Hagerstown City Council to consider red-light cameras

The Hagerstown City Council agreed Tuesday to explore the idea of using red-light cameras at certain city intersections to reduce traffic accidents. Facing a projected $3.8 million shortfall in the general fund budget for the coming fiscal year, Mayor David S. Gysberts and the five-member council explored measures to close the gap during a budget workshop at City Hall. Implementing red-light cameras was one of three revenue streams discussed, along with a fire service tax and a stormwater management fee. (Herald-Mail)

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Casino impact grants to Anne Arundel total $21.4 million

Impact fees totaling more than $21 million from the Maryland Live! casino in Hanover will pay for fire and police services, school renovations and a community health center, officials announced Wednesday. (Balt. Sun)

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Councils want to book public input for Hyattsville library redesign

Seeking greater input on plans to build a new Hyattsville Branch Library, community members from neighboring municipalities are joining efforts to stall plans for the $14.3 million facility. (Gazette)

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Takoma Park to hire sustainability coordinator

The Takoma Park Council took its first step in creating a Sustainable Energy Action plan Monday by agreeing to hire a sustainability coordinator. (Gazette)

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Legal Aid’s Montgomery Co. office helps fill void 

Maryland Legal Aid Bureau’s new downtown Rockville home has name plates outside office doors, gray carpet and a sign over the break room trash can reminding staff members to clean up after themselves. (Daily Record)

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Sept. 24 // Marylanders flock to buy guns at rate of 1,000 a day

Marylanders have been rushing to buy guns at a rate of 1,000 a day over the past two weeks, hastening the pace of an unprecedented surge in gun sales. More than 102,000 gun purchase applications have been submitted so far this year — twice the number for all of 2011, state police said Monday. "It's like Prohibition," said Rick Kain, a gun owner from Howard County. "People want to get their guns before the law takes effect." (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore police ditch 'stop and frisk' term, but not practice

Baltimore Police are doing away with use of the term “stop and frisk,” though officers will continue to be able to use the controversial search tactic. Baltimore’s Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said that national controversy over the New York Police Department’s heavy use of the practice has led to a negative connotation from which police must distance themselves. (Balt. Sun)

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Pregnant Hopkins grad among those killed in Kenyan mall massacre

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University's international studies school, eight months pregnant, was among dozens killed in the weekend massacre at a Kenyan shopping mall. Elif Yavuz, 33, who earned her graduate degree from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in 2004, was killed along with her husband, architect Ross Langdon, according to media reports. (Balt. Sun)

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