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  • Trump points to Maryland highway to make case on speeding environmental reviews

    09/22/2017 12:11:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 9, 2017 | John Fritze
    President Donald J. Trump said Friday he wants the federal government to speed the environmental review of major infrastructure projects, and he held out a controversial highway in Maryland to make the case for why the improvements are needed. Calling the current environmental review process "painfully slow," the president announced his administration will create a new council to help project managers "navigate the bureaucratic maze" as well as an office that would "root out inefficiency." "We have an obsolete system," the former real estate executive said in a speech at the U.S. Department of Transportation. "Instead of rebuilding our country,...
  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan proposes widening the Beltway and I-270 to include 4 toll lanes

    09/21/2017 8:13:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 21, 2017 | Robert McCartney, Faiz Siddiqui and Ovetta Wiggins
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Thursday proposed a $9 billion plan to widen three of the state’s most congested highways — the Capital Beltway, Interstate 270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway — in what he said would include the largest public-private partnership for highways in North America. The projects would add four toll lanes each to Maryland’s portion of the Capital Beltway (I-495) and to I-270 from the Beltway to Frederick. It would also widen the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (MD 295) by four toll lanes after taking over ownership from the federal government. Because of private-sector involvement, Hogan said, the plan would...
  • High schoolers charged with rape, assault of teen girl in Frederick

    09/21/2017 2:05:17 PM PDT · by detective · 33 replies
    Frederick News Post ^ | September21, 2017 | Jeremy Arias
    Two young men were charged and a third remains at large after a teen girl was kidnapped and raped, according to police and court documents filed last week in Frederick. This is very, very rare in my experience, said Detective Joe Palkovic, an assistant supervisor in the Frederick Police Departments Criminal Investigations Division. The violence of it and the nature of the crime, the fact that this involves someone laying in wait, kidnapping the victim and then taking her to a separate location to rape her, is very rare.
  • Jacobs Engineering wins 10-year PA traffic management contract

    09/20/2017 11:09:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | June 27, 2017 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded Jacobs Engineering Group a 10-year, multimillion dollar contract to design an active traffic management (ATM) system for Interstate 76 through Philadelphia, according to Traffic Technology Today. Jacobs' services for the Schuylkill Expressway will include preliminary and system engineering, design, analysis of alternatives, right-of-way acquisition and construction consultancy.The final ATM system could include occasional use of the shoulder, connected vehicle technology, variable speed limit signage and traffic jam detection and alerts. PennDOT could also implement features like ramp metering, junction control, dynamic lane assignments, and multimodal strategies in tandem with shoulder use....
  • Resurfacing Project on I-270 Could Cause Lane Closures Through Late Fall

    09/20/2017 10:07:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Bethesda Magazine ^ | September 20, 2017 | Bethany Rodgers
    Motorists on Interstate 270 could start seeing lane closures next week as construction crews begin resurfacing and restriping a highway spur that leads to the Beltway. The work marks the beginning of a $100 million project to ease traffic backups on the roadway, according to state transportation officials. This is the first step in a major project to break daily gridlock, Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn said in a prepared statement. The initial phase of the effort involves surfacing improvements on the section of I-270 that connects with the outer loop of the Beltway. The project, which is expected...
  • PA's first diverging diamond interchange finished

    09/16/2017 1:04:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | August 24, 2017 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced the completion of the state's first-ever diverging diamond interchange (DDI), located on Interstate 70, according to Equipment World. The DDI design eliminates left turns across oncoming traffic, improving vehicle flow and decreasing the chance of accidents. The agency also chose the DDI configuration because it could use the former interchange's cloverleaf footprint, reducing the impact of construction on the area. PennDOT said it modified the traditional DDI design slightly. Dive Insight: Design is one way transportation agencies are combating gridlock resulting from increased traffic. Other tools in DOT arsenals are...
  • Breaking: Non-Citizen Voting Reversed in College Park

