Defeated Bartlett says US blind to energy crisis
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Maryland congressman Roscoe Bartlett says he's preparing to leave office still frustrated by American attitudes about energy conservation.
The 10-term Republican talked with The Associated Press Wednesday in his first interview since losing the 6th Congressional District seat to Democrat John Delaney Nov. 6.
Bartlett says the nation isn't realistically confronting the challenge of replacing finite oil reserves with alternate energy sources. He says he'll welcome speaking invitations on that topic in retirement.
And Bartlett says Congress isn't facing up to the severe economic threat posed by rising federal budget and trade deficits. He says deep spending cuts are necessary.
Bartlett cites redistricting as the main reason for his election loss. But he says he could have won with more financial support from his own party.
Del. man charged in home invasion, robberies
NEWARK, Del. (AP) -- Newark Police have charged a 31-year-old man in a home invasion and two robberies of the same convenience store.
Louis Rittenhouse of Newark was arrested Tuesday. He is being held on $362,000 bail.
Police say Rittenhouse took part in a home invasion Nov. 6 and in robberies of an Exxon Convenience store Sept. 10 and Oct. 14.
FREDERICK POLICE CHIEF
Frederick police chief takes federal job in DC
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Frederick Police Chief Kim Dine is leaving to become chief of the U.S. Capitol Police in Washington.
Frederick Mayor Randy McClement announced Dine's resignation Wednesday.
Dine has been Frederick's police chief for 10 years. He was with the Washington Metropolitan Police Department for 27 years before that.
He takes over in mid-December as chief of the U.S. Capitol Police. The federal agency has nearly 1,800 sworn officers who protect congressional property, members of Congress and their families.
Dine succeeds Phillip Morse, who retired in May.
During Dine's tenure in Frederick, his department helped the FBI investigate the deadly 2001 anthrax mailings.
Dine says he's proud of having strengthened community relations and reduced Frederick's crime rate through intelligence-driven and data-driven policing strategies.
Coppin State names interim president
BALTIMORE (AP) -- An interim president has been named for Coppin State University.
Mortimer H. Neufville, a former vice president with a national group of public universities, was appointed Wednesday. He will take over on Jan. 23, a day after Reginald S. Avery is scheduled to step down.
Avery, president for four years, announced last month that he will leave. Avery received a vote of no confidence from faculty and staff in February. They cited faculty turnover and poor budget management.
Neufville most recently served as interim president of University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he worked for 15 years. He is a former executive vice president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
Coppin State, one of Maryland's four historically black colleges, has about 3,900 students.
DOUGHNUT SHOP ROBBED
2 armed men rob Del. doughnut shop
NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) -- Delaware State Police are looking for two men who robbed a doughnut shop in New Castle.
It happened about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Dunkin Donuts on North Dupont Highway. Troopers say two masked men -- one armed with a knife and the other with a handgun -- entered the store. The men demanded money from a store employee, who gave them cash. The men also took a customer's cellphone.
The robbers ordered the men into a closet and fled.
No one was injured.
ROCK CREEK DEER
NPS deer killing plan temporarily on hold in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The white-tailed deer in Rock Creek Park are safe from sharpshooters, at least for now.
Animal rights advocates said Wednesday that they've reached an agreement with the National Park Service to refrain from killing any deer while a lawsuit over the killings is pending.
Several Washington residents and the group In Defense of Animals filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington in October. They say the deer can be managed with nonlethal methods and that the plan to kill the deer violates a law requiring the park service to preserve wildlife in its natural condition as nearly as possible.
The park service had planned to use sharpshooters and bow hunters among other methods to regulate the deer population, which officials say is greater than the park can sustain.
Durable Flacco gives Ravens edge against Steelers
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- If a Super Bowl ring is necessary for an NFL quarterback to earn elite status, then Joe Flacco has some work to do before joining the ranks.
If durability, victories and playoff appearances are the necessary attributes, then Flacco -- the leading passer in Baltimore Ravens history -- has few peers.
During a week in which the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) face the Ravens (7-2) without injured starter Ben Roethlisberger, Flacco is preparing to make his 74th consecutive start for Baltimore. He has never missed a game since being drafted in 2008, and under his direction, the Ravens are the only team to reach the postseason in each of the last four years.
Including the playoffs, Flacco has more wins over the past 4
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