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March 26, 2010
Senate Says: no holding cell phones while driving- March 23) The dim bulbs in Annapolis are at it again ("Senate says: no holding cell phones while driving," March 23). The physical distraction of a hand-held phone is not the problem, and encouraging the use of headsets is not the solution. The problem is that it is humanly impossible for us to "interact" with two things at once (sorry multi-taskers); ask your local neurologist or anyone who deals with brain functioning. The best you can do is "toggle tasking," switching your "cognitive" attention to one thing, and then the next, but not focusing on both together.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
A leak on a natural gas line forced the closure Friday afternoon of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport's parking lot for people waiting to pick up arriving fliers. The airport's fire department responded to the so-called "cell phone lot" just before 3 p.m., and determined a leak along a Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. line, said Jonathan Dean, an airport spokesman. The leak presented "no real hazard to the public or travelers" at the airport, but the lot was closed as BGE crews worked to repair the line, Dean said.
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NEWS
March 30, 2010
If "relinquishing our freedom" will save lives, I'm all for it. Writer Chris Millirons can bleat all he wants about a right to drive while using handheld cell phones, he's out of step with reality ("Cell phone ban: how quickly we relinquish our freedom," Readers respond, March 30). Do I have a "right" to drive while drunk? It's been proven that talking on a cell phone is a similar impairment. People who cannot exist without being perpetually connected suffer a form of addiction.
NEWS
August 12, 2014
I notice that, in this most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, there are widespread calls for Israel to "limit civilian casualties. " President Barack Obama, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and many other leaders of the free world repeat this over and over, without knowing exactly what they are asking for. They call for limits on civilian casualties? Israel has done more than any other nation in the history of the world to do so. They fire warning shots, give citizens ample time to evacuate and call cell phones in advance!
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | May 2, 2014
For the first time, more people own smartphones than basic cell phones, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. Nearly two-thirds, 64 percent, of U.S. households own smartphones, the group said Thursday in its annual Household CE Ownership and Market Potential Study. That compares to 51 percent household ownership of cell phones. The survey showed strong demand for mobile products last year and so far this year. Four of the top five planned technology purchases have a mobile component, with smartphones topping the list followed by headphones, televisions, laptop, notebook or netbook computers and tablets.
NEWS
June 21, 2011
Terry Bittner's assertion that cell phones in Maryland's prisons are an issue is correct. This is an issue in every state. His assertion that Maryland is focusing on a single solution — cell phone blocking — is inaccurate. And his insinuation that we are not doing enough is wrong ("Cell phone blocking isn't the only answer for Md. Prisons," June 15). There is no one single solution to meeting the challenge of illegal cell phones in prisons. In the absence of jamming, which is generally illegal in the United States, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has conducted more than 20 months of research on all available technologies to better understand which cellular detection, managed access or jamming applications would work best in our prisons.
NEWS
By Annie Linskey and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 23, 2010
Maryland's Senate wants motorists to keep both hands on the steering wheel, giving initial approval Tuesday to a measure that outlaws holding a cell phone while driving. The bill does not ban the use of cell phones -- drivers would be allowed to chat using a headset while navigating traffic. Also, senators reduced the fine for violations to $40; a companion measure in the House carries a $100 fine. "My constituents are on the road and see people with one hand on the wheel and one on the phone and want that to end," said Sen. James Brochin, a Baltimore County Democrat.
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2010
Local leaders and state lawmakers on Thursday discussed ways technology such as cell phones and social-networking websites can make fighting crime in schools and prisons more difficult. Attendees of the four-day summer conference of the Maryland Association of Counties may also choose from sessions on lessons learned from this winter's snowstorms, on storm water drainage and on the public health threat posed by hoarding. Gov. Martin O'Malley will address the group Saturday morning.
