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By Michael Sragow | January 14, 2007
GRIDIRON GANG -- Sony -- 28.95 On home video and theater screens, this January has become the month for fact-based inspirational fables, of heroic mentors helping to lift up city youths. Freedom Writers has been turning into a word-of-mouth hit at the multiplexes just as Gridiron Gang arrives on DVD Tuesday. Gridiron Gang stars Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson as the real-life juvenile probation officer Sean Porter, who molded tough underage felons into a football team, the Mustangs. At Camp Kilpatrick, a "last-chance" juvenile-detention facility nestled against California's Santa Monica Mountains, Porter convinces his charges that they can change from losers to winners - if they overcome gang allegiances and put the team he forms first.
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By Liz F. Kay | liz.kay@baltsun.com | December 20, 2009
The problem: Trash cans in Southwest Baltimore have become a dumping site. The back story: A well-intentioned idea to keep city gateways clean quickly turned into a nuisance on South Gilmor Street at Wilkens Avenue. "What was designed to be a good thing didn't turn out to be," said Anne Ames, who wrote to Watchdog to get two metal trash cans removed from her New Southwest/Mount Clare community. The metal cans with plastic liners were installed along with two park benches in the Wilkens Avenue median.
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May 21, 1993
* Winston Burdett,Winston Burdett, a veteran CBS foreign correspondent 79, who covered the Nazi invasion of Norway, died Wednesday at a Rome hospital after a long illness. He joined CBS as a free-lancer in 1940 and was considered one of the giants of the Golden Age of radio reporting. "He and . . . Edward R. Murrow, had the two best voices ever to grace the airwaves," CBS newscaster Dan Rather said. Mr. Burdett turned his experiences in Egypt into a book, "Encounters of the Middle East." He also was a scholar of Italian art and literature.
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April 28, 2005
On April 23, 2005, JOHN E. BURLEIGH, JR., beloved husband of Mary D. Burleigh; devoted father of Marilyn Zion and her husband Charles, Susan Murrow and her husband John, John E. Burleigh III and his wife Carol and Brian C. Burleigh and his wife Sondra; loving brother of Jane Llewellyn and her husband Lew; loving grandfather of Amanda and Jessica Burleigh; loving step-grandfather of John and Ben Murrow. A celebration of John E. Burleigh Jr.'s life will be held at 2 P.M. on Sunday, May 1, in Catonsville United Methodist Church, 6 Melvin Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2011
Several hundred homes and a few businesses in Baltimore that been without water since Saturday because of a water main break will likely see service return early Monday, the city Department of Public Works said. The damaged 20-inch line affected service in a small area roughly bounded by Lombard Street to the south, Fayette Street to the north, Broadway to the east and Caroline Street to the west, said Robert Murrow, a spokesman for the public works agency. He said water to that area was shut off late Saturday afternoon after a section of pipe blew out, and service is expected to resume around 2 a.m..
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2011
Gail Pickering of Baltimore put some gasoline aside last winter when her snow plow broke down. Months later she tried giving it away but found out it was too old to use. Pickering finally parted with the petrol on Saturday, dropping it off at the city Department of Public Works household hazardous waste drop-0ff at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. The event began around 8:30 and by about three hours later more than 220 cars had lined up to drop off such items as household cleaners, automobile oils and wood treatments.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | June 27, 2003
Clarke D. Bowers never expected a utopia when he and his family moved to Baltimore's Guilford neighborhood five years ago. He knew crime might be an issue, the snowplows less than speedy. But having to wait 13 months for city crews to unclog underground municipal storm drains that repeatedly caused his basement to flood? He didn't expect that, either. "I just want them to come clean it out," Bowers, a 42-year- old software engineer who works out of his Tudor-style home on Chancery Square, said Wednesday.
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By Scott Waldman and Scott Waldman,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2004
Reacting to community protests, city officials are considering extending the deadline for selecting a site for a proposed wastewater pumping station in Wyman Park. During a sometimes heated meeting at City Hall that lasted more than two hours yesterday, community groups asked for an extension of the Aug. 31 site selection deadline. City officials said they would consider the request. The city wants to build the pumping station on one of seven sites under consideration along Stony Run. The 10,000- square-foot pumping station would help cut the amount of wastewater that flows into the Jones Falls during storms, city officials say. In planning for the pumping station, the city has tried to accommodate the wishes of residents affected by the change as much as possible, said Robert H. Murrow, a Department of Public Works spokesman.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | March 10, 2003
A record snowfall is still gurgling down the drain. Maryland's streams are swollen, and the water is rising in rural wells. Almost 10 billion gallons of runoff has poured since the middle of last month into the Baltimore reservoirs shriveled by last year's drought. So why is it still a violation, under drought emergency rules imposed last year, for people using city water to turn a garden hose on their salt-encrusted cars? "We just don't feel safe enough to start to lift the restrictions at this point," said Robert H. Murrow, a spokesman for the city Department of Public Works.
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