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By David Grimes | March 11, 1994
PROBABLY the best thing about American newspapers, other than their superior absorbency, is the diligent way they keep us informed about the latest Alarming New Study.America may have some work to do in such areas as education, crime, health care, drug abuse, energy conservation, political corruption, homelessness, pollution and child abuse, but in the all-important area of Disturbing Research Findings, we're unquestionably at the top of the heap.Perhaps the reason Americans cannot devote more energy to these other problems is that reading Alarming New Studies tends to put us in such a frightened, depressed frame of mind that all we feel like doing is slumping in front of the TV and stuffing our face with cheese doodles.
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By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
The Baltimore City Office of Emergency Management said at 8:06 a.m. on Wednesday that city firefighters are battling a two-alarm blaze near Gwynns Falls Parkway and Reisterstown Road. OEM said that motorists should expect road closures and avoid the area. A collision on the inner loop of Interstate 695 in Lochearn at Liberty Road has closed the inner loop right shoulder at 8:52 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the state Department of Transportation. A two-vehicle collision on I-95 South in Rossville past the Baltimore Beltway exit has closed the southbound right shoulder at 8:42 a.m. on Wednesday, according to DOT. Emergency roadwork on MD 150 East in Dundalk at Pembrooke Boulevard has closed the eastbound right traffic lane and eastbound right shoulder at 4:18 a.m., DOT said.
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September 15, 2000
HERE'S A SHOCKER: A comprehensive study of the federal death penalty has exposed problems quite similar to those you'd find in many states. Minorities are targeted more than whites. Some U.S. attorneys seek death whenever they can; others don't seek it at all. It makes for a bizarre, hodgepodge application of what's supposed to be federal law -- and too often, the poor, the black and the disadvantaged suffer because of it. Of course, there hasn't been a federal execution for nearly 37 years, so much of this disparity is academic.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
Baltimore City firefighters were called to a 2.5-alarm blaze at a building that once housed Volunteers of America but is now vacant in the Jonestown neighborhood Sunday, officials said. Firefighters were called just before 3 p.m. to the two-story block and stone building in the 1100 block of E. Fayette Street, where they encountered heavy smoke and fire conditions. Smoke poured from the second-floor windows and over the street as firefighters sprayed the building from above and below with water hoses.
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April 30, 2007
Billions od commercially employed honeybees - vital to the production of nearly 100 food crops across North America -- have buzz off. Beekeepers say their industrious workers have been vanishing mysteriously from stores, their developing offspring and a forlorn queen and her attendants. There have been other such "colony collapses," or "dwindles," in past decades, experts say. But this one appears to be the most serious - in the number of abandoned hives, their coast-to-coast geography and their duration.
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April 16, 2001
MANY CRIMINALS may be stupid, but they're not blind. They can see that Baltimore's crackdown on homicides has dangerously depleted routine patrols in many districts. The result is that while killings and assaults have dipped, business-related armed and unarmed robberies have soared in five of the nine police districts. The worst increase is in the Northeastern District, where such robberies are up 75 percent over the first quarter of last year. Southeastern reported a 56 percent increase, Northern 47 percent, Northwestern 21 percent and Southern 15 percent.
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By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,Staff Writer | October 27, 1993
A 14-year-old student was arrested yesterday on charges of raping a 12-year-old classmate just outside Robert Poole Middle School in Hampden, Baltimore police said.The boy had asked the girl to "go with" him -- or be his steady girlfriend -- and when she refused, pulled her out of the school, threw her to the ground and raped her about 10 a.m., police said.No one witnessed the scuffle or the rape just outside the school at 1300 W. 36th St.The girl went back into the school, told a friend what had happened, and the two of them then went to the principal and the vice principal.
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By Dave Barry and Dave Barry,Knight Ridder / Tribune | April 29, 2001
I demand to know how much longer the so-called "authorities" intend to continue ignoring the international spate of alarming incidents involving bosoms. At this point you're thinking: "What international spate of alarming incidents involving bosoms?" Unless of course you're a man, in which case you're thinking only: "Bosoms!" The male brain has an entire lobe devoted to this topic. Anyway, the first incident, which occurred in 1999, is summed up by a headline, which I swear I am not making up, from the Calgary (Canada)
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Sun Staff | July 20, 2003
Platform, by Michel Houellebecq. Translated from the French by Frank Wynne. Knopf. 272 pages. $25. Toward the end of this mordant misadventure in international sex tourism, the narrator of Platform begins emerging from catatonic emotional detachment to consider alternative ways of being. Imagine: Love. Heavens: A wife? Mon Dieu: children. Not to worry about these horrors. No way such reassurance winds up in a book by French novelist Michel Houellebecq, at least not at this point in the writer's career.
