February 15, 2010
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake struck a resonant chord when proclaiming "this city isn't clean until your street is clean," reassuring residents that she is sensitive to the need for thorough snow removal in all parts of the city. That said, the state, through the MTA, could have partnered with the city to take immediate steps to ensure that the city was open, well before it was able to be completely clean. By focusing first on mass transit, clearing both rail lines and bus routes, the dual goal of keeping emergency routes open and cars off the street could have been met. An important distinction between regions that can respond to snow emergencies and ones like Maryland lies in the responsiveness of their transit systems.
January 24, 2012
The National Weather Service is calling for Tuesday to be cloudy through mid-morning in the Baltimore area, becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 53 and west winds between 7 and 10 miles per hour. Tuesday night is expected to be mostly clear, with a low around 36 and northwest winds around 8 miles per hour. Wednesday is expected to be cloudy, with a high near 45 and west winds between 6 and 8 miles per hour. Wednesday night is expected to be cloudy, with a low around 38 and light north winds.
April 11, 2011
Last week, the weekly Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar put a no-smoking ban into effect. This market has been around for 34 years, selling locally produced goods at stalls set up under the Jones Falls Expressway. On a typical Sunday, the crowds are large, the aisles tightly packed with arugula eaters. Banning smoking there is a no-brainer. You wonder why it took so long. A market that sells cheese made from the milk of Garrett County goats, bacon from hormone-free Carroll County hogs, and heirloom apples from Western Maryland is not likely to be a gathering spot for people who want their lungs filled with tobacco smoke (whether or not the tobacco was locally grown)
February 23, 2010
I should like to offer one possibly controversial addition to Roy Whitely's "The snow: lessons learned" comments (Readers respond, Feb. 20) about dealing with large snowfalls. It was triggered by another item in The Sun about the towing of cars from shopping center parking lots. Rather than allowing cars to be towed from these lots, use the principle of eminent domain to seize these lots or portions thereof for the duration of the snow emergency as short-term parking havens for cars that need to be displaced for snow clearing operations, with, of course, adequate compensation to the lot owners.
October 10, 2001
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - The first four confirmed civilian deaths since the start of U.S. airstrikes on Afghanistan were employees of a United Nations mine-clearing project - men working for an agency dedicated to removing the deadly aftermath of earlier wars who became victims of the latest one. "We have lost 30 workers in the last decade on minefields, but this is the first time we have lost people in the office. This is the tragedy of war," said a sad and weary-looking Syed Ahmad Farid Elmi, acting director of Afghan Technical Consultants, or ATC. A twist making the deaths even more painful, friends said, is that the tower 200 yards away that is believed to have been the U.S. target was not a Taliban transmission facility but a defunct radio broadcasting station.
May 24, 1996
Darnerien McCants of Arundel waited nearly two years for his chance to win a state high jumping championship and he made sure he didn't let the opportunity slip away at yesterday's 49th annual Maryland State Track and Field Championships at Westminster High School.McCants, a senior who sat out last track season, not because he was ineligible but because he wanted to improve his grades, cleared the bar at 6 feet, 6 inches to win the Class 4A championship.Damion Moss of Meade set a Class 4A state record in the long jump.