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Maryland neighborhood feels impact of Panama Canal expansion p2

We are talking about the plan to open a CSX Corp. facility in the Morrell Park neighborhood of Baltimore. The facility, slated for the Mount Clare rail yard, is necessary for CSX to increase the number of containers it moves to and from the Port of Baltimore -- and the number of containers moved every day should increase significantly when the Panama Canal expansion is completed in 2015.

Maryland neighborhood feels impact of Panama Canal expansion

A CSX Corp. cargo facility planned for Southwest Baltimore is more than a little behind schedule. Originally scheduled for completion in 2015, the best the railroad and state and local lawmakers can hope for is wrapping up some time in 2016. The delay will mean losing a year's worth of increased shipping: The Panama Canal expansion is scheduled for completion in 2015.

On the street where they live: Neighbors ask for changes to plan

The residents of a Perryman neighborhood understand that they cannot stop development. Hartford County zoned the narrow strip of land between the Aberdeen Proving Ground and Amtrak's Northeast Corridor for industrial development decades ago as part of a plan for the area to become a regional manufacturing and distribution hub. The residents get it, but they want the developers and the county to think carefully about access and traffic issues and the environmental impact of the recently proposed plan before moving ahead with it.

Lenders' forgiveness a little short-lived for many borrowers

Anyone with a mortgage who has gone through a foreclosure may breathe a sigh of relief when it's all over. What he may not realize is that the clock has started ticking on something called a deficiency judgment. And now that Maryland's foreclosure backlog is dwindling, consumer advocates are concerned that the state could be in for a rush of deficiency judgments.

We're just wild about Wildlands, but they come at a cost

Maryland will preserve an additional 22,000 acres as wildlands if state legislators can reconcile two bills currently under consideration. One bill has passed the House and is now in the Senate; another has passed the Senate and is now in the House. An agreement may not be far off.