Recent stories by Candus Thomson
7:12 PM EST, January 9, 2013
The governor of Virginia has thrown a new wrinkle into a Maryland debate by calling for abolition of the commonwealth's gas tax and increasing the sales tax to pay for roads and transit – a move that would alter the competitive balance between the two states.
10:54 PM EDT, August 10, 2012
With Labor Day still a few weeks away, the time to make Thanksgiving travel plans seems as far off as the Curiosity rover.
12:55 PM EDT, August 9, 2012
Motorists who use Falls Road in Mount Washington are being advised by city transportation officials to take alternate roads Thursday and Friday to avoid emergency utility repair work.
11:10 AM EDT, August 8, 2012
Grout used to protect steel support cables in the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, which carries Interstate 95 over the Potomac River, may be contaminated with an excessive level of chloride, a corroding substance known to accelerate rusting.
5:40 PM EDT, August 5, 2012
The Olympic flame may not be extinguished along the Chesapeake Bay.
6:31 PM EDT, August 3, 2012
In a perfect world, there's a parking space next to your destination and it's free.
12:22 PM EDT, August 2, 2012
Cargo handling at the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore reached pre-recession levels for the first half of 2012, continuing a two-year surge in traffic, state officials announced Thursday.
2:45 PM EDT, August 3, 2012
Could Lynne Zink sell a curling iron to a bald man? Maybe.
6:30 PM EDT, August 1, 2012
The most disruptive phase of the project to rebuild the bridge south of the Harbor Tunnel toll plaza is expected to begin Saturday and continue for two weeks.
4:53 PM EDT, July 30, 2012
A man jumped from the highest spot on the Bay Bridge early Monday afternoon and was pulled — alive — from the water by Natural Resources Police.
6:42 PM EDT, July 26, 2012
The Maryland Transportation Authority is upgrading its early warning weather system for the Bay Bridge — allowing it to close the span more quickly when strong gusts hit, instead of waiting for sustained winds.
8:14 PM EDT, July 23, 2012
Talk about being in Baltimore's wheelhouse.
2:23 PM EDT, July 30, 2012
A total of 2.18 million commercial passengers used Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in June, an increase of 2.9 percent over June 2011, the state announced Monday. Last month's traffic set a new mark for June, and it was second only to July 2011 as the busiest month in airport history.
5:03 PM EDT, July 29, 2012
When much of the region went dark during the June 29 derecho, the traffic signals at Howard County-owned intersections didn't miss a beat.
July 28, 2012
A little more than a decade ago, a group of business executives and civic leaders envisioned a moment when the world's eyes would be riveted by events in the Baltimore-Washington area: the lighting of a cauldron followed by two weeks of elite athletic competition.
4:06 PM EDT, July 20, 2012
Since 1899, the Coast Guard's shipyard at Curtis Bay has added years to the life of the sea-battered fleet, repairing and upgrading hundreds of cutters before sending them back on patrol.
4:05 PM EDT, July 18, 2012
BWI has received a $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help pay for the repaving of its longest runway, members of Maryland's congressional delegation announced Wednesday.
8:56 AM EDT, July 29, 2012
Wilkens Avenue at the Baltimore Beltway will be subject to overnight lane closures and shutdowns this week as construction crews erect steel girders for a new interchange bridge, the State Highway Administration said.
11:25 PM EDT, July 13, 2012
Dave Jones is trying to shrink the world, one crisis at a time.
6:21 PM EDT, July 23, 2012
They look like poppy seeds with legs as they tumble out of two pint containers and onto the leaves of a scraggly vine sunning itself near a pine tree.
6:05 PM EDT, July 23, 2012
Ray LaHood was 20 minutes late for his date Monday afternoon with the neighbors who live around the crumbling Kirk Avenue bus maintenance yard in East Baltimore.
1:13 PM EDT, July 11, 2012
The fleet of Coast Guard vessels that call Baltimore home port increased by one Wednesday when the 65-foot cutter Chock arrived from Virginia.
4:14 PM EDT, July 10, 2012
A week after heralding the arrival of two airlines to the fold, BWI Marshall Airport is dealing with the loss of Southwest Airlines' three daily nonstop flights to New York's LaGuardia Airport.
6:07 PM EDT, July 9, 2012
Highway crews are scheduled to complete work Monday night on a temporary patch of eastbound U.S. 50 that was buckled by 11 days of intense heat.
1:32 PM EDT, July 3, 2012
It wasn't the neon-green comb tucked in a loose-leaf notebook that caught the eye of a TSA screener at BWI Monday morning — it was what the comb concealed: a knife with a 4-inch blade.
7:43 PM EDT, July 8, 2012
On a hot summer day, Big Gunpowder Falls beckons and thousands answer the call: anglers, swimmers, kayakers and picnickers.
10:49 PM EDT, July 8, 2012
Among all the games of chance played by Ocean City vacationers this summer, one is proving to be a nightmare for officials who can't seem to stop it.
6:25 PM EDT, July 3, 2012
For the second time in 24 hours, an airline has announced its arrival at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
6:03 PM EDT, July 4, 2012
Millions of people in the path of Friday's powerful storm knew what was coming and braced for the worst. Many hunkered down in their basements, warned by meteorologists who had tracked the storm over 600 miles as it gathered speed and strength and drew a bead on the Mid-Atlantic.
