Crystal Spring, Circulator central issues in Annapolis election debate

Nine candidates sounded off on development and environmental issues in the first debate of the Annapolis election season. The Anne Arundel County chapters of the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters sponsored the forum at the Heritage Baptist Church Thursday evening. About 100 people came to watch the two-hour session. (Capital)

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Court rules Arundel councilman's removal invalid

A judge in Anne Arundel County ruled Friday in the case of a county councilman who was ousted when he went to federal prison, but disagreement remained over whether the ruling allowed Daryl Jones to return to his seat. Retired Judge Arthur Ahalt, who was brought in to hear the case, issued a one-page judgment echoing a Court of Appeals ruling that Jones was improperly removed from office in 2012 when he served jail time for not filing tax returns. Ahalt said the bill that removed Jones is null and void. (Balt. Sun)

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Sept. 6 // Md. Gov. O'Malley meets with Saylor family

Gov. Martin O'Malley is committed to improving police training for dealing with people with developmental disabilities, his spokeswoman said Thursday after the Democratic governor met with the family of a man with Down syndrome who died in the custody of three Frederick County sheriff's deputies in January. (Associated Press/Capital)

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Baltimore City Council poised to ban machines that give cash for phones

In an attempt to provide thieves one less outlet to collect cash for stolen cellphones, the Baltimore City Council is poised to vote Monday to ban automated kiosks that give money on the spot for used electronics. (Balt. Sun)

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Miller joins voices urging minimum wage hike

A powerful voice joined the growing chorus to raise the state's minimum wage Thursday as Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said it was time for Maryland to act. "Blue-collar people are finding it increasingly hard to make ends meet," Miller said. "I think it's time to increase the minimum wage. It's just a matter of figuring out how to do it without laying people off." (Balt. Sun)

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Politics aside, businesses want a Frederick mayor who will bring customers

It doesn't matter if they are Democratic or Republican, or none of the above. When asked what they want in a mayor, downtown business owners and associates will tell you the same thing: The mayor of Frederick needs to know how to bring consumers — and, specifically, tourists — downtown. (News-Post)

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Mikulski convinced by Syria evidence but undecided on strikes

The dean of Maryland's congressional delegation emerged from a classified briefing Thursday persuaded that Syrian leader Bashar Assad was responsible for last month's chemical weapons attack but undecided on whether a U.S. military strike is the best response. (Balt. Sun)

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Debate continues over raising minimum wage in Maryland

Those trying to raise the state’s minimum wage will have an ally in U.S. Rep. John Delaney when the Maryland General Assembly convenes in January. Delaney, a Democrat who represents the 6th Congressional District that includes Washington County, is promising a campaign using his personal funds to make the argument for a higher minimum wage in the state. (Herald-Mail)

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