Towson swimmer Jack Saunderson has a chance to be an Olympian — he's just not sure he wants to be

Jack Saunderson’s week began lazily. He slept in, enjoyed a relaxed dinner at Newport Beach, Calif., and dipped his feet in the Pacific Ocean. It ended with the Towson University swimmer clinching a blazing time of 51.48 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly preliminaries July 27 at the Phillips 66 National Championships, where the 21-year-old Saunderson beat favorites such as Michael Andrews and Caeleb Dressel, often dubbed “the next Michael Phelps.” It was a time that made Saunderson the fifth-fastest in the world in the men’s 100-meter fly this year, and the second quickest American. (Balt. Sun)

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Gaming fund money to help dozens of Washington Co. nonprofits, plus fire and rescue companies

The latest round of Washington County gaming fund grants will help provide more transportation for youths going to after-school programs and continue at full strength a school-based mental-health program. Almost $988,187 in Washington County gaming funds is being distributed to local charitable groups. The same amount is going to fire and rescue groups. The Washington County Gaming Commission announced during Tuesday's county commissioners meeting how $1,976,374 in tip-jar revenue would be shared among the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association and 82 charitable groups. (Herald-Mail)

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HACA to open public housing waitlist for most properties

For the first time in more than a year, the Annapolis housing authority will open the waitlist for its public housing properties. The Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis will allow people to submit preliminary applications later this month to live in one of the authority’s public housing properties, including the Bloomsbury Square, Morris H. Blum, Harbour House, Eastport Terrace and Robinwood communities. The application period will be open for three weeks beginning Aug. 20 and ending Sept. 6. (Capital)

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85 million gallons of sewage-tainted water flowed into Baltimore's harbor during heavy rains, pipe breaks

Intense rain in July and subsequent sewer line breaks in August caused more than 85 million gallons of sewage-tainted water to flow into Baltimore’s harbor over two weeks, city officials said Tuesday. Much of the overflows were because the city’s water and sewage system releases tainted water when rains are too heavy for the system to hold. Baltimore’s sewer system was designed more than 100 years ago, and city officials say the overflow problem will continue until at least 2020 while they work on $2 billion in infrastructure upgrades. (Balt. Sun)

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RNC site's link for Maryland GOP's Twitter delivered porn

For half a year, the Republican National Committee's website directed seekers of the Maryland Republican Party's Twitter to a porn account. The RNC removed the porn link from GOP.com on Monday after The Capital newspaper raised questions. Maryland Republican Party Executive Director Patrick O'Keefe told the paper that the state party changed its handle on Jan. 24, and he asked to have Twitter freeze the old account name. But a porn site swooped in, and the old handle began serving up a feed of "Sexy Car Babes" the next day. (News-Post-AP)

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Four names forwarded to governor to be next Harford district court judge

Four names have been forwarded to the governor to be considered for the Harford County District Court judge vacancy. The finalists are Kerwin Anthony Miller Sr., Carl Ridgeley Schlaich, Christopher Robb vanRoden and Donald Foster Walter Jr. The person chosen by Gov. Larry Hogan will replace Judge Victor Butanis, who retired Jan. 31 after 21 years on the District Court bench. “The common thread of all four is they have really, really excellent judicial demeanor,” Tim Braue, chairman of the Harford Judicial Nominating Commission, said. “They’re calm and they have patience, that’s really important in District Court.” (Aegis)

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Mount Airy Council votes to rezone property industrial

The Mount Airy Mayor and Town Council approved rezoning a property on Twin Arch Road from residential to industrial after a rare, court-like public hearing Monday, Aug. 6. During the hearing, where mayor and council serve in a “judicial capacity,” like jurors in a court case, the owner of the property answered questions about whether the property’s surroundings had changed considerably since the town approved its master plan in 2013. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Pugh’s chief of staff was gone, and now she’s back

Kimberly Morton, who told associates she planned to resign as Mayor Catherine Pugh’s chief of staff in late July, is back at her desk. For a few days, the COS position was left blank on the mayor’s online cabinet roster, but then Morton’s name and photograph reappeared. According to James Bentley, the mayor’s press secretary: “She never left as chief of staff.” According to Morton herself, when asked today if she had resigned: “No, I don’t talk about this. I appreciate your position, and I don’t want to be rude. But everything goes through the communications department so we don’t get mixed messages going.” (Brew)

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