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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
Eleven people were displaced from their homes Tuesday night after a vacant rowhouse in Southwest Baltimore partially collapsed, compromising the houses on either side of it. Connor Scott, a spokesman for the city's Office of Emergency Management, said Wilkens Avenue will be closed in both directions between S. Payson Street and S. Monroe Street until about midnight Tuesday while Baltimore Gas and Electric crews shut off gas to the building....
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March 8, 2012
Here's some recent front-page news: County Executive John Leopold indicted on corruption charges alleging he used county employees to arrange sexual liaisons, pick up campaign checks, investigate political opponents and run personal errands. A county councilman imprisoned for federal tax evasion. Another county councilman using racial slurs during public testimony. A county council unable to select a replacement for a vacant seat leaves thousands of voters without representation.
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June 5, 2012
Two local residents are among those who will help the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland reach new fundraising heights this week when they rappel off a building in downtown Baltimore for the foundation's third annual Rappel for Kidney Health event. The fundraiser will take place Saturday, June 9, at the 32-story Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. Barbara Case, of Timonium, is a pediatric nephrology nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital, who said she put the rappelling challenge on her "to do" list last year after watching others at the event.
NEWS
February 26, 2012
Baltimore County Council members have finally approved legislation to require the county to post preliminary plans for "Planned Unit Developments" online ("Balto. Co. Council OKs PUD reform" Feb. 22). It's about time. Such projects allow developers to get around certain zoning restrictions by offering defined benefits to the community. In the matter of Mays Chapel Park, the council has decided to usurp the dedicated Recreation and Parks property for the construction of an elementary school without the opportunity for public comment.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | April 22, 2013
The bad news is that the smaller of the two lakes that make up Laurel Lakes is almost filled in with trees, bushes, cattails and other shrubbery. Only a small portion of that upper lake, near Oxford Street, has a section of water visible from the decks of the surrounding town houses along its banks. The good news is that some time next year, Prince George's County officials, who have authority over the water in the lakes, plan to dredge the upper lake, something many local residents have been calling for over the past 10 years.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2010
Settle or sue? That's the question facing residents of the Villas at Cattail Creek, an upscale condominium community in western Howard County that has been troubled since inception with a sewage system that never worked and a development team they don't trust. About 70 residents met Monday night with their lawyer, Howard Goldberg, and a group of Howard County officials to consider what might be the biggest decision they make in the long-running ordeal — whether to accept a settlement that the county worked out for the 93-home community for seniors or go back to court on their own. The shared septic system has been replaced with one that works, and a county consumer protection lawsuit filed in September 2008 has been settled.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
Dozens of Morrell Park residents denounced plans to build a cargo transfer terminal in the neighborhood at a rowdy community meeting Wednesday night. The $90 million facility, where CSX Transportation wants to stack cargo containers on trains, is expected to bring more than 300 tractor-trailers per day through area streets and an adjacent industrial park, and residents expressed a range of concerns, from lowered property values to noise, light and air pollution. "If this comes in we might as well bulldoze the whole community," said Paul DeNoble, a neighborhood resident representing the Morrell Park Community Association.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2010
Elford Jackson stood across from the Yau Bros. carryout on Greenmount Avenue in Waverly Saturday afternoon, on the future site of a neighborhood resource center. The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity purchased the building last April, but considered not moving there after two men were fatally shot and a third was wounded inside the Chinese restaurant in March last year. But two more killings last week on Greenmount Avenue, including another in the same carryout, prompted the fraternity members to change their minds again.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2013
Shirley Gregory of Dundalk takes pride in her home, but unwelcome visitors have sometimes thwarted efforts to keep her yard tidy. When she and her husband had a brick patio laid, it wasn't long until the bricks were caving into the ground. Rats had burrowed in a nearby yard and dug tunnels into Gregory's property. "I was, like, shocked - that's what a rat did," said Gregory, president of the St. Helena Community Association. "Well, more than one rat. Quite a few rats. " Gregory was one of more than 100 people who turned out Saturday morning for a community cleanup.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
Bob Johnston was giving his 21-month-old son, T.J., a bath in his home on Windsor Mill Road in Franklintown the night of Dec. 18 when he felt "a god-awful shaking" and looked outside. Three lawns away, a large van had crashed into a neighbor's home. In Johnston's front yard, a small tree decorated for Christmas was in disarray. "I saw all the balls that my wife put on the tree on the ground, and I thought, 'He went right through the yard,'" Johnston said. The van, registered to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, had actually driven through three yards, gone airborne off a 6-foot embankment and clipped the home of Samuel Johnson, who said he heard "a loud boom along with a lot of screeching" before he jumped off his couch and ran toward the rear of his home.
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