26 February 2015

Southwest Airlines Plane Makes Emergency Landing At BWI Airport


Airline Has Never Had A Fatal Crash In Its Entire 44 Year Operating History
File photo: Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 (N471WN) following runway overrun at Chicago Midway Airport. --  Photo taken and used with permission by: Gabriel Widyna. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - 

By A.F. James MacArthur 
Agitator In Chief 
On Twitter: @BaltoSpectator 
MACARTHUR INDEPENDENT NEWS SERVICE

BALTIMORE -- (MINS) Airport officials confirm a passenger carrying aircraft had to make an emergency, unscheduled "precautionary" landing Thursday morning at Baltimore's BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

As if this writing, no mainstream news media in Baltimore has covered the emergency incident.
A person claiming to be a passenger aboard the aircraft during the incident told The Baltimore Spectator via Twitter, an announcement was made of an unspecified problem with the plane, making the emergency landing necessary.
Rare among major airlines, Southwest has never had a plane crash and has only had a single fatality as the result of an accident in it's entire history of operations, since 1971.
BWI airport officials said no one was hurt during the incident and the plane was able to land and taxi to the terminal safely.
The incident was first reported on Twitter by Anne Arundel 1st Alert at 10:47 a.m.  A short time later through other sources, The Baltimore Spectator became aware and began an immediate investigation.

This investigation led to statements from several passengers and the official statement from the airport, confirming the incident.


Suspicious Timing

Although it has not been confirmed if the Baltimore incident was related, but on Tuesday and Wednesday, Southwest canceled numerous flights after voluntarily grounding more than a hundred of its planes due to a maintenance issue.

The airline released a statement, that reads in part:
“Southwest Airlines discovered a required maintenance check on the standby hydraulic system, which serves as a back-up to the primary hydraulic systems, was overdue on 128 Boeing 737-700 aircraft. Southwest immediately and voluntarily removed the affected aircraft from service, initiated maintenance checks, disclosed the matter to the FAA, and developed an action plan to complete all overdue checks.”
In 2008 the FAA proposed a $10.2 million fine over maintenance issues, later settling for a $7.2 million fine, for flying planes that had missed critical safety checks.

And in 2011, nearly 100 planes were grounded for checks after a 3-foot hole tore open in the fuselage of a jet.

The Dallas Morning News published a statement from Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King, along with a response to the situation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Here’s a revised statement from King:

Southwest Airlines discovered an overdue maintenance check required to be performed on the standby hydraulic system, which serves as a back-up to the primary hydraulic systems. As a result of this discovery, 128  -700 aircraft were identified as having overflown a required check.

Once identified, Southwest immediately and voluntarily removed the affected aircraft from service, initiated maintenance checks, disclosed the matter to the FAA, and developed an action plan to complete all overdue checks.

The FAA approved a proposal that would allow Southwest to continue operating the aircraft for a maximum of five days as the checks are completed.

Approximately 80 cancellations occurred today [Tuesday] as a result of the events and the airline is anticipating a very minimal impact to their operations tomorrow.

The safety of our customers and employees remains our highest priority, and we are working quickly to resolve the situation.

The FAA statement:

Late Tuesday afternoon, Southwest Airlines notified the Federal Aviation Administration that it had missed some required inspections on the standby rudder system for 128 of its Boeing 737 aircraft.

The airline voluntarily removed these aircraft from service while the FAA works with Boeing and Southwest to evaluate a proposal that would allow the airline to continue flying the planes until the inspections are completed over the next few days.


Notable Incidents -- Source: Airsafe.com


Fuselage Rupture

1 April 2011; Southwest Airlines 737-300; flight 812; near Yuma, AZ: The airliner, with 118 passengers and a crew, was on a scheduled flight from Phoenix, AZ to Sacramento, CA, when it experienced a rapid loss of cabin pressure after a rupture developed in the upper fuselage about 18 minutes after takeoff when the aircraft was climbing through 34,000 feet. After the loss of cabin pressure, the crew was able to divert to Yuma, AZ without further incident. There were no serious injuries among the 118 passengers and crew members on board. The rupture was about five feet long and about a foot wide. The NTSB launched a major investigation of this event, and additional details about this investigation are available at AirSafeNews.com
Wikipedia entry on this event 
Other Southwest Airlines Events 
Listen to the AirSafe.com BBC interview on this event



Near Miss

19 April 2010; Southwest Airlines 737-700; flight 649; Burbank, CA: The airliner, with 119 passengers and a crew of five on board, nearly collided with a Cessna 172 at Burbank Airport in California. Flight 649 was inbound from Oakland to the Burbank airport (also known as Bob Hope Airport) and was landing to the east on runway 8 while the Cessna 172 had just taken off to the south from runway 15, passing over the 737 at the intersection of the two runways. The two aircraft came within 200 feet vertically and 10 feet laterally of each other at the runway intersection. At the time of the event, skies were clear with 10 miles of visibility. No one on either aircraft was injured and neither aircraft was damaged. 
Fatal midair collisions 
AirSafeNews.com report of this event 