2:31 PM EDT, June 30, 2012
After 35 years in state and local government, Beverley Swaim-Staley announced in April that she would step down as Maryland's secretary of transportation, effective July 1.
2:36 PM EDT, July 2, 2012
The body of a Virginia man thrown from a small boat on the Chesapeake Bay during Friday's powerful storm was recovered Sunday evening off Calvert County by Maryland Natural Resources Police.
8:08 PM EDT, June 14, 2012
For the better part of a decade, Jill Crowther-Peters has portrayed the widowed seamstress who stitched the Star-Spangled Banner, but on Thursday she had the chance to really feel what it was like to be her.
8:45 PM EDT, June 20, 2012
The future of the port of Baltimore eased through the morning haze Wednesday, limboed under the Bay Bridge with room to spare, ducked under the Key Bridge and arrived dockside at Seagirt Marine Terminal just in time for dinner.
9:30 AM EDT, June 19, 2012
For the first time in nearly two decades, Southwest Airlines, the biggest commercial carrier at BWI, does not sit atop the annual American Customer Satisfaction Index.
11:34 AM EDT, June 19, 2012
Traffic on the Bay and Key bridges will be temporarily stopped Wednesday afternoon as tugboats push a cargo ship carrying four massive cranes beneath the spans on the way to the port of Baltimore, the Maryland Transportation Authority said Monday.
1:50 PM EDT, June 16, 2012
Cars began lining up before 7 a.m. to get into the parking lots at M&T Bank Stadium for the shuttle bus ride to Fort McHenry and the Blue Angels air show.
5:59 PM EDT, June 20, 2012
A delicate maritime ballet in two acts is playing out Wednesday afternoon as tugboats muscle a cargo ship carrying four supersized cranes to the port of Baltimore. The ship has cleared the Bay and Key bridges and is approaching Seagirt Marine Terminal.
6:35 PM EDT, June 12, 2012
For folks who want to partake in Sailabration by water this weekend, expect tight quarters.
12:18 AM EDT, June 17, 2012
Shrieking children covered their ears and adults flinched as the Blue Angels made a low pass over Fort McHenry, only to stretch their necks and shade their eyes to track the Navy jet fighters as they soared into the sun.
6:50 PM EDT, June 26, 2012
Each one weighs as much as 9,000 Tony Siragusas (the former Ravens defensive lineman) and at full extension rises as high as Baltimore's World Trade Center. Together, the port's four new cargo cranes are about to make a splash on the city's skyline.
6:22 PM EDT, June 19, 2012
ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER SLEDGE — The party's over.
8:02 PM EDT, June 15, 2012
Military past and present came together Friday morning on a patch of farmland that played a key role in the defense of Baltimore during the War of 1812.
8:03 PM EDT, June 13, 2012
It took 200 years, but the oft-forgotten War of 1812 got some attention Wednesday.
6:52 PM EDT, June 9, 2012
As many as 1 million people — far more than fought over Fort McHenry 200 years ago — will cram Baltimore's waterfront and squeeze their boats into narrow crannies around the harbor this week to welcome Navy vessels and tall ships, kicking off the state's commemoration of the War of 1812.
9:27 PM EDT, June 11, 2012
Work has begun on a $100 million upgrade of the oldest portion of BWI Marshall Airport to streamline security screening by allowing passengers to move among the three busiest concourses without having to pass through security a second time.
6:26 PM EDT, June 5, 2012
State transportation officials have a word of advice for commuters and beachgoers who usually include the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel in their travel plans: Don't.
9:06 PM EDT, May 31, 2012
After a yearlong investigation, federal safety regulators have closed 26 bus operations as "imminent hazards," including one that they said operated illegally in Maryland and another that ran 16 daily trips between Baltimore and New York City.
8:22 PM EDT, June 7, 2012
Not a lot has changed in the jockey goggle business since 1947, when Israel Kroop first stitched trim around a molded sheet of plastic, added two brass vents from a mattress, and attached a strip of elastic.
10:58 PM EDT, May 27, 2012
About two weeks from now, a cargo ship 21/2 football fields long will squeeze under the Key Bridge and deliver the future of the port of Baltimore.
May 27, 2012
The Baltimore Sun's front page on July 22, 1959, carried the news accompanied by a six-column photo: The world's first nuclear-powered cargo ship had been launched at Camden, N.J.
7:29 PM EDT, May 21, 2012
The owner of an Anne Arundel County trucking company put out of business late last year by federal safety officials has filed for bankruptcy protection again, listing more than $3.3 million in debt.
12:37 PM EDT, May 30, 2012
A benefit motorcycle ride and a NASCAR race in Dover, Del., are expected to create heavy traffic this weekend at the Bay Bridge, the Maryland Transportation Authority said Wednesday.
4:23 PM EDT, May 27, 2012
The city expects to start construction this fall on one of the final sections of the seven-mile Inner Harbor promenade.
