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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Gregory Lawrence said Monday he plans to appeal the Maryland Aviation Administration's decision last week to terminate him from his job as BWI Airport's acting fire chief. Lawrence, the first African-American to lead the airport fire department, initially got his job there after complaining about racial discrimination. He feels his termination may be retaliation for that lawsuit he brought against the department more than a decade ago. "I want my job back," he said during a news conference in the Annapolis offices of his attorney, Alan Legum, where he was flanked by more than a dozen African-American leaders and fire officials from around the region.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
Officials at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport announced the hiring of its fire-and-rescue department's first Hispanic fire chief Thursday, shortly after acknowledging that they had terminated its acting chief, an African-American, the day before. The hiring of Victor N. Ferreira Jr., a 52-year-old retired Prince George's County fire official, comes amid complaints about diversity within the airport's fire department, following the hiring of an all-white class of firefighter recruits last month.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
Tuesday morning was Baltimore's coldest for the month of March since record-keeping began in the 1870s, with a low of 4 degrees reported at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport by 6 a.m. The National Weather Service confirmed the record later Tuesday morning. The reading at the airport, Baltimore's point of record since 1950, was 1 degree lower than a record low for Tuesday's date and for the entire month, 5 degrees set on March 4, 1873 at the U.S. Customs House downtown.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
A national black firefighters association and African-American leaders in Anne Arundel County are criticizing state officials for allowing an all-white class of firefighter recruits at BWI Marshall Airport. The new class of firefighters, which started on the job last month, is composed of nine white men, airport spokesman Jonathan Dean confirmed. With their arrival, the Maryland Aviation Administration's 89-person fire and rescue department became 26 percent minority and women, and 13 percent African-American, he said.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
Flights from Baltimore to Cancun will be offered under the Southwest Airlines banner starting in August, as the airline continues to rebrand routes formerly flown under AirTran Airways. The airline recently announced similar changes on flights from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport to destinations such as Aruba, Montego Bay and Nassau. Southwest acquired AirTran in May 2011. Flights from BWI to Cancun will come under Southwest starting Aug. 10, the company said. Flights to Aruba, Montego Bay and Nassau begin July 1. Officials at BWI hope Southwest - the airport's largest carrier - will expand its portfolio of international flights out of the airport in coming years, and Southwest officials have said they are reviewing options to do so. krector@baltsun.com twitter.com/rectorsun
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The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
A Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore to Indianapolis was diverted to Pittsburgh Saturday morning after the pilot announced that a pane of glass in the cockpit had developed a crack, an airline spokesman confirmed. Southwest flight 849 left BWI around 10:45 a.m. and landed in Pittsburgh an hour later, shortly after the pilot's announcement. The flight was originally scheduled to leave at 10:15 a.m. and arrive in Indianapolis at 12:05 p.m. The crew announced that the plane's 64 passengers would be moved to another plane because of the "mechanical" problem.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Border agents at Baltimore Washington International Airport say they arrested a Columbia man wanted in Howard County on child sex abuse and child pornography charges. Jeremy Henry Sykes, 43, arrived at the airport on a flight from Mexico, and agents identified him Monday as the man wanted on a Howard County warrant, according to the border agency. He was turned over to Howard County police. "This latest arrest of another alleged child sex predator again illustrates the vigilance of CBP officers in intercepting those travelers that our laws identify as needing further scrutiny," said Dianna Bowman Acting CBP Port Director for the Port of Baltimore.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents on Monday seized almost $33,000 from a man at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport who reported bringing only $9,000 into the country on his flight from London. Customs officers found $14,930 in cash and three endorsed checks totaling $18,059 - a total of $32,989 - in the man's luggage, authorities said. There is no limit to how much money someone can bring into the country, but federal law requires travelers to declare amounts exceeding $10,000 or equivalent in foreign currency.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
Nine people required medical treatment following a carbon monoxide leak at The Westin Baltimore Washington Airport hotel in Linthicum Sunday afternoon. At around 1:30 p.m., fire officials detected high levels of carbon monoxide after a paramedic was initially called to the hotel, at 1100 Old Elkridge Landing Road, to treat an employee who reported feeling faint, said Lt. Russ Davis, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Fire crews then evacuated the hotel, which had 64 occupied rooms.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
All traffic on MD 170 at BWI Airport has been shut down at Terminal Road due to emergency roadwork at 8:36 a.m. Monday, according to the state Department of Transportation. DOT also reported a single-vehicle crash in Arbutus on Interstate 95 South at I-195 that has closed the southbound right shoulder at 9 a.m. And DOT said that Sunday morning emergency roadwork in Harford County on I-95 North past the MD 155 (Level Road) exit continued through Monday morning. The Maryland Transit Administration reported minor light rail delays at 9:08 a.m.
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