April 6, 2013
The Maryland Senate has once again voted to cut the state's land conservation programs by $16 million. Not only are we disappointed by the lack of respect for this important, dedicated funding source, but these cuts are disproportionately targeted toward programs, including the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Fund (MALPF) and the Rural Legacy Program, which benefit the farming community. MALPF and Rural Legacy allow farmers to put conservation easements on large blocks of working land, thus protecting the natural, agricultural, forestry, and environmental resources within the area.
February 27, 2013
Through the first half of Tuesday night's game against visiting UMBC, No. 4 Loyola played like it was still reeling from Saturday's 12-10 loss to then-No. 3 Maryland. But the reigning national champion Greyhounds got back to their signature ways in the third quarter, using a 9-1 third quarter to turn an 8-6 lead at halftime into a 21-9 demolition at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore. Loyola improved to 3-1 and - just as importantly - buried the memory of that disappointing setback to the Terps, who claimed the No. 1 ranking.
February 16, 2013
More than 100 people crowded into an intimate memorial service Saturday morning for Stephen Alex Rane, a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park who police say was killed Tuesday by his housemate. "We've witnessed a horrific tragedy this week," said the Rev. Jim Moyer, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church outside Philadelphia. During the 40-minute service, mourners made little other mention of the circumstances of Rane's death. Instead, family and friends took the solemn occasion to share thoughts about how, over his 22 years, the gregarious young man brought them joy, taught them life lessons and stood by them.
February 4, 2013
It appears that much of the skepticism with the Symphony Woods Inner Arbor plan, brought to light by Columbia resident Michael McCall and introduced by CA, is more about process and hurt feelings than the actual plan. Utilizing a theme creatively embracing the arts, the Inner Arbor plan is a big concept in a town where development is based on careful small steps often kept in check by a vocal minority. While issues may be within some facets of the new plan as currently envisioned, the largeness of the concept has created the conversation needed. Much of that opinion however appears to be about the process, CA and prior plans instead of this plan's potential to help invigorate a downtown currently ill-defined by a large mall and a sleepy lakefront. One has to wonder how this plan would be received if it were championed and submitted by another organization. Is much of the gnashing of teeth more to do with opinions of CA and the process?
January 21, 2013
John Carroll senior guard Rodney Elliott passed the buzzer-beating torch to sophomore Elijah Long against Archbishop Spalding on Monday, producing the same positive result that is fast becoming the norm for the Patriots. Coming out of a timeout with 18 seconds left and the scored tied, the visiting Cavaliers put extra attention on Elliott, who swiftly swung the ball over to the right side for Long to nail a 3-pointer as time expired to give No. 7 John Carroll a thrilling 53-50 win over No. 5 Spalding.
January 8, 2013
Snowfall records this week date back to the Blizzard of 1996, one of the more memorable storms in a generation for the Baltimore area and across the Northeast. Accumulation topped a foot and a half as far south as Calvert and St. Mary's counties, and topped 2 feet in Columbia, Owings Mills and points northwest. The records, set at BWI Marshall Airport: 15.8 inches Jan. 7, 6.7 inches Jan. 8 and 4.1 inches Jan. 9, contributing to a total of 32.6 inches for the month. As The Sun reported 17 years ago today: The Blizzard of 1996 struck states as far south as Kentucky and moved north to Philadelphia, Newark and New York.