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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2011
Maryland recorded its first boating accident of the year Tuesday morning when a Dorchester waterman fell from his boat and drowned while power dredging for oysters, Natural Resources Police reported. Samuel Edwin Todd, 59, of Crocheron was working at the mouth of Goose Creek and Fishing Bay at about 9:30 a.m. when the dredge he had just emptied failed to drop back into the water, swung back toward the deck and struck him. The force of the blow knocked him overboard, the NRP said. Todd's mate was not familiar with how the boat operated, and ran to the VHF radio to call for help.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
A judge in Cambridge has upheld Maryland's curbs on catching menhaden, rejecting claims by a pair of watermen that the restrictions were unconstitutional. Following a day-long hearing Wednesday in Dorchester Circuit Court, Judge David Mitchell, a retired Baltimore Circuit Court jurist, ruled in favor of the state's action last year to curtail the commercial catch of the unsavory but ecologically important fish. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, whose office represented the Department of Natural Resources, hailed the ruling as a "victory for the health of the Chesapeake Bay. " Natural Resources Secretary Joseph P. Gill said the judge had confirmed his department's authority to limit the menhaden catch in keeping with a decision by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to ease fishing pressure coastwide.
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BUSINESS
By Kristine Henry and Kristine Henry,SUN STAFF | August 24, 2001
About 100 workers will lose their jobs in autumn 2002 when Kraft Foods closes its Dorchester County plant that makes Grey Poupon and A-1 Steak Sauce, the company said yesterday. Production is moving to an existing plant in Pennsylvania. The county's unemployment rate of 9.4 percent is already the highest in the state. "It'll have a tremendous impact," said Thomas A. Flowers, president of the Board of County Commissioners. "I was hoping that [Kraft] would look at our needs a little more closely."
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | October 21, 2013
A group of Maryland watermen has filed suit seeking to overturn the state's catch limit on menhaden, arguing that it violates state and federal law and that the forage fish is not in need of conservation. In a filing Friday in Dorchester County Circuit Court, two founding members of the Harvesters Land and Sea Coalition ask for a temporary restraining order blocking the state from enforcing catch rules on menhaden imposed this year. A spokesman for the group contends in a statement that Maryland's catch limit is unscientific and unfair, noting that 80 percent of all the menhaden allowed to be caught along the Atlantic coast would go to one company, Omega Protein in Reedville, Va. The state Department of Natural Resources released a statement Monday saying Maryland's menhaden limits are legal, scientifically supported and required under federal law to reduce harvest pressure.
NEWS
By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2004
The on-again, off-again debate over permitting slot machines in Cambridge might be decided by Dorchester County voters in the November election. Sen. Richard F. Colburn, a Republican who represents the Eastern Shore county, secured a crucial victory yesterday when the Senate approved an amendment permitting the November presidential ballot to ask Dorchester voters whether they support slot machines there. A final vote on the amended bill -- which includes the Dorchester straw ballot and a straw ballot question on a separate Talbot County issue -- is expected in the Senate today or tomorrow.
SPORTS
By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | March 13, 1999
COLLEGE PARK -- North Dorchester coach Vic Burns summed up in one sentence the reason for his team's 53-50 defeat of Oakland Mills in the Class 1A state semifinals yesterday at Cole Field House."
NEWS
By NICOLE FULLER and NICOLE FULLER,SUN REPORTER | July 3, 2006
President Bush granted federal disaster aid yesterday to two Eastern Shore counties for cleanup and repair after last week's torrential rainfall caused as much as $10 million in damage. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. requested the aid in a letter to the president Friday for the five counties he deemed had sustained the most damage from the severe storms: Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford and Montgomery. Bush approved the aid for Caroline and Dorchester. "Obviously the governor is pleased that the federal government responded to his request," said Ehrlich spokesman Henry Fawell.
SPORTS
By Rich Scherr and Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 14, 1999
Too big. Too good. Too much.Pikesville's unlikely run at the Class 1A state title came to a crashing halt yesterday against a North Dorchester team led by 6-foot-6 forward Carlton Dotson and 6-5 center Bill Blackwell, holding its own for most of the first half before falling behind for good in a 73-42 loss at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House."
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | January 5, 1997
The loss of the Maryland ship Dorchester during World War II became the setting for one of the war's the war's greatest acts of heroism. The ship's four chaplains -- two Protestants, a rabbi and a Catholic priest -- gave away their life preservers in order to save others. They stood together on the deck of the torpedoed vessel as it sank in the stormy, ice-chilled waters of the North Atlantic.Built in 1926 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., NTC the Dorchester was the third of a quartet of coastwise liners built for the Merchants and Miners Line, which operated vessels from Baltimore to Florida and carried both freight and passengers.
NEWS
By GREG GARLAND and GREG GARLAND,SUN REPORTER | January 17, 2006
Six people died in four separate traffic accidents over the holiday weekend in Baltimore and in Cecil, Calvert and Dorchester counties, authorities reported yesterday. Two people were killed and four others were injured in the city accident, which occurred about 2:30 a.m. Sunday at East Cold Spring Lane and St. Georges Avenue in North Baltimore. Killed were Wanda Holt, 48, of the 600 block of McCabe Ave. and her son, Ronnell Holt, whose age and address were unavailable, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.
