Maryland is still the undisputed U.S. champion when it comes to drawing sprawling, weirdly shaped congressional districts, according to a soon-to-be-released national study. Maryland has the least compact congressional districts in the nation, based on four mathematical tools for compactness, Azavea, a geographic information services firm in Philadelphia, plans to report in a white paper.
The Board of Public Works, which ultimately approves much of Maryland spending, on Wednesday heard about plans to collect millions in unpaid tolls and heard about how Maryland was using alternative fuel vehicles. It also approved acquisition of Garrett County open space not yet threatened by development.
Gov. O’Malley backs plan to allow utilities to charge ratepayers before upgrades; Redskins back gambling, but Prince George’s leaders don’t; Melissa Etheridge, UM student groups work toward gay marriage; O’Malley to be in presidential debate audience; fellow Republican urges Arundel County Exec Leopold to repay legal fees should he lose case; Prince George’s considering residency requirement for board appointments; and former Howard County Exec Eakle dies at 86.