June 5, 2002
A 40-minute blackout at Towson Town Center plunged stores into darkness and forced the mall to close for a short time yesterday afternoon. Shoppers reported that most people did not panic and left the mall in an orderly manner. The power went out just before 4 p.m., when the mall was not particularly crowded. The last of the stores reopened before 5 p.m. "It was light one minute and then everything went deadly quiet and dark because the lights went out," said Melissa Malanowski, a Towson University student who was filling out paperwork for her new part-time job at Hecht's.
January 20, 1999
SATURDAY'S WEDDING of Ms. Susan Koenig and Mr. Kenneth Sturek will be remembered for its high points -- vows at the majestic Basilica of the Assumption, elegant and flawless reception at the Country Club of Maryland, five bridesmaids and five ushers, bride in cathedral-length veil and train -- and for its low points -- a bruise, a break-in, a blackout, a blunder.The bruise: Susan fell on the ice outside her apartment Thursday morning. "Black and blue all up and down her thigh, and she's supposed to wear a bikini on her honeymoon in Hawaii," says the bride's mother, Jean Koenig, of Baldwin in Baltimore County.
June 29, 2006
As I write this, my laptop computer's battery meter shows just over an hour of juice left, so I'll have to get most of this column finished before it runs out. That's because there's no more electricity where this charge came from, at least for now. Yes, there's no better time to write about the perils facing PCs and other delicate gadgets in this damp early-summer of discontent than in the middle of a blackout. Actually, when the power died a half-hour ago, some of the precautions we'd taken worked just fine.
April 15, 2005
THE BASEBALL season is young, but for those who want to see the Washington Nationals on television, the consternation must be getting old. This week, the issue was blackouts of TBS telecasts while the Nats played the Atlanta Braves. By Major League Baseball's rules, the superstation isn't allowed to televise into the home team's market regardless of whether that team in on local TV. In Baltimore, this hasn't been an issue, because 150 or so Orioles games get on the air each season via stations available throughout the region.
November 25, 2003
WASHINGTON - The immediate causes of the blackout Aug. 14 were made clear in a report issued last week. But various experts say the findings were too narrow, ignoring the federal government's role in the recent reshaping of the power industry. Two organizations that operate in the part of Ohio where the problems originated - First Energy, a utility, and the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, a regional agency that was supposed to be overseeing FirstEnergy - were created as part of the deregulation process.
October 27, 2007
With all her tabloid drama in the past few years (the wobbly marriage and messy divorce, the rehab, the custody battle, the pathetic MTV "comeback" performance), it's easy to forget that Britney Spears once made infectious and sometimes excellent pop music. The sad details of her chaotic personal life have all but obliterated her success as a performer. But she remains one of the biggest-selling female artists of all time; she's sold more than 83 million albums since her 1999 debut, ... Baby One More Time.