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December 29, 2012
The Board of County Commissioners last week voted for supplemental funding for the county Board of Education to accelerate installation of school access security measures. In the wake of the recent elementary school shooting in Connecticut, the school board asked the commissioners for funding to add controlled entry points to county schools as part of a comprehensive security plan. At the commissioners' Dec. 20 meeting, school board representative Jonathan O'Neal requested $300,000 to complete projects in the schools deemed to have the highest need for access security, and said the system would need a total of $650,000 to complete access security in each of the 43 county schools.
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By Dean Jones Jr. and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
The Orioles recently joined a growing number of teams to institute additional security procedures to prepare for Major League Baseball's requirements at the beginning of next season. While the added measures currently are in effect at some entrances to Camden Yards, MLB has mandated that all 30 ballparks develop a screening program before Opening Day in April. "The safety of our guests is of the utmost importance to the ballclub. As such, the Orioles are cooperating with Major League Baseball's efforts to implement enhanced security measures at all ballparks," Orioles vice president of communications Greg Bader said in a statement.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2010
Stricter security measures have been implemented at Annapolis City Hall following a review of procedures after a theft earlier this year from the city's Finance Department, city officials said Tuesday. The first phase of stepped-up security, which will include requiring City Hall visitors to sign in during business hours, began last week. A security guard has been posted at the front entrance of City Hall and all other access to the building has been closed. Employees are also now required to wear city-issued identification badges.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
While a top Major League Baseball security official said Friday that fans should expect beefed-up security next year, including possibly walk-through metal detectors, a MLB spokesman said no decisions for 2014 have been made.   Speaking on a sports symposium panel at Harvard titled “Preparing for the Worst: Crisis Management,” MLB security director John Skinner suggested that while some aspects of screening will be left up to the teams, the commissioner's office plans to recommend walk-through metal detectors next season, according to an Associated Press report.
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By Edward Lee | November 18, 2011
Fans planning to attend Sunday's game between the Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals are urged to arrive early as part of additional security measures being implemented at all NFL stadiums. According to NFL.com, security personnel will begin using hand-held metal detectors this Sunday as part of the screening process before fans enter the stadiums. In addition to fans, media and working personnel will also be subject to the screenings. Ravens fans had previously been advised to enter M&T Bank Stadium early prior to the Ravens' contest against the Houston Texans on Oct. 16 and the Arizona Cardinals two weeks later.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writer | September 29, 1994
Administrators at Howard High School urged teachers and students yesterday to be more cautious, but they decided against implementing any new security measures one day after a health teacher was stabbed with a kitchen knife."
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By ASSOCIATION PRESS | May 15, 1991
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Citing a reduction in the threat of terrorism, Transportation Secretary Samuel K. Skinner said yesterday that the tight security measures at U.S. airports imposed during the Persian Gulf war will soon be relaxed.Mr. Skinner added, however, that domestic airport and airline security would still be at a higher level than before the war and would not be reduced at all on international flights.Hours after the war began Jan. 16, the Federal Aviation Administration raised airport and airline security to "level four," the highest level ever imposed.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | May 27, 2001
Visitors to the Carroll County Office Building in Westminster may soon notice a slight change. A new security camera will be monitoring activity at the basement entrance, all government employees will be wearing identification badges, and some desks will be equipped with "panic buttons" that summon police. Carroll commissioners recently budgeted $5,000 to implement the security measures, which mirror efforts at nearby administrative offices of the Board of Education. "We are no longer the small, local place where everybody knows everybody," said Steven D. Powell, director of management and budget for Carroll County.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Staff writer | January 20, 1991
Aberdeen Proving Ground has significantly heightened security at entrance gates and chemical warfare and research buildings on the post to avoid the possibility of terrorist incidents, U.S. Army officials said.Army officials are also planning to hold meetings for military families stationed at the 72,518-acre research and training base toinform them of security precautions they should be taking.APG is one of many military bases, government facilities and airports across the country that have stepped up security measures to prevent pro-Iraq acts of terrorism.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 14, 2004
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Brazil intensified its campaign yesterday to be exempted from new American security measures that require most foreign visitors to be fingerprinted and photographed on arrival in the United States. The effort followed a personal appeal by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to President Bush at a meeting late Monday night. "If there are already 27 countries, then why not 28?" da Silva was reported by Brazilian officials to have said to Bush, referring to a group of mostly European nations whose citizens are largely exempt from the policy.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Around the clock, teams watch surveillance footage from more than 1,000 cameras covering nearly every inch of the 2 million-square-foot Maryland Live casino, which includes restaurants, a music venue and a 5,000-space parking garage. Two hundred security officers keep watch over gamblers and escort big winners to their cars. Off-duty police boost security, especially on the busiest days when more than 40,000 people pass through the casino's doors. And local police officers patrol the area around the casino, keeping in radio contact with casino security.
