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February 4, 2012
Reporting on the tax increases proposed by Gov.Martin O'Malleyoften fail to mention one important fact. When the gas tax goes up, so does the cost to operate the public transportation system. Why do taxpayers get double-taxed by supporting the cost of public transportation in addition to their cost to maintain a vehicle? Car owners pay for insurance, vehicle emission fees, repairs and license fees and now most likely an increased tax on gasoline. Public transportation users pay none of these fees.
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Peter Schmuck | September 13, 2013
The decision to suspend the Grand Prix of Baltimore for at least the next two years could not have come as much of a surprise to anyone who paid attention to the intrigue that surrounded the third edition of the IZOD IndyCar Series event over Labor Day weekend. By most accounts, the Sept. 1 race over the Inner Harbor street course was - quite literally - a smashing success, featuring enough fender-bending excitement to keep even the most casual fans entertained until Frenchman Simon Pagenaud took the lead with seven laps to go and cruised to his second victory of the season.
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SPORTS
By George Diaz | April 13, 2011
It wasn't too long ago that Trevor Bayne was the refreshing face who would re-energize NASCAR. He had the wholesome personality, the gracious demeanor and, of most importance, the talent to become a rising star. The cheering in the press box after he won the Daytona 500 reflected the deep connection Bayne made with everybody, even folks who mistook their media credentials for pom-poms. Brand Affinity Technologies, a sports marketing firm, named him the top rising sports star in March, noting his popularity had risen 352 percent.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2013
Navy's 11-2 loss to Patriot League rival Bucknell this past Saturday was exacerbated by a poor offensive showing highlighted by zero goals in the contest's final three quarters. Despite the inability to score a goal in the final 51 minutes, coach Rick Sowell was hesitant to declare wholesale changes in the starting lineup for Saturday's home game against Lafayette. “Everything's under the gun,” Sowell said Tuesday. “We're re-evaluating the situation. I don't know if we have to make drastic changes.
NEWS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2012
Hurricane Sandy's pending arrival forced the State Highway Administration to postpone this weekend's attempt to replace one of two spans over the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at West Nursery Road. The $6 million project calls for swapping out two 60-year-old bridges that carry traffic to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and its business district with two new spans that were built in the highway median. A massive multiwheel transporter has been assembled for the heavy lifting.
NEWS
By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer | May 13, 1993
Howard County police discovered that two-thirds of the commercial trucks they inspected during random safety stops earlier this week had brake defects.The inspections follow a fatal accident almost two weeks ago in which a dump truck crashed into several cars at a busy Columbia intersection. A 43-year-old woman died in the accident and her 12-year-old son remains in critical condition.Police said the truck had faulty brakes.The problem "happens more frequently than we know about," said Pfc. Owen Smith, the police department's commercial truck inspector.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHNEIDER and ANDREW SCHNEIDER,SUN REPORTER | May 4, 2006
WASHINGTON -- A significant increase in imports of automobile brakes containing asbestos over the past decade is raising renewed concerns for the health of the nation's auto mechanics. Most U.S. automakers stopped installing brakes with asbestos in the 1990s, amid worries about the health hazards. As the perceived risk of exposure declined, so did government warnings to mechanics outlining the possible dangers. Despite an 83 percent rise in imported brakes with asbestos over the past decade, there has been no renewed effort by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to notify mechanics that they might again be at risk of asbestos-related disease, which can be fatal.
NEWS
By Jim Haner and Jim Haner,Sun Staff Writer | April 24, 1994
One of the main selling points when the Baltimore Police Department decided to buy the Ford Taurus was its anti-lock brake system. At a time when young officers were wrecking patrol cars at a record rate, then-Commissioner Edward V. Woods predicted that the improved brakes would cut down on accidents.They didn't.With the Taurus, the department has continued a troubling three-year trend of increasing collisions -- from 219 in 1990 to 250 in 1993 -- that has kept pace with the increasing number of rookie officers entering the force.
NEWS
By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer | May 13, 1993
Howard County police discovered that two-thirds of the commercial trucks they inspected during random safety stops earlier this week had some type of brake defect.The inspections follow a fatal accident almost two weeks ago in which a dump truck crashed into several cars at a busy Columbia intersection. A 43-year-old woman died in the accident and her 12-year-old son remains in critical condition.Police said the truck had faulty brakes.The problem "happens more frequently than we know about," said Owen Smith, the Police Department's commercial truck inspector.
BUSINESS
By David Conn and David Conn,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | February 13, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- Rockville's loss is Westminster's gain, according to an announcement from state officials yesterday: A German manufacturer, looking for a site for expansion, has decided to move about 40 miles north from Montgomery County for a better labor supply and less expensive land in Carroll County.Knorr Brake Corp., a subsidiary of the German company Knorr-Bremse A.G. that has about 55 employees in Rockville, will invest about $12 million to set up a new plant in Westminster that ultimately will have at least 200 employees, Gov. William Donald Schaefer announced at a news conference.
