Annapolis council adopts citywide signs plan

For years, Annapolis merchants and tourism professionals have said visitors need a better grasp of the lay of the land, with signs directing them to attractions and parking. Advocates of a plan adopted by the City Council say a new network of signs is needed to de-clutter Annapolis’ current hodgepodge. (Capital)

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Aberdeen's fire dept. wants new station, police want SWAT team

Aberdeen's fire department wants to replace one of its fire stations and get new equipment, while the city's police department wants a "multijurisdictional SWAT team" that pools resources with Bel Air and Havre de Grace. (Aegis)

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Metro union says contract deal reached

Metro's largest employees union said Tuesday it has reached a four-year deal on a contract with the transit agency's management after months of negotiations. The previous union contract had expired in June 2012. (Wash. Post)

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A new level of outrage brings hope after a violent stretch

An unusual thing happened as a series of shootings rocked Baltimore: People took notice, got organized and hit the streets to show their outrage. In a city where the toll of violence is seldom met with palpable anger, a recent stretch that saw more than 40 shot and 16 killed touched off a series of anti-violence demonstrations that continued into Monday. Those behind the events included ministers and politicians, but also young professionals, fraternity members, a party promoter and longtime residents who are simply fed up. (Balt. Sun)

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UMUC gets 10-year contract to offer courses to U.S. service members

The University of Maryland University College announced Monday that the Department of Defense awarded it a 10-year contract to offer undergraduate and graduate courses to service members in Europe. Although UMUC, based in Adelphi, offers extensive online programs, these classes will be held on military bases with professors. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery council committee approves measure to protect tree canopy in Montgomery

After months of negotiations with builders, a Montgomery County Council committee on Monday approved a bill to prevent loss of tree canopy, especially from new home construction in older downcounty neighborhoods. (Wash. Post)

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Redskins face ‘bounty’ suit 

In what may be the first case of its kind, a former New York Giants linebacker is suing the Washington Redskins for a career-ending injury he suffered nine years ago — an injury he says was the result of a bounty program. (Daily Record)

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Report: Progress in Maryland on short-term bay cleanup

There is progress on short-term bay cleanup, but none of the states are meeting all their commitments, according to an interim report that also calls for more independent verification of cleanup efforts. “This interim analysis is important because it celebrates the areas where states are exceeding the goals, but also shines a light on areas needing improvement,” said Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker. (Capital)

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