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January 22, 2010
The Sun's article about the redistricting committee's recommendation on how to split up enrollment zones for Rodgers Forge Elementary and the new West Towson Elementary ("Rodgers Forge critics relieved by school districting plan," Jan. 21) failed to mention that the decision-making process was tainted by a secret meeting and leaked information. After four meetings between October and December -- all of which were announced in advance and open to the public -- the committee settled on three options to present to the public: A-1, I and E-1. The committee members were instructed not to discuss potential scenarios until they were presented at a public forum.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Nine candidates on Monday called the selection process to chose a new City Council member for Baltimore's 11th District an “insult” - and demanded a new vote. In a letter sent to the members of the City Council, nine of 14 candidates said the committee selection process for the vacant City Council seat was “tainted” and weakened the public's trust in Baltimore's government. “Ultimately, the selection process has caused residents across Baltimore City to question their trust and confidence in our political system,” the nine wrote.
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BUSINESS
April 3, 2010
Thousands of U.S. homes tainted by Chinese drywall should be completely gutted, according to new guidelines released Friday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The guidelines say electrical wiring, outlets, circuit breakers, fire alarm systems, carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers, gas pipes and drywall need to be removed. About 3,000 homeowners have reported problems with the Chinese-made drywall. The agency continues to investigate possible health effects, but preliminary studies have found a possible link between throat, nose and lung irritation and high levels of hydrogen sulfide gas emitted from the wallboard, coupled with formaldehyde, commonly found in new houses.
NEWS
June 16, 2014
Am I the only one that sees the irony in attorney general candidate Del. Jon Cardin attending a fundraiser hosted by a recently disbarred attorney? This speaks more to Mr. Cardin's character than his acceptance of a $100 campaign contribution from rapper Ski Money, a.k.a. Lawrence S. Christian ( "Jon Cardin rejects rapper's support after learning of criminal charges," June 5). One can see how Mr. Cardin might be unaware of Mr. Christian's past, but he surely cannot plead ignorance of lawyer Paul Gardner's past.
NEWS
By Joel Greenberg and Joel Greenberg,Chicago Tribune | October 5, 2006
JERUSALEM -- During the Jewish holiday of Sukkot next week, President Moshe Katsav is scheduled to hold an open house at his official residence to greet the public. A few days later, he is to preside over the opening of the winter session of the Israeli parliament. But the normally festive events are expected to be awkward affairs, because Katsav is under police investigation for suspected sexual harassment and the possible rape of a former secretary in his residence. For years considered a colorless "Mr. Clean," Katsav, 61, is at the center of a scandal that has tainted the presidency, a ceremonial post that is the highest office in Israel and whose holder represents the nation in official functions at home and abroad.
NEWS
June 7, 1998
A Baltimore masonry contractor has pleaded guilty for a second time to illegally dumping lead-contaminated wastewater into city storm drains.Frederick Dean Cichorc, owner of New Faces Masonry, received a suspended jail sentence in 1994 for dumping water tainted with poisonous lead into the drains. In April, New Faces workers were found dumping a lead-and-water mixture into drains flowing to the Inner Harbor, according to Howard P. Nicholson, supervising attorney in the environmental crimes unit of the attorney general's office.
NEWS
By Barbara Demick and Barbara Demick,Los Angeles Times | January 3, 2009
BEIJING - Chinese police have detained at least five parents who were trying to hold a news conference to publicize the plight of their children, who are suffering from kidney stones as a result of drinking tainted baby formula. The parents were taken late Thursday to a hotel often used by police as a temporary detention center on the outskirts of Beijing. They had scheduled a news conference in the capital for yesterday afternoon, according to lawyers. "It is sorrowful for our nation.
NEWS
By Seattle Times | February 5, 1993
SEATTLE -- Washington state health officials think there was widespread contamination in 280,000 hamburger patties that were confiscated at Jack in the Box restaurants and the chain's Tukwila, Wash., warehouse after health officials linked the fast-food chain with an epidemic of food poisoning.That suggests that the outbreak, which has sickened nearly 400 people and killed two children, could have been much worse if health officials had not acted quickly to identify the source of the bacteria and seized the tainted meat.
NEWS
By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff Writer | August 14, 1992
The state's much ballyhooed investigation of insurance fraud showed further signs of unraveling yesterday when prosecutors dropped charges against three employees of a Baltimore medical clinic because a state trooper's testimony would have been tainted."
