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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2012
The sale price of homes in the Baltimore metro region during August were 1.2 percent higher than a year earlier, according to data released Tuesday by housing market analysis firm CoreLogic. Much of the upward pressure on prices was due to buyers paying higher prices for distressed properties ­ - foreclosures and short sales. Leaving out distressed sales, home prices increased just 0.7 percent in August when compared with August 2011, CoreLogic concluded. The Baltimore region's home price performance in August was weaker than the nation as a whole, the data showed.
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By David Carroll and Pamela Charshee | September 15, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is right. We will not succeed in growing Baltimore's future by "thinking small" but by building "projects that will sustain Baltimore well into the future" (" Moving Baltimore Forward ," Aug. 29). The mayor proposes that designing a great transit system will be one of the cornerstones of a sustainable future for the city. We agree. There is also another cornerstone critical to the vibrancy, the life and the perpetuity of Baltimore and all great cities: its cultural "bones" - the richly layered accumulation of historical experience, knowledge and creative accomplishment that together form the unique identity, the persona, of a place.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2012
A 48-year-old woman was slightly injured Wednesday when an unidentified man fired shots into her home in Baltimore's Hanlon-Longwood neighborhood near Garrison Boulevard. The suspect rang the door bell at the residence in the 3400 block of Carlisle Avenue and demanded to see a person, who was unknown to the woman, police said. The intruder shot several times into the security door to the home, police said. One shot grazed the woman's face. She is being treated at an area hospital, police said.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
After poring through 20 boxes of Betsy Bonaparte's correspondence at the Maryland Historical Society, Natalie Wexler's heart sank. In 2005, Wexler had been captivated by a portrait she'd seen of the Baltimore-born beauty, who wed Jerome Bonaparte, Napoleon's youngest brother, against the French emperor's wishes. Wexler is an author, a historian and an attorney. She itched to tell Betsy's story - until she started reading the letters. "Betsy was really not a very pleasant person," says Wexler, now 59 and a Washington resident.
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By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
A man and woman were stabbed following an argument in a West Baltimore home Thursday, police said. The incident occured before 8:53 p.m. Thursday in the 4100 block of Chatham Road in the Dorchester neighborhood, police said. A 43-year-old suspect was taken into custody, and detectives are investigating, police said. The victims - a 73-year-old man and 31-year-old woman - were transported to an area hospital. The elderly man was in critical condition, while the woman was in serious, but stable, condition, police said.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2012
Baltimore police arrested a 54-year-old man at a home in the 3500 block of Edgewood Road around 9 a.m. Saturday after he refused to talk to investigators following an alleged assault Friday night. Police stood guard outside the home in the Ashburton neighborhood after a woman, who had left the house, reported an assault around 11:30 p.m., according to police spokesman Detective Jeremy Silbert. The woman had non-life threatening injuries, Silbert said. The man, whose identity wasn't immediately released pending formal charges, was arrested Saturday morning on assault and weapon charges, Silbert said.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
Terry Junior Davis was a registered nurse with a good sense of humor and strong work ethic. He seemed to always be in his scrubs and on his way to work, said a neighbor, Dietrich Fitts. Davis lived with his mother and stepfather in a yellow, two-story house he owned along The Alameda in Northeast Baltimore, Fitts said. Neighbors said Davis appeared to live a quiet life surrounded by a close-knit circle of family members. Fitts was shocked to come home Tuesday morning to the sight of police cars.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
Nearly three dozen dogs, all but one of them puppies, were found locked in crates without food or water in a Baltimore home Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Animal Control found the 32 puppies and an adult dog in the home in the first block of North Tremont Rd. when they responded to a call from a neighbor reporting excessive barking. The man living in the home told authorities that he had bought the puppies, which ranged in breed but were around 8 weeks old, out-of-state and planned to sell them.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2013
A 31-year-old woman found dead in her southern Baltimore home was murdered, police said Friday.  Officers were called to a home in the 2600 block of Wegworth Lane, in the Lakeland neighborhood, on Thursday at noon for a report of a person who was not breathing, said Det. Jeremy Silbert, a police spokesman. Inside, they found Rachel Curtis unresponsive and suffering from undisclosed trauma to her body. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. Silbert said detectives consider the killing to be "domestic-related," and said they have a person of interest.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2011
Andrew Wells is hoping to buy a Baltimore home for around the cost of an old car: Less than $10,000. Turns out he's in good company. One of every 10 city homes sold during the first half of the year - about 275 in all - fell in that price range. Twice as many sold for under $20,000. Often foreclosures, these properties are usually in bad shape but seem like deals to real estate investors and the occasional hopeful owner-occupier - such as Wells. "I don't have to worry about trying to get a loan," said Wells, 40, a bill-processing technician who works in Annapolis.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
