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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,Sun Columnist | January 8, 2007
In the best of times, having a conversation with the 15-year-old who lives in my house was a lot of work. Our dialogues, such as they were, tended to go like this: Me: "How was school?" Him: "Fine." Me: "How'd you do on the English test?" Him: "Good." Me: "How was basketball practice?" Him: "Good." Yeah, the kid didn't give you much. My wife and I always thought he'd make a great spy. But now I look back on some of those conversations and think: Boy, he was really chatty then, wasn't he?
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh joined the flood of congratulatory text messages delivered to Orioles manager Buck Showalter. The Orioles clinched their first American League East division title since 1997 on Tuesday night with a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Showalter visited Harbaugh at the Ravens' training complex last year and took part in a coin toss during a Ravens game at M&T Bank Stadium in 2012, when the Orioles qualified for the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Ravens won the Super Bowl after that season.
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By Gregory Karp and Gregory Karp,Morning Call | March 11, 2007
Tech-minded consumers have an advantage for spending their telecommunications dollars smarter. If you know what you're doing with technology and know what to look for, you can save plenty of money. Here are developments that could save you telecom dollars: Text messaging. Texting refers to typing a short message on your wireless phone with the number keys and sending it to someone else's phone. It's the wireless version of instant messaging services on computers. About 12.5 billion text messages were sent in June 2006, up 71 percent from the same month the previous year, according to wireless industry association CTIA.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
Amtrak has launched a new "Txt-A-Tip" program that allows riders and employees to report suspicious or criminal activity on the rail service via text message, the company announced Wednesday. The program adds a new option, accessible to those with hearing loss or who are deaf, to an existing phone line for such reports. "Our passengers and frontline employees provide an extra line of defense by being an additional set of eyes and ears while in or around our stations, trains, facilities or right-of-way, and now they can report crime or suspicious activity in a convenient and discreet method, by text message," said Amtrak Police Chief Polly Hanson in a statement.
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By McClatchy-Tribune | September 13, 2007
ARLINGTON, Texas -- To get into his first Texas Rangers game, Brian Gorham didn't need a ticket. He flashed his cell phone. His baseball ticket had been sent via text message a few days earlier to his Motorola KRZR. "I thought it was really cool," said Gorham, a native of Greenville, N.C., who was visiting Dallas for job training. "What it says is that text messaging has become mainstream. It's not some kid technology just for chatting." Indeed, the text-messaging craze has successfully graduated from just another technology toy to a crucial communication tool firmly woven into our lives.
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By Frank James and Frank James,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 27, 2003
WASHINGTON - One of the hard lessons of Sept. 11, 2001, is that if another major terrorist attack were to occur, most cell phone calls in the affected area likely would not go through because of congested wireless networks. But the rapid growth of text-messaging technology means that most cellular telephone users have a way around that problem. Text messaging, a feature that has become nearly universal on digital cellular phones, allows users to send and receive short texts on their phones' small screens.
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By HEATHER A. DINICH and HEATHER A. DINICH,SUN REPORTER | April 20, 2007
Cliff Tucker had just left Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams' office and was ready to start a tour of Comcast Center when his cell phone buzzed, indicating a text message had just arrived. We're still interested. Tucker, a highly touted recruit from El Paso, Texas, ignored the message from an assistant coach at Connecticut. Unbeknownst to Maryland assistant coach Keith Booth, who was leading the 6-foot-5 swingman down the hall to show off the weight room, Tucker's phone buzzed with a second message.
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By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2010
Police in Anne Arundel county believe a 19-year-old Pasadena woman killed in a car accident on Christmas Eve was text-messaging and speeding when she crashed her car into a tree. Alyssa Anne Bennett was driving her 2002 Acura RSX north on Tick Neck Road near Bristol Channel Court in Pasadena at 2 a.m. on Dec. 24, police said, when she apparently lost control of the car and drove it off the road and into a tree. The accident occurred less than a mile from her home on Turf Valley Drive.
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By John Schmeltzer and John Schmeltzer,Chicago Tribune | April 21, 2007
CHICAGO -- In a little more than 18 months, Mary Dillon, athlete, marathoner and the mother of four children, has taken the world's largest hamburger chain to venues its founder Ray Kroc could not have imagined. While Dillon, 45, who was named executive vice president and global chief marketing officer of McDonald's Corp. in September 2005, hasn't yet run a guerrilla marketing campaign, she has introduced the buttoned-down company to YouTube, Webisodes (short Web-based episodes), cell phone text messaging in Japan and podcasts, all places where its young adult and "forever young" customers now are found.
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By Lisa Tom and Lisa Tom,Special to The Sun | January 4, 2008
The company eSchool Systems LLC, which provides e-mail school newsletters to Howard County families, is moving to improve the way parents receive emergency notifications. Parents will be able to receive text messages about school closings or delays this winter, and recent changes to the e-mail system allow news to reach parents' inboxes more quickly. About 36,000 families in Howard County subscribe to eSchool Systems e-mail, called eSchoolnewsletters. These free eSchoolnewsletters provide a direct line of communication from schools and the central office to parents.
