Anne Arundel County targeting no-discharge zones to keep waste from local waters

Local officials have launched a new effort to ban boaters from turning area waterways into bathrooms. The Anne Arundel County Council has taken up a resolution to turn prominent rivers and creeks into “no-discharge zones,” a designation meant to prohibit boaters from letting even treated waste flow into those waters. “We all care about the water,” Mayor Gavin Buckley said of the proposal introduced Sept. 4 by County Executive Steve Schuh. “This sends a message.” Buckley said he envisions posting a sign in front of the Annapolis harbor that reads, “Don’t pee in our pool!” (Capital)

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Linthicum detox center highlighted for National Recovery Month

In the wake of a growing addiction crisis locally and nationally, Sen. Chris Van Hollen visited a Linthicum addiction treatment center Friday to discuss possible solutions with those in the field. As part of National Recovery Month, Van Hollen met with officials at Maryland House Detox, a first-of-its-kind addiction treatment center in Linthicum that detaches residential treatment from detoxification services. For the Montgomery County Democrat, it was also an opportunity to tout efforts at the federal level to tackle the issue, with the bipartisan Opioid Crisis Response Act set for a vote as early as next week. (Capital)

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Maryland acts to protect Underground Railroad land

Imagine it's a dark night in Dorchester County. It's 1855, and Harriet Tubman is helping you escape the horrors of slavery. You can't use roads or be seen in public lest you get captured and returned to your owner, who has placed a bounty on your head. In 1855, there are no cellphones, no GPS and no artifical light to help guide you — not even a battery-operated flashlight. Even if a lantern was available, you wouldn't dare use it because it might give away your location. You are completely reliant on the knowledge, courage and kindness of your guide, in whom you must trust to lead you northward to safety. (Daily Times)

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A repurposed Mencken House to reopen in 2019

For nearly two decades the Union Square home of writer and observer H.L. Mencken has been a sorry sight. It has been closed to the public and has been opened only a handful of times a year. But this week, the nonprofit Baltimore National Heritage Area entered into a lease agreement with the City of Baltimore “to assume stewardship of the home.” It’s about time the property, listed as a National Historic Landmark, gets its due. The preservation group promises that within a year, this rowhouse, at 1524 Hollins St., will be open again. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore seafood festival-goers shake a spicy finger at PETA controversy

This year, the Baltimore Seafood Festival served up bushels of crabs with a heaping side of attitude about that billboard an animal rights group recently erected in Baltimore. The billboard, put up last month by PETA, had the words, “I’m me, not meat,” next to a picture of what looked liked a blue crab, the Maryland state crustacean. This crowd was having none of that on the Canton waterfront. They were having crab tots, crab sliders, crab mac-n-cheese, crab cakes and even crab soup. “Crabs are the one reason I decided to come here,” said Tammye Watkins of Baltimore, whose fingers were encrusted with Old Bay and crab parts. (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis bike lane opening delayed due to weather; group rides planned

The opening of an experimental bike lane on Annapolis’ Main Street will be delayed a few days due to rainy weather during construction, a city spokeswoman said Saturday afternoon. Workers need two more days to complete the lane, which was scheduled to open Sunday, spokeswoman Susan O’Brien said. Two group rides are planned for Sept. 21 and 22 that include routes using the new lane. (Capital)

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September 14 // Baltimore sues bus operator Transdev, alleging it overcharged the city by $20 million

Baltimore is suing the operator of the city’s free shuttle bus service alleging the company, Transdev North America, overbilled it by more than $20 million. The lawsuit, filed in Baltimore Circuit Court, alleges that over the past eight years Transdev billed the city for thousands of hours more than were actually worked to provide the bus service known as Charm City Circulator. The city is seeking compensation for the alleged overbilling. (Wash. Post)

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Pope sends Baltimore archbishop Lori to investigate sexual harassment allegations against West Virginia bishop

Pope Francis directed Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori on Thursday to investigate allegations of the sexual harassment of adults by a West Virginia bishop, amid an international reckoning for the Roman Catholic church. The West Virginia attorney general called the allegations against Bishop Michael J. Bransfield “disturbing,” pledged a review by his office and said he expected the Wheeling-Charleston diocese would cooperate. No additional information is available about the allegations levied against Bransfield, whose resignation Francis accepted Thursday. (Balt. Sun)

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