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By Scott Dance, Justin Fenton and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2013
Johns Hopkins gynecologist Dr. Nikita A. Levy wrote an apology letter to his wife before wrapping a plastic bag around his head Monday and pumping it with helium, killing himself in the basement of his Towson-area home, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation. Along with the letter, he left behind multiple hard drives, computers and servers that police have seized and are scrutinizing, police said. More than 300 of Levy's current and former patients have contacted officers, fearing that they are pictured in images he is accused of secretly capturing, Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Wednesday.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Beatty Development Group said Thursday that it hopes to break ground early next year on its next building in Harbor Point — an 18-story complex with 285 apartments. The development firm, which is working with Henson Development Co. on the Point Street Apartments, outlined plans before the city's design review panel for the 290,000-square-foot building, which would be located on what is currently a parking lot just west of the historic Ferndale Fence & Awning building and behind Thames Street Wharf, where Morgan Stanley has its offices.
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FEATURES
By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2013
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB) has sold its Mount Vernon headquarters, the organization announced Wednesday. The decision to sell the building was made "to address ongoing community concerns with the inadequacy of the GLCCB's present space," according to a statement from the group's board of directors. The building's sale comes two months after the GLCCB opened a new public resources center on the ground floor of its building, and it appears future expansion and changes may be on the way. Executive director Matthew Thorn said in a statement that the 36-year-old organization is interested in a new space that can offer "a venue for interested community organizations to work in concert in a shared space.
NEWS
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
A 48-year-old woman was charged after she crashed an SUV into the Drumcastle government building in Towson on Thursday morning, Baltimore County police said. Hiwot Arbi of the 900 block of Gladway Road in Middle River was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, police said. About 8:40 a.m., a black Toyota Rav4 traveling southbound at a high speed in a parking lot turned left and struck two unoccupied parked vehicles — one a gold Chevrolet Blazer — before hopping a curb, becoming airborne and crashing into the building, police said.
NEWS
September 30, 2013
The Baltimore City Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel should agree to the request to redesign the Exelon Corporation building at Harbor Point made by the developer ("Developer proposes to convert some Exelon office space to apartments," Sept. 27) upon one condition - that they build the building higher! It has been decades since a skyscraper of significant height has been built in Baltimore City. Not only would a gleaming new tower be a reflection to the world that this city is on the move, but it would also conserve valuable downtown real estate.
BUSINESS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2011
The Navy has awarded a contract of up to $10 million to a Baltimore firm for architectural, engineering and other services at installations throughout the mid-Atlantic, the Defense Department announced Thursday. Mimar Architects Inc. beat 64 other bidders to win the agreement to perform work for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command including building construction and renovation work; facility planning; obtaining permits and regulatory approvals; and U.S. Green Building Council leadership in energy and environmental design.
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Letter to The Aegis | May 10, 2012
Editor:  In response to the person who wrote a letter condemning the county for building a new Emergency Operations Center, let me ask:  What was the most important building in the county in February of 2010? Not a school. There was a blizzard - schools were all closed.  What was the most important building in the county in August of 2011? Not a school. There was a hurricane - schools were all closed.  What is the more important building in the county between the middle of June and August?
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2011
Harford County officials have closed the council building in Bel Air because of structural problems and are moving several offices and about 72 people, including the seven members of the County Council, out of the location. The Harford County Council, the Department of Public Works and the Cultural Arts Board moved to temporary sites Monday while the three-story building on South Bond Street undergoes further structural reviews. It is "untenable for occupancy," county officials said.
NEWS
By Liz F. Kay | liz.kay@baltsun.com | March 31, 2010
Eastern Avenue was closed in both directions at Broadway after a building collapsed Tuesday morning, Baltimore police and fire officials said. According to state tax records, the building, the former Eastern Auto Supply Co., is owned by 504 South Broadway LLC - the address of the Ritz Cabaret. The cabaret owners planned to open a steakhouse, said Jason Sullivan, the executive director of Fells Point Main Street. The owners could not be reached for comment. City firefighters responded at 8:45 a.m. to a report of a building in dangerous condition, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a department spokesman.
NEWS
July 1, 2010
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Streets were closed and power was shut off in downtown Frederick following a fire that tore through a commercial building. Authorities say 25 fire companies were called to battle the fire that broke out shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday at a building on South Carroll Street. The blaze caused the roof and part of a wall of the building to collapse. Electricity in the area was shut off after firefighters confirmed a propane tank was inside the building.
