Detectives raid Charlotte Hall casino

About two weeks after law officers checked the records of George Wells’ casino in Charlotte Hall and found “everything in order,” by his account, they returned Sunday night with a search warrant and reported seizing those records, along with nearly $20,000. “We’re abiding by the law,” Wells said Monday after the raid, and a police search of his home. “If they don’t want gambling in St. Mary’s County, change the law. We’re doing it for good charities.” (Enterprise)

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Frederick's homeless, leaders discuss cold-weather options

Warmer nights ahead might buy time for those seeking a solution for homeless residents before Frederick's cold-weather shelter opens Nov. 15. Nearly 30 of the city's homeless joined Frederick aldermen, police and social services leaders at On Our Own of Frederick County on Tuesday to discuss the scramble to provide warmth on Friday. (News-Post)

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Gaithersburg to apply for Summit Hall to join National Register of Historic Places

Summit Hall Farm could soon land on the National Register of Historic Places. Matt Bowling, Gaithersburg’s staff liaison to the city’s Historic District Commission, said the city is planning to submit an application to Maryland Historical Trust to have the Summit Hall Farm property in Bohrer Park be added to the National Register of Historic Places. The action came from the direction of the mayor and council at an Aug. 12 city worksession during which city staff and elected officials toured the smokehouse on the site. (Gazette)

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New language addition to Silver Spring library.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) announced Thursday that Amharic is now part of the language collection at the Silver Spring Library. More than 58,000 Africans live in Montgomery and the largest group among them is Ethiopians, according to a county news release. Amharic is a Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia and is the second-most spoken Semitic language in the world, according to the release. (Gazette)

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Ingleside gravel pit owner cited for mining at Price farm

Roland Karbaum, owner of the Ingleside gravel pit ordered to cease operation in September, was cited Friday, Oct. 25, for unapproved mining at his farm, Maple Meadows in Price. Steve Cohoon, director of planning and zoning for Queen Anne’s County, said he and another county employee went to the farm on Oct. 21 after receiving a citizen complaint that a mining operation was occuring there. After investigating, the county determined there was evidence to support issuing a $500 fine to Karbaum for operating a minor extraction without approval. (Star Dem.)

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Oct. 29 // A year after Hurricane Sandy, recovery ongoing

A year ago, Hurricane Sandy was imminent, and now 12 months later, signs of recovery from the storm remain in Crisfield and Garrett County. In Crisfield, charity workers will on Monday dedicate the first two houses to be rebuilt since Sandy's winds and storm surge funneled floodwaters across the Eastern Shore town. (Balt. Sun)

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Frederick city hires new airport manager

Christopher Lawler has been named the new manager of Frederick Municipal Airport effective Nov. 1, according to a news release from the City of Frederick. Lawler takes over management of the airport following the departure of Kevin Daugherty. Lawler has been a professional pilot and was most recently employed by The Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association. He worked as a program manager working with general aviation airports across the country on unique issues related to aviation. (News-Post)

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Open Society Institute's social justice laboratory in Baltimore turns 15

On the field next to Northeast Middle School, young refugees Abhishek Yonghang and Ahmed Osman kicked a soccer ball around, each grateful for the common connection as they adjust to a new life far from their former homes in Nepal and Somalia. Three miles away in a classroom at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, junior Wayne Young slipped a suit jacket over his school uniform for debate practice with the Urban Debate League, trying to "look the part" of the Harvard law grad he envisions himself to one day be. (Balt. Sun)

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