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October 2, 2013
A VisitBaltimore.org commercial came on TV during a Saturday football game. I asked my friends why we don't go to Baltimore more often. Well, the tolls are $16 just to make the trip. The Millard Tydings Bridge on I-95 charges $8, and the Fort McHenry Tunnel is $4 each way. Add in gas and parking, and a one-hour trip could easily cost $30-to-$40 before you even do anything. That's right. Thanks to the tolls, the cost of just stepping foot in Baltimore could easily reach $40 for anyone from Cecil County, Delaware, and areas north.
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By Vahe Gregorian and The Kansas City Star | October 12, 2014
As he pondered the notion that the Orioles had yet to lead a game as they drifted behind the Royals 2-0 in the American League Championship Series, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter stressed Saturday what it had taken just to tie each game. “Sometimes you spend so much energy and concentration trying to get back to that point, it's hard to take that next step,” he said. “But I think about a hundred percent of that is what they're doing, not what we're not doing.” That's exactly the point, maybe more so than Showalter meant even as he aptly spoke to the state of the series entering game three Monday night at Kauffman Stadium … weather willing.
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NEWS
July 8, 2013
I just read with great interest the letter from the resident of northern Maryland who complained that now that the Interstate 95 tunnel toll is $8 she will no longer be able to afford to come to Baltimore, and it left me scratching my head ("New tolls hit northeast Md. hardest," July 2). How exactly does someone who lives north of the city have to pay the toll for the tunnel to get here when the tunnel is south of the city? Has this woman never heard of the Beltway? I've lived in Baltimore all my life and I have never once used the I-95 tunnel or the older alternate, the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, to go north.
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By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Hiring by Maryland's largest employer — the federal government — has fallen by more than 40 percent nationally over four years, and the state's job market is feeling the pain. Years of tightening budgets have brought federal hiring to the lowest levels in at least a decade. And each month for more than a year, Maryland has posted a decrease in federal employment from the previous year, creating a drag on overall employment. The decline in federal jobs has been a major contributor to Maryland's spotty employment performance in recent months.
NEWS
April 26, 2014
My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's at the young age of 38! He was very athletic, and sports were such a part of his life. For 24 years, he bravely fought this devastating disease, with all his heart and soul - and mine too! ( "Parkinson's takes a toll on families too," April 24.) We were in it together. He passed away August 24, 2013. What a wonderful person, he was. It truly took a toll on both of us, as he watched helplessly as I took care of him. The last year, I lost 30 pounds, doing it all. Boy, do I have the experience of a caregiver and Parkinson's!
NEWS
December 5, 2009
MOSCOW - An explosion apparently caused by pyrotechnics tore through a nightclub in the Russian city of Perm early Saturday, killing more than 100 people, according to emergency officials quoted by state television. It was not immediately clear if the pyrotechnics were kept in storage at the club or being used as part of a show like in the fire that killed 100 people at a rock club in Rhode Island in 2003. In the chaotic aftermath of the blast and subsequent fire, casualty figures differed.
NEWS
September 13, 2002
`THE CITY had gone several days without a homicide ..." In that chilling phrase from Thursday's Sun, Baltimore's murder problem came into focus once again. Even one day without a murder seems a blessing here. Of course, the respite didn't last. Three more had been murdered Tuesday night: One man shot in the face; another shot in the back of the head with a shotgun; a 15-year-old killed in a shooting that left a 13-year-old wounded. Mayor Martin O'Malley admirably takes responsibility for failing to keep the toll under 175, which had been his goal for this year.
NEWS
May 18, 2011
Congratulations to The Baltimore Sun and Michael Dresser ("For whom the tolls toll," "The era of cheap road tolls in Maryland is over," May 16). Between the two articles on tolls, Maryland motorists are now convinced that they are responsible for the roads in Maryland and they have not been paying enough. Soon our roadways will be thought of in the same light as those of the price-gouging Delaware roadways. Roads are part of city/state infrastructure, as is water, sewage, electric, etc. As such they are not the responsibility of only motorist, but everybody.
NEWS
October 30, 2011
Democrats have controlled the state of Maryland for over 40 years. If the average citizen cannot see the danger of one party control we are in serious trouble. Consider the following burdens for us Marylanders: A 15 percent increase in the gas tax; a doubling of the cost of a vehicle emissions test; a ridiculous congressional redistricting map; higher vehicle registration fees; using transportation taxes and fees to balance the general fund budget; increasing tolls; and raising tobacco taxes by $1 per pack.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2010
Ronald L. Freeland is retiring as executive secretary of the Maryland Transportation Authority after about 3 1/2 years in the job, Transportation Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley announced Friday. Freeland, a veteran transportation professional, was named to the top executive post at the toll authority shortly after Martin O'Malley became governor in 2007. He will be succeeded on an interim basis by Deputy Transportation Secretary Harold Bartlett. According to the Transportation Department, Freeland will retire after 24 years in public service in late August and join T.Y. Lin International as Mid-Atlantic director of the engineering and consulting firm.
