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By Tricia Bishop, Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
A "disorderly person" was arrested Friday after acting strangely and abandoning a backpack in the area of the Towson University Media Center, said school spokeswoman Gay Pinder. The man, whose name was not immediately available, was not affiliated with the university, Pinder said. A university tweet, sent late Friday morning, warned students to stay away from the center and two other buildings while school police investigated. A follow-up tweet, apparently sent a few minutes later, said operations were clear.
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By Brian Compere, The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2014
Hiking with a 50-pound backpack for the better part of a day is physically demanding, but doing so up the side of a mountain is exhausting. Wendy Cirko found that out the hard way. She could have been sitting on a couch in her Bel Air home, watching TV, she said. But as she grabbed tufts of grass to help her on the steep ascent, all the while trying not to think about how far she could fall if she weren't careful, she couldn't help wondering what she had gotten herself into. All this came on just Day Three of her 77-day National Outdoor Leadership School program, a three-part trip through New Zealand that included about 40 days of backpacking, about 30 days of kayaking and about 10 days aboard a 40-foot sailboat.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
An backpack left at a bus stop near an M&T Bank branch in Roland Park shut down streets, shops and a school Friday afternoon. The backpack, left in 700 block of Deepdene Road, was X-rayed and found to contain books, according to Sgt. Anthony Smith, a spokesman for police. Police blocked off several streets in the area during the evening rush hour and buses were re-routed. Roland Park Elementary/Middle School was put on lockdown. Businesses along Roland Avenue were evacuated.
NEWS
December 13, 2013
I was reminded recently of why I love Baltimore so much. It was a snowy morning as I rode the No. 27 bus from downtown to Hampden. I had gotten off at 36th and Chestnut streets to begin my day at the office with a cup of coffee from Common Ground when I realized I had left my backpack with all my essentials aboard the bus. I tore out of the shop and ran frantically down The Avenue, but it was too late. The bus was nowhere in sight. I desperately flagged down the nearest vehicle, whose driver had stopped at an intersection.
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By Justin Fenton | justin.fenton@baltsun.com | March 6, 2010
Authorities were trying to determine Friday how an 8-year-old boy obtained a loaded handgun that was found in his backpack by school police after he made threats toward a classmate. The third-grader at Sharp-Leadenhall Elementary School, a small Baltimore City school for special-needs children, was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged as a juvenile with handgun possession. School officials said the boy was "acting suspiciously" and staff began closely monitoring his behavior, which led to a search of his backpack and the discovery of a .380-caliber handgun.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | November 18, 2013
Employee volunteers from Booz Allen Hamilton's Aberdeen office delivered more than 200 backpacks filled with school supplies, in addition to several boxes of additional materials, to support Edgewood Elementary School students as they kicked off the new school year. For the fourth consecutive year, Edgewood Elementary School made their school supply list "optional" for students because of the current economic environment. With nearly 70 percent of students at the school receiving free or reduced-cost meals, the school views this as a way to reduce the financial burden on families.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | June 22, 2005
Two tiny out-of-state vacationers have given wildlife biologists a "Eureka!" moment. A couple of endangered bats - chestnut brown with a Garbo-esque shyness and a Chuck Yeager need for speed - have relocated from the deep recesses of a limestone cave to leafy hickory trees in Carroll County. They're called Indiana bats, although these two winter in Pennsylvania's Canoe Creek State Park. And fewer than 400,000 of them are left in the United States. Biologists have long suspected that Indiana bats make the trek to Maryland each summer to fatten up on bugs and have their young.
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By NICK SHIELDS | November 10, 2005
Baltimore County police are searching for a backpack that they hope will help them determine how a city woman who worked in Cockeysville ended up dead in the Woodmoor area of the county. Tiona Katrice Smith, 23, of the 3900 block of Mountwood Road in Southwest Baltimore, worked at a McDonald's in Cockeysville and regularly took mass transit home, police said. She left work Sunday wearing her blue McDonald's uniform and carrying a gray backpack with dark patches, police said. Smith's body was discovered Sunday in the backyard of a home on the 6800 block of Fox Meadow Road, which is near Liberty Road, by children who told their parents that they had found a woman sleeping nearby, police said.
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By Joni Guhne and Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 30, 2002
IF YOU'VE watched children walking to school, you've seen that some of them look more like Himalayan Sherpas bearing supplies to classes on Mount Everest than children of middle-class families living in a modern society. Carrying overloaded backpacks is not the exception today, but the rule. What students put into their backpacks and how they carry them have produced some startling statistics. Arnold chiropractor Diane Kelly does the math: If your child carries a backpack that weighs 12 pounds and lifts that weight 10 times a day, the child will lift 120 pounds a day, or 21,600 pounds in one 180-day school year.
