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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2011
A group of Clarksville residents trying to block a liquor store from opening in the small shopping center near their upscale neighborhood is finding out just how difficult a task that can be. The residents' large detached homes are just off the east side of Route 108 across the road from the parish center building at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church. The main entry road for the decade-old, 70-home development called Clarks Glen North is Wake Forest Road, and the homes lining it look northward, directly facing the shopping center across a narrow strip of grass and mature pine trees.
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By Janene Holzberg and For The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Dawn Root's life took a serendipitous turn two years ago, one that eventually brought her to talk about her mother's death as a way to fight domestic violence. The Glen Burnie resident spoke as an advocate and survivor Tuesday at the fifth annual candlelight vigil held by HopeWorks, a Howard County agency that serves victims of sexual, dating and domestic violence. The event, held in Columbia, marked October's designation as Domestic Violence Awareness Month across the country. Root told the gathering of 40 people wearing purple ribbons that she is on a mission to speak to audiences across the Baltimore area "since living in the darkness wasn't serving me, and I realized it was time to leave negativity behind.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun   | February 16, 2013
Nine residents living in two townhouses were displaced early Saturday morning after a fire broke out and extended up to the roof. Howard County Department responded to the fire in 9300 block of Indian Camp about 4 a.m. Firefighters brought the two-alarm fire under control within an hour and no one was seriously hurt. One firefighter suffer a minor leg injury and was treated at Howard County General Hospital. The Red Cross is working to assist residents who have been displaced. Howard County Fire Marshals were investigating to determine the cause of the fire.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
More than two dozen West Baltimore homeowners are suing the state of Maryland to block the planned Red Line transit project from tunneling beneath their block, contending that they were inappropriately left out of the planning process. They seek more than $22 million in damages for lost property value and emotional distress. "Right now, they've lost so much of the value of their homes," said Lewyn Scott Garrett, one of three attorneys representing the 25 homeowners in the 300 block of N. Fremont Ave. in the city's Poppleton neighborhood.
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May 2, 2011
I always thought that the homes in Ruxton were well designed and constructed with great care and that the landscaping was excellent. Ruxton would seem to be a perfect place to live judging by outward appearances. Recent letters and articles printed in this newspaper reveal a very ugly side of the local population. I assume that there must be some decent people living in Ruxton, but they must be in hiding. The merits of the case these sons and daughters of Colonel Ruxton Moore are trying to make ("No retreat in Ruxton," May 1)
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2013
Rozeana Faulk has lived her whole life in Baltimore's Oliver neighborhood, watching as drug trafficking gripped what was once a solid middle-class community and the area decayed. Now Faulk sees signs of hope in one of the city's most depressed and crime-ridden neighborhoods. Some rowhouses on her block, the 1400 block of N. Bond St., have been vacant for 20 years, but now they're being rehabbed and new families are moving in. Fewer drug dealers hang out on the corners, she said. People are starting to make more of an effort to help their neighbors.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2010
A Tuesday auction for a key commercial building in Baltimore's Patterson Park neighborhood was canceled after residents struck a deal to purchase it. A group of six neighbors finalized a contract on Monday with lender M&T Bank, which was owed more than $790,000 on the property after the collapse of the Patterson Park Community Development Corp. The nonprofit had used it as a headquarters and rented out the first floor to a restaurant, which also closed. The neighbors' group did not disclose the purchase price.
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August 16, 2012
Glenwood residents Steve and Natasha Kavakos welcomed the arrival of twins on June 29, 2012. Kendall Ann Kavakos at 8:56 a.m., weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Brixton Louis Kavakos at 8:58 a.m., weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces. Colton, 19 months, waited at home for his new siblings. The children's grandparents, Louis and Diane Kavakos and Terry and Joyce Losonsky, all live in Columbia.
NEWS
August 4, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's last four years have been about not listening to the people who elected him, and that will not bode well for him in November. Residents of Baltimore County are used to thoughtful, transparent and open discussions on issues that affect their neighborhoods. Mr. Kamenetz has been running Baltimore County like his own kingdom where residents' opinions and concerns fall on deaf ears. Mr. Kamenetz is more in tune with the developers and construction companies that are overbuilding our county to the point of being ridiculous.
