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BALTIMORE (AP) - Comptroller Peter Franchot is highlighting the upcoming tax-free week in Maryland.

Franchot will be in Baltimore to meet with retailers and local officials to discuss Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week.

It begins Sunday and runs through Aug. 15.

Qualifying clothing and foot wear prices $100 or less will be exempt from Maryland's 6 percent sales tax.

Franchot will be promoting the upcoming tax-free week at various events throughout the week in Queenstown, Annapolis, Bethesda and Waldorf.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Natural Resources Police rescued seven people after their motorboat capsized on Whitehall Bay near Annapolis, police said.

Police tell the Capital of Annapolis that a patrol boat was returning from a wreath-laying ceremony at City Dock on Monday when officers saw people in the water.

Authorities say the boat flipped on its side after hitting a sandbar and then was hit by a wave.

All seven people, who had been out fishing, were pulled into the patrol boat.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at the U.S. Naval Academy's graduation next month.

The academy announced Tuesday that Biden will address the class of 2015 at the school's commencement, which is scheduled for May 22 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis.

About 1,000 students will graduate from the academy this year and become commissioned as officers. Many will be commissioned as Navy ensigns, and others will be commissioned as 2nd lieutenants in the Marine Corps.

Biden spoke at the academy's graduation in 2010.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It's Restaurant Week in the city of Annapolis.

Annapolis Restaurant Week began Monday and runs through Sunday. More than 40 restaurants are participating in the week of meal deals.

The Annapolis Business Association, which is behind the event, says that this year's meal deal prices are $12.95 for breakfast, $15.95 for lunch and $32.95 for dinner.

The breakfast and lunch meal deals are two-course meals while dinner is a three-course meal.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Fire officials say investigators found the bodies of two more people in the charred remains of an Annapolis-area mansion that burned to the ground earlier this week, bringing the number of dead to four.

Officials say crews found two bodies on Thursday, the second day of excavating the site. Investigators discovered two bodies on Wednesday.

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Ten more officers will be added to Dover’s police force.

The Dover city council voted 7-to-1 to spend a more than a million dollars with another $4 million over the next five fiscal years.

This will bring the total number of officers on the force to 102.

But it is not clear where the funding will come from.

Dover Police Chief Paul Bernat that the request comes in the face of a recent increase in violent crime that hit Delaware’s capital last year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Annapolis a national treasure.

The new designation announced Thursday is intended to help protect Maryland's historic capital from flooding and other weather-related events.

Stephanie Meeks, president of the privately funded organization, says local officials have created a national model for how cities can plan to minimize the negative effects of climate change on historic buildings. She says the coastal city faces a double threat of sinking land and rising water levels due to sea-level rise.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police in Annapolis are raising money for Special Olympics Maryland with a one-mile race through the city.

Police say the fifth annual race will take place Saturday. Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

Police are encouraging racers to wear costumes, and there will be prizes given for the best individual and group costumes as well as the fastest times.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Annapolis is reporting its first homicide of 2014.

Police say they responded to a report of shots fired in the 1100 block of Madison Street at around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. When officers arrived they found a man on the ground near a bench at the baseball field. The man had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Annapolis Police Department Sgt. Eric Crane says investigators are still trying to identify the victim. No arrests have been made.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski says a Senate vote on $120 million for a new building for cybersecurity training at the U. S. Naval Academy could be three weeks away.

Mikulski told member of the academy's Board of Visitors Monday that there is "tremendous support" for the building to help best prepare future Navy leaders in cybersercuity. The House of Representatives would need to concur with the provision.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Road crews have reopened a stretch of busy U.S. Route 50 in Annapolis after a three-foot sinkhole opened up on the highway.

All lanes of the highway reopened Thursday morning. Crews worked overnight to fill the hole with stone to stabilize the road and installed a concrete patch on the surface.

Maryland State Police say the hole opened up about 5 p.m. Wednesday. Officials closed a mile-long stretch of the eastbound lanes of the highway. The closure had been expected to continue into Thursday's commute.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police in Anne Arundel County say they believe a woman whose body was found in a river near Annapolis took her own life.

The Anne Arundel County Police Department said Wednesday that evidence suggests the woman's death was a suicide. The woman's body was found in the South River near Harness Creek on Memorial Day.

Police did not identify the woman.

The final cause and manner of death still has to be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police in Anne Arundel County are investigating after a woman's body was found in a river near Annapolis.

