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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
A proposed zoning rule that would reduce the number of liquor outlets in Baltimore is garnering increased support among community members who believe it will make neighborhoods healthier and safer. The zoning change, part of the city's first zoning overhaul in 40 years, would force some retailers in residential areas to either alter what they sell or close their doors. That has prompted vocal opposition to the rule from the business owners, who say it's not fair and possibly illegal.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2013
Activists, public officials and residents gathered Saturday outside an east Baltimore liquor store — where a man was severely beaten on Christmas Day — to protest violent attacks on gay people Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts told the crowd of about 40 people that his department plans to set up an advisory group to meet monthly to work with gay, lesbian and transgender people. "I want to come together as a community and make sure we connect and do the right things for every part of our community," said Batts, who became commissioner late last year.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2012
As the punches kept coming, landing across his face and head, Kenni Shaw tried to talk to his five attackers but couldn't get the words out. "I was pinned down by punches," Shaw said of the beating he received Christmas night, outside the East Baltimore liquor store he frequents near his home. "It was so hard that I felt my lip and side face swell up immediately. I was trying to talk to these guys, but they weren't letting me talk. " Instead, they were intent on beating him - simply out of hate, said Shaw, a 30-year-old gay man. "I was just beaten in my face.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | November 27, 2012
Larry Dean, owner of Bel Air Liquors, and builder Todd Hoffman, owner of Innovative Building Solutions, were recognized at a joint U.S. Green Building Council Harford County Green Business Network event recently at the site of the new store along Main Street in downtown Bel Air. The Nov. 14 event showcased the environmentally-friendly building principles and materials used in the new store as well as the local small business perspective. From the recycled concrete used in the building's foundation to the recycled material used in the siding and shingles on the roof, Innovative Building Solutions made a conscious effort to use sustainable materials that will provide minimum maintenance over their lifetime.
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November 8, 2012
Police are looking for two men who robbed an Edgewood liquor store in the middle of the day last Friday. Two unknown black men entered Edgewood Liquor Store at 2200 Edgewood Road and held two clerks and a patron at gunpoint. They took an undetermined amount of cash from the register and ran out of the store. The robbers have similar descriptions, according to Capt. Chris Swain, of the Harford County Sheriff's Office. They were both described as in their 20s to 30s and about 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 190 pounds.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2012
Firefighters battled heavy flames at a liquor store blaze in Jessup early Monday, a county fire spokeswoman said. No injuries were reported in the predawn fire at Mel's Liquors, spokeswoman Jackie Cutler said. Firefighters called to the store in the 7900 block of Waterloo Road just after 4:30 a.m. arrived to find heavy flames and smoke, Cutler said. They brought the fire under control in 10 minutes and extinguished it completely within an hour, she said. Twenty-nine county firefighters and paramedics responded to the call, as did Howard County police, BG&E and firefighters from neighboring Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties.
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August 10, 2012
The decision regarding the liquor license at the Wegmans store by the Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board is absurd and infuriating ("No license for liquor store at Wegmans," Aug. 2.) The only purpose Maryland's liquor laws serve is protectionism. and this decision certainly smacks of protectionism. The board's reasons for rejection are spurious: • "Not necessary for the accommodation of the public…" I would find the ability to purchased alcoholic beverages while parked at Wegmans very convenient.
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July 2, 2012
The following is compiled from police reports. It is the Baltimore Messenger's policy to include descriptions only when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Baltimore City Police Department's Northern District at 410-396-2455. Bellemore Road 100 block, between 4:40 and 6 a.m. June 27. Giant and Trek mountain bikes stolen from garage. Entry gained through window. West Belvedere Avenue 2400 block, between noon and 1:10 p.m. June 25. Laptop stolen from unlocked vehicle.
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June 29, 2012
I am in total agreement with writer Julius Colon's letter about the problem of nonconforming liquor stores in Baltimore ("Park Heights wants fewer liquor stores," June 26). His warning about the proliferation of liquor stores in his community and the perception that they contribute to the erosion of the quality of life, increased drug activity and crime is reminiscent of the handwriting on the wall in South Central Los Angeles 20 years ago that lead to the worst riots in the city's history.
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Dan Rodricks | June 27, 2012
Baltimore health officials and people who live in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods want to see a bunch of liquor stores go away; there are too many of them concentrated in certain parts of town, and many of them have operated in violation of zoning codes for years. So it's time for a change. You look at some of these stores and — no offense to their owners — you think: Don't people in these neighborhoods deserve better, or at least something else? The liquor store, sometimes the only retailer of any kind for blocks of west or east Baltimore, is a symbol of the old, poor and unhealthy city that is finally getting attention after years of civic focus on downtown and the waterfront.
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