NEWS
July 30, 2014
Does the recent uptick in consumer confidence indicate that the agendas of the White House and Congress are misaligned with middle class aspirations? The U.S. consumer confidence index jumped to 90.9 in July, marking the highest level in seven years from a revised 86.4 in June. Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at The Conference Board recently stated that "job growth helped boost consumers' assessment of current conditions while brighter short-term outlooks for the economy and jobs, and to a lesser extent personal income, drove the gain in expectations.
SPORTS
The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
The Comcast Center is no longer. The University of Maryland's arena will now be called the XFINITY Center, the school announced Monday. “We are excited to place the name Xfinity on this beloved University of Maryland sports venue,” Tom Coughlin, senior vice president of Comcast's Beltway region, said in a news release. “Our Xfinity brand represents our commitment to delivering an unparalleled, innovative entertainment experience to local consumers, and our partnership with the University of Maryland athletics department underscores this promise.” The building opened in 2002 and is home to the Terps' men's and women's basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, and wrestling teams.
HEALTH
By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2014
Inviting a friend to play on a tire swing can be difficult for autistic children, but with special kinds of playgrounds cropping up in Maryland and around the country, it may become easier. The Shafer Center, a school in Owings Mills for autistic children ages 2 to 8, recently installed a playground intended to help children with social interaction and motor skills. Specialized equipment can "foster social interaction" between autistic children, who sometimes have a more difficult time interacting socially and using social cues, experts say. "A lot of pieces on the playground require more than one person," said Kristen DeBoy, an applied behavioral analysis therapist at the Shafer Center.
NEWS
By Will Fesperman, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
More than 50 Maryland middle-schools students have been building a house during a summer camp in Annapolis - not a routine task for teens and preteens. "I came here skeptical," acknowledged JJ Jennings, 13, a rising eighth-grader at the Key School in Annapolis. "Why am I paying to do labor?" To be fair, the house is a small-scale project - 210 square feet and sitting on trailer in the Key School parking lot. But that doesn't mean it's a not a big deal. Complete with solar panels and a rainwater filtration system, the compact home is designed to have the smallest possible carbon footprint.
BUSINESS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
The Baltimore City Council passed a bill Thursday backed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to make 10 years of tax credits available citywide for developers of apartments. The council amended the legislation to include developers who renovate apartments as well as those who build new structures. "Expansion of the current apartment tax credit program continues to move us in the right direction by encouraging investment that supports neighborhoods, promotes historic preservation and generates millions of additional dollars for the city," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
Taylor Property Group wants to build a modern five-story apartment and office building on Linwood Avenue close to Canton's O'Donnell square. The Baltimore-based company is negotiating with neighbors about the $7.5 million project, which has drawn concerns about how it will fit into the neighborhood. The new building would replace a warehouse, which the Taylor family purchased in 2013 for $1.5 million. Ross Taylor, Taylor Property's general manager, said he has met with neighborhood groups three times so far about the 1000 S. Linwood Ave. project, which would add 21 one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as roughly 7,500-square feet of office space, to the popular East Baltimore neighborhood.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2009
A Charles Village landmark, the "Copy Cat" building at 2443 N. Charles St., was sold at auction Tuesday to a father-and-son development team, Carl and Steven Verstandig. Their bid at the auction, handled by Alex Cooper Auctioneers, was $365,000 plus a 5 percent buyer's premium that brought the total price to $383,250. The Verstandigs, who have a company called CityWide Properties, said they plan to restore the exterior and renovate the interior. They said possible commercial tenants include a restaurant and a barber shop.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
Two women were seriously injured in a building explosion that led to a two-alarm fire in Carroll County Thursday afternoon, authorities said. A 38-year-old was airlifted from the one-story office building in the 1200 block of Silver Run Valley Road to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with burns to her upper torso and face, Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch said. The other, a 39-year-old, was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with trauma injuries from the explosion, Bouch said.
NEWS
July 14, 2014
Maybe instead of moving all of the current illegals off into far off places we should build a tent city on the mall in Washington so our rulers can see what they have wrought ("America's refugee crisis," July 9). Oh, that's right, they go to and from their fiefdoms via underground or tinted window transport so they never have to see the real world. William M. Libercci Sr., Perry Hall - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
A vandal painted the words "No illeagles here," on a Carroll County building that had been under consideration as a temporary shelter for undocumented immigrant children. "No undocumented Democrats," continued the message painted on Westminster's former Army Reserve Center. While the graffiti provoked online banter about sick birds of prey, the Maryland State Police took the incident seriously. The Carroll County Times reports that the state police are investigating the graffiti as a hate crime due to its ethnic implications.
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