By Jules Witcover | April 13, 2012
Rick Santorum's exit from the fight for the Republican presidential nomination was a belated recognition that he was outgunned by Mitt Romney's huge financial advantage. But the damage Mr. Santorum inflicted on the GOP brand in the process leaves Mr. Romney leading a divided party in which he remains an uncomfortable fit. The man who has oddly described himself to be "severely conservative" stands on the brink of nomination despite the party base's general coolness toward him and despite the divisions in its ranks that frustrated his efforts to nail down the nomination for so long.
Dan Rodricks | October 4, 2014
That's a wise move by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Tony Batts, asking the feds to open a civil rights investigation into police brutality and how cases are handled here. But I have a question: She took office in February 2010; didn't the mayor recognize a troubling trend in settlements and court judgments before she read about them in this newspaper? It's a tough job, running the city; it's hard to keep track of everything. But, as a member of the Board of Estimates since 2007 - first as City Council president, then as mayor - didn't Rawlings-Blake notice damages going to victims of beatings and other appalling police actions?
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
A fishing pier in Ocean City that sustained heavy damage during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 was once again walloped by the winter storm that passed through Maryland on Thursday, according to city officials. "The Ocean City Fishing Pier again suffered damage this time due to the extreme and prolonged cold temperatures," said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan in a message posted to the city's official Facebook page. "The damage is not as extensive as it was a little over a year ago [in October 2012]
By Ellen Nibali and For The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
According to the frost/freeze chart on the Home and Garden Information Center website, I'm thinking that if I cover my tomatoes with row cover or something during light freezes, I can have sun-ripened tomatoes into November. Will this work? Fortunately, tomatoes do not need to ripen on the vine to have good flavor. At the end of the growing season, tomato plants fade as days shorten, sunlight weakens and temperatures drop. But long before a hard frost hits, the tomato fruits start exhibiting poor flavor and texture, plus uneven ripening or blotches.
By Luke Lavoie, | April 16, 2014
The Maryland Department of the Environment has categorized the damage done to downtown Columbia's Lake Kittamaqundi by a diesel fuel leak as minimal, even though an estimated 500 to 600 gallons of fuel entered the lake, according to an office spokesperson. Jay Apperson, deputy director for MDE office of communications, said that cleanup of the spill, which occurred at around 4 p.m. on April 14, is expected to last a week, although containment for the spill will remain in place for approximately four weeks.
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2013
Brie Daugherty doesn't object to the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. replacing a gas line in her Arbutus neighborhood. It's the flooded basement - courtesy of a sewer line broken by a BGE contractor - that bothers her. "Obviously the infrastructure needs to be replaced, I'm not doubting that," she said. "And I have no problem helping to pay for it. I do have a problem helping to pay for that when my house is damaged and it's like pulling nails to get it fixed. " She's not the only aggravated utility customer.
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will grant Baltimore County disaster aid to help pay for damage from Superstorm Sandy, officials announced Thursday. Under the grant program, the federal government will reimburse the county for expenses, including storm preparation, debris removal and damage to public facilities related to the October storm. Officials estimate that storm preparations and damage cost the county $3.4 million, said county public safety spokeswoman Elise Armacost.
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2012
Maryland emergency management officials are asking lower Eastern Shore residents to report damage to their property that occurred during Superstorm Sandy as part of an effort to appeal denial of federal storm cleanup money. Residents of Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico  and Worcester counties with damage to report are asked to call the Maryland Department of Human Resources Relief Hotline for Superstorm Sandy at 888-756-7836. State officials are seeking to gather as much information on damage as possible to boost Maryland's application for federal relief funds.
RECORD STAFF REPORT | October 18, 2012
A fire did minor damage to a storage shed in the Havre de Grace area Wednesday evening, according to fire investigators. Firefighters were sent to the 400 block of Robin Hood Road about 6:25 p.m. Wednesday after a neighbor reported a fire in a 8-by-10 foot wood frame shed on the property of Richard Forton, according to a notice of investigation from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. Twenty firefighters from the Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace brought the fire under control in 10 minutes, the fire marshal's office said.
By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2012
Harford County will not be charging fees on permits required for homeowners to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, County Executive David R. Craig announced Thursday. If a property owner pays a permitting fee in order to repair Sandy-related damage, the county will provide a refund, according to a statement from Craig's office. The fee waiver and potential for refund has been authorized from today until December 1, the statement said.  More information about Harford's building, mechanical, electrical and plumbing fees can be found here:
By Timothy B. Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
A Baltimore jury has awarded nearly $2.1 million to a 17-year-old city youth who was allegedly poisoned by lead paint in the 1990s when he was a toddler in an East Baltimore rental home. The judgment against Elliot Dackman and the estates of Sandra and Bernard Dackman came Friday in Baltimore Circuit Court, at the end of the weeklong trial of a lawsuit brought on behalf of Daquantay Robinson by his mother, Tiesha Robinson. The jury verdict shows the long-running tide of litigation over the widespread use of lead-based paint in Baltimore's older rental housing has yet to ebb, according to Bruce Powell, the Robinsons' lawyer.
