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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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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Right-leaning Western Marylanders move to secede from state

A group of right-leaning Maryland residents who feel underrepresented in the Statehouse have banded together to push for a succession. Activist Scott Strzelczyk started a Facebook page titled the Western Maryland Initiative that is made up of residents in the area — Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties — who wish to secede from the state. (Wash. Times)

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Court order bars contact between Young, Frederick man

Frederick County Commissioners President Blaine Young and a Frederick man say they hope the back-and-forth between them is at an end thanks to a peace order and a mutual agreement not to talk. Young obtained a six-month peace order on Monday barring David Salomon from calling him or coming to his home. As part of the court order, Young consented to not contact Salomon. (News-Post)

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Johnson Appearing In Radio Ads Promoting New Gun Control Law

Just two weeks before Maryland's new gun control law takes effect, Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson appears in a radio commercial that will begin airing Tuesday promoting the fingerprinting requirement in the new law. (WBAL)

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A courtesy code for City Council?

A week after the finale to a series of bruising public debates over a $1 billion waterfront development among the City Council and the public, a resolution that seeks a new era of civility at City Hall has been drawn up for the council’s consideration. (Daily Record)

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Gansler to hit campaign trail

Months after saying he would run for governor of Maryland, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler plans to hit the campaign trail next week. Gansler (D) has planned a seven-day, 16-stop tour around the state starting Sept. 24, when he will announce his plans to be the next governor. (Gazette)

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Sykesville seeks new member to fill Town Council seat

Just four months after the 2013 Sykesville Town Council members took their seats on the council, they are seeking a new member. Councilwoman Debby Ellis announced her resignation at Sykesville’s Sept. 9 Town Council meeting.  Her resignation will be effective Sept 28, she wrote in an email. (Carroll Co. Times)

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