Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Recreation in Westminster always a hot topic during summer [Column]

Recreation in Westminster always a hot topic during summer [Column]

By Kevin E. Dayhoff, 6:00 a.m. EDT, July 18, 2014 Read more:  http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/carroll/westminster/ph-ce-eagle-archives-0720-20140718,0,5480470.story

The City of Westminster and Carroll County's Department of Recreation and Parks have joined the National Recreation and Parks Association in celebrating National Recreation and Parks Month.

According to NRPA.org, the theme for this year's month-long celebration is "OUT is IN."

On April 7, 1922, the Democratic Advocate published an editorial about "Westminster and the recreation problem."

"Our fathers did not have recreational centers. Why should we have them now? Our fathers did not have telephones, automobiles, electric lights, rural free delivery of mails, and many other conveniences which we now enjoy. Shall we dispense with them because they were unknown to the previous generation?

"We cannot do business as our fathers did. Can we take our recreation as they did? In the early days work and play were combined. The men of a community would gather for 'clearing the new ground,' 'log rollings,' 'barn raisings.' 'harvesting parties' 'husking bees,' and the like.

"At the same time the women had their 'quilting parties' and did the cooking for the community feast. In the evening there were the community plays. Those days are gone never to return." ....

Read more:  http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/carroll/westminster/ph-ce-eagle-archives-0720-20140718,0,5480470.story

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Prevent Medical Bills From Spoiling Credit | Bankrate.com

Prevent Medical Bills From Spoiling Credit | Bankrate.com:

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/credit/prevent-medical-bills-from-spoiling-credit.aspx?ec_id=cmct_01_comm_PF_mainlink

"Prevent medical bills from spoiling credit
By Liz Weston • Bankrate.com

Medical bills that wind up in collections hurt your credit scores more than they should.

That was the conclusion the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reached after studying 5 million credit reports. The federal regulator tracked how well credit scores predicted people's future creditworthiness after medical bills showed up on their reports.

 The answer: Not that well. The CFPB says people with medical collections generally paid their other obligations on par with those whose credit scores were 10 points higher. And those who paid off their medical collections should have received scores 16 to 22 points higher on average."

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/credit/prevent-medical-bills-from-spoiling-credit.aspx?ec_id=cmct_01_comm_PF_mainlink

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Historical Society of Carroll County MD Box Lunch Talk by former Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff

Historical Society of Carroll County MD Box Lunch Talk by former Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff

Celebrating 250-years of Westminster MD history

TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014 Historical Society of Carroll County MD Box Lunch Talk: William Winchester founded the city of Westminster MD 250 years ago in 1764 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4ZJszwlbyA&list=UU3II1CrxPqubFKXY6D8p7WQ


Westminster was founded in 1764 by William Winchester (1711 – 1790) of England. This year, we celebrate the 250th anniversary, or sestercentennial, of our great City’s founding with many wonderful events. http://westminstermd.gov/369/Celebrate-250-Years

A Storied History - Watch an historical presentation on the City of Westminster, presented by Kevin Dayhoff (Mayor, 2001 - 2005) by clicking here (YouTube video.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4ZJszwlbyA&list=UU3II1CrxPqubFKXY6D8p7WQ

In 1764 William Winchester developed a plan to sell forty-five lots along “King Street” on a sixteen-acre portion of the northern end of “White’s level” on the main road to Baltimore Town. The “piece of ground” was to be called “Westminster.” Come celebrate the 250th anniversary of Westminster with local Baltimore Sun history writer Kevin Dayhoff as he traces the storied history of Westminster, the Carroll County seat of government.


The Box Lunch Talk (BLT) program attracts scores of local history enthusiasts every month! These hour-long events – easily our most popular – begin promptly at Noon on the second Tuesday of every month in Grace Hall, Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster. http://gracelc.org/

Free parking is available in the lot on Carroll Street. Enter the building through Entrance #2, on Carroll Street.