The idyllic scene Amanda Schmidt envisions on a recent Monday afternoon sounds less like a music festival and more like a serene, anything-goes camping trip with hundreds of open-minded friends, both new and old. She sees attendees playing basketball and taking dips in the pool, while others watch a stand-up comedian before heading to the woods to observe art installations. She pictures viewers enthralled by a theater performance in a barn, as many others watch Baltimore musicians like Dan Deacon, Matmos and other acts perform on multiple stages.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
When the first contestants arrived at Roland Park Place retirement home bearing cards and flowers, residents and staff weren't sure what to make of them. But then it became clear: they were participants in an international scavenger hunt, organized by the grandson of a resident, Mrs. Doris Tippens. Tippens' grandson, Misha Collins, plays the complex angel, Castiel, on the CW show "Supernatural. "  He's also a bit of a real-life angel, organizing the " Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen " (AKA #GISHWHES)
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
More families in the Baltimore region were trying to sell homes in July than any month since November 2011, but sales did not keep pace, according to a report published Monday. With 13,856 homes on the market, the number of active listings was up 22.5 percent in July compared to the same time last year, according to monthly data provided by RealEstate Business Intelligence, a subsidiary of the MRIS multiple listing service.   About 4,897 of the listings were new, representing the 16th consecutive month of year-over-year gains in new listing activity.
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By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
A man and woman were stabbed following an argument in a West Baltimore home Thursday, police said. The incident occured before 8:53 p.m. Thursday in the 4100 block of Chatham Road in the Dorchester neighborhood, police said. A 43-year-old suspect was taken into custody, and detectives are investigating, police said. The victims - a 73-year-old man and 31-year-old woman - were transported to an area hospital. The elderly man was in critical condition, while the woman was in serious, but stable, condition, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
The Yankees-O's game on ESPN Sunday night was watched in 1.5 percent of American homes, and 8.3 percent of households in the Baltimore market, according to overnight ratings provided by the sports cable channel. By comparison, the Ravens-Lions game last December on ESPN drew an audience almost five times as large and was seen in 40.2 percent of Baltimore homes. Maybe it's unfair to compare baseball and football given the number of games in a season, but I think ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball has become almost unwatchable -- or, at least, unlistenable with Dan Shulman and John Kruk in the booth.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman | July 10, 2014
More homes sold in the Baltimore region in June than in any month for the last seven years, while median prices and available inventory also increased slightly, according to a report released Thursday. The modest improvement across all fronts -- sales rose 2.8 percent year-over-year to 3,154 -- is “good news” for sellers and buyers, said Corey Hart, senior product manager for RealEstate Business Intelligence, which produced the report and is a subsidiary of the MRIS multiple listing service.
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
An 8-year-old boy walking home from school was killed Wednesday when an East Baltimore rowhouse that neighbors said exploded caught fire, sending rubble into the street and plumes of thick, black smoke over the area. Three other people, including two adults who were in the house and another child outside, were taken to area hospitals with serious injuries that weren't considered life-threatening. The home in the 400 block of N. Lakewood Ave. was destroyed - a wall crumbled and two floors collapsed.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,Sun Staff Writer | December 7, 1994
Baltimore's housing market took its hardest hit in months in November, as home sales plummeted 23 percent, the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors said yesterday.Realtors mostly blamed rising mortgage interest rates, but said higher taxes, loss of defense-related jobs and last year's burst of mortgage refinancing have all hurt the area's sales, which have fallen each month since July.In November, sales fell to 1,299, compared with 1,684 in the same month last year. The fewer sales came as little surprise to those in the industry, who had watched the number of sales contracts signed fall sharply in both September and October.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
Two men were stabbed in a North Baltimore home after an argument Wednesday night, police said. Officers were called around 10 p.m. to the 2600 block of Park Heights Terrace in the Greenspring neighborhood, where they found the victims, one stabbed in the hand and the other in the back, police said. Both were taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injures, police said. An unknown suspect was arguing with the victims before stabbing them and leaving the home, police said.
FEATURES
By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
Rescued from a small-scale Baltimore puppy mill last week, 8-week-old pups Flapjack, Penguin, Murphy, and Sadie are all fighting a potentially deadly virus, leaving two local rescue organizations hoping for donations to pay for their care. The four puppies were some of 32 dogs found living in filthy cages without adequate food or water in a Baltimore city home last week. Twenty of the dogs were taken to the MD SPCA, and the rest were sent to other rescues, including Saving Grace Animal Rescue of Maryland, which relies completely on foster homes to care for the dogs and cats it places for adoption.
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