Congress Turning To Social Media; Mail Use Declines

CBS Baltimore

The Frederick News-Post

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s U.S. congressional delegation spent more than $1.1 million sending official mail through the U.S. Postal Service, requiring only their signatures to reach constituents from 2010 through the first quarter of 2013, according to an analysis by The Frederick News-Post.

Called “franked mail,” the practice is a privilege about as old as the legislative body itself. It is used by Congress to send official mail, most often in the form of a mass mailing of 500 pieces or more, Franking Commission spokesman Steve Dutton said.

“The frank is basically like a stamp,” Dutton said. “It’s their way of being identified as sending it out.”

Since 2010, the House’s member offices and committees have spent more than $57.1 million through the first quarter of 2013 — which ended March 31 — on franked mail, according to a summary of expenditures compiled by…

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Police Search For Information About Bank Robbery Suspects

CBS Baltimore

ARNOLD, Md. (WJZ) — Anne Arundel County Police are searching for information about two bank robbery suspects.

According to police, the two suspects robbed the TD Bank on Ritchie Highway South on Sept. 5 at 2:30 p.m. Police say one suspect approached the counter, announced a robbery and received an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing on foot. He’s described as a black male, approximately 28-35 years old and between 5’10” and 6′. He wore a tan, floppy hat, dark glasses, a tan long-sleeve button-down shirt, a tie and khaki pants.

Police believe a second suspect may have been a lookout inside the bank. They say that suspect left the bank right before the robbery. He’s described as a clean-shaven black male, approximately 5’6″ and wearing glasses.

If you have information, please call police at 410-222-3471.

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Feeling Lucky? Powerball Jackpot Soars To $317 Million

CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Are you feeling lucky? A huge jackpot is at stake in the Powerball drawing–$317 million!

Linh Bui reports many Marylanders are taking a shot.

A $2 ticket could change your entire life. As the Powerball jackpot soars to $317 million, Marylanders are feeling lucky and confident.

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“I’m here to tell all of you I am the winner,” said Eleanor Thomas.

People are paying to play. It’s the fourth time this year the Powerball broke $300 million.

“People like to win big,” a store clerk said.

Milford Liquors in Milford Mill was busy all day, selling tickets to hopeful customers.

“The numbers that I’m choosing are my family’s birthday numbers. So hopefully we’ll win,” Thomas said.

The jackpot grew quickly after rolling over 10 times.

Just last month, a group of Jersey Shore maintenance workers, dubbed the “Oceans 16”, hit it big, sharing…

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