NEWS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2012
Hurricane Sandy's pending arrival forced the State Highway Administration to postpone this weekend's attempt to replace one of two spans over the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at West Nursery Road. The $6 million project calls for swapping out two 60-year-old bridges that carry traffic to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and its business district with two new spans that were built in the highway median. A massive multiwheel transporter has been assembled for the heavy lifting.
NEWS
September 15, 2012
Double digit increases in the number of speed camera tickets in Baltimore City means the program is not making Baltimore safer as advertised ("Speed cameras yield $19.2 million," Sept. 12). The criteria for establishing speed limits were developed before the advent of power steering, power brakes, anti-lock brakes and tire improvements. If realistic speed limits were implemented that reflected the capabilities of modern vehicles, which have shorter stopping distances, it's likely more drivers would respect those limits.
NEWS
February 4, 2012
Reporting on the tax increases proposed by Gov.Martin O'Malleyoften fail to mention one important fact. When the gas tax goes up, so does the cost to operate the public transportation system. Why do taxpayers get double-taxed by supporting the cost of public transportation in addition to their cost to maintain a vehicle? Car owners pay for insurance, vehicle emission fees, repairs and license fees and now most likely an increased tax on gasoline. Public transportation users pay none of these fees.
SPORTS
By Sun Staff reports | May 21, 2011
Katherine Sancuk's No Brakes rallied from next to last to win $25,000 Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap, the first of nine stakes on Preakness Day. Xavier Perez rode the 6-year-old gelding, who finished fifth in the race last year and was claimed for $5,000 by his present connections in March, pulled ahead near the 16th marker and narrowly beat Money For Love to the finish. "I claimed this horse specifically for this race," said Sancuk, the owner and trainer. "He runs hard every time.
BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock | May 9, 2011
At least one purveyor of expensive, long-lived products seems to be well out of the recession. More Marylanders bought new and used cars in March than in any month in four years. With the federal "cash for clunkers" stimulus long behind, the auto industry is accelerating under its own power and making substantial contributions to employment, economic growth and the stock market. Would that we could say the same thing about another durable American asset that graduated from a stimulus program.
SPORTS
By George Diaz | April 13, 2011
It wasn't too long ago that Trevor Bayne was the refreshing face who would re-energize NASCAR. He had the wholesome personality, the gracious demeanor and, of most importance, the talent to become a rising star. The cheering in the press box after he won the Daytona 500 reflected the deep connection Bayne made with everybody, even folks who mistook their media credentials for pom-poms. Brand Affinity Technologies, a sports marketing firm, named him the top rising sports star in March, noting his popularity had risen 352 percent.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS | June 1, 1996
SOLIHULL, England -- Britain's Lucas Industries PLC yesterday agreed to buy Varity Corp. of the United States for $2 billion, creating the world's second largest maker of brakes for cars and trucks.The combined company, to be called LucasVarity PLC and be based in the United Kingdom, is expected to have annual sales of $6.7 billion and trail only Germany's closely held Robert Bosch GmbH in the global brakes business. It also will have interests in diesel engines and aircraft parts.The transaction is another sign of consolidation in the $750 billion worldwide auto-parts industry.
NEWS
By James Bock and James Bock,Staff Writer | October 4, 1993
An Aberdeen Proving Ground drill sergeant has been charged with driving a military bus with faulty brakes after a Saturday evening chain-reaction accident near Bel Air that sent 38 soldiers to area hospitals.Sgt. 1st Class Arnold J. Benjamin was cited for allegedly failing to maintain his brakes properly and could be fined $510, said Trooper Thomas J. Bonin of the Bel Air state police barracks.Barbara Filbert, a proving ground spokeswoman said the bus came from a military motor pool and that the sergeant was not responsible for its maintenance.
SPORTS
By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2011
The John Carroll girls prefer playing a more fast-paced style of lacrosse. But when the host Patriots slowed the pace in the rain Tuesday afternoon, they did just fine. Erica Bodt scored three of her game-high five goals in the second half as No. 10 John Carroll controlled the tempo in a 12-9 victory over No. 13 St. Paul's in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game. Bodt, a Syracuse-bound junior, finished with five goals and one assist. Teammate Annie Thomas (two goals, three assists)
NEWS
March 31, 2011
Maryland Transit Administration fares have to go up eventually. It has been eight years since the last fare increase, the longest such stretch in the agency's history, and at some point the cost of fueling and running buses and trains was bound to force a change. A recent award by an arbitrator that is forcing higher salaries and pension contributions for transit union members didn't help, and the system is now well short of its goal to recoup 35 percent of its expenses at the farebox.
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