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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Kate Shatzkin contributed to this article | August 20, 1995
After standing for decades as a bleak symbol of urban decay, Baltimore's Lafayette Courts housing project came to a dramatic end yesterday, collapsing into rubble and dust in a matter of seconds.Shortly after noon, a series of slow, staccato explosions briefly shook the ground and flattened the desolate 11-story towers that had loomed over the eastern edge of downtown Baltimore. The spectacular display lasted just 20 seconds but fascinated tens of thousands.Crowds on the surrounding streets cheered, and many people wept, as the six high-rise buildings shuddered from the blast of 995 pounds of dynamite and crumbled.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
A woman was found dead in a Fells Point rowhome late Monday after coworkers concerned for her whereabouts reached out to authorities, Baltimore police said. Police responded to the 700 block of South Bond Street at 10:23 p.m. Monday and spoke with a person who said they had not heard from a coworker in several days. Upon entering an apartment, officers "found a 40-year-old woman suffering from trauma to her body," police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Police were investigating the area in and around a rowhome on the cobblestone street early Tuesday.
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By Andrea F. Siegel | andrea.siegel@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 8, 2010
In Anne Arundel County and Annapolis, officials warned Monday of unplowed residential streets and roads that are passable but narrow and rutted with packed snow and ice. Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen has postponed Monday night's City Council meeting due to snow. With many residential streets not passable, free parking in the Annapolis city garages was continued until further notice.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
Baltimore City firefighters were called to a 2.5-alarm blaze at a building that once housed Volunteers of America but is now vacant in the Jonestown neighborhood Sunday, officials said. Firefighters were called just before 3 p.m. to the two-story block and stone building in the 1100 block of E. Fayette Street, where they encountered heavy smoke and fire conditions. Smoke poured from the second-floor windows and over the street as firefighters sprayed the building from above and below with water hoses.
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July 10, 2013
The Sun's recent editorial regarding violence in Baltimore and the need for a cultural change ("How to end the killing," June 9), was good and right on target. We are the culture, and with God's help, we can change the culture, ending the silence and cynicism. We must. George Fisher
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August 22, 2013
Twenty shootings in 80 hours - and the week is still young ( "Fatal Pigtown shooting brings city count to 20 in 80 hours," Aug. 20). Did I miss the mayor's press conference in which she and the police commissioner appear on stage together with a plan to assure citizens that everything in their power is being done to stop this senseless warfare? James B. Astrachan
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Baltimore County police asked people to avoid an area of Dundalk Wednesday afternoon due to a "suspicious condition," though they did not elaborate on what it was. Police closed the 7200 block of Gough Street and North Point Road between Conley Street and Eastbrook Avenue until determining it was safe around 7 p.m. cmcampbell@baltsun.com twitter.com/cmcampbell6
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July 9, 2013
I could not get an exact count, but I am satisfied there was a turnout exceeding 500 men at the "300 Man March" against city violence ("Baltimore men take to streets to stem violence," July 6). Our ladies were present as well serving water at predesignated locations. I was physically unable to walk due to a recent health issue, but I drove my vehicle and was as helpful as one could be. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake spoke compassionately, and Commissioner Anthony Batts was stern.
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By Annie Linskey and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 9, 2010
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller hurled a verbal snowball at the city of Annapolis Tuesday morning, criticizing what he called the municipality's "disgraceful" efforts to clear icy and slippery roads. Annapolitians, he said, "should have better treatment from their elected officials." "This is a high-end city," he said. "It is a very wealthy city. What was good in the 1700s is not acceptable." The weekend blizzard left snow drifts in Annapolis that reached 33 inches, said a spokesman.
