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April 7, 2014
Thank goodness that guy on the KIPP school grounds wasn't carrying a Pop-Tart bitten into the shape of a handgun and loaded with strawberry ( "Charter schools lock down," April 4)! They probably would have called in airstrikes. Dave Reich, Perry Hall - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Two schools in Baltimore County went on alert for an hour Friday morning after police said a man was shot in a nearby block. Officers went to the first block of Eiffel Court in Essex to investigate the shooting at 10:45 a.m. Friday, Baltimore County Police said. They found a man who had been shot at least once, prompting Deep Creek Middle School and Deep Creek Elementary School to issue an alert, meaning they restricted access to their campuses and had staff monitoring entrances and exits.
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Two schools in Baltimore County went on alert for an hour Friday morning after police said a man was shot in a nearby block. Officers went to the first block of Eiffel Court in Essex to investigate the shooting at 10:45 a.m. Friday, Baltimore County Police said. They found a man who had been shot at least once, prompting Deep Creek Middle School and Deep Creek Elementary School to issue an alert, meaning they restricted access to their campuses and had staff monitoring entrances and exits.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2014
Two weeks after the Social Security Administration received a report criticizing management for a dysfunctional, $300 million computer system, agency officials provided only a cursory summary of the findings at a meeting of a committee overseeing the project, documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun show. According to minutes from a June 17 steering committee meeting, agency officials provided limited detail about the report - noting only one of its recommendations, for instance. That lends credibility to claims by congressional Republicans that top officials at the Woodlawn-based agency delayed releasing its full details.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2011
Maryland State Police are asking motorists to be on the lookout for a missing 66-year-old woman from Prince George's County. Police said Sunday afternoon that they have issued a "silver alert" for Adela Shepard-Barrett, last seen in Accokeek on Friday. She could be driving a 2010 gray Nissan Sentra, license plate 4AB2351. Silver alerts are issued in Maryland when adults with cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer's, go missing.
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By Kelly Brewington | February 2, 2008
A leak in Deep Creek Dam in Garrett County prompted an alert to area residents, Maryland Department of the Environment officials reported. There was no immediate threat of the dam failing, according to state officials. "MDE has sent staff from our compliance program to investigate the leak," MDE Secretary Shari T. Wilson said in a statement. "We will continue to monitor the situation as long as necessary to ensure the safety of Maryland residents living in the vicinity." The leak is in the penstock, which takes water from Deep Creek Lake to the dam's powerhouse.
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By GREGORY KANE | November 24, 2007
An open letter to Marvin L. "Doc" Cheatham, president of the Baltimore NAACP chapter: Dear Mr. Cheatham: This letter is in response to the e-mail you sent to Baltimore news media outlets Nov. 16. You chided us for not covering the march on the U.S. Department of Justice that same day. Several civil rights groups -- including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People -- and many individuals marched to protest what they perceive as...
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By Dave McIntyre | June 11, 2002
WASHINGTON - Intelligent, well-intended people are distributing the anti-terrorism alerts that have been sweeping across the country. But the citizens are confused and the media are confounded. Unless we change the way we announce threats, we will numb America to real dangers, lower our guard and increase our vulnerability to attack. But first a sympathetic word about why communicating fair warning of attack is so difficult. The warnings really speak to two different audiences. Law officers and likely targets (such as the owners of power plants or private aircraft)
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By Fort Worth Star-Telegram | November 19, 1990
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Federal Aviation Administration will alert aircraft owners across the nation this week that hydraulic fittings sold by a North Texas company could be corroding.The fittings, sold by Bailey Hydraulics in Southlake to aircraft manufacturers and repair shops nationwide, could possibly have been identified as being suitable for carrying corrosive fluids when they are not, officials said.The rarely issued notice, called an airworthiness alert, stems from an ongoing criminal investigation by a federal panel into whether Bailey Hydraulics intentionally mislabeled the parts to sell them at a higher price, sources close to the investigation told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram last week.
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By Jill Jacobs | April 4, 2002
NEW YORK -- Midtown is feeling blue, while the Village is a little green. If you head uptown, red could be the color du jour, while in Soho, yellow isn't so sunny. No, I'm not a poet, just a New Yorker who prefers basic black, trying to make sense of it all. Unveiled recently by homeland security czar Tom Ridge, the government's newly developed color-coded alert system was designed in part to satisfy complaints about the frequent issuing of vague and unspecific terror alerts, often rendering an already anxious public even more confused.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Temperatures are forecast to hit the lower 90s Tuesday with the heat and sunshine fueling a rise in ozone pollution, prompting an air quality alert. A "code orange" air quality alert is in effect, a hazardous level for children, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions. Sunshine-fueled chemical reactions involving fossil fuel exhaust and other particles was spawning a rise in ozone, a gas found high up in the atmosphere that is considered a pollutant closer to the ground.
