July 23 // For some, a drive across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is a harrowing experience

After the shattered glass and shards of plastic fender have been swept away from accident scenes on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, all that remain are black marks on concrete barriers that divide slender lanes of whizzing cars from a terrifying plunge into the water. The latest additions — a new splash of white, a long dark smudge and a handful of curiously placed notches cut through the concrete crown — were scrutinized Monday by four accident investigators. The automobile group AAA asked federal safety experts to get involved, addressing the bigger question of whether those barriers are tall enough to keep vehicles from falling off the bridge. (Wash. Post)

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Metro fires back at county about Silver Spring Transit Center fixes

If Montgomery continues on its current course in repairing the beleaguered Silver Spring Transit Center, the county will be responsible for future maintenance, a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority official said in a letter Friday. The county, meanwhile, believes it shaped its current plans for the project to respond to concerns WMATA expressed after initial plans for the repairs were drafted. (Gazette)

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Montgomery planners address Clarksburg

Montgomery County planning staff has recommended new limits on construction along Interstate 270 near Clarksburg Town Center, citing the need to fulfill the original vision of the community as a walkable urban village and to protect the fragile Ten Mile Creek watershed. (Wash. Post)

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Court of Special Appeals splits wins in back-to-back stent cases 

St. Joseph Medical Center cannot appeal an order that required it to disclose the names and addresses of hundreds of former patients who were notified they might have received unnecessary stents, the Court of Special Appeals held Monday. (Daily Record)

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Water main break near Canton leaves thousands without water

Baltimore Department of Public Works crews were working to fix a water main break near the Canton waterfront Monday night that left customers in four zip codes without water. It was not clear as of about 11 p.m. how many customers were affected, though public works spokesman Kurt Kocher said it was thousands. There was no estimate yet for when the water service would be restored. (Balt. Sun)

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Lawmakers seek top honor for shock trauma founder

Nearly four decades ago Baltimore's fledgling shock trauma center saved the life of a 29-year-old prosecutor who returned months later to ask the medical staff what he could do in return. The prosecutor was C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and the answer he received from the center's director, R Adams Cowley, would change the course of both of their careers. "Run for office," Cowley told Ruppersberger. (Balt. Sun)

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Gaithersburg considering city bus system

Gaithersburg is weighing the possibility of a new circulator bus system that would link residents with workplaces and transit stations. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments approved funding Wednesday for the city to conduct a feasibility study on the circulator bus. The Council of Governments’ grant of $45,000 will fully fund the study. (Gazette)

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Maryland Women's Conference to be held

The Frederick County Commission for Women announces that First United Bank & Trust and Shockley Honda have signed as major sponsors for the fifth annual Maryland Women’s Conference. The Conference aims to provide knowledge and skills that positively affect the financial future and quality of life for women and families in Maryland. (News-Post)

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