Cabin Pressure Loss

13 July 2009; Southwest Airlines 737-300; flight 2294; near Charleston, WV: The aircraft was on a scheduled flight Nashville, TN to Baltimore, MD. The aircraft lost cabin pressure about 25 minutes after takeoff, while the aircraft was passing through 35,000 feet, due to a rupture of the fuselage skin near the vertical stabilizer. The rupture created an approximate 18-inch by 12-inch flap in the skin. The crew diverted to Charleston, WV, and there were no serious injuries among the 126 passengers and five crew members. The NTSB determined that the fuselage skin failure was due to preexisting fatigue at a chemically milled step. 
NTSB Accident Brief



Runway Overrun Killing Passenger In Car On Roadway

8 December 2005; Southwest Airlines 737-700; Chicago, IL:The aircraft was on a scheduled flight from Baltimore to Chicago's Midway Airport. After landing, the crew was unable to stop the aircraft on the runway, going off the runway, through the airport's barrier fence and onto a nearby street. At some point during this event, the nose wheel collapsed. The aircraft struck at least two vehicles, with the impact causing fatal injuries to a six year old boy who was a passenger in one of the vehicles. None of the five crew members or 95 passengers were seriously injured. This was the first serious accident involving the 737-700. 



Unruly Passenger Dies After Other Passengers Subdues Him

11 August 2000; Southwest Airlines 737; en route from Las Vegas, NV to Salt Lake City, UT: The aircraft was on a scheduled flight from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City when about 20 minutes before landing, a 19 year old passenger became belligerent and attempted to enter the cockpit. While being escorted back to his seat, the 19 year old attacked another passenger. A number of other passengers subdued him until the aircraft landed. After landing, the now unconscious passenger was removed from the aircraft and he died several hours later. The medical examiner found traces of drugs in the dead passenger's system, but listed the cause of death as suffocation. The death was classified as a homicide, but none of the passengers involved in the incident were charged with a crime. No other crew members or passengers were seriously injured or killed. Because this passenger death was due at least in part to the deliberate actions of that passenger, this does not constitute a fatal event as defined by AirSafe.com.

The reporter is a shareholder in the airline.






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25 February 2015

ANOTHER ONE! Video Shows Baltimore Cop Slugging Suspect In The Face #MobTown Chronicles


Police Claimed To Be Unaware Of Video Until TV Station Shows Them
Filed by James MacArthur
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Sometimes in Baltimore it's really hard to keep up with all the shenanigans involving Baltimore police.

WJZ reports the video is the latest in a string of caught-on-camera incidents that have called into question officers’ behavior, including an incident where a cop was caught on camera punching a man near a bus stop.

In fact, a Baltimore Sun investigation recently detailed dozens of cases where the city paid out more than $11 million to settle allegations of police brutality—part of why Police Commissioner Anthony Batts and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake now actively support the introduction of body cameras on all officers so they have more evidence of when police force is justified or crosses the line.
“What, you got probable cause?” the man asked.
“I’m going to ask you to get out of my face,” the officer replied.
“Don’t touch me!” the man replied.
In this video, you see a confrontation between a young man and an officer. Although the young man acted in a manner in which we wouldn't suggest, the officer seems to use way more force than is necessary. By punching the man in the face, the officer escalated the situation to a place it didn't need to go.


Source: WJZ




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Horseshoe Isn't Good Luck As First Dining Establishment Shuts Down


Casino owned by bankrupt parent company has been plagued with problems since opening
Filed by James MacArthur
MACARTHUR INDEPENDENT NEWS SERVICE

Only six months after opening, the Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino is seeing its first dining departure.
"It's been a great experience but ultimately the Horseshoe customer and our product mix just didn't take hold..."  Nikki Lewis, owner, The Mallow Bar
The casino has fallen millions short on promised revenue projections every month since it opened. In January the venue brought in $23.2 million, but the facility was expected to average more than $31 million each month.



The Mallow Bar, a dessert cafe in the casino's Baltimore Marketplace, will close later this week. The cafe is one of five local vendors that comprise the marketplace, including Lenny's Delicatessen, Heavy Seas and Tark's.

Source: Baltimore Business Journal

How To Deal With Winter Time Blues -- Caribbean Style



Photo courtesy of  Virgin Islands Sailing
As a sailor, and native Virgin Islander, I'm obligated to share with you how awesome my island is right about now. 