10:07 PM EDT, May 21, 2012
State transportation officials hope you'll do a lot of sightseeing this Memorial Day weekend. Just not on the Bay Bridge.
6:51 PM EDT, May 17, 2012
— As the draw for Preakness post positions came to an end Wednesday evening, Donna Peiffer's work was just beginning.
5:11 PM EDT, May 13, 2012
On an unseasonably warm Saturday nearly four months ago, workers removed six bolts on a manhole cover in the median of the Jones Falls Expressway and lowered an engineer into a dark space about the width of a phone booth.
7:30 PM EDT, May 8, 2012
— Just after dawn Tuesday, law enforcement officers began yanking hundreds of trucks off the Capital Beltway and funneling them to an inspection lot a long touchdown pass from FedEx Field.
1:12 PM EDT, May 8, 2012
A woman from Columbus, Ohio, was charged Monday after a stun gun was found in her carry-on luggage at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
7:47 PM EDT, May 7, 2012
Gleaming white with twin black smokestacks and a 23-ton red paddle wheel at its stern, the Queen of the Mississippi is an apparition rising more than five stories above the Wicomico River.
1:31 PM EDT, May 3, 2012
Shuttle buses will replace light rail trains at five stations north of Timonium from May 5 to about June 30 as workers upgrade crossings in Hunt Valley.
4:39 PM EDT, May 3, 2012
With the clock ticking toward Thursday afternoon rush hour, state crews raced to right a tractor-trailer truck and clear the debris that closed all four lanes of the inner loop of Interstate 695 near U.S. 1.
4:50 PM EDT, May 2, 2012
Commuters who've begun using downtown streets because of lane closures on the Jones Falls Expressway might want to think about a backup plan for Thursday evening and Friday.
10:35 AM EDT, May 2, 2012
The first of the travel season's "go early, go late" advisories for the Bay Bridge is in effect this weekend as thousands of visitors head for Springfest 2012 in Ocean City.
8:21 AM EDT, April 30, 2012
As the No. 2 leader of the Coast Guard, Vice Adm. — and Vice Commandant — Sally Brice-O'Hara is the chief operating officer of an organization with a $10 billion budget and 58,000 military and civilian employees, plus 31,000 volunteers.
11:50 AM EDT, May 2, 2012
Federal wildlife officials are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person who killed a pair of bald eagles in Talbot County last Monday.
6:18 PM EDT, April 26, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is urging CSX Transportation to find a site in the city for its multi-million dollar cargo transfer center rather than look for a site in suburbs to the south.
7:49 PM EDT, May 1, 2012
On Thursday night, all but a single lane of the Jones Falls Expressway near the 29th Street exit will be closed, signaling the start of a $2 million project to replace crushed drainage pipes and to shore up the soil that supports the crucial thoroughfare for commuters and residents.
7:42 PM EDT, April 24, 2012
With guns bristling, police officers in full tactical gear sweep across the vast deck of a cargo ship and creep up the stairs to the bridge.
12:03 PM EDT, May 1, 2012
Readers of a major travel magazine ranked Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport sixth out of the 22 largest U.S. airports for customer service and convenience.
6:09 PM EDT, April 23, 2012
Cargo volume at the port of Baltimore grew 15 percent last year, the largest increase of any major U.S. port, state officials announced Monday.
5:06 PM EDT, April 11, 2012
After two years of comfort-testing its new jets on human bodies of all shapes and sizes, Southwest Airlines was ready to let 153 of its most important bodies — paying customers — aboard Wednesday morning at BWI Marshall Airport.
6:34 PM EDT, April 13, 2012
Chances are many Baltimore commuters will spend the weekend poring over maps, checking out city byways and back streets, and dreaming of something that may not exist come Monday morning's rush hour: a clear shot into downtown.
8:24 PM EDT, April 10, 2012
Pete Landon knows only too well what happens when a motorist isn't paying attention in a highway work zone.
April 8, 2012
Warning: Congestion ahead.
6:19 PM EDT, April 19, 2012
Solar power will never replace jet power at BWI Marshall Airport, but officials believe the clean energy generated by newly installed roof panels atop the daily parking garage could boost the airport's image and bottom line.
7:06 PM EDT, April 20, 2012
It's amazing how quickly months of caked-on tunnel grime can be whisked away with a jug of Soot-B-Gone and a $250,000 Mercedes-Benz.
4:42 PM EDT, April 15, 2012
Among the knives, real and toy pistols, and other dangerous weapons seized at BWI Marshall Airport, this one stood out: A curving 7-inch arc of jagged teeth with a brass knuckle-style grip.
8:47 PM EDT, April 8, 2012
The day's first light tinted the dark sky and chased away the full moon Sunday as worshipers picked their way across the hillside at Beachmont Christian Camp in Kingsville.
7:39 PM EDT, April 8, 2012
Some 100 Joppa residents were evacuated from their homes Sunday afternoon as a brush fire burned just over 18 acres in the area of Dembytown and Trimble roads.
6:29 PM EDT, April 18, 2012
A federal judge in Baltimore has awarded $462,500 to a low-level merchant marine officer who alerted Coast Guard inspectors that his cargo ship was intentionally polluting the high seas.
