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By Pete Pichaske | May 1, 2014
Perseverance can indeed pay off. Just ask Garthen Leslie. For years, the 60-year-old Columbia resident has been trying to sell his invention ideas: a skateboard with an odometer and a speedometer, a sensory-equipped life vest for toddlers, and more. He was selling them all, but nobody was buying.  Until last fall, that is, when his proposal for a "smart" window air conditioner won rave reviews from Quirky, a five-year-old New York City-based company whose stated mission is to "make invention accessible.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. customers can get up to $50 per household by recycling old air conditioning units this weekend. BGE will mail checks for $25 per working unit dropped off, up to two units per household. Drop-off will be in the parking lots of Sears at 7839 Eastpoint Mall in Dundalk or of h.h. gregg at 6026 Baltimore National Pike in Catonsville. Hours for the drop-off are 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Last year's inaugural recycling event collected more than 400 old units, which in addition to saving electricity removed more than 1,600 pounds of plastic and 30,000 pounds of metal from landfills.
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BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock | July 26, 2011
Baltimore Gas and Electric runs one of the most aggressive programs in the country to shut down customers' air conditioners on days when electricity is scarce and the grid is stressed. BGE households found out how aggressive on Friday. On one of the hottest days in recorded Baltimore history, 72,000 residences were without air conditioning for at least six hours. BGE also used its radio-controlled switches to partially cut air conditioning for an additional 278,000 homes. Many customers said they were entirely without air conditioning from late morning until after 8 p.m. on a day when the official temperature hit 106 and the air pollution index blew past the "unhealthy for certain groups" zone and into "unhealthy for everybody" territory.
NEWS
By Pete Pichaske | May 1, 2014
Perseverance can indeed pay off. Just ask Garthen Leslie. For years, the 60-year-old Columbia resident has been trying to sell his invention ideas: a skateboard with an odometer and a speedometer, a sensory-equipped life vest for toddlers, and more. He was selling them all, but nobody was buying.  Until last fall, that is, when his proposal for a "smart" window air conditioner won rave reviews from Quirky, a five-year-old New York City-based company whose stated mission is to "make invention accessible.
FEATURES
By Kevin Cowherd | June 3, 1991
AS IT HAS been unbearably hot and humid lately, we have been having the usual vicious battles over air conditioning at my house.The problem in a nutshell is this: As soon as the temperature reaches a point where vultures begin circling overhead, babies wail non-stop and flies drop off the ceiling, I close the windows and turn on the air conditioner, as any rational person would do.But when I leave the house, my wife turns the air conditioner off.I come...
NEWS
August 5, 1999
A 12-year-old boy suffered smoke inhalation yesterday in a fire at a two-story duplex in Taneytown, authorities said.A faulty window air conditioner caused the fire, which began in a second-floor bedroom on Courier Court, officials said.The boy discovered the fire when he was awakened at 11: 16 a.m. by a smoke detector, state fire marshals said.The boy, who was not named, and two occupants fled the house.Firefighters from Taneytown, Harney and Union Bridge took 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which caused an estimated $45,000 worth of damage.
FEATURES
By James Dulley and James Dulley,Contributing Writer | June 5, 1993
Q: My central air conditioner is getting older, but I can't afford a new one. What simple maintenance and improvements can I make to cut my electric bills?A: A simple do-it-yourself maintenance checkup can keep your electric bills as low as possible and avoid unnecessary repair calls. You can also make some simple improvements to your air conditioner to make it more efficient and improve the summertime comfort in your home. First, shut off the electricity to the air conditioner at the circuit breaker or fuse box. Go outdoors and remove the sheet-metal housing.
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By Laurie Willis and Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF | May 14, 2004
Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said yesterday that they fear an inmate uprising could occur if conditions at Baltimore's Central Booking and Intake Center don't soon improve. Standing outside Central Booking yesterday, union representatives said the facility's air conditioning stopped working this week, prompting some correctional officers to become sick from the heat. "After almost four days of this heat wave, the Division of Pretrial Detention and Services has finally repaired its air conditioner, but only after correctional officers were stricken with heat stroke, even hospitalized," said Archer Blackwell, a senior staff representative with AFSCME.
NEWS
By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Staff Writer | September 2, 1993
An overheated air-conditioner motor on the third floor of a Westminster office building set off a smoke alarm yesterday afternoon and provided about 150 workers with an unexpected outing.The workers -- some of them employees of Carroll County and others employed by physicians in the Winchester Building -- spent their unscheduled 50-minute break at a safe distance from the building. Some worked; others watched firefighters come and go.Fire equipment from Westminster, Reese and Pleasant Valley responded to the 2:35 p.m. alarm at 125 N. Court St.Firefighters found heavy smoke on the third floor of the building, in the area occupied by the State's Attorney's Office.
