Maryland, Virginia, plan to rebuild American Legion Bridge

The governors of Maryland and Virginia have announced plans to rebuild and widen the American Legion Bridge, which connects the two states. Govs. Larry Hogan and Ralph Northam made the announcement Tuesday at the Capital Region Transportation Forum in Washington. The project will replace the existing lanes in each direction across the Potomac River. It also will add two new express lanes in each direction for about three miles, between the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia to the vicinity of River Road in Maryland. (Wash. Post)

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Hagerstown and county work on plans for abandoned houses and emergency services

City and county officials on Tuesday worked out a number of details relating to a proposal to deal with abandoned properties in Hagerstown and a separate proposal that determines how fire, rescue and emergency medical services are delivered in the county. The developments came during a joint meeting at Hagerstown City Hall between the Hagerstown City Council and the Washington County Board of Commissioners. (Herald-Mail)

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Near posh Harbor East, Baltimore is razing old public housing to build new homes. What’s that mean for tenants?

Shanay Waller cut a lonely figure as she crossed the quiet courtyard near her Perkins Homes apartment one recent afternoon, a nearby dumpster brimming with broken bed frames, cushionless couches and other discarded pieces of her neighbors’ disrupted lives. Most residents at this end of her East Baltimore public housing complex had already moved out, with new Section 8 vouchers to rent apartments elsewhere or new placements in other complexes not slated for demolition. (Balt. Sun)

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$60,000 Awarded To Social Change Programs In Howard County

The United Way of Central Maryland and the Horizon Foundation awarded thousands of dollars to people proposing social change in Howard County. The groups selected from 9 finalists who presented their big ideas to a live audience of 250 community members and a panel of judges. The four winners include Orlando Goncalves and Alfred Striano for their Upcycled Structures from Recycled Goods idea. For that they were awarded $25,000. (WJZ-TV)

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Oakland cyclist pedals from Maryland to Alaska

When Oakland resident Alan Peachy took his bike to Cycles and Things to get fixed recently — it had 11 stress cracks in the frame and needed a front sprocket, chain and wheel. Mike Hutt did the work for free. Peachy, after all, had just gotten back from a summer-long solo bike trip across the Canadian interior that finished off in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, by the Arctic Ocean. (Times-News)

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New food hall and market coming to Montgomery County

Silver Spring is the latest neighborhood to have a food hall on the drawing board, with a 15,000-square-foot hall and market planned for the new Solaire 8200 Dixon apartment building at 8200 Dixon Ave. Developer Washington Property Co. has hired Colicchio Consulting, a food hall consulting firm, to help design the venue, identify an operator and provide input on the mix of vendors, according to a statement from WPC. Colicchio Consulting is headed by Phil Colicchio — no relation to superstar chef Tom Colicchio — and Trip Schneck. (Wash. Bus.)

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Panel discussion on local homeless concerns Nov. 19

A “Faces of Homelessness” discussion panel will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Federalsburg VFW Post 5246, at 2630 Rosser Road in Federalsburg. (Star Democrat)

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Maryland among 2 states where flu is widespread

Flu activity has been picking up in Maryland. According to the latest numbers from health officials in the state, there have been 230 positive flu cases so far this season, and one adult has died. Nationwide, Maryland is among only two states were flu activity is geographically widespread. Louisiana is the other state on that list. (WTOP)

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