5:14 PM EDT, April 7, 2012
For 96 years, one thing has remained constant at T.G. Tochterman & Sons, Baltimore's oldest bait and tackle shop: There's always a Tochterman behind the counter.
6:50 PM EDT, April 1, 2012
Even Revolutionary War action figures need spring training to get their spit-and-polish act together.
7:18 PM EDT, April 6, 2012
The largest load of sugar ever delivered to Domino Sugar's Baltimore refinery arrives aboard a ship on Monday.
6:07 PM EDT, April 4, 2012
Maryland's top transportation priorities should include widening the Baltimore Beltway, making Route 295 six lanes near BWI Marshall Airport and building the city's Red Line light rail, a national transportation group said Wednesday.
8:38 PM EDT, March 20, 2012
Jonathan Browning built his career on four wheels, but his passion rides on two.
7:22 PM EDT, March 22, 2012
Lightly traveled and pothole-free, the newly opened Inter-County Connector is an invitation to speed, and that has become a sore spot with commuters.
3:21 PM EST, March 7, 2012
For the fourth consecutive year, the Port of Baltimore's six public terminals received an "excellent" security assessment from the Coast Guard.
5:34 PM EDT, April 1, 2012
LAKE PLACID, N.Y — Just before he jumps on his skeleton sled for a wild, head-first ride down an icy, mile-long chute, Bradley Chalupski lowers his helmet visor, revealing a large Star of David.
12:25 AM EDT, March 31, 2012
Longer and more comfortable, and able to make flights to the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii, the first of Southwest Airlines' new Boeing 737-800 jets is set to arrive in Baltimore next week.
12:52 PM EDT, March 29, 2012
CSX Corp. said Thursday that it would hire more than 140 employees in Maryland this year.
7:57 PM EDT, March 13, 2012
Maryland may eventually do away with tollbooths on the state's highways, bridges and tunnels and switch to electronic toll collection.
6:24 PM EST, March 2, 2012
A Montgomery County circuit judge cleared the way Friday for the state Board of Public Works to vote next week on a half-billion-dollar contract to rebuild and operate the two Interstate 95 travel plazas north of Baltimore.
11:09 AM EDT, March 28, 2012
Three boaters were rescued Monday evening from Middle River by Natural Resources Police after their small boat capsized in choppy, wind-swept water, the agency reported.
6:03 PM EST, February 28, 2012
Construction of the final segment of the Intercounty Connector, the state's first all-electronic toll road, is scheduled to begin this spring.
11:39 AM EST, February 27, 2012
Construction crews have begun widening White Marsh Boulevard at Interstate 95 as part of the $1.03 billion express toll lanes project.
8:16 PM EST, February 16, 2012
A state proposal to raise boat registration fees for the first time in nearly three decades has dismayed many boat owners.
7:17 PM EST, March 7, 2012
The state Board of Public Works approved a half-billion-dollar contract on Wednesday to replace the two travel plazas on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore over the objection of a losing bidder that has vowed a legal battle to stop the deal.
10:42 PM EST, February 15, 2012
The state is poised to approve a 35-year deal with the U.S. unit of a Spanish hospitality company to rebuild and manage two travel plazas on Interstate 95 even as questions emerge about its track record and experience.
March 25, 2012
Facing a cupboard bare of medals and reeling from scandals, the once-proud U.S. bobsled and skeleton program was at rock bottom the year of the 2006 Winter Olympics.
March 8, 2012
The Baltimore region showed nearly double-digit growth in export goods and services in 2010, with room to grow, according to a study released Thursday by the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based public policy organization.
8:32 PM EST, February 21, 2012
A Montgomery County circuit judge will decide by Thursday afternoon whether to block the state Board of Public Works from awarding a contract worth up to a half-billion dollars for rebuilding and operating two travel plazas on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore.
3:01 PM EST, February 14, 2012
The Maryland Transportation Authority has denied challenges from the two losing bidders over the awarding of a 35-year contract to build and manage the state's two travel plazas on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore.
7:17 PM EST, February 9, 2012
The second of two losing bidders for the multimillion-dollar contract to replace and run Maryland's two Interstate 95 travel plazas has filed a protest with the Maryland Transportation Authority over the way it handled the bidding process.
8:00 PM EST, February 8, 2012
When the Coast Guard's tall ship Eagle glided under the Key Bridge on Wednesday morning, it looked a lot better than it did when it arrived at the Inner Harbor four months ago.
2:55 PM EST, February 22, 2012
The Board of Public Works has delayed for two weeks a vote on a contract worth up to a half billion dollars to build and operate the two travel plazas on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore.
7:11 PM EST, February 29, 2012
A losing bidder for the nearly half-billion-dollar contract to build and run two new travel plazas on Interstate 95 has asked a Montgomery County circuit judge to block state officials from voting on the agreement the morning of March 7 as planned.
4:35 PM EST, February 15, 2012
For the second year in a row, passenger traffic set records at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, with 22.39 million ticket holders passing through the gates in 2011.
9:47 PM EST, February 10, 2012
— A mesh net tips onto the stern of the work boat "Mydra Ann," and out tumbles a community of crabs: fist-size blues with claws raised in attack mode, tan adolescents trying to scuttle for cover and translucent babies no bigger than a thumbnail.