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By ED HEARD and ED HEARD,SUN STAFF | October 6, 1995
A woman leaving The Mall in Columbia with her two children at noon Wednesday was robbed by a teen-ager who asked her for a quarter and then demanded her purse, Howard County police said.The victim, a 45-year-old woman from Ellicott City, and the children were not injured.The woman told police that a youth approached her about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the mall in the 10300 block of Little Patuxent Parkway and asked for a quarter.The woman told him she did not have a quarter and continued walking to her car. He followed her, and as she put her children into the car, he demanded her purse.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | November 18, 2013
Employee volunteers from Booz Allen Hamilton's Aberdeen office delivered more than 200 backpacks filled with school supplies, in addition to several boxes of additional materials, to support Edgewood Elementary School students as they kicked off the new school year. For the fourth consecutive year, Edgewood Elementary School made their school supply list "optional" for students because of the current economic environment. With nearly 70 percent of students at the school receiving free or reduced-cost meals, the school views this as a way to reduce the financial burden on families.
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By Katie V. Jones, Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 1, 2013
During her sophomore year at Oakland Mills High School, Alexa Kanakry spent an hour every Thursday sorting food and filling 16 backpacks for Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit that provides food for elementary-age students during the school year. Now a junior, Kanakry was back in action last Thursday, topping that previous effort with another 35 backpacks the school's program provides each week. "It might take a little longer this year," Kanakry, 16, said. "I love it. Knowing that we are helping these kids that don't always have food ... it's not that hard to do once a week and fit it in. " Many of the kids who receive the backpacks take advantage of free and reduced-priced meals at schools during the week, but the backpack initiative is designed to keep them supplied over the weekends, when they might have little or nothing.
NEWS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2013
Inez Taylor of Belair-Edison sat in the midst of the city's bustling back-to-school rally Saturday afternoon, waiting patiently for the backpacks with school supplies to be handed out for free. She wasn't about to miss it. She has five kids, all school-age - and that's a lot of supplies. "Anything that can help me get my kids ready for school, I appreciate it," she said. The event, put on annually by the mayor's office, drew a few thousand people to the War Memorial Plaza beside City Hall.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2013
On the third Saturday in May, generations of Baltimoreans marched onto the infield at Pimlico Race Course with their coolers in tow, an image that helped define the Preakness Stakes. No longer. The Maryland Jockey Club has unveiled enhanced security plans for the 138th Preakness Stakes in the wake of recent deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon. And coolers are among the casualties. Fans will be subject to electronic wand searches at all gates for the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes on May 17 and the Preakness on May 18. They will not be allowed to carry backpacks or duffel bags into the races and only smaller, see-through-plastic containers will be permitted.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop, Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
A "disorderly person" was arrested Friday after acting strangely and abandoning a backpack in the area of the Towson University Media Center, said school spokeswoman Gay Pinder. The man, whose name was not immediately available, was not affiliated with the university, Pinder said. A university tweet, sent late Friday morning, warned students to stay away from the center and two other buildings while school police investigated. A follow-up tweet, apparently sent a few minutes later, said operations were clear.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | September 5, 2012
Backpacks are bad for a child's health if not used correctly. When worn appropriately, backpacks are better than shoulder bags or purses. The stomach and back muscles support the weight of the backpack and allow for even distribution across a child's body, said physical therapist Chris Wood of MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Badly worn backpacks can result in numbness, tingling and pain, Wood said. Here are some tips Wood and The American Academy of Pediatrics offer for kids who wear backpacks.
NEWS
By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer | March 26, 1995
A woods fire covering about 10 acres off the 1300 block of Bachman Valley Road between Westminster and Manchester raged out of control for several hours Friday afternoon.Engines and brush trucks from Manchester, Westminster, Lineboro, Reese, Hampstead and Pleasant Hill of York County, Pa., were dispatched to the fire, which was discovered just before 2 p.m. About 50 firefighters carrying backpack water tanks and hand tools walked up a steep hill to get to the fire.The brush trucks carried water to the firefighters, snaking their way around the trees.
FEATURES
By LISA WISEMAN | April 25, 1993
From adolescence to adulthood I have owned the same backpack.Together, we've survived 10 years.Several schools.A high school crush.One 25-pound bag of plaster of Paris.The Atlantic City bus terminal.I know that a professional should not carry the same book bag she has owned since age 14, but I can't seem to part with my old bag.I remember the September day I bought it. It hung on a wall lined with knapsacks of all sizes, shapes and colors. Pick out the wrong bag, I thought, and you'll feel like the kid in first grade who had the stupid-looking Brady Bunch lunch box. I decided to play it safe and get an ordinary, navy-blue Eastpak.
NEWS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2012
Earlier this summer, Dan and Heather Simons started adding up the cost of school supplies for their son, who is entering first grade. Glue stick, binder, crayons, lunch box — plus a backpack to carry everything — could easily run $20 to $30. "As my wife and I reviewed the list, we got into a conversation of how expensive it can be for families that have multiple children and don't have the money to buy" supplies, said Dan Simons, 40. ...
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
An backpack left at a bus stop near an M&T Bank branch in Roland Park shut down streets, shops and a school Friday afternoon. The backpack, left in 700 block of Deepdene Road, was X-rayed and found to contain books, according to Sgt. Anthony Smith, a spokesman for police. Police blocked off several streets in the area during the evening rush hour and buses were re-routed. Roland Park Elementary/Middle School was put on lockdown. Businesses along Roland Avenue were evacuated.
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