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'Fatberg' discovered under Baltimore's streets, causing sewer overflows

'Fatberg' discovered under Baltimore's streets, causing sewer overflows

A massive lump of congealed fat, wet wipes and other detritus — dubbed the “fatberg” — is growing underneath the streets of Baltimore. The Baltimore Department of Public Works said Monday it discovered the fatberg earlier this month in a sewer main between Baltimore Penn Station and the 1700 block...

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  • Melania Trump has something to say. Donald Trump should listen

    Melania Trump has something to say. Donald Trump should listen

    At the United Nations last week, Melania Trump followed her husband as a speaker, and she had a message that could well have been addressed to him. The topic was the bullying of children, and the child in him needed to hear it. "We must remember that that they are watching and listening, so we...

  • Merkel's challenge

    Merkel's challenge

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel easily won a fourth term in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, but that doesn’t mean she can expect smooth sailing over the next four years. On the contrary, the simultaneous rise of a right-wing political movement adamantly opposed to the liberal democratic order...

  • Who disrespects what America stands for, kneeling players or the tweeting president?

    Who disrespects what America stands for, kneeling players or the tweeting president?

    So far as we know, no NFL players spat on or burned the flag this weekend. They didn’t drag it on the ground or tear it apart. When the national anthem was performed before games, they did not turn their backs or talk or make rude gestures. Some linked arms in a show of unity; others knelt, an...

  • Goldberg: Dogs are no con artists; they really do love you

    Goldberg: Dogs are no con artists; they really do love you

    One of my favorite kinds of news stories is the report of a new scientific study that verifies the obvious. You've seen them. New research finds that heterosexual men are attracted to very attractive women. Evidence collected by wildlife researchers has confirmed that bears really do use the woods...

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  • Colfax Corp. sells fluid handling business for $860 million

    Colfax Corp. sells fluid handling business for $860 million

    The industrial technology company Colfax Corp. said Monday that it had agreed to sell its fluid handling business for $860 million. Based in Annapolis Junction, Colfax will get $542 million in cash and 3.3 million shares of the buyer CIRCOR International Inc., a Massachusetts-based industrial systems...

  • Hogan joins Virginia governor, D.C. mayor in trade mission to Canada

    Hogan joins Virginia governor, D.C. mayor in trade mission to Canada

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is leaving the country Tuesday to join Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on a trade mission to Canada. The trio will be in Toronto to pitch the capital region tourism to Ontario, and they will meet with the province’s leader, Premier...

  • Report: Baltimore a top city for women entrepreneurs

    Report: Baltimore a top city for women entrepreneurs

    If you’re a woman in business, Baltimore is the place for you, according to new research by ShareFile, a cloud-based file sharing service. Baltimore ranked first in ShareFile’s Businesswomen Power City Index, which evaluated cities based on number of women-owned businesses, number of executives...

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  • Early Ravens, NFL TV ratings a mixed bag after day of national anthem protests

    Early Ravens, NFL TV ratings a mixed bag after day of national anthem protests

    Some 425,000 Baltimoreans tuned in to WJZ to watch the Ravens get demolished by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday morning in London — about 6,000 more fans than watched the season opener against the Bengals, but some 21,000 fewer than watched last year’s Week 3 game. Nationally, NFL viewership...

  • 'First Edition' host Sean Yoes resigns at WEAA-FM

    'First Edition' host Sean Yoes resigns at WEAA-FM

    “First Edition” host Sean Yoes resigned from Morgan State University radio station WEAA-FM at the end of his show Friday night. Both Yoes and DeWayne Wickham, dean of the School of Global Journalism & Communication at Morgan State, confirmed Saturday that the talk show host was no longer with the...

  • Zurawik: Bill O'Reilly plays to thousands of empty seats in Baltimore

    Zurawik: Bill O'Reilly plays to thousands of empty seats in Baltimore

    Bill O’Reilly’s “The Spin Stops Here” tour stopped in Baltimore on Friday, and the former Fox News host played to thousands of empty seats at Royal Farms Arena. Perhaps the best indication of the size of the crowd in relation to the hall is that 45 minutes before the show an usher came to me and...

  • The week's best events in the Baltimore area: 'Julius Caesar,' burlesque and reptiles

    The week's best events in the Baltimore area: 'Julius Caesar,' burlesque and reptiles

    Color Run Run (or walk, your decision) a 5K course that takes you through zones of colored foam or checkpoints where people hurl gobs of colored powder at you. Sounds messy, and it is. But they don’t call this the “Happiest 5K on the Planet” for nothing. At the very least, you’ll finish with a...

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  • Assaults climb at Baltimore Central Booking since city jail closing

    Assaults climb at Baltimore Central Booking since city jail closing

    Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center, the first institution people are brought to after being arrested in the city, has seen a spike in assaults since Gov. Larry Hogan closed the City Jail, state statistics show. Assaults by inmates at Central Booking, both on staff members and on other...

  • Is Baltimore bike-friendly enough for Amazon?

    Is Baltimore bike-friendly enough for Amazon?

    As Amazon seeks a site for a second North American headquarters, the Seattle-based online retail giant twice mentioned bike lanes in its request for proposals as an expectation for cities vying for the facility. “Include connectivity options: sidewalks, bike lanes, trams, metro, bus, light rail,...

  • When bullets kill someone in Baltimore, the public knows right away. When drugs do, notice takes months.

    When bullets kill someone in Baltimore, the public knows right away. When drugs do, notice takes months.

    When someone is shot in the streets of Baltimore, police release the details swiftly. If the person dies, the city police department publicizes the victim’s name soon afterward. The department’s releases allow the public to track the toll of violence in real time, and the homicide rate is a key...

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