January 18, 2007
Remember when nuclear winter was what everyone worried about? Then came global warming. What a choice; in contemplating the end of civilization as the world knows it, fashionable worriers have swung from ice to fire. But the threat of one doesn't rule out the threat of the other, and yesterday the people who put out the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved their venerable Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight, on the notion that nukes and greenhouse gases each pose a danger to the globe - and, in both cases, it's a growing one. At the end of the Cold War, the 60-year-old Doomsday Clock was set at 17 minutes to midnight, but it's been creeping closer to the fatal hour ever since; yesterday's adjustment resets it at 11:55.
October 17, 1999
RELIGIOUS clashes seem to be popping up in the strangest places these days. In fact, they are seeping more and more often into disputes that have little or nothing at all to do with differences of faith.Frederick County resident Joanne Caldwell has decorated rocks in her Lake Linganore yard with religious symbols and expressions. The community association wrote her up for violating neighborhood covenants against "noxious and offensive things."Ms. Caldwell says this rule impinges on her religious freedom.
December 18, 2005
I'm sure the New York Yankees are just heartbroken that Alex Rodriguez has decided not to play in the World Baseball Classic, and if you detect a hint of sarcasm in that observation, you are very perceptive, indeed. It should be obvious to everyone by now that I never met a conspiracy theory that I didn't like, and the announcement by A-Rod that he was pulling out of the WBC because he didn't want to dishonor either his U.S. citizenship or his Dominican heritage is far too convenient to pass without suspicious comment.
September 29, 1996
150 years ago in The SunOct. 3: Yesterday as the cars were coming into the Pratt Street Depot, they knocked down the staging upon which some of the workers were engaged in plastering the building, and one of the men fell, dislocating a shoulder.100 years ago in The SunSept. 30: Although Baltimore has won the championship three successive years, the Orioles have not had any pitcher of pre-eminent ability, such as Rusie or Cy Young, or Meekin in his prime. But the weakest point in the Baltimore club has always been the pitching department.
June 28, 1991
IT WAS with no little trepidation that we read the word "Bulletin" on our computerized news wire the other day. That is the warning in newspaperese that some monumental event has just occurred, as in:"Bulletin: Japanese warplanes bombed Pearl Harbor this morning" or " Bulletin Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak was snapped at 56 straight games tonight in Cleveland."So it was with apprhension that we read: "Bulletin: Louisville, Ky., (Reuter) -- An autopsy on the remains of President Zachary Taylor showed he was not poisoned by arsenic 141 years ago, ending the debate about whether he or Abraham Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated, Kentucky Medical Examiner Dr. George Nichols announced Wednesday."
March 9, 1992
MACON, Ga. -- Like a sort of small-scale, not-for-profit Victor Kiam, I liked calling bulletin boards so much I bought one.And I think you'll like them, too.When you first call a bulletin board system, you'll want to remember that all you're doing is calling someone else's PC. Thanks to viruses and hackers, the owner of the other computer has an obvious interest in knowing who you are.So, once your modem has made the connection to a board, the first thing...