Batts: Officers found sleeping 'will be held accountable'

Reacting to recent television news segments showing multiple Baltimore police officers asleep on the job, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts sent his officers a stern warning. The commissioner's email to all sworn officers comes after WBFF-TV Fox 45 began recently putting pictures on its newscasts and website of pictures sent in from viewers of uniformed officers in squad cars allegedly snoozing behind the wheel. (Balt. Sun)

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Construction of Hobbit's Glen clubhouse delayed

Construction of a new clubhouse at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club in Harper's Choice has been delayed a month, according to Columbia Association President Phil Nelson. The demolition of the old clubhouse, which was scheduled to begin in October, has been moved back to November, with the opening of the club house scheduled for November 2014. (Patuxent)

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Anne Arundel County settles pension cases

Three part-time Anne Arundel County state’s attorneys won’t have to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars in pension benefits. Greg Jimeno, an attorney representing two of the employees, said the county reached a settlement with the employees based on legislation passed earlier this summer by the County Council. (Capital)

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Md. doctor ordered to pay $17M for fraudulent claims 

A U.S. District Court judge in Washington ordered Dr. Ishtiaq A. Malik, of Bethesda, and two companies that he owns — Ishtiaq A. Malik M.D. P.C., and Advanced Nuclear Diagnostics P.C., operating in the District of Columbia — to pay more than $17 million for submitting false or fraudulent claims related to cardiac nuclear stress tests to state and federal health care programs. (Daily Record)

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Group targets Baltimore's vacant houses with art, activism

The two-story abstract mural — featuring a pharaoh's headpiece, a cotton field and fire spewing out of rowhouse windows — showed up suddenly this summer on a vacant house in North Baltimore. The artwork at 4727 Old York Road came with a political twist: A sign next to it prominently listed the name of a trust that owns the house and those of government officials who represent the area. The mural and sign are the work of a local group of artists who call themselves "Wall Hunters" and a housing activist seeking to publicly shame absentee landlords and elected officials into addressing the issue of vacant homes. (Balt.. Sun)

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Watchdog group seeks to intervene in city’s sewer consent decree

Saying Baltimore has repeatedly failed to stop raw sewage from going into local streams and the harbor, an environmental watchdog group filed a motion to intervene in a 2002 consent decree between the city and federal regulators. Blue Water Baltimore asked a federal judge to allow it to represent citizens who “have suffered and will continue to suffer adverse impacts from the city’s unlawful sewage discharges.” (Brew)

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Baltimore Co. chief recognized by law enforcement association

Baltimore County Police Chief James W. Johnson was recognized this month by a national law enforcement association for advocating for stricter gun control laws. Johnson received the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives' Outstanding Service Award for serving as the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence. (Balt. Sun)

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City housing authority, landlord sued in house fire that killed five

The relatives of five people who were killed in a Baltimore house fire last year sued a landlord and the city housing authority in Circuit Court on Wednesday, claiming that failure to fix a faulty furnace or install smoke detectors led to the fatal blaze. (Balt. Sun)

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