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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2012
A water pipe blocked by tiny pieces of "slag" — likely pipe shavings or soldering residue — was to blame for the water issues that left many residents of the downtown Zenith apartments without water or air conditioning this week, according to a city public works spokesman. Going floor to floor Tuesday afternoon, crews restored services in the 21-story building, said Lauren McDonald, a spokeswoman for the company that manages the Zenith. The slag pieces, each about the size of a dime, were located by city crews Monday in the filtering screen of a 6-inch-wide "backflow preventer" in the building's internal water system, not in lines maintained by the city, said Kurt Kocher, the public works spokesman.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2012
The thermostat in Matt Rechkemmer's luxury apartment overlooking Oriole Park at Camden Yards read 85 degrees Sunday afternoon, and he wondered whether he'd be able to take a shower before going to work Monday morning. "It's incredibly frustrating," said Rechkemmer, whose 12th-story apartment in the Zenith, an upscale high-rise apartment building in downtown Baltimore, has been without air conditioning since late Wednesday and without water since Saturday. "It's blazing hot in here, and you can't really do anything without creating more heat," he said.
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By Scott Dance | July 17, 2012
Tuesday is recognized as the birthday of air conditioning -- be thankful this year, because you'll need it. Willis Carrier, an engineer in Buffalo, N.Y., is credited with planning a device to regulate heat and humidity in a Brooklyn printing plant. He drafted the plans for the device July 17, 1902. Carrier patented the invention four years later, and in 1915, he and six colleagues formed the Carrier Engineering Corp. The device contained a spray nozzle originally designed for insecticide and it controlled both temperature and humidity.
FEATURES
By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2012
The forecast isn't pretty, with highs predicted in the high 90s, and thousands of people are without power. What's a parent to do to keep cool? Here's a roundup of some places with air conditioning that are open (subject to change, of course, and assuming you can see this on a wireless device before your battery runs out): Howard County Libraries are open normal hours today, according to the Howard County Government Facebook page . (Glenwood is open but has no A/C. UPDATE: Miller Branch is now closed due to power outages.)
NEWS
June 26, 2012
The physical needs of Baltimore City schools seem overwhelming. Leaky roofs, faulty boilers, boarded-over windows, broken or non-existent air conditioning, unusable water fountains and outmoded science labs. Baltimore has the oldest inventory of schools in the state, and thanks to years of disinvestment, mismanagement and a reluctance to reduce the system's physical capacity to meet a historic decline in enrollment, they have been allowed to deteriorate to a point where proper instruction and learning are difficult if not impossible.
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By Scott Dance | June 19, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for central Maryland through Wednesday night. The advisory covers all of the Baltimore area as well as southern Maryland, the Washington, D.C., area and Frederick County. It extends through 8 p.m. Wednesday. It warns of heat index values between 100 and 105 degrees, putting sensitive populations at risk for heat-related illnesses. The latest forecast from the weather service calls for highs of 98 degrees Wednesday and 100 degrees Thursday, with heat indices up to 102 degrees Wednesday and 105 degrees Thursday.
EXPLORE
May 27, 2012
Among the 77 calls for medical and fire-rescue service the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department received for fire and rescue service during the period May 20-27 were the following: Beechfield Avenue, 1000 block, 8:16 p.m. May 25. Crews responded to the report of an injured person in Arbutus and transported one person with non-life-threatening injuries to a local hospital. Colony Hill Court, unit block, 11:54 a.m. May 25. Crews from the Arbutus volunteer station and Halethorpe career station responded to the report of an appliance fire in Arbutus and found an overheated air conditioning unit, but no fire.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2012
State officials approved more than $161 million in school construction funding Wednesday that will allow school systems in the Baltimore area to undertake renovation projects, tackling problems that include sweltering and overcrowded classrooms and dilapidated buildings and amenities. The Maryland Board of Public Works approved the last round of construction dollars being doled out to schools for fiscal year 2013. The state approved $187.5 million in funding in January, bringing the total amount for school construction projects to nearly $350 million, a more than $85 million increase from fiscal year 2012.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2012
The parent company of Harborside Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore, which faced state sanctions for air-conditioning failures more than two years ago, has filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to court documents. Ravenwood Healthcare Inc., based in Baton Rouge, La., listed $10 million to $50 million in liabilities and the same amount of assets, according to documents filed late last week with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of Louisiana.
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Alison Knezevich and Alison Knezevich | April 19, 2012
  When he delivered his budget proposal last week, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that his plan would include money for air conditioning at a dozen schools.  The County Auditor's office has prepared a chart for the County Council showing the proportion of schools with and without air conditioning in each councilmanic district.  The chart ( https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsRDIs5LxYeQdFVjREdOVENLZU5RV2c2UU0yaTRKM1E )  shows that under Kamenetz's plan, the councilmanic district with the highest proportion of air conditioned schools would be Councilman Ken Oliver's 4 th District, with 82 percent of buildings air conditioned.
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