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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2012
A pipe that transports about 17 million gallons of untreated sewage from western Baltimore County to the Patapsco Treatment Plant in the city ruptured Sunday and continues to overflow into the Patapsco River. In response, the Anne Arundel County Health Department has ordered the closing of the river in Brooklyn, from Annapolis Road downstream, according to a news release. The department has posted signs advising against direct water contact and advises people who do come in contact to launder clothes and wash skin immediately with soap and warm water.
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August 20, 2014
Residents of the neighborhoods around the soon-to-open Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore are right to be upset that the city is diverting $3 million of the money set aside in state law to help mitigate the impact of casinos on the surrounding communities to instead move a steam pipe under the street. Any argument that this expenditure fits the spirit of the law is incredibly weak. But the city says that it has explored all other options, and without the project, which the Board of Estimates approved today, the casino won't open on time next week.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,annie.linskey@baltsun.com | June 3, 2009
The water main breaks that closed major Baltimore streets and disrupted rail service in April also washed away sizable chunks the city's budget. Fixing the 20-inch main that ruptured at Gay and Lombard streets on April 28 cost $222,523, according to figures from the city's finance department. That does not include thousands of dollars in police and fire overtime, or the lost work of city employees sent home because there was no water service in their buildings. The city spent $69,258 to repair another water main break the next day, when a 36-inch pipe burst in Halethorpe and delayed Amtrak service on the eastern seaboard.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
Lane closures on eastbound Route 50 in Annapolis that began Tuesday night for repairs to a partially-collapsed drain pipe beneath the roadway will continue Thursday, according to the State Highway Administration. Planned closures on Wednesday night have been delayed due to expected thunderstorms in the area. The collapse caused a sinkhole to form in the roadway in June, but was only addressed with a temporary fix at the time. The work ahead will include full closures of the eastbound highway near the exit for Aris T. Allen Boulevard, the SHA said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 20, 2003
Water from a burst pipe on the roof of Centennial High School caused up to $100,000 in damage to the auditorium this week, a Howard County school system spokeswoman said yesterday. The pipe, part of the Ellicott City school's heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system, appeared to have frozen and burst, Howard schools spokeswoman Patti Caplan said. The ceiling of the auditorium and the stage area were damaged; the carpet was wet, but probably will not need to be replaced, she said.
FEATURES
By Kevin Cowherd | October 10, 1996
THE WHOLE nightmare began when I arrived home and found a van in the driveway with "Earl's Plumbing Repairs" painted across the side.Beating back waves of terror, I said a little prayer: "Dear God, please let it be my wife fooling around with Earl. Please don't let it be a broken pipe or something."But instead of finding Earl and my wife in a sweaty embrace, I found the two of them in the upstairs bathroom. Earl was on his hands and knees, banging a wrench the size of a pickax against a pipe under the sink.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 13, 2004
A broken sprinkler pipe in the ceiling of an exercise room has forced the Florence Bain Senior Center in west Columbia to close "for at least the next two days," said Susan Rosenbaum, deputy director of the Howard County Department of Citizens Services. No firm date for reopening had been scheduled. Rosenbaum said the pipe broke about 3 p.m. Sunday, releasing 35,000 gallons of water into the 20-year-old center, where water was at least "several inches deep," Rosenbaum said. The cause of the broken pipe was not known.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 17, 1997
Coast Guard and Ocean City public works crews completed the cleanup yesterday of an estimated 71 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled into Sinepuxent Bay when a pipe broke near the Talbot Street Pier, officials said.The Ocean City Office of Emergency Management said the spill occurred about 6: 15 p.m. Monday when a 2-inch pipe that supplied fuel oil at a marina ruptured.The fuel spilled from a pipe at Angler Marina near Talbot Street, said Lt. j.g. Eric Miller of the Coast Guard's marine safety office in Hampton Roads, Va.Miller said the spill was contained by 8 a.m. yesterday with the help of a containment boom placed in the water.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,Evening Sun Staff | September 16, 1991
In a story Monday about the restored Johnson pipe organ, Westminster Hall's location was incorrectly given. The building is at Fayette and Greene streets. The Evening Sun regrets the error.Baltimore recovers a musical treasure in Westminster Hall this week when the last pipes are set in a 109-year-old organ that collected dust for a decade in Massachusetts and for 50 years earlier was an electrified revision of the 1882 original.The Johnson pipe organ was played for a century in the Westminster Presbyterian Church at Lombard and Greene streets.
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By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF | April 30, 2003
A broken water pipe disrupted service yesterday for nearly 150 households in the Radnor-Winston neighborhood off York Road and Cold Spring Lane and threatened to keep the showers from running and the toilets from flushing into today. City officials closed Cold Spring Lane between York Road and St. George's Avenue, a detour that was also expected to remain in effect today. "When I woke up, I said, `Not again,'" said Marie Simms, who watched from her porch as neighbors filled buckets with water spewing from a fire hydrant on Midwood Avenue.
