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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
New technology that could stop or slow a train before an accident - reducing the likelihood of operator errors becoming deadly - will be installed on all MARC trains. The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $13 million contract on Wednesday to begin installing "positive train control" equipment, which uses GPS and radio signaling to react automatically if a collision or derailment is anticipated. Such a system might have prevented the December derailment of a New York passenger train that came off the tracks as it sped too fast into a turn, killing four and injuring more than 70. It would have prevented the 1996 collision between a MARC train and an Amtrak train in Silver Spring that killed 11 people, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates all major rail accidents.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2014
Tuesday was Baltimore's coldest day in 18 years, with temperatures cold enough to shatter two records, strain the region's electricity supply, fill homeless shelters and even render fire hydrants near a South Baltimore blaze useless. The air temperature plummeted to 3 degrees with wind chills of 16 degrees below zero in the early morning at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, five degrees below a record set in 1988. The airport reached only 16 degrees in the afternoon, six degrees lower than a record dating to 1996, and with wind chills only as high as the single digits.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | January 4, 2014
In his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared a "war on poverty. " Today, with roughly the same number of people below the poverty level as in 1964 and with many addicted to government "benefits," robbing them of a work ethic, it is clear that the poor have mostly lost the war. In 1964, the poverty rate was about 19 percent. Census data from 2010 indicates that 15.1 percent are in poverty within a much larger population. The lack of government programs did not cause poverty, and spending vast sums of money has not eliminated it. A policy analysis by the Cato Institutefound that federal and state anti-poverty programs have cost $15 trillion over the last five decades but have had little effect on the number of people living in poverty.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2014
While gun violence drove Baltimore's homicide numbers up last year, the number of children shot and killed in the city dropped to the lowest level in at least a decade. Three children under 18 were shot and killed in 2013, down from five the year before, to continue a five-year decline. From 2006 to 2008, the death count reached 20 or more each year. Twenty-three youths were shot and wounded in 2013, down from a recent high of 89 in 2008. Total youth killings - including those not involving guns - also fell slightly, from 11 to 10. Advocates for youth called those declines an encouraging sign in a year in which the city's streets turned more deadly.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2013
This is a column I have put off for weeks, because it makes me sad to write it. And ultimately, it begs an answer, which I am not sure I have. But with the year ending, I can no longer avoid it. After decades of writing about television and media, this is the year that I have lost faith in two TV news institutions in which I have long believed: “60 Minutes” and CNN. Actually, it was more than believed in the case of “60 Minutes.” The...
NEWS
Jacques Kelly | December 20, 2013
I've been waiting 36 years for the phone call that came this week. Valerie Berton of the Maryland Department of Planning said that North Avenue's grand, but very dilapidated, Parkway Theatre would be the recipient of a $2 million Sustainable Communities Tax Credit administered through the Maryland Historical Trust. A few weeks ago, the city sold this magnificent 1915 film house to the Maryland Film Festival for a token $1. State officials will assemble at the Parkway, 5 W. North Ave., at 10:30 a.m. Monday to celebrate the announcement, which will help finance the planned renovations.
NEWS
By Brian Griffiths | December 19, 2013
How many times have you heard about the "War on Christmas" over the years, particularly from conservative commentators? During the past decade, concerned parties on both sides of the spectrum have argued and yelled and screamed at the top of their lungs about the War on Christmas, what it means, and how society is crumbling under the weight of "Christmas censorship. " How often do you hear about things like "Holiday Trees" for example? Perhaps you heard about this year's controversy:  the U.S. Postal Service decision to create a series of "Holiday Stamps" that featured content relevant to Hanukkah and Kwanzaa but omitted a stamp dedicated to Christmas.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
Earlier this year, I wrote about PBS "NewsHour" losing almost half its audience the last eight years and now averaging under a million viewers a night. I attributed that in part to the program not actually reporting news as much as talking to reporters and analysts about news that had already been reported on other outlets. Tuesday night, as I was cycling through the nightly newscasts, I came upon something even I couldn't remember seeing: A last half of the "NewsHour" that consisted of two stories that had already aired somewhere else and one interview segment that I would be generous in describing as an infomercial for PBS. Think about that for a second, two rerun stories -- one of which ran almost three months ago, and an interview that shamelessly promoted another PBS program.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2013
Grace S. Rand, a retired Baltimore County public school librarian and former Reisterstown resident, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster. She was 94. The daughter of Edmund S. Scull, a Bethlehem Steel Corp. manager, and Myrtle Dowell Scull Rand, a homemaker, Grace Katherine Scull was born in Baltimore and raised in Sparrows Point. "They had a house in the company town and lived at 1018 F Street," said her daughter, Grace Rand Nelson of Rockport, Texas.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2013
The moment Fred and Kimberly Clark waited for since planting firs, pines and other evergreens eight years ago finally arrived last weekend. Their first Christmas tree sales. All farming is delayed gratification, but the delay is particularly long for Christmas tree growers. The Clarks, who run two backyard farms in Calvert County, have done a lot of planting and shearing since 2005 in the hopes of an eventual payoff. It's not as simple as it looked to Fred Clark years ago when he stopped by a Christmas tree farm and watched a farmer accept customers' cash.
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