Nov. 5 // Go Ahead. Don’t Vote Today.

Today, if you live in the city of Frederick, you could be one of those scarce but exceptional people the municipality has to offer — an actual voter. They are a precious commodity, if history is anything to go by. (News-Post)

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Old Mill should be an election issue in 2014

School officials had hoped repair or replacement work on Old Mill High School would have started by now. That hope must have been shared by parents listening to their kids talk about noisy classrooms where walls don’t reach the ceiling, and confusing hallways where foot traffic piles up. Of the top priorities set out by a 2005 study of school system needs, the outdated monster in Millersville is the only one still untouched. And no wonder: We’re talking about a project budgeted for a staggering $319 million and involving 5,000 students. (Capital)

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Maglev Would Transform Baltimore

It's easy to be cynical about the idea of a magnetic levitation train whisking riders from Baltimore to Washington in 15 minutes. The technology, though not new, still sounds fanciful. The costs of even such a small system are enormous, the commercial viability of maglev is much in doubt, and the prospects that Congress would authorize significant expenditures on any kind of high-speed rail appear slim. But it's also easy to see how transformative such a system would be. (Balt. Sun)

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The ‘Rain Tax’ Debate

With the 2014 general election almost exactly one year away, at least five of Maryland's gubernatorial candidates are scheduled to debate environmental issues for the first time tomorrow in Annapolis. No doubt questions will range from smart growth to climate change to the future of the Chesapeake Bay, but surely no topic is likely to prove more contentious than what Maryland should do about polluted run-off from city and suburban streets. (Balt. Sun)

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Mickey Matthews: Baltimore's Global Position

As reports of an improving economy continue to trickle in, many businesses in the Baltimore area are realizing that global forces could very well positively impact our area and that now is the time to respond to these emerging trends. This area is in a unique position, with a relatively strong economy, a port with growing capacity, a base of businesses for the 21st century, and access to top talent. This infrastructure bodes well for the Baltimore/Washington area, but only if businesses recognize that we are part of a global economy. (Balt. Sun)

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Hilton’s Brighter Future

Last week, the investment advisory firm Davenport & Co. issued its findings on what to do about the 757-room Hilton — whether to sell it or refinance it and to generally evaluate its prospects. Their conclusion should be regarded as encouraging for city taxpayers. (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis Voters: It’s Up To You Now

We still don’t get it. Even after doing a story on why — if past elections are a guide — well over half of Annapolis voters won’t show up at the polls on Tuesday, we can’t construct a sensible argument for apathy by local voters. (Capital)

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Michelle Fescues: Studies Surrounding Obesity Overstated

The information you receive about nutrition and obesity may be a bit overstated, sending you the wrong message about dietary advice. Researchers from the University of Alabama looked at papers and studies published on nutrition and obesity. They tracked how often the authors “overreached” in the summary of their findings. (News-Post)

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