Officials say the woman's body was found in the South River near Harness Creek. The body was discovered shortly before 7 p.m. Monday near the 3200 block of Harness Creek Road.

Police did not identify the woman.

A spokesman for the police department, Lt. Michael Brothers, says a criminal investigation is being conducted.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The historic city of Annapolis is one of 30 places listed by the Union of Concerned Scientists that faces threats from predicted sea-level rise.

The report was released Tuesday at a news conference in Washington.

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument on the Eastern Shore and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis are also on the list. The report is titled "National Landmarks at Risk: How Rising Seas, Floods, and Wildfires Are Threatening the United States' Most Cherished Historic Sites."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland auditors say a review of the state's badly flawed health exchange website is limited and does not provide a complete understanding of decisions that were made.

The audit was released Thursday as members of a legislative oversight panel were scheduled to meet in Annapolis.

Thomas Barnickel, the state's legislative auditor, wrote that many of the documents reviewed by the state's office of legislative audits were redacted. He wrote 26 percent of the documents were redacted, with the procurement documents being "heavily redacted."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lawmakers have agreed to pony up extra money next year to keep "House of Cards" filming in Maryland.

During budget negotiations Thursday, they also rejected the possibility of seizing film companies' property if they leave the state after accepting tax credits.

Warren Descheneaux, the legislature's top budget analyst, says a House committee will likely vote to raise the annual cap on film tax credits from $7.5 million to $11 million.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The new mayor of Annapolis has been inaugurated.

Michael Pantelides was sworn in Monday afternoon at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Pantelides, a Republican, defeated Democratic incumbent Josh Cohen last month in a race that was considered for days too close to call.

Pantelides announced on Sunday the first appointments in his administration, despite talk on the City Council of possibly stripping the mayor's office of much of its power.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The new mayor of Annapolis is being inaugurated.

Michael Pantelides will be sworn in Monday afternoon at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Pantelides, a Republican, defeated Democratic incumbent Josh Cohen last month in a race that was considered for days too close to call.

Pantelides announced on Sunday the first appointments in his administration, despite talk on the City Council of possibly stripping the mayor's office of much of its power.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - After a count of absentee ballots, Republican challenger Mike Pantelides has kept a narrow lead in the Annapolis mayoral race. But officials must still count provisional ballots.

The Capital reports that the Board of Canvassers counted 270 absentee ballots early Friday, cutting Pantelides' lead to 50 votes over Democratic incumbent Mayor Josh Cohen, 3,897 to 3,847. The counts came after a more than 17-hour session in which the board reviewed absentee ballots and heard challenges.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginians are headed to the polls to elect the top three state officials and a new House of Delegates.

At the top of the ticket, Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe are battling to succeed Gov. Bob McDonnell. Cuccinelli is the attorney general, and McAuliffe is a former national Democratic Party chairman and fundraiser for Bill and Hillary Clinton.

The choices for lieutenant governor are Democratic state Sen. Ralph Northam and Republican minister E.W. Jackson.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Residents in Annapolis are preparing to vote for candidates for mayor and City Council.

Tuesday's primary will determine the Democratic and Republican nominees for mayor and three council seats.

The Capital of Annapolis reports that for the Democrats, Mayor Josh Cohen is running against lawyer Bevin Buchheister. On the Republican side, mayoral candidates are Bob O'Shea, Frank Bradley and Mike Pantelides.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The first of eight new stalls opening in Annapolis' historic Market House building is now serving customers.

The Capital of Annapolis reports the building that has sat empty for more than a year saw its first guests Thursday when Amsterdam Falafelshop held a soft launch event for invited guests. The shop's original location is in Washington, D.C.

A gelato shop could open next week, and the rest of the vendors are expected to open in July. Officials have not yet set a date for a re-opening event.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Annapolis police have a message for speeders caught on camera: no more freebies.

The monthlong grace period for speed cameras in the state capital ends Monday. Police say drivers caught going 12 mph over the posted speed limit will incur $40 fines. Speeders will get tickets in the mail.

Maj. Scott Baker is the speed camera program director. He tells The Capital of Annapolis that the city has issued more than 300 warnings since March 5.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The city of Annapolis is celebrating its role in the events that led up to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

The Annapolis Capital reports the city will begin its three-day Continental Congress Festival on Monday. It's being held at one of the oldest buildings in Annapolis, the Governor Calvert House on State Street.

The Annapolis Summit

Jan 19, 2012

Don Rush files this report from the recent 2011 Annapolis Summit.