February 17, 2013
When Maryland utilities replace their gas pipelines, customers have had to fork out extra money afterward — not during. But that's poised to change. Both chambers of Maryland's General Assembly, citing safety concerns, approved measures this month that would make it easier for utilities to add infrastructure surcharges of up to $2 a month to natural-gas customers' bills. It's the latest push in a tug of war over the best and fairest way to replace the nation's aging utility infrastructure, the price tag for which has been estimated in the trillions of dollars.
February 9, 2013
Dave Pietramala couldn't remember the last time Johns Hopkins had taken 58 shots in a game as the team did in Friday night's 15-6 rout of Siena. When informed that it was 2004 when the Blue Jays attempted 61 shots in a 17-6 thumping of Albany, the head coach quipped, “Was I there?” Jokes aside, Pietramala, Johns Hopkins fans and media may have caught a glimpse of what the current squad is capable of courtesy of the new rules in place to help accelerate the pace of play. With new policies limiting substitutions on the fly and calling for faster restarts, the Blue Jays scored the most goals in a season opener since March 4, 1995 when that squad edged Princeton, 15-14.
December 12, 2012
Legg Mason Inc. announced Wednesday that it would accelerate a quarterly dividend that was to be paid out in January. The cash dividend of 11 cents per share will be paid out on Dec. 28, instead of Jan. 7. The Baltimore-based investment company becomes the latest to rush to make dividend payments before the end of the year, while the tax rate on this income is still 15 percent. Unless a deal is reached between Congress and the White House, dividend income next year will once more be taxed as regular income, which could be as high as 39.6 percent.
November 1, 2012
I am not a Democrat nor Republican. I'm what my voter registration calls "unaffiliated. " I like to think that it allows me to accept and consider anything political, from all sides. In addition, I have a very pragmatic outlook on all things. Plus, my wife considers me a "rigger," one who has the attitude that any problem at home can be solved with whatever works. With this I am able, in my mind, to digest problems without any agenda, by looking at what works and what doesn't.
October 5, 2012
Baltimore County police have ruled a house fire in Towson Monday an arson and have also determined the residence in the 7000 block of Bellona Ave. was robbed. Investigators have discovered evidence that the suspect used an accelerant to start the fire in two separate locations in the home. A 2006 Porsche Cayenne, with Maryland tags 584M126, is missing from the residence, as are a TV and DVD player and several other items. Anyone with information about this crime should call the Police Arson Squad at 410-887-4870.
September 21, 2012
Big news today for startup dreamers: The Accelerate Baltimore program , run out of the Emerging Technology Center in Baltimore, is going to launch its second program next year, and will over spots to six companies. The first Accelerate Baltimore class of four companies graduated this past summer , and they're all bumping and grinding trying to get to the next level. Those interested in applying to the program, to help launch their own companies, will see an application process begin in October.