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HELL TRAIN An investigation into the June breakdown of a Baltimore-bound commuter train that left about 1,200 passengers sweltering for about two hours showed that Amtrak and MARC management made the situation worse by not calling for help more quickly, reports The Sun's Michael Dresser. Dresser also blogs about the report. The Post's Katherine Shaver writes that the investigation "reflects a series of organizational failures at multiple levels."

JUVENILE JUSTICE FACILITIES The state's juvenile justice facilities are still overcrowded, short-staffed, and not as secure as they should be, the Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit found in its quarterly report, The Sun's Jessica Anderson reports.

CUMMINGS TOP AT OVERSIGHT U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings was named the top Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, putting hims in position to become committee chairman if the Democrats win back control of the House of Representatives, blogs The Sun's Matthew Hay Brown.

HOCO BUDGET Howard County Budget Director Raymond Wacks said that he does not foresee a large gap between revenues and spending, but warned the County Council that falling property assessments will keep property tax revenues flat for coming years, reports Larry Carson in The Sun.

PG SCHOOL BUDGET Under a cost-cutting budget proposal from Superintendent William Hite Jr., employee pay would be frozen and middle school sports eliminated, reports The Post's Michael Birnbaum.

AA SCHOOL BUDGET Superintendent Kevin Maxwell is proposing a budget that is $37.5 million larger than the current fiscal year, reports The Capital's Tina Reed.

READY FOR ASSEMBLY Several members of the Salisbury area's delegation to the General Assembly shared their legislative priorities for the upcoming session at a luncheon sponsored by the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, reports the Daily Times' Greg Latshaw.

STATE CENTER WORKFORCE The Baltimore Business Journal Associate Editor Jimmy DeButts blogs about the efforts of Community Churches United for Baltimore Jobs, a relatively new group focused on ensuring half of the workforce to build the State Center project is made up of Baltimore residents.

TWINBROOK METRO DEAL Construction at the Twinbrook Metro station has been delayed for two years due to the slow economy, reports the Washington Business Journal's Michael Neibauer.

MONTCO AMBULANCE FEE ISSUE The Sentinel and at least one Montgomery County Council member are still waiting to find out how much the county spent on its unsuccessful campaign for the fee's passage, reports The Sentinel's Paige Hill.

BALTO COUNTY LIQUOR CONTROL Patch.com's Bryan Sears discusses the politics of personnel changes on the Baltimore County's Liquor Control Board with WBAL's Bill Vanko.

SAME SEX MARRIAGE Gay rights group Equality Maryland has hired Annapolis lobbying firm Alexander & Cleaver to push for the General Assembly to OK same-sex marriage, blogs The Post's John Wagner.

NO EASY ANSWERS Howard County legislators had no easy answers to many questions about the upcoming session and the state's budget at a meeting with several Howard County nonprofits, reports The Sun's Larry Carson.

NOT A SEX OFFENDER Former Annapolis alderman and Democratic mayoral candidate Samuel Shropshire will not be labeled a sex offender for groping a Naval Academy midshipman he mentored, reports The Capitals Scott Daugherty.

STIMULUS UNEVEN Bethesda residents received the most per capita payout from the federal stimulus, while Dundalk residents got a fraction of a percent of that, reports Capital News Service's Stephanie Gleason in MarylandReporter.com.

REFORM NEEDED Red Maryland's Brian Griffiths responds to a Sun editorial criticizing Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett for trying to protect the county from cuts in state aid, saying that they should be criticizing Gov. Martin O'Malley instead for his budgetary policies.

ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES Despite the tough economic times, environmentalists will try to make advances on Bay cleanup and renewable energy, Alan Brody reports in the Gazette.

HAIRSTON PROBE Andrew Ujifusa of the Gazette reports on the ethics probe into Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Joe Hairston and a now abandoned grading system.

1099 REPEAL Efforts to repeal the new requirement for filing IRS Form 1099 for all vendors failed in a Senate vote Wednesday, Kevin James Shay reports in the Gazette.

MOONEY AS CHAIRMAN The Gazette's Sarah Breitenbach analyzes how Sen. Alex Mooney will guide the state Republican Party in his new role as chairman.

TORT LAW Business groups are concerned about a request by Chief Judge Robert Bell for an examination of rules about negligence in tort law cases, Alan Brody reports in the Gazette.

The Mass Transit Administration may ask for a cap on tort liability to attract more bidders to operate MARC trains and para-transit services, Benjamin Ford reports in the Gazette.

MONTGOMERY SCHOOL The sale of the site of a former Montgomery County school to a Hebrew Academy, approved by the Board of Public Works on Wednesday, remains controversial, Erin Cunningham in the Gazette.

NOTEBOOK In the Gazette's Reporters Notebook, Rep. Chris Van Hollen wields a hockey stick, and items about Audrey Scott, Marc Elrich, Peter Franchot, Doug Gansler (and yogurt suit), Gene Counihan and Herb McMillan.

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