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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer | February 8, 1993
Damien Burgess, 12, a seventh-grader at Mayfield Woods Middle School in Elkridge, says that when nighttime comes, he doesn't dare wear his new blue $69 Syracuse Starter jacket outside."
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | April 15, 2014
Women's clothing retailers Anthropologie and Talbots are among three retailers that will be added this summer to the Columbia mall's expansion wing, the mall announced Tuesday. Anthropologie, which sells accessories, gifts and home decor in addition to clothing, is going to open a 9,142-square-foot store; Talbots, a women's classic apparel and accessories retailer, will move into a 10,980-square-foot space. The two will be joined by Maggiano's Little Italy, a restaurant that offers classic and contemporary Italian-American recipes.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
The Macy's store at the Mall in Columbia was burglarized early Wednesday morning. At around 4:50 a.m., two unknown men smashed open a window to break into the store, Howard County Police said. They fled the scene without taking anything after they were confronted by a Macy's employee. The suspects were seen driving a black Dodge pickup truck. Fire crews initially responded to a call claiming there was a car in the Macy's building, but found no vehicle inside when they arrived at the location, according to the Howard County Fire & Rescue Twitter account.
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By Julekha Dash | March 31, 2014
Step into the Secolari shop at The Mall in Columbia, and you'll feel as though you're in a Tuscan farmhouse rather than a suburban shopping center. The walls are lined with stainless-steel containers, called fusti, filled with 20 different olive oils and 14 types of vinegar and aged balsamic. There's bread for sampling, along with other gourmet items proffered on rustic wooden tables designed by the store owners and made by a local lumber company. Champagne mimosa vinegar, basil-flavored olive oil, pear ginger wasabi balsamic, blackberry with roasted pepper vinegar and blood orange olive oil are some of Secolari's most unusual and popular flavors.
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January 29, 2014
Dan Rodricks ' column on the Columbia Mall shooting was a refreshing bit of honesty with all of the bark on ( "Expecting the horrible is the American way," Jan. 25). I am personally tired of the candles-and-teddy bear rituals featuring politicians talking about communities "coming together. " A deeply pathological love for guns has infected the United States. If we are ever going to stop this senseless killing, it will require that Americans realize just how sick we are to allow, much less glorify, a surfeit of killing power in our homes, on our streets and where we work, shop, worship and send our children to school.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
A moment of silence was at the Mall in Columbia Saturday on the one-week anniversary of a shooting that claimed the lives of two young people. The moment of silence was held at 11:15 a.m., the time when the shooting began in the skate apparel shop Zumiez last week. Police believe Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, killed two Zumiez employees: Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Mount Airy. Aguilar later took his own life. Another memorial is planned for Benlolo and Johnson at Centennial Park in Ellicott City, where mourners will hold a group skateboard ride at 1 p.m. Saturday to honor their memories.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
Darion Marcus Aguilar was familiar with The Mall in Columbia. He hung around outside, smoking with small groups, police said. The revelation Tuesday provided the first solid link between Aguilar and the shopping center at the core of this Howard County community, though police say they still don't know what motivated him to kill skate shop employees Brianna Benlolo, 21, and Tyler Johnson, 25, before turning a shotgun on himself. Howard County police said they have reviewed Aguilar's journal and are examining his cellphone and a home computer, but have found nothing that connects him with the victims.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
Anxious employees had many questions as they gathered in movie theater seats for a security briefing on their first day back to work at The Mall in Columbia since a deadly weekend shooting: How can workers spot threats? Are there enough security cameras? How did the shooter conceal his weapon? Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon reminded workers that the mall has for years been a secure and friendly gathering place for Columbia and the surrounding area, though he acknowledged that the shooting has left an indelible mark.
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February 4, 2013
I was eating at the McDonald's at Columbia mall and was disrupted by a group of young kids fighting. My concern is that this was not just two kids fighting but a group of kids with a fighting mentality that could potentially endanger the other patrons there. Now I have seen this type of behavior happen many times before and it always happens around the McDonald's restaurant on Friday and Saturday evenings. The first thing I would suggest you do is have more security at the McDonald's because things always seem to start there and then move upstairs, which is potentially dangerous because the crowd grows larger.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2012
A Baltimore man was critically injured in a parking garage near the Columbia mall Thursday night when his van jumped a curb and struck a concrete support post, Howard County police said. About 7:09 p.m., Shmuel Yaakov Kleiner, 60, of the 6000 block of Clover Road in the Glen neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore, was driving a 2003 Acura MDX on the first floor of the parking garage at 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway when it hopped a curb and struck the post, police said. Kleiner was medevaced to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition by Maryland State Police, police said.
