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April 15, 2010
The Sun cannot be seriously reporting on the effectiveness of speed cameras ("Highway work zones are deemed safer now," April 15). Maryland highways chief Neil J. Pedersen said Wednesday at a news conference that "his employees and contractors have noticed a decrease in the number of vehicles going more than 10 mph over the speed limit in work zones." Mr. Pederson also said "police have also noticed fewer crashes." "Noticed" is how we are to measure success, what someone "notices"?
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
There are more similarities between the Orioles and their American League Championship Series opponent, the Kansas City Royals, than not - they both have solid pitching, stellar bullpens and play exemplary defense - but the way they score runs is completely different. The Orioles led the major leagues with 211 home runs in the regular season, 25 more than the next-highest club, while the Royals were last with just 95. But when it comes to stolen bases, the teams rank the exact opposite, with the Royals leading the majors with 153 and the Orioles ranking last with 44. Over the course of the season, Orioles players have often said they never feel out of any game because they know they can change it with one swing of the bat. And one only needs to look at the AL wild-card game - in which Kansas City stole seven bases and erased a four-run, sixth-inning lead on their way to beating the Oakland Athletics - to see how they've made speed an X-factor.
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SPORTS
By Edward Lee | September 10, 2011
Sunday's opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, has gotten a good deal of attention for injecting its receiving corps with a good deal of speed. The Ravens have taken notice, but their strategy heading into Sunday's season opener for the AFC North rivals remains unchanged. “We just play the same,” cornerback Lardarius Webb said. “It's about technique and playing ball. Most wide receivers in the league have speed, and most teams draft receivers because of their 40 time. Most of the people we guard run a 4.3. If you've got a 4.2, it's a little bit different, but you have to respect everybody's speed.
BUSINESS
Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
The circle of political power brokers and deep-pocketed investors hatched their plan more than three years ago, seeing promise in a project deemed wildly unrealistic by some and stubbornly unattainable by others. With billions in backing from the Japanese government, the Northeast Maglev group envisions building a futuristic magnetic levitation or "maglev" train capable of transporting Baltimore homeowners to Washington jobs in 15 minutes, at speeds above 300 mph. Plenty in Maryland think it will never happen or shouldn't, given the price tag in excess of $10 billion.
SPORTS
By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2011
Wide Receiver Torrey Smith, the Ravens' second-round pick out of Maryland, got into the game a couple of times Sunday, but I'm not sure he understands his role, or the plays that are called. Smith is supposed to be one of the fastest, if not the fastest, player on the roster, yet a couple of us in the pressbox repeatedly watched him jog through plays. It's hard to see this on the TV screen because the cameras don't show the entire field. But there were at least two occasions when he came soft off the line of scrimmage and ran without a purpose.
NEWS
December 14, 2012
I commend The Sun for exposing the problems with the speed cameras in this state ("Stopped car gets speeding citation," Dec. 13). The politicians are at least looking into them. Now, I would like The Sun to look into the continued raiding of the transportation trust fund by these same politicians. Before we talk of raising the gasoline tax, let's take a look at the misappropriation of this massive fund. Jim Charvat, Abingdon
NEWS
December 15, 2012
The Sun has focused on the inaccuracies of speed cameras and the city's inadequate response to those problems ("Restoring trust," Dec. 11). These are issues, certainly. I find it more egregious that the city elected to ignore the guidelines regarding the placement of cameras within 500 feet of a K-12 school and chose to instead adopt their own standards, placing them within a half-mile of any place of learning, including colleges. When this was pointed out to them, they tried to justify it by quoting other regulations.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2013
NEW YORK -- When most people recall the 84th All-Star Game held Tuesday night at Citi Field, they're going to think about Mariano Rivera's perfect eighth inning - the last appearance in the midsummer classic for the greatest closer in baseball history. From the moment the retiring Yankee came out of the visiting bullpen and Metallica's “Enter Sandman” blared on the loudspeaker, the crowd of 45,186 rose to its feet and everyone - including the All-Stars on each side - stopped and cheered the singular figure on the mound.
NEWS
By Janet Gilbert | June 25, 2010
I remember seeing the movie "Speed" in 1994 and thinking the premise — a load of commuters in a city bus rigged to explode if its speed falls below 50 miles per hour — was a little far-fetched. But that was before today, when I was viciously held hostage by my vehicle's electrical system. Of course, Sandra Bullock could certainly play me in this sequel, but she'd have to spend months at the gym snack bar enjoying muffins and fruit smoothies to achieve my current fitness level.
NEWS
March 19, 2014
The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to approve legislation to tighten the rules under which local governments can use cameras to enforce speed laws, adding new protections for drivers against wrongly issued tickets. Similar legislation has passed the House. One of the chambers must pass the other's bill before it would go to Gov. Martin O'Malley for signature. The law would bar localities from signing new contracts with vendors under which the companies get a "bounty" for each ticket issued.
