Regional Recap, December 30, 2011

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Ellicott City Sears Grand To Close. Sears Holdings released a list of dozens of stores expected to close in the new year, including one in Howard County. The company’s list indicates the Sears Grand store at 9200 Baltimore National Pike/Route 40 in Ellicott City will close. A closing date has yet to be determined.

Abortion Docs Charged With Murder. Two doctors face murder charges in connection with a botched abortion procedure at a secret facility in Cecil County. Police said Dr. Steven Brigham had been ferrying patients to a location in Elkton for late-term abortions.Investigators told WBAL-TV 11 News that Brigham and Dr. Nicola Riley, who is from Utah, had been performing the procedures in Maryland, where state laws are more permissive than in other states.Elkton police, who conducted a search of the building, said officers uncovered human remains.

O’Malley: Expect Tax Hikes In 2012.Taxes will be on the agenda in 2012, including a hike in the state’s gas tax, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley announced Thursday at his year-end press conference reflecting on the past year.The governor outlined his agenda for the year ahead less than two weeks before the 2012 Session of the Maryland General Assembly begins. In addition to $6.8 billion in spending cuts to the budget, the governor is bracing residents for higher taxes.

Virginia Bagel Shop For Sale: $100. A thriving bagel shop in Virginia could be yours for just $100. Win Blue Ridge Bagels has launched online to relieve the owner, Michael Pizza, of the shop. Pizza told NBC station WSLS that his contracting business is taking more of his time, and he needs to let the shop go.”A lot of people are kind of shocked — $100 and they can own the business. Some people don’t believe it and I have to explain it to them,” Pizza told WSLS.Pizza is asking anyone interested to enter the contest by paying a $100 entry fee and submit a 300-word essay, answering why they would be the perfect owner of the shop.

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