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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2010
There's new life in Back River — though not quite what folks had been hoping for. The eastern Baltimore County waterway, long degraded by sewage and development, has been humming the past few summers with hordes of midges, gnat-like insects that swarm over the water and along the shoreline. They don't bite, though they look like mosquitoes. But their mating swarms are bedeviling waterfront residents, boaters and marina operators because the bugs are drawn to lights and light-colored objects.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
A project to install emergency generators at the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant at 8900 Greenwood Place in Savage is scheduled to begin Monday. Three 2,500-kilowatt emergency power generators and 15-kilovolt switchgear will be installed to provide a third power source for the plant, in the event the two independent Baltimore Gas and Electric power feeds are disrupted, according to a news release from the county. The generators are part of the county's $8.1 million electrical protection system upgrade in an effort to safeguard the Water Reclamation Plant from outages that could lead to sewage overflows, such as that which occurred during Superstorm Sandy.
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June 14, 2011
Editor: I am responding to the news of yet another drowning in Deer Creek. Many such deaths can be avoided by an awareness of how they occur and of what to do. A person standing on rocks in moving water that is only as high as their knees can easily lose their balance and as their foot slips it can wedge into a crevice in the rocks. The enormous power of the moving water will push them down and hold them down, resulting in a drowning death. To avoid foot entrapment, one can fall backwards into an imaginary inner tube, drawing up the knees and feet out of harms way. Then the hands and arms swing the feet downstream to meet obstacles, protecting the head.
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By Leah Polakoff and For the Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Enjoy the tide from your own backyard with this spacious house in Annapolis. From the pier that sprawls across the edge of the backyard, watch the sea of sailboats that have become a staple of life on Weems Creek, then launch your own. The spacious Annapolis house boasts an open plan and six bedrooms (two are master bedrooms). Built in 1967 and remodeled in 1997, it's well suited for entertaining adults on the multilevel deck or throwing the kids a pool party. Guests will arrive via the elegant paved driveway curving in the front of the house.
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By Dolly Merritt | August 6, 1994
Around the house* When going on vacation, remember to stop delivery of the newspapers; have someone pick up your mail; set timers for lights, radios and TVs; lock all doors and windows and hide empty trash containers.* Remove mineral deposits that have accumulated at water level in the toilet. Try rubbing stain with "wet" sandpaper available in hardware stores. Or, pour one cup of bleach into bowl; let sit for a few hours and scrub off stains.* Strain fat from broth by pouring through a paper towel into container.
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By Colleen Webster | June 15, 2010
For nearly a year, I have been trying to re-immerse myself into the sport and skill of swimming — more specifically open-water swimming, in which one entrusts the body and mind to a lake or bay of some unknown power and depth. This is more terrifying than that calm sentence implies. Sure, I have been swimming in pools — clear, visible, well-demarcated lanes of civility — for nearly 40 years. But this hardly prepares one for murk, chop, tides, wind, waves, passing vegetation that wraps the feet and legs, cold spots and warm currents.
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September 25, 2012
In his recent column ("'Occupy movement got America wrong," Sept. 23), Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. illustrates the denial of economic reality in America that is continually propagated by the 1 percent. At the heart of his argument is the idea that the American Dream is alive and well, the happy meritocracy is humming along nicely, and that Occupy Wall Street is a group of slackers who devote their energies to trying to derail this bedrock concept upon which he and the 1 percent perch. Either he wasn't paying attention and completely missed what Occupy is about, or simply will not admit that he does know.
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August 10, 2010
Monday, Aug. 9, for about the fifth time in the last year, the water main at the corner of Back River Neck Rd and Old Eastern Ave. broke. I arrived home (after being rerouted due to road closures again to find out there was no water. Possibly The Baltimore Sun has an investigative reporter that can look into this situation. One lane has been closed at this location for months, and traffic backs up. That area of the road is lower than the rest and is full of potholes. Why hasn't this main been fixed properly and the hole closed?
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By Ian Duncan and Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2013
Water went shooting 50 feet into the air because of water main break in Parkville Saturday morning, officials said. The gout of water came after an 8-inch water main broke, leaving 80 homes without water, Baltimore Department of Public Works spokesman Kurt Kocher said. The break was expected to be repaired by about 11 p.m., Kocher said. Police went to the scene in the 8300 block of Tapu Ct. and the public works department sent a valve truck, which can be used to shut off the water, to the area, Kocher said.
