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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
A phone number for filing complaints about Baltimore police officers connected callers this week instead to an adult chat line advertising "hot ladies. " The toll-free 800 number listed on the site until earlier this week was supposed be a 24-7 hot line for an internal investigations detective. But that's not what greeted callers. "Welcome to America's hottest talk line," a recorded female voice said. "Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk with you. " The Web page was dated April 28, 2008, at 4:24 a.m. but a note at the bottom said it was updated on Dec. 18, 2012, at 11:39 p.m. It listed only the Public Affairs Office as its author.
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Sports Digest | August 14, 2014
Baltimore native Larry Collmus , the voice of the Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup for NBC Sports, was named the New York Racing Association's next race caller. He will be succeeding Tom Durkin . Collmus will continue to call races at Churchill Downs for its September and fall meets and take over his new duties in April, during the final month of the Aqueduct Racetrack spring meet. The Mount St. Joseph graduate's first on-track call was in 1985 at Bowie Race Course. He was hired two years later as the track announcer at Alabama's Birmingham Turf Club, becoming at age 20 the youngest announcer in the United States.
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SPORTS
October 25, 1990
Evander Holyfield is a very slight -- or at 38 pounds less, could we say light? -- favorite against defending heavyweight champion Buster Douglas in tonight's title fight, according to Evening Sun readers and other callers to SUNDIAL.Of the 369 respondents, 192 (52 percent) predicted Holyfield would win tonight's fight at The Mirage in Las Vegas. A total of 177 callers (48 percent) said they think Douglas will retain his title."It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
A glitch at the Baltimore 911 call center caused wait times of a minute or more for some callers reporting crimes and emergencies Monday night, city officials said. The issue was resolved shortly before 11 p.m., the city's Office of Emergency Management announced. Callers who got an answering machine were asked to stay on the line until a dispatcher picked up, while those who get a busy tone were told to hang up and call back. "We're asking for your patience," said Scott Brillman, the city's acting 911 center director.
FEATURES
March 31, 1992
Last week's callers to SUNDIAL, The Evening Sun telephone survey of topical issues, chose four of the six top categories that won the Oscars last night: best actor, best actress, best supporting actor and best director. Callers liked Anthony Hopkins for his chilling portrayal in ''The Silence of the Lambs" and Jack Palace for his crusty Curly in ''City Slickers.'' And they chose Jodie Foster as best actress, as did the Academy.They also correctly chose Jonathan Demme as best director for "Silence of the Lambs.
SPORTS
May 21, 1992
If three out of four "It's Your Call" respondents had their way, Mayor Kurt Schmoke would call for a huddle and change his play regarding the possible tearing down of Memorial Stadium before the NFL makes up its mind if Baltimore will be getting an expansion franchise.Of 461 respondents, 358 (78 percent) said the city should not tear down Memorial Stadium before Baltimore's expansion status is solidified. It also was felt that the stadium's demolition would hurt the city's NFL chances, with 337 of 452 callers (75 percent)
NEWS
January 27, 1992
Checkoffs on state tax forms to allow Marylanders to give money to various funds and boards evoked a negative response from 81 percent of callers to SUNDIAL, or 353 of 435 callers, who said they would not donate in this way. The remaining 82 callers (18 percent) said they would."It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as a scientific public opinion poll would be.
SPORTS
October 7, 1991
Perhaps because it was a weekend to pay homage to Memorial Stadium, nearly three out of four respondents to "It's Your Call" said they were not in favor of the new stadium at Camden Yards.With the impending layoff of 1,766 workers to help the state offset a $450 million deficit looming, 773 of 1,080 callers (72 percent) said the $105.4 million for the ballpark, though not being funded by taxpayers, could be better used elsewhere. The other 307 (28 percent) said they were in favor of the new stadium.
SPORTS
September 23, 1991
By nearly a 3-to-1 margin, "It's Your Call" respondents believe the basketball team Chuck Daly and the NBA is putting together for next summer's Olympics in Barcelona is a can't-miss pick for a gold medal.Of 312 callers, 226 (72.5 percent) said the team of Michael, Magic, Larry and friends can't help but bring the United States its first basketball gold medal since 1984. Eighty-six skeptics (27.5) also responded."It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.