Past topics include The Wines of Central Maryland, Past Present & FutureHistoric Barns of Carroll County; andWhere is Grandma Hiding?, which showed guests how to explore their genealogy.

Participating is inexpensive and easy! Guests bring their lunch and enjoy a small selection of beverages and dessert. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

To see our current BLT schedule, pick up a copy of our newsletter The Courier, check out our calendar online, or give us a call at 410-848-6494. Programs are subject to change without prior notice.

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Noon-1 p.m., in Grace Hall at the historic Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street in Westminster. Lunch is not available for purchase; participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. Beverages and dessert are provided. Admission is $2.00 for Historical Society of Carroll County members and $5.00 for non-members. 
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Water shut-offs are hate crimes: Netroots Nation progressives protest in Detroit.

Water shut-offs are hate crimes: Netroots Nation progressives protest in Detroit.:

By David Weigel

"DETROIT—One of the truly great things about Netroots Nation is the annual move to a brand-new city. Only Las Vegas has hosted two of these conventions. Every other year, the circus tents have plunked into a union-friendly state (Michigan was until fairly recently) and been flavored by the local progressive movement. Last year Northern California, this year Michigan.

I think that adds to the thick aura of populism. After listening to Rep. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Gary Peters, and Mark Ruffalo (an anti-fracking campaigner, if you didn't know), anyone who was so moved could join the National Nurses United in a protest of the city shutting off water for people who hadn't paid their water bills. "

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Killing of Palestinian Youth Puts an Israeli Focus on Extremism - NYTimes.com

Killing of Palestinian Youth Puts an Israeli Focus on Extremism - NYTimes.com: "By STEVEN ERLANGER JULY 10, 2014"

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/11/world/middleeast/killing-of-palestinian-youth-puts-an-israeli-focus-on-extremism.html?emc=edit_th_20140711&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=45685287&_r=2

JERUSALEM — Even as the Israeli public offers strong support for airstrikes on Hamas fighters and their weapons stocks in Gaza, there is a good deal of reflection over the coldblooded killing of a Palestinian teenager that helped lead to the latest increase in violence.
Brutality against innocents is not new on either side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But, despite a court order that bans the disclosure of information in the case, Israelis have been discussing links between the suspects arrested in the killing of the teenager, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, and Israeli right-wing extremist groups that have at times operated with impunity.
Very little about the six suspects has been confirmed, because of the court order. But several Israeli media outlets have linked them to extremist groups, describing them as “shababnikkim,” pejorative Hebrew slang for right-wing extremist youth from ultra-Orthodox homes on the fringes of Orthodox society... 
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/11/world/middleeast/killing-of-palestinian-youth-puts-an-israeli-focus-on-extremism.html?emc=edit_th_20140711&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=45685287&_r=2
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Camp Upshur welcomes all units for training > Marine Corps Base Quantico

Camp Upshur welcomes all units for training > Marine Corps Base Quantico > News Article Display:

"Crossroads of the Marine Corps"

Camp Upshur welcomes all units for training By Tiffiney Wertz | Marine Corps Base Quantico | July 10, 2014

"MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. -- About 10 miles past the Ponderosa Gate, empty roads snuggled between thousands of acres of training and live-fire ranges, sits Camp Upshur on the grounds of what was, in 1942, the home to The Officer Candidates School."

... http://www.quantico.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/10834/Article/167227/camp-upshur-welcomes-all-units-for-training.aspx

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The endless, excruciating idiocy of the Internet — in one very stupid viral photo

The endless, excruciating idiocy of the Internet — in one very stupid viral photo

.... Sadly, this is not unbelievable...
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Liberty Reservoir Day celebrates local watershed [Eagle Archives]

Liberty Reservoir Day celebrates local watershed [Eagle Archives]


By Kevin E. Dayhoff, July 11, 2014

On July 26, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works
will again celebrate Liberty Reservoir Day in the recreation area right above
the reservoir dam on the North Branch of the Patapsco River.

