White men dominate Worcester County leadership

Leadership in Worcester County government shows an imbalance in gender and racial diversity, according to statistics reviewed by The Daily Times, with white men holding most top appointed positions. (Daily Times)

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Grasso withdraws from Arundel executive race

Anne Arundel County Councilman John Grasso said Monday night that he's dropping out of the county executive's race in 2014. Instead, the first-term councilman plans to run for re-election in his council district, which includes Glen Burnie and Millersville. Grasso said he realized running for executive would take a lot of money and that he was up against two talented candidates in the Republican primary: Del. Steve Schuh and County Executive Laura Neuman. (Balt. Sun)

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Lou Panos, longtime political reporter, columnist for Evening Sun, AP, dies

Lou Panos, a heralded journalist and author who covered state and national politics during a career that spanned 67 years, died of complications from heart disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital early Sunday. He was 87. His daughter, Melanie Panos-Ortel, said a lingering heart condition had left her father in a weakened state, and the family had recently transferred him to a palliative-care unit at Hopkins. (Balt. Sun)

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Council blocks mayor's plan to use parks money to fund new prosecutors

The City Council has rejected the mayor's plan to take money from the Department of Recreation and Parks budget to pay for two new highly touted prosecutor positions. Council members voted unanimously Monday to reject the mayor's proposal to use $100,000 earmarked for recreation centers to instead help fund the two prosecutors, who would work in the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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LLC donations buoy Democratic mayoral campaigns in Frederick

Three local business owners gave a noticeable boost to the campaigns of two Democratic mayoral candidates in Frederick — using a strategy that soon will be illegal in Maryland elections held outside city limits. The owners used their corporations and limited liability corporations to give Delegate Galen Clagett about half his donations, and Alderwoman Karen Young about 15 percent of hers, before Aug. 8, according to the candidates' Aug. 12 financial reports. (News-Post)

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Baltimore City Council bans cell-phones-for-cash machines

The Baltimore City Council voted unanimously Monday to ban automated kiosks that give money on the spot for used electronics — part of an effort to curb cellphone thefts. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake praised the decision. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. delegate beaten, carjacked, police say

A Prince George’s County man is facing robbery, theft and assault charges for allegedly beating and carjacking Maryland Del. Darren M. Swain, police said. (Wash. Post)

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Mikulski demands Baltimore VA improve 'lackluster' performance on key program

In a letter sent Monday to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Maryland's senior senator called on the VA's Baltimore office to develop an action plan within 10 days to improve its "lackluster" approach to an initiative designed to speed up the time it takes to process disability claims. (Balt. Sun)

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