September 8, 2011
Officers in the Baltimore Police Department's Southern District will have new computers, bikes and other equipment thanks to $300,000 in gifts from three benefactors, who hope to spur donations from city businesses in other districts. Police announced the gifts Thursday at the Locust Point headquarters of apparel company Under Armour, whose CEO, Kevin Plank, contributed one-third of the money and said city businesses need to "do more" to help police. A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard, the former executive director of the CIA and co-chairman of the Baltimore Police Foundation, also gave $100,000 and said he hopes the gift will spur businesses in the city's other eight districts to do the same.
July 22, 2010
A company serving the Severstal steel mill has applied for a state permit to bring in new equipment for processing the coke, iron ore and other raw material being shipped to and from Sparrows Point. Stevedore firm Kinder Morgan proposes to install a new screening plant for sizing coke, ore fines (small particles larger than powder-size), mill scale, and ore cleanup on the peninsula. The equipment, which could handle 200 tons an hour, would join four other units already there, according to the company's application to the Maryland Department of the Environment.
May 7, 2009
Riders of MARC commuter trains will no doubt be pleased with the prospect of 26 new diesel locomotives like the one unveiled yesterday at Camden Station. It's nice that they are cleaner-burning and more energy efficient than the decrepit equipment they replace, but the prospect of improved on-time performance is much better. As any DC-bound commuter can attest, MARC has a rather casual relationship with its schedule. Surely, the only thing more frustrating than some unexplained one-hour delay is the prospect of standing the entire way because MARC had to cancel an earlier train.
July 3, 2008
A regional chain of radiology centers and its owner are in default on $1.1 million in fines for performing mammograms after one of its facilities lost its certification to perform the procedure because of equipment problems, according to documents released this week by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA issued a "notice of default" to Dr. Amile A. Korangy, owner of Korangy Radiology Associates, on June 20 after he failed to make a scheduled payment of $579,000 last month. The letter indicates the agency rejected Korangy's offer to pay $150,000 June 12, followed by payments of $100,000 per month until the debt was paid.
September 7, 2007
We applaud the effort under way in Congress to increase confidence in the integrity of voting machines used around the country, but draw no comfort from a mandate that Maryland and five other states would have a year or less to replace the expensive equipment just recently purchased. The very worthy goal of legislation expected to be taken up shortly by the House is to ensure that electronic or computerized voting equipment provide a paper backup system that can be used to verify that votes were cast as intended and to double-check tallies in the event of a recount.
April 8, 2007
A 2002 assessment of playgrounds at the county's 33 public elementary schools showed that many had outdated and potentially unsafe equipment. "Some of the playgrounds contained the original equipment that was installed when the schools were built," said Ginny Popiolek, the supervisor of physical and health education for county schools. The result is a five-year plan for upgrading, expanding and replacing the equipment at several of the schools. Under the plan - which began last year as a collaboration between the school system and the Department of Parks and Recreation - schools are selected for upgrades that range from $60,000 for new equipment to a $400,000 project at Hall's Cross Roads Elementary that includes athletic fields and a walking trail, Popiolek said.