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October 21, 2013
The growing controversy over an upcoming contract to install "smart" water meters in Baltimore has once again provided a glimpse into the legalistic mind of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake. In a statement issued on her behalf, the mayor's spokesman assures us that "many documents pertaining to this matter are already public, and there is nothing to suggest that the mayor is an active participant in this process or any other procurement matter. " In the closed door, backroom world of City Hall deal-making, it is reassuring to know that no documentation of political favoritism exists, but it would be far better had Mayor Rawlings-Blake made a simple, declarative statement that she has not and will not try to influence this contract.
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NEWS
August 22, 2014
The BGE Smart Meter program is good for the company and punishes the opt-out consumer. The only way consumers benefit is if they choose not to bake, do laundry or vacuum on the days BGE chooses for energy savings. Why should BGE dictate my life? ( "Cost of not taking a smart meter arrives," Aug. 8). Some 350,000 customers have electric meters which are not accessible, and 20,000 have opted out. According to BGE's website, it has some 1.2 million customers, of which about 370,000 are customers without smart meters.
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NEWS
July 23, 2010
There needs to be an option for us to say "No" to BGE. There is absolutely no sense to the notion that a person would sit around watching their electric meter tick off its use. We have solar heat, solar hot water; our electric usage -- in units of kilowatt hours -- has been pretty much the same for 30 years. We turn on the AC once a year for about 3 hours, because we were advised to do that to make sure the system was working. It is. Otherwise, if it gets hot we run a fan or two. The heat pump system serves as backup heat in the winter, and that usage has also been stable over 30 years.
NEWS
August 15, 2014
I agree with the sentiments noted in " Smart meter apathy" (Aug. 11). BGE showed up at my door the same week I received a notice saying they would be in my neighborhood. I didn't understand that I had to make an appointment if I didn't want them to shut off my electricity with no notice in the middle of my work day (I work from home). I refused the service. I never heard from them again. I have enough going on in my life that it did not make it to my calendar to schedule an appointment.
NEWS
November 9, 2013
Let me get this straight. Residents are being advised to buy insurance to protect themselves from damages Itron Inc. may cause while installing the wireless "smart" water meters that are designed to correct the problem of inaccurate readings that the city created ( "City awards $83.5 million deal for water meters," Nov. 7). And Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has the gall to empathize with the "hardworking families, many of whom are barely making ends meet?" City Comptroller Joan Pratt had it right when she said the need to purchase insurance was "like another tax. " I suggest city officials search their archives and find out how they managed to get the water meter readings right when water bills didn't require a second mortgage to pay. Sean Tully, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com .
NEWS
June 23, 2010
The Sun's June 22 editorial on the Public Service Commission's denial of BGE's smart meter application simply repeats BGE's own assertions regarding its proposal as a business venture and fails to acknowledge the important ratepayer concerns at issue in this case. The long-term vision of a "smart" grid for the country is not at issue here. What is at issue is BGE's specific smart meter proposal to spend almost $1 billion, paid by BGE's customers, risk-free and at a profit to the company, to replace all existing electric and gas meters.
SPORTS
August 11, 2010
Former 400-meter world champion Antonio Pettigrew was found dead Tuesday, the university where he worked as a coach said. Pettigrew, who is survived by his wife and son, had been an assistant track coach at North Carolina for the past four seasons. The 42-year-old Pettigrew, who was stripped of an Olympic gold medal in 2000 after admitting to doping, was found unresponsive by friends in the back seat of his vehicle in Chatham County in central North Carolina early Tuesday.
SPORTS
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2013
The Ravens Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers was the highest rated telecast in Nielsen meter history, according to preliminary ratings from CBS. With almost one out of every two TV homes in the nation tuned to the game, it topped the Green Bay vs. Pittsburgh Super Bowl 2011 game.  The rating excludes the period from 8:45 to 9:15 p.m. when play was stopped because of a blackout in stadium lights. Here's the release from CBS: CBS Sports' coverage of Super Bowl XLVII featuring the BALTIMORE RAVENS, 34-31 win over the SAN FRANCISCO 49ers on Sunday, Feb. 3  (6:30-8:45 PM and 9:15-10:45 PM, ET)
SPORTS
By Jean Marbella | July 31, 2012
LONDON - Michael Phelps, after just becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time, will anchor the U.S. men's 800-meter freestyle relay tonight. The surprise decision - Phelps tends to lead off - was announced just before the start of the 200-meter butterfly, in which he won silver. The U.S. relay team will be led off by Ryan Lochte, who on Sunday anchored the 400 frees relay and gave up the race-long lead to French swimmer Yannick Agnel, in a reverse of what happened so dramatically in the Beijing Games.
