Fort Meade: Dailey discusses importance of information technology during DISA visit

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey received a Unified Video Dissemination System mission brief, toured the Defense Information Systems Agency Command Center, and met with DISA Soldiers during a visit to the agency’s headquarters at Fort George G. Meade July 27. The UVDS is a DISA-provided capability that enables intelligence analysts to view live, full-motion video feeds collected by manned and unmanned aerial platforms. Dailey, a career infantry soldier, spoke about the importance of communications and information technology. (Balt. Sun)

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August 7 // Maryland officials ask Conowingo Dam owner Exelon to help in 'critical moment' for Chesapeake Bay pollution

Even as Conowingo Dam owner Exelon Corp. is suing Maryland and denying responsibility for pollution that flows down the Susquehanna River, state environmental officials appealed directly to the company Monday in a letter seeking help in "a critical moment" for the Chesapeake Bay. Mark Belton and Ben Grumbles, the state’s secretaries of natural resources and the environment, respectively, wrote a letter to Exelon CEO Christopher Crane asking the company to pitch in with bay cleanup efforts after record July rainfall sent a surge of trash and debris into waterways. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore council votes to ban sale of city's water supply

Baltimore City Council members concerned about lobbying efforts to privatize the city’s water supply unanimously approved legislation Monday that, if approved by voters, would make it illegal to sell or lease the water system. City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young waived council rules to allow for fast-tracked approval of a charter amendment that will go to voters on the November ballot. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County Council nixes proposed tax break for public safety workers

The Baltimore County Council on Monday decided against granting property tax breaks to police officers, firefighters and other public safety workers. Councilman Wade Kach had proposed phasing in a property tax break of up to $2,500 for eligible public safety workers over the next three years. With more than 2,000 people eligible, the break would have resulted in a revenue reduction of $5.3 million per year when fully phased-in, according to a county analysis. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland launches community solar program, creating new green energy opportunities — but also potential conflicts

Maryland has launched a pilot program that will allow anyone to power their home with solar panels — even if they are renters, condo-dwellers or live in the shade of trees. Solar developers are looking for hundreds of residents to subscribe to six power projects planned across the state, including recently announced sites in Owings Mills and Westminster. Their offers include discounts off standard electric rates. (Balt. Sun)

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City Council repeals part of fire code to accommodate bike lanes, development

The Baltimore City Council voted unanimously Monday to repeal parts of the fire code that officials say were preventing the creation of bike lanes and new development projects. The measure now goes to the desk of Mayor Catherine Pugh. Her spokesman did not immediately respond to a question Monday evening about whether she would sign it into law. (Balt. Sun)

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Council looks at stiffer reviews for development near Howard's scenic roads

Tighter restrictions and reviews for developments planned along or near scenic roads in Howard County are being considered by the County Council. Councilwoman Jen Terrasa is co-sponsoring legislation that would require more reviews and public meetings for developments that have more than 99 units planned near any of the more than five dozen roads that are designated as scenic in Howard County. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Silver Spring demonstrators demand answers in police shooting of unarmed black man

Scores of people demonstrated in downtown Silver Spring on Sunday in response to the recent release of county police officers' body-camera footage from a fatal police shooting in a nearby neighborhood. Robert White, 41, who was unarmed, died June 11 after being shot multiple times during the encounter with Montgomery County police Officer Anand Badgujar in a townhome community off of Sligo Creek Parkway. (Bethesda)

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