By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | January 26, 2001
LA HORMIGA, Colombia - Launching the U.S.-backed counter-narcotics offensive known as Plan Colombia, army troops and police have begun a land and air assault on a valley that holds a third of Colombia's coca fields. The joint operations are the central element of the "Push into the South," a two-year plan to eradicate coca in the southern state of Putumayo and the first phase of Plan Colombia, designed to destroy half the nation's cocaine industry and strengthen its government in five years.
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
Coca-Cola has agreed to move its regional distribution center to a yet-to-be-built 291,000-square-foot warehouse in Hanover, Anne Arundel County officials said Friday. The facility will replace Coca-Cola's current 272,000-square-foot warehouse on Candlewood Road, also in Hanover. The center stores Coca-Cola products before delivery to businesses like restaurants and grocery stores across the region. To be developed by Preston Scheffenacker Properties, the new warehouse will be the first building in the Preston Gateway North development near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 100. While only modestly larger, the new facility will be tailored to Coca-Cola's needs, making the operation more efficient, said Curtis L. Etherly Jr., spokesman for Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc. It will have 32 loading docks, as well as a larger truck yard and better security than the existing facility, Etherly said.
UNITED NATIONS -- With President Clinton and other world leaders coming here tomorrow for a special session of the General Assembly on the world's drug problems, the United Nations' top anti-narcotics official has submitted a two-pronged strategy that moves beyond the conventional approach of intercepting illegal drugs and arresting traffickers.Pino Arlacchi, the executive director of the U.N. International Drug Control Program, proposes the ambitious target of eliminating opium poppies and coca plants, the raw ingredients of heroin and cocaine, in 10 years as well as substantially reducing marijuana.
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
I'd sooner book passage on a norovirus cruise than watch the Super Bowl, but I have become aware of a Coca-Cola commercial that aired during the event.  In the commercial, as Language Log points out, ethnically diverse images are displayed while "America the Beautiful" is sung in " languages including English, Spanish, Keres Pueblo,  Tagalog, Hindi, Senegalese French, and Hebrew. " Not that anyone should be surprised, this display of diversity during one of the most sacred of the national rites touched off an outburst of anger and resentment from the yahoo population.
By Gary Marx and Gary Marx,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 20, 2003
ANDES, Colombia - With coffee prices near historic lows, the economic crisis facing thousands of small farmers in this picturesque region also is feeding Colombia's civil war and could threaten an intensive U.S.-funded anti-narcotics program. Perched high on lush mountain slopes and intersected by rivers, Andes and the surrounding area stand on the edge of Colombia's once-prosperous coffee region. The crop has provided a steady income to generations of small farmers and migrant laborers, while satisfying the needs of American, European and other coffee drinkers.
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 4, 2002
ROSAL, Colombia - With the full support of the Colombian president, the United States has begun what U.S. officials say will be the biggest and most aggressive effort yet to wipe out coca production. A round of aerial spraying to kill Colombia's mammoth drug crops is part of a new phase in the war on drugs. U.S. officials said the spraying, which resumed a month ago, was bigger and more aggressive than before and that if sustained, it could at last make substantial inroads against Colombia's coca crops.
PRIMERO DE MAYO, Bolivia -- Ever since drought drove his family from a rocky cornfield high in the Andes 15 years ago, Espinosa Leon has been chopping down tropical rain forest to grow coca bushes, which produce cocaine. Now, at 38, Leon finds himself at another crossroads."The army is coming any day to destroy my last coca," said Leon, who had already slashed three-quarters of his crop in recent months in exchange for aid from United Nations technicians forming a forestry project here. "I don't have to like it, but coca has no future."
By Tiffany Woods and Tiffany Woods,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 24, 1996
APURIMAC RIVER, Peru -- The dirt road ends, or seems to end, in a mud-bogged curve that threatens to devour the four-wheel-drive car. "No farther," the driver protests.But in its dusty way the road continues through the Apurimac River Valley, one of Peru's largest coca-producing areas, and two hours later you reach the village of Palma Pampa.Everything -- not just the car -- is riding on the repair of that road.If the road is repaired, farmers can drive their products directly to market instead of relying on river transport.
By COX NEWS SERVICE | March 14, 2001
WASHINGTON - A $1.3 billion U.S.-sponsored program to eradicate illicit drug crops in South America came under fire yesterday from four Colombian governors who claimed that the program is destroying their region's economy and threatening the health of its citizens. The governors, from four states in the southern region of Colombia where most of the coca and poppies used in the production of cocaine and opium are grown, said the military eradication efforts adopted by the United States last July and supported by Colombian President Andres Pastrana are opposed by local officials.
By Dan Berger | April 23, 2001
Why not make the Americas a free trade area? It already is in coca products. The Mississippi is too much, especially if you live near it. There will still be AIDS in Africa. It just won't be the drug companies' fault. Do not visit the Cone Collection expecting to see a collection of cones. It's spring in Sherwood Gardens and all is right with the world.
