Baltimore Center Launching LGBT-Focused Substance Abuse Recovery Program

Starting in December, gay, bisexual and transgender Marylanders recovering from substance abuse will be able to receive LGBT-focused resources and services at Baltimore's LGBT community center. Through a partnership with Maryland RecoveryNet, a federally-funded initiative meant to increase access to support services for those recovering from drug addiction, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) will begin providing LGBT-focused recovery support services. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery Work Group To Focus On Working Parents

A new Montgomery County Council group will look at ways to help working parents get subsidies to pay for child care. The council approved a resolution Tuesday asking County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) to establish the work group to look at the county’s Working Parents Assistance program, which gives subsidies to families for child care. (Gazette)

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From Bog To Woods, Audubon Naturalist Society’s New Director Digs In

Throughout her career, Alexander has honored her mother’s tradition of teaching about nature, culminating on Oct. 21 in her appointment as executive director of the Audubon Naturalist Society, one of the area’s leading environmental educational nonprofits. Founded in 1897, the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase is a membership-based nonprofit that provides environmental education for all ages and advocates on behalf of clean water, rural lands and smart transportation in the Washington, D.C., area. (Gazette)

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Activists Turn Focus To Transgender Rights

Maryland, like 34 other states, lacks laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity — laws that would protect transgender people and others who transgress traditional notions of male and female. Although Baltimore City and three counties bar such discrimination, in most of the state, there are no local laws that protect transgender people from bias when they seek a job or housing or even patronize a business. After years of campaigning for, and ultimately winning, marriage rights for same-sex couples, activists for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights say the time has come to focus on the rights of transgender people. (Balt. Sun)

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Two Maryland Teens Make Out100 List

Maryland connections are sprinkled through Out Magazine's 2013 Out100 list, a roll call of the year's most influential members of the LGBT community that has been gradually released online since last Tuesday. Crownsville resident Andraka is a child prodigy who developed a new method of testing urine or blood to detect early-stage pancreatic cancer. (Balt. Sun)

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Glen Burnie Landmark Gets Massive Makeover

Within a year, the building’s new owner Daljit Sawhney is hoping to restore the Glen Burnie landmark to its former glory. When the Glen Burnie doctor bought the 146,000-square-foot office building for $3.1 million in January, he already had a plan to turn it around. Now those renovations are in full-swing. (Capital)

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Nov. 12 // City to offer $5,000 to prospective home buyers

Baltimore officials hope prospective homebuyers can be enticed with three words: Cold, hard cash. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to increase incentives for people who buy homes in Baltimore. Municipal employees will be eligible for a $5,000 loan, up from $3,000. Prospective homebuyers who attend an event called "Buying Into Baltimore" may also receive $5,000, up from $4,000. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery taking a hard look at bus rapid transit

It’s a phrase only a transportation planner could love: “person-throughput.” The inelegant term describes the number of people who can be moved through a segment of road in an hour. It is at the heart of an ambitious proposal, to be discussed by the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday, to reserve some lanes of traffic exclusively for buses — a system known broadly as bus rapid transit (BRT). (Wash. Post)

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