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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | April 12, 2001
KHAN YUNIS, Gaza Strip - Israel launched the biggest ground assault of its seven-month conflict with the Palestinians late Tuesday, moving tanks and bulldozers from the coast to demolish up to 31 refugee camp homes in retaliation for a weeklong barrage of mortar attacks that have terrorized Jewish settlers in the Gaza Strip. Despite the assault, which sent residents fleeing and brought Palestinian gunmen into the streets and alleys, Gaza's "mortar war" resumed early last evening, with four shells landing on Israeli settlements, prompting return fire from Israeli tanks.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2014
Fort Meade officials evacuated a residential section of the base Tuesday afternoon after utility workers discovered unexploded ordnance. The device was found to be an inert mortar training round from World War II, a base spokeswoman said, and residents were allowed to return to their homes. The utility workers discovered the round in the Potomac Place neighborhood while performing scheduled maintenance, spokeswoman Mary Doyle said. Emergency workers cordoned off a 300-meter area and rerouted traffic around Reece Road.
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By SOLOMON MOORE and SOLOMON MOORE,LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 3, 2006
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A mortar attack set ablaze a major petroleum facility in the northern city of Kirkuk yesterday, stopping refining processes at the plant and further damaging Iraq's beleaguered oil industry. Iraqi oil workers were still fighting the fire late yesterday, and U.S. officials held high-level meetings in Baghdad to assess the damage. An Iraqi official of the North Oil Co. said the incident was "the most severe attack we have ever faced on an oil installation." The mortar rounds also hit an important pipeline to Turkey that was already out of order and was being repaired, the official said.
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October 18, 2013
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May 24, 1995
POLICE LOG* Scaggsville: 6300 block of Last Sunbeam Place: Someone took tile and mortar from a house under construction Friday, police said.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | March 19, 1994
If you've been thinking about celebrating the fact that the ice and snow are finally melting, you might want to wait a bit.It's about time for the damage from months of harsh weather to start showing up. All that frozen stuff has turned into water, and water has a disturbing tendency to work its way into places it doesn't belong.For instance, a couple in Randallstown have a water problem with the roof of their porch."We must be a victim of ice damming," they write -- that's when freeze and thaw cycles cause ice to back up under the roof surface and, when it thaws, to run down inside the house.
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By Borzou Daragahi and Borzou Daragahi,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 9, 2006
BAGHDAD -- Explosive shells rained down on a dusty soccer field in the Shiite Muslim slum of Sadr City yesterday, killing eight Iraqi youths and injuring dozens amid an ominous wave of such attacks between sectarian districts of the capital. Bombings and shootings around the country during the day left dozens of other Iraqis dead. The U.S. military also reported that two more Americans had been killed. Mortar and rocket battles reminiscent of the urban civil warfare that engulfed Sarajevo, Beirut and Kabul in previous decades have erupted occasionally throughout Baghdad's religiously mixed patchwork of neighborhoods.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 24, 2003
AN NASIRIYAH, Iraq - What looked to be a benign ride into this city to quietly secure its major bridges turned into a firefight yesterday as Iraqi tanks, soldiers and secret police darted through the streets, turning their mortars, artillery cannons, rockets and rifles on advancing Marines. The Americans managed to gain control of the bridges but not without significant casualties. Lt. Gen. John Abizaid of U.S. Central Command said up to nine Marines died and dozens were wounded before the Americans prevailed.
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By DAVE BARRY | April 24, 1994
Recently I went to England on a selfless humanitarian mission to sell books. It was a very relaxing trip until about 35 minutes after the plane landed at Heathrow Airport, which is when a British person cheerfully informed my wife and me that terrorists had been shooting mortar bombs onto the runway.Really. They have political organizations over there that believe the way to garner public support is to bomb and mortar the public.Shortly after we arrived, there were two more mortar attacks on Heathrow.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Sun Staff Correspondent | March 7, 1991
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE -- The day before the ground war began, Spc. 4 Angel Noe Alvarez of McAllen, Texas, was deep inside Iraq on a reconnaissance mission, scouting for mines and enemy troop locations with his Army tank unit.Thirty miles into this bleak landscape, the unit came upon a group of Iraqis waving a white flag. "All they said was, 'Are you Americans?' " he recalled yesterday. "It kind of astounded me."While rounding up the Iraqis and collecting their weapons and helmets from the bunker, he was surprised by something else: the low moaning whistle of an enemy shell.
