Laurel area food pantries face summer shortages

Laurel-area food pantries say supply stocks are down this summer, even while demand remains high. “Summer is a difficult time as donations are usually down, as people are busy with other activities,” said Alan Ramsey, member of the board of directors for Fish of Laurel, a nonprofit assistance group. (Gazette)

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Markakis says PED users are 'stealing money,' need stiffer punishments

Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis says the only way baseball will rid itself of performance-enhancing drugs is to stiffen its penalties, which he believes should, at the least, include a five-year suspension for a first-time offender. (Balt. Sun)

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Health care: Nuts and bolts and benefits

With enrollment looming, HealthCare Access Maryland, the nonprofit organization responsible for signing up uninsured Marylanders for insurance, is working on its plans for Anne Arundel County. But do county health facilities and residents really know what to expect? (Capital)

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Big fish, big prize keep 'em coming

They don’t call Ocean City “The White Marlin Capital of the World” for nothing. Promoted as the world’s largest billfish tournament, the White Marlin Open is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. In 1973, when the tournament began, the prize money was only $20,000, and just 57 boats competed. Fast forward to 2012, when the fishing tournament awarded $1.4 million to first place winner Bill Woody of the Blew Bayou, who landed a 72-pound white marlin. (Daily Times)

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Navy disciplines five sailors in Super Pond drownings

The Navy announced Wednesday that it had taken administrative or disciplinary actions against five sailors, including two facing possible military trial, after an investigation into the deaths of two divers who drowned during training in February at Aberdeen Proving Ground. (Balt. Sun)

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Study finds planned CSX transfer station could have negative impact

Despite the industrial train tracks about 100 feet beyond her back fence, Laurie Weishorn's neat, tree-lined backyard in Southwest Baltimore can seem like an oasis of suburban quiet on a low-humidity summer afternoon. After 22 years in Morrell Park, Weishorn has invested in her home and gotten comfortable despite the occasional rumbling of trains through the Mount Clare rail yard out back. But in recent months, she has also lived in fear that her peaceful pocket of city life will be undone by the construction of a new, large-scale cargo transfer facility in the yard. (Balt. Sun)

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Mosquitoes In Area Test Positive For West Nile Virus

Officials in the Worcester County Health Department say a single sample of mosquitoes from the Ocean Pines area has tested positive for the West Nile virus. (WBAL)

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Prince George’s bill could aid apartment tenants

Prince George's County Bill 27 requires sellers of apartment complexes of 20 or more units to give the county first right of refusal before selling the complex. Zorayda Moreira-Smith, Casa of Maryland housing attorney, said the legislation could act as a buffer to third-party buyers, allowing time for the county to purchase apartments. (Gazette)

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