Last year's Liberty Reservoir Day event was well attended and according to Kurt Kocher, the department's spokesman, the department would like to build upon last year's success. 
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"Baltimore and Westminster have a long standing partnership that goes back decades," said Westminster public works director Jeff Glass. "Maintaining a sustainable water supply for all our
customers is a constant focus."

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The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the dam on Liberty Dam Road off Wards Chapel Road. Parking is free. For information, call 410-545-6541 or go to http://www.baltimorecity.gov.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the dedication of Liberty Dam, which is located in eastern Carroll County at the border with Baltimore County.

According to a history of Liberty reservoir written for the Historical Society of Carroll County by historian Mary Ann Ashcraft several years ago in the Carroll County Times, "Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr. dedicated Liberty Dam on September 21, 1954 …."

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/carroll/eldersburg-sykesville/ph-ce-eagle-archives-0713-20140709,0,894842.story

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Thousands of Maryland drivers get only days' notice to renew registration

Thousands of Maryland drivers get only days' notice to renew registration

Agency says high-capacity mailer failed, delaying reminders

By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun


When Jim Maguire returned to his Pikesville home recently after a week out of town, he found a reminder from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to renew the registration on his car waiting in the pile of mail.

"I was just going to set it aside and look at it in another month," the longtime Marylander said. "I just assumed it didn't apply to me immediately."

Luckily he didn't, because it did.

Maguire, 53, was one of thousands of Marylanders who were sent notices to renew their vehicle registrations days before their tags were due to expire. Ordinarily, the Motor Vehicle Administration sends such notices between 45 and 60 days before expiration.


A spokesman for the agency blamed a problem with a high-capacity mailer, a machine it uses to send out the notices. - See more at: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/search/bs-md-mva-notice-delay-20140708,0,6408712.story
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Daniel E. Katz appointed director of the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division

Maryland State Police Press Release
07/10/2014 08:28

NEW STATE POLICE FORENSICS LAB DIRECTOR APPOINTED
(Pikesville, MD) – Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus L. Brown today announced a veteran forensic scientist with a broad range of expertise including DNA technology has been appointed as the new crime laboratory director.

Daniel E. Katz has been appointed director of the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division. Katz has worked in the Forensic Sciences Division since May 2007. Since January 2014, he has served as Acting Director of the Forensic Sciences Division, following the retirement of former Director Teresa Long.

“Dan Katz is an outstanding leader with significant credentials and experience who has already had an integral role in helping develop our lab into the preeminent scientific facility it is today,” Colonel Brown said. “The Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division is vital to the state’s crime fight because of the evidence analysis support the dedicated scientists there provide to any requesting police department. Dan will continue to build on the foundation of scientific excellence already established there and will work to expand the lab’s capabilities and services to Maryland’s law enforcement community.”

“I am grateful for this opportunity and the honor to lead the committed scientists, crime scene technicians, and support personnel who are a part of the Forensic Sciences Division,” Director Katz said. “This Division will continue to be a leader in forensic sciences support as we work together to unlock the secrets of crime scene evidence to identify the guilty and exonerate the innocent.”

The Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division currently consists of 92 employees who include scientists with specialties in a variety of forensic fields, crime scene technicians, police photographers, inventory control officers, and related support staff. Facilities include the 68,000 square feet crime laboratory in Pikesville and two satellite labs in Berlin and Hagerstown. The State Police lab is nationally accredited through the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board.

The State Police Forensic Science Laboratory conducts a full-range of scientific and forensic analyses. The lab not only analyzes evidence from Maryland State Police cases, but provides services for any requesting police department in the State. Last year, more than 70 percent of the evidence the State Police lab analyzed was from allied law enforcement agencies in Maryland.