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The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
Two Annapolis streets closed Friday morning due to flooding: Compromise Street between St. Mary's Street and Memorial Street. Dock Street is also closed, said Annapolis Police Sergeant Eric Crane. As of 8:45 a.m. Friday, Philadelphia Road near Maryland Route 136 in Harford County, remained closed in both directions for debris in the road, according to state highway officials. Also in Harford County, Maryland Route 165, north of Dooley Road, was closed in both directions for debris blocking the road.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Hampden residents are threatening to leave their famous 34th Street Christmas lights off in an effort to get the city's attention after a recent string of violent crimes in the neighborhood. A 67-year-old man was attacked and beaten unconscious Monday afternoon while picking up trash from the sidewalk at the corner of Falls Road and West 36th Street, police said. Three hours later, a man with a gun held up a Subway restaurant on Falls Road. Bob Hosier, who claims to have started the Northeast Baltimore holiday tradition more than 60 years ago, said he worries about the safety of the tourists who flock each year to see the hub cap Christmas tree and big red lighted crab.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Deck work on Hanover Street's Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge south of Federal Hill will close the span in stages beginning Tuesday, according to the Baltimore Department of Transportation. Southbound lanes of Hanover Street between East McComas Street in Riverside north of the bridge, and Waterview Avenue in Cherry Hill south of the bridge, will close around 10 a.m. Tuesday, and will remain closed through 5 a.m. Monday morning, the department said. Northbound lanes in the same stretch will close Friday night, at midnight, and also remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday, the department said.
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Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
A man working inside a rowhouse near Camden Yards was trapped under tons of debris for several hours Monday after the back of the building collapsed, Baltimore fire officials said. Rescue workers pulled the victim — who suffered life-threatening injuries — from the home at 528 S. Paca St. about 4:30 p.m. The building collapsed about noon, but crews spent hours attempting to secure the structure. During the rescue, officials shut down a portion of Russell Street, snarling traffic south of downtown.
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By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
A pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle during an early morning incident on Russell Street on Wednesday, according to Baltimore City law enforcement and transportation officials. Baltimore Police said that at approximately 4:58 a.m. officers responding to a serious traffic collision at the 1500 block of Russell Street found a man that had been struck by a vehicle. The man was transported to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries, police said. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene, and the police Accident Investigation Unit/Crash team is investigating, officials said.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
A man was stabbed to death in the Broening Manor section of Southeast Baltimore Tuesday morning, police said. The victim was identified Wednesday as William Harold Simmons, 49, of Dundalk. Police were called just after 6 a.m. to the 1700 block of Kane Street, for a report of a man lying unconscious in the street, police said. They found Simmons suffering from multiple stab wounds, and he was taken to a hospital, where he died. No suspect or motive information was released.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
The latest in a series of traffic-jamming construction projects on Light Street in the heart of downtown Baltimore will begin Sunday, as crews for Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. close two of the road's five southbound lanes. The work near the McKeldin Fountain and the Inner Harbor will occur from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday through late October; work will at times extend into a third lane as crews replace a stretch of 36-inch-diameter gas main pipe that runs beneath the busy thoroughfare.
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April 3, 2010
Parts of two downtown streets were closed for three hours Friday afternoon after a coolant leak at the University of Maryland Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. A contractor working in the basement broke a valve to a refrigeration system in a tank that holds coolant gas, Sharon Boston said. Because the gas can be an irritant, a Fire Department hazardous-materials team vented the gas outside as a precaution, the spokeswoman said. Lombard Street was closed between Penn and Greene streets, and Greene was closed between Lombard and Baltimore streets to accommodate emergency equipment.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2013
A section of North Charles Street reopened late Friday night after authorities shut down the block due to a gas leak in a vacant building. The 300 block of N. Charles Street was closed from Saratoga to Mulberry streets Friday evening. The leak began when a contractor working in the building cut a gas line. Baltimore Gas & Electric shut off the gas about 7 p.m. and were working to fix the line late Friday night, according to spokeswoman Rachael Lighty. cwells@baltsun.com twitter.com/cwellssun
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Towson University police are investigating several off-campus, early morning robberies in the past two weeks. In three incidents since Sept. 7 police said victims were walking to or from apartment buildings when they were approached. In one on Sept. 11, in the 6300 block of York Road, north of Walker Avenue, the suspects were armed with handguns and knives. Two other cases, about a block away, in the 500 block of Castle Dr., on Sept. 7 and 16, police say suspects used physical force.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
A man's body was found floating Monday evening in the water under the Hanover Street bridge in South Baltimore, police said. An officer was flagged down at 5:40 p.m. by a person who first saw the body. The Baltimore City Fire Department recovered the body from the water. Police did not identify the victim, pending next-of-kin notification. No obvious signs of foul play were apparent, police said. The man's body will be taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
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