8:33 PM EST, January 30, 2012
You don't need a groundhog to tell you which way winter is going.
9:34 PM EST, February 22, 2012
A circuit judge blocked the award of a contract worth up to a half-billion dollars to a Miami-based company to build and operate two travel plazas on Interstate 95, saying it appeared the state did not follow its own procurement law.
2:59 PM EST, February 9, 2012
The Port of Baltimore's public terminals set new marks last year in the handling of vehicles, containers and wood pulp while also posting a strong showing in the areas of general cargo and farm and construction machinery.
8:59 PM EST, February 8, 2012
Before year's end, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will be part of a passenger prescreening program that allows low-risk travelers to keep their belts and shoes on and their laptops in their bags as they go through security checkpoints.
4:51 PM EST, February 20, 2012
Traffic on U.S. 1 will be stopped for up to 45 minutes on Tuesday and Wednesday to allow workers at the Conowingo Hydroelectric Generating Station to remove dam gates for maintenance.
7:15 PM EST, January 31, 2012
The multimillion-dollar contract to turn Maryland's travel plazas on Interstate 95 over to an out-of-state company is being challenged by a Bethesda-based firm that says the bidding process favored the eventual winner.
7:46 PM EST, January 26, 2012
Genovation Cars Inc., a Rockville-based company, wants to do what many in the auto industry have failed to do — build a fully electric, battery-powered vehicle that the public embraces.
7:53 PM EST, January 20, 2012
5:29 PM EST, February 5, 2012
The combined fury of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee may have drowned much of the region's stink bug population, but scientists are still hesitant to say that homeowners will see fewer of them when the weather warms.
8:36 PM EST, January 23, 2012
Maryland has taken the first step toward replacing its two travel plazas on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore with expansive, airy welcome centers filled with amenities and operated by a company with years of experience serving travelers.
6:57 PM EST, January 3, 2012
Increasing MARC train service during off-peak hours and initiating it on weekends would help boost the Baltimore-Washington economy, says a regional transportation advocacy group that seeks to make it easier for potential employees to reach job centers.
4:53 PM EST, February 2, 2012
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Thursday, a sure sign that winter will continue for six more weeks.
6:28 PM EST, January 28, 2012
Representatives of Baltimore's biking and hiking community gathered Saturday for a "state of the trails" summit to set a course for creating more opportunities for recreational users and commuters.
8:35 PM EST, January 25, 2012
When Coast Guard inspectors boarded a new freighter docking in Baltimore last February, a junior-level engineer from the Philippines approached and slipped them a note.
6:16 PM EST, January 10, 2012
The union that represents 17,000 workers at the region's two largest supermarket chains is embracing the "occupy" movement as it begins contract talks Wednesday.
8:26 PM EST, January 9, 2012
Port of Baltimore passenger cruise traffic rose nearly 20 percent in 2011, the fourth consecutive year of customer increases, the Maryland Port Administration announced Monday in a news release.
5:59 PM EST, December 27, 2011
A bus company that served Baltimore has been shut down by federal transportation officials for being an "imminent hazard" to public safety.
9:43 PM EST, December 29, 2011
Five state-owned toll bridges will be getting an $11 million security upgrade, including new lighting, sensors to detect stopped vehicles and cameras to peer above and below the spans.
7:34 PM EST, December 21, 2011
One of the world's largest container companies chose Baltimore over other East Coast cities as its first U.S. stop for direct shipping from Northern Europe after a long courtship by Maryland officials and private business leaders.
5:51 PM EST, January 3, 2012
The shipbuilding future of Maryland is 90 feet long and smells of Spanish cedar and fresh paint.
5:07 PM EST, January 8, 2012
Here comes the bride. All dressed in white. With a hint of sawdust.
4:18 PM EST, December 8, 2011
Fifty-six fewer people died in motor vehicle accidents in Maryland last year than in 2009, a decline of 10 percent, according to figures released Thursday by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
4:54 PM EST, December 4, 2011
About 16 months from now, bicyclists will be able to ride from the Inner Harbor to Pennsylvania Station on a smooth path all their own.
9:02 PM EST, November 21, 2011
Weeks before federal trucking regulators ordered Gunthers Transport LLC off the road for being an "imminent hazard" to the public, the owner's son filed the paperwork to create a new entity: Clock Transport LLC.
7:57 PM EST, December 15, 2011
Oct. 2, 1956: Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro Jr. and state officials break ground for the Jones Falls Expressway.
8:00 PM EST, December 15, 2011
Hours after a ribbon-cutting ceremony 50 years ago, the Jones Falls Expressway had its first pileup and subsequent traffic snarl.
4:07 PM EST, December 2, 2011
Free test drives will end this weekend on the newly opened Intercounty Connector, which links Interstate 370 in Gaithersburg to Interstate 95 in Laurel.
11:41 PM EST, January 13, 2012
Just after sunrise, a caravan of nearly 1,000 new cars begins streaming down the ramp of a massive cargo ship, a procession that won't end until evening.
