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Top 5 Stories: Gas Stations, Speed Cameras, Parking Fees

Here's a quick look back at the biggest headlines of the week in Annapolis.

No. 1— 

Annapolis launched a study of city school zones to determine which ones have the greatest problem with speeding drivers. The city plans to release those findings, which are being conducted by a company called RedSpeed, in a few weeks. The study will be used to decide where to install speed cameras that will issue citations that carry $40 fines.

No. 2—

A two-year battle over a proposed gas station in the parking lot of the will continue until at least October. An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge remanded the Board of Appeals' special exception approval with instructions for further proceedings. The special exception would have allowed the gas station to be built. The board plans to take the issue up again at its October meeting.

No. 3—

The price to park at downtown garages will rise Aug. 20. The city said the rising rates are necessary to pay for continued improvements to the garages and to address the growing need for parking downtown. Employees and businesses who work downtown are frustrated by the decision. They worry people will shop at the mall where parking is free.

No. 4—

The first of what could be dozens of 5-foot ceramic chicken sculptures was installed in the garden next to on West Street. The birds are part of a program called Hatching Arts in Annapolis. Each one will be decorated by a different local artist and placed somewhere inside the city's Capital Arts District where it will live for one year before being auctioned off for charity.

No. 5—

A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman who died in Florida last week when his car collided with a tree will be buried in Annapolis. The family of Nicholas Tarr, 21, requested that he be buried at the academy, and the service will be Aug. 23. Tarr was the second midshipman to die this summer while on leave from the academy. The school has not made a decision on whether the service will be open to the public.

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