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By Los Angeles Times | May 28, 1995
MANILA, Philippines -- They called the project Bojinka, "the explosion."The plan was devastating in its complexity and technical brilliance. If it had not been foiled, it might have been the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.Project Bojinka was a plan to blow up 11 U.S. airliners over the Pacific in a day of rage at the United States.According to investigators, it called for five Muslim terrorists to plant virtually undetectable bombs aboard the planes, all jumbo jets, in an intricately synchronized plan that had the bombers changing planes as many as four times in a day.The U.S. government has accused Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, the Pakistani suspected of engineering the New York World Trade Center bombing, of being the mastermind behind the Bojinka plot.
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October 13, 2014
In the second televised debate of the Maryland gubernatorial campaign, Republican Larry Hogan continued to hammer Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown with his charge that, as part of the O'Malley administration, the Democrat has presided over the ruination of Maryland's economy. Mr. Hogan repeated his contention that tax increases to fuel runaway spending in Annapolis had driven thousands of residents and small businesses out of state, stagnated growth and doubled unemployment. Mr. Brown argued about many of the specific points Mr. Hogan raised, to be sure, but he did not disagree with the basic point that Maryland's economy needs a jump start.
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April 16, 2011
Re "O'Malley calls for economic transformation," April 15: Sounds like something from the past, from another failed state — the ex-USSR. F.P. Cordell, Lutherville
NEWS
October 13, 2014
Laurie Schwartz's recent letter cheering the Inner Harbor 2.0 Plan after the Star-Spangled Spectacular and the Orioles' victory in the division is a positive note of which Baltimore can be proud ( "Baltimore's winning streak," Sept. 18). Ms. Schwartz has done a marvelous job over the years bringing out the best in Baltimore as president of the Waterfront Partnership. Cloning her would be to our advantage, but her optimism about the Inner Harbor 2.0 Plan needs to be tempered with a concern for how to accomplish it successfully.
EXPLORE
September 16, 2011
The Laurel Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Saturday, Sept. 17, in an effort to raise the level of public awareness and inform citizens about the efforts that are being used to identify and apprehend impaired drivers. The sobriety checkpoint will be held between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. at Eighth Street and Talbott Avenue (Route 198 westbound). For more information, contact Laurel Public Information Officer James Collins at 301-725-5300 ext. 2244.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to expand pre-kindergarten education in Maryland, one of Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislative priorities this year. The bill would expand educational opportunities for 4-year-olds by providing grant funding to public and private schools. A similar bill is awaiting action in the House. O'Malley issued a statement welcoming the Senate action, saying that “we're building a stronger foundation that will help our state compete not just nationally, but globally.”
NEWS
March 5, 2013
I recently had the privilege of speaking to an enthusiastic and hopeful crowd gathered in Annapolis to urge lawmakers to pass a bill allowing the state of Maryland to renovate or rebuild Baltimore City's school buildings over the next 10 years through an innovative financing arrangement ("Thousands rally for city schools construction plan," Feb. 26). We are not asking for additional funds but a simply a long-term commitment of funds already allocated by the state so that the city's school buildings can be brought on a par with those in the counties and with charter schools.
NEWS
July 27, 2012
To answer your recent editorial, "Which way for Coppin?" (July 25), my response is - up! Back in June 2009, Coppin State University President Dr. Reginald S. Avery wrote, "We understand our obligation to be good stewards of the public's investment in us and that we will be held accountable. " The priority of Coppin State University today must be the enrollment, retention and graduation of students. Coppin, much more than any other university in Maryland, has a tremendous challenge in addressing a significant number of disadvantaged Maryland residents.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee | January 9, 2012
After a nomadic 2011 campaign that included stops with the New York Jets and Houston Texans, Derrick Mason has concluded that it is time to end his 15-year career. “Right now, I'm just doing some analysis and spending time with my kids,” the former Ravens wide receiver told The Sun's Mike Preston from his home in Nashville. “Physically, I feel fine and I can still go play. Mentally, I've had enough. I know it's my time to get out and I plan to retire.” Mason, who was waived by the Ravens in the offseason, did not encounter much success, catching just 19 passes for 170 yards with the Jets and Texans.
