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By a Baltimore Sun reporter | February 21, 2014
A tornado was confirmed Friday in St. Mary's and Calvert counties in southern Maryland, the National Weather Service said. An EF-0 tornado, with an estimated maximum wind speed of 80 mph, moved from Compton in St. Mary's County to Cove Point in Calvert between 12:23 p.m. and 12:39 p.m. No injuries or fatalities were reported, but trees were down. The weather service received 15 damage reports that appeared linear when mapped. A tornado watch had been issued for a large swath of Maryland Friday afternoon.
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Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
EMMITSBURG - Family after family took the solemn walk Sunday to receive an American flag and red rose, each pausing for a moment to feel the nation's gratitude for their loved ones, fallen firefighters who died in the line of duty. Among the 107 first responders honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service were two from Maryland: Gene Meir Kirchner, 25, of Reisterstown and David R. Barr Jr., 64, of Port Deposit. "For us, it's just another step in our journey of mourning," said Kirchner's sister, Shelly Brezicki of Hampstead.
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March 30, 2013
I would like to add my support for the Maryland Agricultural Certainty Program, which is a balanced approach to protecting farmland for a certain period of time while recognizing the importance of environmental practices. This bill will provide farmers with relief that's badly needed as long as they're contributing to the clean-up of the Chesapeake Bay by reducing pollution from their farms. I've heard critics cite the number of farms being impacted by state regulations as "minimal.
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
J.J. Reidy boarded a garish yellow RV parked in Harbor East and shared a vision: vast greenhouses in Baltimore raising produce to feed thousands, the plants feeding on nutrients from the waste of fish swimming in nearby tanks. In two minutes and 35 seconds of video time, the graduate business student and would-be entrepreneur delivered the pitch he fashioned with his business partner, Julie Buisson, wrapping it up with a punchy closing line: "We believe we can feed our city in our city.
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By Michael Dresser | March 15, 2014
Opponents of a Somerset County wind energy facility pushed forward with a House proposal to slow the project Saturday, a victory for Southern Maryland over the Eastern Shore in a rare contest of rural regions. On a 40-80 vote, the House defeated an amendment that would have weakened a bill to impose a 15-month delay on the construction of high turbines for the Eastern Shore project. Lawmakers from Southern Maryland -- across the Chesapeake Bay -- are concerned about how the wind facility would affect Patuxent Naval Air Station,  one of the state's largest military bases and the economic engine of that region.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2010
— It wasn't just the wind whipping up the crowd of about 200 outside Calvert County Republican headquarters Friday afternoon. "In Maryland of all places, we know we can win because we have done it before," former Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele told GOP supporters. Now chairman of the Republican National Committee, Steele has spent the past six weeks on a 48-state "Fire Pelosi" tour, promoting Republican congressional candidates to turn out the Democratic House speaker. The odyssey arrives in Severna Park today for a rally with Andy Harris, the Republican state lawmaker attempting to unseat freshman Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil in the 1st Congressional District.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2012
The Department of Veterans Affairs will open a new outpatient clinic for veterans in Southern Maryland next year, Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said Thursday. The facility in Charlotte Hall is intended to serve the large veteran population in Southern Maryland, home to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Naval Support Facility Indian Head and other military installations. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer welcomed the announcement. He said the current VA outpatient clinic in Charlotte Hall is over capacity and "cannot fully meet the needs of our community.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 18, 1991
HUGHESVILLE -- Prince George's County voters told the governor's Redistricting Panel Tuesday night that Representative Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.-5th, should be given a new district that includes Southern Maryland.Last night Southern Maryland said thanks, but no thanks.More than 100 residents and local political leaders -- almost all Republican -- came out to say that Mr. Hoyer can forget migrating south to find a safe seat."We do not consider ourselves to be a pawn in this process," said Mark Frazer, a former Calvert County commissioner and GOP congressional candidate.
BUSINESS
By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | March 18, 1998
UPPER MARLBORO -- It was payday yesterday for the workers in perhaps the state's oldest industry as Southern Maryland tobacco growers took their crop to auction."
BUSINESS
By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | April 13, 1999
State tobacco farmers were celebrating a legislative victory yesterday that they say will go a long way toward stabilizing the Southern Maryland agriculture economy."
