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By Scott Dance and Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
The heat index surged to 100 degrees in Baltimore by 2 p.m., with air temperatures threatening to tie or set a record.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Oppressive humidity and 90-degree temperatures had heat index values pushing 100 degrees Wednesday afternoon and posed risks of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hail in the afternoon and evening. The heat index hit 105 degrees by 2 p.m. at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, but fell to 101 degrees at 3 p.m. It was 90 degrees there, but a dew point of 76 degrees, a level of humidity only seen on the most brutal of summer days, made it feel much hotter.
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BUSINESS
By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Evening Sun Staff | January 3, 1991
The worsening economy in Maryland was confirmed in a third-quarter report by Grant Thornton, a national accounting and management-consulting firm with a local office.The Grant Thornton Index, consisting of seven equally weighted economic indicators, declined 0.23 for Baltimore in the July-September period, hitting 109.1. For Washington, the index dropped 0.90 to 109.9. This is the third quarterly decline for Baltimore since the end of 1989, when the index was at 110.2.The index includes factory hours, nonfarm employment, construction permits, retail sales, business starts, business failures and money supply.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Temperatures in the lower 90s coupled with uncomfortably high humidity is forecast to make it feel close to 100 degrees Tuesday. Temperatures were forecast to settle only in the lower 70s overnight, reaching the upper 80s by midday and the lower 90s in the afternoon. Dew points around 70 degrees are forecast to make it feel about 5 degrees hotter. Partly cloudy skies and southerly winds of 10-15 mph are expected. The heat index could surge above 100 degrees Wednesday, with temperatures reaching the mid-90s and even more oppressive humidity, with dew points in the lower 70s. Thunderstorms are likely in the afternoon and evening.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | March 28, 2004
An index of U.S. mortgage applications eased from an eight-month high as purchases slowed last week, an industry group said Wednesday. The Mortgage Bankers Association's index fell 0.2 percent to 1,114.9 last week, the first decrease in six weeks. The Washington-based group's index of purchase applications declined 0.8 percent to 448.9. The measure of refinancing rose 0.1 percent to 4,988.7, the highest since the week that ended July 18, from 4,983.7. The mortgage applications index reached 1,117.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | April 4, 2004
A measure of U.S. mortgage applications fell for a second week after reaching an eight-month high at mid-month, an industry group said Wednesday. The Mortgage Bankers Association's index declined 2.1 percent to 1091.3 last week. The Washington group's index of applications for mortgages to buy homes dropped 1.1 percent to 443.8. Mortgage rates that are close to last year's record low are bringing more homebuyers into the market and encouraging a new round of refinancing. Sales of new and existing homes rose last month, and the National Association of Realtors said last month that it may raise its forecast for this year's resales.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | April 11, 2004
Fewer Americans sought to refinance mortgages last week after an unexpectedly strong national jobs report contributed to the biggest increase in home-loan rates since early December. The Mortgage Bankers Association's applications index declined 7.2 percent to 1,012.9, the third straight drop. The Washington-based group's gauge of applications to refinance existing mortgages fell 15 percent to 4,126.7, the second straight decline. Yields on 10-year Treasury notes, used to benchmark home loans, jumped after the Labor Department said payrolls rose the most since April 2000.
