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6:52 PM EDT, October 25, 2011

Under Armour raises year-end revenue forecast

While Under Armour's core apparel lines drove strong revenue results in the third quarter, the company is preparing to launch even more products, including sneakers, as well as to enter new markets, such as China, company officials said Tuesday while announcing earnings.

DIY firms rent equipment, lend expertise to would-be crafters

6:54 PM EDT, October 24, 2011

DIY firms rent equipment, lend expertise to would-be crafters

Rashida Webb loves shopping for vintage T-shirts at thrift stores, but not all of her finds fit well. Others could use a little extra embellishment.

Watchdog: Traffic signal obsolete at closed road in Owings Mills

3:54 PM EDT, October 22, 2011

Watchdog: Traffic signal obsolete at closed road in Owings Mills

The problem: A traffic signal near the Owings Mills Metro stopped cars at a road closed for construction.

8:25 PM EDT, October 21, 2011

Unemployment rate continues to inch upward in Maryland

Maryland's unemployment rate in September continued to inch upward for the fourth straight month, according to U.S. Labor Department data released Friday. But economists saw positive signs in the fact that more people reported that they were in the workforce.

6:33 PM EDT, October 17, 2011

Station North wants you to visit and stay a while

The Station North Arts and Entertainment District will spend a federal grant to encourage commuters leaving downtown after work — as well as those using Penn Station — to stop and stay a while.

Station North wants you to visit and stay a while

5:10 PM EDT, October 17, 2011

Station North wants you to visit and stay a while

The Station North Arts and Entertainment District will spend a federal grant to encourage commuters leaving downtown after work, as well as those arriving at Penn Station, to stop and stay a while.

Q&A: Why bank reforms lead to bank fees

October 16, 2011

Q&A: Why bank reforms lead to bank fees

The first reports of big banks instituting new fees for using debit cards and for certain checking accounts really riled customers. Clifford Rossi, a professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, is well suited to explain the banks' response to new federal reforms, with experience as an executive at financial institutions as well as a federal banking regulator.

Old street light pole blocks path for wheelchair travelers

2:54 PM EDT, October 15, 2011

Old street light pole blocks path for wheelchair travelers

The problem: An old street light on West North Avenue blocks the sidewalk for wheelchair users.

10:31 PM EDT, October 10, 2011

Jos. A. Bank to market "Purple Friday" options

Jos. A. Bank will sell purple apparel as a new sponsor of the Baltimore Ravens' "Purple Fridays" for the 2011 season, the retailer has announced.

8:44 PM EDT, October 13, 2011

Sparrows Point owner to pay penalty, cut emissions

The new owner of the Sparrows Point steel mill has agreed to pay a $135,000 penalty and resolve alleged violations of state pollution control laws that occurred in 2009 when part of a blast furnace ignited, state officials said Thursday.

New area code to be issued in Central Md., Eastern Shore in 2012

7:53 PM EDT, October 12, 2011

New area code to be issued in Central Md., Eastern Shore in 2012

People in Central Maryland and the Eastern Shore will have to add a new set of three digits to their contact lists starting in March.

Credit unions work to attract big-bank customers

7:57 PM EDT, October 10, 2011

Credit unions work to attract big-bank customers

Ken Rose is a Bank of America customer, but he has also done business for years with Destinations Credit Union in Parkville. Now, with the bank's announcement that it will charge many debit-card users a $5 monthly fee, the Edmondson Village resident says he plans to switch all his banking to the credit union.

12:40 PM EDT, October 13, 2011

Sparrows Point owners to pay penalty, cut emissions

The new owner of the Sparrows Point steel mill has agreed to pay a $135,000 penalty and resolve alleged violations of state pollution control laws that occurred in 2009 when part of a blast furnace ignited, state officials announced Thursday.

3:11 PM EDT, October 8, 2011

Druid Park fountain out of order for the near future

This week, Watchdog updates readers about an unresolved problem.

12:02 PM EDT, October 8, 2011

Druid Park fountain out of order for the near future

This week, Watchdog updates readers about an unresolved problem.

Baltimore-area home listings dropped in September

8:06 PM EDT, October 10, 2011

Baltimore-area home listings dropped in September

As prices continue to drop, Baltimore-area residents appear increasingly reluctant to put their homes up for sale, according to real estate data released Monday.

5:31 PM EDT, October 7, 2011

1 dead, 1 seriously injured in southern Anne Arundel County crash

One man has died and another was injured in a head-on crash Friday morning in southern Anne Arundel County, police said.

