Sykesville considering sale of Warfield Complex

The Town of Sykesville has tried unsuccessfully to find an appropriate redevelopment plan for the 51-acre Warfield Complex off Route 32 since the property was deeded to the town from the state in 2001. Although he latest plans presented to the public are described as "very preliminary," the perception is that town officials believe they might have finally found the right developer to create a mixed-use development consisting of commercial, residential and retail space on the site of the former Springfield Hospital Center. (Patuxent)

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NAACP, Anne Arundel library consider mediation of discrimination complaints

The Anne Arundel County NAACP and the county public library are considering using federal mediators to resolve complaints about discrimination against African-American employees. Jacqueline Boone-Allsup, president of the civil rights organization, said mediation by the U.S. Department of Justice could be the first step in creating a better working environment for the library system. (Capital)

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Methadone clinic draws fire at community meeting

A boisterous meeting Thursday night did nothing to change the minds of two Baltimore City Council members who said a complaint-prone methadone clinic in Hampden should be closed. "We're engaged in a struggle," said City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, who has called for state health officials to shut down the clinic, which she and many merchants and residents say has long been a magnet for drug dealing and loitering in the heart of Hampden's business and school districts. (Balt. Sun)

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VA office excluding veterans from disability program, group says

A senior official of the American Legion, working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce its disability claims backlog, told Congress her organization had encountered an "obstructionist attitude" in the VA's underperforming Baltimore office. Verna Jones, director of the Legion's Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division, told a House subcommittee this week that VA officials in Baltimore were "aggressively excluding" Maryland servicemen and -women from a program that was designed to fast-track their claims. (Balt. Sun)

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Commissioners to decide on training center costs

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners must decide whether to allocate between $400,000 and $1.7 million to build a new public safety training center in Westminster. County staff and first responders met with the board Thursday to discuss the project, which includes building an apparatus building to store equipment and a new two-story building with classrooms, offices and an auditorium. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Police officers recruited to handle backlog of gun-buyer background checks

About 20 police officers from across the state have been enlisted to help the Maryland State Police complete tens of thousands of background checks for gun buyers that have been languishing for several months. Half of the state's gun dealers have stopped waiting for the checks to be completed. (Balt. Sun)

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Hundreds expected to receive services at homeless event

Homeless and financial unstable individuals can receive dental care, housing information and identification cards at Project Homeless Connect, an event expected to draw more than a thousand to the Baltimore Convention Center on Thursday. (Balt. Sun)

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Flights resume at BWI after lightning strike shuts down airport

Lightning struck Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport's air traffic control tower, injuring one person and shutting down the airport for nearly three hours Thursday afternoon, delaying or stranding thousands of travelers. (Balt. Sun)

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