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By Katie V. Jones, Baltimore Sun Media Group | April 11, 2014
Instead of hopping into the car for those short trips to the mall, the park or classes, residents are being asked by county government and the Columbia Association to consider an alternative that could benefit not only the user but the environment: bicycle sharing. Last week, the CA and the county announced a partnership for a Bike Share Feasibility Study and are seeking input not only on the idea but also where it might be the most effective. "This is an opportunity to use existing infrastructure, improve our community's health and expand our transportation options," said Jane Dembner, director of community building and open space for the Columbia Association who frequently bikes to work.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
The educators at Marley Elementary School near Glen Burnie are a little worried about what may happen when their students receive the next generation of tests. These new assessments have been billed as more challenging, but a room of fourth-graders practicing the test on computers Thursday morning seemed unfazed. "The questions were more simple," said Elena Waller, 9, who will be one of the 65,000 students across the state to take a field test of the new PARCC assessments next week.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | March 13, 2014
Baltimore County Code Enforcement unveiled a new mobile system Thursday that will allow citizens to register and track neighborhood nuisance issues such as overgrown lawns, uncovered garbage and rats online. "This is a $1.13 million platform that automates code enforcement process, inspections and enforcement efforts," County Executive Kevin Kamenetz told a gathering of members of the press and community leaders at the Historic Courthouse in Towson Thursday. "You'll be able to electronically report and track code enforcement notices countywide.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
An asteroid was passing within 217,000 miles of Earth on Wednesday afternoon, closer than the moon's distance from the planet. The asteroid is known as  2014 DX110 and is estimated to be 100 feet wide, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. It was expected to reach its closest distance to Earth at about 4 p.m. The Slooh Community Observatory was broadcasting the fly-by live online . Scientists detect asteroids passing as closely about 20 times a year, according to JPL.  The Near-Earth Object Observations Program, known as "Spaceguard," monitors them.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2014
When some kids hear the hallowed words "snow day" in advance of Monday's storm, they'll grab their coats and sleds and head outdoors. But Maryvale Preparatory School senior Elizabeth Piet, like a growing number of students across the Baltimore region, will power up her iPad to see what assignments her teachers have waiting. Both private and public schools are turning traditional snow days into cyber days that sometimes require students to use the Internet and email to stay connected to their teachers, allowing educators to stick more closely to lesson plans during a winter that's included more severe weather than usual.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Berlin is feeling a little cooler than usual after being named "America's Coolest Small Town" by Budget Travel magazine. The Eastern Shore town topped the in the magazine's 9th annual online contest to find hip and happening tiny burgs across the United States. With a population of 4,563, a beautiful downtown, a popular craft brewery, museums and even a song - "Cool Berlin" - to promote the town, Berlin ticked all the boxes, winning about 39,285 votes in the contest that began Jan. 16 and ended early Tuesday.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
Susan Aplin worked behind the scenes for two decades helping run some of the biggest retail stores around - Williams-Sonoma, Sports Authority, Staples, The Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Pottery Barn. But it wasn't until she and friend Carolyn Wapnick took a vacation to Alaska's Prince William Sound that she found her true calling: retail with a cause. As a result of the trip, the duo founded bambeco, an online seller of sustainable home furnishings. Since 2009, the Baltimore-based retailer has grown from two employees to nearly two dozen and attracted more than $4 million worth of investment.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
Trueheart4me was 5-foot-9, spiritual but not religious, and a social drinker, her Match.com profile read. She loved the water, traveling and a good belly laugh. There was one more thing she labeled "full disclosure. " She had cancer. "I was very lucky in that it was caught early and underwent surgery in early November that was a complete success," the profile read. "The cancer is now gone, however, I'll be in treatment for the next several months. … I expect to be finished up in early May, at which time I am also hoping my hair grows back!"
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
Annapolis city council meetings are now being streamed online on the city's website. The website will include live broadcasts of city council meetings as well as archived videos of past meetings. The videos will have time stamps to allow viewers to skip among parts of the meetings. They'll be posted at annapolis.gov under “announcements.” City council meetings already are shown on the city's TV channel, which is Channel 34 for Verizon customers and Channels 99 and 100 for Comcast customers.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | February 3, 2014
Harford County is streamlining its dog licensing procedures so that pet owners soon will be able to buy licenses online, among other changes. The county Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits said the changes are the result of Harford County Council Bill 13-47, introduced at the department's request and passed unanimously by the council in December. The legislation, which takes effect Feb. 18, allows the department to take advantage of a new licensing system expected to be operational in July, the county said in a news release.
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