8:06 AM EDT, October 7, 2011

Men rob Royal Farms store, person in parking lot in Towson

Baltimore County Police are searching for two men who robbed a Royal Farms store in Towson Friday morning and then robbed a person in the parking lot on their way out.

6:55 PM EDT, September 28, 2011

McCormick raising prices in face of higher costs

McCormick & Co. plans to raise prices in response to continuing increases in the costs of raw materials and packaging, company officials said Wednesday.

5:41 PM EDT, October 5, 2011

Three hospitalized with legionellosis after O.C. hotel stay

Guests at an Ocean City hotel have been voluntarily relocated after three people who stayed there were hospitalized with Legionnaire's disease, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

T-shirts celebrate inside jokes and ironic civic pride

9:50 PM EDT, October 3, 2011

T-shirts celebrate inside jokes and ironic civic pride

Andy York recently bought a T-shirt that captures how he feels about his city.

10:03 PM EDT, September 26, 2011

Constellation nuclear partner wants assurances in Exelon merger

EDF Group, Constellation Energy's second-largest shareholder and a partner in its nuclear business, is threatening to vote against the company's plans to sell itself to Exelon Corp. after talks between them broke down last week, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

6:58 PM EDT, September 21, 2011

Advertisers say they might pull out of Jewish Times under different ownership

Two major advertisers in the Baltimore Jewish Times told a bankruptcy court Wednesday that they might not continue to buy space in the weekly newspaper if its ownership changes.

2:39 PM EDT, October 1, 2011

Tree removed but damaged W. Baltimore sidewalk not repaired

The problem: A West Baltimore sidewalk damaged after a tree was toppled by Hurricane Irene has not been repaired.

State suggesting sweeteners to Constellation-Exelon deal

10:22 PM EDT, September 20, 2011

State suggesting sweeteners to Constellation-Exelon deal

As Constellation Energy Group prepares to sell itself to Chicago-based Exelon, critics are advancing proposals to make the deal more palatable to Maryland customers.

9:39 PM EDT, September 8, 2011

Maryland's first Powerball jackpot ticket sold in Abingdon

A lucky person holds the winning ticket for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing — the first jackpot winner sold in Maryland, according to state lottery officials.

Consumers save on pet medicines by shopping around

2:10 PM EDT, September 26, 2011

Consumers save on pet medicines by shopping around

Teresa Frost had not one but two cats with chronic illnesses, and the prescription costs were adding up.

4:56 PM EDT, September 8, 2011

Retired policeman publishes poems dedicated to wife

Sometimes they were scrawled on loose-leaf notebook paper. Others were written on the back of police watch sheets or on Baltimore police stationery.

Watchdog: Mount Vernon Zipcar, passenger loading signs conflict

3:17 PM EDT, September 17, 2011

Watchdog: Mount Vernon Zipcar, passenger loading signs conflict

The problem: Zipcar parking signs conflicted with passenger loading zone signs in Mount Vernon.

3:02 PM EDT, September 3, 2011

Watchdog: 311 app lets users submit photos, coordinates of problems

This week, Watchdog wants to take a moment to alert Baltimore residents as well as those who spend lots of time in the city about a new way to report problems.

2:44 PM EDT, August 30, 2011

House fire in Monkton kills elderly man, officials say

An elderly man died in a fatal fire in Monkton early Tuesday morning, according to a Baltimore County Fire spokesman.

9:23 AM EDT, September 2, 2011

Grand Prix repaving completed under budget, city officials say

The total cost of the downtown infrastructure improvements for the first Baltimore Grand Prix racing event came in more than $1.19 million under budget, according to city officials.

6:54 PM EDT, September 14, 2011

Man in Columbia stabbing identified, warrant issued

Howard County Police have identified a man who was fatally stabbed in a Columbia parking lot Tuesday afternoon, and a man has been charged with his murder.

Food, water to be distributed in Ellicott City

8:35 AM EDT, August 30, 2011

Food, water to be distributed in Ellicott City

Residents through the region who lack power can pick up food and water in Ellicott City while supplies last, according to federal, state and Howard County officials.

Inspectors work to protect consumers

8:49 PM EDT, August 29, 2011

Inspectors work to protect consumers

Jonathan Biedron didn't bother complaining the first time he noticed a difference between the price he was charged for office supplies and the figure posted on the shelf.

3:30 PM EDT, August 30, 2011

Shooting in Lansdowne kills man, Baltimore Co. police say

A man was fatally shot in Lansdowne early Tuesday morning, according to Baltimore County Police.