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By Peter Hermann | peter.hermann@baltsun.com | December 3, 2009
Police repeatedly remind us that people drive badly over the holidays. They're aggravated, irritated, crowded, rushed and overwhelmed, and put behind a wheel of a car and on a road with others who feel the same way, they become maniacal. But spending a few hours with a state trooper on Baltimore's highways to see just how bad we are at maneuvering around and through the post- Thanksgiving Day and pre-Christmas crush revealed another dimension to the problem. And it had nothing to do with getting to the store or the party on time.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser | March 14, 2014
The House of Delegates approved a bill Friday that would allow a judge to give up to a year's sentence to a driver who negligently kills or seriously injures someone while texting or speaking on a hand-held cellphone. The 111-25 vote on the legislation known as Jake's Law sends the measure to the Senate. The bill was named after 5-year-old Jake Owen, who was killed in a crash in 2011 caused by a driver police found to have been using a cell phone when he struck Jake's family's car. The driver was acquitted of reckless driving and vehicular manslaughter and convicted of traffic charges that led to a $1,000 fine.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
Annapolis police arrested a man and two juveniles for two robberies that took place last month. Officials said that Albert Gross, 20, and two boys, ages 12 and 14, were arrested in the July 21 robberies of two men who were approached from behind and assaulted by five to eight young males, police said in a release. On July 21 at 11:43 p.m. two men were walking separately on Franklin Street when they approached from behind and assaulted - one man was knocked unconscious - and robbed.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
It's doubtful anyone attending Colonial Players' 65th season closer would react with "been there, done that" to playwright Sarah Ruhl's "Dead Man's Cell Phone. " Having enjoyed a bowl of lobster bisque in a cafe, a young woman answers the ringing cellphone of the man at the next table, who has just died of a heart attack, and she is drawn into the lives of his family and others who call his phone while it is in her possession. In trying to console them, she finds her life changed.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | May 2, 2014
For the first time, more people own smartphones than basic cell phones, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. Nearly two-thirds, 64 percent, of U.S. households own smartphones, the group said Thursday in its annual Household CE Ownership and Market Potential Study. That compares to 51 percent household ownership of cell phones. The survey showed strong demand for mobile products last year and so far this year. Four of the top five planned technology purchases have a mobile component, with smartphones topping the list followed by headphones, televisions, laptop, notebook or netbook computers and tablets.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
Parked drivers waiting at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport for calls from just-landed loved ones will have to do so from a new location starting April 1. The airport's so-called "cell phone lot" will move from one side of Terminal Road to the other, adjacent to the airport's daily parking garage, officials said Thursday. The move will double the number of parking spots in the free waiting area from 50 to 100. It will also add additional spaces to the airport's "express" parking lot, which offers luggage assistance and "carside-to-curbside" shuttle services.
NEWS
AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 15, 2014
Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies are looking for two men in connection with an reported armed carjacking that occurred early Saturday morning in the vicinity of the MARC train station in Edgewood. Deputies were called to the station off Edgewood Road near the entrance to Aberdeen Proving Ground around 1 a.m., where a 41-year-old Baltimore man reported he had just been carjacked, Sheriff's Office spokesman Edward Hopkins said. According to the preliminary report filed on the incident, Hopkins said, the victim told deputies a friend had wanted to be dropped off at the station to meet of girlfriend.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser | March 14, 2014
The House of Delegates approved a bill Friday that would allow a judge to give up to a year's sentence to a driver who negligently kills or seriously injures someone while texting or speaking on a hand-held cellphone. The 111-25 vote on the legislation known as Jake's Law sends the measure to the Senate. The bill was named after 5-year-old Jake Owen, who was killed in a crash in 2011 caused by a driver police found to have been using a cell phone when he struck Jake's family's car. The driver was acquitted of reckless driving and vehicular manslaughter and convicted of traffic charges that led to a $1,000 fine.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | meredith.cohn@baltsun.com | March 13, 2010
Aiming to cut down on the high number of premature births in Maryland and across the nation, a new program will offer words of advice for pregnant women and new mothers in a place that will be hard to miss: their cell phones. The free text messages will be sent every week, and will include information about such things as seeing the doctor, avoiding alcohol and cigarettes, and eating properly. And while it's just rolling out in Maryland, the program, called text4baby, has more than 18,000 women signed up for what's expected to be the largest nationwide health initiative using mobile phones.
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2012
Baltimore County residents can now sign up to receive emergency alerts from the county on their cell phones and through email, officials announced Monday. The county's emergency notification system provides information in emergency situations, such as severe weather, incidents involving hazardous materials, and utility outage notifications. The system, which has been operating since 2007, previously allowed the county to send alerts only to residents with Verizon or Comcast land lines.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
The House Judiciary voted Wednesday night to approve a bill that would allow a judge to give up to a one-year jail term to a driver who kills someone while distracted by use of a hand-held cell phone. By a bipartisan 18-3 vote, the panel sent the measure known as Jake's Law to the full House. The legislation is named after 5-year-old Jake Owen, who was killed near the Beltway and Interstate 83 three days after Christmas 2011 when the driver of an SUV plowed into the rear of the vehicle in which his family was traveling to a mall to return presents.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
Cell-phone recycling kiosks will be banned and stores that buy small electronics will be regulated like pawn shops under legislation passed Tuesday by the Baltimore County Council. The pair of bills, introduced last month by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, is meant to stem the theft of cell phones, which police say is a growing problem in the county. Both measures passed unanimously in a 6-0 vote, with one member absent. Robberies in the county have increased in recent years, with more than 350 cell phones stolen last year, police say. County police believe the potential for instant cash available at the recycling machines "was a driving force behind many of these crimes," Chief Jim Johnson said after the meeting.
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