April 27, 2013
In a career that's spanned more than four decades in four states, Gary D. Maynard has dealt with inmate sex scandals, prison riots, suicides and shrinking public safety budgets. Last week, the Maryland corrections secretary faced a bank of TV cameras and the latest crisis in his long career. This one would make national news and prompt an outcry from across the state: Gang members allegedly built a wide-ranging criminal enterprise in the Baltimore City Detention Center, dealing drugs and impregnating correctional officers.
April 19, 2013
Paolo Romeo believes that food is art. The chef-owner of Artful Gourmet, which has been an Owings Mills mainstay for just over a decade, isn't wildly avant-garde in the kitchen. He doesn't take chances on creative dishes. But Romeo does take an artist's care with his capable interpretations of Italian food and global favorites. And the restaurant's adoption of the food-is-art theme adds charm to a menu stocked with familiar fare. His conservative approach, which focuses on well-worn classics like lamb chops and simple pastas, appears to be a hit with locals, who keep the restaurant busy.
March 20, 2013
Q: Dogs and cats are commonly perceived as showing affection to owners. Are other types of pets -- birds, hamsters, rabbits, snakes -- capable of such affection? A: That's a great question. The dictionary defines affection as “fond attachment, devotion or love,” which certainly implies an emotional component. We know that many animals we consider intelligent -- including dogs, cats, primates, elephants, marine mammals, horses -- certainly have and display what we'd call emotions.
January 6, 2013
A suspicious-looking gadget that turned out to be an inert grenade — not capable of exploding — prompted a temporary evacuation in Catonsville Sunday. Baltimore County police responded to a call about a suspicious device in the 100 block of Montrose Manor Court just after 1 p.m. Residents in the apartment building there were allowed back in after police checked it out and determined it wasn't dangerous. Inert grenades — both real and novelty — have caused scares before.
July 30, 2012
Some early warning signs came in the 2011 postseason as the Ravens started allowing lots of rushing yards. Maybe it was an aberration, but it has to be a concern heading into the second week of training camp. For nearly a decade, the Ravens had a top-ranked rush defense and allowed few teams more than 100 yards on the ground. Allowing 100-yard rushers occurred even less frequently. Then, in the last three games of the 2011 regular season, San Diego, Cleveland and Cincinnati each gained more than 100 yards rushing.
April 23, 2012
Alireza Jafarzadeh's recent commentary ("Iran'snuclear genie is out of the bottle," April 16) is eerily reminiscent of the manipulations of Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi who shamelessly fed the US government false information with the express aim of advocating a military invasion of Iraq in 2003 in order to promote his own personal political and economic fortunes. Just as Mr. Jafarzadeh openly sides with the exiled Iranian terrorist group Mujahedin-e Khalq, Mr. Chalibi lived in London while leading an umbrella Iraqi opposition group (the Iraqi National Congress)