Irene's aftermath claims second Marylander as utilities work to restore power

8:23 PM EDT, August 31, 2011

Irene's aftermath claims second Marylander as utilities work to restore power

As the pace of electricity restoration slowed Tuesday, the aftermath of Hurricane Irene continued to frustrate thousands of utility customers and officials announced another storm-related death in Maryland.

7:15 AM EDT, August 28, 2011

St. Mary's County warns of potential dam failure

St. Mary's County has notified residents downstream from St. Mary's Lake Dam of significant flooding from heavy rains that came along with Hurricane Irene. The county had warned residents that the dam could fail.

Irene whips Maryland

9:49 AM EDT, August 28, 2011

Irene whips Maryland

Marylanders began cleaning up from Hurricane Irene this morning but mostly the state emerged from the storm without significant damage or widespread flooding, as feared.

10:17 AM EDT, August 29, 2011

Two firefighters injured in blaze in vacant city home

Two firefighters were injured while working to extinguish a blaze in a vacant home in Better Waverly, a city fire spokesman said.

7:48 PM EDT, August 27, 2011

Bay Bridge closed due to high winds

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge has been closed to traffic as of 7:35 p.m., after high winds due to Hurricane Irene exceeded 55 mph, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

8:06 AM EDT, August 25, 2011

Unidentified man found fatally shot in East Baltimore

Baltimore Police are working to identify a man who was fatally shot in East Baltimore early Thursday morning.

11:42 PM EDT, August 27, 2011

Family escapes after tree falls on Greektown building

A mother and two infants escaped without injury after a tree fell on a building in Greektown late Saturday night, a city fire spokesman said.

6:52 PM EDT, August 27, 2011

Hurricane forces many changes of plans

Seddef Everest had been looking forward to touring Baltimore this weekend with her boyfriend, Dan McDole, who was visiting from Queens.

10:21 AM EDT, August 22, 2011

In volatile market, some see bargains, others, pitfalls

As the Dow took another 400-point tumble Thursday, Baltimore money manager David Stepherson found himself talking one client out of selling everything.

2:25 PM EDT, August 27, 2011

Cyclist questions other city bicycle signs

The problem: Bike Baltimore signs confuse other cyclists, this time in the Inner Harbor.

Building inspectors urge caution in quake's wake

9:39 PM EDT, August 23, 2011

Building inspectors urge caution in quake's wake

Even as they discovered new scars from Tuesday's earthquake — a collapsed roof in Annapolis, broken glass at Baltimore's Port Discovery, a crumbled chimney in Catonsville — officials were most concerned about the unseen damage as they prepared to reopen Maryland buildings to the public Wednesday.

6:33 PM EDT, August 18, 2011

Mayoral candidate calls for media campaign to educate voters about correct primary date

Baltimore mayoral candidate and state Sen. Catherine Pugh called Thursday for city officials to launch a media campaign to educate residents about the correct date for the Democratic primary after sample ballots mailed to voters listed the wrong one.

Consumer and business confidence seen as key to weathering economic storm

8:54 PM EDT, August 9, 2011

Consumer and business confidence seen as key to weathering economic storm

Bettie Dunkin was surprisingly unfazed by the financial turmoil of the last few days.

8:01 AM EDT, August 25, 2011

Woman dead, man injured after Lansdowne house fire

A woman died and a man was injured after fire broke out in a Lansdowne home early Thursday morning, according to a Baltimore County Fire spokesman.

Md. still feeling quake's effects as hurricane approaches

7:50 PM EDT, August 24, 2011

Md. still feeling quake's effects as hurricane approaches

A day after the largest East Coast earthquake in more than 60 years, Marylanders continued to deal with the fallout, as officials assessed the effects on buildings and infrastructure, transit riders saw delays and some federal workers and public school students got an extra day off.

5:53 PM EDT, August 22, 2011

D.C. man's life ends outside Baltimore bar

When Alfred "Freddy" Garner Jr. was growing up, h's father taught him to be the bigger man and walk away from confrontations.

Verizon strike continues as company and workers trade barbs

8:53 PM EDT, August 15, 2011

Verizon strike continues as company and workers trade barbs

Clashes between Verizon Corp. and its workers have escalated as contract negotiations remain deadlocked and thousands of workers have been striking for more than a week.

11:28 AM EDT, August 6, 2011

Watchdog: Water leak traps trash on Brooklyn street

The problem: A water leak persisted in Brooklyn, even though officials knew of the problem.