    09/16/2017 11:02:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2017 | Larry Provost
    On Friday night, the City of College Park, Maryland reversed its city council decision that allowed non-citizens of the U.S., including illegal aliens, the right to vote. This was due to council conveniently forgetting that such massive changes to the College Park City Charter require the vote of a supermajority on council as opposed to a simple majority. Ironically, the law that mandated a supermajority to pass changes to the city charter was enacted just this summer while the proposal to allow illegals and other non-citizens to vote, and was passed 4-3, was voted on only a few months later...
  • Hogan dedicates ICC to former Maryland governor Robert Ehrlich

    09/16/2017 11:06:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 7, 2017 | Katherine Shaver
    It’s hard to know whether Maryland’s Intercounty Connector, also known as the ICC and Route 200, will ever become informally known as Ehrlich Highway or the Ehrlich Connector, but it now has a shot. On Thursday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) dedicated the 18.8-mile toll road to his Republican predecessor and onetime boss, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., whom he credited with reviving and championing a road mired for decades in political controversy. “It wasn’t until Governor Bob Ehrlich made it a top priority of his administration that the Intercounty Connector project finally moved forward and became a reality,”...
  • College Parks measure to let noncitizens vote did not actually pass

    09/16/2017 7:19:59 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 30 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | September 15, 2017 9:47 pm | Teta Alim | @teta_alim
    WASHINGTON Noncitizens will still not be able to vote in local elections in College Park, Maryland, after city officials said Friday it did not have the required number of votes to adopt a much-debated measure. The announcement came several days after city council seemingly passed the measure Tuesday. The measure, known as Charter Amendment 17-CR-02, would have allowed noncitizens to vote in local elections. But according to the statement from College Park officials released Friday night, there were not enough votes. Most council actions require a simple majority, but changes to the charter require affirmative votes from six elected...
  • Census Bureau: D.C. Suburbs Remain Nations Richest Counties

    09/15/2017 5:09:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | September 14, 2017 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The three richest counties in the United States with populations of 65,000 or more, when measured by their 2016 median household incomes, were all suburbs of Washington, D.C., according to data released today by the Census Bureau. Eight of the 20 wealthiest counties with populations of 65,000 or more were also suburbs of Washington, D.C.--as were 10 of the top 25.
  • Baltimore to suspend city bike-share program for one month, faulting rash of thefts: Report

    09/14/2017 10:59:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 14, 2017 | By Ken Shepherd
    Baltimores nascent bike-share program will shut down for about a month while company officials work to improve the security for its cycle fleet, The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday. Baltimore Bike Shares (BBS) service suspension will begin Sunday and last until Oct. 15. The move comes after a rash of brazen bicycle thefts that have perplexed officials at Canadas Bewegen Technologies, which provides Charm Citys rental bikes. We dont have this issue anywhere else, not at this level, Bewegen CEO Alain Ayotte said, The Sun reported. Our locking system is recognized [as] very, very up to industry standard, but due to...
  • Judge orders Maryland bar to investigate lawyers who helped Clinton delete emails

    09/11/2017 4:17:26 PM PDT · by ptsal · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sept 11, 2017 | Stephen Drain
    *snip* near the end of the article On Monday, Alexis Rohde, a lawyer representing the grievance commission, said she was bound by confidentiality rules that prevented her from explaining why the panel had determined the complaint was frivolous. Because all these complaints are confidential, Im unable to put that before the court, she said. Judge Harris rejected that explanation, saying it was the first time the commission had used the term frivolous to explain a decision. He also said the rules were clear that the commission needed to investigate.
  • University of Baltimore students protest Betsy DeVos as fall commencement speaker

    09/11/2017 2:53:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | September 11, 2017 | by Talia Richman
    University of Baltimore president Kurt Schmoke defended his decision to invite U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to speak at the schools fall commencement, even as dozens of students protested against the invitation Monday and hundreds more signed a petition demanding he change his mind. Schmoke, a former mayor of Baltimore, said students should reserve judgment on the controversial member of President Donald Trumps cabinet. Hosting DeVos, he said, is in the best tradition of the university. Dozens of students participated in a class walk out demonstration Monday afternoon, the first of two protests planned for today. UB junior Tracy...
  • Vanity Post; Prayer Request for a friend

