September 13, 2008
A rift among Maryland's Democrats - with Comptroller Peter Franchot increasingly on the outs - became decidedly more public and bitter yesterday with a tartly worded missive from one of the party's standard-bearers. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, a Prince George's County Democrat who has held his leadership post in the General Assembly for more than two decades, sent a letter to Franchot, the state's elected chief fiscal officer, excoriating him for his "obsession with the press" and "disregard for the relationships you need to be an effective leader."
June 3, 2007
On a hazy spring morning, George Malone steers his johnboat toward the head of the Back River in Essex, passing the twin golden domes of the sewage treatment plant and gliding under the Eastern Avenue bridge. In the shallow area he calls the flats, where the water is the color of beef broth, a ripple catches his eye. He draws an arrow. Fires. And reels in what looks to be a grotesquely overgrown goldfish. Each year this time, the waters of the Back River "boil" with spawning carp, says Malone, a retired Eastern Technical High School teacher.
May 13, 2007
What a dilemma. Write a column or go fishing in the hopes "a cataclysmic explosion" of the not-so-distant star Eta Carinae, coupled with the ensuing "runaway thermonuclear reaction," would distract my editors and get me off the hook. Don't get me wrong; gazing at the Milky Way is a great way to pass an evening. But when scientists warned last week that an unstable supernova only 7,500 light-years away could go ka-boom like the death star in Star Wars, suddenly being an outdoors writer didn't seem like such a good idea.
April 29, 2007
Saturday-next Sunday -- Take in Washington's sights and learn about the fascinating world of carp fishing at the 12th annual "Carp-In" at Washington's Tidal Basin, dawn to dusk. Members of the Carp Anglers Group will display the gear they use to reel in massive fish the size of toddlers. The biggest carp ever pulled out of the Tidal Basin was a 57.8-pounder, back in 1983. Details: 301-922-1672. Online More outdoors -- For more outdoors coverage, calendar and photos, go to baltimoresun.
May 3, 2006
On April 29, 2006, JOHN C. "Jack" of Forest Hill, beloved husband of Rachel L. Fisher (nee Carp) devoted father of Harry E. Fisher, III, and his wife Gretchen and Susan E. Fisher, dear brother of Sarah F. Rex, and loving grandfather of Austin T. Siera E. and Shane T. Snee, Carleigh, Elleigh and Raegan Fisher. The family will receive friends at the Evans Funeral Chapel-Bel Air, 3 Newport Drive, (Rts 23 & 24-Forest Hill) on Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. Funeral Services on Wednesday at 11 A.M. Memorial donations in Jack's name may be made to the Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center Foundation, 415 Market St, Havre de Grace, MD, 21078, Attn: Phil Barker.
June 19, 2005
TWENTY-THREE hundred miles after putting the key in the ignition in Baltimore, we're finally back in the Free State. The idea was to find out what makes men around the world save their pennies to visit a bug-infested river in upstate New York to catch a fish that doesn't even taste good. The answer? "We're crazy," said Tommy Robinson of Baltimore, one of the 200 fishermen competing in the World Carp Championship. They didn't smell too good, either, but you don't tell that to a crazy man. The championship was not for the faint of heart or olfactory nerves.