10:01 AM EDT, August 20, 2011

Watchdog: Bike signs point wrong way for Park Avenue

The problem: Bike Baltimore signs point the wrong way at a Reservoir Hill intersection.

5:28 PM EDT, August 20, 2011

East Baltimore man dies while being held at Central Booking

An East Baltimore resident died Friday night while being held at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center, a state corrections spokesman said.

5 firefighters treated for heat exhaustion after brewery fire

9:06 AM EDT, August 19, 2011

5 firefighters treated for heat exhaustion after brewery fire

Two more firefighters battling a fire at a vacant brewery complex in Brewers Hill were treated for heat exhaustion, bringing the total injured to five, a city fire spokesman said.

Home sales rose, prices fell in Baltimore area in July

10:27 PM EDT, August 10, 2011

Home sales rose, prices fell in Baltimore area in July

As if foreclosures, high unemployment and tight credit weren't enough, would-be homebuyers in the Baltimore region got more fodder for wariness Wednesday as the Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 500 points and a new local report showed housing prices continued to fall last month.

Annapolis sailors launch beer-can boats in tiny regatta

9:06 PM EDT, August 20, 2011

Annapolis sailors launch beer-can boats in tiny regatta

Pieter Schneider's research and planning paid off every time his boat hit the finish line. The 7-year-old had studied pictures of fast boats in magazines to design his catamaran, made of four aluminum cans and two plastic cups, with a paper plate sail.

6:41 PM EDT, August 18, 2011

Verizon blames vandalism for outage

As many as 300 Verizon customers in West Baltimore lost service Thursday after cables were cut, the company said.

Md. crime rate down 6.3% in 2010, to record low

8:44 PM EDT, August 17, 2011

Md. crime rate down 6.3% in 2010, to record low

Maryland's crime rate decreased 6.3 percent last year, reaching a new low in the state's per-capita incidence of violent and property offenses and mirroring a national trend.

5:49 PM EDT, August 3, 2011

Shattuck: Constellation enjoying 'quiet summer' before merger review begins

Constellation Energy, preparing for regulatory review of its proposed merger with Chicago-based Exelon Corp., saw earnings per share rise by a third during the three months that ended June 30.

9:09 PM EDT, August 10, 2011

City loan approved for Senator Theatre operator; Grand Prix deal OK'd

Baltimore's Board of Estimates approved a $700,000 loan to the operators of the Senator Theatre as well as a modified lease for the space at its meeting Wednesday morning.

City police investigating fatal shootings of two boys, 15

4:46 PM EDT, August 1, 2011

City police investigating fatal shootings of two boys, 15

Sitting on the back porch of his Southwest Baltimore home Sunday night, Richard Tarbert heard the loud gunshots — 10 of them, he counted. His instincts told him to run toward them.

2:58 PM EDT, July 30, 2011

Watchdog: Vandals wreck drinking fountains at Inner Harbor

The problem: Drinking fountains near Rash Field on the Inner Harbor promenade weren't working.

2:49 PM EDT, August 4, 2011

BGE planning upgrades to ease Harford Co. power outages

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. crews have installed temporary equipment and are planning permanent upgrades for a Harford County community after nine power outages that lasted for hours occurred since May.

6:14 PM EDT, August 4, 2011

Auto warranty firm told to pay $25M in penalties to Md. customers

The consumer protection division of the state attorney general's office has ordered a Missouri corporation and its owners to stop marketing vehicle service contracts and to pay roughly $25 million in penalties and restitution to Maryland customers.

One dead, one injured at Arundel Mills slots construction site

8:03 PM EDT, July 29, 2011

One dead, one injured at Arundel Mills slots construction site

A 27-year-old construction worker from Pennsylvania was killed and another worker severely injured after officials said a precast concrete wall collapsed Friday morning at the slots parlor construction site at Arundel Mills mall.

9:00 PM EDT, July 25, 2011

Consumer advocates call for review of BGE program

As consumer advocates called for a review of BGE's PeakRewards program, the utility said Monday that more than 3,800 customers have dropped or modified their participation after seeing air conditioners cycled off for hours Friday — the hottest day in 75 years.

9:02 PM EDT, July 29, 2011

Another stabbing reported at Boomer's Bar in Middle River

Baltimore County's police chief is investigating whether he can use a local padlock law to shut down a Middle River bar after a man and a woman were stabbed there in separate incidents this month, according to a department spokeswoman.

5:11 PM EDT, July 29, 2011

Man shot in North Baltimore arts district near MICA studios

A 22-year-old man was critically wounded after being shot in the Charles North neighborhood early Friday morning, according to Baltimore Police.