SPORTS
By Zach Helfand and Jean Marbella and The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2012
Michael Phelps will not chase eight gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. His coach Bob Bowman tweeted late Monday morning that the Olympian will not race in the 200-meter freestyle , giving him a slate of seven events in London. "I think it's just smarter," Phelps said Monday. "Sort of thinking of everything and thinking how things went here, I think it's just a better option for me to be able to swim as best I can. And it's going to give me the best opportunity to swim well.
NEWS
By Joseph Ganem | August 14, 2014
In the switch to "smart meters," BGE is inconveniencing its customers for something they probably don't even want and is somewhat suspect, anyway: Just imagine the information BGE will be able to glean from real-time utility usage data available with smart meters. It will likely be possible for the company to not only deduce the number of people living in your house, but also when they go to work, return home, eat, watch TV, go to bed and so on, because all of these activities involve turning on and off appliances of various kinds and using more or less electricity.
NEWS
August 11, 2014
The smart meter conspiracy theorists are no doubt buoyed by the news that BGE has been unable to secure appointments to replace the old, analog meters in the homes of some 350,000 customers. But there is no reason to think this reflects some groundswell of opposition to the new technology; on the contrary, it is a clear outlier when it comes to other smart meter installation projects across the nation and even within Maryland. The smart meter conversions for Pepco and Delmarva, for example, are 99 percent complete with opt-out rates of well less than 1 percent.
SPORTS
Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - If this year's Phillips 66 National Championships hold any enduring place in Michael Phelps ' mind, he might remember them as a needed, albeit painful, slug of reality. Until the past week, Phelps had treated his four-month comeback as something of a lark, working out when he wished and recapturing his past brilliance in fleeting bursts. He'd said he was happy simply getting back in the pool. But in truth, Phelps' love of swimming and his fierce need for victory always have been inextricably linked.
SPORTS
From Sun staff reports | August 9, 2014
Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Brad Snyder of Baltimore won his fourth title of the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Pasadena, Calif., winning the men's 100-meter freestyle S11 on Friday, the third day of competition at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. But the two-time 2012 Paralympic gold medalist, competing at a major international event for the first time since the Paralympic Games, later suffered his first defeat in the meet at the hands Japan's Keiichi Kimura and U.S. teammate Tharon Drake (Hobbs, N.M.)
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - Michael Phelps has passed so many tests in his swimming career that it's easy to assume he'll always surmount the next one. But he faced an unfamiliar predicament Friday, trying to overcome a clumsy start to the Phillips 66 National Championships amid questions about the progress of his 4-month-old comeback. As it turned out, Phelps answered the way he always has, by swimming really, really fast - the fastest anyone in the world has swum the 100-meter butterfly in 2014.
SPORTS
From Sun staff reports | August 8, 2014
Becca Meyers on Thursday became the second Baltimore-area swimmer in two days to break a world record at the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Pasadena, Calif. Meyers, of Timonium, swam her morning preliminary in the women's 400-meter freestyle S13 race in 4 minutes, 25.31 seconds, besting the five-year-old mark of 4:28.64. Meyers went on to win the gold medal in the event during the evening final with a 4:25.58. The event, not contested at the 2012 Paralympic Games, where Meyers made her Paralympic debut with a silver and bronze medal, is slated for inclusion in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
SPORTS
By Jean Marbella and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2012
Another day, another shot at a bit of redemption. But this time it may be for Tyler Clary, the swimmer whose public dissing of teammate Michael Phelpscaused a verbal firestorm as the two headed to the Games. Clary was widely viewed as the bad guy after telling his hometown newspaper three weeks ago that Phelps, poised to become perhaps the most decorated Olympian of all time, didn't work hard and was asking to get beaten. And Clary, little-known and headed to his first Olympics compared to Phelps' fourth, said "it would be complete satisfaction" when he did the beating.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,liz.kay@baltsun.com | July 28, 2009
Consumer and senior advocates oppose Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s request for an expedited review by state regulators of the company's smart grid proposal, rather than a full hearing. If the plan were approved, all BGE customers would get "smart meters" that create a two-way communication network that gives users hour-by-hour data about their energy use. The utility would pay rebates to those who conserve when energy demand is highest. It would also save millions by automating meter readings as well as service disconnection and reconnection.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
As bills go out with the first fees for customers who don't want smart meters, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. is pressing to apply the charges to a much larger group - people the utility says have ignored repeated requests to switch out old meters located indoors or behind locked gates. About 350,000 customers with inaccessible meters - more than a quarter of BGE's territory - haven't scheduled appointments with contractors despite multiple attempts, the company said. That's preventing installation, but they aren't on the hook for the extra charge now levied on people who ask to opt out of a smart meter.
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