Especially considering the weeks long ordeal of sub freezing temps most of the country has had to endure. -- JM

Teen Pregnancy Rate Drops Dramatically, Still Higher Than Everywhere Else


Have Baltimore kids finally figured out proper condom use?

The Baltimore Sun reports; Baltimore's teen pregnancy rate dropped by nearly a third from 2009 to 2013, far surpassing the city's goal for reducing the rate, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to announce today.
"While public health officials cheered the reduction, the city's rate remains twice as high as the state's and significantly higher than the national average..."

Got Privacy?


As usual, Kal nails it!

24 February 2015

Armed Cops Inside City Schools A Bad Idea -- Opinion


Measure Being Considered Would Authorize Baltimore City Schools Police To Patrol School Hallways While Armed
24 February 2015

By A.F. James MacArthur 
Agitator In Chief 
On Twitter: @BaltoSpectator 
MACARTHUR INDEPENDENT NEWS SERVICE



Should Baltimore City Schools Police be able to roam the hallways of our public schools while packing heat?


As this is being written, the public is weighing in on that very same question at Baltimore Public School headquarters on North Ave.

That children in school need a comfortable, secure environment at school in order to thrive is without question. Well documented tensions between the black community and police shouldn't be ignored when thinking of this. Are we simply trying to increase intimidation and the fear factor for students?

Currently schools police -- Baltimore is the only school district in the state with it's own dedicated force -- patrol outside the buildings and on campus grounds armed, but are supposed to secure their weapons when routinely entering the interior of the premises.

First something should be made absolutely clear. In a true emergency, responding officers from outside the building would be able to have their weapons with them. This has never been a question. The matter is concerning routine operations, when nothing is going on, except children hopefully trying to learn.

Secondly, as any security or intelligence professional can tell you, by the time you need an armed response inside of a controlled access building like a school, you've already failed on multiple levels.

Good security is all about proactive prevention, not reacting after all hell has broken loose.

CAPITAL HEIGHTS! Legal Pot Comes To DC - A Handy Reference To The Rules

Marijuana Capital Of America?
Filed by James MacArthur
MACARTHUR INDEPENDENT NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MINS) Legal weed lands in the District of Columbia this Thursday, but before you rush out and plan a pineapple express trip to D.C., there are some rules you should be aware of.

First off you should know the Mayor says: Despite legal pot, the city will not become ‘like Amsterdam.'

Here are some facts on what you can and can't do when marijuana comes to DC

Here's a handy map of what you can do where.





NORTHERN LIGHTS! Alaska Legalizes Marijuana -- One Of Only Three States



23 February 2015

Iron Man Or Iron Hand? -- Was Cal Ripken Jr. A Physical Bully? Player Accuses


Former Teammate Said Physical Abuse Kept Him In Line

23 February 2015

By A.F. James MacArthur 
Agitator In Chief 
On Twitter: @BaltoSpectator 
MACARTHUR INDEPENDENT NEWS SERVICE


BALTIMORE - (MINS) Apparently Cal Ripkin Jr. could really kick some a$$. Hitting more than just home runs, seems the short stop was more of a slugger than we first thought.

Is getting beaten up in the club house good for an athletes career? Apparently former Baltimore Gregg Zaun seems to think so. How far did his career take him again?

Zaun says, the best thing that ever happened to his major league career, was when his Orioles teammates — notably Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. — would keep him in line by using physical abuse.

The nephew of another famous Oriole -- Jack Dempsey -- describes a wrecking crew of players working him over. Beating the brash, cocky attitude out of him. One kind of wishes Johnny Manziel would find the same reception in Cleveland.

Allegedly Cal's posse included Ben McDonald, Brady Anderson, Chris Hoiles and others who were not named.

Zaun describes an incidents sounding more like a bus full of school kids or college frat boys, than the public would imagine happening with professional athletes:

Move Over Sheila -- Adam Jones For Mayor? -- Buck Thinks He Could Run


Popular Player A Perennial Fan Favorite
23 February 2015

By A.F. James MacArthur 
Agitator In Chief 
On Twitter: @BaltoSpectator 
MACARTHUR INDEPENDENT NEWS SERVICE

BALTIMORE - (MINS) Adam Jones is without a doubt the most popular, personable, and recognizable Baltimore Oriole. His positive attitude, intensely dedicated work ethic, and obvious club house leadership is hard not to notice. He's become a household name since joining the team in 2010. Even the most causal observer -- not even necessarily a baseball fan --  knows about him. Have you ever wondered what his career options could be after baseball?



















Orioles manager Buck Showalter believes Jones could have a future in politics.

"I really believe he could run for mayor of Baltimore when he is done playing... Whether he's in a tuxedo at his wedding or in a duck blind, he knows how to communicate with all people," Buck Showalter said.