Katz joined the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division in May 2007 as a forensic sciences manager, overseeing employees in the Forensic Biology Section, including those responsible for Maryland’s DNA database. During his tenure, with the support of the O’Malley-Brown Administration, an inherited backlog of 24,000 convicted offender DNA samples were analyzed and uploaded to Maryland’s DNA database. Since that time, the DNA database has operated at peak efficiency and, just last month, made its 3,500th positive DNA comparison.

In March 2009, Katz was appointed deputy director of the Forensic Sciences Division. He was responsible for the operation of the Scientific Analysis Branch of the Division and coordinated all grants and information technology activities.

Prior to joining the Maryland State Police, Katz oversaw the DNA Unit in the Delaware Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for seven years. Before that, he worked as a nuclear and mitochondrial DNA analyst for the Armed Forces DNA Laboratory.

Katz holds an undergraduate degree in biotechnology from the University of Delaware and a graduate degree in forensic science from the George Washington University. He earned a certificate in forensic laboratory management from the University of California at Davis.

Katz is currently a commissioner on the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission. He is a past president of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists, a fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. He has given dozens of scientific presentations and authored three journal articles dealing with DNA. 
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A very short history of the very weird horse mask meme - The Washington Post

A very short history of the very weird horse mask meme - The Washington Post

 July 10 

"On Tuesday, President Obama shook hands with a man wearing a horse head mask. In doing so, he provoked much concerned speculation over how a masked man (woman? child? tower of cats wearing a trench coat?) could get so close to the leader of the free world without a guy with an earpiece intervening. He also gave one of the Internet’s oldest, weirdest memes its most glorious day in the sun."

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

What Republicans Need to Know About Cleveland - Vince Guerrieri - POLITICO Magazine

What Republicans Need to Know About Cleveland - Vince Guerrieri - POLITICO Magazine

What Republicans Need to Know About Cleveland

Welcome, GOP! Here’s a guide to our fair city. By VINCE GUERRIERI

July 08, 2014

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/07/what-republicans-need-to-know-about-cleveland-108679.html#.U7zwM_ldV8E

 "last time any political convention was held in Cleveland was 1936. The city was the fifth-biggest in the country, and it seemed like the sky was the limit for a town that billed itself as “the Best Location in the Nation.”

It hasn’t all been downhill since, but Cleveland’s taken its lumps as the “Mistake by the Lake.” Now, people here are pretty excited that the Republicans will be holding their presidential convention here in 2016—thought most of us, to be honest, are more interested in the faint prospect that LeBron James will come back to lead the Cavs to glory."

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/07/what-republicans-need-to-know-about-cleveland-108679.html#.U7zwM_ldV8E 

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: One dead, eight injured by falling trees at Carroll County summer camp during storm

BREAKING NEWS: One dead, eight injured by falling trees at Carroll County summer camp during storm

Jul 8, 2014 | 10:26 PM One child was killed and eight others were injured by falling tree branches at a Christian summer camp in Carroll County during Tuesday night's storm, a fire department spokesman said.

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News from The Hill: Untamed Cruz refuses to play nice with GOP campaign arm By Cameron Joseph

News from The Hill: Untamed Cruz refuses to play nice with GOP campaign arm By Cameron Joseph

GOP hopes of corralling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during the 2014 primary season are officially dead.

The defiant Republican’s brutal criticism of Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-Miss.) reelection campaign on Tuesday — and the involvement of a group he is technically a vice chairman of, the National Republican Senatorial Committee — is just the latest example of the Tea Party hero refusing to play nice.

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White House requests $3.7 billion in emergency border control funds - The Washington Post

White House requests $3.7 billion in emergency border control funds - The Washington Post: "By David Nakamura and Katie Zezima July 8, 2014

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-to-seek-38-billion-for-border-control-more-than-previously-signaled/2014/07/08/ac95a56e-06a9-11e4-bbf1-cc51275e7f8f_story.html?wpisrc=al_comboPN_p

White House: $3.8 billion needed to deal with influx of minors at border
The White House on Tuesday will request $3.8 billion from Congress in emergency funding to deal with an influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America, a far higher amount than the Obama administration had previously signaled, according to a Capitol Hill source familiar with the plans. 