8:54 PM EST, November 30, 2011
The nation's top trucking regulators said Wednesday that their agency is moving to prevent companies that have been shut down for repeated safety violations from staying in business by changing their names, a recurring problem in the industry.
7:55 PM EST, December 30, 2011
In the most deadly year for Maryland boaters since 1992, Kevin Gladhill knows how close he and his fishing buddies came to being statistics on a blustery day last February.
8:16 PM EST, December 13, 2011
Two beams on the southbound Interstate 95 bridge spanning the Baltimore Beltway will need to be replaced following Monday afternoon's crash involving an oversized piece of construction equipment.
3:27 PM EST, December 26, 2011
City traffic engineers are working on the final design for a $7 million traffic circle at the intersection of Key Highway and Light Street.
4:51 PM EST, January 12, 2012
A truck driver who killed a Stevenson University professor and seriously injured her two sons in a 2010 crash on the Ohio Turnpike was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.
8:48 AM EST, December 4, 2011
Highway crews replacing a damaged beam on a bridge over Route 100 in Pasadena will stop eastbound traffic for 15-minute intervals overnight, beginning Monday at 11 p.m. Motorists on Waterford Road also will experience temporary shutdowns in both directions. Westbound MD 100 traffic will not be affected.
7:19 PM EST, November 9, 2011
The interstate panel that oversees fishing along the Eastern Seaboard voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to cut the menhaden catch by up to 37 percent next year in an effort to protect the species and, by extension, striped bass.
11:09 AM EST, January 8, 2012
A hunter is in the hospital and four of his friends have been charged with multiple counts of illegal hunting after an incident Saturday afternoon just off a major thoroughfare in Prince George's County, Maryland Natural Resources Police reported.
9:25 PM EST, January 11, 2012
A man in a wheelchair was struck by a subway train at Lexington Market station Wednesday afternoon, closing the station while rescue workers freed him.
6:46 PM EST, December 7, 2011
The state set in motion Wednesday an "aggressive" $100 million renovation of BWI Marshall Airport that will streamline security check-ins, eliminate a major passenger bottleneck and give its No. 1 carrier room to grow.
7:20 PM EST, November 29, 2011
The local trucker who police say was driving the tanker that leaked a 40-mile ribbon of roofing asphalt onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike last week, snarling holiday traffic and damaging hundreds of cars, has been issued two tickets.
8:49 PM EST, December 29, 2011
The first phase of a $14.5 million project by the Maryland Transportation Authority to replace the decks of the Baltimore Beltway drawbridge over Curtis Creek will begin next week, reducing travel lanes and creating new traffic patterns.
7:00 PM EST, December 27, 2011
Liberty Mountain Resort has $1 million in new snowmaking equipment ready to roar, but the ski area one hour northwest of Baltimore can't buy a flake this season.
8:30 PM EST, January 4, 2012
Officers have returned to the scene of the crime, where last year they pulled up miles of illegal nets filled with 12.6 tons of striped bass from the frigid waters off Kent Island.
2:50 PM EST, December 8, 2011
Another high-profile Baltimore County construction zone is being outfitted with a speed camera, the State Highway Administration says. The newest camera, on the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway at Exit 13 (Frederick Road), will be up and running on Tuesday.
4:56 PM EST, November 27, 2011
When it comes to water, penguins aren't naturals.
7:46 PM EST, November 15, 2011
Like it or not, everything succumbs to rot.
8:14 PM EST, December 12, 2011
When an excavator on a flatbed truck struck a Baltimore Beltway overpass Monday afternoon, Patricia Charles and her husband, Rufus Charles, were in the next lane, just feet away, and watched horrified as metal tumbled into their path and a chain came whipsawing in their direction.
10:10 AM EDT, October 1, 2011
An early-morning shooting in Annapolis left two men injured Saturday, one critically, police said.
5:02 PM EST, December 1, 2011
The Traffic Group, a White Marsh-based transportation planning firm, has been chosen by Montgomery County officials to prepare a conceptual blueprint and cost estimate for a bus rapid transit system to serve the state's most populous jurisdiction and the home of Maryland's worst traffic congestion.
6:31 PM EST, November 22, 2011
They gathered before dawn in a hotel parking lot, determined to prove themselves right. A former state senator. The one-time leader of Maryland's most populous county. Several local business owners.
5:45 PM EDT, October 23, 2011
As the sun rose Sunday on the 19th Komen Maryland Race for the Cure, it illuminated a makeshift city nearly the size of Annapolis, all decked out in shades of pink ranging from the palest pastel to the hottest hue.
10:06 AM EDT, October 23, 2011
David Berdan likes the Komen Maryland Race for the Cure so much, he'll do it twice Sunday, once as the two-time defending champion of the Hunt Valley event and later as a family man whose loved ones have suffered from breast cancer.
2:46 PM EDT, October 1, 2011
Power was restored to a city pumping station Saturday afternoon, after a morning outage had public works officials calling for water conservation throughout much of Baltimore County's central corridor.
6:02 PM EST, November 19, 2011
Sitting in a wheelchair at a nursing home, Brian Buber can't recall the instant 17 years ago when tons of screaming metal came rocketing toward him on the Capital Beltway, scattering fellow construction workers and crushing their paving equipment.
