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By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,Staff Writer | October 12, 1992
It will be big, glitzy and expensive, the biggest monument yet to Maryland's dream of becoming a national biotechnology center.It also is a huge gamble.As construction starts this morning in the Inner Harbor, skeptics of the $160 million Christopher Columbus Center for Marine Research and Exploration are questioning whether it will ever be the economic powerhouse its promoters promised.While few dispute its value as a research institution, the center also is supposed to create thousands of new jobs and dozens ofnew companies, help cure the ills of the Chesapeake Bay, launch a revolution in aquaculture and discover new drugs.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 17, 2000
NEW YORK - An early-morning boater discovered the carcass of a finback whale floating in the ship channel between Brooklyn and Staten Island earlier this month, officials said. A biologist who examined the carcass said the whale, a young female, had apparently collided with a vessel. The biologist, Robert Di Giovanni, a senior scientist at the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation on Long Island, said the whale had a large abrasion and several broken ribs and broken vertebrae.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff Writer | August 12, 1992
The proposed Christopher Columbus Center for Marine Research and Exploration has been reduced slightly in size but remains on track for a groundbreaking Oct. 12.Representatives of the Christopher Columbus Center Development Inc., the non-profit group building the $164 million marine research and exhibit center on Piers 5 and 6, showed Baltimore's Architectural Review Board revised plans last week that call for three floors of laboratories instead of four...
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By Eileen Ogintz and Eileen Ogintz,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE | September 7, 1997
This was one time 8-year-old Emily Kasmer was glad to get pushed around by a couple of older, much bigger kids. In fact, Emily can't wait to see them again.That's because these two older kids -- 10-year-old Santini and 12-year-old Elita -- are dolphins at the not-for-profit Dolphin Research Center on Grassey Key, Fla., home to a colony of bottlenose dolphins that live in Gulf of Mexico lagoons there.One hot Saturday afternoon in August, Emily and her father, Russ, swam and played with these magnificent 8-foot-long animals, hanging on to their fins as the 200-plus-pound mammals pushed them through the water.
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By DAN BERGER | March 10, 1992
Another Democrat bites the dust!Menachem Begin made peace with Egypt on his own terms. He never accepted that peace with Egypt was not enough. It is not.The only thing super about today is the hype.The Christopher Columbus Center of Marine Research is going to look like a sea monster from a terror movie. Which is pretty much what Columbus imagined.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,Annapolis Bureau | January 31, 1992
ANNAPOLIS -- Projects ranging from the Christopher Columbus marine research center planned for the Inner Harbor to an incubator for biotechnology companies to a new prison in Western Maryland are included in Gov. William Donald Schaefer's ambitious $800 million building and maintenance program.Among the routine government projects such as improvements to sewage treatment plants or parkland acquisition in the governor's capital budget announced yesterday are some big-ticket items. Most of them are financed by the state's general obligation bonds or by revenue bonds, which means they won't affect this year's general spending budget.
NEWS
October 22, 1990
When plans for a building world center for marine research in the Inner Harbor first surfaced, the notion of such an ambitious, multi-faceted project seemed like a fanciful pipe dream. But Baltimore's Inner Harbor has seen other dreams become reality, and with last week's news of congressional approval of $10 million in federal funds for 1991, plans are moving ahead to begin construction next fall on the Christopher Columbus Center of Marine Research and Exploration.The federal appropriations are a testament to the effective work of Maryland's congressional delegation, especially on the part of Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Rep. Steny Hoyer.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,Staff Correspondent | January 31, 1992
ANNAPOLIS -- Projects ranging from the Christopher Columbus marine research center planned for the Inner Harbor to an incubator for biotechnology companies to a new prison in Western Maryland are included in Gov. William Donald Schaefer's ambitious $800 million building and maintenance program.Among the routine government projects such as improvements to sewage treatment plants or parkland acquisition in the governor's capital budget announced yesterday are some big-ticket items. Most of them are financed by the state's general obligation bonds or by revenue bonds, which means they won't affect this year's general spending budget.
NEWS
November 22, 1990
An architect designing the $200 million Christopher Columbus Center for Marine Research and Exploration thinks a pedestrian bridge should be built across the Inner Harbor. "The opportunity of closing the loop would certainly be worth investigating because it would irrigate the south side" of the harbor, he says, referring to the area along Key Highway to Locust Point and Fort McHenry.The last bridge proposed across the Inner Harbor was part of an expressway system that, mercifully, never was built.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 17, 2000
NEW YORK - An early-morning boater discovered the carcass of a finback whale floating in the ship channel between Brooklyn and Staten Island earlier this month, officials said. A biologist who examined the carcass said the whale, a young female, had apparently collided with a vessel. The biologist, Robert Di Giovanni, a senior scientist at the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation on Long Island, said the whale had a large abrasion and several broken ribs and broken vertebrae.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff Writer | December 30, 1993
It's too bad the city of Baltimore couldn't have arranged to buy the Harrison's Pier 5 hotel and restaurant complex three years ago, instead of last week.Had city officials gained control earlier, then they may have been able to offer more planning options to designers of the $160 million Columbus Center under construction on the north end of Piers 5 and 6.If the four-story inn at the tip of Pier 5 could have been razed or incorporated in the design of the Columbus Center, for example, the marine research and exhibition complex might have had a stronger presence on the Inner Harbor.
