Western Md. trail closed as Sandy’s effects linger

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it’s closing a popular western Maryland hiking trail because of lingering damage from Superstorm Sandy more than nine months ago. Maryland Forest Service Director Steven Koehn told the Cumberland Times-News that the agency decided to close the 17-mile Big Savage trail after six hikers got lost and had to be rescued. (AP)

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NPS picks new Chesapeake Bay office superintendent

The National Park Service has chosen a new superintendent for its Chesapeake Bay office. The service announced the selection of Charles Hunt on Wednesday. He will lead the office that includes the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake and Star-Spangled Banner national historic trails. (AP)

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Family watched, helpless, as gang took their son

Barbara Poindexter saw the death of her son coming. She likens it to watching her mother's health deteriorate. In her son's case, death followed a slow and agonizing descent into gangs and criminal activity. "When my mother came to the end, I was not surprised," Poindexter said. "When my son came to the end, I was not surprised." (Balt. Sun)

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Spike In Heroin Deaths Reported In Montgomery County

Montgomery County police say as many people have died from heroin overdoses in the last few months as in the previous three years combined. Police say they’re investigating the spike in overdose deaths, which they call alarming. (AP)

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Old Seagram's plant a longtime Dundalk trouble spot

After Arthur Miskimon's 19-year-old son died from a three-story fall in an abandoned Dundalk warehouse, his grief drove him to learn all he could about the property. Looking over a folder of code-enforcement papers about the former Seagram's whiskey distillery last fall, Miskimon felt sick. "Why are these buildings still standing?" he asked. (Balt. Sun)

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Clear Spring residents say water system won't support new growth

Residents and an elected official told county planners Wednesday night that Clear Spring’s water system would not be able to support any new growth that could come from proposed Washington County zoning changes. (Herald-Mail)

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August 6 // State earmarks $1 billion in transportation money for Montgomery

Montgomery County’s push for transportation investment paid a billion-dollar dividend Monday when the state committed money to eight county road, rail and bus priorities. The lion’s share of funding, $680 million, will go to the Purple Line, a 16-mile light rail line planned to connect Bethesda and New Carrollton. (Gazette)

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Repairs Still Underway A Year After Ellicott City Train Derailment Kills 2 Young Women

One year later. Family and friends still are grieving the loss of two 19-year-olds killed when a train derailed in Ellicott City. It’s been a year, but repairs are still underway, federal investigators are still reviewing the case and the pain is still fresh. (WJZ-TV)

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