NEWS
By PATRICK ERCOLANO | August 26, 1995
And on the seventh day, the air conditioner rested.Patrick Ercolano writes editorials for The Baltimore Sun.
NEWS
January 28, 2014
Aberdeen Jason Richard Carpenter, 22, of the 700 block of West Bel Air Avenue, was charged Saturday with possessing narcotics with intent to distribute, possessing a drug other than marijuana, second-degree assault and obstructing and hindering police. Marcus Allan Johnson, 22, of the 400 block of Baltimore Street, was charged Friday with first-degree burglary, vandalism and theft between $1,000 and $10,000. Alonzo Lawayne Bell, 36, of the first block of West Aztec Street, was charged Friday with second-degree assault.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Officials and members of the congregation at Perry Hall Presbyterian Church are working to repair the church Fellowship Hall after it was damaged by burglars in late-December. Pastor Joseph Condro said members of the church, in the 8800 block of Belair Road, had noticed for months that people were entering the building, which is primarily used as a community meeting space, without authorization. He said cigarette ashes, damaged property and trash were found inside on multiple occasions.
BUSINESS
Jamie Smith Hopkins | June 6, 2013
Worried about your air conditioner getting through the summer? See if Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. rebates could help with a tune-up or replacement. BGE said today that customers buying new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems can qualify for a rebate of as much as $1,150 if they choose high-efficiency options. BGE says it also offers a $100 rebate for residents bringing in a contractor to ensure their AC is operating as well as it can. The contractor must participate in the BGE Cooling Efficiency Improvement Program . The utility offers rebates for other items , too, including refrigerators and washers.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2012
Summer 2012 may have been the coolest in three years, but you nevertheless have likely paid slightly more to cool your house than you did a year earlier. The number of cooling degree days tallied so far this year is slightly ahead of where they were a year ago, at 1,505 versus 1,491 last year. Degree days are a measure of heating or cooling; in the summer months, they count up the amount by which average temperatures rise above 65 degrees. So, for example, it would take 75 days with an average temperature of 85 degrees to accumulate 1,500 degree days (20 degrees, for the difference between 65 and 85, times 75 days equals 1,500)
NEWS
July 9, 2012
Baltimore County Police say they arrested a man on the Fourth of Jjuly in connection with the theft of six air conditioners from apartments in Loch Raven Villlage. The incident occurred in the 1700 block of Aberdeen Road, at about 4:37 a.m. July 4, according to police reports.. Six air conditioning units were stolen from Loch Raven Village Apartments, and all were later recovered. Police said Derrick Navon Edmondson, 32 of the 1700 block of Edgewood Road, was arrested and charged with second degree burglary.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2011
Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. says it has taken several steps to improve performance after angering PeakRewards customers when air conditioners were cycled off for up to nine hours during a scorching day in July. BGE, which is scheduled to explain its performance before the Maryland Public Service Commission this month, says it has improved training for call center operators, upgraded its technology and implemented better communication tools. The utility outlined the improvements in a report it submitted this week to the commission, which will evaluate PeakRewards and other utilities' energy-saving programs in light of the incident.
NEWS
September 10, 1993
POLICE LOG* Riviera Beach: Someone stole a fish saw, an air conditioner and two phones worth a total of $905 from a fish market in the first block of Somerset Road Tuesday night.
NEWS
June 24, 1996
FireTaneytown: Firefighters from Taneytown, Harney and Union Bridge responded to a smoking air conditioner on Daisy Drive at 7: 41 p.m. Thursday. Units were out 20 minutes.Pub Date: 6/24/96
BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock | July 26, 2011
Baltimore Gas and Electric runs one of the most aggressive programs in the country to shut down customers' air conditioners on days when electricity is scarce and the grid is stressed. BGE households found out how aggressive on Friday. On one of the hottest days in recorded Baltimore history, 72,000 residences were without air conditioning for at least six hours. BGE also used its radio-controlled switches to partially cut air conditioning for an additional 278,000 homes. Many customers said they were entirely without air conditioning from late morning until after 8 p.m. on a day when the official temperature hit 106 and the air pollution index blew past the "unhealthy for certain groups" zone and into "unhealthy for everybody" territory.
HEALTH
By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2011
The Annapolis Public Housing Authority's board will vote Thursday on a plan to ban some window air conditioning units in three of the city's housing complexes in order to comply with federal and local safety standards — a proposal that many residents are rallying against. Carl Snowden, chairman of the board, said he plans to vote for the ban, which would affect about 344 apartments in Robinwood, Newtowne 20 and Eastport Terrace, because the units pose a serious safety issue. Snowden said the city fire marshall and federal housing policy requires at least two emergency exits in the case of a fire or other emergency.
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