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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 22, 1999
FORT KNOX, Ky. -- On 26 acres in the middle of this Army post, work crews are putting the finishing touches on a mock town of 22 pastel-colored buildings, painting the walls, paving the roads, stringing electrical wire and landscaping the grounds.Then will come the armored invasion, when the Army begins to use this state-of-the-art training area to teach tank units how to fight in an urban center.As the training area is envisioned by its creators, computerized technology borrowed from amusement parks will provide the sounds, sights and surprises that tankers and Bradley fighting vehicle crews could expect in a hostile city.
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By Jorge Valencia and Jorge Valencia,Sun reporter | August 29, 2006
In case of emergency, the Hewitt home in western Howard County is prepared. The 18,000-square-foot home has 32 fire detectors, wall-mounted fire hoses hooked into the plumbing, a phone in each of the 11 bedrooms, a circuit breaker box plus two flashlights on each of the four floors, 12 sets of emergency lights and a 100,000-watt, diesel-fueled generator. And by December, owner Lee Hewitt Jr. is hoping to install the biggest piece of his home protection system: a 20,000-gallon underground water tank in front of his Cooksville mansion for use in the event of fire.
FEATURES
By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,Sun Staff Writer | March 29, 1995
A new colorful, watery world of sand, coral and 43 kinds of fishes has been created at the National Aquarium. Inch by inch, a team of curators, biologists and designers built a coral reef from concrete, polyurethane and fiberglass. Drop by drop, they filled its tank with 335,000 gallons of salt water. And sea creature by sea creature, they made it come alive.Now French angelfish and grunts, trigger fish and tripletails, jacks and jolthead porgies, lookdowns and spiny lobsters are settling into a new home.
NEWS
By JANENE HOLZBERG | September 11, 2008
A dozen rays jostle for attention each time Carl Perkins enters the tank, their flat bodies undulating on the exhibit floor. "They all get right around my feet like puppies and nudge me as if to say, 'Feed me first,'" said Perkins, the new principal of Centennial High School and a volunteer diver at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The six species of rays, some of which can grow to be 7 feet across and weigh close to 500 pounds, are "a lot of fun," he said. Three dozen of them inhabit the Wings in the Water exhibit, sharing the space with two sharks and a turtle.
TRAVEL
By Jerry V. Haines and Jerry V. Haines,Special to the Sun | June 13, 2004
Has the high price of gas given you second thoughts about taking that long driving trip this summer? Not to worry. There are plenty of places worth seeing closer to home. We sent four writers north, south, east and west from Baltimore to find out where they would end up on a single tank of gas. Read their reports below, and get pumped for a summer road trip. Nothing against the interstates, those marvels of transportation efficiency where we can insert cars at Point A and shortly come blasting out at Point B, as if we had been propelled there inside a pneumatic tube.
NEWS
By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF | January 24, 1997
Mannequins of George Patton and Dwight D. Eisenhower in World War I uniforms grace a new exhibit at the Fort George G. Meade Museum. The former president's granddaughter, Susan Eisenhower, was recruited to help open the gallery today.But the real celebrities are the Five of Hearts, a World War I era light tank, and the Mark VIII, a 43-ton armored vehicle from the same period, that have finally been brought in from the cold."People come to this museum specifically to see this tank," said Robert S. Johnson, director of the museum, referring to the Five of Hearts, a French-made Renault FT-17.
NEWS
By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | April 17, 1997
On a February day in 1992, Martin Wirtz died after inhaling toxic fumes while trying to save his friend, Milton "Mickey" White III, who collapsed inside a tank truck after emptying it of chemical waste.Five years later, Wirtz's sister is facing White in Baltimore County Circuit Court, suing his company on behalf of her brother's estate.The suit by Linda Wirtz claims Farmington Freight, which White owns, was negligent in collecting, transporting and disposing of the chemicals.It also names Cargill Inc., a molasses maker that supplied the nearly 3,000 gallons of waste the day of the accident.
NEWS
By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | January 28, 2004
Five years after building a wastewater treatment plant at a Union Bridge high school without any environmental or construction permits, the Carroll County school system installed a septic holding tank last week at North Carroll Middle School without the required septic and building permits. The tank was installed Jan. 19 as crews prepared bathrooms for a mini-campus of portable classrooms that will serve as "swing space" at North Carroll Middle, which will be emptied one wing at a time over the next 19 months in a major, $18.2 million renovation.
NEWS
By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | April 19, 1997
A Baltimore County jury has found two companies negligent in the 1992 death of Martin Wirtz, a mechanic who climbed inside a tank truck to save a friend and died inhaling fumes from chemical waste.After nearly two hours of deliberation Thursday, the jury ordered the companies -- Farmington Freight Inc. and Cargill Inc. -- to pay Wirtz's estate $146,249 for medical and funeral bills and for pain and suffering and mental anguish.The suit was filed by Wirtz's sister, Linda Wirtz of Florida, on behalf of his estate.
NEWS
By SEATTLE TIMES | April 8, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Federal aviation investigators called yesterday for precautionary repairs to fuel-gauge electrical systems in thousands of Boeing jetliners to prevent the kind of explosion suspected in TWA Flight 800.Electrical wiring from fuel-measuring devices that extend into fuel tanks should be rerouted or shielded "to the maximum extent possible" to guard against the kind of power surge suspected in the blast of the Boeing 747 in 1996, the National Transportation...
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