Powerful House lawmaker, civil rights advocate, vocal Trump critic Elijah Cummings dead at 68

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Rep. Elijah Cummings, the powerful House Democrat who represented Baltimore for more than two decades and was a vocal critic of President Trump, died early Thursday after battling health problems, his office said in a statement.
Cummings, who was 68, died at Gilchrist Hospice Care, a Johns Hopkins affiliate. As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, he was one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington, and played a key role in the House Democrats’ ongoing efforts to impeach Trump.

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Governor Hogan announces series of actions regarding Bay Bridge project

Chesapeake Bay Bridge 22MARYLAND – At a Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday morning, Governor Larry Hogan announced a series of actions that his administration is going to take to expedite the Bay Bridge rehabilitation project.
Hogan says that MDOT will make every effort to expedite the project, including having crews working 24 hours a day. MDTA is also working to eliminate toll booths and move to all-electronic tolling on the bridge ASAP. MDOT, SHA, and the Maryland State Police will assist in improving the flow and direction of traffic, while traffic engineers will work with nearby county leaders to find a solution and balanced approach to both westbound and eastbound traffic approaching the bridge.
Hogan also says that administration officials will work to redouble efforts to seek input from local leaders and residents.

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‘At worst, I die’: Ocean City doctor recounts night stranded on Rehoboth Bay

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The evening Victor Gong realized he wouldn’t make it back to shore was the evening he did not know a subtropical storm off the Atlantic Ocean was pushing in abnormally high tides and rough surf.
It was only after the sun slowly disappeared on Oct. 10 that Gong felt the wind shift and pull him further down the Rehoboth Bay, toward the Indian River Inlet.
Perched on his windsurfing board and desperately trying to get his mast back on that night, the retired Ocean City doctor didn’t know a kiteboarder had died at the same location a week before.
Heavy winds had pushed the 48-year-old kiteboarder into deeper water, and agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, launched a search on Oct. 4. After two hours, that man’s body was found near Tower Road.

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Hourly Parking Rates Could Go Up In Ocean City But With Free Shoulder Season Parking

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OCEAN CITY, Md-The Ocean City Parking Task Force has recently met after a summer hiatus. On their agenda now is how can changes to the town’s current fee structure best generate additional parking revenue?
Town officials say due to the high demand seen in the summer, it’s time the rate structure better reflect the high volume of people flocking to the area.
To do this, the task force is considering hiking parking rates. This includes rates to the Inlet lot, municipal lots and street parking in certain areas throughout town.
According to City Engineer Terry McGean, the parking task force is considering multiple alternatives that would generate revenue.

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Wicomico Co. officials seek ban on releasing balloons

https___blogs-images.forbes.com_erikkain_files_2018_10_balloons-2SALISBURY, Md. – Wicomico County officials are stepping up efforts to protect the environment.
On Tuesday, the County Executive presented legislation that bans mass balloon releases.
County officials say balloons released into the air pose a danger to the agriculture industry and marine animals.
Environmental advocates say these balloons do not degrade.
Members of the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce and the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce pushed to bring this new legislation to fruition in the future.

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After 37 years of business, Salisbury educational supplies shop will close

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After nearly four decades in Salisbury, an educational supplies store will soon close its doors.
Educational Supplies, Inc., which opened in July 1982, will close in a matter of weeks, according to a spokesperson for the store.
“We will miss seeing all our loyal customers,” read a statement issued Monday. “We thank you for your support over the years and the relationships that we have established.”
Store representatives declined to comment further on Tuesday.

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MSP Princess Anne August/September DUI Arrests

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MSP Princess Anne August/September DUI Arrests

The following persons were arrested by Troopers assigned to the Maryland State Police Princess Anne Barracks and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the months of August/September 2019.

  • Chelsea Baczek, 34 YOA, Chincoteague, VA
  • Dale Gunter, 56 YOA, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Scott Wheatley, 28 YOA, Dames Quarter, MD
  • Jyrin Harmon, 18 YOA, Salisbury, MD
  • Nia Alleyne, 25 YOA, Princess Anne, MD
  • Tyrin Hayman, 24 YOA, New Castle, DE
  • Joshua Webster, 30 YOA, Salisbury, MD
  • Monique Brown, 29 YOA, Princess Anne, MD
  • Karrington Jackson, 23 YOA, Mardela Springs, MD
  • Daisy Rodriguez, 60 YOA, Valley Stream, NY
  • Ann Smullen, 42 YOA, Princess Anne, MD
  • Isaiah White, 32 YOA, Mardela Springs, MD
  • Thomas Fontaine, 40 YOA, Marion Station, MD
  • Ra’shya Wharton, 19 YOA, Salisbury, MD
  • Antonio Maness, 32 YOA, Princess Anne, MD
  • Jason Taylor, 38 YOA, Salisbury, MD
  • Lamar Collier, 35 YOA, Pocomoke, MD
  • Cameron Gardner, 21 YOA, Hyattsville, MD
  • Kerry Banks, 38 YOA, Crisfield, MD
  • Celso Chavez, 35 YOA, Princess Anne, MD
  • Megan Parker, 36 YOA, Eden, MD
  • Henry Fitchett, 29 YOA, Crisfield, MD
  • Shon Applegate, 45 YOA, Hamilton, V

Parents express concern after another fight breaks out at Salisbury Middle

school_violenceSALISBURY, Md. – On Monday, another fight broke out at Salisbury Middle School.
Pastor Robert Best Jr., a concerned parent said, “This is ridiculous!”
Sheriff Mike Lewis with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office said there were around ten fights that broke out at the school last week. One of those fights ended with pepper spray and another ended with blood shed.
Sheriff Lewis said, “We had a child who was assaulted, which resulted in his being medevaced to Baltimore to a hospital for treatment.”

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Chesapeake Bay states fight EPA clean water rule rollback

img_8712As President Donald Trump acts to roll back environmental regulations, the states that surround the Chesapeake Bay are vowing to fight back.
The Environmental Protection Agency revoked two regulations last month dealing with clean water and air that present conflicting positions from the Trump Administration over the role states should play in protecting their own natural resources.
The first came with the removal of an Obama-era rule that sought to protect streams, lakes, wetlands and other bodies of water from pollution, a move state officials say threatens the Chesapeake Bay.
“(The Trump Administration’s) determination to weaken the Clean Water Act threatens to undo our hard-won progress cleaning up (waterways) in Maryland and across the nation,” Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said in a statement. “We plan to vigorously challenge this latest unlawful rollback.”

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