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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff writer | March 3, 1991
Birds perched on the jagged edges of the quarry flew up and out as the first horn sounded. After the third horn, the explosives planted in holes in a quarry wall were detonated. A loud boom was followed by a huge dust cloud that mushroomed up as 5,800 tons of limestone crashed from the wall to the floor of the pit.The county's mineral mining committee stood on the edge of the quarry, about 600 feet away from the blast. The explosion was over in a few seconds, and committee members reboarded a school bus, which took them 200 feet down steep ramps into the Genstar Stone Products Co. quarry.
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By Bill Wagner and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 26, 2014
Buddy Green spent a total of four days at Anne Arundel Medical Center getting treatment for an undisclosed ailment. When the veteran defensive coordinator returned to Navy football practice Wednesday, it was suggested that spending too much time watching Western Kentucky's prolific offense prompted Green to hurry back to work. "Actually, watching Western Kentucky will put you back in the hospital," Green quipped. First-year coach Jeff Brohm has installed a pass-happy Hilltoppers attack that piles up yards and points at a rapid rate.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
During his four-year career as an attackman at Hobart, Tom Gravante fueled the school's run to four consecutive NCAA Division III championships between 1985 and 1988 and was inducted into the university's Hall of Fame in 2006. On Saturday, Gravante will do his best to beat his alma mater. When the Statesmen (2-6 overall and 1-1 in the Northeast Conference) visit Emmitsburg on Saturday, they will tangle with league foe Mount St. Mary's, which is coached by Gravante. The Mountaineers suffered their ninth consecutive loss Tuesday, 15-8, to Robert Morris, setting up the first all-time meeting between Gravante and Hobart.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
First announced last fall, Blue Pit opened on the last days of spring in Hampden on Union Avenue, where it's been operating as a whiskey bar . Now, on the very last day of summer, owner-chef David Newman is officially debuting his long-awaited barbecue menu.  Blue Pit is now Blue Pit BBQ with a new awning to prove it. The menu includes sandwiches and meat platters featuring 18-hour pit-cooked pulled pork, brisket rubbed with...
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By Ivan Penn and Howard Libit and Ivan Penn and Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writers | October 11, 1994
In a shallow pit on a wooded Elkridge lot, swarms of maggots devour dozens of carcasses of dogs, cats and deer. The powerful stench of rotten flesh hangs in the air.Flies circle above a German shepherd decomposing in a begging position. The blackened skull of what looks like a cat peaks out of a small white trash bag. The body of a deer rests face down atop about 50 other animals in the uncovered pit.The animals' bodies were dumped in the uncovered grave -- and perhaps in at least six other nearby covered pits -- in a wooded area several hundred yards from the 7700 block of Mayfield Ave., off Route 108.The grisly animal dump is also several hundred yards from a large county public works facility that includes a police-car repair shop.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 23, 1998
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ravens quarterback Jim Harbaugh will be a working stiff tomorrow, down in the pits, holding a sign board for his IndyCar driver, Scott Goodyear.Football personnel and motorsports -- it's beginning to sound like love and marriage. Joe Gibbs, Dan Marino, Walter Payton, Mark Rypien, Jerry Glanville and Joe Montana all have owned one kind of race team or another.Now it's Harbaugh's turn.He is back in Indianapolis getting ready for the 82nd Indianapolis 500 as part-owner of the car that Goodyear will start from the inside of the fourth row."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2004
"I didn't win American Idol one week and become a superstar. I actually trucked up and down the country and carried gear up and down stairs and slept in flea pits." -- Sting
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,tim.wheeler@baltsun.com | November 26, 2008
The state announced long-awaited rules yesterday to keep toxic substances from leaking from coal-ash dumps. The regulations require liners and runoff collection systems at all new dump sites accepting coal ash. The purpose is to prevent harmful metals and chemicals from leaching into ground water or nearby streams. Dump operators must also take steps to prevent ash from being blown onto neighboring properties. The state Department of the Environment proposed regulating coal-ash dumps after it was discovered that toxic chemicals had contaminated the wells of 23 homes near two sand-and-gravel pits in Gambrills.
EXPLORE
December 13, 2011
They're dubious landmarks with the look of a low-budget post apocalyptic movie, a fascinating history and an ironic geographic anomaly. The recently-sold Funkhouser Quarry property on the Mason-Dixon Line in the Delta-Cardiff-Whiteford area was a major source of slate from the era in U.S. history when slate was the preferred material for roofing shingles. The durability of slate is evident in buildings throughout the region whose roofs, shingled with the flat rocks a century ago, remain largely as they were even as more modern roofs have been replaced two and three times in the time since mining slate became unprofitable.
