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97 Cats Seized from Charm City Animal Rescue

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Courtesy Becky McClarran/Allegany County Animal Shelter

An animal shelter that rescues and re-homes cats in and around Baltimore is in hot water after animal control officers seized nearly 100 cats from its facility in Allegany County.

Western Md. Secessionists Hold Town Hall Meeting Today

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According to Rich Biancone, a volunteer with the group that’s looking to turn Maryland’s five westernmost — and predominantly conservative — counties into its own state, tonight’s town hall meeting at Allegany College of Maryland is “for supporters, detractors, or those just plain curious.” I choose (C).

The Western Maryland initiative, begun by Scott Strzelczyk of Carroll County, has been gaining steam. The group’s Facebook page has over 7,000 likes, and they’ve rolled out a decent-looking website — featuring a mile-long list of grievances with Annapolis.

The first grievance I happen to agree with: “They have gerrymandered the State Delegate and Senate districts as well as the federal congressional districts to dilute and eliminate the minority voice in the political process.”

No Elk for Western Maryland, After All

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Elk used to occupy nearly all of what is now the United States, but their populations drastically decreased and some subspecies became extinct in the late 1800s. Recently, Elk have been reintroduced to Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, among other states. And Maryland was this close (can you see my fingers?) to getting our own population, but it ain’t gonna happen.

Welcome to Fabulous Baltimore City

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Overshadowed as it was by the historic election of Barack Obama, it’s easy for us Marylanders to forget the other big decision we made in November 2008 — the approval of slot-machine gambling in the state (allowing 15,000 machines total, of which 3,750 would be in Baltimore City).

There are already casinos in Perryville and Ocean Downs, and we in Baltimore are now closer than ever to lying in that particular bed we made — last week the state slots commission accepted bids to operate at Maryland’s remaining future casino sites. After rejecting two bids for incomplete proposals Caesars Entertainment is now the only business vying for the Baltimore location (Russell Street) and there are only two groups left to fight over the Allegany County site.

In an article in The Sun, the chairman of the state slots commission expressed his intent to have all five licenses granted by early next year.

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