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By CANDUS THOMSON and CANDUS THOMSON,SUN REPORTER | April 27, 2006
On any warm weekend, the Chesapeake Bay from Havre de Grace to Thomas Point Light is an undulating mass of boats of all shapes and sizes. But this weekend and next, federal and state officials are bracing for an armada of sailboats, fishing boats and cabin cruisers - more vessels than any time in recent memory - all jockeying for position. In an unusual recreational confluence, the visit of the Volvo Ocean Race coincides with another sailboat race, the most popular segment of the striped bass season and the Bay Bridge Walk.
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BY A SUN REPORTER | December 4, 2005
Without expansive and costly road improvements, rush hour traffic along sections of Interstate 70 in western Howard County will worsen and ultimately become intolerable for motorists, a state-sponsored study says. It also concludes that the biggest requisite for acceptable traffic flow on Marriottsville Road, which is adjacent to two sprawling planned communities, is widening the two-lane bridge that passes over the interstate. The study was conducted by engineering and transportation specialists from STV Inc. of Baltimore.
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November 18, 2005
MARYLAND residents are all too familiar with the frustration that can accompany a visit to the Motor Vehicle Administration. Long lines. Surly clerks. Interminable waits. Most folks expect and accept it. But for immigrants seeking driver's licenses - even those here legally - the experience is compounded by cumbersome identification rules that not only test their patience but also threaten their livelihoods, forcing them to wait months for the licenses, and then often in vain. Thirteen immigrants struck back this week and filed suit against the MVA, charging it with creating illegal barriers for immigrants wanting licenses.
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By MATTHEW DOLAN and MATTHEW DOLAN,SUN REPORTER | October 19, 2005
Investigating a tip that terrorists planned to blow up one of two tunnels running beneath Baltimore's harbor, authorities temporarily shut down Interstate 95 - the East Coast's major north-south artery - yesterday to aid the search for suspects. The threat, described by federal officials as specific but unsubstantiated, claimed that an Egyptian man living in the Baltimore area was plotting to drive a bomb-laden vehicle into one of the tunnels and detonate the explosives. At least six Egyptian terrorists planned to smuggle the explosives into the Port of Baltimore by ship, according to a tipster.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | January 5, 2005
GREENBELT -- Advocates and opponents of a proposed highway linking Montgomery and Prince George's counties clashed last night at the first of four hearings on the project, with supporters praising it as a job-creating antidote to gridlock and foes condemning it as a money-wasting contributor to sprawl. The hearing in Prince George's, which drew about 200 people, was the first since the Maryland Department of Transportation released its draft environmental impact statement on the Intercounty Connector -- Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s top transportation priority -- in November.
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December 29, 2004
WELL, NOW WE know what happens if you call a special session of the General Assembly without an agreement over the particulars: You get chaos. Three plans to address Maryland's skyrocketing medical malpractice insurance rates floated around Annapolis at various times yesterday -- the governor's, the Senate president's and the House speaker's. How do they differ? We couldn't have put it better than the physicians' lobbyist who called the governor's plan medium on tort reform but underfunded, the Senate's as light on tort reform but well-financed, and the House plan as good on both fronts.
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By Baltimoresun.com Staff | April 16, 2004
Baltimore city fire crews responded to a fire at the Tex-Mex Grill at 201 E. Pratt Street late today, creating major traffic delays on Pratt and Light streets during the afternoon rush-hour. The fire department responded to the blaze about 3:15 this afternoon and doused the fire within 20 minutes, officials said. Four engines, two trucks and two battalion chiefs riding in two other vehicles responded to the scene. A city fire department spokeswoman said it is standard practice to send that amount of equipment for any incident reported in the Inner Harbor area.
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March 4, 2004
Invest in roads and mass transit to cut gridlock Sun reporter Stephen Kiehl's article "Time traveling: Md. ranks No. 2" (Feb. 26) told us what we already knew: Maryland drivers waste far too much time stuck in traffic. Only New Yorkers have a longer commute to work than Maryland motorists, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. State officials blame longer commutes on jobs shifting away from downtown Baltimore. But what about people who commute to and through the city? They're stuck too. The bottom line is that gridlock is a condition created by bad planning and projects that were never built.
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By Steve Chapman | February 3, 2004
CHICAGO - Back in the mid-1960s, the nation was mired in a war with no end in sight, our leaders were creating entitlements with reckless abandon and critics were accusing the president of deceiving the public. Today, the Army says it may keep troops in Iraq through 2006, the price of the new Medicare drug benefit is already soaring and the administration is trying to explain all the things it said about Saddam Hussein that weren't true. It's no accident that the era of Lyndon Johnson, a liberal Democrat, parallels that of George W. Bush, a conservative Republican.
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By Jorge Castaneda | January 21, 2004
MEXICAN PRESIDENT Vicente Fox's administration is at an impasse. A congressional defeat last month of his party's plan to raise taxes to bail out the cash-strapped government means there will almost certainly be no tax, energy, labor or political reform during the remainder of his term. The economy's mediocre performance during the first half of his term and the modest estimates for the second half mean Mexico will not absorb its ballooning jobs deficit. In fact, Mr. Fox's only major achievement may lie in immigration reform - if President Bush's ambitious but fuzzy proposal legalizes millions of Mexicans in the United States.
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