City fire academy receives beam from World Trade Center

7:45 PM EDT, July 24, 2011

City fire academy receives beam from World Trade Center

City and fire officials unveiled a poignant piece of American history on Sunday which will remind students at Baltimore's fire training academy of the commitments they make in the line of duty.

Doris Brandt Bauer, artist and art educator, dies

9:19 PM EDT, July 24, 2011

Doris Brandt Bauer, artist and art educator, dies

Doris Brandt Bauer, an art educator and artist whose mixed-media collages incorporated found objects such as driftwood, died of pneumonia and respiratory failure July 17 at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 86.

5:36 PM EDT, July 22, 2011

Kiefaber ordered to stay away from Senator, Charles

Thomas A. Kiefaber was ordered Friday to stay away from the historic Senator Theatre he once owned, as well as the Charles Theatre, for six months.

5:56 PM EDT, July 26, 2011

N.Y. collector, partner have bail reduced in historic-document theft case

Jason Savedoff may not have just stolen notable documents from the Maryland Historical Society, as police have charged, but prosecutors say he may have flushed at least one down a toilet as police closed in.

10:25 AM EDT, July 24, 2011

Firefighter treated for heat exhaustion after two-alarm blaze

A city firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion after battling a two-alarm fire in Southwest Baltimore, according to a Baltimore fire spokesman.

10:18 AM EDT, July 24, 2011

Pasadena man identified after Glen Burnie motorcycle crash

Anne Arundel County police have identified a 52-year-old Pasadena man who died in a motorcycle crash in Glen Burnie Saturday evening.

7:48 AM EDT, July 18, 2011

21-year-old man fatally shot in S.W. Baltimore identified

Baltimore police have identified the 21-year-old victim who was fatally shot early Sunday in Southwest Baltimore, officials said.

9:37 AM EDT, July 24, 2011

Two people shot in Western Baltimore County

Baltimore County Police are investigating the non-fatal shooting of two people in Baltimore County early Sunday morning.

8:08 AM EDT, July 22, 2011

Man stabbed at Middle River bar after fight, police say

Baltimore County Police are investigating the non-fatal stabbing of a man at a Middle River bar early Friday morning.

10:55 AM EDT, July 18, 2011

Cyclist dies after hit-and-run crash in Brooklyn Park

A Baltimore cyclist has died of his injuries after he was struck by a dark sedan that left the scene on Thursday morning, according to Anne Arundel County Police.

7:34 PM EDT, July 18, 2011

Officer hurt in crash while pursuing suspect on BW Parkway

Police arrested a 22-year-old Brooklyn Park man at Arundel Mills mall after he tried to ram a Baltimore police car before leading police on a chase along the Baltimore Washington Parkway, Maryland State Police said Monday.

Shoppers seek gas savings at the supermarket

1:29 PM EDT, July 16, 2011

Shoppers seek gas savings at the supermarket

Faith E. Wachter doesn't normally spend as much as $17 on shampoo in a single shopping trip. But by stocking up on haircare products recently, the Ellicott City resident saved more than $4 on gasoline for her car — and just in time for a drive to the beach.

Watchdog: Baltimore road signs blocked by tree branches

July 24, 2011

Watchdog: Baltimore road signs blocked by tree branches

The problem: Two signs directing drivers to Perring Parkway have been blocked by tree branches.

9:48 PM EDT, July 16, 2011

Watchdog: Buses miss North Baltimore stop without sign

The problem: A bus stop in Homeland has been missing for months.

Mother describes carjacking, jumping out with son

9:46 PM EDT, July 14, 2011

Mother describes carjacking, jumping out with son

For about 40 miles, Elsya and her 20-month-old son were trapped in a car with a stranger at the wheel. With the back doors unhitched and flapping, and speeding at more than 100 miles per hour, she says, the strange man threatened her, wielded a shard of glass like a knife and convinced her that she and her child were going to be killed.

11:08 AM EDT, July 14, 2011

2-year-old girl killed in crash near Clifton Park identified

Baltimore Police have identified a 2-year-old girl who died after being ejected from a vehicle that hit a tree near the intersection of The Alameda and Harford Road by Clifton Park Wednesday night, according to fire officials.

10:07 AM EDT, July 8, 2011

One arrested in Odenton carjacking; another still at large

One suspect has been arrested in connection with an Odenton carjacking early Friday morning, but another is still at large, according to an Anne Arundel County Police spokesman.

