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August 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A man accused of kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter during a supervised visit in Boston last weekend was arrested in Baltimore and the girl was found safe, authorities said. A "concerned citizen" tipped off authorities that Clark Rockefeller was living in a Baltimore apartment and had a 26-foot catamaran sailboat docked at a nearby marina, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said. The arrest ended a suspenseful week that began in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood when police said Rockefeller attacked a social worker and fled during a supervised visit with his daughter.
July 23, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Crews worked to pull the last two smoldering boxcars from a downtown Baltimore tunnel, days after a train derailment and fire shut down parts of the city and disrupted Internet service nationwide. Above the 1 1/2-mile-long tunnel, a broken 40-inch water main continued gushing onto downtown streets and public works officials said damage to the street and the tunnel could be significant.
March 15, 2004 | From Associated Press
The bodies of two of the three passengers missing since a water taxi capsized nine days ago were pulled Sunday from the murky waters of the city's Inner Harbor, officials said. The bodies of Andrew Roccella, 26, and 6-year-old Daniel Bentrem, both of Virginia, were recovered Sunday afternoon, said Fire Chief William Goodwin. Corinne Schillings, 26, of Alexandria, Va., who planned to marry Roccella, remained missing.
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.
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.
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."
August 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Surgeons in Baltimore have performed what is believed to be the first "triple-swap" kidney transplant, giving healthy organs to two adult women and a teenage boy, health officials said Friday. The recipients were dialysis patients who had each come to Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center along with a willing donor who was not of a compatible blood or tissue type. That meant the transplants could not be carried out because the intended recipients would reject the mismatched organs.
November 24, 2009 | By Julie Scharper
Crisis pregnancy centers that don't offer abortions or birth-control referrals would have to post notices saying they exclude those options under legislation approved Monday night by the Baltimore City Council. The measure, which must still get a final ruling from the city's mayor, is thought to be the first of its kind in the nation. Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a Democrat who sponsored the bill, called the vote a victory for women's well-being. She cited a study by an advocacy group indicating that women have been misled at pregnancy centers that provide counseling, clothing and food for expectant mothers -- but not abortions.
October 1, 1995 | ELLEN UZELAC, Uzelac is a Baltimore free-lance writer. and
When folks think about Baltimore right now, they flash on Cal Ripken Jr., the Baltimore Orioles shortstop who put Charm City back on the map, as some said, just for showing up for work. As Cal would tell you, the first thing a visitor needs to know about Baltimore is how to pronounce it: Bawlamer . In this most unpretentious of cities, an urban Right Coast sophistication mixes it up with a loopy small-town sensibility, making Baltimore an easy place to get hooked on.
July 19, 2005 | Foster Klug, Associated Press
The expected appointment of one of the world's top female conductors to lead the Baltimore Symphony is premature, a group of orchestra members said Monday, asking that the search for a music director continue. Marin Alsop, an American who is principal conductor at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Britain, told Associated Press last week that she expected the Baltimore Symphony's board to approve her appointment today.
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