NEWS
August 29, 2013
The recent series of features and editorials on the subject of Advanced Placement achievement in Maryland left an incomplete picture and unfair impression of Dorchester County Public Schools ("AP is not for everyone," Aug. 24). Over the last several years, we have pursued strategic initiatives to provide our children with a variety of program options to fulfill our mission that every child finish his or her program of study and become college and career ready. Notable among these are the construction of a new Dorchester Career and Technology Center to increase the number of technical career completer programs from 11 to 20, and securing a dual enrollment grant that has significantly increased our student participation in college credit bearing courses.
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Liz Bowie and The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2013
The Advanced Placement data from high schools around Maryland show how great the academic divide is between the best students. Students at the highest-performing high schools - from Dulaney High in Baltimore County to Severna Park in Anne Arundel to River Hill in Howard County - are taking numerous AP classes and passing them at rates far higher than the national average. But the top students at lower-performing schools in the state had a much higher failure rate on the AP tests even when they got the same good grades in their classes.
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Staff Reports | April 7, 2013
The Deputy State Fire Marshal is calling for the public's help as officials work to solve a series of suspected arsons in the Cambridge area of Dorchester County. The latest fire occurred 10:17 p.m. Friday, April 5, and involved a two-story, vacant home at 812 Fairmount Avenue, according to the State Fire Marshal's Office. Officials said three other fires occurred on March 20 and March 26. The first fire March 20, at 11:44 p.m., occurred at 617 High Street and involved a vacant two-story single family dwelling.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2012
A Pontiac sedan that "suddenly burst into flames" while parked in Dorchester County on Saturday afternoon injured three people inside, authorities said. The woman in the back seat, 31-year-old Lakita Bolden, had burns over 60 percent of her body and was flown to the Johns Hopkins Burn Center in Baltimore. Two siblings in the front seat, Yashica Pinder, 24, and Aaron Pinder, 26, were also taken to the burn center with less serious injuries. Authorities said deputy state fire marshals were investigating how the car's interior caught flame at a parking lot in the 6200 block of Mission Hill Road around 3:30 p.m. The Pinder siblings and Bolden escaped before a propane tank in the trunk exploded, according to the fire marshals.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2012
Four people were shot in Baltimore between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, including two fatally, which pushed the city's homicide count to 100 for the year. The victims were identified by police as 18-year-old Tavon Whelchel and 36-year-old Lewis Womack IV. Both cases are open, and anyone with information was asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100. Whelchel of the 200 block of Pulaski St. was found after police received a call about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday for a shooting in the 2100 block of W. Pratt St., in the Carrollton Ridge neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2012
State school board members still don't know her name, but a Dorchester County girl who was denied access to an education for a year is the pivotal figure in their push to abandon long-held zero-tolerance discipline policies across Maryland. The 15-year-old's suspension for fighting drew little attention at the time. But it so angered board members that they launched a statewide review of discipline policies. This month, the board is expected to propose regulations that would keep students, even those with behavior problems, in school as much as possible.
BUSINESS
By Kevin L. McQuaid and Kevin L. McQuaid,SUN STAFF | October 30, 1995
The owners of 550 acres of undeveloped land in northwest Anne Arundel County are proceeding with a plan to build as many as 1,400 residences, despite the continued softness of the area's housing market.As part of the planned Dorchester community project, the Washington-based owners of the property have contracted to sell the land to a partnership formed by Driggs Corp. owner John Driggs. Although neither side would reveal a purchase price, the land is valued at roughly $25 million, based on comparable land sales.
NEWS
By Tom Horton and Tom Horton,SUN STAFF | May 29, 1998
In Tom Horton's On The Bay column May 29, a reference to the British attack on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 was incorrect. The British bombardment of the fort took place Sept. 12-14, 1814.The Sun regrets the errors.TRAFFIC is heavy, mostly frogs hopping along the narrow Elliott Island road in the wee hours of a chilly, rain-soaked May morning.To avoid squashing amphibians, the driver of the GMC Suburban with license plate OSPREY swerves frequently. The searchlight held out of the window in his free hand slices wildly across the dark Dorchester marsh.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2011
An Eastern Shore watermen faces up to $28,000 in fines for multiple oystering violations in Dorchester County, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said Thursday. Officers charged Joshua T. Tieder, 23, of Taylors Island with 13 counts of possessing undersized oysters, 14 counts of failing to tag the location of his harvest and one count of exceeding the daily catch limit. Tieder was seen leaving the Wingate harbor boat ramp with oyster bushels that he later put in a nearby marsh, according to police.
NEWS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2011
Maryland recorded its first boating accident of the year Tuesday morning when a Dorchester waterman fell from his boat and drowned while power dredging for oysters, Natural Resources Police reported. Samuel Edwin Todd, 59, of Crocheron was working at the mouth of Goose Creek and Fishing Bay at about 9:30 a.m. when the dredge he had just emptied failed to drop back into the water, swung back toward the deck and struck him. The force of the blow knocked him overboard, the NRP said. Todd's mate was not familiar with how the boat operated, and ran to the VHF radio to call for help.
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