NEWS
May 5, 2014
The collapse of East 26th Street amid this week's downpour and the years of concern that residents relayed to various city officials, as reported by reporters Kevin Rector, Yvonne Wenger and Joe Burris , confirms the ongoing widespread belief that Baltimore City officials have a long history of persistent unresponsiveness to citizen concerns ( "Displaced residents blame city, railroad for inaction," May 2). The list of embarrassments goes on and on from collapsing streets to skirting departmental audits and the erroneous speed cameras, just to name a few. Regardless of who ultimately bears legal responsibility for this incident, be it the city, CSX or both, it is important that all Baltimoreans remember this incident as a representation of how the vast majority of city officials treat citizen concerns the next time they find themselves in a voting booth.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
The energy company Dominion said Tuesday that it is exploring developing an alternate evacuation route for some residential neighbors of its proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas plant, prompting opponents to question anew assertions by the company and federal regulators that the facility poses no significant safety or environmental risks. Karl R. Neddenien, spokesman for the Richmond, Va.-based company, declined to offer details but said Dominion is "looking into" establishing an alternate route for residents living on Cove Point to get away should there be an emergency at the facility.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Hampden residents are threatening to leave their famous 34th Street Christmas lights off in an effort to get the city's attention after a recent string of violent crimes in the neighborhood. A 67-year-old man was attacked and beaten unconscious Monday afternoon while picking up trash from the sidewalk at the corner of Falls Road and West 36th Street, police said. Three hours later, a man with a gun held up a Subway restaurant on Falls Road. Bob Hosier, who claims to have started the Northeast Baltimore holiday tradition more than 60 years ago, said he worries about the safety of the tourists who flock each year to see the hub cap Christmas tree and big red lighted crab.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
A federal judge ruled this week that owners of multiple Harford County properties - where portions of a 21-mile underground gas pipeline are being installed under an eminent domain claim - cannot fully access funds set aside by the gas company as a form of collateral until a final determination is made at trial on compensation. Columbia Gas Transmission LLC was granted access to the properties in June to begin installing a back-up gas line between Owings Mills and Fallston under condition that it file a cash bond payment of $231,675 to the court, according to court records.
NEWS
September 23, 2014
There's simply no excuse for the Secret Service to have allowed an apparently deranged man to vault over the White House fence on Friday then sprint across the lawn and actually enter the president's residence through an unlocked door before he was tackled and apprehended. Heads should roll for a breach of security of this magnitude at what ought to be one of the country's most heavily guarded facilities. But it shouldn't come at the expense of the public's access to a historic site that symbolizes the nation's tradition of open governance and accountability to the citizens it serves.
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By Janene Holzberg and For The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
The flowering branches of Mulan magnolia that grace the cover of Joan Lok's new book on Chinese brush painting appear more brightly colored than in her original work, probably to catch the eye of someone browsing in a bookstore, guesses the author. The Columbia resident says she is pleased with the quality of paper used for the book and the way the reproductions of her original flower paintings neatly fit with the detailed instructions on the soft-cover book's 128 pages. And the longtime federal employee is also happy her first how-to book will be available at bookshops and at a local chain of craft stores, tapping into a marketing niche.
NEWS
September 18, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's report on strategies to attract immigrants to Baltimore offers dozens of recommendations, but for those who are not immigrants or connected to the immigrant community, it may raise two big questions. First, at a time when the national debate about immigration policy focuses on what to do about those who entered the country illegally, the report makes no distinction whatsoever between immigrants who are citizens, those who are legal aliens or those who have no documentation at all. Is that in our best interests?
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
Residents of Dundalk and Mays Chapel say they plan to join forces for a Saturday rally to protest the sale of the North Point Government Center in Dundalk. Although they live on different ends of the county, residents in both communities are angry about land decisions made by county officials. Some Mays Chapel residents have fought to stop the county from building a new elementary school at a park. In Dundalk, some are fighting the planned sale of the North Point Government Center.
NEWS
September 17, 2014
The suspension of a Baltimore City police officer this week after a videotape surfaced showing him violently assaulting a citizen in June appears to confirm what has become a depressing pattern: A brutal attack that should have merited a swift response from authorities was instead met with a passive indifference - inaction that could easily be interpreted as an attempt to cover up the brutality of the crime. Sound familiar? It should, given the furor over the publication recently of a video showing the Ravens' Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, unconscious in at Atlantic City casino hotel elevator in February.
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