2:42 PM EDT, July 12, 2011

Woman found dead in Southeast Baltimore identified

Baltimore police have identified a woman found dead inside her Southeast Baltimore home Sunday, one of four killings detectives are investigating from the weekend.

8-year-old found safe in vacant rowhouse

6:47 PM EDT, July 12, 2011

8-year-old found safe in vacant rowhouse

A doctor's appointment brought Helen Jones out of her Allendale house earlier than usual Tuesday morning. While she waited on the porch for her ride, a man came out of a house across the street, got into a green car and drove away.

6:30 PM EDT, June 30, 2011

16-year-old fatally shot in stomach Wednesday night in S.W. Baltimore

Police say the victim of a fatal shooting in Southwest Baltimore on Wednesday night was a 16-year-old boy.

July 9, 2011

Watchdog: Potholes in Canton Industrial Area filled lickety-split

The problem: Giant potholes pockmarked a road in the Canton Industrial Area.

8:38 AM EDT, June 29, 2011

Oil spill near Fort McHenry Tunnel backs up I-95 traffic

Traffic on southbound Interstate 95 was delayed north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel tollbooths while crews cleaned up oil spilled due to a two-vehicle collision, a Maryland Transportation Authority Police spokesman said.

7:19 AM EDT, June 30, 2011

Pair burned when woman dozes off while smoking, using oxygen

A Deale couple suffered burns after a fire started when the wife fell asleep while smoking and using home oxygen early Thursday morning, according to an Anne Arundel County Fire spokesman.

2:18 PM EDT, July 2, 2011

Watchdog: Graffiti advertises to a captive audience

The problem: Graffiti advertising bail bondsmen remained on a wall near Central Booking for weeks.

Response to homeowners' lead dust concerns highlights holes in system

8:33 PM EDT, June 28, 2011

Response to homeowners' lead dust concerns highlights holes in system

The dust was thick enough that Sally Dworak-Fisher could trace letters in it with her finger.

6:43 PM EDT, June 23, 2011

Three dead in two collisions in northern Baltimore County

Baltimore County police are investigating two crashes that killed three people early Thursday morning.

Thousands of dollars worth of tools, guns seized in drug raid

3:08 PM EDT, June 30, 2011

Thousands of dollars worth of tools, guns seized in drug raid

Anne Arundel County Police are looking for the owners of thousands of dollars worth of power tools, lawn equipment, guns and other items that were discovered during a search of a Lothian home where two people were arrested.

8:53 AM EDT, June 22, 2011

Police identify man, 52, fatally shot in N.W. Baltimore

Baltimore Police have released the identity of a 52-year-old man who died after a double shooting in Northwest Baltimore Monday night.

8:24 PM EDT, June 29, 2011

Man fatally shot in W. Baltimore; death is 100th homicide this year

A 24-year-old man died after he was shot in the back in what may have been a robbery in West Baltimore late Tuesday night, police said.

Officer who fell from I-83 has surgery, still in critical condition

7:00 PM EDT, June 22, 2011

Officer who fell from I-83 has surgery, still in critical condition

The Baltimore police officer who fell off an elevated section of the Jones Falls Expressway in an accident Tuesday remained hospitalized in critical condition after undergoing two surgeries, one to repair a fractured leg and pelvis.

7:31 AM EDT, June 20, 2011

Light rail system delayed due to equipment problems

The light rail system is running 20 to 30 minutes behind schedule Monday morning due to equipment problems, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

7:23 AM EDT, July 8, 2011

Heavy storms cause damage, more rain expected today

A series of heavy storms that formed over the Mason Dixon line Thursday night caused numerous hazards and power outages, mainly in Baltimore city and county.

5:30 PM EDT, June 29, 2011

State to announce speedier permit program for businesses

Maryland officials plan to announce Thursday a new system to speed the review process for business owners seeking state permits for projects in priority development areas.

3:15 PM EDT, June 25, 2011

More bidders needed for Monument fence repair

This week Watchdog brings you an update on a problem that has yet to be fixed.

7:10 PM EDT, June 23, 2011

Man, 23, killed in N.E. Baltimore; teen, man shot in separate incidents

Baltimore police are investigating the fatal shooting Wednesday night of a 23-year-old man in Northeast Baltimore in an apparent dispute over money, officials said.

9:59 AM EDT, July 7, 2011

Son charged in stabbing of father at Aberdeen shopping center

A 19-year-old man has been charged after Aberdeen Police say he stabbed his father in the chest with a knife outside an Aberdeen shopping center Wednesday afternoon.