NEWS
June 11, 2010
I read your editorial about former Gov. Bob Ehrlich's plan to help small business ("Small business agenda, details TBD," June 9). I attended his meeting this past Monday. Bob gave out plenty of details. He wants the state of Maryland to be more "business friendly," requiring state officials to help rather than stymie business development. With Solo Cup and ESPN Zone closing, more than 700 more Marylanders will be out of work. Even if some of them have the financial wherewithal to start a small business, the permitting, licensing, and taxation systems make starting a business difficult, if not impossible.
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Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Overnight closures of the ramp carrying southbound Interstate 95 onto northbound Interstate 395 into downtown Baltimore will begin on Tuesday as part of a $13 million bridge repair project, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. Starting Tuesday night through Sunday, Nov. 2, the ramp will be closed nightly Monday through Saturday from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., the MdTA said. Crews will be repairing, cleaning and painting steel support beams. The project targets bridges on I-95 and I-395 south of the Fort McHenry Tunnel.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
An advisory group that advocates for MARC riders in Maryland has called on state officials and local transit operators to plan for special rail service between Baltimore and Washington in the event the Orioles make it to the World Series. The MARC Riders Advisory Council wrote a letter Thursday to Gov. Martin O'Malley — and sent copies to the Maryland Transit Administration, railroad CSX Transportation and several Maryland legislators — calling the lack of such planning unacceptable.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | October 9, 2014
Torrid, a women's plus-size retailer, will have a grand opening Saturday at Arundel Mills, with the first 50 shoppers eligible to get a "mystery gift card" worth up to $100. UPDATE: Each of the first 50 customers will get a card that ranges in value from $10 to $100, no purchase necessary, a spokeswoman said. Customers who come in Saturday also can register for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree at the store, which sells on-trend clothing, sleepwear, shoes, intimate apparel and accessories.
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Luke Broadwater, Mark Puente and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner outlined Tuesday a sweeping plan to reduce police brutality, including the possibility of equipping officers with body cameras, while reiterating that they are committed to restoring public trust in the agency. "We didn't create these problems, but as leadership in charge today, it's our obligation to do everything that we can to fix the breach between the community and police," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said about the 41-page report outlining their plans.
NEWS
By Charles Cadwell and Mark Goldberg | October 6, 2014
Climate change has been in the news a lot lately. The United Nations held a Climate Change Summit, which was attended by more than 100 heads of state. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of New York for a "People's Climate March," the biggest such event ever. But there was a third very important climate-related development that received much less attention than it warranted: President Barack Obama issued a new executive order that may prove to be a turning point for efforts to advance climate preparedness around the world and for U.S. foreign aid planning.
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By Michael Dresser and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
When Republican Larry Hogan and Democrat Anthony G. Brown discuss the business climate in Maryland, it seems as if the gubernatorial rivals are talking about two different states. Hogan's Maryland is a terrible place to do business, a state where companies and residents are streaming for the borders to escape oppressive taxation and capricious regulations. His remedy: tax and spending cuts coupled with business-friendly appointments to regulatory agencies. Brown's Maryland is the state with the highest household median income and a blue-chip AAA bond rating, where top-quality educational resources and strategic investments fuel the nation's No. 1 entrepreneurial culture.
NEWS
May 27, 2011
Kudos to the Greater Baltimore Committee for an Inner Harbor vision with style and scope ("Walking bridge, light shows, park proposed for Inner Harbor," May 26). These ideas stand in stark contrast to the nine prior proposals for amusements that were more suited to a carnival midway than to the heart of a great city. Randolph Knepper
NEWS
November 16, 2011
I am so upset over the news that the University of Maryland may cut so many teams to address the athletic department's deficit ("Eight teams targeted to be cut," Nov. 15). With all state money the University of Maryland receives, this is not understandable! Where will out future Olympians train and who will be able to partake? Bettye A. Frantz, Gwynn Oak
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
The state health insurance exchange continued enrolling consumers in Medicaid, adding almost 22,000 new people to the rolls in the last month, according to a report released Friday. The report said 376,850 people in the state have gained coverage under the federal-state program for the low-income since the exchange launched a year ago under the federal Affordable Care Act. Another 2,425 people bought private insurance plans in the last month, though the open enrollment period is closed.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
When the new six-screen, 752-seat cinema opens in mid-November in the Sun Valley Shopping Center in Glen Burnie, it will be the second theater in the community operated by the same man. Ira Miller, president of Sun Valley Movie Theaters Inc., also owns Marley Station Movies in Glen Burnie. The Sun Valley 6, which will show first-run discounted movies, is under construction as part of the remodeling of the center at the intersection of Mountain Road and Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard.
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