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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,Sun Reporter | February 15, 2008
A widening swath of the country - including the Baltimore metro area - saw home prices decline during the final three months of last year. The 1 percent decline in the median price for a single-family home in the Baltimore area was the first in 11 years, according to a quarterly report released yesterday by the National Association of Realtors. Nationwide, median prices declined in just over half the 150 metropolitan areas surveyed by the trade group. Last spring, two-thirds of the country's metro areas were still reporting price gains.
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By Diana K. Sugg and Diana K. Sugg,SUN STAFF | October 25, 1997
Sitting atop opposing mountains in Cumberland, the city's two hospitals have been rivals for decades. Evenly matched in size and finances, they dueled in billboards. They tried to outdo each other in technology.But as with hospitals all over the country, Memorial Hospital, a historic community institution, and Sacred Heart, a Catholic hospital, have started to do what was once considered heresy -- merge. Board members cite declining revenues and numbers of hospital patients.Their actions have started a storm of controversy among Cumberland's residents, physicians and staff.
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By Paul Adams and Paul Adams,SUN STAFF | December 4, 2004
CSX Corp., the largest railroad east of the Mississippi, is closing its engineer school in Cumberland and consolidating its training operations in Atlanta as the company prepares to hire thousands of new workers to meet demand for rail transportation. The loss will fall heaviest on Cumberland's hospitality industry, which benefited by selling rooms and meals to the roughly 300 trainees that filtered through the school annually, economic development officials said. It also will affect nine staff members, consisting of one administrator and eight contract trainers.
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By Suzanne Wooton and Suzanne Wooton,SUN STAFF | February 23, 1997
CUMBERLAND -- Somewhere, miles away from the mountains of Western Maryland, the chief executives of the East Coast's major railroads are huddling in secret, shuffling the pieces of a giant puzzle.Virtually no one knows exactly how CSX Corp.'s bid to take over Conrail Corp. and Norfolk Southern Corp.'s efforts to thwart it will shake out. But some likely scenarios have created fear and uncertainty in this Western Maryland town, a major hub for CSX.Mergers are made to get rid of people, said William L. Buck Hedrick, a 31-year veteran railroad worker.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF | November 8, 1995
Timothy Cumberland may not have fired the blast that killed a 22-year-old Westminster man after a drug deal went bad near midnight Jan. 28, 1993. But Carroll County jurors decided yesterday that he was as culpable as his two friends, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Gregory Lamont Howard two years ago.After nearly eight hours of deliberation, the jury of 10 men and two women convicted Cumberland -- who was facing the charges for...
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By Ariel Sabar and Ariel Sabar,SUN STAFF | June 1, 2004
CUMBERLAND - Heroin did not come quietly to the sleepy towns and dusty back roads of Allegany County. Over two months last year, the drug took two of the Western Maryland county's young - a 19-year-old man found dead in a portable toilet at a construction site and a 17-year-old high school sophomore with enough heroin in her veins to stop her heart. By year's end, at least six people would die from an overdose of heroin or methadone, a synthetic narcotic used to treat opiate addiction.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,Sun reporter | November 15, 2007
Arthur H. Bremer, who shot and paralyzed former Alabama Gov. George Wallace in 1972, is living in an apartment in Cumberland as he begins the transition to life in the outside world after 35 years behind prison walls, an Allegany County official said yesterday. "He is in Cumberland. ... It's really not a big deal," said Allegany County Administrator Vance Ishler. In an effort to avoid media attention, Bremer, 57, was released from a state prison in Hagerstown on Friday before dawn. Prison system officials declined to say where he would be living but had previously said they would try to find a place for him in a rural part of Maryland.
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By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,SUN STAFF | March 31, 1996
CUMBERLAND -- In the foothills of the mountains rising alongside the mighty Potomac River, pioneering giants of American transportation once converged.Mule-drawn boats loaded with coal plied the waters of America's first canal. Steam engines chugged their way up the hills on the rails of America's first passenger lines. Stagecoaches, carriages and, eventually, cars made their way west on America's first national road.Now, this Western Maryland city of 25,000 is staking its future on re-creating the past, hoping to lure droves of tourists to relive its rich heritage as a hub of westward expansion.
NEWS
April 28, 1996
KNOWN AS THE "Queen City," Cumberland once was a bustling mountain town of 38,000, the hub of westward expansion, first by way of the National Road, then the C&O Canal and finally the railroads. Industries flourished. Laborers flocked to town for the jobs. Tourists and businessmen kept hotels and resorts prosperous.No longer.Cumberland is a skid-row dowager with empty storefronts and long-vacant industrial plants. The jobs are gone and the town's isolation has discouraged new companies from coming.
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By DAVID NITKIN and DAVID NITKIN,SUN REPORTER | February 17, 2006
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has filled the longest judicial vacancy on a district court in Maryland, but not with a friend from the General Assembly who wanted the position. The governor has named H. Jack Price, solicitor for the city of Cumberland since 1990 and a private practice lawyer, to a seat on the Allegany County District Court. Price, 50, fills a vacancy created when Judge Paul J. Stakem announced his retirement in 2004. Price's "experience and ability will serve the best interests of the citizens of Allegany County during his term," Ehrlich said in a statement.
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