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July 1, 2012
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. reported at 10:15 a.m. Sunday that it still had about 306,000 customers without power in the Baltimore area. BGE said it had 1,000 trucks working to restore power. Anne Arundel: 60,178 Baltimore City: 78,664 Baltimore County: 84,654 Carroll: 1,670 Harford: 2,097 Howard: 27,610
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SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
The key offensive component to the Orioles' resurgence the past three years has been the ability to hit home runs. They're never out of any game simply because they can change the tone of it with one swing. The Orioles have hit at least 200 home runs in three straight seasons for the first time in franchise history. It's a big part of who they are, but as the club embarks on its second playoff run in three years, there is a question whether their biggest offensive weapon will work in the postseason.
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NEWS
July 3, 2012
Talk to any scientist about losing all that power and they may agree. It just could be that mother nature is fighting back. What have we done to earn her trust? Not much, I'm afraid. The Indians knew how, but most of them are gone. For starters, lets take better care of what we do have. We can't afford another power outage. We rely on mother nature so much yet look at how much we take her for granted. Maryanne T. Nobile, Gwynn Oaks
NEWS
By Colin Campbell and Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
An unknown amount of copper wiring was stolen from a BGE substation in Linthicum, causing a power outage that disrupted light rail service from Patapsco Station south to Cromwell Station and BWI Sunday morning, police said. Anne Arundel County police and a BGE representative found wire missing from a live section of two utility structures around 10 a.m. The person who stole it may have serious burns from extreme heat and electricity, police said. The public and area hospitals are asked to be on the lookout for anyone with such injuries.
NEWS
September 6, 2011
As someone who endured a five-day power outage after Hurricane Irene, I am bemused by Bill Alcarese's letter blaming trees for the downed power lines ("As Irene demonstrated, trees have their disadvantages," Sept. 1). The problem is not with the trees but with the power lines, which should be buried underground. Every year, this country loses hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity due to downed power lines that shut down businesses and keep people from getting to work.
NEWS
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2011
More than a week after Hurricane Irene blew through Maryland, power has been restored to almost all public schools in Baltimore, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County. In Baltimore County, Winfield Elementary is closed Tuesday because it doesn't have power, and in the city, Lockerman Bundy Elementary is also closed to students, the systems said. Lockerman Bundy staff should report to Mary Ann Winterling Elementary. Irene played havoc with the schedules of educators, parents and students, as schools lost, gained, and in some instances re-lost power from day to day.
NEWS
July 11, 2012
Power outages lasting a week or longer are on everyone's minds, and the finger-pointing goes on, mostly in BGE's direction for not being prepared for the derecho storm last week. The professional weather forecasters could not predict it, so I'm unclear how BGE could have. In a recent commentary, columnist Dan Rodricks suggested that our power distribution system is like that of a third-world country compared with developed countries such as Germany ("It's not astrophysics: Bury power lines," July 5)
NEWS
July 3, 2012
The epic power outages have laid bare one of the fatal flaws of the state's growth policies for the Baltimore-Washington region: Our public infrastructure and services are inadequate to meet the demands of today's residents and workers. We need to make today's Baltimore-Washington region more livable before we can even begin to think about a future megalopolis that would be more congested and more demanding of infrastructure and services than the one we already have. Anthony J. Di Giacomo
NEWS
July 13, 2012
Much has been said about the power outages caused by recent storms, but one thing rarely mentioned is the importance of getting people off the electrical grid. It's a national security issue when so many people are rendered helpless in a neighborhoods because their electrical power all comes from the local utility. The government should continue to offer incentives for households to install solar panels, wind turbines or geothermal systems of whatever size. It would help if even one or two people on a block had an energy source besides the grid.
NEWS
February 10, 2011
In his letter to the Sun ( "O'Malley's Wrong About Electric Deregulation," Feb. 8) BGE planning analyst Paul Ritterhoff states that Gov. Martin O'Malley's effort to blame the prolonged, storm-related power outages on a deregulated electricity market is deceitful. Maybe he is right. But here is my question for Mr. Ritterhoff and BGE: After decades of power outages caused by snow, ice and wind bringing down power lines from falling trees and branches, why are these power lines still hanging up in the air?
