Hundreds At Md. Food Bank ‘Pack To Give Back’ By Preparing Holiday Boxes

The Maryland Food Bank is once again gearing up for a busy holiday season. This time, it’s on track to help more families than ever. Most of the volunteers work for companies that helped raise money to buy the food. In just one day, they’re going to pack nearly 20,000 boxes for needy families. (WJZ-CBS)

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Lord Baltimore Hotel undergoing face-lift

The venerable Lord Baltimore Hotel, last of the city's grand hostelries, is poised for a rebirth after undergoing a seven-month, multimillion-dollar restoration that celebrates its past while making it a 21st-century destination for guests and those out for a night on the town. And along with freshly painted and decorated rooms — both public and private — the Lord Baltimore, formerly the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore, has a new owner. (Balt. Sun)

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FDA moving to ban trans fat from processed foods

After buying Fractured Prune Doughnuts in January, Dan Brinton switched to an oil without trans fats to fry the chain's hand-dipped glazed doughnuts. "It's a little more expensive, but it's certainly worth it as far as I'm concerned," said Brinton, CEO of the growing Ocean City-based chain, on Thursday. (Balt. Sun)

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Nov. 7 // Md. Panel Recommends Holding Hospital Rates Steady

The rates hospitals can charge for care would remain flat for the first six months of 2014 amid uncertainty over hospitals' financial stability and proposed changes in how they are compensated, under a draft recommendation made by a state panel Wednesday. Earlier this year, most state hospitals were given a 1.65 percent increase in rates for the first half of fiscal year 2014, which began in July, and the Health Services Cost Review Commission is suggesting that rates remain the same for the second half. (Balt. Sun)

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Top Court Won’t Stay Lawyers-At-Bail Ruling

Maryland’s top court said Wednesday it will not stay its landmark decision that criminal defendants have a constitutional right to counsel at initial bail hearings — but even so, it may have prolonged the seven-year legal fight between the accused and the state. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore Approves $83.5 Million In Plans To Revamp Water Meter Systems

For the first time in 75 years, the city's process of measuring water usage is set to change. On Wednesday, the city's Board of Estimates passed an $83.5 million plan to replace the outdated meter system with "smart' meters." Now, city water customers will enjoy perks like checking their usage online, eliminating estimated bills and improve billing accuracy. (WMAR-TV)

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Baltimore, State Officials Spar Over Tax Errors At Hearing

A City Council hearing on tax break errors turned into a public spat Wednesday, as officials from Baltimore's Finance Department and the state assessments agency traded blame for costly mistakes that are confusing taxpayers. It started when Robert Young, director of the state Department of Assessments and Taxation, said the city had used incorrect property values when it determined that 315 historic credit recipients had paid too little tax in past years and owed more — sometimes thousands of dollars more — on their July tax bills. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Approaches 200th Homicide For Second-Straight Year

It has been two years since Baltimore's yearly homicide count dropped below the symbolic threshold of 200 for the first time in decades. The achievement has proved difficult to repeat. Killings increased last year and are on track to do so again in 2013. (Balt. Sun)

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