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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer | February 5, 1995
"One second could change your life" was the motto of !B 11-year-old Jonathan Merrill on his winning billboard-sized poster now at the intersection of Liberty and Ridge roads in Taylorsville.Jonathan, a student at Freedom Elementary, beat out more than other fifth-graders in the county's 15 elementary schools, according to Westminster Police Department Cpl. Michael Bible, billboard project coordinator of the safety belt poster contest.Jonathan won a large trophy from the Westminster Police Department and C.R.A.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
After the Ravens won the AFC championship Sunday evening in New England, Ravens safety Ed Reed had an interesting choice of words before he walked off the podium. “Stay buckled up, Baltimore,” Reed said looking at the cameras. “Didn't we tell you?” I immediately noticed that. We're not sure if Reed meant it to, but as the Ravens punched their ticket to the Super Bowl, Reed borrowed the Orioles' postseason mantra of 2012, “BUCKle Up.” It couldn't have been coincidence, right?
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer | May 22, 1994
In an effort to reduce traffic deaths and injuries, Westminster police and Maryland State Police are joining law enforcement officers across the country in a "Buckle Up, America" campaign. It starts tomorrow and runs through May 30.The nationwide campaign, which highlights the life-saving potential of safety belts, child safety seats and air bags, coincides with the start of the summer vacation season, when more vehicles are on the highways.Red, white and blue ribbons will be tied to the radio antenna of local police cars as part of the campaign.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
As state officials unveiled a giant statue of a crash test dummy at its new home in Glen Burnie Tuesday, they deemed it "destined to be a regional landmark. " But towering at five times larger than life and weighing 2 tons, the bright-yellow tribute to safety drew fears it would become a regional source of rubbernecking. "We had a tremendous amount of thought about that," said John Kuo, administrator for the state Motor Vehicle Administration, whose headquarters became the dummy's final resting place.
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By KEVIN COWHERD and KEVIN COWHERD,SUN COLUMNIST | May 25, 2006
Every once in a while, you come across a statistic so mind-boggling you figure it can't possibly be true. For instance, a local TV station ran a news report recently about Maryland's newest "Click It or Ticket" campaign, part of a nationwide effort. These are the campaigns that encourage citizens to use seat belts - most of the encouragement coming in the form of no-nonsense state troopers who'll be stopping motorists and issuing tickets if they're not buckled up. Anyway, the report went on to say that some 500,000 people in Maryland don't use seat belts.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | May 23, 1999
Beginning tomorrow, state troopers from the Westminster barracks will have "zero tolerance" for drivers transporting unbuckled children, says 1st Sgt. Dean Richardson, a state police spokesman. Wearing seat belts and securing children in child safety seats is no longer a matter of choice in Maryland. Since October 1997, not buckling up has been a primary violation, meaning troopers can stop vehicles to ticket drivers not wearing seat belts or for transporting unbuckled front-seat pas- sengers.
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By Betty Rosbottom and By Betty Rosbottom,Special to the Sun | November 17, 2002
Since we will have family staying with us during Thanksgiving, I have been planning the menus for this holiday weekend. Although my husband, son and daughter-in-law will expect their favorites -- roast turkey and corn bread dressing, spiced sweet potato gratin, and green beans with herbed butter -- to be on the buffet on the fourth Thursday of November, they are always open to new desserts. Consequently, I've decided to add a cranberry-apple buckle to our table along with some traditional sweets this year.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer | March 24, 1993
Sixteen people, including two children, were honored last night at police headquarters for wearing their safety belts -- a message police wish everyone would receive."
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | May 21, 2000
State troopers in Westminster will use stuffed black-and-white toy cows this week to promote a crackdown on motorists who fail to buckle up children or place them in child safety seats. The unrestrained children will receive the cow, its red shirt bearing the message: "Don't Moooove Until You Buckle Up." The driver will get a $48 ticket for safety-seat violations or a $25 ticket for seat-belt violations."It's national ABC [America Buckles up Children] Week leading into the Memorial Day weekend, and our troopers will step up enforcement of seat belt and child passenger safety laws," said 1st Sgt. Dean Richardson.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | February 8, 2000
Teachers, students -- and even parents -- who arrived as usual at Francis Scott Key High School yesterday morning received an unexpected, if not costly, lesson in seat belt safety. Tfc. Jamie Green and Tfc. Wesley Lutz were stationed in the school parking lot, on the lookout for seat belt violators in a pilot program aimed at drivers and passengers coming to and from Carroll County's five high schools. "I'd rather write no tickets and see everyone wearing their seat belts," Green said, shortly after arriving about 7 a.m. with ticket book in hand.