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June 9, 2014
The horrific traffic crash last Saturday at 1 a.m. on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one person and left comedian Tracy Morgan in critical condition at a hospital near Trenton calls attention to the danger of tired truck drivers. Investigators suspect the driver of a Walmart tractor-trailer had dozed off when he slammed into the back of the comedian's limousine bus which was returning to New York from a show in Dover, Del. The exact circumstances are not entirely clear, and police have stressed that the incident remains under investigation.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
It's rare for Baltimore Police to notify the public of crime when the reported incident doesn't involve someone being shot, but community groups often get more detailed information, and Johns Hopkins students and staff are certainly no exception. Two such recent alerts focused on crime involving groups of youth, with corporate security in one of the alerts warning of "recent reports of groups of juveniles converging on vehicles and vandalizing vehicles while stopped at traffic lights.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2014
After a daylong investigation, Frostburg State University Police and the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit made an arrest Wednesday in connection with a threat made via Yik Yak, a popular new anonymous social media app. University police were alerted to the posting, which stated that "at 5:30 tomorrow, I'm going to start shooting. " Based on the timing of the post, "tomorrow" was believed to be Wednesday, April 30, according to a Frostburg alert. The suspect, who has not been identified, told investigators that the threat was "made as a joke," according to a Frostburg news release.
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By Jessica Anderson and Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
Timothy Virts, subject of a manhunt last month that triggered a multistate Amber Alert ending at a South Carolina motel, has been formally indicted on charges that he abducted his 11-year-old daughter and killed her mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36. Virts was indicted Monday by a grand jury in Baltimore County on nine counts, including murder, kidnapping, attempted sexual abuse and other charges, according to court records. The murder charge alone carries a potential life sentence. No trial date has been set, but Virts is expected to appear in court for an arraignment hearing within 30 days.
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April 7, 2014
Thank goodness that guy on the KIPP school grounds wasn't carrying a Pop-Tart bitten into the shape of a handgun and loaded with strawberry ( "Charter schools lock down," April 4)! They probably would have called in airstrikes. Dave Reich, Perry Hall - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By The Boston Globe | February 10, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Fearful of terrorist retaliation after the arrest of a key suspect in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the U.S. government has alerted airlines in the United States and Europe to take special security precautions, informed sources say.The Federal Aviation Administration issued its alert amid predictions that Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, who pleaded not guilty yesterday in New York in connection with the attack on the Manhattan skyscraper, would...
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By Barbara Starr and Barbara Starr,Jane's Defense Weekly | April 7, 1991
It sounds like a "Dr. Strangelove"-type movie.A massive nuclear strike is launched against the United States by the Soviet Union.The president transmits an order for a retaliatory nuclear strike.His order is relayed from a giant Boeing 747 aircraft, the U.S. Air Force's E-4 U.S. National Command authority, also known as the flying White House.The order is received by one of 30 TACAMO -- for Take Charge And Move Out -- aircraft.These planes slowly circle the sky. They carry no weapons but are equipped with electronic generators able to blast a very low frequency signal down to the ocean through 5-mile-long wire antennae.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
On March 20, police in Washington issued an Amber Alert for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, alerting residents that the girl could be traveling with a suspected abductor. Washington police said they asked law enforcement agencies across the region to extend the alert. But Maryland officials say they never got the request, though some of the initial search for the girl centered in neighboring Prince George's County. "The bottom line is this: The Maryland State Police have never been asked to issue an Amber Alert in this case," said spokesman Gregory M. Shipley.
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By Colin Campbell and Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
Baltimore County police fatally shot a man after he charged at officers with a knife Tuesday afternoon in Parkville, they said. Early Wednesday morning, police announced the man had died and identified him as Ryan Charles Deitrich, 21, who lived in the same block where he was shot. Officers who were called to check on the well-being of a man in the 8600 block of Oakleigh Road arrived shortly after 1 p.m. to find him outside his home, police said. Deitrich threatened officers with a knife and charged, police said.
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