NEWS
August 11, 2014
As someone who protested the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, I read with sadness your report on the Maryland National Guard's scheduled departure for that country ( "Md. National Guard making final deployment to Afghanistan," Aug. 6). The money wasted in Afghanistan on military madness could have been used in Baltimore and other cities to keep open recreation centers and fire stations and to protect the pension funds of government workers. I sincerely hope the members of the Guard return safely, unlike what happened to Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Several toll lanes on southbound Interstate 95 prior to the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore were closed Tuesday afternoon after a tractor trailer collided with a pick-up truck at one of the toll entrances. The accident, reported to Maryland Transportation Authority officials about 5:18 p.m., forced four lanes of traffic to be closed as hazardous materials crews responded to 20 gallons of fuel reported to be spilled on the roadway, said Tamory Winfield, a MdTA spokesman. No injuries were reported, but the lanes - No. 15 through No. 18 - could remain closed for some time, Winfield said shortly after 6 p.m. First Sgt. Jonathan Green, a MdTA Police spokesman, said the accident appeared to involve the tractor trailer, the pick-up truck and one other passenger vehicle.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
A phone number for filing complaints about Baltimore police officers connected callers this week instead to an adult chat line advertising "hot ladies. " The toll-free 800 number listed on the site until earlier this week was supposed be a 24-7 hot line for an internal investigations detective. But that's not what greeted callers. "Welcome to America's hottest talk line," a recorded female voice said. "Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk with you. " The Web page was dated April 28, 2008, at 4:24 a.m. but a note at the bottom said it was updated on Dec. 18, 2012, at 11:39 p.m. It listed only the Public Affairs Office as its author.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2014
A man was shot to death in West Baltimore and another was found wounded Saturday night, police said. At 11:45 p.m. police officers arrived at the 1300 block of West Lafayette Avenue and found a 23-year-old man shot multiple times. He was taken to a hospital and died. The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information may call 410-396-2100. Also Saturday night, at 10:45 p.m. officers arrived at the 1300 block of N. Carey Street, and found a 26-year old man shot in the neck.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | April 29, 2014
The fish kill affecting Baltimore Harbor and the Patapsco River appears to be over, according to a spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment . But state biologists are still unclear why an estimated 7,000 fish turned belly up so early in the year. Biologists went back out on Tuesday to check from the mouth of the river up to Fells Point and Fort McHenry, said Jay Apperson, MDE's deputy communications director.  While biologists revised upwards their original estimate that maybe 1,000 fish had died Monday, they did not see any newly dead or dying fish, he said.
NEWS
April 26, 2014
My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's at the young age of 38! He was very athletic, and sports were such a part of his life. For 24 years, he bravely fought this devastating disease, with all his heart and soul - and mine too! ( "Parkinson's takes a toll on families too," April 24.) We were in it together. He passed away August 24, 2013. What a wonderful person, he was. It truly took a toll on both of us, as he watched helplessly as I took care of him. The last year, I lost 30 pounds, doing it all. Boy, do I have the experience of a caregiver and Parkinson's!
FEATURES
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2011
When the Maryland Transportation Authority board met in a work session last week to hammer out the final details of what is expected to be the largest toll increase in the state's history, there were only two people there besides members and staff. One was a reporter who pretty much had to be there to do his job. The other was a state senator who didn't have to be there to do hers. That legislator was Sen. Nancy Jacobs, a Republican who represents Harford and Cecil counties — two jurisdictions that have a huge stake in the outcome of the board's deliberations.
SPORTS
By Vahe Gregorian and The Kansas City Star | October 12, 2014
As he pondered the notion that the Orioles had yet to lead a game as they drifted behind the Royals 2-0 in the American League Championship Series, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter stressed Saturday what it had taken just to tie each game. “Sometimes you spend so much energy and concentration trying to get back to that point, it's hard to take that next step,” he said. “But I think about a hundred percent of that is what they're doing, not what we're not doing.” That's exactly the point, maybe more so than Showalter meant even as he aptly spoke to the state of the series entering game three Monday night at Kauffman Stadium … weather willing.
NEWS
By Cory Booker | April 23, 2014
This year, approximately 60,000 Americans will be diagnosed with Parkinson's, joining the 1 million people already living with the disease in the United States and the 4 million to 6 million diagnosed with it worldwide. Their painful struggle is one that I know all too well. I remember when my dad first had symptoms of Parkinson's, a motor system disorder that results from the loss of certain brain cells. For him, it started with a persistent numbness in his arm and hand that led to a decades-long battle with the ever-increasing symptoms that eventually took his life in 2013.
NEWS
March 23, 2014
I'm retired and living in Towson and recently had need to visit a business in Curtis Bay. I knew the Maryland tolls had gone up in the past few years, but it quite surprised me to realize it would cost $8 to go and return over the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Once again, the Maryland money grab encourages people to find a way to avoid being in Maryland. It shouldn't be surprising that individuals and businesses are voting with their feet and leaving the state. No wonder the state is having trouble balancing the budget.
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