Water crisis forced Prince George’s businesses to scramble

At 3 p.m. Tuesday, Cari DeSantis got word that Melwood, an Upper Marlboro nonprofit that offers programs for disabled adults, would not have water for the rest of the week. That’s when things got moving. (Wash. Post)

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July 19 // ARINC CEO makes $10M pledge to Anne Arundel hospital

The head of one of Annapolis’ largest companies is making the largest gift in Anne Arundel Medical Center's history, the hospital announced Thursday.  John M. Belcher, CEO of aerospace technology firm ARINC, and his wife Cathy have pledged to give $10 million to Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Belchers will donate $1 million to the Annapolis hospital over the next 10 years and will give at least $9 million to the hospital upon their deaths. (Capital)

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200 fish die in milky Jones Falls

The Jones Falls turned a milky green Thursday where it empties into the Inner Harbor, and hundreds of fish turned belly up in what authorities described as a bacterial event that suffocated the fish and released noxious sulfur from the bottom muck. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery grants addresses to residents along disputed road

Owners of property in a Sandy Spring community of predominantly elderly African Americans can be granted addresses that will allow them to begin the process of building on their land, the planning board ruled Thursday evening. (Wash. Post)

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WSSC: southern Prince George’s water restrictions may be lifted Friday

Water restrictions for some residents in the southern portion of Prince George’s County may be lifted Friday, according to Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission representatives. (Gazette)

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New District Court docket provides help for the homeless 

When a homeless person is charged with a minor crime, there is usually nowhere to send the court-date notice. Without notice of the date, a charge of failure to appear is all but guaranteed — and the allegations can block him or her from securing housing and a job. Hoping to break that cycle, the Maryland District Court in Baltimore has initiated a docket specifically for homeless people who are accused of nonviolent misdemeanors. (Daily Record)

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Small plane crashes in Maryland City

Joe Arrington thought a car had hit his house, or a truck hit a speed bump too fast on South Bruce Street. Then he looked out his window Thursday morning and saw the small airplane that had crashed into a neighbor's house 20 feet from his own in the Parkway Village community of Maryland City. (Balt. Sun)

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Nanticoke River report shows mixed results on pollution

In defiance of a sign warning of high levels of bacteria, environmentalists and a group of summer campers Thursday splashed into the Nanticoke River to celebrate a milestone. The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance marked five years of conducting regular water tests on the Chesapeake Bay tributary with a “wade-in” and the release of a new report. (Daily Times)

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