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By Michael Dresser and Meredith Cohn | February 6, 2010
Gov. Martin O'Malley said Marylanders will wake up this morning to the most impassable streets since the 27-inch-deep snowstorm of 2003 - and, if they have power, will learn that perhaps 100,000 households do not. In a late-afternoon news conference at the State Highway Administration operations center in Hanover, the governor said the overnight snowstorm was expected to be much heavier and wetter than the December snowstorm that dumped up to...
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SPORTS
By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Cal Ripken Jr. remembers well the pleasures of playing in Kansas City the last time the Royals were contenders - the smart, respectful fans who adored their team but would also applaud an opponent's standout catch. "Playing in Kansas City was a lot like playing in Baltimore," the Orioles great said Thursday as his former club prepared to play the Royals in the American League Championship Series. It's hard to imagine two franchises or two fan bases better equipped to understand one another's journeys.
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NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2011
The traditionally busiest travel day on the U.S. calendar wasn't looking all that oppressive Wednesday as many folks apparently got a jump on the holiday — whether traveling in the air or on the ground. Travelers were moving briskly through check-in and security lines at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on the afternoon before Thanksgiving, though airport officials expected to serve twice as many as an average Wednesday. "It ebbs and flows during the day," said Paul Wiedefeld, executive director of BWI. The morning was busy with departures, he said, and the late afternoon was expected to be heavier with arrivals.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
Officials at two Washington, D.C.-area hospitals said Friday they had isolated patients over fears of Ebola after the nation's first case of the deadly virus was confirmed in Dallas this week. But officials at one of the hospitals, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, determined late Friday that their patient had malaria, not Ebola, hospital officials said in a statement late Friday. Howard University Hospital quarantined a patient who had recently traveled to Nigeria out of "an abundance of caution," officials said.
BUSINESS
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2012
A number of travelers who booked a trip through Travelocity using an offer promoted by the Baltimore-based National Federation of the Blind have had their trips canceled for improperly claiming the discount. In early July, the federation sent out a message to its followers on Twitter noting that "Travelocity has offered NFB members $200 off a three-night hotel and flight package through September 4; use code NFB2012. " As can happen in the world of Internet promotions, with the code widely available online, some travelers took advantage of the deal even though they were not members of the NFB. On a Facebook page dedicated to the dispute, other travelers said they had joined the NFB — at-large membership is $10 — just to save money on their trip.
NEWS
January 24, 2012
As a frequent traveler, I read with interest: "10 disaster lessons for cruise travelers" (Jan. 22). Unfortunately, the article left out a key lesson: Whenever you travel, always carry a pocket flashlight with fresh batteries with you at all times. As happened on the Costa Concordia, and as also frequently occurs on planes and trains after crashes, typically, the first thing that happens is that the lights go out. A pocket flashlight will help you find a way out, and most importantly, if you are injured or pinned down by debris, its signal will alert rescuers to your whereabouts.
BUSINESS
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2011
If you have plans to visit Germany soon - or if you traveled there recently - you might want to pay attention to a recent outbreak of E.coli infection that has sickened scores of people , many of whom live in Germany or visited that country recently. So far, there have been more than a dozen deaths and more than 1,000 people sickened. Two Americans are believed to have contracted the virulent illness after returning home from traveling in Germany. Both have been hospitalized with serious medical issues, according to reports.
BUSINESS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2012
State transportation officials hope you'll do a lot of sightseeing this Memorial Day weekend. Just not on the Bay Bridge. Travelers headed to the Eastern Shore for the first time since last summer might be surprised. For one thing, the toll has risen to $4 from $2.50. For another, the westbound span is being painted for the first time since it opened in 1973, and scaffolding is likely to be a distraction — and potential hot spot for fender-benders. "You're sightseeing. They're sightseeing.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
Early forecasts for the busy pre-Thanksgiving travel days call for cold rain or a wintry mix of precipitation possible to further disrupt the chaos. The Weather Channel is calling for a 90 percent chance of rain Tuesday and a 100 percent chance of rain, with some snow mixed in, next Wednesday. The Weather Underground suggests slightly smaller odds, about 60 percent, of rain Wednesday. AccuWeather.com is calling for rain and drizzle Tuesday and Wednesday, with temperatures dropping to a bitter 19 degrees by early Thanksgiving morning.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
For the first time since the economy tanked and the country went into recession in 2008, fewer Marylanders are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday than did the previous year. Don't get your hopes up for an easy commute, though. While less than last year, the number of travelers this year still is expected to be higher than in any other year since 2007. And weather forecasts call for a good chance of rain, which always complicates traffic, on the key travel days of Tuesday and Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Becky Kaminsky and For The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Ready for a good scare? The opening night party at Bennett's Curse Haunted Attractions in Jessup will be 7 p.m. Sept. 26, and the party's getting some good national exposure. This year, Bennett's Curse will be featured by the Travel Channel for the sixth time. A Travel Channel spokeswoman confirmed the opening night will be filmed for its special web series “America's Scariest Halloween Attractions.” She says Bennett's was chosen for “its realistic sets, trained actors and having the scariest animatronic monsters in the industry.”  “We are very excited about the filming,” says Jill Bennett, who owns the self-guided haunted houses and often watches the Travel Channel with her husband, Allan.
