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By Jonah Goldberg | December 3, 2012
It's at times like this I'm ashamed to admit I live inside the Beltway. Well, that's probably not specific enough since I'm usually ashamed to admit I live inside the Beltway. Still, the second you try to explain the stupidity of this "fiscal cliff" fiasco to a normal person, it makes William F. Buckley's famous declaration that he'd rather be governed by the first few hundred people listed in the Boston phone book than by the faculty of Harvard seem all the more reasonable. While there are some responsible politicians and policymakers in Washington, if you look at the whole place collectively, Uncle Sam starts to look like a junkie.
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Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
A two-vehicle collision has closed the westbound side Philadelphia Road near the Baltimore Beltway, according to state transportation information. A two-vehicle collision has partially closed the westbound side of Philadelphia Road near the Baltimore Beltway, according to state transportation information. Earlier, the road had been completey blocked but was partly open again by 8:25 a.m. Local MTA buses, the light rail and subway are running on a regular weekday schedule; the MARC Penn line is running on the Saturday timetable; and the MARC Camden line is closed for the Columbus Day holiday.
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February 4, 2010
The State Highway Administration will close the ramp from southbound Charles Street to eastbound Interstate 695 beginning tonight as part of the replacement of a bridge over the Beltway. As of Friday morning, motorists approaching the Beltway from Lutherville will be diverted to York Road until fall. The ramp from northbound Charles Street to the eastbound Beltway will remain open. On Friday, motorists approaching the Charles Street interchange from Lutherville will be directed to a detour using Bellona Avenue and the York Road interchange.
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By Tyler Waldman | September 17, 2014
Baltimore County has listened to "spokes-persons" who pushed for designated bicycle routes in and around Towson, and on Wednesday county officials and bicyclists celebrated the opening of a 4.23-mile Bike Beltway. Cyclists joined County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for an inaugural trip around the network, which loops around central Towson, passing Towson's shopping district, government center, two universities, Towson High School and numerous residential neighborhoods. "Towson is dense enough, it's walkable enough that you shouldn't have to drive from [Towson]
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2012
The excitement that filled Camden Yards this weekend for the Orioles' three-game series against the Nationals didn't go unnoticed by Orioles players. They didn't see the crowded Oriole Park concourse full of orange and red - mostly orange - or get a good look at the rows of standing-room fans in the flag court and behind the bullpens. But the Orioles could definitely feel it. “I'm not going to jinx neither of us, but this was like a playoff atmosphere, every game,” Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said.
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By Jim Joyner, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
As of 9 a.m., the Maryland Department of Transportation is reporting an accident in Baltimore County on the outer loop of the beltway at Harford Road. The incident reportedly involves three vehicles, and one travel lane is affected. MDOT cameras show emergency vehicles at the scene, and traffic is able to flow through two lanes. Use caution in this area as responders are on the scene. Elsewhere, there are few incidents on Black Friday in the Baltimore area. Traffic is expected to be heavy around the malls this morning as shoppers head out for Black Friday, so expect some congestion in Towson, Columbia, Annapolis and other shopping districts.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2011
A pileup involving eight vehicles on Interstate 695 in Catonsville Sunday morning sent six people to area hospitals, including a state trooper, and blocked outer loop Beltway traffic for about 30 minutes, Maryland state police said. One of the injured was a woman who had left her vehicle to check on an initial crash and was then pinned by her vehicle after it was hit, said Cpl. Tom Heath of the Golden Ring barracks. Two people were transported to the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center, state police said.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2014
As of 9:10 a.m., the Maryland Department of Transportation is reporting that an earlier reported accident at the inner loop of the beltway and I-795 has been cleared, and traffic cameras are showing smooth flow through the Liberty Road area toward the ramps. Elsewhere, the rush hour seems to be winding down, with volumes decreasing in most areas. The Maryland Transit Administration reported minor light rail delays, with buses and MARC trains on time.