7:35 PM EDT, October 18, 2011
After several years of discouraging results, Maryland fisheries officials say the number of juvenile striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay this summer was the fourth highest in the 58-year history of their annual census.
6:16 PM EDT, October 9, 2011
Aelred Geis tried to make the world better for birds and people, in that order.
10:49 PM EDT, September 17, 2011
Behold the honeybee.
6:37 PM EDT, August 16, 2011
A federal grand jury in Camden, N.J., has indicted six people, including two from Maryland, and two companies for their part in an alleged oyster poaching scheme from 2004 to 2007.
4:57 PM EST, November 8, 2011
— A proposal that could have slashed Maryland's annual striped bass catch by more than 50 percent in 2012 was shelved Tuesday morning by the commission that oversees East Coast fisheries.
6:48 PM EST, November 6, 2011
— Judas 760 knew just where to swim last fall after federal trappers set him free: back to his home in the marshes of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, where other nutria lived.
7:12 PM EDT, November 2, 2011
Concrete that once blocked fish from swimming up the Patapsco River to spawn has a new life as home for aquatic creatures at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay.
7:42 PM EDT, September 30, 2011
The Eagle never slips into port unnoticed.
7:50 PM EDT, October 22, 2011
Like skilled cat burglars, teams of college-age hackers slithered past defenses to probe the soft underbelly of a sophisticated computer system.
7:44 PM EDT, September 20, 2011
A Halloween without pumpkins?
6:20 PM EDT, June 29, 2011
With sandy beaches, cooling waters and shady picnic areas, Maryland's state parks have become the go-to destination for more than 6 million day-trippers between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
6:06 PM EDT, October 9, 2011
Toothpaste and spiritual comfort share space in the double-wide storefront in Dundalk.
2:31 PM EDT, September 3, 2011
On Labor Day weekend, Ocean City sunbathers may notice an unusual come-on among the aerial banners touting happy-hour drink specials and marriage proposals: an invitation to join Maryland Natural Resources Police.
5:59 PM EDT, September 16, 2011
Someday, perhaps as early as March, Maryland's striped bass may join the main ingredients of Europe's Filet-O-Fish sandwich on the list of fish known worldwide as abundant, well-managed and caught in environmentally friendly ways.
9:17 PM EDT, September 30, 2011
Forget Army vs. Navy, Alabama vs. Auburn, Ohio State vs. Michigan.
3:39 PM EDT, July 30, 2011
On any summer weekend, thousands of outdoors enthusiasts are drawn to the cooling waters and shaded shores of Big Gunpowder Falls.
5:27 PM EDT, July 14, 2011
You could drive to a fish market or stop at a roadside stand to pick up a few dozen steamed crabs, or maybe a bushel.
5:05 PM EDT, September 10, 2011
Greeting the start of the new Ravens season today might feel a lot like anticipating what's under the tree while padding downstairs on Christmas morning.
5:36 PM EDT, September 27, 2011
The first step in stopping invasive species from hitching a ride into the Chesapeake Bay aboard cargo ships is determining how to make massive ballast tanks an inhospitable environment.
7:32 PM EDT, August 10, 2011
It took shipyard workers 38 months to build the Arthur W. Radford, but only four hours Wednesday for a marine salvage crew to send it to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
7:56 PM EDT, September 9, 2011
Jesse quivered and refused to budge.
7:35 PM EDT, July 20, 2011
With almost every regulatory hurdle cleared, planners believe they are about two weeks away from sinking a 563-foot former Navy destroyer off the coast of Maryland to create the largest artificial reef on the Eastern Seaboard.
3:22 PM EDT, June 18, 2011
Steve Shinnamon and several other readers of my Outdoors Girl blog noticed that I went hiking during Park Quest 24/7 (my marathon visit of 24 state parks in seven days) with a wonderful companion, Missy, an 11-year-old dog and her owner. Shinnamon, who lives near Patapsco Valley State Park, asked: Just wondering how you managed to get a dog into a Maryland State Park. Several years ago I had a dog in the car while dropping someone off at Catoctin State Park. I was chased by a ranger in a jeep and told to immediately leave as dogs were not allowed in state parks. Since that time I have been more choosy about the parks I frequent, with Quiet Waters in Anne Arundel County being my favorite enclosed dog park and dog beach. Have the rules changed?
5:50 PM EDT, October 1, 2011
With the weather leapfrogging fall's cheerful chill to winter's blustery bite, the warmest person at the Howard County Conservancy's fall festival Saturday was iron man Allen Dyer.
11:03 PM EDT, August 13, 2011
We've come to the end of the trail, you and I. It's been more than 11 years since I laced them up and asked you to come with me on a hike.
8:15 AM EDT, June 5, 2011
COOK'S BEACH, N.J. — The small bird sitting along this sandy spit of land is starving and dinner offerings are slim.
5:14 PM EDT, June 21, 2011
Someone in Garrett County has shot and killed Maryland's most rare bird, the only known nesting northern goshawk.
4:17 PM EDT, September 19, 2011
Maryland Natural Resources Police is investigating the shooting death of a bald eagle that was found Friday in Allegany County near the Pennsylvania line.
