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By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | August 2, 2002
Calling the heat in the city's Women's Detention Center "sickening," Baltimore District Judge Charlotte M. Cooksey excoriated jail officials at a hearing last night and demanded to know the health status of all its inmates to determine whether temperatures at the facility would aggravate any medical conditions. "I am extremely concerned about the health of the people confined in that setting," Cooksey said of the 576 held at the jail that is overseen by the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
Jacques Kelly | July 22, 2011
The last week in July is Baltimore's agony stretch. That's an observation honed over years spent complaining, suffering and waiting for August. I looked out a window facing the roofs of East Baltimore. It seemed as if a prankish engineer had turned on steam vents. Baltimore was hissing heat and humidity. I think of an old July stretch, of how the harbor smelled and its color after the Boston Street packing houses dumped tomato skins in it. Even my family's Guilford Avenue home seemed to object.
By Bob Dart and Bob Dart,COX NEWS SERVICE | September 20, 1998
Nearly 200 years after George Washington died in an upstairs bedroom of his beloved mansion overlooking the Potomac River, Mount Vernon is getting air conditioning.That's cool with most folks. Millions of summer visitors have sweated through tours of the carefully preserved Virginia home of the nation's first president, and electric fans are needed to keep guides from fainting in the stifling heat.But a few preservationists are downright hot over the decision of Mount Vernon's governing board to install a $1 million, computerized climate-control system in one of America's most historic homes.
By Tricia Bishop and Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2011
Baltimore Gas and Electric stood by its PeakRewards program Saturday, even as participating customers' tempers continued to flare after thousands of air conditioning units were turned off for hours as part of the energy-saving program during the intense heat of the day before. The extreme heat triggered the first "emergency event" in the four-year history of the program, and the effects were different from what customers had come to expect - many wondered why they couldn't override the shutdown.
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | December 10, 2004
Installing air conditioning at Mount Airy Middle School will be a lot more costly than Carroll County officials originally estimated and will require money allocated to other projects to make up the shortfall. County commissioners approved a transfer yesterday of nearly $1.3 million to the project that will install air conditioning in the nearly 50-year-old building. The transfer, some of which is money remaining from completed projects, will allow the county school board to proceed with awarding a contract.
By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | September 1, 2000
Baltimore air conditioning provider Comfort Link will build its third cooling facility on city-owned land and expand its reach to the east side of Baltimore, the city and company said yesterday. Comfort Link, a joint venture of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and contractor Poole & Kent, was chosen by the city from three bids. The $13 million facility is expected to be completed in a year to 15 months on the city property, a small parking lot at Baltimore and Gay streets used primarily by city police.
By Arin Gencer and Arin Gencer, | December 16, 2008
A new report on Baltimore County school facilities recommends studying the possible inclusion of air conditioning in the district's high school renovation program, which has a total projected cost of about $1 billion. "Even with everything that has been accomplished over the last ten years, considerable work remains to be done to bring all of our facilities into the 21st century," the report stated. It also indicated that the cost of possible renovations for elementary and special schools - including the systems required for air conditioning - could exceed an additional $1 billion.
About 50 residents of an East Baltimore apartment building for the elderly and disabled have endured this week's heat without air conditioning in their units since Monday. Reggie Scriber, the city's deputy housing commissioner, said he visited Lanvale Towers in the 1300 block of E. Lanvale St. yesterday and threatened building management with legal action if the air-conditioning was not fixed within three hours. Last night, he said, everyone with respiratory problems had either a working air conditioner or a fan. "This is a senior building ... . and I suspect whatever notice we wrote would hold up in court," Scriber said.
By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | November 20, 2000
Steve Smith walked into a gray, barren concrete building more than three decades ago, inexperienced in business and new to the air-conditioning industry - but youthful enthusiasm had gotten the best of him. He filled the gray building in Columbia's Oakland Ridge Industrial Park with equipment, hired workers, put two new trucks in the parking lot and, in 1968, watched his business grow. Today, Central Air Conditioning Contractors Inc. is a $15 million business with 150 employees, more than 60 service vans and nearly 2,000 customers, Smith said.
By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2010
Afternoon temperatures in Maryland eased back into the mid-90s on Thursday, but not before a week of extreme weather claimed the cooling system at another Baltimore nursing home. Seventy-four residents were moved out of the Liberty Heights Health and Rehabilitation Center in Northwest Baltimore late Wednesday and early Thursday morning after the air conditioning faltered. It was the second time this week that patients were moved from a Baltimore nursing facility because of air conditioning problems.
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