Study: Wind farms killed 67 eagles in 5 years

Wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years, but the figure could be much higher, according to a new scientific study by government biologists. (AP)

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Annapolis police bring back water patrols with new boat

The Annapolis Police Department is boasting a new, high-tech police boat that has brought maritime patrols back to the city's waters after an eight-year hiatus. (WBAL-TV)

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Utilities ask customers to cut energy use

Utilities in Maryland and Washington are asking customers to reduce energy use as hot weather blankets the region. BGE, which serves central Maryland, announced Wednesday that customers in its PeakRewards Air Conditioning and Electric Water Heat program will see a reduction in appliance running times. (Daily Record)

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Long-awaited renovation brings new life to Old St. Paul's

The Rev. Mark Stanley loves his work as rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church on North Charles Street, but during his first eight years on the job, he had a problem. The lighting in the historic building was so poor, the color of the walls and ceiling so drab that he could barely make out his congregants from the pulpit. (Balt. Sun)

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Sept. 11 // Baltimore liquor board is 'changing everything,' chairman says

Baltimore's liquor board is reforming the way it does business — cutting staff, adding supervision and imposing new work rules — after a state audit revealed a lax work ethic and spotty enforcement, its chairman told lawmakers Tuesday. "We're changing everything," Stephan Fogleman, chairman of the Baltimore City Board of Liquor License Commissioners, said at a hearing in Annapolis. A recent audit uncovered widespread problems with the liquor board, a hybrid state-city agency criticized by current and former workers as a vestige of political patronage. (Balt. Sun)

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20 percent drop seen in passengers at Salisbury airport

The Lower Shore’s air center set a traffic record last year with 150,000 commercial passengers flying in and out. Then, one of its two airlines left town. After Allegiant Airlines’ permanent departure, no one expected the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport to approach 2012’s feat this year. But airlines’ efforts to reduce costs nationwide have squeezed smaller airports, such as Salisbury’s, deepening the gulf between the two years. (Daily Times)

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Foulger-Pratt: County fixes for Silver Spring transit center ‘ill-advised, ill-conceived’

Plans to fix the cracking Silver Spring Transit Center with a specialty concrete won’t work and will push the Metro hub’s opening past summer 2014, according to a letter released Tuesday from the project’s general contractor, Foulger-Pratt. (Gazette)

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McDonald's taps Joe Flacco to star in national TV commercial

Joe Flacco, who made headlines in March when he stopped at a McDonald's hours after signing the biggest contract in NFL history, will again show his support for the fast-food giant. But this time the star quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens will be getting paid to do it. The Super Bowl XLVII MVP will appear in a national television ad for McDonald's set to debut some time over the next 10 days, said Tom Kleine, a vice president at JL Sports, which represents Flacco. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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