September 8, 2011
Invited over to help celebrate his son's first birthday, 25-year-old Hari P. Close III had been a no-show. But overnight Tuesday, Close crept into the home where his son lived and climbed into bed with the boy's mother, records show. On Wednesday morning, 1-year-old Dalyire Damion McFadden was missing, and he was later found by police wrapped in a deflated air mattress in the basement. He had been stabbed in the neck, police say. Close, who was an aspiring male model, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in his son's death and was being held without bond.
November 7, 2011
Filene's Basement warned state regulators Monday that it expected to close its Baltimore and Rockville stores in January, laying off 68 people. The discount clothing retailer and its parent, Syms Corp., filed for bankruptcy protection last week and asked for court approval to liquidate their assets. Filene's Basement told the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation that layoffs would affect 31 employees at its Inner Harbor store and 37 employees in Rockville. Both locations are expected to shut down Jan. 9. firstname.lastname@example.org twitter.com/RealEstateWonk
April 27, 2011
A body found smoldering in the basement of a vacant Southwest Baltimore home may have been intentionally set on fire, police and fire officials said. Firefighters were called at about 9:40 a.m. to a home in the first block of S. Monroe St. in the Booth-Boyd neighborhood on Wednesday, officials said. Upon arriving, firefighters found "no visible fire, just very very light smoke" and the individual was pronounced dead at the scene, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a fire department spokesman.
February 8, 2013
Firefighters discovered the body of a woman in the basement of single family home in Northwest Baltimore that caught fire Friday, authorities said. The fire started around 2:30 p.m. in the 5700 block of Highgate Road in the city's Glen neighborhood, according to Chief Kevin Cartwright of the Baltimore City Fire Department. The woman appeared to have suffered burns, but a cause of death has not been determined. Homicide detectives have been called to the home to investigate, according to Baltimore police.
March 22, 2012
Don't worry, it won't be the type where they do bad covers of Adon Olam. Eutaw Place, housed at the bottom of Beth Am Synagogue, is catering to singer-songwriters. It's scheduled to open in late April. The idea came together last summer, said producer and booker Ellen Kahan Zager, 56. She likes coffee-house types like Jammin Java in Virginia and adult contemporary getaways like Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis. But didn't find any in Baltimore. Though she didn't have any experience in the business - "My husband and I just love music," the graphic designer says - she approached the rabbi of her new temple, Beth Am, with a proposal: "Would you consider a music venue in the lower level of the synagogue?"
June 2, 1991
Once upon a time, a starry-eyed young couple fell in love and got married. To save money, they rented a tiny apartment with barely room for two, except for the basement, which they intended to use as a bedroom. They placed their mattress on a plywood island near the furnace, water heater and racks of clothing, and resolved to clean up . . . or something . . . as soon as they returned from their honeymoon.Unbeknown to them, their friend and fairy godmother, designer Cheryl Duvall, could not bear to allow the newlyweds to return to the basement as it was. As a surprise wedding gift, she and six friends from Duvall/Hendricks, an architectural and design firm, pooled resources, and talents, and spent four weeknights and one Saturday waging a successful battle against the basement uglies.