NEWS
January 13, 1993
FROM THE Chesapeake Bay comes some good news, som bad news -- and the sound of an alarm. John Page Williams, director of special field programs for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, reported recently in the Chesapeake Bay Magazine that 1992 produced "the best run of spot and summer flounder that anyone could remember. The fish were fat and beautiful, and they ranged up the main stem of the bay all the way to Baltimore, as well as deep into the tributaries."It was not a good year for shellfish, however.
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By Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
While Maryland health officials urged caregivers this week to be alert for possible Ebola virus cases, they were also quick to emphasize there are other — perhaps more contagious — pathogens that they are also monitoring. Public health officials around the world remain on watch for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, while the United States is on guard for enterovirus D68 cases among children. As flu season begins, surveillance for that illness is resuming, and other potentially deadly threats such as avian flu lurk, as well.
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Staff Reports and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
The Baltimore City Fire Department reported a two-alarm fire in the 3600 block of Duvall Avenue overnight into Friday morning. The department said via its Twitter account that units had responded and evacuated residents from the building. The department described the building as a three-story multi-family. Few details were immediately available, but the department said one firefighter had received a "minor" injury that was considered non-life threatening.
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By Justin Fenton and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
A two-alarm blaze at an adjacent building caused damage to the historic Mayfair Theatre in downtown Baltimore and shut down light rail operations Wednesday afternoon. The fire was reported at about 12:20 p.m. in the rear of a vacant building in the 300 block of W. Franklin St., and fire department spokesman Ian Brennan said that the neighboring theater suffered external damage. "The extent of the internal damage is not known as far as the Mayfair building itself," Brennan said.
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By Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
A two-alarm house fire broke out Saturday afternoon in Federal Hill and spread to four rowhomes, heavily damaging two of them. The blaze was reported about 4:20 p.m. in the 400 block of Sanders Street, behind Digital Harbor High School, according to city emergency officials. It took about 45 minutes for firefighters to get it under control, and they were able to prevent it from spreading to any more homes. No injuries were reported. Residents in two of the homes will not be allowed back inside Saturday, fire department spokesman Capt.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
A fire at All Saints Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northeast Baltimore escalated to three alarms before city firefighters were able to bring it under control Thursday, officials said. The fire, which had no immediately known cause, was contained to the church in the 4200 block of Loch Raven Blvd., in the city's New Northwood neighborhood. The department called for a three-alarm response to keep the flames from spreading to adjoining buildings, spokesman Ian Brennan said. Smoke billowed high into the sky before firefighters knocked down the fire at about 3:48 p.m., a little less than an hour after the initial alarm sounded.
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By Sean Welsh and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
Firefighters quickly controlled a blaze at an abandoned Veteran's Affairs hospital at Fort Howard in Edgemere, Baltimore County public safety officials said late Friday. The two-alarm fire took place around 11 p.m. and was under control by 11:30 p.m., according to tweets from the Baltimore County Police and Fire Department. The building is located in the 9600 block of North Point Rd. The fire was contained to one building. This story will be updated when information becomes available.
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October 8, 1990
Louisiana has always been something of a separate folklore culture in America, a place which produces such mixed blessings as jazz and jambalaya, Earl Long and Jimmy Swaggart. But even if the Pelican State can hardly be counted as American mainstream, there are ominous messages in David Duke's strong showing in the Louisiana election this past Saturday.First, more than half of the white voters of Louisiana cast their ballots for Duke, which means that if it had not been for the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which gave the franchise to black citizens of Louisiana, a former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and an open Nazi sympathizer would be sitting in the United States Senate next year.
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June 25, 2006
Baltimore's Bureau of Water and Wastewater took out a half-page ad in this newspaper last week to present its annual water quality report, and it was positively eye-popping, not because the information in it was especially alarming - to the contrary, if you do a little (figurative) digging, it turns out the water coming out of the tap is as hunky-dory as ever - but because the ad helpfully lists such crucial statistics as the MCLG and MCL and HLD of the Total THMs and HAA (5). Also, it was in really teeny type.
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By Ellen B. Cutler | September 9, 2014
Note to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: There are too many deer. And I say this as a softie who loves watching them wander in my yard and who has evolved gardening practices that focus on "deer-resistant" species and a philosophical outlook that accommodates inevitable damage. We've watched the deer and tossed them dried corn and old apples (yes I know feeding the wildlife is frowned upon) since we moved into this recent expansion of our smallish town that is really part of the exurbia of Baltimore.
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By Jean Marbella and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
A large commercial building was damaged in a two-alarm fire Friday night, Anne Arundel Fire Department said. Firefighters got the fire under control at 10:30 p.m., about an hour after they were called to the 600 block of Pittman Road, said Lt. Craig Oldershaw, a department spokesman. Oldershaw said fire investigators were trying to determine the cause of the blaze in one part of what he described as a large manufacturing building. Hazarous materials personnel also responded because of the presence of a compound, manganese oxide, in the building.
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