Snowpocalypse Meltdown -- Post Oscars Wrap #SpectatorRadio


Malcolm X remembered. Wrap up of weekend crime and other news, with plenty of James MacArthur's views, interpretation and analysis of current events.









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22 February 2015

Baltimore Police Involved Shooting In Front Trayvon Martin Mural Getting Widespread Attention -- Gawker

Police Involved Shooting In Baltimore Makes International News - MacArthur Photos Used

Sunday Shooting Leaves Man Dead

21 February 2015

Snow Storm Emergency Response Hampered By Road Conditions

Snow Storm Wreaks Havoc On Baltimore Roadways -- A Photo Recap via Justin Fenton

Man Shot In Head Not Dead - 1 Homicide This Week


Record Low Temperatures Seemed To Temporarily Chill Violence

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21 February 2015
By A.F. James MacArthur 
Agitator In Chief 
On Twitter: @BaltoSpectator 

Video clip property of WMAR ABC2,  apparently the only station to have reported on the incident. Embedded under standard fair use practices. 


UPDATE: A man found dead in a car this afternoon, initially declared suspicious -- without a stated cause of death -- has now been determined to be a homicide. Saturday night Justin Fenton tweeted"Update: Man found dead in a car today in 3800 blk of Ridgewood Ave was shot to death. ID'd as Kevin Mason, 29"

It it unknown when or precisely where Mason was when he was actually shot.
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BALTIMORE -- (MINS)  A man was shot in the head Friday night on the 1600 block of W. North Ave., near the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave.

The victim's current condition is unknown, but police say he survived the attack and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. 

Friday's victim was one of four people shot on the exact same block within the past six months.

Like the majority of all shootings in the city, Baltimore Police have stated no motives or known suspects in connection with the incident.

Many hours later, crime scene tape was still erected around the scene and a Baltimore Police car appeared to be guarding it. A fairly uncommon occurrence. 

Although the shooting happened shortly after 8:00 p.m., Baltimore Police delayed alerting the public for over two hours before posting the incident on the department's twitter page.


An Extremely Violent Corridor

The area surrounding the Penn-North Metro subway station has seen an extremely high rate of violence over the years. On just the 1600 block of W. North Ave. alone, numerous assaults and robberies have happened, in addition to the shootings.


The man in the August double shooting was a hospital walk in. The man shot in December was a walk in as well. All survived their attacks.

The cases remain open, with no motive or suspects.

Based on last years 45% clearance rate for homicide cases, it appears unlikely these non fatal shootings will ever be solved.

With a pattern of continual crime and bold attacks, this area on one of the city's busiest east-west thoroughfares, seems like an obvious hot spot. Lacking any special attention and innovative strategy, the violence is likely to continue unabated. 

February has had record low temperatures with back to back days of sustained single digit temperatures, mixed with winter precipitation. The weather appears to have slowed down the violence in contrast to January when the city saw 25 murders.


Another Silent Shooting?

Friday's incident was one of only three  four shootings in the city in the past week. There were no homicides. However, a quick internet search brought few results of local media outlets reporting the incident.

At one point not long ago, many shootings were routinely ignored by Baltimore media. A person following the news was left with a false impression on the true level of violence in the city.

Other times, multiple murders are crammed together under one headline. Some of the incidents buried at the bottom of a different story, getting only a sentence or two mention. 

Most of the media never follow up with victim ID's once they are learned. Leaving those who are murdered forever rendered as mere statistics based on a date and location.

* While this story was being written, Baltimore Police tweeted an incident of a body being found in a car. No indication of foul play was initially indicated.
Camelia Green also contributed to this report.



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SPECTATOR RADIO -- North Ave. Shooting, Plagiarism Charges, etc.


21 February 2015

James MacArthur visits the scene of a shooting early Saturday morning. Also extended commentary on recent charges of plagiarism is addressed in this mobile recorded podcast.




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20 February 2015

FLASH: Dixon Ready To Do It Again! -- Criminally Indicted Former Mayor Not Ruling Out Future Run


Posted by A.F. James MacArthur

Transcript and video © WMAR  ABC2 In Focus -- Obviously the reporter in the video is Brian Kuebler NOT James MacArthur, even a cab driver would know that. Any inference otherwise was unintentional. Published, embedded and linked for non profit,  educational, journalistic/review purposes per established fair use standards.

Dixon was convicted in late 2009 for taking gift cards meant for the city's poor.
It was a misdemeanor but also misconduct in office.
She resigned her post as mayor in 2010, giving way to then-council president and now Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
As part of Dixon’s probation, she was prohibited from running for office for a certain amount of time. Well, time's up.
The last time Dixon ran for mayor was in 2007. In the primary that year, she captured 63 percent of the vote.
In the general election, 87 percent of voters selected her. 


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