-- Despite the federal government being in disaster mode on a national level, on a local level things appear to be back to normal in the capital, with government offices, schools, street cleaning and public transportation up and running.
-- Early voting has resumed.
-- One last emergency shelter remains open at the fire station in Alna until the last resident sees power restored, according to the emergency management agency.
-- Some 2,296 customers still do not have power in the state.
-- The National Guard went door-to-door in the coastal city of Crisfield in Humvees to aid victims of flood damage. Shallow water stood in many streets up to doorsteps, and residents described the ground as "soggy."
-- The coroner's office says the state's death toll is 10, according to Kasey Parr from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.
-- In the western part of the state, crews were working to remove both snow and downed trees blocking roadways.
-- Gov. Martin O'Malley signed an executive order giving residents more time to apply for and send in absentee ballots. Registered voters who are out of the county due to Sandy now have until 5 p.m. Monday to apply for one, and ballots must be mailed by Election Day and received by November 16. The state Board of Elections can "electronically deliver absentee ballots to such voters," the order states.
-- Sandy wrought the worst destruction on the seaboard of two states. New Jersey had miles of homes and businesses devastated in a series of towns. Some remained inundated with water or sand washed up by the storm. New York had the highest death toll in the storm.
-- New Jersey got personal attention from the White House as Obama toured storm-damaged areas Wednesday.
-- Sandy killed at least 12 people in the state, New Jersey state police said. Gov. Chris Christie, who warned people in low-lying areas to evacuate, said, "We're lucky that more people didn't die as a result of folks ignoring those warnings."
-- "When it comes to getting things done, I don't care what party somebody's in," the Republican governor said after touring the disaster area with Obama. "I'm aware of all the atmospherics. I'm not in a coma. But the fact is, I don't care."
-- Christie announced Thursday that mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted for 11 barrier island municipalities, meaning residents of those communities can return home for the first time since Sandy.
-- With "a state of water emergency" in effect, the Department of Environmental Protection has been authorized by the governor "to implement water usage restrictions across the state."
-- Some 500,000 gallons of diesel fuel will be delivered to the state by Thursday night to run trucks and generators at nursing homes, hospitals and other high-priority locations, he said.
-- State offices will be open Thursday.
-- "We'll be ready for Election Day, one way or another," Christie said.