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | April 6, 1994
BETHESDA -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission has banned three brands of crayons imported from China, including one sold by retail giant Toys 'R' Us, because they contain enough lead to poison a child who ate even part of one crayon.Another eight brands of crayons imported from China were voluntarily recalled by their distributors after laboratory tests showed they contained enough lead to poison a child who ate an entire crayon, Ann Brown, the commission chairwoman, announced at a news conference yesterday.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
State and federal officials announced Friday they were providing $8 million to pipe clean public water to 270 homes near Salisbury where a toxic solvent has contaminated the ground water supplying residential wells there. Authorities installed water filtration systems in 2012 on 40 homes in the Morris Mill area that were discovered to have high levels of trichloroethylene. Another 18 homes with lower but still elevated levels have been supplied bottled water. Officials say they don't know who dumped the solvent there, but believe it is not continuing.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose and Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Young World Store on Liberty Heights Avenue has been cited by the Baltimore City Health Department for selling children's bracelets with excessive levels of lead, the agency announced Thursday. The agency said lead levels in the multicolored bangle bracelet are 25 times the amount permitted. This is the third time in three years that the store at 2401 Liberty Heights Ave. has been cited for lead violations, according to the health department, which alerted the Consumer Product Safety Commission to the most recent findings.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2013
Even as some Fells Point residents worry that building over a capped toxic site at Harbor Point could endanger their health, records show elevated levels of cancer-causing chromium in groundwater just beyond the area targeted for an upscale development. Some experts have expressed concern about the pollution - especially in light of a developer's plan to disturb the protective cap over land that once held a chromium processing plant. They're also worried that uncontrolled chromium in groundwater beyond Harbor Point could seep into the harbor or pose risks for development of neighboring properties.
HEALTH
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2013
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are closing in on a deal to grant the Food and Drug Administration more authority over the type of drugs that caused a deadly outbreak of meningitis last year, advocates close to the issue said Tuesday. Though details of the proposal remain fluid, House and Senate negotiators have been talking for weeks and appear to be making progress toward stiffer regulations. The effort comes nearly a year after a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy recalled contaminated steroids that led to the outbreak.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
Plans for developing a former Baltimore chemical plant now known as Harbor Point will be aired Wednesday as the developer and government regulators explain safeguards planned to prevent release of contaminated soil and ground water beneath the site. An "open house" meeting is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Morgan Stanley building, 1300 Thames Street. Representatives of Beatty Development Group, the Maryland Department of the Environment and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are expected to be on hand to answer individuals' questions, though there will be no formal presentations or public forum on the controversial project.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2013
A Baltimore County pain treatment center is resisting involvement in a probe into the deadly national fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroids last year. Baltimore Pain Management Center, which received some doses of the recalled medications, filed an objection Tuesday in federal court to a subpoena it received last month. Lawyers are seeking documents from 76 clinics across the country, including seven in Maryland, that received the drugs as they build a case against New England Compounding Pharmacy Inc., the Massachusetts facility that produced them.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 29, 2003
DENVER - Colorado's largest blood bank voluntarily recalled more than 1,700 units of blood, fearful that West Nile virus had seeped into its supply in the days before screening tests began July 1. Meanwhile, the Nebraska State Health Department is investigating its first suspected case of West Nile virus transmitted by a tainted blood transfusion. And Colorado learned this week that one of its more than 800 West Nile victims gave blood shortly before experiencing symptoms of the infectious disease.
NEWS
By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN REPORTER | June 15, 2007
Discount stores in Maryland and three other states sold toothpaste falsely packaged as Colgate and spiked with a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze, federal health officials said yesterday. The Food and Drug Administration is investigating who laced the toothpaste with diethylene glycol, which FDA inspectors first discovered last week in a tube on the shelf of a Silver Spring discount store. The Colgate-Palmolive Co. warned consumers to beware of counterfeits and is helping recall the tainted products.
NEWS
January 8, 2013
Your article about a developer who secretly funneled money to a Baltimore County councilman's campaign is proof of the need to get money out of politics ("Builder admits illegal gifts," Jan. 4). State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt got it right when he referred to the corrupting influence of the enormous sums of money spent on elections. The sad truth is that campaign contributions are really "legal bribes. " What's more, the financial interaction between Baltimore County Councilman Tom Quirk and land developer Steve Whalen speaks volumes about the way politicians operate.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2013
A national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to a tainted steroid killed two Marylanders. Nearly two dozen people living with the disease and hundreds of others who may have been exposed fear they may be next. Sheila Smelkinson began suffering in July from pain in her lower back and right leg that kept the Pikesville resident awake for all but a few hours each night. Cortisone shots, one in August and a second in September, relieved her discomfort - until she received a call informing her the medication was among batches contaminated with fungus in a Massachusetts pharmaceutical facility.
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