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October 8, 2013
Anne Arundel County police say a 20-year-old Severn woman has been charged with negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle after cell phone records indicate she was using her cell phone when the car she was driving struck a motorcycle, killing the driver. Jonathan Wesley Roberts, 30, of Virginia, died in the accident, which occurred in March 10 in Gambrills. Police said Elizabeth Haley Meyers, was attempting to cross northbound Route 3 when the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt she was driving traveled into the path of a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle, driven by Roberts in the left lane.
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Eileen Ambrose | September 25, 2013
The Federal Trade Commission brought its first case against a California debt collector that allegedly sent text messages to consumers. Nothing wrong with that, but the debt collector didn't let on that it was debt collector, the agency said. Additionally, the debt collector pretended it was a law firm, and threatened to sue consumers for unpaid debts or to garnish their wages, the FTC said. The agency charged that Archie Donovan and his two companies, National Attorney Collection Services and National Attorney Services violated the Fair Debt Collection Protection Act, illegally revealing debts to the consumers' relatives and co-workers.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2013
The text messages were pinging to and from Gov. Martin O'Malley's BlackBerry. It was the latter part of October, and Election Day was just around the corner. He and top advisers traded messages that touched on three referendum questions, all approved by voters on Nov. 6: same-sex marriage, expanded gambling and new congressional districts. In another exchange, O'Malley asked an aide to see about getting $30,000 in ad money for a fellow Democratic candidate. The election wasn't their only discussion topic.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2013
The night before Robert Gladden Jr. took his father's gun to Perry Hall High School, he texted a friend about the plan, but begged him to keep it a secret. "I am going to bring a shotgun and 21 shells, ill let your imagination do the rest," the 15-year-old Gladden said in a message sent around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26. "And I trust you not to tell anyone about this so please don't. " The friend kept silent, according to newly released investigative documents, and Gladden kept his word.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2013
After fighting with the father of her child, an Essex woman contacted her boyfriend and his brother, who shot and killed him, and injured two others at a Middle River bus stop last month, Baltimore County police said. Michael Desmon Martin, 22, Mikal A. Martin, 20, both from Prince George's County, and Laquesha Maria Lewis, 24, are charged with first degree murder after plotting to kill the father of her child near a bus stop on Eastern Boulevard near Kingston Road just before 11:50 p.m. on Feb. 18, police said.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2011
You can text FOOD to give money to UNICEF or text AFRICA to support the International Rescue Committee. Soon you'll be able to contribute via text to a Maryland politician, state officials say. Regulations to allow campaign contributions by text message are winding their way though a state approval process, and the system is expected to be in place early next year. The new method of giving is intended to encourage younger, tech-savvy donors to get involved in campaigns. "It opens up the political discussion to everybody," said Jared DeMarinis, director of candidacy and campaign finance at the State Board of Elections.
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By MILTON KENT | January 22, 2008
Remember when your parents got their first VCR, and how, for the longest time, the clock on the screen would repeatedly flash "12:00" because they had no idea how to do anything more with the machine than insert a tape and push the play button? A vote at the NCAA convention two weeks ago smacks of being the athletic version of what happened in your parents' living room -- a group of people, who seemingly have little concept or use for modern technological advances, attempt to keep the rest of their world in the Dark Ages.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun reporter | March 30, 2007
For Alan Hyman, driving while sending and receiving e-mail on his cell phone is no big deal. At 47, this commercial driver and licensed pilot figures he has the ability to exchange electronic messages while operating a vehicle. "It's a skill. You've got to glance down, you've got to look up," the Dulaney Valley resident said. "It's all skills and training." He says he's never had an accident, not even a close call, while text messaging. What concerns him is all those other people out there text messaging on the road.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2011
Moments after the Virginia earthquake hit Tuesday afternoon, Kafi D'Ambrosio tried calling her daughter's day care but couldn't get through. So instead, she turned to Facebook. The 38-year-old Hamilton resident posted a message on her day-care provider's Facebook page: "Can't reach you on the phone. Are the kids okay? Is Sofia okay?" Within minutes, the provider responded over Facebook: "Yes, everyone okay. The kids are laying down for their nap. Are you okay?" As Marylanders reached for their cellphones to communicate with friends and family, they found it easier to get peace of mind through text messages, emails and Facebook updates than through calls.
NEWS
May 3, 2011
I completely agree with the heading statement of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's recent op-ed ( "What would Schaefer do?" May 1) — "Baltimore needs to muster some of the late mayor's sense of urgency. " Baltimore also needs a mayor who knows how to exercise leadership and deftly apply the levers of power and persuasion in order to make it happen. I honestly do not know what Mr. Schaefer would do to address these various situations, even though I had the benefit of serving as a community-based mayor's representative under Mayor Schaefer, and of serving as a member of the Baltimore City Council during his last term in the mayor's office.
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