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
A ruling by a federal judge in a lawsuit filed by federal employees over the government shutdown last fall has given the workers hope that they could soon be eligible for a payout. U.S. Court of Federal Claims Chief Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith declined to dismiss the lawsuit brought by some 2,000 workers who were deemed essential during the during the 16-day shutdown. The plaintiffs worked through the shutdown but didn't get paid on time for their labor. Campbell-Smith wrote in an opinion that the federal government violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, but she didn't go as far as saying that the government needed to pay the plaintiffs.
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Longshoremen who went on strike last year at the port of Baltimore claim they are not liable for related losses sustained by their employers, in part because a coastwide labor contract banning such strikes does not apply to them. The claim was made in a federal court filing by Jennifer Stair, an attorney for the International Longshoremen's Association Local 333. The dockworkers union was sued last month by port employers for $3.86 million in damages — the amount arbitrator M. David Vaughn determined the employers lost during the union's three-day strike in October.
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
Tests conducted on Ravens starting cornerback Lardarius Webb's lower back revealed no structural damage, according to sources. Webb's back injury, which was suffered last Friday and has sidelined him since the second day of training camp, is apparently muscular. The team is expected to be cautious with Webb to avoid this becoming a chronic, long-term injury. Webb's availability for practices will be evaluated on a day-to-day, week-to-week basis. At this point, the injury isn't expected to affect Webb in the regular season and is expected to get better with rest and rehabilitation.
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
Storms brought damaging winds, large hail and flooding across the state Thursday afternoon, with more possible later in the evening as a cold front approaches. Wind damaged a building on Route 1 in College Park, and hail an inch in diameter was reported in the Hereford area of Baltimore County, according to early storm reports made to the National Weather Service. A flood warning was issued in the Jarrettsville area of Harford County. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect across the Baltimore region until 9 p.m., with risks of damaging wind gusts and downpours dumping rain at rates of 2 inches per hour or more.
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
The storm overnight in Baltimore brought water into the basement of the Walters Art Museum. The water -  and the resulting electrical issues - forced the venue to close to visitors Thursday morning. Here is the statement from the museum: Due to storm water and electrical issues affecting the Centre Street building of the Walters Art Museum, the museum will be closing to visitors by 11 a.m. Baltimore City and BGE workers are on the way to the museum to assess the severity of the situation.
August 26, 2013
Anne Arundel County fire officials say a fire on Sunday in Odenton caused an estimated $300,000 in damage to three houses and a car. At about 3 p.m. Sunday, firefighters were sent to a dwelling fire in the 7600 block of Found Artifact Drive. The first unit reported heavy smoke from a two-story townhouse, and crews requested a second alarm, bringing a total of 48 firefighters to the scene. The fire was brought under control within 40 minutes, officials said, but overall the blaze damaged three residences and destroyed a vehicle.
November 5, 2012
Mayor Michael Bloomberg faces the nation, and we see the devastation to New York City and Long Island through his words. Gov. Chris Christie flies over the ravaged New Jersey coast and sees what horrific damage and destruction has been wreaked by the terrible storm. And then - wait a minute! Not to be outdone by his northern neighbors, our own Gov. Martin O'Malley boards a helicopter so that he can observe what cataclysm has befallen Crisfield. Crisfield! And did my eyes deceive me or was that his adolescent son also getting ready to board?
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
City officials say the insurance program for broken water pipes they've been publicizing likely won't be available for several months, and possibly not until autumn. Baltimore first announced the insurance - which officials call a service contract - last year in connection with the approval of a system-wide overhaul of water meters, warning residents they would want to buy the insurance in case pipes break during the work. Kurt Kocher, a spokesman for Baltimore Department of Public Works, said recently there is a very small chance pipes could break during the overhaul of about 400,000 water meters in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.
June 5, 2014
Today is the 70 t h anniversary of D-Day, the massive invasion of Normandy that cost the lives of 9,000 Allied soldiers. It is a day not only for recalling the heroic efforts of those who stormed the beaches that day but of the World War II generation generally and, by extension, all who have served the United States in uniform during times of war. The tributes to these brave soldiers will flow effortlessly off the tongues of politicians....
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