Maryland To Face Major Problems From Rising Sea Levels

Maryland’s fragile coastline is vanishing. Each wave and each high tide carries a little more land back into the water. Place the blame on climate change. WJZ First Warning Weather found its ripple effects causing the sea level to rise in Maryland to rise at an alarming rate—more than three and a half feet by the end of this century. (WJZ-TV)

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Harbor Point Environmental Issues To Be Aired

A public meeting on environmental safeguards for redeveloping a Fells Point former factory site has been reset for Nov. 14, Baltimore City Council member James B. Kraft announced Wednesday. The session, which was postponed from earlier this month because of the federal government shutdown, will cover plans by Beatty Development Group to build a 22-story tower on the site of the former Allied chromium processing plant. (Balt. Sun)

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Mount Rainier Utility Repairs Take Toll On Residents

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Washington Gas Co. and Pepco have been performing various tasks throughout the city since 2011, said Mount Rainier Mayor Malinda Miles. Over the last few months, the WSSC has worked with contractors to fix sewer pipes on Bunker Hill Road as part of a systemwide upgrade, WSSC spokesman Jerry Irvine said. Bunker Hill Road residents said they have dealt with noise and dust pollution since the summer, but the worst came Oct. 18, they said, when the block between 30th and 31st streets could not be used by vehicles and residents didn’t receive proper warning. (Gazette)

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Maryland Man Gets Basement Makeover As Part Of Hit Show Man Caves

Maryland native and professional lacrosse player Paul Rabil’s entire basement is getting a makeover. Jessica Kartalija reports it’s all part of the hit show Man Caves. Jason Cameron and former Raven Tony Siragusa transform entire basements on the hit show Man Caves on DIY Network. For three days, they’ve taken over world champion lacrosse player Paul Rabil’s home in Baltimore City. (WJZ-TV)

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Oct. 30 // State: Purple Line plan would save taxpayer dollars

Partnering with private companies to build and operate the Purple Line will save taxpayers about 20 percent of the cost of the whole project, a state transportation official told a County Council committee. “They’re going to get the work done with fewer people,” said Henry Kay of future contractors, known as concessionaires. (Gazette)

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Annapolis approves new City Dock plan

The Annapolis City Council approved a new vision plan for downtown's City Dock shortly after midnight Tuesday, the culmination of a process that stretched over three years and became a top issue for next week's city election. Starting with the creation of a citizen's advisory committee and ending with an 8-1 vote in the wee hours of the morning in the nearly-empty council chambers, the City Dock process has been fraught with disagreements over parking, traffic and how the historic area could be allowed to be redeveloped in the future without ruining its maritime charm. (Balt. Sun)

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Strikes end at two Montgomery Co. trash-hauling firms

Striking workers at two of Montgomery County’s trash-hauling contractors will return to work Wednesday, one group of employees with improved pay and benefits, the other saying it has made its point about the importance of forming a union. The workers at Potomac and at Unity Disposal and Recycling, a company in Laurel, had drawn considerable attention and support from political and religious leaders in a county where private labor strife is unusual. (Wash. Post)

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Port Of Baltimore Touts Its Coast Guard Grade Of ‘Excellent’ In Security

The Port of Baltimore is touting the excellent grade it has received from the Coast Guard for the changes it’s made to security. The Port of Baltimore isn’t one area.  It’s six, and all six need to be secure–access limited to who needs to be there and denied to those who don’t. “They are targets for terrorist activity,” said Richard Scher, spokesman for the Maryland Port Administration. (WJZ-CBS)

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