8:37 PM EDT, July 7, 2011

Regulators weigh rules to minimize shock danger

State utility regulators weighed concerns about balancing safety and cost Thursday, as they considered rules to minimize the risk of accidental electrocution when objects such as streetlights become electrified.

Annapolis girl, 14, dies after boat capsizes during sailing camp

7:48 PM EDT, June 24, 2011

Annapolis girl, 14, dies after boat capsizes during sailing camp

A 14-year-old Annapolis sailing student who died during lessons in the Severn River was remembered Friday as a much-loved teenager who enjoyed sailing with her family and playing soccer on a high school team.

BWI taxi drivers protest new management plan

9:05 PM EDT, June 14, 2011

BWI taxi drivers protest new management plan

The holding lot at BWI Marshall Airport was a sea of white vehicles Tuesday as angry taxi drivers massed to protest a proposal that would award the airport's taxi concession to a Virginia-based company.

5:43 PM EDT, June 15, 2011

Baltimore police identify victims in recent fatal shootings

Baltimore police were investigating the fatal shootings of two men Tuesday afternoon and a third shooting just before midnight that critically injured another man.

Few leads in search for suspect in parkway attack

5:52 PM EDT, July 7, 2011

Few leads in search for suspect in parkway attack

Authorities continued to search Thursday for a man with a hammer and a shotgun who attacked a speed enforcement vehicle on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway near BWI airport, according to a state police spokesman.

Recordings reveal response to crash that knocked officer off I-83

5:55 PM EDT, July 6, 2011

Recordings reveal response to crash that knocked officer off I-83

As her colleagues scramble to get to her side, Baltimore Police Officer Teresa Rigby utters one phrase over the police radio.

8:40 AM EDT, June 29, 2011

Nine men charged in Laurel reverse prostitution operation

Howard County Police have arrested nine men accused of soliciting prostitution in the Route 1 corridor in Laurel.

Shooting, stabbing follow Inner Harbor fireworks display

7:21 PM EDT, July 5, 2011

Shooting, stabbing follow Inner Harbor fireworks display

A fatal stabbing and the baffling shooting of a 4-year-old boy stunned visitors to Baltimore's downtown Fourth of July festivities and drew condemnation from the city's mayor and police commissioner as they worked to remind people of the thousands who enjoyed the celebration without incident.

3:54 PM EDT, June 28, 2011

Md. energy assistance payments to decline next year

Payments that help low-income Marylanders cover their electric bills will decrease next year, according to the operating plan for the state's Electric Universal Service program.

7:07 AM EDT, June 17, 2011

Police investigate fatal shooting of man, 39, in West Baltimore

A 39-year-old man was fatally shot early Friday in West Baltimore, according to police.

Baltimore police officer thrown off I-83, critically injured

6:42 PM EDT, June 21, 2011

Baltimore police officer thrown off I-83, critically injured

Baltimore Police Officer Teresa Rigby was handling the most routine call on one of the city's most treacherous roads.

12:11 PM EDT, June 17, 2011

Pair killed in motorcycle crash near Naval Academy identified

Authorities have identified two people who died in a motorcycle crash after fleeing from a traffic stop early Thursday in Annapolis.

2:32 PM EDT, June 21, 2011

Continued repairs to water main leaves E. Baltimore without water

Repairs on a water main break that left hundreds of East Baltimore residents who have been without water since Saturday have not been holding, preventing crews from restoring water service, a Public Works spokesman said Tuesday morning.

Sparrows Point plant to be sold to new subsidiary of Renco Group

9:10 PM EST, March 2, 2011

Sparrows Point plant to be sold to new subsidiary of Renco Group

The Russian owner of the Sparrows Point Steel Mill said Wednesday it is selling the Baltimore County plant — once vital to building the company's U.S. footprint and to Maryland's manufacturing industry — to the Renco Group because the business isn't profitable enough.

11:29 AM EDT, June 22, 2011

One man dead after double shooting in Northwest Baltimore

One man died after a double shooting in Northwest Baltimore late Monday night and police were investigating two additional shootings, police said

2:44 PM EDT, June 18, 2011

Watchdog: 'No Stopping' area aims to ease Mount Vernon congestion

The problem: "No Stopping" signs restrict parking during morning and evening rush hours for a section of one block of St. Paul Street in Mount Vernon.

Schaefer honors friends, institutions in will

7:03 PM EDT, May 17, 2011

Schaefer honors friends, institutions in will

William Donald Schaefer's ability to surprise, delight and confound was on display again Tuesday with the public release of his last will and testament, which showered bits of his $2.4 million estate on devoted aides, friends and institutions.