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Dan Rodricks | November 27, 2011
Let's say you live in what might be called the Inner Loop of the Baltimore metropolitan area — that is, the entire territory inside the Beltway. If you're an Inner Loopian, you probably have a sense of where the rich people live, where the poor people live, and where the shrinking numbers of in-between people generally live. And you know who's who, just from observation. Go shopping on York Road or Loch Raven Boulevard or out Route 40, at the city-county border, and you can sort it all out by observing what people buy (hamburger or steak)
NEWS
December 22, 2009
Construction on a stretch of Interstate 695 between Interstate 83 and Charles Street has been postponed until January because of the weekend's heavy snow, according to the State Highway Administration. Agency spokesman David Buck said the work could begin as early as Jan. 4 or 5, but for now highway workers will be dealing with snow and ice. The months-long construction project will require a temporary split of the lanes along the east-bound Inner Loop as workers replace concrete on the bridge over the light rail tracks.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
After their gritty, 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night, the Orioles will have to wait until August for the opportunity to claim true "Beltway Series" bragging rights. They took two of three against the Nationals this week, but Tuesday's game in Washington was rained out and will be made up Aug. 4. Still, with both teams atop their divisions as the All-Star break approaches, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said afterward that these teams could meet again in the postseason, when something greater will be at stake.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
With today's opening of a 15-screen Cinemark theater in Towson, Baltimore and its immediate area - that is, within the Beltway - is home to nearly 60 movie screens. And 20 of those are in the city itself. That's not bad when one considers that as recently as 12 years ago, there were exactly two movie theaters, with six screens, operating within city limits. Industry analysts say that growth suggests big movie chains such as Cinemark, Landmark and Cobb, all of which have or are planning theaters in the area, believe that Baltimore's moviegoers want to see more movies in more modern theaters and that the local economy is strong enough to support the additional screens.
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Peter Schmuck | July 8, 2014
WASHINGTON - This is not the first time that the Orioles and Washington Nationals both have reached midseason with a chance to make the playoffs, but it might be the first time anyone seriously considered the possibility of a "Battle of the Beltways" World Series. Both teams were in contention in 2012. The Nationals were in first place for all but three days of that season, and the Orioles were redistilling the concept of "Oriole Magic" with a collection of strange and wonderful moments that eventually would propel them into the first-ever American League wild-card game.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
Bonaventure von P. "Duke" Wachter, a retired State Highway Administration civil engineer who worked on numerous highway projects throughout Maryland, died May 23 of cancer at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. He was 69. "He was probably the best boss I've ever had in my life, and he was probably the best on-the-job-trained engineer that the State Highway Administration ever had," said Tony Smith, a former SHA civil engineer who lives in Nottingham. "Duke came up through the ranks.
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By Colin Campbell and Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
Three people were killed in a single-car crash on a ramp at the intersection of two major Baltimore freeways Tuesday afternoon, State Police said. Early investigation suggested the vehicle was traveling southbound on Interstate 83 when, for reasons which have not been determined, it left the roadway and went into a heavily wooded area on the left side of the road and then struck a large tree, police said. The impact of the crash caused the car to break into pieces. Police received a call at around 4 p.m. from a citizen who said he saw a vehicle off the roadway on the southbound I-83 ramp on to the outer loop of Interstate 695 in Timonium, but the exact time of the accident is not known, according to a news release.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | March 13, 2014
Construction on the Towson "Bike Beltway", which uses a set of bike lanes and signage to demarcate the 4.2 miles of roads around downtown Towson, will begin this year and should be completed by June, according to a county public works official. Stephen Weber, chief of Baltimore County's Division of Traffic Engineering said Tuesday after a meeting of the Baltimore County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee that the contract for the work was signed last month. The Maryland Bikeways Program gave Baltimore County a $100,000 grant - with a commitment by the county to match 20 percent of that - in July 2012.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2010
A 48-year-old Abingdon woman was killed after she lost control of her car on a Beltway ramp near Parkville Sunday afternoon, Maryland State Police said. Danita Marie Hasselbarth of the 600 block of Angel Drive in Abingdon was pronounced dead by paramedics at the crash scene, according to State Police statement. Hasselbarth was steering her 1994 red Chevrolet Camaro onto the Harford Road ramp of the Beltway's inner loop about 5:15 p.m. when the car swerved onto a grassy area and then careened backward onto a concrete barrier, police said.
NEWS
April 5, 1993
It would have been fitting if the electronic message boards that dot Baltimore's Beltway were excused from their routine of flashing weather advisories or accident alerts, even for just half a day, to beam a tribute to John Benjamin Funk and Malcolm Howard Dill.Messrs. Funk and Dill, ages 87 and 94 respectively, passed away within days of one another recently. Although their names are recognizable to few Marylanders, the great achievement of their labors touches people here every day and had a profound effect on the shape of Central Maryland.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2014
As of 9:10 a.m., the Maryland Department of Transportation is reporting that an earlier reported accident at the inner loop of the beltway and I-795 has been cleared, and traffic cameras are showing smooth flow through the Liberty Road area toward the ramps. Elsewhere, the rush hour seems to be winding down, with volumes decreasing in most areas. The Maryland Transit Administration reported minor light rail delays, with buses and MARC trains on time.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
The Maryland Department of Transportation is reporting that a multi-vehicle accident on southbound I-95 in Harford County prior to Churchville Road this morning has been cleared. Elsewhere, there's roadwork being conducted on I-95 just prior to the beltway. In Anne Arundel County, use caution in the area of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, as traffic is expected to be heavy in regard to the Military Bowl later today. The Maryland Transit Administration says MARC is operating on an "S" schedule on the Brunswick and Penn Line.
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