NEWS
October 13, 1992
At yesterday's ground breaking ceremony for the Christopher Columbus Center of Marine Research and Exploration in the Inner Harbor, Gov. William Donald Schaefer called the project the beginning of "a second Renaissance in Baltimore."The temptation, of course, is to discount such sweeping statements as so much ceremonial hyperbole, especially coming from such a Baltimore booster as Governor Schaefer.Yet the new Columbus Center is one of the most important undertakings in Baltimore since the Inner Harbor itself.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff Writer | October 13, 1992
An article in The Sun yesterday mistakenly attributed a comment about the educational role of the planned Christopher Columbus Center of Marine Research and Exploration to Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin. The remark was made by Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.The Sun regrets the errors.The Inner Harbor's newest attraction will be a scientific extravaganza intended to provide a different learning experience for every visitor who walks through the door.At its center will be a computerized "brain" that will be able to tell whether visitors have been there before and, if so, welcome them back.
BUSINESS
By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,Staff Writer | October 12, 1992
It will be big, glitzy and expensive, the biggest monument yet to Maryland's dream of becoming a national biotechnology center.It also is a huge gamble.As construction starts this morning in the Inner Harbor, skeptics of the $160 million Christopher Columbus Center for Marine Research and Exploration are questioning whether it will ever be the economic powerhouse its promoters promised.While few dispute its value as a research institution, the center also is supposed to create thousands of new jobs and dozens ofnew companies, help cure the ills of the Chesapeake Bay, launch a revolution in aquaculture and discover new drugs.
BUSINESS
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff Writer | August 12, 1992
The proposed Christopher Columbus Center for Marine Research and Exploration has been reduced slightly in size but remains on track for a groundbreaking Oct. 12.Representatives of the Christopher Columbus Center Development Inc., the non-profit group building the $164 million marine research and exhibit center on Piers 5 and 6, showed Baltimore's Architectural Review Board revised plans last week that call for three floors of laboratories instead of four...
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | March 10, 1992
Another Democrat bites the dust!Menachem Begin made peace with Egypt on his own terms. He never accepted that peace with Egypt was not enough. It is not.The only thing super about today is the hype.The Christopher Columbus Center of Marine Research is going to look like a sea monster from a terror movie. Which is pretty much what Columbus imagined.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | January 31, 1992
ANNAPOLIS -- Despite his budget troubles, Gov. William Donald Schaefer is planning an ambitious $800 million building and maintenance program.While much of the governor's capital budget is devoted to routine government projects such as improvements to sewage treatment plants or parkland acquisition, there are some big-ticket items.Most of these are financed by the state's general obligation bonds or by revenue bonds, and do not affect this year's general spending budget. Among them:* $17 million for the Christopher Columbus Center of Marine Research and Exploration planned for Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Washington Bureau of The Sun | October 19, 1990
WASHINGTON -- House and Senate conferees, boosted by the attendance of two Maryland lawmakers, approved $10 million this week toward engineering and construction costs of a planned marine research center at the Inner Harbor, according to congressional aides.The proposed $200 million Christopher Columbus Center of Marine Research and Exploration is expected to pick up the $10 million from two separate spending bills, whose conferees included Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., and Representative Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff Writer | March 9, 1992
The "Smithsonian of the Seas" has become "Science on the Half Shell."A Canadian architect is proposing that the giant marine research center planned for Baltimore's Inner Harbor should not only help people learn about sea creatures but that it might look like one, too.His design for the $161 million Christopher Columbus Center of Marine Research and Exploration calls for its exhibition area to be covered by a ribbed Teflon roof that is intentionally reminiscent...
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff Writer | March 9, 1992
The "Smithsonian of the Seas" has become "Science on the Half Shell."A Canadian architect is proposing that the giant marine research center planned for Baltimore's Inner Harbor should not only help people learn about sea creatures but that it might look like one, too.His design for the $161 million Christopher Columbus Center of Marine Research and Exploration calls for its exhibition area to be covered by a ribbed Teflon roof that is intentionally reminiscent...
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