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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Seven dead dolphins found on Md. shores in 'alarming' mid-Atlantic trend

Seven bottlenose dolphins have washed up dead on Maryland shores in recent weeks, part of a larger mystery along the Mid-Atlantic coast, where alarmed scientists are working to find the cause of more than 120 dolphin deaths since June. (Balt. Sun)

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Silver Spring Transit Center repairs will be debated this week

A group responsible for repairs at the Silver Spring Transit Center on Thursday will debate how to repair the varying concrete thickness at the center, The Gazette reported. A decision is expected next week. The $120 million facility was slated to open in 2011, but a series of cracks found in the structure and disparities in the thickness of the concrete have delayed the project's opening by two years. It is still unclear when the center will open. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Hospitals agree to state's breast-feeding standards

Maryland's 32 birthing hospitals have all agreed to adopt new state breast-feeding policies and become certified as "baby-friendly." The state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene embarked on a campaign nine months ago to get hospitals more involved in helping moms breast-feed, particularly in the crucial hours right after birth. (Balt. Sun)

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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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