    09/10/2017 3:34:08 PM PDT · by MissEdie · 36 replies
    9-10-17 | MissEdie
    I am requesting prayers for a dear friend of mine and her ex-husband who lost their only daughter in a car accident Friday night. Their daughter was 27, and she had served our country in the US Navy for 7 years. Her parents are both devastated. Rhiannon was living in Maryland while she working for a military contractor. The accident happened Friday night in Maryland and her mother had to travel up from South Carolina and her father from Tennessee over the weekend to ID her body.
  • Centennial varsity football team disbanded for 2017 season (MD)

    09/08/2017 8:44:17 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 13 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | Tom Swartz
    The Centennial High School varsity football team has been disbanded for the 2017 season, according to a news release from the Howard County Public School System on Friday afternoon. The decision was made after a meeting at the school between coaches, athletics and activities manager Jean Vanderpool, school and Howard County administrators, and student athletes and parents on Thursday. -Snip- According to a news release from National Federation of High Schools on Aug. 7, participation in 11-player football in 2016-17 dropped by more than 25,000 from the previous year, although the number of schools offering the sport increased by 52...
  • Dem rep planning bill to define 'acceptable speech' on campus

    09/07/2017 10:31:42 AM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 7, 2017 | Fox News
    Democratic Rep. Anthony Brown reportedly plans to introduce a bill that would require universities and colleges to define acceptable speech on campus. The Maryland congressman announced the plans during a speech last week, according to The Diamondback, the University of Marylands student newspaper. Brown reportedly said he wants colleges to demonstrate they have initiatives that define to students "what is acceptable speech and what is not acceptable speech. Further, the bill reportedly would offer grant money to create these programs while pushing universities to report hate crimes. The proposal comes as campuses across the country have been accused of curbing...
  • Dem Congressman to propose crackdown on campus 'hate speech

    09/06/2017 10:42:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | September 6, 2017 | Adam Sabes
    A U.S. Representative from Maryland recently announced that he is planning to introduce legislation to police hate speech on college campuses. According to The Diamondback, Representative Anthony Brown (D) announced plans at the University of Maryland to introduce the bill to fight hate speech and hate crimes, explaining that it would require public colleges and universities to have programs and initiatives that define for students "what is acceptable speech and what is not acceptable speech."
  • U-Md. Latino students described as mediocre and pretty bad in mass email

    09/06/2017 9:01:58 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 2, 2017 | Ellie Silverman
    Latino students were described as mediocre and pretty bad in an email that was accidentally sent by a professor to students registering for a mock trial class at the University of Maryland. Mark Graber sent the missive Thursday to students in the class, inadvertently including remarks from Abigail Graber, identified by the Diamondback student newspaper as his daughter and a lawyer who volunteered as an assistant coach for the team. The university then asked the two to resign, which they did, according to an email sent to students. When asked to comment Friday evening, Mark Graber wrote in an email...
  • Media Conspicuously Omits D.C. Metro Shooters Immigration Status

    09/05/2017 10:34:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | Sept 5, 2017
    A disturbing incident involving a shooting inside a busy Washington D.C. metro station has received a lot of media attention, but all the reports conspicuously fail to mention if the suspect is an illegal immigrant. A man was captured on camera firing a gun down the escalator of the Columbia Heights Metro station in Northwest Washington in the middle of the afternoon on August 25. He eluded police for days and authorities needed help capturing him so they revealed he had an extensive criminal history and identified him as 22-year-old Cesar Morales, Hispanic with brown eyes, black hair and facial...
  • Son of Alabama assistant Mike Locksley shot to death in Maryland

    09/04/2017 3:58:31 PM PDT · by grayboots · 24 replies
    Sporting News ^ | 9/4/2017 | Ron Clements
    The son of Alabama co-offensive coordinator Mike Locksley was killed Sunday in Maryland. Howard County Police said Meiko Locksley, 25, was found outside his Columbia, Md., home around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. He was transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma, where he died overnight, Baltimore TV station WMAR reported. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike, (his wife) Ms. Kia and the entire Locksley family over this tragedy," Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday. "We'll do everything we can to support Mike and his family in this time of tragedy." Police said in a news release that "multiple callers...