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By Jessica Anderson, Alison Knezevich and Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
A nationwide hunt ended Friday night when Caitlyn Marie Virts, the 11-year-old girl missing since her mother was found killed in their Dundalk home on Thursday, was located in a motel room in Florence, S.C., with her father, Timothy Virts, who was taken into custody, Baltimore County police said. "He is in custody, and she is safe," Cpl. John Wachter, a police spokesman, told The Baltimore Sun. Virts, 38, was under warrant for arrest in connection with the stabbing death of Caitlyn's mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36, who was found bound with duct tape in her bed in her home in the 3100 block of Ardee Way on Thursday morning.
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NEWS
March 7, 2014
One is the number that ought to be memorized by everyone caring about traffic safety in Maryland ( "Sixty-five (still) saves lives," March 4). Rural interstates accounted for one of Maryland's 485 traffic deaths in 2011, and one of 505 deaths in 2012. Frenzy about rural interstate speed limits demonstrates either tragic ignorance or heartless political pandering. Simple physics explains why interstates have remarkable safety records. Interstates vastly reduce the common causes of crashes, such as crossover conflicts at intersections, head-on collisions with adjacent, opposing traffic and roadside hazards like trees, telephone poles, sharp curves and sheer drop-offs.
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By Anthony G. Brown and Joseph T. Jones Jr | March 3, 2014
Marylanders are ready for an open and serious discussion about our state's laws pertaining to the possession of small amounts of marijuana. As currently constructed and enforced, these laws are costly, ineffective and racially biased, and they result in a permanent blot on the records of too many of our young adults. Criminal arrest and prosecution for small amounts of marijuana is not the most effective strategy to keep our neighborhoods safe, and it draws resources away from the fight against violent crime.
NEWS
February 27, 2014
In response to your recent editorial about the health risks associated with pesticides, I offer the following factual information and thoughts ( "Understanding pesticide risks," Feb. 19): It is time to stop spreading a message of fear and instead take a leadership role in educating the public on the safe and effective use of pesticides. The supporters of legislation requiring more stringent monitoring and reporting of pesticide use are scared because they believe that pesticides are dangerous.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | February 24, 2014
After the success of last year's fundraiser in memory of her daughter, Josephine "Joey" Gay, who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, Michele Gay wants to continue the momentum with a second fundraiser to fuel a safe schools initiative. So the Columbia native was in the area last week to meet with volunteers to work on Joey's Second Annual Purple Ball and visit the offices of Vice President Joe Biden and Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal on behalf of Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative - the pending nonprofit formed by six Sandy Hook mothers that has grown into a national advocate for school safety and security.
NEWS
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
The security apparatus at a shopping center like The Mall in Columbia is designed to be as sophisticated as it is unobtrusive - off-hours training and drills to prepare employees for shootings and other calamities, surveillance cameras that can capture in real time suspicious persons or behavior. And yet, Darion Marcus Aguilar managed to arrive on Saturday morning at the Columbia mall with a shotgun in a bag and spend about an hour in the food court area before heading to the skate shop Zumiez where he would emerge from a dressing room to kill two employees and then himself.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
In hip-hop, momentum matters. After the success of 2012's "The Yellow Album," Los Angeles rapper Dom Kennedy knew he had captured more ears than ever before. But the 29-year-old born Dominic Hunn refused to consider his next album, last October's "Get Home Safely," his only shot at next-level stardom. "Everything is not dependent on this project or that project. It's all an evolution of growing as a person," Kennedy said on the phone from downtown Los Angeles last week. "My mindset going into 'Get Home Safely' was making a project that I could be happy with for the rest of my life and something that will test the time.
NEWS
By Elizabeth Goudie | January 22, 2014
Childhood obesity is an epidemic in Baltimore, with the first signs seen in many children before they even reach traditional school age. Sixteen percent of the pre-kindergartners, ages 4 and 5, at one Northwest Baltimore public school were overweight, according to a 2013 survey of 150 students, and 12 percent of them were considered obese (above the 95th weight percentile for their ages and heights). Nearly half of the fourth-graders at that same school were overweight, and one in five of them was obese.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
Nathan "Bodie" Barksdale, who helped to inspire drug-dealing characters in the TV series "The Wire," pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to heroin conspiracy charges. The reputed high-ranking Black Guerrilla Family member agreed to a plea deal that calls for 42 months in prison as a result of a wiretap investigation. In a brief hearing, U.S. District Judge George Russell asked him whether he had any questions about pleading guilty. "No, sir," Barksdale replied. "I got busted.
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By Joe Burris and Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Each week, when the weather allows, Jon Korin hops on his road bike and pedals far enough for a three-day tally that cyclists call a century ride — 100 miles. This year, the retired Severna Park resident who grew up riding his bike to school reached another cycling goal: He joined with Anne Arundel cyclists to launch the county's first bicycling advocacy group. Korin, 59, is president of Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County (BikeAAA), which began in March as a project for Leadership Anne Arundel, a nonprofit that gathers residents for community service and outreach.
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