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August 28, 2014
I live a short distance away from Wabash Discount Liquors in Baltimore's Ashburton neighborhood. If you drive down Sequoia Street to Wabash Avenue heading toward Liberty Heights Avenue you can see and feel a large and very visible dip in the road. The dip is inverted, which leads me to think that the ground underneath is corroded and sinking in. And similar to the street collapse on East 26th Street, the road runs parallel to both the MTA and CSX tracks. My house and the whole neighborhood rumble when the CSX trains go by. Is that a coincidence or is it related to the dip on Wabash Avenue?
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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 Scott Dance | March 28, 2012
Areas south and west of Baltimore are at risk of potentially severe thunderstorms this afternoon. All of central Maryland is under a hazardous weather advisory to look out for storms, according to the National Weather Service's Sterling, Va., office. But there is a particular risk of damaging hail and heavy winds south and west of the city. The best chance for those conditions is between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Stay tuned for any thunderstorm watches or warnings issued later.
NEWS
October 4, 2014
Grant Sizemore's recent letter ( "Feral cats pose a serious health threat to humans," Sept. 26) betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of statistics and serves as a textbook example of how such misinterpretations can lead to poor public policy. According to Mr. Sizemore, the Labor Day weekend closing of an Anne Arundel County elementary school, the result of animal control officers' search for a stray cat who'd wandered inside, "demonstrated prudent concern for the health and well-being of students.
NEWS
September 4, 2012
Pertaining to the Perry Hall shooting, I have sympathy for both the victim and the shooter. When are parents going to teach their children not to be bullies? In this day and age when bullied victims bring guns to their schools, it would be a good idea not to be a bully. I have absolutely no sympathy for the bullies, but the true tragedy is when innocent victims are in the shooter's path. Every school and every parent should view the documentary "Bully" and then discuss it after.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee | September 16, 2011
Chris Carr's balky left hamstring kept him out of his third consecutive practice this week, an ominous sign that the cornerback might not be available for the Ravens' road game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday. In his seventh season in the NFL, Carr has never missed a game, playing in 96 straight regular-season contests and five playoff games. Carr couldn't say whether his streak would continue Sunday. "I don't know," he said Thursday. "I'm definitely going to be smart, but if you look at my history, it would say that I'm playing.
NEWS
November 14, 2013
Columnist Susan Reimer sees no problem with some groups paying more for health care insurance than their actuarial risk while others pay less under Obamacare ( "Splitting the health care tab with the guys," Nov. 11). She says "isn't that what insurance is for, to spread the risk?" However, spreading the risk is only one half the insurance equation. The other half is to provide each consumer with feedback on the amount of risk being transferred. That information is provided by linking the premium to behavior.
NEWS
By Scott Dance | June 27, 2012
It's nothing compared to the dangers in Colorado, but there is an elevated risk of wildfires in Maryland thanks to dry weather and gusty winds. The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement warning most of Maryland of the dangers. Northwest winds of about 15 mph are expected to gust to up to 25 mph. With as low as 30 percent relative humidity as well, there will be enhanced chances of wildfires sparking and spreading. The risk is elevated across much of the country, with "red flag" warnings in place in Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2011
Think about how you have been feeling about your portfolio lately. Were you unfazed by the debt-ceiling debate in Congress that brought the country to the brink of default or by the stock market sell-off that followed last week? Did you figure these were just blips, and will have little or no impact on your investments in the long run? Or were you so afraid of losing money that you couldn't sleep and were tempted to — or actually did — move your money out of the markets to wait out the political impasse?
NEWS
March 1, 2014
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's plans for a reduction of the active Army strength from 520,000 to around 440,000 are not only unreasonable and bad, but they will also hurt our safety and security and ability to defend ourselves against any future conflicts ( "A smaller, more nimble force," Feb. 27). Such a foolish proposal will shrink the Army to its smallest size since before World War II. The Army is not alone in Mr. Hagel's proposal. The reduction is part of the Pentagon's $75 billion budget cut over the next two years.
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By David Hanlin | October 2, 2014
Comptroller Peter Franchot, by starting a petition drive, has embarked on a policy initiative to require all Maryland public schools start the school calendar after Labor Day. His policy proposal is given political cover through a commission report from the "Task Force to Study a Post-Labor Start Date for Maryland Public Schools. " That commission report is flawed, and I believe misguided. It will have deleterious consequences that have not been fully considered. The tagline for his campaign, "Let Summer Be Summer," speaks volumes.