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March 26, 2014
Below is a brief description of development projects spear-headed by Howard Hughes Corp. in downtown Columbia. Whole Foods – Whole Foods Market will open in the Howard Hughes-owned Rouse Co. building located on the lakefront. The building will open in late summer or early fall. Metropolitan Downtown Columbia – A $100 million mixed-use development with 380 apartment units and 14,000 square feet of retail located in the Warfield neighborhood by the Columbia mall. Under construction and scheduled to open in late summer.
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March 19, 2014
Regarding your recent editorial on the Columbia Mall shooting, it is vitally important that people not remain silent but intervene to get a mentally disturbed people into treatment ( "With no warning," March 16). The recent Columbia Mall shooting should remind us that, since the Newtown massacre, there have been 44 additional shootings just in schools. Scientific research shows that how the media report on suicide, especially in school-age children, can inadvertently spread the idea - particularly if the coverage is sensationalized.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
The Macy's store at the Mall in Columbia was burglarized early Wednesday morning. At around 4:50 a.m., two unknown men smashed open a window to break into the store, Howard County Police said. They fled the scene without taking anything after they were confronted by a Macy's employee. The suspects were seen driving a black Dodge pickup truck. Fire crews initially responded to a call claiming there was a car in the Macy's building, but found no vehicle inside when they arrived at the location, according to the Howard County Fire & Rescue Twitter account.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2014
Skateboarding apparel store Zumiez included "mall violence" in its annual report of business risks released Tuesday, after a January shooting at The Mall in Columbia left two employees dead. "Most of our stores are located in shopping malls," the Washington state-based company wrote. "Any threat of terrorist attacks or actual terrorist events, or other types of mall violence, such as shootings in malls, particularly in public areas, could lead to lower customer traffic in shopping malls.
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March 17, 2014
On the page after your chilling profile of Columbia Mall killer Darion Marcus Aguilar, whose purchase and firing of a shotgun led to the tragic deaths of two young people, a story appears in which Republican gubernatorial candidate David R. Craig announced his intention to repeal Maryland's stricter gun laws ( "Craig vows to reverse gun laws, seek sales tax break for Md. goods," March 12). That's just what we need, Mr. Craig: Make it even easier for mentally disturbed people to get a hold of weapons to kill innocents.
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March 16, 2014
In the year before he walked out of a dressing room at a Columbia Mall skate shop and proceeded to shoot two store clerks to death before taking his own life, Darion Marcus Aguilar had methodically researched the 1999 Columbine High School shootings and collected hundreds of violent video images on his computer. He also scoured the Internet for articles about mental illness and told his doctor he was hearing voices in his head. But family and friends told police they detected nothing amiss.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2014
Tyler Johnson had been clean for more than two years, he wrote on his Facebook page. The 25-year-old Mount Airy man made a point of seeking out other struggling addicts, was active in local 12-step programs and spoke to high school students and young adults about living a sober life, friends said. But his life was cut short Saturday morning when he and Brianna Benlolo, 21, were killed in a shooting at Zumiez, the skate shop where they worked in the Mall in Columbia. Police have not established a motive for the shooting or a relationship between the victims and the alleged shooter, 19-year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar, who also died.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2011
Two homeless people banned from the Mall in Columbia for a year in early February may now return after a meeting with mall and county officials sought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. Mall officials did not do anything wrong, according to Greg Harris, a spokesman for mall manager Katie Essing, but he confirmed that Essing generally apologized to Stephan Rabai and Patricia R. "Anne" Francis for any stigma they suffered due to the banning. The shopping center's management also agreed to several policy changes.
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By Justin George and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
Darion Marcus Aguilar had no connections to his victims and modeled his attack on the Mall in Columbia after the Columbine High School shooting, Howard County police revealed Wednesday. Police said Aguilar, 19, even waited until 11:14 a.m. on Jan. 25 to launch his attack -- the same time the two Columbine students opened fire in 1999. Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon said Aguilar acted alone during the attack and planning. Aguilar, of College Park, killed Zumiez employees Brianna Benlolo, 21, and Tyler Johnson, 25, before killing himself.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
In the wake of Howard County Police saying definitively Wednesday that there was no "domestic" motive for the Columbia Mall shooting in January that left three people dead, WBAL apologized for its reporting on the story. Most of that bad reporting came from John Patti, an anchor and reporter at WBAL Radio. His erroneous reports were also carried on WBAL-TV. “Columbia Mall shooting domestic. Former boyfriend of Zumiez clerk shot her and new boyfriend also an employee of store," Patti tweeted on Jan. 25. Patti reported more details of an alleged relationship on WBAL-TV, saying “this is indeed a domestic incident” and that the two victims were “engaged to be married.” But none of it was true, according the report from the Howard County Police today.
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