SPORTS
September 17, 1991
If respondents to "It's Your Call" are looking into an accurate crystal ball, Toronto and Atlanta will be representing their divisions in the baseball playoffs.Garnering 168 of the 260 votes (62 percent), the Blue Jays were an overwhelming pick to hold on and win the AL East over Boston (26 percent) and Detroit (12 percent).Over in the National League, respondents were loyal to the upstart Braves, with 146 of 252 callers (58 percent) saying Atlanta would successfully complete its last-place-to-first-place odyssey.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
With the street buckling in front of her, Evelyn Cannon called 911 as cars teetered and then began to sink, their wheels becoming less and less visible. But Cannon felt unable to convey the gravity of the situation, she said. About 45 seconds into the call, when the operator asked her if anything was damaged, Cannon became exasperated. "The street is damaged," she said into her phone, in one of nearly a dozen 911 recordings released Thursday by the Baltimore Fire Department.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
A phone number for filing complaints about Baltimore police officers connected callers this week instead to an adult chat line advertising "hot ladies. " The toll-free 800 number listed on the site until earlier this week was supposed be a 24-7 hot line for an internal investigations detective. But that's not what greeted callers. "Welcome to America's hottest talk line," a recorded female voice said. "Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk with you. " The Web page was dated April 28, 2008, at 4:24 a.m. but a note at the bottom said it was updated on Dec. 18, 2012, at 11:39 p.m. It listed only the Public Affairs Office as its author.
HEALTH
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2014
Hundreds of people who got stuck on Maryland's glitch-ridden health exchange have ended up on the phone with Sue Lunz. And her pottery supply business. In Seattle. The state mistakenly listed her company's 1-800 number on the website, directing some people who couldn't pick a health insurance provider not to the state's call center, but to a West Coast business that manufactures specialty kilns. Some days, Lunz said, she gets a handful of frustrated health insurance shoppers, but more often several dozen bombard her small company each day, desperate for assistance navigating an exchange whose technical problems have made it among the worst in the nation.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
He was a stray from the mean streets of Hampden, with a soft spot for belly rubs. She was an upscale shop cat who spent her days napping in a sunny window on the Avenue. He spotted her there one day last month, snoozing among the blow-up pink flamingos and eyeshadow cases. He fell in love. Since then, says Debra Stoll, owner of Kiss N' Makeup on the Avenue, this white and gray tom cat has parked himself on the sidewalk in front of the store each afternoon at four o'clock, singing to his love, Mrs. Puff.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
Annapolis Police on Thursday briefly closed three city streets while officials investigated reports that a man believed to be distraught had access to weapons - but by early afternoon the streets had been reopened and police said the man had been transported to a local hospital unharmed. Police spokeswoman Cpl. Amy Miguez said around 9 a.m. police received a call from a third party about the man at a home on Breakwater Drive. Police issued alerts on the social network site Facebook advising residents on Breakwater Drive and adjacent Mizzen Court to remain indoors while they investigated.
NEWS
From Baltimore Sun reports | October 11, 2013
A lockdown was lifted at Patterson High School this afternoon, shortly after a 911 call indicated that people had been shot in the school building. City school officials said the call was believed to be a prank. City police, city school police and the city's fire department searched the building twice and turned up no evidence validating the claim, school officials said.
SPORTS
April 14, 1992
Either April Fools' Day came two weeks late or "It's Your Call" respondents see the AL East race differently from most of the experts.Asked to pick where the supposedly improved Orioles would finish in the division this season, the majority (36 percent) said in last place. The other 286 of the 449 callers put the Orioles in first place (7 percent), second (9.5), third (13.5), fourth (10), fifth (12) and sixth (11 percent).The Cleveland Indians, of all people, garnered much support for winning the AL East title.
NEWS
By Joel Obermayer and Joel Obermayer,Sun Staff Writer | September 17, 1994
Despite President Clinton's repeated warnings to defiant Haitian military generals and appeals to the American public for support, his speech Thursday night did not persuade many area residents that an invasion is a good idea, according to an informal survey of callers to The Sun.About 70 callers to Sundial, The Sun's telephone information service, overwhelmingly opposed military intervention."
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
Police reports and 911 calls released by the Annapolis Police Department depict a dark, frightening scene on Copeland Street on Tuesday, as a man reportedly stabbed a woman to death and was, in turn, shot dead by police shortly after midnight. Police identified the man as William Ranaldo Brown Jr., 31, who had had a relationship with the woman, Ronnesha Simms, 29. "He will not get off of her. He won't get off of her. He will not get off of her," a calm but frightened woman told a police dispatcher at 12:22 a.m. When asked to keep an eye on the suspect in case he left, the caller replied: "I don't want to look out the window no more.
NEWS
By Justin George and Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2013
A Hispanic man who says he was beaten by a group of teens in Patterson Park over the weekend remembers few details of what happened as police continue to investigate whether he was targeted because of his ethnicity after the not-guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder trial. Emergency dispatch tapes released Tuesday describe racial motivations for the attack Sunday near Patterson Park, which police say was perpetrated by a group of black youths. None of them refer to the Florida trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted late Saturday in the death of 17-year-old Martin, though a witness later told investigators she heard the assailants say the beating was "for Trayvon.
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