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June 14, 2013
I take exception to Councilman David Marks' article published in your paper May 15. He stated that the building boom in Towson would "transform this suburban county seat into one of the most dynamic cosmopolitan communities in Maryland. " I feel it will transform this suburban county seat into one of the most congested impassable urban communities closely resembling the urban sprawl found elsewhere in Baltimore County along Reisterstown Road or Liberty Road. Is that what the full-time residents of Towson want?
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2013
Three Marine leaders have been relieved of their duties following the March training accident that killed a 21-year-old graduate of Severna Park High School and six other Marines, officials said Wednesday. Lance Cpl. William Taylor Wild IV of Severna Park and six other members of the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment were killed March 18 when a 60mm mortar round exploded during a live-fire night attack at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada. Investigators have blamed the explosion on human error, said a 2nd Marine Division spokesman, 1st Lt. Peter Koerner.
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November 26, 2012
Retail analysts reported a curious trend this Black Friday. On the traditional first shopping day of the Christmas season, the number of visits to malls, big box stores and other retailers increased, according to the analytics firm ShopperTrak, but the amount spent in brick-and-mortar businesses actually went down slightly from last year's total. Online shopping, meanwhile, jumped ahead of its traditional Cyber Monday kick-off and exceeded $1 billion on the Friday after Thanksgiving for the first time.
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By Dave Gilmore | August 7, 2012
Shane Butcher is auctioning off "the American Dream," or at least a video game enthusiast version of it. Via one of the most unique eBay listings one can come across, Butcher is selling his chain of three video game stores, called R.U. Game?, his two homes, cars and almost all earthly possessions. The retail chain of the three Florida stores, which deal in new and used games and accessories, is the centerpiece of the listing, which has an asking price of $3.5 million, along with an immediate $10k good faith deposit required of the winning bidder.
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By Larry Salzman and Bert Gall | May 23, 2011
Baltimore may be the Charm City, but there is nothing charming about its treatment of the city's fledging food truck fleet. To protect existing brick-and-mortar businesses from competition, the city recently cracked down on food truck owners who want nothing more than to earn an honest living by selling delicious food to hungry Baltimoreans. The crackdown began two weeks ago, when a city bureaucrat began aggressive enforcement of a city law that restrains food trucks from competing with brick-and-mortar restaurants by requiring them to stay 300 feet — the length of a football field — away from any retail establishment that sells similar food.
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November 12, 2009
I t's not hard to spot the flaws in the study released this week that ranked Maryland 49th among 50 states in per capita spending of federal transportation money on pedestrian and bicycling projects. In looking for big projects, researchers missed the far more numerous little ones - as well as all those financed primarily with state rather than federal funds. When the Maryland State Highway Administration refurbishes a road, sidewalks are often upgraded to meet higher safety and accessibility standards - yet that's not the kind of effort that would be considered in the report.
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By Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Sun Staff Writer | February 18, 1995
GIZA PLATEAU, Egypt -- The ancient Sphinx, ailing from its creation and injured through the centuries by quack remedies, finally may be on its way back to health.Egyptian antiquities experts say they are confident their work now will restore and protect the ancient wonder, twice as old as Christianity."I think we need less than a year to say to the world, 'It's finished,' " said Abdul Halim Nureddin, secretary-general of the Supreme Council on Antiquities for Egypt. "Since 1991, the restoration is going very well."
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer | February 27, 1995
William Donald Schaefer, who as a Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor was known as a man of action, was honored yesterday as a man of faith.Mr. Schaefer, a longtime member of Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, was named a vestryman emeritus during an evening service in his honor at the downtown church, where he served as a member of the vestry -- or governing board -- from 1972 to 1974 and from 1977 to 1981."
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By Tim Carter and Tim Carter,Tribune Media Services | August 10, 2008
How can I remove brick mortar from the sidewalk I just built with paver bricks? My husband and I got the mortar smeared on the brick, and it looks terrible. Is there a nontoxic way to do this? Smeared mortar on brick is a very common problem. Depending upon the type of brick, the job can be simple or a nightmare. Because you are concerned about the toxicity of different options, you may find it very hard to do this job. There are some pretty aggressive acids you can use, and the ones that work faster tend to be more toxic.
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