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By Don Russell and Don Russell,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | June 9, 2002
PHILADELPHIA - Judging from the size of an illegal still discovered in a derelict North Philadelphia garage, Philadelphia has a powerful taste for moonshine. The kind of stuff that provides full-body anesthesia before removing the hair from your chest. One sip is enough for a good jolt. A cup will put you down for the night. Investigators said, the booze factory exploded in a roar recently when one of its boiling kettles overheated. The gaping hole on the third floor of the building, on North Uber Street near Montgomery Avenue, exposed a full-scale distillery with at least six 500- gallon tanks.
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July 17, 2011
The scandal revealed by news reports of "Operation Fast and Furious," during which the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms allowed more than 2,000 automatic weapons and other guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartel members, is a disgrace to the department and a gross violation of our border security. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder should resign his post as head of theJustice Department. What needs to be investigated now is what did President Obama know about this operation and when did he know it?
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June 19, 2001
Maryland ranked 17th among the 50 states in 2000 in the number of machine gun dealers. The rankings: State...............................Dealers.......................Rank Texas..............................190................................1 Florida.............................138................................2 Arizona..............................97................................3 Pennsylvania...................90................................4 Ohio........................
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June 14, 2007
Clinton Pettiford Sr., a retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent and civil rights advocate, died June 7 of a cerebral hemorrhage at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The longtime Baltimore resident was 82. Mr. Pettiford was born in Harmans, Anne Arundel County, and raised in Baltimore, where he graduated from Frederick Douglass High School. He enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served stateside as a marksman until being honorably discharged as a corporal in 1944. In 1947, Mr. Pettiford joined the U.S. Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Washington, where he worked for 35 years as an agent until retiring in 1982.
NEWS
July 17, 2011
The scandal revealed by news reports of "Operation Fast and Furious," during which the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms allowed more than 2,000 automatic weapons and other guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartel members, is a disgrace to the department and a gross violation of our border security. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder should resign his post as head of theJustice Department. What needs to be investigated now is what did President Obama know about this operation and when did he know it?
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June 14, 2007
Clinton Pettiford Sr., a retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent and civil rights advocate, died June 7 of a cerebral hemorrhage at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The longtime Baltimore resident was 82. Mr. Pettiford was born in Harmans, Anne Arundel County, and raised in Baltimore, where he graduated from Frederick Douglass High School. He enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served stateside as a marksman until being honorably discharged as a corporal in 1944. In 1947, Mr. Pettiford joined the U.S. Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Washington, where he worked for 35 years as an agent until retiring in 1982.
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By New York Times News Service | March 7, 1993
WACO, Texas -- Facing a bank of 31 TV cameras at a new conference yesterday, federal agents used the opportunity to plead with David Koresh, leader of the Branch Davidians sect, to release his 100 or so followers, including the dead and wounded."
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | July 18, 1997
Three Baltimore men were arrested last night in connection with what authorities described as a major weapons trafficking ring.Arthur Nelson Reid, 26, and David Daniel Granger, 25, both of the 3700 block of Everett St. and Alonzo Roy Carle, 22 of the first block of W. Bristol Ave. were arrested between 6 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. after a nearly yearlong investigation by federal agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Anne Arundel County and...
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April 11, 2003
Marilyn McDonald, a homemaker and Bel Air community volunteer, died of pancreatic cancer April 4 at Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center. The Bel Air resident was 66. Born in Johnstown, Pa., Marilyn Joan Stearn was raised in Flushing, N.Y., and earned a degree in art education from Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pa. After teaching in an elementary school in Princeton, N.J., and working as a millinery buyer and fashion coordinator in Newark, N.J.,...
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July 8, 1991
After U.S. Surgeon General Antonia Novello and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms joined last week in criticizing Maryland's G. Heileman Brewing Co. for targeting a high-alcohol malt liquor at inner-city blacks and Hispanics, the company has backed off its controversial advertising campaign. But the brouhaha over PowerMaster will remain fraught with hypocrisy so long as the nation continues in its complacency over the deeper, virtually unacknowledged issue of who consumes the products of America's brewing industry.
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April 11, 2003
Marilyn McDonald, a homemaker and Bel Air community volunteer, died of pancreatic cancer April 4 at Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center. The Bel Air resident was 66. Born in Johnstown, Pa., Marilyn Joan Stearn was raised in Flushing, N.Y., and earned a degree in art education from Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pa. After teaching in an elementary school in Princeton, N.J., and working as a millinery buyer and fashion coordinator in Newark, N.J.,...
