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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,Sun Staff Writer | July 27, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Americans' exposure to lead has declined greatly in the past 15 years, but the toxic metal remains a major health threat for nearly 2 million young children, particularly inner-city black youngsters in cities like Baltimore, federal health officials reported today.A nationwide federal health survey summarized in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association reports that levels of lead in the blood of children and adults dropped by 78 percent from 1976 to 1991.Hailing it as a "remarkable public health achievement," officials for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attributed declining lead exposures to the government's removal of the metal from gasoline, water and consumer products, including food cans and house paint.
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Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | January 3, 2014
Interested residents can now apply for the Maryland Housing Rehabilitation Program for Single Family, Howard County Housing announced last month. MRHP-SF is a housing rehabilitation program that preserves and improves single-family properties with an emphasis on bringing eligible properties into compliance with applicable building codes and standards, according to the county. Homeowners can secure low-interest loans for home maintenance, including "correcting exterior or interior deficiencies; making accessibility modifications; correcting health and safety violations; improving the home's weatherization and energy conservation and correcting lead-based paint violations," according to the county.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
Facing a flurry of lead paint lawsuits, a nonprofit company that provides affordable housing in Baltimore has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. City Homes Inc. and its subsidiaries, which operate more than 300 apartment units in what officials deem "troubled neighborhoods," face more than 70 lead paint lawsuits, according to the filing in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. In Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings, businesses attempt to reorganize their debts in an effort to continue operating.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | September 14, 2000
After a months-long delay, city and state officials said yesterday they are poised to attack Baltimore's epidemic of childhood lead poisoning by cleaning more than 500 homes riddled with the toxic substance in the next year. The joint lead-poisoning campaign, promised in January by Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Mayor Martin O'Malley, has been stalled for several months as legislators blocked release of $5 million in state funds for the effort until they were convinced city and state officials could work together effectively.
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February 11, 2000
AN EPIDEMIC of lead poisoning courses through Baltimore's inner city, but testing shows children are exposed and poisoned in almost every Maryland county. The cases in rural and suburban areas don't climb into the thousands as they do in Baltimore, but no one in Carroll County or Anne Arundel, Howard or Harford should be consoled to learn that only a few of their were exposed and that fewer had lead levels deemed dangerous. In Montgomery County, the state's most affluent, 8,044 children were tested in 1998 under the Medicaid program.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,Evening Sun Staff | February 22, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Ambitious federal plans for combating childhood lead poisoning are under attack from lawmakers, environmentalists and health advocates because the Bush administration intends to spend only a fraction of what it says is needed to deal with the problem.Health and Human Services Secretary Louis W. Sullivan unveiled a 5-year "strategic plan" yesterday aimed at eliminating lead poisoning, which he called the "No. 1 environmental hazard facing our children."The plan, which officials estimate will cost nearly $1 billion, calls for expanded screening of children, removing deteriorating lead-based paint from older homes and apartments, and reducing other exposures to the toxic metal.
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October 30, 2005
Baltimore: Central Booking Suspect missing from intake center An armed-robbery suspect escaped yesterday from the Central Booking and Intake Center, officials said. Troy Aaron Gross, 42, of Gwynn Oak was arrested Thursday on armed robbery and other charges, said Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Vernarelli said Gross was taken to the facility Friday morning. He said correctional officers discovered that Gross, who was being held without bail, was missing yesterday.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | April 3, 1997
The General Assembly gave final approval yesterday to a controversial bill restricting tenants' rights to withhold rent when lead-paint endangers their children's health. Children's advocates have said they would urge Gov. Parris N. Glendening to veto the measure.By a 37-10 vote, the Senate decided to alter a 1976 law under which tenants can pay rent into a District Court escrow account until landlords remove lead-based paint. The House earlier approved the same measure, which had been sought by landlords from throughout Maryland.
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By Gregory Spears and Gregory Spears,Knight-Ridder News Service Liz Bowie of The Sun's metropolitan staff contributed to this article | October 2, 1991
WASHINGTON -- In a major public health policy shift, the federal government plans to recommend that all children be tested for lead exposure by age 2 and that swifter action be taken to help those with moderately elevated lead levels in their blood, public health experts say.The impetus for the new recommendation is a growing body of scientific evidence that lower levels of lead contamination are more damaging to brain development than previously recognized."
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