October 23, 2012
Cows, rather than chickens, caused the pollution for which an Eastern Shore farm couple and Perdue are being sued, contends a witness for the Salisbury-based poultry company. Charles Hagedorn, a microbiology professor from Virginia Tech , told a federal judge Monday that a small herd of cattle grazing on Alan and Kristin Hudson's farm near Berlin were the sole source of high levels of bacteria and nutrients found in drainage ditches there. "These counts - and they are high - came from the cattle," Hagedorn testified. But a lawyer for the Waterkeeper Alliance pressed Hagedorn to acknowledge that manure blown by large ventilation fans out of the Hudsons' two poultry houses could also have reached the ditches, contributing to the pollution.
May 13, 2012
My heart goes out to the family of Jenny Olenick, who by all accounts was a talented and wonderful teen. The May 5 article detailing events surrounding the filing of a malpractice suit, "Lawyers question teen's health before death," got my attention for several reasons. To imply that pre-exiting conditions, such as stress, anxiety and heart disease would have contributed to or caused her death seem far-fetched. As reported in the article the autopsy report found "no evidence of a physical process, like cardiomyopathy having occurred," according to the state's chief medical examiner.
January 25, 2012
It is more than unfortunate that Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold continues to imply that funding our school system is like throwing money into a bottomless abyss with absolutely no return on investment ("School funding mandate hurts counties," Jan. 19). There are certainly flaws with the state's maintenance of effort law, but the bigger problem in our county is Mr. Leopold's ongoing disparaging comments and his desire to control our school system in a dictatorial fashion.
January 19, 2012
The parents of a teenage girl from Virginia who was found dead next to a trash bin in Baltimore in 2008 are alleging that a state medical examiner threw away her heart and brain, among other organs. During a news conference Thursday in Washington, Mary Jane and Daniel McCann also continued to sharply criticize the Baltimore Police Department's investigation and conclusions by detectives that the 16-year-old committed suicide by drinking a lethal dose of Bactine. The alleged mistreatment of Annie McCann's remains is a further indignity, her parents said, adding to their continued suffering as they wage a years-long campaign to convince authorities that their daughter was murdered and that a killer remains on the loose.
January 5, 2012
Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs has played nine seasons, all of them with the Ravens. That's just a little bit more than half of Ray Lewis' tenure with the organization, and the Suggs spoke Thursday of the 13-time Pro Bowler's value to the franchise. “If you have the opportunity to play seven years in this league, you're very fortunate,” Suggs said. “What people don't see, what people don't understand is that he's in his 16th year, and he's still outplaying half the guys today - majority of the guys today, excuse me. Like I said, it's a different persona when 52's not in the middle, when 52's not making the calls, or 52's not lining us up. He's definitely the leader.
August 24, 2011
Some comments on the Laurel Leader's informative article about WSSC closing their equestrian trail ("Not so Happy Trails," Aug. 18): WSSC provided no evidence that trail use damages the water, as WSSC's general manager asserts, despite repeated requests. Yet data from WSSC's previous Environmental Advisory Committee, recently again given to WSSC officials, show this trail use causes no meaningful fraction of the reservoir's impairments (see calculation on the Facebook group "Save the WSSC horse trail")