NEWS
By Ivan Leshinsky | October 1, 2014
The number of young people arrested and brought to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) is down drastically over the past 10 years. Fewer juveniles are being placed in secure detention facilities, and plans for construction of a new juvenile jail in Baltimore City have been shelved, at least temporarily. Some contend that the reduction in the numbers of youth charged and detained is more about revised policing policies than anything else. We've seen the end of zero tolerance, and "youth connection centers" (YCCs)
NEWS
By Pete Pichaske and For The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Breast cancer gets a lot of attention - and not just during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There's a good reason for that, as any of the quarter-million American women diagnosed with breast cancer each year will tell you. But breast cancer isn't the only serious health risk women should be aware of, according to county health professionals. Some are fatal; others are not. Some are well-known, others obscure. All affect the person's quality of life, and all affect more women than men. We talked with some Howard County doctors in the know to find out what to look out for and where to learn more locally.
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Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
An American doctor who was exposed to Ebola while volunteering to treat patients with the virus in Sierra Leone was admitted to the National Institute of Health in Bethesda on Sunday, the institute said. The patient will be treated at the NIH Clinical Center's Special Clinical Studies Unit, which is "specifically designed to provide high-level isolation capabilities" and staffed by experts on infectious diseases and critical care, according to an NIH release. "The unit staff is trained in strict infection control practices optimized to prevent spread of potentially transmissible agents such as Ebola," the institute said.
ENTERTAINMENT
Timothy B. Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
The decades-long decline in lead-poisoned children in Maryland has essentially stalled, but state officials said Thursday they are taking steps in the coming months to address gaps in the marathon effort to eliminate the environmental health threat. Statewide, 2,622 youngsters up to age 6 were found to have harmful levels of lead in their blood last year, according to an annual report just released by the Maryland Department of the Environment. That's down 4 percent from 2012, though the number of children with seriously elevated lead levels grew slightly, from 364 to 371. Exposure to even minute amounts of lead can harm still-developing brains and nervous systems of young children, leading to learning and behavioral problems.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
Students who wish to tailgate for Towson University football games must attend a "risk reduction workshop" before getting a parking pass, one in a series of stricter new rules put in place after officials opted against a full ban this week. At last Saturday's tailgate in the designated student lot, Lot 14, students were dancing on the roofs of cars and were "hostile" and "uncooperative," according to Towson officials. Deb Moriarty, Towson's vice president for student affairs, was so concerned by the behavior and the potential risk to student safety she asked a group of other top officials to consider a ban on student tailgates Wednesday.
NEWS
September 16, 2012
Regarding your editorial, "Libya Attacks: Romney has a point" (Sept. 13), there's no debate that freedom of speech is a core value that should be defended in the United States and supported around the world. The question in this case is the context. The obvious purpose of the film insulting Islam was to incite a strong reaction from radicals in the Middle East. Why else would it have been put on the Internet? Those who distributed the film did so for reasons of hate, and this was rightly condemned by President Barack Obama.
NEWS
By Alison Matas, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
Whitney Swander woke before dawn three days this week to talk with people who have been sleeping on the city's streets. That's how she met Ron — a man who has moved across the country since becoming homeless and, lately, has spent his days drinking coffee in a McDonald's in southern Baltimore. "He wants a way into a more stable life," she said, pausing. "I keep thinking about Ron. " The Mayor's Office of Human Services-Homeless Services Program and the Baltimore Home for Good Campaign announced Friday morning an initiative to find housing for the 75 most vulnerable homeless people in the city.
NEWS
September 24, 2014
Thirty years ago, on its opening day in 1984, Donald Trump stood in a dark topcoat on the casino floor at Atlantic City's Trump Plaza, crowing that his new investment was the finest building in Atlantic City and possibly the nation. Last week, the Trump Plaza folded and the Trump Taj Mahal filed for bankruptcy, leaving some 1,000 employees without jobs. Mr. Trump, meanwhile, was on Twitter claiming he had "nothing to do with Atlantic City," and praising himself for his "great timing" in getting out of the investment.
NEWS
September 18, 2014
Members of both parties in the House of Representatives held their noses this week to pass legislation authorizing the president to train foreign forces to confront the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and the Senate is due to vote on the same measure today. Many Republicans have reluctantly supported the measure even though many think it doesn't go far enough, while many Democrats back it in a show of solidarity with their party's president despite serious misgivings about where a war vote could ultimately lead.
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