Flugtag at National Harbor: If you build it, will it fly?

If you think it’s hard getting a balsa wood model airplane to fly, it’s probably smart that you didn’t enter the Red Bull Flugtag competition. ("Flug tag" means "flight day" in German.) Thirty teams from along the East Coast will bring their goofy homemade flying vehicles to National Harbor for the competition Saturday. The goal: Launch the "aircraft" from a 30-foot platform and see how long the pilot can keep it airborne before making a water landing. (Wash. Post)

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Casino at Ocean Downs plans table games as part of expansion

Casino at Ocean Downs plans to add table games as part of a 35,000-square-foot expansion. The addition does not call for increasing the number of slots games it offers, but it will allow the casino to move some of the 800 machines into a larger space. The expansion also includes a sports-themed restaurant, a large storage area and larger back of the house operations. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Four Seasons still rankles Kent Island residents

The subject was possible changes to the controversial Four Seasons waterfront development, but the crowd packing Kent Island High School’s auditorium had other plans. Stop the project — or slash its scope. (Capital)

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Maryland Zoo counts more than 400,000 visitors

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has set a visitor milestone for the second year in a row. The zoo said Thursday that it hosted more than 400,000 visitors in its 2013 fiscal year. The zoo says it has also seen growth in membership, event attendance and educational outreach beyond the zoo's grounds. (AP)

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Towson, Catonsville in top 10 places for young families

Towson and Catonsville rank among the top 10 when it comes to best places in Maryland for young families, according to a new ranking by NerdWallet.com, a Baltimore County press release stated Thursday. The online company, a personal finance and credit card comparison website, looked at academic performance of public schools, home affordability, and income growth over the past decade. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford cracking down on use of fake IDs, buying alcohol for minors

Harford County is cracking down on people who buy alcohol for minors and minors who use fake IDs to try to get into local bars or to buy alcoholic beverages. (Aegis)

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Anne Arundel reopens hidden path to the Chesapeake Bay

 

Anne Arundel County recently spent $8,500 on Jack Creek Park upgrades to give south county residents more public access to the Chesapeake Bay. The county will control access to the park to prevent a repeat of dumping problems in the past. (Capital)

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Anne Arundel fire department: New dispatch protocol cuts call-processing time in half

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department has implemented a new dispatch protocol that has slashed call-processing times in half. The department has adopted a Rapid Dispatch Protocol system which decreases the time dispatchers spend talking to 911 callers, allowing the calls to be processed quicker and for dispatchers to perform additional functions. (Capital)

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