Barbera planning for a ‘seamless transition’ 

Court of Appeals Judge Mary Ellen Barbera plans to hit the ground running when she takes over as chief of Maryland’s top court. (Daily Record)

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Frederick mayoral candidate forum to be held Monday

Six of seven mayoral candidates for this year's election have agreed to participate in a candidate forum Monday night. The forum will be held at 5:30 p.m. at The Faux School at 35 S. Carroll St. in Frederick. The event will start with a meet-and-greet, with the discussion beginning at about 6 p.m. (News-Post)

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'Wire' creator faults Bernstein for city's crime spike

Former Baltimore Sun crime reporter and creator of "The Wire" David Simon is placing the blame for Baltimore's violence spike on State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein, citing the effects of what Simon says is an unwillingness on the top prosecutor's part to take tough cases. (Balt. Sun)

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Obama campaign manager to meet Brown campaign

President Barack Obama's campaign manager and former political adviser Jim Messina will meet with Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's supporters on Monday to talk about Maryland's gubernatorial race.  Why?  It's not exactly clear. Brown's campaign said Messina will also make a public announcement about the race, though Brown's campaign manager Justin Schall was mum about about what that announcement could be. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel executive forms transportation committee

County Executive Laura Neuman has formed a committee to study transportation.  The Transportation Commission will be made up of residents who will make recommendations to Neuman and senior advisers regarding county transportation policies and programs. (Capital)

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Franchot dubious about long-promised Bethesda Metro South Entrance

A visibly skeptical and hesitant Comptroller Peter Franchot ultimately sided with the governor and treasurer on the Board of Public Works and approved $2.3 million of funding that went to the “fabled long-awaited” South Entrance to the Bethesda Metro station, as he put it. The entrance would connect the end of the proposed Purple Line to the Red Line. (Md. Reporter)

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Annapolis mayor, coalition say meeting was ‘productive,’ quiet on details

Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen said he had a “productive” meeting with leaders of the Coalition to Save Annapolis, a grass-roots organization of nearly 20 groups and individuals who oppose rezoning part of City Dock. Cohen and Planning and Zoning Director Jon Arason met with a few coalition representatives to discuss the mayor’s rezoning legislation and proposed City Dock master plans. Cohen hopes to find a way for owners of 110 Compromise St., known as the old Fawcett Boat Supplies property, to revive a deal to redevelop the site. (Capital)

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O'Malley reappoints Anne Arundel school board members

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced that he has reappointed two members of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education and appointed a third. Current board members Andrew Pruski of Gambrills and Teresa Milio Birge of Odenton were reappointed to five-year terms. The governor also appointed new student member Else Drooff of Arnold, who will serve a one-year term. (Capital)

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