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NEWS
By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | August 28, 2009
A corrections officer was found fatally shot behind the wheel of a sport utility vehicle early Thursday in East Baltimore, according to police. The woman, identified as 37-year-old Erica Yolanda Carr, was found about 6:30 a.m. in the driver's seat of a Ford Explorer in the 1400 block of Kenhill Ave., police said. Officers responded to the area for a report of shots fired and canvassed the area, adjacent to the parking lot for Fort Worthington Elementary School in the Berea neighborhood, and later discovered Carr in the vehicle.
NEWS
By Lena H. Sun and Lyndsey Layton and Lena H. Sun and Lyndsey Layton,The Washington Post | July 2, 2009
WASHINGTON - -Five days before last week's deadly Red Line accident, a Metro crew replaced a key piece of equipment designed to prevent rail crashes, but the circuitry malfunctioned and no one in the subway system detected the problem, investigators and transit officials said yesterday. The findings raise new questions about whether Metro officials should have discovered the hazard before one train rammed into another June 22, killing nine and injuring 80. It also puts a spotlight on the Metro's maintenance crews and the design of a highly automated subway system that is supposed to be fail-safe.
BUSINESS
By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest and Nancy Jones-Bonbrest,Special to The Sun | July 19, 2009
AGE: 34 SALARY: $150,000 YEARS ON THE JOB: 15 How he got started: : While still in high school, Griff Bell took a summer job working for a sailboat rental company near Annapolis. He grew up along the South River, boating with his family, and it was the perfect job as well as one he could keep once he began attending college at Frostburg State University. In his sophomore year, he had an opportunity to buy the business, which at the time had four sailboats. He ran the business during his summers off from school.
NEWS
By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,brent.jones@baltsun.com | June 4, 2009
A 19-year-old Oxon Hill man was arrested Tuesday night and charged with armed robbery and assault after he held up a person in the parking lot of a hotel near Arundel Mills mall in Hanover, police say. Rashad Edward Quarles of the 1500 block of Birchwood Drive used a pistol to demand a man's wallet about 11 p.m. outside the Marriott TownePlace Suites in the 7000 block of Arundel Mills Circle, according to police, then fled in a green Dodge Caravan....
NEWS
September 20, 2009
On September 18, 2009, FRANK A. BROWN; dearest husband of the late Betty S. Brown (nee Sherfey); devoted father of Frank Brown and his girlfriend Joann Jackson, Cheryl Brown and her boyfriend Richard Jupitz, and Sheila Wright and her husband Donald; beloved brother of William, Lawrence, and Ronald Brown, Gilbert Gregory, Dawn Dawson, and the late Raymond Gregory; loving grandfather of Stacey and boyfriend Chuck, Stephanie, Jessica and boyfriend George, and...
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | September 2, 2009
Monsignor Myles J. McGowan, the oldest priest in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and pastor of St. Ursula's Roman Catholic Church in Parkville for more than two decades, died Saturday of a stroke at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 96. "He was thoroughly a priest and was the patriarch of the archdiocese. He was well-regarded and loved by priests both young and old," said Bishop William C. Newman, a friend of 55 years. "He had a practical common sense that he was noted for. He was willing to move forward with the church, and it must have been difficult for him after Vatican II, but he did it," Bishop Newman said.
NEWS
By Laura Smitherman and Gus G. Sentementes and Laura Smitherman and Gus G. Sentementes and,laura.smitherman@baltsun.com, gus.sentementes@baltsun.com | June 12, 2009
Ongoing battles between state officials and Constellation Energy Group escalated again Thursday when Maryland regulators ordered a review of the company's deal with a French utility and Constellation quickly countered with a lawsuit. The Public Service Commission, the state's top energy regulator, determined that Constellation's $4.5 billion deal to sell half its nuclear power assets to Electricite de France must be in the public's interest. The order adds a regulatory hurdle to completing the transaction, which the company had hoped to do by October.
NEWS
By Saif Hameed and Ned Parker and Saif Hameed and Ned Parker,Tribune Newspapers | June 25, 2009
BAGHDAD - -A bomb in a sprawling Shiite Muslim neighborhood killed at least 72 people and wounded more than 135 Wednesday, highlighting the danger that Iraq could slip into unrestrained violence after U.S. combat troops leave its cities - and with the deadline less than a week away. It was unclear who was responsible for detonating the bomb, which was hidden in a motorcycle with a vegetable cart. Some blamed Sunni insurgents from al-Qaida in Iraq or remnants of former dictator Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, but others suggested that the bombing was the result of disputes among Shiite factions.
FEATURES
By SUSAN REIMER | August 27, 2009
Joe Schweiger's relationship with hot peppers hasn't always been so hot. At the age of 5, he cried until his father let him taste one, and then cried when he did. But today, the Hampden resident and his wife, Alison, grow award-winning varieties in a backyard garden plot that's not much bigger than a desktop. They will enter the best of the bunch in this weekend's Maryland State Fair, hoping to add to the fistful of ribbons - more than a dozen - they've won since 1995, when they visited the fair and decided the winning peppers didn't look nearly as good as the ones they were growing at home.
NEWS
May 9, 2009
Woman, 82, bilked of $3,000 3 It's an old scam: Someone pretends to have found a bunch of cash and is willing to share it, but only if the "mark" puts up some money first as a good faith gesture. In the end, of course, the mark - or victim - is left with neither cash nor good faith. One such swindle, sometimes called a pigeon drop, took place Thursday afternoon in a Baltimore County shopping center. The victim was an 82-year-old woman who police say was approached by two younger women toting a tale about a "bag of money" they had found.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen | May 29, 2009
J. Paul Melanson, former chief financial officer and vice president of administration and finance at Loyola College, died May 22 of congestive heart failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The former longtime Homeland resident was 82. Mr. Melanson was born in Manchester, N.H., and was raised there and in Providence, R.I. During World War II, he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1949 from what is now St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa. He also held two master's degrees, one in higher-education administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a second in business administration from Loyola.
BUSINESS
By Marie Gullard and Marie Gullard,Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2009
In 2002, Lisa and Thomas Baum got engaged on a craggy mound of land overlooking the Patapsco River. Today, the couple, three grown boys, a baby son and a golden retriever named Jasmine live together on that craggy mound in the house the couple designed together and called "River Knoll." The name was chosen in honor of two commitments - Lisa and Tom to each other and to the home they treasure. Thomas Baum, a 45-year-old architect and president of Bozzuto Homes, bought the 1 3/4 acres in the historic mill town of Oella in southwestern Baltimore County.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | April 25, 2009
A Baltimore pastor who worked with developmentally disabled people was charged Friday with befriending a blind and disabled man in his care, then paying a hit man $50,000 in church funds for an execution so he could collect life insurance money. Police say Kevin Jerome Pushia, 32, who worked for four months as an operations manager for the Arc of Baltimore before abruptly quitting in January, confessed to plotting to kill Lemuel Wallace. Pushia told police he persuaded Wallace and "numerous" other mentally challenged individuals to list him as a beneficiary on insurance policies.
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