Mikulski joins Baltimore Community Foundation board

Former Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski will join the Baltimore Community Foundation as a board member. Mikulski, who decided a year ago not to seek a sixth Senate term, joins 26 other trustees who advise the foundation. In 2016, the foundation distributed $20 million to hundreds of nonprofits in Baltimore and across the country. It accepted $23 million in gifts last year. (Balt. Sun)

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Seventh defendant pleads guilty in Baltimore police Gun Trace Task Force case

A 38-year-old Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to committing an armed home invasion to help a corrupt Baltimore police detective steal $20,000. Thomas Robert Finnegan, who is not a police officer, admitted that he donned a “police” tactical vest, broke into the home and held a gun to the homeowner after being recruited into the plot by Detective Jemelle Rayam. (Balt. Sun)

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14 states sue to allege US failure to enforce smog rules

Fourteen states, including Maryland, and the District of Columbia announced Thursday that they are suing the Trump administration over what they say is a failure to enforce smog standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not designated any areas of the country as having unhealthy air, missing an Oct. 1 deadline, according to the lawsuit. Such areas must take steps to improve their air quality. (AP)

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Maryland reaction divided on Trump's Jerusalem move

When President Donald Trump announced that the United States would break long-standing tradition by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving its embassy there, he framed the decision as “the right thing to do” and “nothing more or less than a recognition of reality.” However, the reactions in Maryland were about as divided as those of the rest of the world. (AP/Balt. Sun)

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A Maryland paper mill burns a polluting sludge called black liquor. The state calls it clean energy.

The paper mill hulks over a bend in the Potomac River Valley, a castle of pale blue metal between steep green slopes. Clouds of steam billow from its towers. The Luke Mill, the largest employer in this tiny town, has powered the economy in this corner of Appalachia for generations, producing paper for countless Campbell’s soup labels and glossy covers for National Geographic and Playboy. Even as other factories in this stretch of Western Maryland have closed down, this mill has managed to survive. That’s in part because the 10-story-high boiler deep inside the mill burns a sludge known as black liquor. (Balt. Sun)

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State lawmakers hear about liquor sale issues, towns wanting more state funds

Various liquor sale issues and local towns seeking more state revenue were among the issues Washington County's state lawmakers heard Tuesday at Hager Hall. The Washington County liquor board talked about making changes to state legislation dealing with one-day licenses for alcoholic beverages. The board wants to expand who can receive such licenses from clubs and nonprofit organizations who don't have annual on-sale licenses to also include corporations, societies, and associations with nonprofit status and without annual licenses. (Herald-Mail)

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Allegany County officials seek registration of ATVs

The Allegany County Board of Commissioners is seeking to adopt a new law requiring ATV operators to register their vehicles. In an effort to curb unregulated travel on county roads, the commissioners want ATV owners who plan to utilize those roads to have their vehicle inspected and display a county-issued registration sticker. The law would be identical to one currently in place in Garrett County. (Times-News)

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OC council OKs beach trash truck purchase

 In what can best be characterized as a slam dunk, resort officials this week agreed to purchase a second state-of-the-art trash collection truck to remove the mountains of trash collected each night in the summer from the beach. Last year, the Mayor and Council approved the purchase of a single new state-of-the-art beach trash collection truck called at the time a “game changer” for the operation. (Dispatch)

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