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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2011
Animal Kingdom, the thoroughbred that won this year's Kentucky Derby, got a police escort to Pimlico for the Preakness. Wounded war veterans got escorts to Orioles games. Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell got an escort to the Grand Prix. Police escorted the bus carrying Ravens players to M&T Bank Stadium and gave the same courtesy to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Police also got NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to Sunday's game on time, though two motorcycle officers crashed in Essex - an incident that drew attention to the practice and raised questions about whether the commissioner received special treatment.
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September 17, 2011
The best policy regarding police escorts for VIPs is to eliminate them entirely, except in cases of extreme emergency ("A case-by-case stance on city police escorts," Sept. 15). I live on President Street and have noticed in increase in vehicles, buses and the like being escorted by police cars and motorcycles with sirens blaring. Not only do they disrupt traffic and waste of police manpower, they are also an ear splitting annoyance. Retired Baltimore Police Lt. Col. Michael Andrew acknowledged that "everybody and his brother wants one," so clearly police escorts have become issue of vanity.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2011
Trainer Graham Motion said this morning he's leaning strongly toward bringing Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom to Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, the day of the Preakness Stakes, instead of arrriving Friday and having him stay overnight in an unfamiliar environment. Animal Kingdom has been settling in at his new home at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, where Motion has his base of operations, since he won the Kentucky Derby on May 7. "I'm really thinking I'm leaning that way right now," Motion told The Sun. "I'm just not sure I see any benefit to bringing him in on Friday.
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September 14, 2011
As a Baltimore resident, taxpayer and furloughed city employee, I have a hard time understanding why city police officers were assigned to escort the CEO of a private company from Martin State Airport to M&T Bank Stadium Sunday ("Two Baltimore officers hurt in motorcycle accident on way to escort NFL commissioner," Sept. 12). My first concern, of course, is for the officers, to whom I wish a speedy recovery. But I can't help but wonder in this time of doing more with less, who is actually covering their medical expenses.
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By Matt Vensel | April 5, 2011
Baltimore sprung to life before yesterday's home opener, and the sellout crowd at Camden Yards buzzed in a way I had yet to witness in my five years in this city. Covering the first-place Orioles is suddenly exciting, and the rediscovered passion from the fan base plays a big role in that. Camden Yards was rocking yesterday. The stadium shook when manager Buck Showalter was introduced before the game. The Warehouse trembled when Brian Roberts socked that three-run home run in the fifth inning and the crowd was on its feet when Koji Uehara closed out the win. Pratt Street was swarming with orange when I left the stadium an hour afterward.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | September 9, 1995
CLEVELAND -- Everywhere he went yesterday, a standing ovation followed. That's the way it is with legends. People will be cheering Cal Ripken for the rest of his career, and probably the rest of his life.He boarded a 10 a.m. flight to Cleveland, and the passengers stood and applauded. He walked to a 5 p.m. news conference at Jacobs Field, and the ballpark ushers did the same.Then he played consecutive game No. 2,132, on the night the Cleveland Indians clinched their first postseason appearance in 41 years with a 3-2 victory over the Orioles.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER and MICHAEL DRESSER,SUN REPORTER | May 17, 2006
The Maryland Transportation Authority Police have been providing armed escorts at taxpayer expense to sports celebrities and other VIPs when they board commercial flights at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The curb-to-plane escorts enable the celebrities to avoid long lines at security gates, allowing them to arrive as little as half an hour before a flight. The practice began shortly after Gary W. McLhinney was appointed chief of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police in 2003, according to past and current officers, though McLhinney asserted that he had merely "enhanced" a continuing program.
NEWS
September 17, 2011
The best policy regarding police escorts for VIPs is to eliminate them entirely, except in cases of extreme emergency ("A case-by-case stance on city police escorts," Sept. 15). I live on President Street and have noticed in increase in vehicles, buses and the like being escorted by police cars and motorcycles with sirens blaring. Not only do they disrupt traffic and waste of police manpower, they are also an ear splitting annoyance. Retired Baltimore Police Lt. Col. Michael Andrew acknowledged that "everybody and his brother wants one," so clearly police escorts have become issue of vanity.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2002
Access to the Baltimore Beltway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway was temporarily interrupted yesterday so buses loaded with young Jewish athletes participating in the JCC Maccabi Games could visit the Holocaust Museum in Washington. State troopers and police from Baltimore and Baltimore County, along with FBI agents, escorted the athletes in the second show of security that literally stopped traffic this week. Beltway ramps were closed from Towson to Lansdowne for a few minutes at a time as groups of buses drove to Washington and returned, Baltimore County police said.