Group proposes alternative currency to support local economy

7:14 PM EST, February 21, 2011

Group proposes alternative currency to support local economy

A Baltimore group wants to put civic pride in your wallet.

April 11, 2010

Watchdog

Long-exposed hole along Roland Park street causes concern

The problem: A damaged storm inlet remained uncovered in Roland Park for weeks.

8:35 AM EDT, June 15, 2011

Harford deputy injured in crash involving suspected drunken driver

A Harford County deputy was injured early Wednesday when his patrol vehicle was struck by a suspected drunken driver in Edgewood, according to the sheriff's office.

8:10 AM EDT, June 14, 2011

Two lanes reopened after tractor-trailer crash on northbound Interstate 95 in Harford County

Two lanes of northbound Interstate 95 have reopened in Harford County while crews clean up a tractor-trailer crash early Tuesday morning that injured one driver, according to Maryland State Police.

4:26 PM EDT, June 13, 2011

Man fatally shot in West Baltimore

A 23-year-old man died Sunday after he was shot multiple times in West Baltimore, according to Baltimore Police.

Two teenage girls fatally struck by vehicle in city

8:01 PM EDT, June 14, 2011

Two teenage girls fatally struck by vehicle in city

They were best friends since kindergarten and lived a block apart in South Baltimore's Pigtown. One was feisty, the other shy. Monday night, they set off to meet an acquaintance, crossing Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

February 28, 2010

Watchdog

What to do when snowplows cause damage to property

The problem: How can residents report damage that might have been caused by county or city snow-removal equipment?

March 28, 2010

Watchdog

Watchdog: Site's soil erosion is a concern

The problem: Soil has been eroding from an abandoned construction site in Cherry Hill for years.

9:58 PM EDT, June 16, 2011

Man, woman killed in motorcycle crash near U.S. Naval Academy

A man and a woman were killed in a motorcycle crash after fleeing from a traffic stop early Thursday in Annapolis, police said.

Staff, visitors remain confident in Hopkins security after shooting

10:12 PM EDT, September 17, 2010

Staff, visitors remain confident in Hopkins security after shooting

Cobin Burrell, a 31-year-old Johns Hopkins Hospital worker, had the task of cleaning blood from Room 873, where a man killed his ailing mother, then himself after shooting a doctor.

February 21, 2010

Watchdog

Snow lingers on fire station sidewalks

The problem: The sidewalks by a Riverside fire station go unshoveled.

BGE electric supply rates continue to decline

7:26 PM EDT, April 26, 2011

BGE electric supply rates continue to decline

Customers who purchase electric power from Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. will pay about 11 percent less starting in June.

February 14, 2010

Watchdog

Central Pratt's doors too heavy for handicapped visitors

The problem: A library's doors are too heavy for people in wheelchairs to open.

January 3, 2010

Watchdog

Patterson Park resident calls for help as hole grows in sidewalk

The problem: A hole formed at a corner storm drain near Patterson Park despite calls for help.

March 14, 2010

Watchdog

Homeowner's unhappy when stray dogs move in next door

The problem: Stray dogs have been taking refuge in a boarded-up house in Sandtown-Winchester.

February 22, 2010

Motorists frustrated by inconsistency on towing

Ryan Boddy was following instructions.

Many are frustrated by pace of plowing

9:41 AM EST, February 10, 2010

Many are frustrated by pace of plowing

Baltimore residents and those who travel into the city have been fuming about snowed-in side streets and ice-filled main routes. But city officials warned that conditions could get worse before they get better.

February 7, 2010

Watchdog

Watchdog: Charles St. speeders get fair warning

This week, Watchdog brings you updates on several previously unresolved issues.

December 27, 2009

Watchdog

A road reopens in Baltimore, but Catonsville signs take a fall

This week, Watchdog brings you updates on some previously unresolved issues.

December 20, 2009

Watchdog

Trash overflows when cans become a neighborhood dumpsite

The problem: Trash cans in Southwest Baltimore have become a dumping site.

April 18, 2010

Watchdog: several weeks later, several fixes

This week, Watchdog updates several problems that were still unresolved at the time they were first reported.

In Baltimore, Schaefer recalled as 'icon,' 'good man' who cared

4:30 PM EDT, April 19, 2011

In Baltimore, Schaefer recalled as 'icon,' 'good man' who cared

Jon Koscher brought his coffee and muffin Tuesday morning to the statue of William Donald Schaefer at the Inner Harbor to pay his respects to the "founding father of tourism in Baltimore."

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