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By GEORGE F. WILL | August 4, 1994
San Diego. -- It's a big state, so many numbers are bound to be big, but still: In this year's first half, Californians made 332,000 legal gun purchases, a 6 percent increase over the same period last year, a year when California gun sales soared 19 percent. This is one reason why Gov. Pete Wilson would be smiling promiscuously were he not parsimonious with smiles. He is not happy about the anxieties driving gun sales, but he is one of the nation's most seasoned politicians and he knows when issues are breaking his way.The issues dominating California's gubernatorial campaign, crime and illegal immigration, are considered by many voters to be a single issue, the latter being part of the former.
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By Jonathan Pitts and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
Orioles slugger Chris Davis, suspended recently for using a banned stimulant, was caught amid a leaguewide crackdown that began three years ago as players' use of Adderall spiked, according to sports physicians and other experts. Amphetamines — a drug with addictive properties — have long been a part of the game's darker side. Even the home run record-setting Hank Aaron acknowledged using the stimulants, once commonly known as "greenies. " The action by Major League Baseball sheds light on growing concern about amphetamines — a type of drug that has become increasingly potent.
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June 1, 2011
Way to go Anne Arundel County ("Arundel cops target handicap parking violators," May 28). It's about time someone started cracking down on those inconsiderate people who continue to park in a handicapped spot because they are too lazy to walk a few feet. I have had a handicapped parking permit for almost five years. But every time I go shopping, I find myself searching for a parking space close to the store because all of the handicapped spots are taken. Once, I decided to take down tag numbers of some of those who were either too lazy to walk, were taking advantage of a relative's permit, or thought they would play Russian Roulette with the police.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2014
Maryland State Police troopers arrested 56 impaired drivers across the state on the Fourth of July, officials said Monday. Troopers issued nearly 4,500 citations and warnings amid more than 3,200 traffic stops across the state on Independence Day , officials said. Another 56 people were arrested on criminal charges, and 14 wanted suspects were taken into custody on outstanding warrants during a holiday enforcement crackdown in support of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" impaired driving prevention campaign, State Police said.
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By Newsday | January 15, 1991
THE SOVIET ARMY'S brutal attack on unarmed demonstrators in Lithuania raises troubling questions about the future of East-West relations in the post-Cold War era and about who is in control in the Kremlin.No matter what the reasons for the crackdown, the political reality is that this attack is going to put a serious chill on relations with the West. It also calls into question whether Gorbachev is really in charge and whether the crackdown that has begun will end in a triumph of hard-liners who not only want to roll back the independence movements inside the Soviet Union, but also staunch the diminution of Soviet power around the world.
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August 23, 1997
Baltimore police arrested 35 people on drug charges Thursday night and early yesterday in a crackdown in central Park Heights and surrounding neighborhoods where assaults and robberies have been a problem.Maj. Errol L. Dutton, commander of the Northwestern District, said 65 officers from his district, the tactical section and three other station houses participated in Operation Change of Venue.Dutton said all of those arrested -- 28 men, five women and two juveniles -- were charged with drug possession.
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By Jim Haner and John B. O'Donnell and Jim Haner and John B. O'Donnell,Sun Staff Writers | October 13, 1994
An election-year crackdown on addicts and alcoholics drawing checks from a Social Security aid program for the disabled could cost taxpayers three times more than Congress thought it would -- and may trigger a continuing drain on the trust fund that millions of American retirees rely on.That's the conclusion that emerges from confidential Social Security Administration documents obtained by The Sun that say officials miscalculated the cost estimates that...
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By Wayne S. Smith | April 15, 2003
BEFORE LAST month's deplorable crackdown on dissidents in Cuba, the situation there had seemed to be inching toward somewhat greater tolerance. During his trip to Cuba in May 2002, for example, former President Jimmy Carter met with Cuban dissidents and in his televised speech to the nation spoke of the Varela Project, an initiative of theirs calling for greater political freedoms. And both before and after Mr. Carter's visit, many other Americans, myself included, regularly and openly met with the dissidents without any problem.
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By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | December 10, 2005
MOSCOW -- Encountering intense criticism from the United States and Europe about Russia's commitment to civil society, President Vladimir V. Putin signaled a willingness yesterday to temper his country's controversial legislative crackdown on human rights groups and other nongovernmental organizations. But he endorsed the need for a proposed law aimed at reining in NGOs, saying Russia should "exercise control" over the activities of foreign and domestic groups to ensure that their activities adhere to the stated missions of their charters.
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By Jill Hudson and Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF | November 4, 1996
A monthlong crackdown on drug and gun trafficking along Pulaski Highway, aimed at deterring criminal activity coming into Baltimore County, led to more than a dozen arrests, police said last week.Operation "Snag-It" (short for "Stop Narcotics and Guns Interdiction Team") also caught motorists wanted in auto thefts and on outstanding warrants, and arrested 45 drivers charged with driving while under the influence."Operation Snag-It was a success," Lt. Kate Meeks said. "We were able to take these people off the streets, and we also made an impact on drunk driving."