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October 21, 2008
Funeral processions for law enforcement officers are an outpouring of respect, but can be a traffic nightmare for other drivers. And while the state police do their best to alert motorists with highway message boards and the like, there should be some other way to ensure both a respectful escort for an officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty and safe and speedy passage for highway travelers. Part of the problem, as evidenced by recent complaints to Baltimore Sun columnist Michael Dresser, is that police escorts aren't limited to funerals of law enforcement officers.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2011
Animal Kingdom, the thoroughbred that won this year's Kentucky Derby, got a police escort to Pimlico for the Preakness. Wounded war veterans got escorts to Orioles games. Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell got an escort to the Grand Prix. Police escorted the bus carrying Ravens players to M&T Bank Stadium and gave the same courtesy to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Police also got NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to Sunday's game on time, though two motorcycle officers crashed in Essex - an incident that drew attention to the practice and raised questions about whether the commissioner received special treatment.
NEWS
September 12, 2011
It pained me to hear that two Baltimore police officers were injured in the line of duty Sunday ("Two Baltimore officers hurt in motorcycle accident on way to escort NFL commissioner," Sept 12). Their job is to protect us, and each one of us should be thankful to them and relived that their injuries are not life threatening. My concern is why they were doing what they were doing, providing an escort from a chartered jet flight to a Ravens game? The commissioner of the National Football League is an important man, extremely wealthy, and undoubtedly very busy, but he is a man that oversees another group of men who play a game for entertainment.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2011
Trainer Graham Motion said this morning he's leaning strongly toward bringing Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom to Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, the day of the Preakness Stakes, instead of arrriving Friday and having him stay overnight in an unfamiliar environment. Animal Kingdom has been settling in at his new home at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, where Motion has his base of operations, since he won the Kentucky Derby on May 7. "I'm really thinking I'm leaning that way right now," Motion told The Sun. "I'm just not sure I see any benefit to bringing him in on Friday.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | April 5, 2011
Baltimore sprung to life before yesterday's home opener, and the sellout crowd at Camden Yards buzzed in a way I had yet to witness in my five years in this city. Covering the first-place Orioles is suddenly exciting, and the rediscovered passion from the fan base plays a big role in that. Camden Yards was rocking yesterday. The stadium shook when manager Buck Showalter was introduced before the game. The Warehouse trembled when Brian Roberts socked that three-run home run in the fifth inning and the crowd was on its feet when Koji Uehara closed out the win. Pratt Street was swarming with orange when I left the stadium an hour afterward.
NEWS
October 21, 2008
Funeral processions for law enforcement officers are an outpouring of respect, but can be a traffic nightmare for other drivers. And while the state police do their best to alert motorists with highway message boards and the like, there should be some other way to ensure both a respectful escort for an officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty and safe and speedy passage for highway travelers. Part of the problem, as evidenced by recent complaints to Baltimore Sun columnist Michael Dresser, is that police escorts aren't limited to funerals of law enforcement officers.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | January 30, 2008
This is living. The bus convoy that carried us to Super Bowl Media Day at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., got a huge police escort that - get this - slowed travel on Interstate 10 to make room for us during morning rush hour. That's service. Just like to send along a little note to the Maryland State Police: I'd appreciate the same kind of courtesy on the Beltway. In exchange, I'll agree to do the MSP Polar Bear Plunge every year.
NEWS
September 12, 2011
It pained me to hear that two Baltimore police officers were injured in the line of duty Sunday ("Two Baltimore officers hurt in motorcycle accident on way to escort NFL commissioner," Sept 12). Their job is to protect us, and each one of us should be thankful to them and relived that their injuries are not life threatening. My concern is why they were doing what they were doing, providing an escort from a chartered jet flight to a Ravens game? The commissioner of the National Football League is an important man, extremely wealthy, and undoubtedly very busy, but he is a man that oversees another group of men who play a game for entertainment.
NEWS
September 14, 2011
As a Baltimore resident, taxpayer and furloughed city employee, I have a hard time understanding why city police officers were assigned to escort the CEO of a private company from Martin State Airport to M&T Bank Stadium Sunday ("Two Baltimore officers hurt in motorcycle accident on way to escort NFL commissioner," Sept. 12). My first concern, of course, is for the officers, to whom I wish a speedy recovery. But I can't help but wonder in this time of doing more with less, who is actually covering their medical expenses.
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By Brent Jones and Liz F. Kay and Brent Jones and Liz F. Kay,Sun reporters | October 4, 2007
For about 17 hours yesterday, truck driver Bob Johnson and two co-workers sat on a jersey barrier just north of the city limits on Interstate 95 and entertained themselves by watching traffic go by. A couple of trucks blew out tires. An accident on the northbound side tied up traffic. And every so often, a car would get a little too close to the shoulder where the crew stood and knock over the cones Johnson had set up to alert travelers of their parked vehicles. "That was pretty much the highlight of the day," he said.
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By Michael Dresser and Meredith Cohn and Michael Dresser and Meredith Cohn,SUN REPORTERS | January 26, 2007
The Maryland Transportation Authority Police will drop the practice of providing armed escorts for visiting sports and entertainment celebrities at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the state's new transportation secretary said yesterday. John D. Porcari said the police agency would instead focus on its "primary tasks" of providing security at the airport, port and toll facilities. "We are going to focus on the basics. I'm sure there are limousine services for celebrities," Porcari said.
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