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July 19, 2001 | STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A freight train laden with hazardous chemicals derailed Wednesday in a tunnel beneath a section of downtown Baltimore, spreading dense smoke, severing water mains and forcing safety officials to shut down an Orioles baseball game and sections of the city's highways and harbor.
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BUSINESS
April 29, 1997 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In another setback for the tobacco industry, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for Baltimore to enforce a citywide ban on billboards advertising cigarettes or beer. The move, while not a final ruling on the matter, is likely to encourage other cities, including Los Angeles, to ban public ads for tobacco products. It also suggests that the Clinton administration may not face a 1st Amendment barrier in seeking to restrict cigarette advertising directed at minors.
NATIONAL
December 12, 2002 | From Associated Press
Federal prosecutors filed seven charges of murder by arson against a man Wednesday for a blaze that police say was set in retaliation against a mother fighting neighborhood drug dealers. The charges against Darrell Brooks, 21, carry the death penalty, although prosecutors said they have not decided whether to pursue it. "If you firebomb a house and you kill seven people -- if that's not a federal case, what is?" asked U.S. Atty. Thomas DiBiagio. "Seven people were burned alive in their home."
NATIONAL
December 17, 2004 | From Associated Press
A security guard at an upscale housing development was arrested Thursday on arson charges in a series of fires that did $10 million in damage to homes being built at the subdivision, prosecutors said. Aaron L. Speed, 21, will appear today in federal court, the U.S. attorney's office said in a statement. The motive was not immediately known, and a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office said she did not know how many arson charges Speed faced.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2004 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
A 10-year-old boy kidnapped by his mother in Baltimore had been attending school in Riverside, but the pair are believed to be on the run after being profiled on "America's Most Wanted" on Saturday, police said Tuesday. Police say Rayon Kirkland Gray was kidnapped by his mother on Oct. 18 after his father dropped him off at her house for a two-hour visit.
NATIONAL
December 6, 2003 | Vicki Kemper and Richard Simon, Times Staff Writers
Jonathan P. Luna rose from the tough streets of the Bronx to become a successful lawyer who worked for a major Washington law firm, the Federal Trade Commission and the Brooklyn district attorney's office before becoming an assistant U.S. attorney in Baltimore. Friends and colleagues up and down the East Coast called it the ultimate injustice that the 38-year-old federal prosecutor died a violent death.
NATIONAL
December 16, 2002 | From Associated Press
Murder charges against 34 people were dropped in the last 19 months because evidence didn't support the charges, a review of Baltimore police records showed. Some of the dropped cases involved claims of self-defense, later proved to be valid, and two cases involved armed robbers who were slain by their victims, the Baltimore Sun reported Sunday. In one case, detectives charged a man who died a year before the murder occurred.
NATIONAL
December 15, 2003 | From Associated Press
Jonathan P. Luna's puzzling, roundabout last journey started with a late-night call at his suburban home. The assistant U.S. attorney quickly left and headed to his office at the federal court building in Baltimore, 10 miles away, his father said. Officials will not say who called the 38-year-old prosecutor the night of Dec. 4, just hours before he was found stabbed 36 times and drowned in a creek in Pennsylvania, 70 miles away.
NEWS
December 29, 1998 | ALAN C. MILLER and LISA GETTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As a get-out-the-vote event, President Clinton's nationally televised appearance at a Baltimore church on the eve of the November elections was deemed a great success: It helped Democrats in Maryland and across the country fare better than expected at the ballot box. But the gathering, which included Clinton urging the more than 2,000 African American parishioners to vote, has left considerable controversy in its wake.
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