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By Don Russell and Don Russell,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | June 9, 2002
PHILADELPHIA - Judging from the size of an illegal still discovered in a derelict North Philadelphia garage, Philadelphia has a powerful taste for moonshine. The kind of stuff that provides full-body anesthesia before removing the hair from your chest. One sip is enough for a good jolt. A cup will put you down for the night. Investigators said, the booze factory exploded in a roar recently when one of its boiling kettles overheated. The gaping hole on the third floor of the building, on North Uber Street near Montgomery Avenue, exposed a full-scale distillery with at least six 500- gallon tanks.
NEWS
June 19, 2001
Maryland ranked 17th among the 50 states in 2000 in the number of machine gun dealers. The rankings: State...............................Dealers.......................Rank Texas..............................190................................1 Florida.............................138................................2 Arizona..............................97................................3 Pennsylvania...................90................................4 Ohio........................
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | September 19, 2000
Baltimore police have put a bounty on illegal guns. No longer are they just encouraging people to call 410-685-GUNS to report people carrying firearms. Now they are paying $200 for each tip that leads to an arrest and a gun seizure. "People will give up their mother for $200," Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris said. "People should be doing this for nothing, but sometimes a little cash incentive goes a long way." The money comes from a $79,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention and adds muscle to the city's gun tip line, which has existed for years.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF | January 7, 1999
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Kicking off the biggest legal test yet for the gun industry, a lawyer for seven New York families shattered by violence delivered her opening statement here yesterday in a closely watched civil lawsuit against 30 of America's firearms manufacturers.Elisa Barnes, who operates from a cluttered Greenwich Village office, told a jury of 10 women and two men that gun makers have created a public nuisance nationwide by saturating some areas with more handguns than they can reasonably expect to sell to law-abiding purchasers.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | July 18, 1997
Three Baltimore men were arrested last night in connection with what authorities described as a major weapons trafficking ring.Arthur Nelson Reid, 26, and David Daniel Granger, 25, both of the 3700 block of Everett St. and Alonzo Roy Carle, 22 of the first block of W. Bristol Ave. were arrested between 6 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. after a nearly yearlong investigation by federal agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Anne Arundel County and...
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By Ian Johnson and Ian Johnson,New York Bureau | March 7, 1993
NEW YORK -- Nursing beers in a five-star financial distric hotel, bomb investigators of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms speak with quiet pride about their line of methodical work, which has already led to arrests in the World Trade Center bombing case and helped burnish their organization's reputation.After a tumultuous week that saw the bureau criticized for tactics used in a failed, bloody raid on a Texas cult, the 25-person team has helped shift attention to the bureau's backbone of veteran law enforcement agents, chemists and explosive experts.
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By New York Times News Service | August 31, 1995
WASHINGTON -- In an unusual mass questioning, federal investigators are surveying more than 50,000 law enforcement officers to find out who attended a country picnic in the east Tennessee mountains that may have included racist and anti-Semitic activities.The questioning of virtually all federal law enforcement officers by supervisors from the Treasury and Justice departments has raised protests from civil liberties groups and unions of government employees.They say political and congressional pressure have prompted an investigation that is trampling the officers' constitutional rights of privacy and freedom of association.
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By Matthew French and Matthew French,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | June 18, 1997
Richard M. Loewinger was the subject of articles last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in various editions of The Sun following his arrest on drug charges in Columbia. Among these charges are one count under a statute that covers both manufacturing of and intent to distribute drugs, but Howard County police say that Loewinger was not distributing drugs and that they are focusing only on the alleged manufacturing of drugs. Regarding a firearm case in 1991 in Frederick County, that county's court records indicate that Loewinger was ordered, among other PTC penalties, to surrender a semiautomatic weapon, but he was not ordered to surrender any other weapons.
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By Scott Higham and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | March 13, 1996
Standing before a table blanketed with pistols and shotguns, Baltimore Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier said yesterday his officers have pulled 814 firearms off the streets in the first two months of this year a 30 percent increase he attributed to his new anti-gun policy.Flanked by city and federal law enforcement officials, Mr. Frazier said the new policy is slowly making the city's streets safer, without compromising investigations into other crimes, such as drug trafficking."That's 814 guns that can't be pointed at innocent bystanders," the commissioner said at a police headquarters news conference.
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