Annapolis says $78,000 bike lane experiment will end Oct. 19

The bike lane experiment now in place on Main Street will end Oct. 19, after which the city will decide whether to proceed with a permanent lane as part of a planned re-bricking of the historic district road, mayoral spokeswoman Susan O’Brien said Thursday. The Historic Preservation Commission had sounded an alarm about the bike lane given the historic status of the area and the impact on the re-bricking project. (Capital)

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'That's not how you talk': East Baltimore residents take issue with mayor's comments about their neighborhood

The vacant houses have a name: “abandominiums.” It wasn’t Hugh Osborne’s first choice of housing. “We live there because we cannot afford the houses that’s legal,” he says. “Prices are too steep.” Osborne and other residents of Broadway East took issue with comments that Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh made while she was touring the area to revisit the work of her violence reduction initiative. In a segment that aired on Fox 45 this week, Pugh was heard commenting to another official: “What the hell? We should just take all this [expletive] down.” (Balt. Sun)

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Task force will examine public transportation system in region

The Allegany County Board of Commissioners recently approved members of a local transit task force, which will examine the region’s public transportation system. “We took ... a look at transportation needs in our communities (to) see if we can do a better job at focusing on those issues,” County Administrator Brandon Butler said. Butler introduced the program during a meeting in August. (Times-News)

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Howard encourages community input on controversial Ellicott City flood mitigation plan

Howard County officials are emphasizing the importance of public input for the plan to protect Ellicott City from catastrophic flooding. Residents on Monday will be able to testify on the county’s plan to transfer existing capital funds to flood mitigation programs that are expected to cost tens of millions of dollars. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Frederick County argues for reduced runoff standards before Court of Appeals

Frederick County took its ongoing challenge against Maryland stormwater management mandates to the state’s highest court Thursday. Representatives for the county and the Maryland Department of the Environment appeared for oral arguments in the Court of Appeals seeking action in a years-old dispute over standards for mitigating runoff into Chesapeake Bay. (News-Post)

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New cigarette butt recycling program mulled for Ocean City

A resort committee this week agreed to seek help to draft a source reduction plan. After witnessing the success of the Surfrider Foundation’s “Strawless Summer” campaign – an initiative to reduce plastic straw consumption in Ocean City – Councilman Tony DeLuca, chairman for the Coastal Resources Legislative Committee, or Green Team, told committee members on Wednesday he was eager to see what source reduction initiatives the town could support in the future. “What do we do for next year?” he said. Sandi Smith, development and marketing coordinator for the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, said she was currently working on a source reduction initiative that would target cigarette butts. (Dispatch)

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Wrongful death suit filed against Bethesda man who dug tunnels under house

One year after 21-year-old Askia Khafra of Silver Spring burned to death in the basement of a Bethesda house, his parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owner of the house and his son. Khafra's parents, Dia and Claudia, filed a lawsuit Monday in Montgomery County Circuit Court against property owner David Beckwitt and his son, Daniel. (Bethesda)

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Rain? So what. Ocean City, Rehoboth Beach pulls out successful summer 2018

Despite rain in the first half of the summer, Ocean City officials still call the season a success. The town received 10.46 inches of rain in May and another 5.82 inches in June — almost three times as much as last year, according to the National Weather Service. This rainy weather did affect some of Ocean City's summer crowds and business, said Jessica Waters, town spokesperson. (Daily Times)

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