NEWS
By Susan Trausch and Susan Trausch,Boston Globe | October 1, 1990
SORRY TO BREAK this to America, but the Micro Mood Index is hovering around 5.The MMI is my small-picture system for tracking the health of the economy. It operates on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being ''Happy Days Are Here Again,'' and 1 being "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?''Five is Mantovani playing both of them.I go narrow and deep with this index. While experts follow the vast shifting sands of housing starts, leading economic indicators and the Federal Reserve, I talk to the guy at the wine store.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | December 25, 2005
WASHINGTON -- The number of mortgage applications fell to the lowest level in nearly a year, according to an index by the Mortgage Bankers Association. The association's index of applications fell 4 percent in the week that ended Dec. 16 to 594.6, from 619.3 the previous week. It was the lowest level since the first week in January. The group's purchase index fell 5.2 percent to 453.1 from 477.9 the week before. Higher home prices and mortgage rates have made homes less affordable, while less refinancing removes a source of cash for consumers.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | December 12, 2004
U.S. mortgage applications increased last week as a drop in mortgage rates prompted more people to buy homes. Fewer homeowners refinanced. The Mortgage Bankers Association's applications index rose 3.4 percent to 696.2 from 673.3 during the prior week. The group's gauge of applications to purchase homes rose to the highest level since the end of October. The National Association of Realtors expects home sales to reach a record this year, which will help the economy and may drive purchases of appliances and other home furnishings.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
The season's first brief heat wave peaked at 96 degrees in Baltimore on Wednesday, missing one record but threatening another, and temperatures are expected to wane Thursday into the weekend. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Baltimore's point of record, came 1 degree shy of matching a record dating to 1957. Wednesday morning's balmy start could be deemed a new minimum temperature record, with a low of just 76 degrees. A ridge of high pressure over the region brought the year's first significant spike in temperatures into the 90s, a benchmark that had been reached only once in 2014 before this week.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
The hottest stretch of the young summer (or late spring, technically) is expected to bring the heat index to near 100 degrees by Wednesday, with temperatures in the 90s and high humidity. Monday was the second day to hit 90 degrees this year, and it could be followed by two more days above that mark. Temperatures reached 90 degrees at BWI Marshall Airport by 3:30 p.m. and 88 in the Inner Harbor by 3 p.m. Highs are forecast in the lower 90s Tuesday and the mid-90s Wednesday, and with dew points in the upper 60s, that could make it feel like the triple digits, or close to it. "Code orange" air quality, an unhealthy level for children, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions, is forecast Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Clean Air Partners.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser | January 8, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley said Wednesday that he supports the idea of increasing the state's minimum wage automatically to account for inflation as part of legislation he called his top priority of this year's legislative session. In an interview, O'Malley reiterated his call for the General Assembly, which has just convened for its annual 90-day session, to raise the state's minimum wage above the current federal level of $7.25. The governor said 21 states -- none with higher median incomes than Maryland -- already have minimums above the federal level.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
The winners of the annual Gold Glove awards, the benchmark for defensive excellence for nearly 60 years, have typically been decided by the discerning eye of those who are closest to the game. Most recently, the award has been selected by a vote of major league managers and coaches. For the first time, a defensive analytic will play a role in deciding the award this year. Rawlings Sporting Goods, which awards the Gold Gloves, collaborated with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
Temperatures surged into the 90s, with high humidity making it feel like 100 degrees and above,  for a second consecutive day   in the Baltimore area Wednesday. Temperatures were forecast to reach 96 degrees in downtown Baltimore, with dew points in the upper 60s to around 70 degrees making it feel as hot as 101 degrees. Partly cloudy skies are expected. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport surged above the 90-degree mark to 91 degrees by 1 p.m., with humidity making it feel like 97 degrees.
SPORTS
By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
Baltimore City and Baltimore County public schools closed two hours early Wednesday because of the heat, so all games are postponed and all practices are canceled. Also, with Howard County experiencing a Code Red heat index, all outside athletic events in the jurisdiction have been canceled Wednesday. Because some schools in both Baltimore City and Baltimore County do not have air conditioning, officials close schools when the heat index rises into the upper 90s. The temperature is expected to rise into the mid-90s this afternoon and the heat index had already jumped over 100 by noon.
NEWS
By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,Washington Bureau | August 5, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The government announced yesterday the first decline in six months in its major gauge of future economic activity, reflecting an enduring weakness in the economy and --ing any hopes in the Bush administration of a strong recovery before the election."
BUSINESS
By JAY HANCOCK | April 4, 1999
DOW 10,000? Ignore those headlines."The Economy" is here to tell you that the Dow Jones industrial average has been propped up by shadowy East Coast power brokers who have a big stake in the bull market.No, not the Fed.The Dow was "adjusted" March 17, 1997, by the people who invented it: Dow Jones & Co., publishers of the Wall Street Journal. A committee of green-eyeshade types juiced the lineup, blackballing four down-at-heel Dow members and picking ringers as replacements.Out went Bethlehem Steel, Woolworth, Texaco and Westinghouse.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2013
4:41 p.m. update: The Maryland Department of the Environment has extended its "Code Orange" air quality alert through Thursday evening. Children, the elderly, people with asthma and other sensitive groups are urged to avoid strenuous activity or exercise outdoors. 3:17 p.m. update: Today has set another new mark for hottest day of 2013 in Baltimore, with BWI at 96 degrees as of 3 p.m. With humidity, it feels like 100 degrees there. At the Inner Harbor, it feels like 103 degrees with an air temperature of 98 degrees.
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