5:40 PM EDT, August 20, 2011
When an approaching thunderstorm threatens swimmers at Greenbrier State Park, lifeguards reach for an iPod, scroll through the menu and press play.
May 8, 2011
Bringing up deer.
7:13 PM EDT, July 29, 2011
Nick Caloyianis has cheated death by shark at least twice in his career as an award-winning underwater videographer.
5:40 PM EDT, June 27, 2011
The near-record amount of runoff that coursed down the Susquehanna River and into the Chesapeake Bay last spring has created the lowest salinity levels seen in the upper bay since 1985, when water monitoring stations were established.
4:07 PM EDT, June 22, 2011
Maryland Natural Resources Police will be stepping up patrols this weekend in an attempt to curb drunken boating and the number of maritime fatalities, which threatens to exceed a 10-year high reached in 2009.
8:18 PM EDT, July 18, 2011
A mature, egg-bearing northern snakehead has been discovered by scientists in a river just south of Annapolis, raising the possibility that low salinity in the Chesapeake Bay this year may have allowed the invasive fish to escape from the Potomac River.
5:58 PM EDT, July 25, 2011
A report on the Fourth of July drowning of a 6-year-old Baltimore boy at Sandy Point State Park says that the youngster was more than two football fields away from his guardians and could not be seen because buildings blocked the view.
7:48 PM EDT, April 15, 2011
The state says it's OK to eat more striped bass, but the question today, the opening of the spring season, is whether you'll be able to catch them.
7:57 PM EDT, July 14, 2011
State fisheries officials outlined a sweeping plan they hope to implement by December to curb commercial striped bass poaching in the Chesapeake Bay. The announcement Wednesday night came just four months after miles of illegal nets filled with 13 tons of fish were discovered by police in the waters off Kent Island.
5:36 PM EDT, May 2, 2011
The Chesapeake Bay's bounty was turned into a macabre tableau Monday morning as an illegal net at least 600 yards long and filled with decaying striped bass and other fish was partially pulled from the waters off Tilghman Island.
2:56 PM EDT, June 18, 2011
When Jennifer Pharr Davis makes her way though Maryland on the Appalachian Trail this summer, don't blink or you'll miss her.
7:08 PM EDT, May 19, 2011
No one gets to take the Woodlawn Vase home anymore.
4:34 PM EDT, July 16, 2011
Sometimes, you get your wish. Saturday was that day for the Barnes family of Upper Marlboro.
3:55 AM EST, January 29, 2010
When Kimmie Meissner filled out her first job application recently, she paused when she reached the line that asked for her employment history. She finally wrote: Team USA, 2002 to present.
October 9, 2009
Just a week ago, Kimmie Meissner was talking about a comeback - from bad performances in recent years and from injuries that continued to nag her as she readied for a new season of figure skating.
5:31 PM EDT, July 16, 2011
Sydney Wilner of Anne Arundel County asks: We have a mystery with no plausible solution: Who or what is stealing the bait from our crab traps? Not just mine, but my neighbors' and, we hear, all the way from South River to Mill Creek.
2:29 PM EDT, May 28, 2011
Maybe I'll get it right this time. Maybe it won't hurt as much as last year — it couldn't, could it?
11:58 AM EST, March 7, 2010
ON THE OUTDOORS
Iwent to sleep under an O'Malley moon and woke up caressed by the beams of an O'Malley sunrise. Breathing deeply the oxygen supplied by the O'Malley administration, I had my O'Malley Oaty Oats cereal while listening to O'Malley's March.
6:11 PM EST, February 12, 2011
In a tiny trailer parked near Loch Raven Reservoir, a 2-year-old doe draped in blue surgical cloth sleeps on her back as a veterinarian opens her belly. Less than an hour later, the deer is stepping back into the safety of the woods, the latest patient in an experiment in wildlife management that doesn't involve arrows or bullets.
9:12 PM EDT, September 12, 2010
As she chugs through the water, Annie Applegarth will never be mistaken for Olympic medalist Katie Hoff. Barbara Thompson will never be in a split-screen comparison to Michael Phelps.
December 12, 2009
The swimmer with the Midas touch threw back his head and laughed as he considered the question: Is competing this weekend at a meet he hasn't attempted in about three years a way to bring out the kid in him or does it make him feel like an old man?
February 12, 2010
Four years ago, Kimmie Meissner marched in the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Turin, at 16 the youngest member of the U.S. team.
6:16 PM EDT, May 20, 2011
It may not be an entirely empty threat, but the specter of moving vans hauling the Preakness away is running on fumes.
October 8, 2009
Brian Boyle wants to run along the streets of the city that helped him learn to walk again.
10:37 PM EDT, July 13, 2010
Pardon Dee Tochterman if she doesn't have time for more than a quick hello. She has worms to wash. Thousands of them.
March 14, 2010
Visiting the Maryland General Assembly is like having a front-row seat at Short Attention Span Theater. Lawmakers hope you don't remember what they did to you last year and count on you not remembering two years ago.
7:09 PM EDT, May 19, 2011
Gunfire. Skullduggery. Bones in the attic.
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