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Here are the top headlines from the week of April 22-28.

Let's take a look back at this week's headlines, ranging from BGE smart meters to an archeological dig. 

No. 1—

In another industry transition to digital technology, BGE will soon phase in to replace its home and business electric and gas meters.

Starting in late April, BGE will begin switching from analog to digital technology to operate its gas and electric system with the installation of smart meters in Pasadena. It will take three years to complete the project.

In total, 1.3 million analog electric meters will be , and 700,000 gas meters will be upgraded by the end of 2014.

No. 2—

Baltimore police released the details surrounding Friday’s arrest of Carl O. Snowden, stating that the Annapolis civil rights leader was sitting in a parked car with a registered sex offender when officers approached his vehicle, according to The Capital.

The police report  the words of Snowden’s attorney, Cary J. Hansel, who said Snowden was pulled over for a broken tail light. Snowden, the civil rights director of the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, was charged with  in Baltimore on Friday, according to online court records.

The Capital reported that the police statement said officers approached a 2010 Honda Pilot with Snowden in the driver’s seat and smelled a “strong odor” of marijuana.

No. 3—

The Maryland State Board of Education weighed in on Superintendent Kevin Maxwell's  that Anne Arundel County government violated state law in underfunding students with last year's budget.

The Maintenance of Effort (MOE) is the minimum sum of money per student allotted by the county in order to keep school funding stable, and was the primary point of contention by Maxwell after County Executive John R. Leopold released his budget recommendations for fiscal year 2013 last week.

Maxwell claimed that the executive “” by using debt service to calculate the MOE numbers for fiscal year 2012 and then used them as a launch point for next year’s budget. In doing so, Maxwell said Leopold shorted the school system $12 million for fiscal year 2013.

No. 4—

On Saturday, Anne Arundel County residents will have the opportunity to participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, an effort to collect expired, unused and unwanted medicine for destruction.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eastern District Police Station in Pasadena, but for those in south county who may not be able to make the trip, there’s a closer, quicker option available.

In a new initiative to make throwing away prescription medication easier, the  now has a brand-new MedReturn drug disposal station—the first of its kind in the county.

No. 5—

The archeological team digging for artifacts at Pig Point near the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary announced Thursday that they’ve found a dinosaur bone and a dog burial site, according to The Capital.

The two new findings are just the latest of  to come from the dig. In June 2011, Patch reported the archeologists discovered artifacts that indicated humans occupied the region as far back as . In addition to the dig site, there is an archaeology lab at  in Edgewater.


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