November 3, 2013
If Coca-Cola really wants to prevent obesity in kids, as they say ( "Coca-Cola has taken steps to help reduce obesity," Oct. 27), they need to respect reality. The beverage giant spends two-thirds of its marketing budget inflating sales of its most sugary drinks. The reason: Advertising works. That's why they get blamed in the obesity epidemic. Coca-Cola does offer other choices - no- or low-calorie options we eagerly promote on our Better Beverage Finder (
October 22, 2013
Happiness doesn't come in a red can. Obesity does. That's the tag line from a commercial that will begin airing soon in the Baltimore area, and it's a not-so-subtle attack on Coca-Cola mounted by a group of local health advocates including Howard County's Horizon Foundation, the Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi), the American Heart Association and People Acting Together in Howard (PATH). The ad is a parody of a Coke campaign that features people handing out bottles of cola to strangers around the world in an uplifting, music-filled celebration.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2012
Bernard J. "B.J. " Land, a Coca-Cola executive and physical fitness buff who coached youth soccer and lacrosse teams, died Monday of a cardiac arrest at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Hunt Valley resident had recently celebrated his 53rd birthday. Family members said that Mr. Land, who was known as "B.J.," had returned Sept. 2 after a long bike ride and suffered a cardiac arrest that was caused by coronary artery disease, which he was unaware that he suffered from. He remained in a coma until his death.
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2012
The vintage Coca-Cola machine is a gorgeous artifact of American history, so Coke has wisely made it a centerpiece to its Father's Day campaign (my apologies for being a bit late on this). Nostalgia-bait? Don Draper would approve. And, because you're seeing it on this blog, the commercial has a Baltimore connection, specifically local singer-songwriter Mike McFadden's song "Get It Together" is used in "The Perfectionist" clip. Watch it above, and listen to the multi-instrumentalist's music at McFadden's Facebook page . McFadden plays his album release show at the 8x10 in Federal Hill on June 29 with The Lombards, Drunken Camel and Cool Hand & the Swagger (it's getting hard to come up with new band names, huh?
Baltimore Sun staff | May 28, 2012
Who knew Michael Oher was a big NASCAR fan? Oher, a starting offensive tackle for the Ravens, was a pre-race guest at the Coca-Cola600 in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, according to . Also on hand were super model and actress Brooklyn Decker, and country star Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish), the website reported. Oher was joined at the race by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, the Memphis, Tenn., couple who took him in, as seen in "The Blind Side.
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2012
Ocean City is sending Pepsi packing. Come spring, Coca-Cola will be the official soft drink of the Maryland resort town. Officials entered into a five-year exclusive agreement with the beverage company, guaranteeing that only Coke products will be served at town-owned properties and town-operated events. Obviously, you can still purchase Pepsi in Ocean City, but you won't be able to get it at some of the city's signature events, like SunFest.  As part of the contract, which takes effect April 2, Ocean City receives a $65,000 cash payment, commission on product sales, advertising and marketing support and, of course, free soft drinks. The contract also designates Coca-Cola as the "official soft drink of Ocean City.
By Betty Rosbottom and Betty Rosbottom,Tribune Media Services | June 7, 2008
Virginia Willis is a cook whose life story I can easily relate to. She was brought up in Atlanta and is a life-long devotee of Southern cuisine, but after studying and cooking in France, she also became enchanted with French food. I grew up in Memphis, and to this day make grits for breakfast, bake corn bread almost weekly, and serve crispy fried okra often. And, yes, I too was seduced by la cuisine francaise after studying in Paris while in college. Imagine, then, my delight when I discovered Virginia's new cookbook, Bon Appetit, Y'all, a collection in which the author combines her Southern heritage with her French training.
By Ana Arana and Ana Arana,Special to The Sun | November 18, 1990
PUERTO ASIS, Colombia -- Ten years ago, peasants in this Putumayo River town in the Colombian Amazon region stopped growing corn and rice and began planting coca, which grows easily in this tropical land. Money poured into the town, but so did unsavory characters. Violence increased.There was so much money that everyone ignored the violence and enjoyed the good life. Peasants who lived in shacks without electricity bought gas-operated generators to run new refrigerators and stereo equipment.
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2011
Investigators identified Friday the employee killed at the Coca-Cola bottling plant in East Baltimore. Joshua Cunningham, a contract worker, died Wednesday when a trailer fell on him, officials said. The Chase resident was 28. The accident occurred about 10:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Kresson St., near East Monument Street and Pulaski Highway, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a fire spokesman. A jack that had been moved under the front of the trailer gave way, said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
By The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2011
A person was killed this morning when a trailer fell at a Coca-Cola bottling plant in East Baltimore, according to a statement from the city Fire Department. Few details were immediately available. Chief Kevin Cartwright, a fire spokesman, said the accident occurred about 10:30 a.m. at the plant in the 700 block of Kresson St., near East Monument Street and Pulaski Highway. The identity of the worker and other details, such as age and gender, have not yet been released. Cartwright said the victim was a vender contracted to work at the plant.
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