Allfirst can't keep track of date or money

This Just In...

March 06, 2002|By Dan Rodricks

I KNOW things have been a little crazy at Allfirst, what with that loss of $691 million and reports that risky currency trading had been going on for five years. Then there was a story, in this space last week, about a woman being shortchanged at an Allfirst ATM. But, hey, these things could happen at any financial institution and -- happy ending -- Joann White got the 15 bucks owed her. But, I gotta tell ya: We went by the Allfirst branch on York Road over the weekend and saw a sign that things might still be a little shaky. The bank clock had the correct time, but it proclaimed Sunday's date as "Feb. 31."

Act of friendship

I know what's going to happen. I'll be sitting in the audience at Center Stage, watching the production of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, and, when Caitlin O'Connell appears on stage as Paulina, I'll be tempted to violate the rule about theater whispering to tell the person seated next to me: "That one, she only has one kidney."

And that one, she's a true friend.

In December, shortly before coming to Baltimore, O'Connell donated a kidney to another New York-based actress in dire need of one, Jennifer Harmon. Harmon, a friend of O'Connell's since they met during a Center Stage production 15 years ago, had the same kidney disease that prematurely ended the lives of her father and grandfather.

When her condition worsened late last year, O'Connell offered to help. The transplant took place in early December at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Jersey. "And so far, so good," O'Connell says. "Jennifer has already started to go out for auditions."

And O'Connell appears to have bounced back nicely, too. Wrote our critic, J. Wynn Rousuck: "Paulina is unafraid to stand up to Leontes, and Caitlin O'Connell plays her as a woman of unwavering strength and courage."

This spirit of giving appears to afflict the entire cast of Winter's Tale. When they heard that actor Conan McCarty, an American considered by those close to him as more Irish than the Irish, had never been to the Emerald Isle, they chipped in for a trip there. Just like that. McCarty's spirit invites that kind of gesture, we're told.

He ships out when the current run ends. He flies to Shannon on April 1 -- unless some merry prankster is playing a little joke.

Upset with TV report

Sandy McCrary, mother of Ravens defensive end Michael McCrary, has a beef -- and not only with the guys who assaulted her son and a friend at the Redwood Trust in the early hours of Feb. 10. Mama McCrary is upset with Baltimore's best-known TV reporter over a recent report suggesting a connection between the incident at the club and the shooting of a man two weeks later in Baltimore County.

The story, by reporter Jayne Miller, said police were investigating a possible link between the "ambush-style shooting" of a man outside his Baltimore County home Feb. 24 and the incident at the Redwood Trust. Here's how a similar version of Miller's Feb. 25 report appears on Channel 11's Web site:

"Police have no suspects or motives, but said two years ago they raided the victim's home and found illegal steroids. Now, they want to know if the shooting is related to an incident two weeks ago at an upscale downtown night club . ... According to sources, the victim may have been involved in a bar fight at the Redwood Trust in which Baltimore Ravens defensive end Michael McCrary was injured."

A few seconds later, however, Miller quoted police sources as saying it was "unlikely the fight was connected in any way at all" to the shooting.

So police were looking into a connection, however unlikely it was.

In her follow-up report the next day, Miller identified the victim of the shooting as a figure in a major investigation of the drug Ecstasy. By then, the McCrary angle had faded, with Miller saying it was now "less likely" that the shooting was related to the McCrary incident.

Yesterday, Hassahn Murphy, attorney for McCrary, said, "Any connection between the assault on Michael McCrary and the shooting was, and continues to be, ridiculous."

Miller defended her story, saying she reported what police acknowledged they were investigating at the time.

Well, yeah, but ...

Sandy McCrary thinks it was "irresponsible" of Miller to float a sinister-sounding connection between the assault on her son and the shooting. "In some respects," she says, "it victimizes the victim all over again."

The assault at Redwood Trust is under investigation. No arrests have been made.

Cooking up stories

Looks like I have to get back to Martick's to follow up on a couple of stories involving owner-chef (and local legend) Morris Martick.

"If you visit again," says TJI reader John Boland, "ask Morris to lend you the videotape of him flying some people down to Tangier Island. They meet at Martin Airport, as I recall, and Morris sort of checks out a plane he's never rented before. They taxi out. He kind of establishes radio contact, still sorting out things in the cockpit, and wonders `What's this switch for?' then says, `[Expletive]' and takes off."

And former Baltimoreans Stu and Carolyn Hyatt write from Bellingham, Wash., to say: "My wife and I spent every Saturday afternoon for many years in the old bar. After Morris came back from France, I helped him with a few projects before he opened. One day ask him about the live fish tank he tried to make out of a Nedick's fruit juice machine."

Will do.

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