Read more at: 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-to-seek-38-billion-for-border-control-more-than-previously-signaled/2014/07/08/ac95a56e-06a9-11e4-bbf1-cc51275e7f8f_story.html 


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Monday, July 07, 2014

The Week Ahead - carrollcountytimes.com

The Week Ahead - carrollcountytimes.com:

July 6, 2014 http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/ph-cc-weekahead1-0706-20140706,0,6523529.story

"History of Westminster lecture

250 Years of Westminster History will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll St., Westminster. The speaker will be Baltimore Sun history writer Kevin Dayhoff. He will trace storied history of Westminster, the Carroll County seat of government. Admission is $5/Historical Society members and $10/non-members.

For information, call Marty Mathis, 410-848-6494, ext. 200 or visit www.hsccmd.org."

http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/ph-cc-weekahead1-0706-20140706,0,6523529.story

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

The Hill's E-news: July 5, 2014

The Hill's E-news
'House of Scandal' haunts GOP
By Alexandra Jaffe
“Republican leadership promised zero tolerance but instead has taken zero action to deal with their members’ seemingly endless ethics problems,” a Democratic spokesman said.
No plans to slow down from Clinton
By Amie Parnes
The former secretary of state will maintain a dizzying schedule for much of the year.
High court is right’s backstop
By Niall Stanage
Conservatives increasingly see the Supreme Court as a last line of defense against the Obama administration’s agenda.
Palestinian teen's funeral sparks clashes
By Vicki Needham
The teens’s body was found Wednesday morning in what Palestinians say is a revenge killing.
Obama welcomes new citizens
By Vicki Needham
The president said he's "going to keep doing everything" to push immigration reform.
Clinton: Speaking fees 'donated'
By Rachel Huggins
She says she's donated all the money earned from colleges to her family's foundation.
Sign up for The Hill's new contributors section
By The Hill staff
The Hill has launched a dynamic new platform for articles from contributors like you.
The New York Times: Obama weighs steps to cover contraception
By Robert Pear and Adam Liptak
The White House is under such pressure that no one has been able to work out details of how the alternatives would be financed or administered.
The Washington Post: President pivots from income inequality 
By Zachary A. Goldfarb
The pivot is striking for a president who identified inequality as one of his top concerns after his reelection.
The Associated Press: Michelle Obama keeps up school lunch fight vs. GOP
By Darlene Superville
The School Nutrition Association, an industry-backed group that represents school cafeteria workers and originally supported the standards, has now turned against them.
USA Today: Dueling immigration rallies divide Calif. town
By Tatiana Sanchez and Ricardo Cano
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are transporting the immigrants to processing centers in California and elsewhere to ease overcrowded facilities in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, which has seen an unprecedented spike.
The L.A. Times: Supreme Court conservatives are playing a long game
By David G. Savage
At first glance, many of its decisions appear modest, and the justices themselves downplayed them as narrow and tightly targeted, but they also set the stage for broader rulings.
FLOOR ACTION
House Veterans Affairs panel to hold fourth prime-time hearing
By Cristina Marcos
The House Veterans Affairs Committee will hear testimony next Tuesday on the ongoing controversy over veterans' wait times for medical care.
CONGRESS BLOGOpinion: Federal court for terror suspects is the American way
By Michael J. Quigley
U.S. federal courts are more effective than military commissions at convicting terrorists.
BRIEFING ROOMConservative activist famous for attacking Clinton dies at 82
By Vicki Needham
Richard Mellon Scaife spread his $1.4B fortune around to groups pushing conservative ideals.
BALLOT BOXMcDaniel balks at 'racist comments'
By Rachel Huggins
He chided racially charged questions asked during a Cochran press call.
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