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
President Barack Obama, who is attempting to help Democrats maintain their grip on the Senate, will attend a fundraiser Friday at the home of a wealthy Baltimore hedge fund manager who has become one of the nation's foremost advocates for Israel. Howard E. Friedman, a former president of the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, and a leading patron of Jewish political causes, will host Obama for a dinner that will cost guests up to $32,400 - the maximum an individual may give to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the calendar year.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
When you're a Libertarian candidate in Maryland, garnering more than 1 percent of the vote on Election Day counts as a win. But for Shawn Quinn, candidate for governor, nothing short of toppling both the major-party candidates will feel like victory. "People think I'm nuts," Quinn said last week. "But I want to be the next governor of Maryland. " The Libertarian Party, founded in 1971, has never won more than a full percentage point of Maryland voters in statewide races. Quinn is undeterred.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
University of Maryland officials on Tuesday announced the launch of a new test site to study how drones may coexist with jets, helicopters and other air traffic in U.S. airspace. The long-planned site is to be based near Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Southern Maryland, long a key research site for the Navy. It will be managed by the A. James Clark School of Engineering at College Park. "With [Pax River] serving as a premier facility for research, development, testing, and evaluation, our region is already a hub for aviation innovation," Rep. Steny Hoyer, whose district includes the university and the test site, said in a statement.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Five members of Maryland's congressional delegation said for the first time Friday they believe the punishment handed down to Ravens running back Ray Rice by the NFL is insufficient, adding to a growing chorus of elected officials who are raising questions about league commisioner Roger Goodell's decision. “Domestic violence carries a stigma, and the little to no punishment many abusers receive only strengthens that stigma and further endangers victims,” said Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2014
Maryland's congressional delegation cruised to victory in Tuesday's primary, leaving Democrats positioned to dominate the state's House seats even in a year that's shaping up to be promising for the Republicans nationally. Six of eight incumbents representing the state in the House of Representatives - five Democrats and one Republican - faced challengers, but most of them were not well known and raised too little money to pose serious threats. In an election year that could have a profound effect on President Barack Obama's final years in the office - as well as on the fate of efforts to overhaul immigration laws and the U.S. tax code - Democrats and Republicans are battling for control of the Senate and the GOP is hoping to add to its majority in the House.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
The body of an 11-year-old girl who went missing while playing on a sandbar Friday was found in waters off Cobb Island in southern Maryland on Sunday, according to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office. The girl was identified as Faith Janee Lee, of Chaptico, the sheriff's office said. He family has been notified. The body was taken to the office of the chief medical examiner for autopsy, officials said. Foul play is not suspected. About 2 p.m. Sunday, a boater on the Wicomico River near Cobb Island saw a body in the water near the 17400 block of Rock Point Road and called police, said Diane Richardson, a spokeswoman with the Charles County Sheriff's Office.
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By TED SHELSBY | March 12, 2006
Earl "Buddy" Hance can trace his family to the 1700s when, as he puts it, "They got off the boat at St. Mary's City and began growing tobacco." For more than 250 years, the Hance family and most of its Southern Maryland neighbors labored to meet the growing demand from Europeans hooked on smoking. "We grew tobacco forever, as far back as six or seven generations," he said. But that ended abruptly a few years ago. Hance was one of the more than 800 farmers who decided to take part in a state program that paid them to stop growing tobacco.
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November 2, 1998
BEFORE the state moved to acquire the planned Chapman's Landing development in Charles County, a private conservation group was working to buy the most fragile land in the 2,225-acre tract along the Potomac River.The nonprofit Conservation Fund last month engineered the final piece in the land acquisition puzzle. It brokered a deal for purchase of the remaining 375 acres of Chapman's Landing, after the state moved to acquire 1,850 acres from the developer in August.Opposition to the planned city of 12,000 people sprang from a variety of concerns: pollution of important fisheries, danger to old-growth forest, wetlands loss, endangered species threats, well-water rights and historical preservation of the 18th century plantation.
SPORTS
By Jonathan Munshaw, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
Dawn Perdue has been following racing for as long as she can remember. When she was 9, Perdue watched a drag race with her father. Immediately after seeing a jet dragster go down the track, she turned to her father and told him her dream was to race in one. Perdue moved closer to that dream on her 16th birthday, when her parents bought her her first racecar, a Ford Pinto. Although she grew up in Pennsylvania near the Maryland border, Perdue's racing career blossomed in Cecil County and at Maryland International Raceway at Budds Creek Motocross Park in Mechanicsville.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
President Barack Obama told donors in Maryland on Monday that this November's midterm election will be "critical" if Democrats hope to increase the federal minimum wage or approve major changes to U.S. immigration laws during his final years in office. Speaking at a fundraiser held at the home of a Potomac physician, the president argued that Republicans in the House of Representatives have become caught in an "endless loop" over issues such as the health care law and the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.
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