Why Baltimore is better than D.C.

We're not sure what's going on in D.C. But a rash of recent media stories originating from our neighbor to the south have been devoted to showing Baltimore as so much worse than the nation's capital. Enough is enough. Here are 100 reasons why Baltimore is better than D.C. Period. (Balt. Sun)

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Strip club promotion causes scare at downtown office tower

An invitation to Baltimore strip club Scores' annual end-of-summer luau that included "a little part of the beach" inside caused a scare when it landed on a desk at Constellation Energy Group on Tuesday morning. The party's promoters bought some sand from a craft store and added it to the invitations, sent to businesses and others who sign up for Scores' mailing list. But when someone found the substance in two of the unmarked envelopes at Constellation, they dialed 911. (Balt. Sun)

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Prince George’s fire stations understaffed, chief says

When Vail Clemence returned home from a July softball game complaining of chest pains, his wife, Barbara Clemence, said it took a miracle for him to survive what a doctor called “a severe heart attack” after waiting more than a half hour for an ambulance to arrive at his Bowie home. (Gazette)

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Deep Creek Lake planning moves forward 

Representatives of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Garrett County officials signed an agreement outlining the development of a comprehensive watershed management plan for Deep Creek Lake. (Daily Record)

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Maryland horse breeder Allen Murray dies

Allen Murray, a Maryland horse breeder best known for bringing the stallion Our Emblem to Maryland and then selling him for $10 million in 2002, died Tuesday morning of natural causes at his farm, family members said. He was 80. (Balt. Sun)

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44,000 gallons of sewage overflows near Goucher College

More than 44,000 gallons of sewage spilled near Goucher College in Towson before crews stopped the overflow Monday, Baltimore County public works officials say. (Balt. Sun)

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New time sheet system for Cottage City officers comes under fire

Cottage City residents are concerned that a new system designed to increase efficiency in the police department could also lead to a decrease in accountability. In July, town commissioners passed a motion exempting the department from the town’s electronic clock-in system, which requires Cottage City employees to electronically sign in and out at the Town Hall at the beginning and end of their workday. Now, officers only use the Records Management System, an electronic service that tracks and organizes police data, and allows officers to sign in from a remote location. (Gazette)

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August 13 // Del., Md. farmers expect good corn, soybean yields

Delaware and Maryland farmers are expecting bumper crops of corn and soybeans this year thanks to good growing conditions. Federal agriculture officials said Monday that Maryland farmers expect average field corn yields of 155 bushels per acre, up 33 bushels per acre from last year and equal to the state record from 2000. (AP/Daily Times)

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