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Inspectors Seize 147 Pounds of Cocaine From Port of Baltimore Shipment

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Three photos show the cocaine seizure at the Port of Baltimore.
Three photos show the cocaine seizure at the Port of Baltimore.

pic 2cocaineA shipping container at the Port of Baltimore that was labelled as carrying lumber from Brazil turned out to have a few bricks thrown in. When they searched, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents found that the bricks were made of cocaine.

Tree-Killing Beetle Threat Uprooted at Port of Baltimore

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Longhorn Beetle (via U.S. CBP)
Longhorn Beetle (via U.S. CBP)

Homeland Security agents stationed at the Port of Baltimore uncovered a pest that could’ve put trees at risk in Maryland, and beyond.

Ebola Scare at Port of Baltimore, Nurse Who Has Disease Transferred to Md. Hospital

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Nina Pham (photo via ABC News)
Nina Pham (photo via ABC News)


A nurse who contracted Ebola while treating a patient in Texas, will be moved to a Maryland hospital. Nina Pham is being transferred to a section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) facility in Bethesda, according to a news release. Meanwhile, dock work stopped this morning at the Port of Baltimore after an Ebola scare.

Things Are Looking Up for the Port of Baltimore

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And these are the old cranes. You should see the new cranes!

Wednesday morning a ship carrying four 14-story cranes docked at Seagirt Marine Terminal in the port of Baltimore. These new, insanely large cranes will allow the port to accommodate the world’s largest cargo ships. And we’re expecting some beginning in 2015. The cranes cost $40 million — I wouldn’t have paid a cent over $39 million, myself, but whatever — and promise a new era for the port.

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the Panama Canal is being widened and that’s apparently great for Baltimore. I find it hard to believe, but according to an article in The Sun, shipping cargo to the eastern United States by rail from the West Coast costs $2,000 per container, whereas taking it through the canal to Baltimore to be trucked costs only $150 per container.

With the addition of these sick cranes, Maryland Port Administration Executive Director James White expects business in the harbor to “ramp up over two or three years.” White then went on to quote a time-worn adage: “Either you have big cranes, or you’re out of business.”

Here’s a Riddle for You, Baltimore

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This winter, I visited a friend living in Panama and did the obligatory tour of the famous canal. The container ships moving through the locks are mind-bogglingly huge, like barges on steroids. But they’re not big enough — which is why Panama is in the midst of widening its canal, in order to accommodate even more gigantic ships. There are only two ports on the East Coast that are already deep enough to host these new mega-ships, and Baltimore is one of them; other cities are having to spend millions to dredge their ports to stay competitive. So far so good, right?  Except…

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