Baltimore fiber-optic must make good on investment

City Chief Information Officer Chris Tonjes said his department will be under pressure to deliver a return on investment in the city’s effort to expand its fiber-optic cable ring and lease the extra bandwidth to the private sector. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Bikeshare rolls into Montgomery County

The backdrop for Montgomery County’s launch into the Bikeshare age Friday was fitting, if unintentional: a massive construction crane looming over Rockville Town center, symbol of the relentless development that has spawned this suburb’s mind-numbing traffic.  Montgomery, the first local government in Maryland to adopt Capital Bikeshare, joins the District, Arlington County and Alexandria in trying to reshape the way residents travel. The short-term rental system allows bikes to be picked up in one location and returned to another. (Wash. Post)

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Debates over transportation projects reflect diversity of D.C. region’s commuters

In a year when Maryland and Virginia vastly expanded the amount of money available for transportation improvements, findings such as those in the 2013 “State of the Commute” survey could remind planners why not every constituency agrees on how the new money should be spent. The survey is conducted every three years for the regional Transportation Planning Board’s Commuter Connections program. The following are some survey findings based on where the respondents live. (Wash. Post)

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Town hall forum in Baltimore focuses on long-term incarceration

Kareem Hasan left prison this year after 37 years behind bars. Now that he's free, he sees something that troubles him. "Every time I go out, I see a bunch of kids in the street," the 55-year-old said. Hasan spoke at Morgan State University on Saturday during a town hall meeting on Maryland's criminal justice policies. He recalled an evening driving around with his sister when they almost hit a teen who was out playing football. (Balt. Sun)

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Prostitution arrest leads government to try to seize assets

Even before local and federal agents raided Jade Heart Health in Towson in March and charged its operators with prostitution and human trafficking, what went on at the massage parlor at 1404 E. Joppa Road was hardly a secret. Men arrived day and night at the small house, customers posted graphic reviews on adult websites, and the owner, Di Zhang, had been arrested multiple times over the past 10 years on charges of running what police said were houses of prostitution. But court and financial documents reveal what might be the real surprise: Zhang may be as much mogul as alleged madam. (Balt. Sun)

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MTA considers New Carrollton bus stop for Annapolis riders

The bus route connecting Annapolis passengers to New Carrollton could be getting some competition. Maryland Transit Administration officials are considering adding a New Carrollton Metro stop to its two bus routes that travel between Annapolis and Washington, D.C. This comes four years after the MTA dropped the 921 route — which connects Annapolis to New Carrollton Metro Station — because of budget cuts and low ridership. (Capital)

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Lifetime membership to Frederick County Ag Society goes for $38,500

A New Midway farmer and letter carrier won a lifetime membership to the Frederick County Agricultural Society for $38,500 Saturday. Joe Biser, through his representative, Jim Summers Sr., won the bid at the estate auction of Jan David Kuczma on Warner Road near Keymar. (News-Post)

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Boating deaths increase this season

The boating season ended with four more fatalities in the state this year compared with last year, but that number is still down significantly from 2011, according to Natural Resources Police. There were 15 boating-related deaths in Maryland this year, said Sgt. Brian Albert. There were 11 in 2012. (News-Post)

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