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By Dan Connolly | November 5, 2012
For the first time, the Baseball Writers Association of America will televise the announcement of its four prominent awards for each league: MVP, Cy Young along with Manager and Rookie of the year. Yes, we've entered the 21st century. It's a big change from when I started and we submitted our nominations via stone tablet. The winners will be announced at 6 p.m. EST next week on MLB Network starting Monday, Nov. 12 with the American and National Rookie of the Year Awards. Then the big ones around here, the AL and NL Manager of the Year, will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Cy Young will be announced the following night and the shows will finish on Thursday, Nov. 15 with the MVP Awards.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2012
High temperatures and intense heat caused the pavement of four eastbound lanes of Route 50 in Prince George's County to buckle Sunday afternoon, forcing the State Highway Administration to close the lanes to traffic. "Imagine almost like there's a huge tree root that heaves up a huge section of pavement," said David Buck, a SHA spokesman. The buckled section is about 50 feet long by 40 feet wide, between Routes 197 and 301, Buck said. Word of the damaged roadway first came into the SHA about 3 p.m., and forced the closure of the HOV lane and the highway's three left lanes.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
On deadline day at Liberty Tax Service on Harford Road, a young woman in a green Statue of Liberty costume stood out front waving frantically at passing cars. But on Tuesday morning, you'd never know a deadline was looming from the relative calm inside the Parkville storefront office. Two tax preparers sat across desks from customers, methodically entering information into forms on their computers. Manager Neil Riordan figured most people had no idea they had two extra days to file their tax returns, since the 15th fell on a Sunday and Monday was a local holiday in Washington, D.C. Riordan said the office saw a rush of down-to-the-wire filers last week.
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By Rob Kasper | rob.kasper@baltsun.com | April 10, 2010
Saturday was a great day to say "Arrrr!" That is what hundreds of would-be buccaneers, young and old, bellowed in Fells Point during the sixth annual Privateer Day festival. There were plenty of eye patches, tattoos and aliases in the crowd that moved through the historic waterfront neighborhood. Some acted like pirates, some merely watched the show. A shipload of young pirate-wannabes hopped aboard The Fearless, a 52-foot replica of an 18th-century ship that kicked off its season of harbor cruises Saturday on behalf of a commercial attraction called Urban Pirates.
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By Janet Gilbert and Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2010
A s we dip our toes gingerly into the fresh waters of 2010, we have to admit it's a refreshing change. The new year even has a snappy nickname, twenty-ten, that adds to its coolness. All of the bad memories of the dismal clunker that was 2009 have receded, and what we have before us is a big, blue, inviting new expanse of time to play in, float on and swim around. At least, that's how I see it. So I don't think the new year should be welcomed with a lot of strict guidelines or self-imposed regulations about our diets, level of physical activity or commitments to future accomplishments.
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By Sloane Brown and Sloane Brown,Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2009
When the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation held its "35 Under 35 Finest" event at the B&O Railroad Museum, the 35 community volunteers being honored weren't the only winners. Anastasia Allen was a style standout in the crowd. The 31-year-old East Baltimore resident might work in a white coat during the day as a dental hygienist for Dr. Martin Levin, but she loves to dress up when she's on her own time. "Looking good always makes me feel better about myself," she says. Allen loves a "sexy chic" look, with a particular passion for handbags and shoes.
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By RUTH L. TISDALE and RUTH L. TISDALE,SUN REPORTER | December 7, 2005
When entering her 1998 Plymouth Breeze, the first thing Renate Young does before starting her car is buckle her seat belt. "It has become so common, I don't even think about it anymore," Young said. "I always wear my seat belt to keep me safe because accidents do happen." With programs such as the Chief's Challenge, Howard County police have succeeded in getting 97 percent of residents to use seat belts. The Chief's Challenge, a statewide program held in April and May, encourages law enforcement officials to crack down on those who do not use seat belts and is one of the reasons for the county's high compliance rate, said Barbara Beckett, executive director of the Maryland Committee for Safety Belt Use. "There is no overtime for this," said Beckett, adding that she instituted the program locally in 1988 and saw it picked up nationally in 1992.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | May 1, 2000
A Linton Springs Elementary School fifth-grader stood along Liberty Road in Sykesville the other day, shyly trying to explain how he had plotted to win a countywide poster contest promoting seat belt safety. Vitali Brand, 12, jammed his hands deep into his pockets, alternately pawing the dirt with one unlaced tennis shoe and admiring a reproduction of his winning entry plastered on a jumbo billboard above. As grand winner among 1,400 entries from 21 county elementary schools, Vitali received a trophy, $50 and more public attention than he wanted.
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By Karl Merton Ferron and Karl Merton Ferron,Sun photographer | June 15, 2008
A number of years ago, I couldn't be persuaded to ride "Superman: Ride of Steel," at Six Flags America. I simply hate that feeling I get in my stomach (with a smile on my face) when riding over the crest of the first hill of a roller coaster. When I was given the chance to take a media ride with pilot Charles Lynch and the Yak Attack Demo Team, I was faced with another chance of placing my life in someone else's hands, and photo editor Chuck Weiss wanted me to shoot video and capture photos.
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