NEWS
September 4, 2014
The air of seeming inevitability that had developed around the idea of a successful constitutional challenge to state bans on gay marriage was punctured Wednesday by a federal judge in Louisiana. After 21 consecutive decisions favoring marriage equality in federal district and appellate courts since the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, federal District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman upheld the ban on same-sex marriage that Louisiana voters overwhelmingly supported in 2004.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
Within the last week the Orioles have added Jimmy Paredes, Alejandro De Aza, and Quintin Berry to their roster. The moves address a major deficiency of this club: A lack of speed. The Orioles are dead last in the major leagues -- by far -- in stolen bases. They have 36. The Miami Marlins and the Boston Red Sox are tied for the second-fewest with 49. Five individual players had more than the entire Orioles' team. The Los Angeles Dodgers' Dee Gordon leads the major leagues with 58 stolen bases, 22 more than the Orioles.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
City Councilman James B. Kraft says he's hired two investigators to help complete a City Council probe of Baltimore's troubled speed camera system.   Two paralegals - - who are paid $32 and $26 per hour, respectively - - from the Robert Half Legal staffing firm began work last week reviewing thousands of documents that the Rawlings-Blake administration turned over to Kraft's committee.   “The mayor has approved the money for two full-time investigators for up to three months,” Kraft said.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Howard County police say their speed camera vendor has corrected a year's worth of inaccurate data the company submitted about the cameras there.  In a letter submitted to the County Council this week, Chief Gary Gardner reported that Xerox State & Local Solutions had resolved its data issues to the police department's satisfaction. "Xerox has resubmitted the report to the police department after manually checking the data points and it now includes all of the original, complete information," Gardner wrote.
NEWS
August 27, 2014
I agree with Christopher Winslow's letter decrying the attempt to reinstitute Baltimore City's speed cameras ( "Baltimore should not resurrect speed cameras," Aug. 26). They have never been about safety, only revenue. If nothing else, they offer perverse incentives to our esteemed politicians, who seem delighted to take money from citizens and visitors and send a good chunk of it to out-of-town vendors. I've not seen a shred of evidence that the cameras serve their intended purpose.
NEWS
August 26, 2014
I am very confused about the city's motivation to resurrect the speed camera system ( "Redflex lobbying Baltimore for speed camera contract," Aug. 21). For a very long time now, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has repeated the mantra that the speed cameras are not about the money, but for the safety of Baltimore citizens. But now we have Councilman Robert Curran saying, "Why don't we have them backup? What's going on? We're losing revenue. " And then there is Councilwoman Helen Holton's statement that "I look at the revenue that other jurisdictions are getting and ask, 'Why would we not?
SPORTS
By Edward Lee | September 13, 2011
Lee Evans did not catch a pass despite being targeted four times by quarterback Joe Flacco in the Ravens' 35-7 thumping of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, but that doesn't mean that the wide receiver was ineffective. Coach John Harbaugh said Evans' speed forced the Pittsburgh defense to monitor him closely, which carved out opportunities for his teammates on underneath and intermediate routes. "Lee opened up a couple crossing routes for us where he takes the top off the coverage, and if they don't run with him, Joe's going to throw to him," Harbaugh said during his post-game media session on Monday.
EXPLORE
July 21, 2011
Two of the city's six mobile speed cameras were moved to new locations this week: One on northbound Van Dusen Road, between Laurel Park Drive and Olive Branch Way; and another on Sandy Spring Road, near Phillip Powers Drive. The cameras were installed and activated Monday, July 18, in anticipation of schools opening next month, according to city officials. Other speed camera locations in the city include one on Seventh Street, at Main Street; two on Cherry Lane; and a second camera on Van Dusen Road.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
Baltimore Immigration Court, facing an increase in the number of cases involving immigrant children who crossed the border illegally, is expediting reviews to more quickly decide whether the children should be deported, according to attorneys with clients before the court. The so-called "rocket docket," created in response to a directive last month from the Obama administration to fast-track the cases, has meant the children receive initial hearings within 21 days and in some cases are given a matter of weeks, instead of months, to find an attorney.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
Andrew Baker Jr. and Angel Chiwengo were holding hands and listening to soft music on the radio as he drove her home from the Pikesville Doubletree Hilton where they worked. As they headed east on Northern Parkway and passed through the York Road intersection, a Honda Accord fleeing police blasted through a red light - at more than 100 mph - and smashed into his Jeep. Chiwengo, 46, and the two people inside the Accord died. Somehow, Baker, 54, survived. But with the anniversary of the Sept.
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