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June 17, 2013
More than a decade ago, I ordered a book from a publisher specializing in technical books. I then received notice that my credit card information, along with hundreds of others, had been compromised by an Internet hacker who had penetrated the publisher's computer files. Yet I had placed my order by phone. There was no need to involve my order with the Internet. From this, I learned a lesson not yet learned by many: Sensitive information should not be stored on any computer connected to the Internet, directly or indirectly.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2013
A new policy announced by the NFL on Thursday will prevent Ravens fans from carrying most bags into M&T Bank Stadium this season unless they are made of a clear material. The change follows a national trend toward increased security measures at sporting events, including the Preakness, in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev allegedly used bombs made from pressure cookers concealed in backpacks to kill three people and injure 264 near the finish line of the race.
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By Jon Meoli and Baltimore Sun Media Group | May 18, 2013
Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas said Saturday that the Preakness brand “has changed dramatically” in the last few years, citing an attendance bump in the infield celebration and increased security all around the racetrack.   “The crowd in the infield is up, and the wagers are coming in,” Chuckas said. “All in all, it's pretty much what we expected, and we'll continue to fine-tune it.”   Speaking with reporters just after the seventh race Saturday at Pimlico Race Cource, Chuckas acknowledged that the Jockey Club has sought to find a balance between catering to old-school horse racing fans and drawing in new crowds who could become racing enthusiasts.
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By Matthew Durington | February 22, 2013
As details continue to emerge about the killing of Reeva Steenkamp by the Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius, one fact appears to be certain: The man known as the "Blade Runner" did fire four bullets through a bathroom door in his South African home, killing his girlfriend. Thus, it might appear that this will be an open-and-shut case when Mr. Pistorius goes before a judge in a trial that will inevitably become a media spectacle in South Africa and beyond on the scale of the O.J. Simpson trial.
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December 29, 2012
The Board of County Commissioners last week voted for supplemental funding for the county Board of Education to accelerate installation of school access security measures. In the wake of the recent elementary school shooting in Connecticut, the school board asked the commissioners for funding to add controlled entry points to county schools as part of a comprehensive security plan. At the commissioners' Dec. 20 meeting, school board representative Jonathan O'Neal requested $300,000 to complete projects in the schools deemed to have the highest need for access security, and said the system would need a total of $650,000 to complete access security in each of the 43 county schools.
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By John-John Williams IV | October 8, 2006
Far away from the national attention that was generated from the school shootings in Colorado and Pennsylvania, the Howard County school system reassured parents about school safety while staff prepared to deal with potential reaction of students and the education community pondered the events. Staff members were reminded that they should wear identification badges at all times, that all visitors should wear visitors badges and that all doors - except for the main entrance - should be closed and locked, according to spokeswoman Patti Caplan.
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July 2, 1996
THE PREVENTABLE DEATHS of 19 American servicemen were needed to wrest Saudi approval for security measures at the Khobar Towers apartments in Dhahran that should have been made last year. The perimeter will be pushed from 30 to 400 feet away, enough to have foiled the truck bomb that exploded last Tuesday.Much is heard about Saudi sensitivities and the need to tread cautiously with the strange royal house that runs the world's largest oil reserve as a family property. It is denounced by extremists as too beholden to the secular U.S. while guarding the sacred sites of Islam.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2012
The Social Security Administration is planning to build a "security barrier" at its Woodlawn headquarters that officials say is needed to protect employees and visitors. Though available details of its design are sparse - several elected officials said they had not yet been briefed on the plans - an agency spokesman acknowledged that millions of dollars have been budgeted for security upgrades at the agency's headquarters, including some form of barrier. "These upgrades, including a security barrier, are necessary for the safety of our employees, visitors to our buildings, and the security of our campus," spokesman Mark Hinkle said in an email.
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By Kevin Rector and Fakhar Durrani, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2012
Leaders of minority religious communities were requesting additional police protection as they prepared for weekend services after the fatal shooting of worshipers at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin last Sunday. Rehan Khan, president of the Masjid Al-Falaah mosque in Abingdon, said he has requested additional protection from the Harford County sheriff's office for the rest of Ramadan, which runs through mid-August, after members of the mosque expressed fears that they could be targeted.
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