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By Dean Uhler | March 31, 2002
Julie Somis of Baltimore has a historic, brick, end-of-group rowhouse next to Riverside Park in South Baltimore. The basement of the house is unfinished, with a thin concrete floor and a low ceiling. When she and her husband bought the house 11 years ago, their home inspector showed them deteriorated bricks and mortar at part of the foundation wall in the basement. The mortar is soft in places, the result of dampness in the wall leaching minerals from the mortar over the past century. Moisture has also broken down salmon bricks - bricks that are unusually soft because they were not well-fired when they were originally baked in the brick kiln.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 18, 2000
Two boys were arrested and charged as juveniles with arson in fires set in the basement of an occupied duplex in Westminster on Wednesday, state fire marshals said yesterday. The Westminster boys, 14 and 15 years old, were not identified by police because of their ages. No one was injured in the incident at 3 p.m. in the first block of Charles St., fire marshals said. The fires were out by the time about 25 firefighters arrived from Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester, fire officials said.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Brenda Buote and Mike Farabaugh and Brenda Buote,Sun Staff Writers | August 30, 1995
Two sisters, one 70 and the other a bedridden 88-year-old, suffered from malnutrition and dehydration after they were confined for three days in the basement of a Bel Air home owned by vacationing relatives, Harford County sheriff's deputies said.Harford's Department of Social Services and Sheriff's Office are investigating the incident that left Juanita Chancey, 70, and her sister, Maureena Weeks, 88, in the basement of a home in the 1300 block of Allenby Court, a tree-lined cul-de-sac in Amyclae Estates.
FEATURES
By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | December 14, 1991
Where should you locate the laundry facilities when you're building or remodeling? Didn't used to be a question: Washer and dryer went in the basement. If the house didn't have a basement, they went into a separate laundry room, usually somewhere near the back door.Then designers and builders thought, hey, the biggest part of laundry is linens, and where are the linens? Where the bedrooms are. So why lug heavy sheets and towels all over the house; why not put the washer and dryer on the second floor, or near the bedrooms?
NEWS
By Mike Farabaugh and Brenda Buote FTC and Mike Farabaugh and Brenda Buote FTC,Sun Staff Writers | August 30, 1995
Two sisters, one 70 and the other a bedridden 88-year-old, suffered from malnutrition and dehydration after they were confined for three days in the basement of a Bel Air home owned by vacationing relatives, Harford County sheriff's deputies said.Harford's Department of Social Services and Sheriff's Office are investigating the incident that left Juanita Chancey, 70, and her sister, Maureena Weeks, 88, in the basement of a home in the 1300 block of Allenby Court, a tree-lined cul-de-sac in Amyclae Estates.
NEWS
By Thomas L. Friedman | October 24, 2002
DOHA, Qatar -- At a seminar here this week on relations between America and Islam, one of the questions discussed by American and Muslim scholars was that elusive issue: Where is the Arab street and how might it respond to a U.S. invasion of Iraq? For my money, the most helpful answer was provided by Jordanian columnist Rami Khouri, who said that "what's really important today is not the Arab street, but the Arab basement." This is an important distinction. The "Arab street" is the broad mass of public opinion, which is largely passive and nonviolent.
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By James Bock and Adam Sachs and James Bock and Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writers | December 19, 1994
The bodies of two Carroll County men were unearthed yesterday from the basement of an Arbutus home where they were alleged to have been murdered over a $1,200 marijuana debt, state police said.A former Howard County parks worker who lived in the house was charged with killing Esteban "Steve" Santana Jr., 31, and Kurt J. Benkert, 26, both of the 1100 block of Deer Park Road near Westminster.The men were reported missing when Mr. Santana's red Ford pickup truck was found abandoned about 1 p.m. Thursday in Patapsco Valley State Park.
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By LAURA VOZZELLA | March 11, 2009
Maryland has a governor who's not afraid to belt out: "With me wack-fol-the-do-fol-the-diddle-idle-day." Nor is Martin O'Malley shy, in the title song on his new CD, about singing an ode to Irish horse racing at a time when the Maryland racetracks he vowed to save with slots are in bankruptcy. There's even an image of a horse and jockey on the front of Galway Races, the O'Malley's March CD released yesterday. Perhaps the product placement on the CD's back cover will lift another local industry; O'Malley is shown from behind, one ripped arm aloft, in an Under Armour muscle shirt.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2001
One of the most predictable comments made in a home inspection report is that "water runoff is inadequate next to the exterior of the house." Poor water runoff exists at most houses, but is commonly ignored by homeowners. This is unfortunate, because it is among the leading preventable causes of wet basements and foundation problems. Most homeowners dutifully maintain their lawn, prune the shrubs, rake leaves and mulch the beds. These are all essential if you want a well-groomed property.
FEATURES
By ROB KASPER | October 4, 1997
MY BASEMENT began a new phase of its life this week. I'm still recovering from the experience. It took the first step toward becoming a family recreation room.Like most guys, I regard my basement as a sanctuary from domestic order, a place where you should be able to keep, in piles, stuff that other adults regard as junk.Stuff like the mirror from the old convertible you sold 15 years ago. You keep the mirror because it'll come in handy when you again ride around town with the top down on your sports car and no chores on your horizon.
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