NEWS
BY ALLAN VOUGHT and BRYNA ZUMERavought@theaegis.com bzumer@theaegis.com | April 30, 2014
Harford County emergency officials began bracing for potential flooding Tuesday afternoon, with between 3 to 5 inches of additional rain forecast to fall on the county in the ensuing 24 to 48 hours. Representatives from the Harford County Department of Emergency Services and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency went to the north county area Tuesday afternoon to ask some residents along Little Deer Creek to consider leaving their homes because an earthen dam was in potential danger of being breached.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
Navy's offense is mired in a bit of a dry spell. After scoring 32 goals in a pair of routs of Patriot League foes Holy Cross on March 1 and Lafayette on March 7, the Midshipmen (3-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference) scored just one goal in the first half of an eventual 14-9 loss to Towson on March 11 and twice in a 13-2 thumping by No. 19 Lehigh on Saturday. The sample size is just two games, which may be why coach Rick Sowell did not seem distressed about the offensive woes.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
Meteorologists and utility officials cautioned of possible power outages Wednesday night as wind gusts up to 50 mph blow through the region, along with possible thunderstorms and then a burst of cold air. The combination of high winds and saturated soil was expected to down tree limbs and trunks, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. officials warned. Slightly more than 16,000 BGE customers were without power as of 11 p.m., slightly less than half of them in Baltimore County. The National Weather Service placed Central Maryland under a wind advisory through 11 a.m. Thursday, with sustained winds of 20-30 mph and gusts of 40-50 mph. Wind gusts neared or surpassed 50 mph across the state Wednesday night, including a 53 mph gust at BWI Airport, 51 mph in West Baltimore, 51 mph in Middle River and 46 mph in Westminster.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
A winter that hasn't pulled any punches has started to sock the region again Monday, with as much as 8 inches of snow expected followed by another round or two of single-digit temperatures. As of 5:30 a.m. about an inch has fallen in Reisterstown and the city, according to the National Weather Service. The heaviest snows in the region were expected south of Baltimore as a storm stretching from Colorado to Massachusetts plows across the country. The National Weather Service forecast as much as 10 inches of snow in Southern Maryland, 4 to 8 inches across Central Maryland and lesser amounts toward the Mason-Dixon Line falling Monday, on top of one-tenth inch of ice. The forecast had officials renewing calls for motorists to delay travel and for residents to be prepared for power outages.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
Ralph Jaffe, a perennial candidate for governor, said he is suing Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. for $1 billion over a power outage response he called illegally slow. Jaffe said his Pikesville home lost power during the Feb. 5 ice storm and remained out for two days, which he alleges in his suit is a violation of the state's Electricity Service Quality and Reliability Act. He said BGE paid for far too few crews to work on the problem. "The people have to know that the real reason why they suffer is that BGE lowballs the number of crews that they make available, and they take that money saved from the restoration responsibilities and give it to the stockholders," said Jaffe, a volunteer teacher who is running as a Democrat in the state gubernatorial race.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley urged Marylanders to get off the roads by 10 p.m. Wednesday as a powerful winter storm rolled up the East Coast. In a State House briefing, the governor warned that the state is expecting a "24-hour event" that will bring "a big swath of nasty snow and ice" to the state. "Neighbors should stay off the roads," he said. The administration acted to keep tens of thousands of workers off the roads Thursday by closing state offices. The General Assembly was planning to meet for its morning Senate and House floor sessions, but all House hearings and some Senate hearings were called off. O'Malley said the state will deploy about 2,700 pieces of snow removal equipment between the State Highway Administration and private contractors.
NEWS
July 5, 2012
Pepco's response to the recent storm is indicative of how unprepared the company continues to be in situations that require timely and efficient operation ("Feeling powerless," July 3). The storm hit on a Friday evening, but apparently Pepco got next to nothing accomplished on Saturday and Sunday. The lack of communication and informational updates has been appalling. Pepco customers deserve better. To tell the public and the news media that it could take a week or more to restore service to 90 percent of customers shows a lack of care and inefficiency.
NEWS
July 3, 2012
The severe storm Friday caused downed trees and numerous power outages but it paled in comparison to previous storms in other parts of the country, where utility companies were prepared to deal with the aftermath of such storms by improving infrastructure and actually learning from their mistakes. They also restored power to their customers in a reasonable amount of time and, unlike BGE, have staff available to handle emergency calls instead of leaving customers on hold for hours.
NEWS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said the last lingering power outages from Wednesday's ice storm and Thursday's winds were repaired overnight. BGE had anticipated that the final several thousand of the 182,000 outages would be fixed by Friday, but the utility said Sunday that some downed lines and other damage affecting small numbers of customers proved difficult to repair. "Our crews were encountering much more damage than expected in some of those cases," said Rachael Lighty, a BGE spokeswoman.
NEWS
By Scott Dance and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
Cloudy skies with high temperatures just below the freezing mark are forecast in the Baltimore area Thursday. Morning lows were expected in the lower 20s, reaching the lower 30s by the afternoon. Northwest winds of 10-15 mph could make it feel like the teens and 20s throughout the day. After an ice storm caused more than 150,000 power outages across the state Wednesday, about half of those households remained without electricity early Thursday morning. Baltimore Gas and Electric officials have warned that some outages may not be repaired until Friday.
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