Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

December 5, 2008

Here’s how to connect, for free

Google has come up with a new 411 service that is free, fast and easy to use.

By dialing 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411), callers can find and connect with local businesses for free.

Once you dial the number, you will be asked to state the location and business type. If there is more than one choice — pizza shops, for example — Google lists all of the businesses for you. Once you select the one you want, Google then connects you automatically for free....

CVS is closing its Washington Street store in Hagerstown, leaving the heart of downtown without a drugstore.

City officials say the closing will be a hardship on people who rely on a pharmacy within walking distance....

Although not the case here in Western Maryland, parts of the state will see more “winter weather advisories” this year.

The National Weather Service has changed its criteria for issuing winter weather alerts, adding more advisories under lesser storm threats to high “public impact” areas.

Until now, advisories were issued when there was at least an 80 percent certainty of 2 to 5 inches of snow or sleet on the way within 12 hours.

Now, the weather service issues advisories for specific high-travel areas during rush hour when forecasters are at least 60 percent certain there will be 1-2 inches of snow or sleet during weekday morning or evening rush hours.

Among areas affected are the I-95 corridor from Harford County to Spotsylvania County, Va., the beltways, the I-270 corridor from Montgomery County to Frederick County and the I-70 corridor as far west as Frederick County....

Two nearby West Virginia cities made CNN’s list of the 25 best places to find a job.

Morgantown came in at No. 6, largely because of jobs at West Virginia University. Charles Town was No. 18. The city manager there, Gary Rollins, said the city has a diverse economy that includes Charles Town Races and government and education jobs....

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