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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2012
Madison Street reopened to traffic about 3 p.m. Friday, four days after a 30-inch pipe ruptured, causing parts of the roadway to buckle and sending water gushing down Guilford Avenue as well as the Fallsway. Businesses and institutions in a 12- to 14-block area either lost water altogether or saw pressure drop, including Mercy Medical Center, Our Daily Bread and Center Stage . The street was shut down between Calvert Street and Guilford Avenue while crews repaired the pipe and the ensuing damage.
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October 1, 2014
Michael Phelps was largely forgiven for driving drunk near Salisbury University in 2004 because he was 19 years old. The charge was reduced to driving impaired, his record ultimately wiped clean by the courts. Five years later when a photo of him inhaling from a water pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana hit the Internet, he apologized again, and that incident blew over quickly as well. But what happened early Tuesday morning outside the Fort McHenry Tunnel was different. The man who possesses the most Olympic medals of any athlete in history failed a Breathalyzer test.
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By Rafael Alvarez | September 27, 1991
Bea Gaddy, East Baltimore's tireless helper of the hungry and homeless, will not be giving out free food today because of a burst water pipe that has left her kitchen dry and basement flooded.She normally feeds up to 200 people a day."You can't cook without water," Mrs. Gaddy said last night from the soup kitchen and homeless shelter she operates at 140 N. Collington Ave., near Patterson Park.The service pipe connecting her row house to the city main broke Tuesday night, she said, flooding the basement where she lives, and where she stores used clothing collected for the poor.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works said it could cost $3 million to fix road damage caused by Tuesday's heavy rainstorm. The most badly damaged road in the county was Marley Neck Road near Marcy Drive in Glen Burnie, which will be closed for "an extended period of time," according to public works officials. Crews need to repair a 12-inch water pipe, an 8-inch gravity sewer pipe, a 32-inch force main sewer pipe and other utilities underneath the road. Other damaged roads could be closed for two to three weeks.
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By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1996
Fifty-foot geysers are springing up from temporary water pipes in Butchers Hill, causing thousands of dollars in damage to rowhouses and sparking panic and anger among residents.When a careless driver ran over a temporary pipe snaking along South Madeira Street this week, water shot into the air, through the front windows of Bernard Blunt's house and over the roof. The soaking lasted an hour.Jennifer Lucas' rowhouse, also on Madeira Street, has been damaged three times. The latest was yesterday morning when another 2-inch steel pipe was run over and the water streamed into her basement.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 6, 2005
Can you get a buzz from these things?" we asked the only other customer at the Zeeba Lounge on a recent Friday night, as he sucked hard on his hookah, a water pipe filled with flavorings and tobacco. He certainly looked buzzed, his eyes at half mast, his face dreamy. "If you concentrate," he said. He had come to Zeeba to relax, he said, after a night working as a busboy in a touristy local restaurant. And what better place to escape all those customers, all that noise, all that food and drink, than a place that has almost none of the above?
TRAVEL
By Carol Pucci and Carol Pucci,SEATTLE TIMES | September 3, 2000
Clutching a string of glass prayer beads in one hand and a cell phone in the other, Ahmed Abdo sat cross-legged on a low-slung couch at the Enjoyer Cafe in an ancient quarter of Istanbul, Turkey. It was past 11 p.m., but the night air was warm enough for Abdo and his two friends from Saudi Arabia and Egypt to enjoy a leisurely smoke in the Enjoyer's outdoor living room. The Enjoyer is a water pipe cafe. Here, on a patch of sidewalk covered with Turkish carpets and furnished with low tables and potted plants, veteran smokers and novice travelers share the ancient tradition of smoking the water pipe, also called the nargile or hookah.
BUSINESS
May 12, 2002
Dear Mr. Azrael: I recently had a new sump pump installed in my townhome. Since then, it has been discharging water continuously, around the clock, at the curbside discharge outlet. Three visits by two different plumbing companies determined that my neighbor had a leak in his waterline, somewhere between the curb and his house. The neighbor's house is uphill from me. Consequently, the lower quadrant of my lawn, nearest my neighbor, is saturated and the substance of marsh. We apprised the neighbor of the problem almost two months ago, and the last plumber to visit gave him a detailed explanation of the problem.
NEWS
January 11, 1993
County checks damaged Harundale storm water pipe 0) section for possible repairThe county Department of Public Works examined the partially collapsed section of a storm water pipe in Harundale last week with the possibility of repairing it.The pipe, probably 40 years old, sent storm water toward Marley Creek. Part of the end section, behind Tarrant Court, collapsed in last Tuesday's torrential storm.Public Works engineers probably will speak to the nearby community before any repairs are made, said Anne Sieling, department spokeswoman.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | February 1, 1998
MEXICO CITY -- In a plaza next to one of this city's most important shrines, the colossal Monument to the Revolution, a humble water pipe has become a curious monument of its own to what is, literally, Mexico City's continuing collapse.Flush with the ground in 1934 when the Monument to the Revolution was built, the water pipe now soars 26 feet into the air. Firmly anchored in a hard layer of subsoil beneath the city's shallow aquifer, the pipe has stayed put in the last six decades while the city has fallen away.
