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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Democrats ousted the Republican mayors in the Maryland cities of Frederick and Annapolis.
 
Frederick Mayor Randy McClement conceded to Democratic Alderman Michael O'Connor on Tuesday night.
 
According to unofficial tallies, O'Connor received about 58 percent of the vote, while McClement got about 36 percent.
 
McClement was hoping to serve a third term after having been the city's mayor for the past eight years.
 

Flying Dog Brewery

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Frederick officials are moving to finalize a sale of 31 acres of city land to Flying Dog Brewery that would enable the company to vastly increase its output.

The agenda for Thursday's meeting of the Mayor and Board of Alderman includes a public hearing on contingencies of a $2.6 million transaction the city agreed to in September.

Flying Dog says the new plant would create 150 jobs and be capable of producing 700,000 barrels a year, compared with 100,000 at its existing plant in a business park south of Frederick.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A court battle is brewing over the city of Frederick's plan to rid City Hall of a statue of the man who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery.

Three people have filed a petition for judicial review of the local historic commission's Oct. 13 decision approving the removal from a City Hall courtyard of the bust of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney (TAW-nee), and a nearby bust of Maryland's first governor, Thomas Johnson, who owned slaves.

City aldermen voted in 2015 to remove the Taney statue, which some find offensive.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A state-sponsored Civil War tourism group is piggybacking on a National Park Service youth program to promote local museums.

The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area said in a statement Tuesday that its new program is a companion to the "Every Kid in a Park" initiative President Barack Obama announced last year.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican state Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel says she's running to become Virginia's next lieutenant governor.

Vogel told The Richmond Times-Dispatch that running for the office in 2017 is "awesome opportunity." She says the Republican party needs to get its "mojo back" and that she would bring a fresh perspective as a working mother.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The government is asking a federal judge to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit involving groundwater pollution from Fort Detrick in Frederick.

The Frederick News-Post reports that U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod Rosenstein filed the document Monday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

He says the government has no particular duty to respond to hazardous substances and that the Army can use its own judgment in deciding whether to clean it up.

National Park Service

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The National Park Service is seeking applicants for the agricultural use of land in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

The agency said Monday it's offering long-term lease agreements on 25 properties in Allegany, Frederick, Montgomery and Washington counties. The leases will be for up to 10 years, starting in April.

The bid deadline is Jan. 4.

The park service says preference will be given to farmers who can demonstrate knowledge and experience in sustainable agriculture and conservation practices.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Frederick officials have approved a resolution to move a bronze bust of the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery.

The Frederick News-Post reports that the Board of Alderman's unanimous decision Thursday begins a process that could lead to removing the bust of Roger Brooke Taney (TAW'-nee) from outside City Hall, where it has been since 1931.

Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak says other commissions will be asked for their input on possibly relocating the statue.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - City elected officials have approved a contract with Flying Dog Brewery to sell 31 acres of vacant farmland near Frederick Municipal Airport for $2.55 million.

The city's Board of Aldermen on Thursday unanimously voted to launch a 120-day study period allowing the brewery to determine the feasibility of its $50 million project to open a 150,000-square-foot brewery on the property before the sale is final.

The purchase offer represents the property's full asking price.

creative commons

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The Frederick County Council is again considering a plan to turn a former presidential fishing spot near Thurmont into a drug rehabilitation center linked to the Church of Scientology.

The board is considering on Tuesday a request from the church's real-estate arm to designate the 40-acre Trout Run resort for historic preservation. The designation would enable Social Betterment Properties to make changes otherwise barred by land-use restrictions.

The private resort was visited by presidents Herbert Hoover and Dwight Eisenhower.

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