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NEWS
February 11, 2013
Over the past several years, Baltimore County has made steady progress as it seeks to air condition all its public schools. Despite limited funding, the county is on track to reduce the number of schools lacking air conditioning from 54 percent in 2010 to 36 percent within two years. Unfortunately, that progress is not shared uniformly throughout Baltimore County. There is a significant disparity between the western, northern and eastern parts of the county. Looking at schools by County Council district, after the current round of air conditioning, the number of non-air conditioned schools will stand at 28 percent in the 1st District (Catonsville)
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NEWS
January 30, 2013
I would like to talk about the death penalty issue being discussed in Annapolis ("Senators wrestle with death penalty vote," Jan. 28). The problem I have with the death penalty is that when a person kills someone, the killer will not die for his actions. He will have a life in prison with free medical care, free food, free clothes and free heat and air conditioning and watch television. If they need a kidney or heart transplant, they can be on the waiting list for a donor organ. Gov. Martin O'Malley is wrong when he said that it cost too much money to have a death penalty.
EXPLORE
January 2, 2013
The following is compiled from local police reports. Our policy is to include descriptions when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Wilkens Police Station at 410-887-0872. Baltimore National Pike, 6400 block, between Dec. 19, 10 p.m., and Dec. 20, 10 a.m. Two air conditioning units stolen from rear of Forty West Racquet Club. Baltimore National Pike, 6600 block, Dec. 19, 10: 15 p.m. Front door and door to merchandise area of Radio Shack pried open.
NEWS
December 11, 2012
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's plan to offer some county properties for sale in Dundalk, Randallstown and Towson has the potential to solve a few problems and create better opportunities for some students without any cost to the taxpayers, though it also has the potential to create some new problems, too. As such, it is a perfect example of the strengths and weaknesses of Baltimore County government. If your main concern is efficiency and tight stewardship of taxpayer dollars, you'll be happy.
NEWS
December 6, 2012
A Sun article on possible uses for gambling revenue reported that the Baltimore County Public Schools estimated the cost of air conditioning its school buildings at $600 million ("Lawmakers who backed gambling look to collect for local interests,"" Nov. 20). This figure has never been verified by specific estimates for the schools that do not have it. The number seems wildly inflated, and BCPS should be required to prove its accuracy through estimates from independent contractors, not from the Department of Physical Facilities.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich | October 10, 2012
At their Sept. 19 meeting, Baltimore County school board members voted to draft a resolution encouraging state and county officials to fund air conditioning in all schools that can support it. The resolution was on the agenda for last night's meeting, but it was postponed. The board still plans to vote on the resolution, President Lawrence Schmidt said, but members are still working with the board's lawyer to draft it. Also, some members missed the last meeting's discussion when the meeting was rescheduled because of bad weather.
NEWS
September 18, 2012
Tuesday's Baltimore County Board of Education meeting, along with all other afternoon and evening BCPS activities, has been postponed due to inclement weather. But when the board does meet on Wednesday, Sept. 19, their focus will be on keeping schools cool. On the board's agenda is a status report on the air conditioning in county public schools. The report, which is previewed on the school board's website - - looks at the county's plan for installing air conditioning in new and older schools, and includes information on budgets and scheduling.
NEWS
August 20, 2012
Baltimore County Police say a Towson-area church fell victim to burglars last week who took items of copper and other materials from the property. The incident occurred at Idlewylde United Methodist Church, in the 1000 block of Regester Avenue, between 2:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 14, according to the police report. An air conditioning unit cover and coils, and copper wire were stolen from the property. In addition to this incident, the following items were compiled from police reports from the Towson precinct.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2012
Department of Justice officials toured the Baltimore City Detention Center on Wednesday amid complaints about conditions for juveniles held at the facility, officials confirmed. Agency officials would not comment on what they observed during the tour. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat, said in a statement that the visit was "urgently needed and if any unsafe or unsecure conditions are found, they must be immediately remedied. " Cummings wrote to the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division this month, after The Baltimore Sun highlighted the increasing concerns of attorneys and youth advocates about conditions for juveniles who are being held at the jail on adult charges.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2012
Youths detained at the Baltimore City Detention Center were moved over the weekend into a building that has air conditioning, state officials confirmed. The move comes amid increasing concerns over conditions for juveniles charged as adults at the city jail. While state officials who oversee the facility said it was planned as part of renovations at an annex building where juveniles were held, they also said those plans were accelerated based on what was best for the youths. The living quarters will continue to be a dorm-style arrangement in a 50-bed housing unit in the Wyatt Building, formerly used for an adult drug treatment program.
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