Rep. Andy Harris doesn’t support force against Syria

Maryland Rep. Andy Harris says he has decided not to support military force in Syria, if the matter is brought before Congress for a vote. Harris, Maryland’s lone Republican House member, announced in a statement on Tuesday that he doesn’t believe using military force against Syria is in the national security interest of the United States. (AP/Daily Record)

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Howard District 2 council member Calvin Ball announces bid for third term

District 2 County Council member Calvin Ball announced today his decision to run for a third term on the council. Ball, 38, a Democrat, has represented District 2, which includes the East Columbia communities of Long Reach and Oakland Mills in addition to parts of Elkridge, and Jessup, since 2006. (Patuxent)

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Grand jury indicts former Hagerstown city councilwoman

Attorney and former Hagerstown City Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer has been indicted by a Washington County grand jury on three counts of felony theft and two counts of perjury, according to court records obtained Tuesday. (Herald-Mail)

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No back pay for County Councilman Daryl Jones

Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl Jones won't be receiving any back pay for the time he was absent from the council.  Andrea Fulton, head of personnel for Anne Arundel County, said Jones isn't entitled to back pay because there was no such claim requested when he sued the County Council over his ousting last year. (Capital)

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Commissioners react to MDOT critique

The Charles County commissioners voted Tuesday afternoon to send Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary James T. Smith a rebuttal to his Aug. 23 letter suggesting that the county’s draft comprehensive plan could endanger funding for future transit projects. (Independent)

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Perry responds to criticism of gun tour

Speaking outside a steakhouse in Bethesda on Wednesday where he met with Maryland business owners, Texas Gov. Rick Perry dismissed criticism of his visit to a gun manufacturer days after a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis council returns from recess to restored chambers

As citizens and Annapolis officials funneled through the doors of the City Council’s meeting hall, they could still catch a faint whiff of new paint. And for the first time in seven years, they didn’t have to stare into fluorescent lights where 30 feet of crown molding had broken off the wall because of water damage. (Capital)

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Charles commissioners back request for fifth circuit judge

Charles County Circuit Judge Amy J. Bragunier put the odds that the state would grant the county a fifth spot on its circuit bench at 50-50 during the county commissioners’ Tuesday meeting. Bragunier said the county has needed a fifth judge for years, but that the state has deferred opening a spot because of higher-priority judgeships in other jurisdictions, and the greater need of a third judge in the county’s district court. (Independent)

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