FEATURES
By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Residents of the Fells Prospect neighborhood have long grumbled about abandoned dog feces in their sidewalk tree pits. But when a recent community association newsletter advised members to, among other things, place pine cones or clippings from thorny plants in the pits to keep dogs out, some property owners saw red and said the suggestions were both harmful to pets and illegal. John Lam, a dog owner who's lived in the neighborhood -- which is near Fells Point and Butchers Hill -- for three years, said the association's January newsletter “made a point that a tremendous amount of people aren't picking up after their pets.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
Bob Creager opened his tiny pit beef stand in the parking lot of a Southeast Baltimore nightclub in 1987. The stand had no electricity. Creager had never run a business. And the former steelworker had no idea how to cook pit beef. "I was struggling," Creager says. These days, Creager's establishment - Chaps Pit Beef - is a Baltimore legend. His stand, in the parking lot of the Gentlemen's Gold Club on Pulaski Highway, has been featured on national television shows five times.
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July 2, 2014
Your article on the University System of Maryland's highest earners apparently was not intended to address the really big issue ( "UM coaches, UMB doctors among state's highest earners," June 28). The real issue is the self-sustaining, government-run education system whose creation we have allowed that leaves students saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in debt designed to help pay the exorbitant salaries of too many university presidents, professors and bureaucrats. Furthermore, why do we even need so many universities in Maryland, each with its own president and staff, and all trying to outdo each other with programs, stadiums, field houses, etc., that only perpetuate the problem?
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
Now that Republicans have chosen their candidate in November's race for Anne Arundel County executive, Democrat George F. Johnson IV says he's eager to begin the campaign. "It's time to roll our sleeves up," said Johnson, who faces Republican Steve Schuh in the Nov. 4 election. Schuh defeated incumbent Laura Neuman in last week's primary. Johnson, 60, has outlined a platform of spending more on schools and teacher salaries, supporting public safety and completing pollution control projects.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
After a brutal winter, a still spring night means a little more. Recent memories of bitter wind chills and injury-inducing ice can make something as simple as sitting outside with a drink on the cusp of June seem revelatory. A few friends and I were reminded of this on a recent Saturday night in Hampden. In the backyard of Blue Pit BBQ - a new whiskey bar across the street from Artifact Coffee - six wooden, beer-garden style tables sit under an intersection of stringed lights. As a second-level deck overlooks the scene, the area is framed by a wooden fence and potted plants.
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By Meekah Hopkins | May 6, 2014
It's horse racing season which, for a non-bettor who still enjoys the pomp and circumstance of the Triple Crown, means the return of traditional whiskey-based horse racing cocktails. But I have to confess: I've been cheating on the mint julep, and even worse, on the black-eyed Susan, for a more sophisticated drink, in a more sophisticated venue. That would be the Kentucky Rose at the new Blue Pit BBQ and Whiskey Bar in Hampden. Blue Pit is a whiskey lover's dream come true. Read: my dream come true.
NEWS
April 29, 2014
I was disturbed on multiple levels after reading Dan Rodricks ' recent article, "Two years after Maryland court ruling, pit bulls on attack" (April 26). Not only does Mr. Rodricks feed into anti-pit bull hysteria for the sake of sensationalizing a hot-button issue, but his piece can hardly be called journalism due to its questionable methodology. Mr. Rodricks' "research" for this piece is based upon a "game" that he calls "Pit Bull Google. " He writes, "Anyone with access to the Internet can do it. " Apparently, anyone with access to the Internet can also be a journalist!
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By Sandra McKee and The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2012
An IndyCar practice session for the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was cut short this morning for Penske driver Helio Castroneves when he had a run-in with driver Mike Conway, as Conway was leaving the pits. "We were having a good session," Castroneves said after being released from the infield care center. "Finally, I was getting the rhythm, especially since we didn't get to test last week. I was really starting to understand what the car needs. " But then, when Conway came out of the pits the two eventually collided and the steering wheel's knob spun around and hit Castroneves' hand hard.
NEWS
April 29, 2014
I want to thank journalist Dan Rodricks for his informative column about pit bulls ( "Two years after Maryland court ruling, pit bulls on attack," April 26). It helps me understand more about the pit bull lover uproar and their jargon about it being "the owner, not the breed. " However, nothing will ever help me understand why the pit bull lover groups refuse to look at the facts. A pit bull mauling and/or fatality occurs on a daily basis in our nation, and the data is right there if they desire to look at it. These pit bull fanatics are truly an ignorant group that is putting all of us in danger as a result.
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Dan Rodricks | April 26, 2014
In the two years since the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that pit bulls were inherently dangerous dogs, I developed a hobby: Pit Bull Google. It's a very edifying activity. Anyone with access to the Internet can do it. You click on Google News to get the search engine's most recent results. You enter the words "pit bull," and "attack" or "police. " (If you only enter "pit bull" you get the latest concert reviews for the rapper known as Pitbull.) Without fail, the search turns up a news story about a vicious dog attack somewhere in the U.S. within the last four to 48 hours.
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