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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
The Baltimore City Department of Transportation reported that a water main break at northbound Fulton Avenue has closed the road from Baltimore Street to Lexington Avenue at 7:52 a.m. on Tuesday. Department of Public Works officials are on location, DOT said. Northbound traffic on MD 103 North in Ellicott City is closed past Waterloo Road due to a utility problem at 6:55 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation. And DOT reported that emergency roadwork on Interstate 97 North in Anne Arundel County at Hawkins Road that began on Sunday continued on Tuesday.
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NEWS
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Baltimore City police have released the name of a Baltimore man shot and killed on Monday night. Richard Muir, 29, of 1823 Druid Hill Ave. was shot multiple times on Druid Hill Avenue. Police first responded to the shooting at 9:27 p.m. Two hours later police reported Muir had died.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Hot, muggy weather on Tuesday greeted the unofficial first day of fall, with heat index values expected to reach the mid-90s and possible afternoon or evening storms. Baltimore city and Baltimore, Arundel, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. Wednesday is forecast to be slightly less hot and humid, with highs around 90 and dew points in the mid-60s, and partly cloudy skies. Thursday is forecast to be pleasant with sunny skies, low humidity and highs in the upper 80s. Humidity returns Friday, with highs again in the upper 80s. #sigshell { float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
NEWS
September 1, 2014
Regarding your recent editorial on drones, while there may be benefits of using unmanned aerial vehicles in less populated areas, I oppose providing Baltimore City police with drones for any purpose ( "Eyes in the sky," Aug. 28). Drone manufacturers and operators hope to create thousands of jobs and earn billions of dollars with this technology. But as with any quasi-military device there is a need for civilian oversight. It's time the City Council takes up the matter. Drones don't belong in Baltimore.
NEWS
August 29, 2014
This schedule will be in effect Monday: Government offices Closed in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Frederick counties, and in Baltimore City and Annapolis. Courts Closed in all jurisdictions. Public schools Closed in all jurisdictions. Libraries Closed in all jurisdictions. Trash No pickup in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties, and in Baltimore City (landfills and transfer stations closed)
NEWS
August 29, 2014
As the Red Line's cost escalates yet again to near $3 billion, how much longer can the MTA keep saying these increases are "unexpected" ( "City, county agree to help pay for Red Line as cost rises to $2.9 billion," Aug. 26)? The Red Line started in 2002 as part of a three-project transit plan with a combined cost of $2.5 billion to be completed by 2014. By 2008, plans for the two other projects were dropped and the Red Line became an isolated system, unconnected to any other transit line at a projected cost of $1.6 billion.
NEWS
August 28, 2014
We read with interest Baltimore City schools CEO Gregory Thornton's commentary about the challenges ahead for the city's schools ( "Much work to be done," Aug. 25). As he indicates, one of the greatest barriers to student achievement is attendance, where there is still substantial work to do. Baltimore continues to suffer from rampant truancy and chronic absenteeism. What can we do to address this crisis? Since 2005, the University of Baltimore School of Law and its partners have worked with the schools to operate a Truancy Court Program, an early intervention, non-adversarial, non-punitive approach to truancy that aims to identify why children are not attending school and then attempts to resolve the underlying problems or causes.
NEWS
August 27, 2014
I agree with Christopher Winslow's letter decrying the attempt to reinstitute Baltimore City's speed cameras ( "Baltimore should not resurrect speed cameras," Aug. 26). They have never been about safety, only revenue. If nothing else, they offer perverse incentives to our esteemed politicians, who seem delighted to take money from citizens and visitors and send a good chunk of it to out-of-town vendors. I've not seen a shred of evidence that the cameras serve their intended purpose.
NEWS
August 27, 2014
In response to your recent editorial on the threat posed by the emerald ash borer to Baltimore's tree canopy, I would like to respond to questions regarding the impact of insecticide treatments on the Chesapeake Bay and groundwater supplies ( "Enemy at the gates," Aug. 25). The method we are recommending the city use is one utilized by most cities that are treating their trees -- a sealed trunk injection with TREE-├Ąge insecticide. This product is very different in terms of how it is applied and how it reacts in the environment.
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Even on a normal night, casinos can assault the senses with glitz, flashing lights, showgirls, cocktails, high rollers, fancy food and blaring music. So it follows that the long-awaited opening night of the $442 million Horseshoe Casino Baltimore would include all of those things - but magnified tenfold. As gamblers and curiosity-seekers lined up to enter the building Tuesday night for the first time, VIPs were treated to a performance by a vertical dance troupe - men and women suspended from cables dancing and spinning up and down a high outside wall.
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