HEALTH
By Laura Barnhardt Cech, For The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Although hookah lounges are becoming more popular, smoking flavored tobacco through water pipes creates hazardous concentrations of indoor air pollution, according to a new study from the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. In fact, airborne particulate matter and carbon monoxide levels exceeded those found in restaurants and bars that allowed cigarette smoking, the study found. "There is a mistaken notion that because the tobacco smoke is drawn through the water, it's somehow cleaner or not as bad," Patrick Breysse, a professor in the department of environmental health sciences and the study's senior author, said in an interview.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
City officials say the insurance program for broken water pipes they've been publicizing likely won't be available for several months, and possibly not until autumn. Baltimore first announced the insurance - which officials call a service contract - last year in connection with the approval of a system-wide overhaul of water meters, warning residents they would want to buy the insurance in case pipes break during the work. Kurt Kocher, a spokesman for Baltimore Department of Public Works, said recently there is a very small chance pipes could break during the overhaul of about 400,000 water meters in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | January 8, 2014
Hampden merchants and a Baltimore City councilwoman are becoming increasingly angry as they wait for the Department of Public Works to finish water and sewer line repair projects that have clogged the commercial 3600 block of Falls Road and nearby streets with temporary lines since last summer. The city removed the temporary lines for the holidays, including for the scheduled Hampden Mayor's Christmas Parade that was ultimately canceled due to snow, but the lines were re-installed last week along Falls Road at West 36th Street (The Avenue)
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Editorial from The Aegis | October 8, 2013
The idea of having Harford County served by a single governmental entity responsible for providing clean water and treating sewage on the whole is a good one. There are, however, aspects of such a system that deserve close public scrutiny as the water and sewer authority is being established. As the water and sewer authority would be managed by an appointed board that will have the authority to set rates, the general public needs to be assured a level of dominion over the service.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | April 25, 2013
The Roosevelt Park Recreation Center reopened Wednesday after being closed for about a month because of a broke water pipe. "I missed it," said Gabrielle Barnes, 10, a third grader from Hampden Elementary/Middle School. She was one of 14 children who returned to the center for after-school enrichment activities. Usually, that number is about 25, but some families might not have gotten the message yet that the center was reopen, director Joshua Fissel said. The pipe was repaired at a cost of $10,000, said Kia McLeod, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks.
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By Alison Matas, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2013
Courthouse East closed Monday following a water pipe burst. A half-inch pipe burst on the fourth floor of the building, and water trickled down to the lower floors, said Captain Roman Clark, a spokesman with the Baltimore City Fire Department. The break appeared to have occurred over the weekend, according to the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office. No one was injured in the burst, and it looked like damage was limited to carpeting, according to the sheriff's office. Connor Scott, a spokesman with the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, said everyone had been evacuated from the building as a precaution and that the water to the courthouse was turned off. He said the fire department was waiting on an electrician to determine which parts of the building were safe for electricity.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,Sun Staff Writer | August 21, 1995
The residents of Loudon Avenue in Elkridge say they could put up with the dusty cars and driveways blocked by gravel. The real problems caused by laying a water pipe just east of U.S. 1, they say, are interrupted cable service, muddy drinking water and gas leaks."
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | December 10, 2002
The National Transportation Safety Board is nearing the end of the fact-finding phase of its investigation into the Howard Street train tunnel derailment and fire, but it has not yet determined what caused the five-day inferno that hobbled the city. NTSB officials said yesterday they have completed several key steps of the investigation into the accident July 18 last year and should release the public docket, or statement of facts, early next year. A final report, which would include the probable cause, would come months after that.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2012
Madison Street reopened to traffic about 3 p.m. Friday, four days after a 30-inch pipe ruptured, causing parts of the roadway to buckle and sending water gushing down Guilford Avenue as well as the Fallsway. Businesses and institutions in a 12- to 14-block area either lost water altogether or saw pressure drop, including Mercy Medical Center, Our Daily Bread and Center Stage . The street was shut down between Calvert Street and Guilford Avenue while crews repaired the pipe and the ensuing damage.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2012
A water pipe blocked by tiny pieces of "slag" — likely pipe shavings or soldering residue — was to blame for the water issues that left many residents of the downtown Zenith apartments without water or air conditioning this week, according to a city public works spokesman. Going floor to floor Tuesday afternoon, crews restored services in the 21-story building, said Lauren McDonald, a spokeswoman for the company that manages the Zenith. The slag pieces, each about the size of a dime, were located by city crews Monday in the filtering screen of a 6-inch-wide "backflow preventer" in the building's internal water system, not in lines maintained by the city, said Kurt Kocher, the public works spokesman.
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