a registered gun owner, but in light of Maryland's new gun law requiring additional background checks, he didn't want to take his chances of being in violation. "I think I'm exempt, but some of the writing wasn't clear. There's some misunderstanding," he said. "I decided to just go ahead and get the license." He was one of several Frederick County residents who came to the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center on Wednesday to have their fingerprints taken for handgun applications. (News-Post)

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Clean Chesapeake Coalition says it wants to engage with government over bay regulations

A group of attorneys representing Carroll and six other counties in Maryland said Wednesday it wants to engage with the state and federal government over regulations imposed to restore and save the Chesapeake Bay, which it said could hurt Carroll and the other jurisdictions. The attorneys, most of whom represent the Clean Chesapeake Coalition, said they want to engage in a process they called “coordination” with the federal and state government at a meeting at the Carroll County Government Offices. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Shorter commutes don't interest homeowners and businesses in path of Purple Line

Obdulia Rendon worries her children will have to attend a new school, her husband might have to get a new job and she might have to go back to work sooner than expected -- all because construction on the Purple Line train will uproot her family from its home. (News-Post)

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Caroline farmers give 110 tons of produce to Maryland Food Bank

Fourteen Caroline County farmers donated 218,706 pounds — nearly 110 tons — of fresh produce this summer to the Maryland Food Bank’s “Farm to Food Bank” program. Amy Cawley, a Maryland Food Bank food solicitor, said in her three summers with the program, Eastern Shore farmers alone have given 1.9 million pounds of produce, with more expected this fall after greens, broccoli and perhaps cauliflower have been harvested. (Star Dem.)

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'Last hurrah' of jellyfish flood the inner harboe

If you hurry, you can still catch a free wildlife show at the Inner Harbor. The Northwest Branch of the Patapsco River is alive with big, milky jellyfish swimming lazily about. I'd been hearing from folks about the jellies for the past week or so, then saw them for myself on Tuesday while at the National Aquarium for the kickoff of a new effort to raise oysters in the harbor. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel board to decide on Odenton landfill

The Chesapeake Terrace landfill in Odenton has been in the works for two decades. On Tuesday night a lawyer who is appealing a decision by Anne Arundel County to give the developer more time to win a state permit said it would be wrong to grant another extension on the zoning approval granted in 1993. National Waste Management's failure to finish plans for replacing residents' drinking water or the sampling process for groundwater is troubling, Tyson Bennett, a lawyer for Forks of the Patuxent residents, told the county Board of Appeals. (Capital)

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