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Friday, October 30, 2009:
Record funding for the Chesapeake, O'Malley at the White House, housing money threatened in Prince George's, mixed signals on the economy, jockeying for control of Pimlico, a Halloween complaint by the NAACP, and more.
Largest-ever funding for Chesapeake approved
"Congress approved a record $50 million for Bay restoration Thursday, far exceeding President Obama's request for federal assistance for the effort," writes Ben Giles in The Washington Examiner. "Obama had asked for $35 million ... but on the night before the vote, a conference committee of senators and representatives that included Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D), added to the final version of the bill $15 million more in funding than the president had requested."
Blunder could cost Prince George's millions
Officials in Prince George's County have until Sunday to formulate plans to spend millions of dollars in housing grants or risk forfeiting $5 million or more in aid, writes The Post's Jonathan Mummolo. Personnel changes in the county's housing department appear to have left the program unattended before a key deadline for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's HOME Investment Partnerships Program, known as HOME.
O'Malley included in White House event
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has been invited to appear alongside Vice President Biden today for the release of the administration's first national quarterly "jobs report" - a snapshot of how stimulus spending is affecting employment.
O'Malley on Thursday stepped out in front of the rollout, providing a look at Maryland's slice of the report. The state's created 4,462 jobs and spent 6 percent of its stimulus funds.
Maryland unemployment claims drop
"State unemployment claims and payouts have slipped to their lowest levels of the year, proof that layoffs have slowed and some are finding jobs," writes Scott Dance in the Baltimore Business Journal. But the number's only a "silver lining in an otherwise cloudy employment forecast," Dance writes.
Finding a job also isn't easy for the state's newly released prisoners, writes Greg Latshaw writes for The Daily Times.
Developers may bid for Pimlico, Laurel tracks
"The stalking horse bid for Magna Entertainment Corp.'s Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park and Bowie Training Center could come from one of two Baltimore developers ... Carl Verstandig, a shopping center developer or Baltimore-based developer, David S. Cordish," writes Sean Sedam in The Gazette.
NAACP decries Frederick Halloween decorations
"Three dummies hang from a willow tree in Baker Park as part of the City of Frederick Parks and Recreation Department's Halloween program," writes Pam Rigaux in the Frederick News-Post. The Frederick County chapter of the NAACP says the hanging bodies look wrong and wants them taken down.
Van Hollen works earmark for MoCo
"Congressman Chris Van Hollen has inserted language in the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2010 calling on the Department of Defense to pursue traffic mitigation measures for the expanded Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda," according to Adam Pagnucco at Maryland Politics Watch. "The bill has been passed by the House and Senate and awaits President Obama's signature."
A bronze William Donald Schaefer
Larger than life, writes Edward Gunt in The Baltimore Sun. (With a great photo).
A 7-foot statue to be unveiled Monday at Harborplace will honor William Donald Schaefer's 52 years of service to Baltimore and Maryland.
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Aaron C. Davis
October 30, 2009; 8:43 AM ET
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