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December 28, 2012
Among the 82 calls for medical and fire-rescue service received by the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department during the period Dec. 21-28 were the following: Stonewall Rd, 300 block, 9:28 a.m. Dec. 27. Crews responded to the report of power lines arcing in Catonsville and found a tree leaning on the lines, but no arcing. Birch Avenue, 1200 block, 12:09 p.m. Dec. 26. Crews responded to the report of a hazardous condition in Arbutus and found an overheated fuel heater. Stuart Mills Place, unit block, 10:31 p.m. Dec. 24. Crews from the Arbutus volunteer station and Catonsville, Westview and Woodlawn career stations responded to the report of a residential fire in the Westview area of Catonsville and found a rubbish fire in the stairwell.
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NEWS
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2012
A man fatally shot on Christmas Eve in an East Baltimore housing project has been identified as Thomas Cunion. The 27 year old was killed at about 11:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Webb Court, near the Institute of Notre Dame in Latrobe Courts. Police said Cunion was shot multiple times and taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died. The shooting happened in view of a surveillance camera, and Det. Jeremy Silbert, a police spokesman, said investigators were inspecting the cameras for clues.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector and Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2012
Two people died in a three-vehicle Christmas Eve crash on I-495 in Montgomery County, Maryland State Police said. Killed were a 30-year-old woman and a 17-year-old man, both from Silver Spring, Sgt. L. Broadwater of the Rockville Barrack said Tuesday morning. Names were not released pending notification of next of kin. He said the crash, which shut the outer loop of the Capital Beltway, occurred around 7:50 p.m. near the Connecticut Avenue exit and involved vehicles in the outer loop lanes.
BUSINESS
By Adam Marton, The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2012
Merry Christmas Eve, happy holidays, feliz navidad and happy festivus.  Hope you are snuggled up in front of a warm fire and not fighting crowds at the mall (or your family in the living room). Rest happy with the knowledge that NORAD (The North American Aerospace Defense Command) is tracking santa's path again this year, a tradition that stretches back to 1955.  (Don't forget to check out the rival Google Santa Tracker .)  I guess it's slow at their office around the holidays too.  As you probably already know, the Baltimore Ravens clinched the AFC North again this year, ending a losing streak and defeating the Super Bowl champions New York Giants.  As the debate over gun control rages on, CNN is reporting that two firefighters are being treated for injuries after being shot at while responding to a fire in Webster, NY. || ONLINE TRENDS || RavensNation (NFL playoff picture)
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BY ROBIN BENJES | December 24, 2012
As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, December 27, 1962: Harford Countians awoke to beautifully snow-covered grounds on Christmas morning. Snow began falling before daybreak early in the morning, making it truly a White Christmas. Safe crackers made off with more than $1,000 in cash and merchandise from the Livezey Lumber Company on Route 40 in Aberdeen. The thieves entered the building by breaking two windows in the rear of the building. They proceeded to the second floor where they broke into four different safes.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2012
When snowflakes began falling Monday afternoon, the commotion near Mondawmin Mall slowed. Children pointed to the sky. Shoppers, their shoulders previously hunched against the cold, stood to take in the scene. Inside, shoppers buzzed through stores buying last-minute gifts, extra wrapping paper or the final ingredients for holiday meals and desserts. At The Esquire barber shop, men and boys waited for a chair and a fresh cut while talking of Christmas Eve church trips and parties ahead.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | December 24, 2012
There is a most magical hour every Christmas season, and it is not the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, when the darkened church glows with candles in anticipation of a child's birth. It is not dawn on Christmas morning, when excited children wake their parents so they can see what Santa has left under the tree. And it is not that moment on Christmas night, as in "A Christmas Story," when parents tuck the exhausted children into bed and then sip a quiet glass of wine by a dying fire.
FEATURES
By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2012
My baby boy is about to turn 1. The where-is-time-going panic that is inducing is a post for another day, but I'm starting to wonder, as he gets older, how do we differentiate his birthday celebration from the holiday celebrations? Aaron was due on Christmas Day, and I heard from many December babies how much they disliked having their birthdays wrapped up with the holidays (so to speak). I was terrified I'd go into labor on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day since my husband was in Afghanistan and my older son was understanding Christmas for the first time.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2012
A few months ago, things were looking bleak for Brooklyn Homes resident Christina Stocks. The 27-year-old single mother of two took a pay cut at work and fell behind in her rent payments. She was facing eviction - and a Christmas on the streets. Searching the Internet for some sort of help, Stocks came across the United Way's Family Stability Initiative. She called, and everything changed. The organization helped Stocks out with her rent - keeping the family in their apartment - and provided her with groceries and Christmas presents.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2012
John Ragan concedes that he is neither computer-savvy nor very much interested in using the Internet. "I'm not an Internet-surfing kind of guy," the 30-year-old carpenter said recently. But it was his occasional foray onto MarylandWhitetail.com that prompted Ragan to put a classified ad on the hunting-based website, offering to sell all of his bowhunting equipment for the $600 he figured he needed to buy Christmas presents for his family. Ragan, who grew up in Baltimore and now lives in Westminster with his wife and their two children, 12-year-old son Trenton and 9-year-old daughter Hayley, needed the money after he was laid off from a few sub-contracting jobs in recent months because of the economy.
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