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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2013
M. Faysal Thameen, a retired structural engineer who headed the city's role in the 1980s construction of the Fort McHenry Tunnel, died of cancer April 9 at his home in Millbury, Mass. The former Parkville resident was 75. "He was a quiet force in the Interstate Division," said former Maryland Transportation Secretary William K. Hellmann, who was recently appointed to the state's Transportation Authority board. "He was soft-spoken, knew his business and was the key coordinator with the designers of the Fort McHenry Tunnel, which was then the largest single contract in the history of the Interstate Highway System.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2013
The sales pitch to 46 uniformed men was simple: Welcome to Baltimore. Next time, bring a tall ship. City and state officials and the nautical community have begun a marketing drive aimed at filling the Inner Harbor with majestic sailing vessels and gray-hulled warships for the War of 1812 commemoration finale, Sept. 6-14, 2014. On Wednesday, they pitched military attaches from 40 countries, including Canada, Mexico, Turkey and Sri Lanka. Navies begin planning their sea exercises and courtesy calls about a year in advance, and there's a lot of jockeying among East Coast seaports to secure the biggest and best ships for summer events.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2013
A month after across-the-board federal spending cuts began, there are signs that one of the most troubling potential consequences for Maryland — the furloughing of federal employees — might not be as widespread as initially feared. But the state has not gone unscathed by the $85 billion in cuts known as sequestration, and some of the first tangible changes in the Baltimore area are beginning to emerge as federal services are trimmed. Fort McHenry in Baltimore and the Hampton National Historic Site near Towson plan to cut hours this summer, limiting visits by tourists.
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The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
At 9 a.m., the Maryland Department of Transportation was reporting a disabled vehicle in the roadway at I-95 at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in the city. Three vehicles were involved and two of the four southbound lanes were reported closed. Elsewhere, there was a six-car accident on southbound I-270 in Montgomery County near Shady Grove Road, with two lanes and one shoulder lane blocked. In Anne Arundel County, there was an incident reported on Ritchie Highway south, just prior to College Parkway, but no information on lane closures was immediately available.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2013
There was a flutter on Facebook yesterday over an article about Baltimore. A newspaper of some repute had engaged a writer with low esteem for the city to venture here and write about his discoveries. He followed a familiar pattern: Writer from the Big City comes to a quaint little burg and discovers that some of the locals have adopted bipedalism and tamed fire to cook their victuals. Then, with an air of condescension as pungent as the aroma that wafts off the Inner Harbor in July, he departs for civilization.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2013
A truck caught fire at the Fort McHenry Tunnel toll plaza on northbound Interstate 95 near Keith Avenue on Monday evening, causing traffic delays as emergency personnel worked to control the blaze, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. The Ford F-150 came through the tunnel and its driver paid the toll about 5:15 p.m. before realizing the vehicle was on fire and pulling over to the right-hand shoulder, just north of the toll booths, said Sgt. Jonathan Green, a police spokesman.
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The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
As of 8:30 a.m. Monday, one westbound lane and shoulder of Liberty Road at Washington Avenue in Baltimore County was closed due to a utility problem, the state highway administration reported. In Baltimore, on Interstate 95, one northbound should was closed before the Fort McHenry Tunnel due to a disabled vehicle. MARC is operating on an "S" schedule on the Penn and Brunswick Lines. Trains with an "S" under their train number in the timetables are running due to the New Year's Eve holiday, according to the MTA website.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2012
Two back-to-back crashes at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore on Thursday afternoon left one person injured and closed one of the tunnel's four traffic bores for more than an hour as emergency crews responded, according to Maryland Transportation Authority Police. Emergency personnel responded about noon to the third northbound bore of the Interstate 95 tunnel and found two accidents involving three vehicles and a commercial truck, one just outside the tunnel and one inside of it, said Sgt. Kirk Perez, a police spokesman.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2012
The DNA of a battle that helped turn the tide of a war going horribly wrong for America lay buried just six inches below the surface in a Kent County cornfield. For nearly two centuries, the musket balls, canister shot and other artifacts from intense fighting at Caulk's Field waited to tell the story of a sweltering August night in 1814, when militiamen sprang a trap on a British raiding party bent on destruction. How did the citizen-soldiers best their battle-tested foes at Caulk's Field?
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2012
The Navy's Blue Angels precision flying team announced Tuesday that it will perform in the skies over Baltimore for the finale of the War of 1812 commemoration in the fall of 2014. Star-Spangled Spectacular will be held Sept. 6-15, 2014, and also will include the return of tall ships, Navy gray hulls, and land-based activities. The Star-Spangled Sailabration, which featured the Blue Angels, kicked off Maryland's festivities last June. Open fields and parking lots and the grounds at Fort McHenry were filled with thousands of spectators who craned their necks to watch a practice session and two performances.
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