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Joe Burris

Writer

Joe Burris was named to the higher education beat in September, having previously covered Howard and Anne Arundel county education and weekday morning traffic. He joined The Sun as a features writer in 2004, after an 18-year career covering sports for the Nashville Tennessean and Boston Globe.

Recent Articles

  • Hundreds of young Catholics take to Baltimore streets and step into Holy Week

    Hundreds of young Catholics take to Baltimore streets and step into Holy Week

    They came together by the hundreds, sharing a common faith, facing 30-degree temperatures and occasional snow flurries as they walked three miles along Baltimore streets behind a hoisted wooden cross. Hundred of area Catholic youngsters took part in Saturday's 21st annual Youth and Young Adult...

  • Collision on I-695 outer loop in Parkville

    Collision on I-695 outer loop in Parkville

    A two-vehicle collision on the outer loop of Interstate 695 in Parkville at Harford Road has closed the outer loop left traffic lane and outer loop left shoulder at 8:04 a.m. Friday, according to the state Department of Transportation. All lanes are closed on the Baltimore Washington Parkway South...

  • Tiger Woods donates to UMES scholarship

    Tiger Woods donates to UMES scholarship

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore said on Thursday it has its first individual donor to a scholarship fund honoring the late professional golf pioneer Charlie Sifford. The donor: Tiger Woods. UMES officials said on Thursday that the PGA Tour star contributed a personal gift of $10,000 to...

  • Southbound lanes closed on Falls Road in Towson

    Southbound lanes closed on Falls Road in Towson

    All southbound lanes are closed on Falls Road in Towson prior to Lake Avenue due to a utility problem at 8:54 a.m. on Thursday, according to the state Department of Transportation. The Maryland Transit Administration reported minor MARC train delays at 9:03 a.m.

  • Crosses from Liberty Tree roots culminate Maryland Day celebration

    Crosses from Liberty Tree roots culminate Maryland Day celebration

    Pope Francis isn't scheduled to come to Maryland this fall as part of his first Papal Visit to the United States, but he has nonetheless become linked to the state's history. Local church and historical society leaders made sure of that on Wednesday, when they commemorated the state's 381-year...

  • Fire-related delays; crash cleared on MLK Boulevard

    Fire-related delays; crash cleared on MLK Boulevard

    All lanes are open on southbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard with the clearing of a crash at Eutaw Street, Baltimore City Department of Transportation said. Baltimore City officials reported significant delays on Park Heights Avenue in Northwest Baltimore on Wednesday morning due to a two-alarm...

  • Distractions significant factor in teen crashes, report says

    Distractions significant factor in teen crashes, report says

    Distracted driving accounts for more than half of all teenage driving crashes, with cell phone use among the most common reasons youngsters lose focus on the road, according to a AAA study. Officials said the results follow what it termed "the most comprehensive research ever conducted into crash...

  • Freezing rain advisory in effect until noon

    Freezing rain advisory in effect until noon

    The National Weather Service on Wednesday morning issued a freezing rain advisory until noon for the Baltimore/Washington area, with accumulations of just over a trace expected. NWS issued the warning at 6:24 a.m. and said that temperatures in the lower 30s could prompt freezing precipitation of...

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