HEALTH
By Laura Barnhardt Cech, For The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Although hookah lounges are becoming more popular, smoking flavored tobacco through water pipes creates hazardous concentrations of indoor air pollution, according to a new study from the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. In fact, airborne particulate matter and carbon monoxide levels exceeded those found in restaurants and bars that allowed cigarette smoking, the study found. "There is a mistaken notion that because the tobacco smoke is drawn through the water, it's somehow cleaner or not as bad," Patrick Breysse, a professor in the department of environmental health sciences and the study's senior author, said in an interview.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
City officials say the insurance program for broken water pipes they've been publicizing likely won't be available for several months, and possibly not until autumn. Baltimore first announced the insurance - which officials call a service contract - last year in connection with the approval of a system-wide overhaul of water meters, warning residents they would want to buy the insurance in case pipes break during the work. Kurt Kocher, a spokesman for Baltimore Department of Public Works, said recently there is a very small chance pipes could break during the overhaul of about 400,000 water meters in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
The family of a boy killed after a natural gas explosion has sued Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., alleging that it ignored its failing pipes that leaked the gas and triggered the explosion. Troy Douglas, 8, was killed in February as he was walking home from William Paca Elementary School. A gas explosion inside an end-unit rowhouse blew out about three-quarters of its side wall, sending bricks and debris into the street and triggering a large fire. The boy's body was found crushed underneath a section of the wall, city Fire Department investigators wrote in a report.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
A portion of Interstate 83 southbound will be closed near the Maryland and Pennsylvania border through the weekend as crews work to repair a deteriorating pipe, Pennsylvania transportation officials said. The highway will be closed between Exit 4 for Shrewsbury, Pa and the Maryland line and drivers will be detoured. Transportation officials had intended to close only one of the two lanes for the repair of the pipe, but found a 8-foot-by-13-inch gap under the road when they arrived.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
Baltimore County police say a man who falsely claimed to be an employee at a Middle River company charged more than $11,600 worth of copper piping to the company's account from a supply store on Feb. 6. Police said that at around 11:30 a.m., the man received copper from a supply house on Hollins Ferry Road after he had the purchase credited to the company account of Kinetix, a firm in Middle River. Police said that when a company official at Kinetix was notified of the transaction, it was determined that the purchase had not been authorized.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
Maryland regulators said Wednesday that they will allow Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. to charge gas customers a monthly fee to pick up the pace of replacing aging pipes - the first such surcharge in the state. The surcharge will start at about 32 cents a month for residential customers this year, increasing annually until it caps out at $2 a month in 2017 and 2018. Business customers would pay different amounts, with almost all starting at $1.58 a month and topping out at $9.75 monthly.
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By JACQUES KELLY | September 24, 1993
After a decade of work, an auto mechanic, a computer specialist and an usher made the notes of "Rock of Ages" resound through the auditorium at the Third Church of Christ Scientist.Last Sunday, a 65-year-old church organ was running again at 702 Cathedral Street, an address that faces Baltimore's Mount Vernon Place and has a special place in local presidential history.The three retired men who decided to repair and re-leather the 1928 pipe organ, originally made in Hagerstown at the M. P. Moller works, are not musicians or professional musical mechanics.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writer | February 9, 1994
Dorsey's Search Village Manager Anne Darrin thought she had seen the worst on Jan. 16 when she worked from morning until midnight trying to contain the damage from a broken pipe that flooded Linden Hall.But as the village activities center was drying out and contractors were assessing repairs, a sprinkler ruptured Jan. 19 in the building's mechanical systems room. On that frigid evening, a weary Ms. Darrin rushed to the room and groped to shut off the water as it splashed into her face.And then, three days later, another pipe burst.
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By Jean Marbella and Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
It is a chilling tale of winter, one that in ghost-story fashion begins with a sign that all is not right. Maybe there's a damp spot spreading ominously across a wall, or faint sounds that grow louder and more insistent. "I heard water dripping," Liz Simon-Higgs of Baltimore said, "but mostly what I heard was my water meter spinning. " Similarly, Kacey Gaige heard the tell-tale sound of water on the move in her Severna Park home, "but I wasn't running the laundry. " As she headed into her garage to pick her kids up at school Thursday, the source of the mystery sound was revealed.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | January 8, 2014
Hampden merchants and a Baltimore City councilwoman are becoming increasingly angry as they wait for the Department of Public Works to finish water and sewer line repair projects that have clogged the commercial 3600 block of Falls Road and nearby streets with temporary lines since last summer. The city removed the temporary lines for the holidays, including for the scheduled Hampden Mayor's Christmas Parade that was ultimately canceled due to snow, but the lines were re-installed last week along Falls Road at West 36th Street (The Avenue)
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