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By Yvonne Wenger and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
Baltimore police say they plan to crack down on the city's notorious dirt bike riders, pledging to infiltrate the groups using social media and undercover officers in an effort to disrupt the packs of riders. Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said the popularity of the documentary "12 O'clock Boys" - a reference to the high-flying wheelie pose that riders strive to achieve - has "glorified" dirt bike riding and drawn enthusiasts from other states. It is illegal to operate the motorized bikes anywhere in Baltimore.
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By Jonah Goldberg | May 5, 2014
After the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001, members of the American left found one thing they could all agree on: America's First Amendment rights were in peril. The American Prospect insisted on Sept. 12, when the rubble was still burning and the dead had not yet been retrieved, that "a number of government agencies and their cheerleaders would be clearly tempted to lock the Bill of Rights away in some basement dustbin of the National Archives. " Two weeks later, novelist Barbara Kingsolver warned, "Patriotism threatens free speech with death.
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Dan Rodricks | October 24, 2013
Here we go again, with another call for a crackdown on panhandlers in Baltimore. The City Council, which recently provided millions of dollars in public financing for the big private development at Harbor Point - offices, hotels, residences - is considering legislation to make it tougher for the penniless to beg on our sidewalks. A council committee already gave the crackdown the thumbs-up. Nice. Maybe if panhandlers could afford a lobbyist or a public-relations company - or maybe if they took up a collection now and then and made campaign donations - they, too, could benefit from the council's generous tendencies.
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Baltimore Sun staff | October 3, 2013
Baltimore Police are planning a crackdown on drivers who use hand-held phones behind the wheel or fail to use seat belts. Days after a state law took effect tightening restrictions on cellphone use while driving, the department announced that it would set up a checkpoint Friday afternoon to look for violators. Another new law requires all adult passengers to wear seatbelts, and police said they'd be stepping up enforcement on that front as well. The checkpoint will be at Harford Road and The Alameda starting Friday at 5 p.m. "Efforts to enforce the law will be citywide, this checkpoint being the first large scale deployment of officers for that purpose," police said in a news release.
NEWS
October 2, 2013
Was anyone surprised by how many drivers were caught using hand-held cellphones on Tuesday by police in Maryland? Surely, only those who weren't aware that Maryland's ban on putting phone to ear while driving had gone from a secondary offense (ticketed only when a vehicle is pulled over for some other violation) to a primary one. That police had little trouble finding offenders - as well as adults in the back seat who failed to use seat belts (now a secondary offense) - demonstrated precisely why the new laws were needed in the first place.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2013
Toll cheaters who use Maryland E-ZPass lanes without a transponder will get hit with a $50 fine and could have their vehicle registration suspended under a law that took effect July 1. The Maryland Transportation Authority, operator of eight toll facilities, has begun the transition to the new collection process, which officials said will plug a loophole and allow them to recover as much as $7 million in overdue tolls. "It's not about money," said Bruce Gartner, MdTA acting executive secretary.
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By John O'Donnell and Jim Haner and John O'Donnell and Jim Haner,Sun Staff Writers | October 14, 1994
Outraged congressmen and advocates for the mentally ill said yesterday that a crackdown on 180,000 addicts and alcoholics drawing checks from a Social Security aid program for the disabled probably would not have been approved if Congress knew how much it would cost.The reaction came in the wake of an article yesterday in The Sun detailing a confidential internal report that said Social Security gave Congress grossly underestimated cost figures when it voted last summer to hire contractors to supervise the addicts.
BUSINESS
By ANDREW ZAJAC and ANDREW ZAJAC,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | December 18, 2005
WASHINGTON -- A crackdown on mortgage fraud by federal law enforcement agencies will have limited impact without better self-policing by the home-sales industry, including more information from mortgage brokers about suspicious activity, a top FBI official said last week. Unlike lenders, mortgage brokers are not required to report questionable transactions to the government. "I would question whether they're exercising as much due diligence as we would like to see," said Chris Swecker, FBI assistant director in charge of the criminal division.
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By David S. Cloud and Carrie Wells, Tribune Newspapers | May 7, 2013
The Pentagon estimated Tuesday that 26,000 members of the military were sexually assaulted last year, 36 percent more than a year earlier, in a trend so severe that senior officials warned it could threaten recruiting and retention of military personnel. President Barack Obama, reacting to the startling figures, said he has "no tolerance" for sexual assaults in the ranks and pledged to crack down on commanders who ignore the problem. Obama said he had spoken to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and ordered that officers "up and down the food chain" get the message.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
When Orioles catcher Matt Wieters threw out Tampa Bay's speedy center fielder Desmond Jennings trying to steal second base in the ninth inning Thursday night, it wasn't just an important play in a game the Orioles eventually won in 10 innings. It served as further example that Wieters - and, really, the entire defense - has shut down the opposition's running game so far in 2013. How good has Wieters and company been? They have thrown out eight of 10 would-be base stealers this year - an 80 percent mark that is by far the best in the majors.
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