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December 26, 2009
KENSINGTON - A water main break has knocked out water service to 27 homes in Kensington and flooded basements. The 8-inch main broke about 2 a.m. Friday at the top of a hill on Matthews Lane. It created a 10-foot sinkhole. Resident Ivan Fuss told WTOP radio that he had about a foot of muddy water in his basement. Kim Knox, a spokeswoman for the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission, said water was restored to the homes in the early afternoon. She said the main was about 60 years old. - Associated Press
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Everyone wanted to hang out with John Waters this week. First the members of Future Islands spent time with the Baltimore filmmaker before they played at Hampdenfest Saturday.  Then Patton Oswalt invited him for a drink Sunday. The comedian posted this message on Twitter: "Hey John Waters: I'm at Salt on Pratt St. in Butcher's Hill. I'll be here for the next hour. Drop in, I'll buy you a Clear Eye Susan. " Waters likes to push boundaries in his work, but when it comes to social networking, he likes to do it the old-fashioned way -- in person.  But Rachel Whang, the co-owner of Atomic Books, spotted Oswalt's tweet and passed the message along to Waters.
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By Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
A satellite that has been hurtling toward Mars for the past 10 months slammed on the brakes Sunday night, gliding into the red planet's gravity field to spend a year studying its atmosphere - and hopefully collect evidence that Mars might once have supported life. On a mission managed from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, the MAVEN spacecraft neared completion Sunday night of a 442 million-mile journey by firing six thrusters in reverse and being pulled into Mars' gravity field.
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By Colin Campbell and Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Two men, including one from Rosedale, died while swimming at Ocean City Wednesday, officials said. The 49-year-old man from Rosedale, who has not yet been publicly identified, was spotted floating unconscious far out into the water by a beach patrol supervisor at around 5:45 p.m., about 15 minutes after lifeguards had gone off duty for the day, Ocean City Beach Patrol Captain Butch Arbin said. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. "Our biggest message is don't swim when we're off duty and this is what this person did," Arbin said.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
A man's body was found floating Monday evening in the water under the Hanover Street bridge in South Baltimore, police said. An officer was flagged down at 5:40 p.m. by a person who first saw the body. The Baltimore City Fire Department recovered the body from the water. Police did not identify the victim, pending next-of-kin notification. No obvious signs of foul play were apparent, police said. The man's body will be taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
For six straight hours for four straight afternoons during one of the largest ship-hosting events in Baltimore history, all water traffic within a large rectangle in the middle of the harbor is being completely restricted by a cadre of law enforcement agencies. No tall ships, no personal watercraft, no dinghys. Period. Only the icebreaker A.V. Sandusky of the Maryland Natural Resources Police and the Coast Guard cutter James Rankin are allowed in the so-called box, and even they are not allowed to move.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
In one print, the silos at Millersville's Kinder Farm Park are represented in countless tiny dots in shades of gray. Across the hallway, the Bay Bridge is silhouetted against a sky with blazing colors of red, orange and yellow. And upstairs, foreboding blue storm clouds gather over the water. Dozens of prints of all types - lithographs, woodcuts, etchings - cover the walls of the Willow Gallery at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, the latest show from the busy artists in Anne Arundel Community College's printmaking club.
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September 8, 2011
I live in the Phoenix area of Baltimore County and we didn't get power back in our homes until Sept. 2. I understand that power has to be restored to hospitals, nursing homes, emergency treatment centers and other places of critical importance. But BGE should have given more priority to the homes that depend on well water. When the electricity is out, well pumps do not function, leaving our homes without running water and plumbing as well as power. I prepared for the storm by filling pots and bathtubs with water, but it wasn't enough to carry us through six full days without power.
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By Liz Bowie and Eileen Ambrose | liz.bowie@baltsun.com eileen.ambrose@baltsun.com | March 7, 2010
Baltimore Public Works officials said 40,000 people in Northwest Baltimore County who have been without water since a main break early Saturday will remain without water overnight and are likely to have minimal water or none through part of the day Monday. Residents north of Pleasant Hill Road, including Reisterstown and Glyndon, remain affected. Immediately after the break at 2 a.m., about 100,000 residents along Reisterstown Road were left without water. As of 6 p.m. Sunday — 40 hours after the initial disruption — water still had not been restored to a fifth of that geographic area, according to Kurt Kocher, a spokesman for Baltimore's Department of Public Works.
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Staff reports, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
The Baltimore County Department of Public Works is closing both southbound lanes along York Road north of Timonium Road near the entrance to the State Fairgrounds Thursday night beginning at 8 p.m. Officials said all southbound York Road traffic will be shifted into the center turn lane for a short distance as crews work to tie-in a water line. Northbound York Road traffic will not be affected. County officials said they anticipate opening both southbound lanes by 6 a.m., though they have indicated lane closures through the Friday morning rush hour are possible.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
The Baltimore City Department of Transportation reported that Baltimore Street is closed in both directions at Warwick Avenue due to a water main break at 7:07 a.m. on Wednesday. Department of Public Works officials are making repairs and traffic impact is light, DOT said. The state Department of Transportation reported a two-vehicle collision on the inner loop of Interstate 695 in Pikesville at Reisterstown Road at 8:54 a.m. that closed the inner loop right shoulder. DOT also reported debris on MD 140 East in Finksburg at Sandymount Road at 8:31 a.m. No additional information was given.
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