SPORTS
Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - The players on Maryland's men's and women's soccer teams can't look at their respective opponents Friday any different than they have others they have faced this season. But the Terps understand the significance that these games hold. When the 12th-ranked men's team faces Michigan in Ann Arbor and the women's team plays host to Rutgers at Ludwig Field, it will mark Maryland's first in-conference competition of any kind as a member of the Big Ten. The school officially joined the league in July after 61 years in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | September 4, 2014
Matthew VanDyke, the self-styled "Arab Spring Freedom Fighter" from Baltimore, was a friend of the two American journalists who were beheaded by Islamic State militants. VanDyke met James Foley and Steven Sotloff during his travels in Libya, and it was Foley to whom he first confided what we all later came to learn - that VanDyke was neither a journalist nor a filmmaker when he was captured and held in a Libyan prison for six months in 2011. Instead, he had gone there to fight with the rebels who eventually overthrew dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
NEWS
David Tayman, D.V.M and For The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Q: Now that our puppy and kitten are growing up, we'd like to take them with us on car trips and driving vacations. Any pet-travel safety tips? A: The first simple rule, whether it's a short trip to the vet or a long drive to the beach: Pets should not ride loose in any vehicle. Depending on the pet and the size of both the pet and the vehicle, our furry friends should be in an appropriate carrier or crate, or harnessed in place. Why? A few important reasons: 1. Loose pets are a major cause of driver distraction.
NEWS
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
Vacationers heading back to the Baltimore area from the Eastern Shore Monday night were experiencing some of the worst traffic of the summer. As late as 8 p.m., cars heading westbound were backed up to Exit 42, the east side of Kent Narrows Bridge, or about 5.4 miles from the Bay Bridge, according to a recorded traffic report. There were no delays for eastbound traffic, according to the traffic report. mary.mccauley@baltsun.com
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Nearly three-quarters of a million Marylanders are expected to hit the roads and airways this Labor Day weekend even as the state struggles with congestion at its largest airport, on its most-traveled highway and around some of its largest tourist attractions. About 728,000 people in the state are expected to travel 50 miles or more between Thursday and Monday, the third-highest number on record for Labor Day in Maryland, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic, which is set to release its predictions Tuesday.
NEWS
By Nicole Fuller and Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2010
Stefanie and Steve Taylor left their Anne Arundel County home by car with their two children a couple of days before Christmas and headed to Connecticut to celebrate the holiday with family. They planned to spend Christmas with Stefanie's 71-year-old mother and other family in Redding, Conn., and then head home to Arnold on Sunday, well-rested and ready to return to their office jobs in Baltimore on Monday. Then the blizzard hit. "We just want to get out of here," Stefanie Taylor said Monday over the phone from her mother's home.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2010
The State Highway Administration has announced it will launch a free, round-the-clock "511" telephone service to provide real-time traffic information to travelers in the state. The new system, provided by Televent of Rockville under a five-year contract with the state worth $4.7 million, will start in fall 2011, according to Gov. Martin O'Malley. The SHA will manage the statewide service, under which the contractor will collect traffic information from a variety of sources and provide it to travelers who place calls to 511. The information will also be made available through social network operators and a website.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Nearly 35 million Americans are expected to travel for Labor Day weekend this year, a slight increase over last year and the most since recession-driven declines began in 2008, according to driver advocacy organization AAA Mid-Atlantic. The group expects 34.7 million people to travel 50 miles or more over the course of the holiday weekend, a 1.3 percent increase from 2013. Of those, about 86 will go by car, the group predicts. Nearly 8 percent will travel by air. "Despite stagnant income growth and a modest economic recovery, consumers continue to remain enthusiastic about traveling and are willing to pull out their credit cards to pay for the last holiday weekend trip of the summer," said Ragina Cooper-Averella, a AAA spokeswoman, in a statement.
TRAVEL
By Donna M. Owens, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Carla Hayden is one of Baltimore's best-known book lovers, one who has spent 21 years at the helm of the city's Enoch Pratt Free Library . When the busy bibliophile takes time off to travel, she appreciates accommodations where books are part of the experience. "One of my favorite hotels is The Library Hotel in New York City," said Hayden, president emeritus of the American Library Association. "It's definitely more than a hotel stay; it's a literary experience. " Housed in a 1912 Neo¿Gothic style "sliver building" - just 25 feet wide and 100 feet long - the luxury hotel is located steps from the New York Public Library.
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