Basketball preview: Washington Catholic Athletic Conference boys

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BOYS’ BASKETBALL | Defending champ Paul VI has reloaded once again, but DeMatha and Gonzaga are healthy and ready to challenge for the championship.


The Washington Post boys’ basketball preseason Top 20 rankings

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Paul VI, DeMatha and Gonzaga give the season’s first set of rankings a distinct WCAC flavor, but a slew of public and private schools will be in the mix over the course of the season.


Prince George’s and Southern Maryland Going Out Guide, Dec. 4-10, 2014

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What’s happening in Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland.


Southern Maryland crime report

Reports from the Maryland State Police and the Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties sheriff’s offices.


Southern Maryland volunteer opportunities

Organizations seeks short- and long-term help in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.


Southern Maryland community calendar, Dec. 4-11, 2014

Events include a wreath-making workshop, a St. Maries Minstrels concert and “Babes in Toyland.”

community calendar


GMU report warns lagging property values will drive local government choices

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Only four of 13 areas have rebuilt property tax assessments since recession.

Effort to build on St. Mary’s shore takes unexpected twist

Property owner buys adjacent structure.


No. 12 Thomas Stone falls to defending champ Franklin in Maryland 3A semifinal

FOOTBALL | The Cougars’ best season since 1999 ends in a Maryland 3A semifinal shutout loss in Reisterstown.


Southern Maryland deaths

Obituaries reported by funeral homes in Charles and St. Mary’s counties.