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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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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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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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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Glenarden owes IRS nearly $100K in penalties

Dennis Smith walked into his office on his second day as Glenarden mayor and found a voicemail waiting for him. It was a message from the Internal Revenue Service, calling to inform the city it owed about $150,000 in fines, Smith said. (Gazette)

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Marijuana decriminalization bill heads back to Maryland legislature

A bill making possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil rather than criminal offense will be introduced in the coming state legislative session, after failing to advance this year. Sen. Robert A. Zirkin (D-Dist. 11) of Owings Mills said he will “absolutely” introduce a decriminalization bill in the 2014 General Assembly session. (Gazette)

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Kullen announces run for state delegate seat representing Calvert County

A familiar face to Southern Maryland has been knocking on doors for three weeks now, campaigning to reclaim a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates. Sue Kullen (D) of Port Republic announced she is running for the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Calvert County in District 27C. (Gazette)

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Carroll congressmen discuss possible US action in Syria

With both Democrats and Republicans in Washington hesitant to support a military strike on Syria for allegedly using chemical warfare, Carroll’s congressmen have a mixed approach on a future strike. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-District 8, said he believed the draft resolution requested by President Barack Obama was “too broad and loosely written.” (Carr. Co. Times)

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