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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | September 13, 2013
The Columbia Association Board of Directors approved Thursday the mind-body wellness concept for its downtown fitness club, which is scheduled to open in the Rouse Company building next September.  The concept, which consultants presented to the board in May, will offer customers a place to "relax, retreat and rejuvenate," and was selected based on the results of a 687-person survey. While the concept was generally well received at the May 30 meeting, the board took no official vote, prompting Thursday's official tally.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Since Charles Darwin wrote "The Origin of Species" more than 150 years ago, it's been known that nature's selection creates some species and ends others. But researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County suggest that another actor is responsible for driving wedges in animal populations to create new species - mothers themselves. A study published last month in the journal Ecology Letters suggests that female creatures' sexual preferences may launch an evolutionary process that can lead to the creation of new species.
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May 6, 2014
Scientist Megan Rolf need not reinvent the wheel ( "Breeding animals to stand the heat," May 5). In the 1950s, my father, Allan O.S. Keeling, developed the Jamaica Red Poll breed, along with other Jamaican cattle breeders. His imported Red Poll beef cattle from England were crossed with the Indian Brahman to produce an animal with fine tasting beef and a greater ability to fight off tropical diseases and pests. Annual and careful appraisals of every animal in the breeding herds resulted in (to quote Dr. Rolf)
NEWS
By David Horsey | August 12, 2014
The awfulness of Gaza goes on. So does the madness in Iraq and Syria. Wildfires burn through the West, while in Washington, D.C., our do-absolutely-nothing Congress prepares to adjourn, freeing up time for representatives and senators to go home and campaign to be re-elected so they can accomplish nothing for another two years. It seems an opportune time to consider a far less depressing issue, one that, outside of Hollywood and the Redneck Riviera, affects only a small minority: artificial body enhancement, AKA cosmetic surgery or "having a little work done.
EXPLORE
December 1, 2011
Some years ago the Columbia Association staff suggested closing 17 of the 23 outdoor village pools to "save money. " Various surveys were conducted. In the end the idea went over like a lead balloon. Now the staff is floating a new idea: Close three "lesser used" village outdoor pools. They did a survey - of 62 residents. Sixty-two residents! Really. What a survey! The problems with this proposal are considerable. Where will those residents go? Children will not be able to walk to their neighborhood pool until their working parents return home.
BUSINESS
By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Sun Staff Writer | April 30, 1994
Hoping to bolster its sagging sales, Merry-Go-Round Enterprises has launched an effort to more clearly distinguish the differences among its 1,400 stores by dividing them into four main "operating concepts," according to a report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday.The Joppa-based clothing chain, which has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings since Jan. 11, has long been criticized for having a sameness in its stores despite selling under a myriad of names, including Merry-Go-Round, Attivo, Chess King, Cignal, Dejaiz, Silverman's, Boogie's Diner and Toofers.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and Richard Gorelick,Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2010
I always thought it would be fun to live in one of those cities where new products are tested. It must be neat to offer opinions about a thing still in development, knowing that someday you might look on, say, an automatic fabric softener dispenser with personal pride - "that fill line, my idea." And whenever I go to a movie preview, I dutifully fill out a little survey card. (I always write, "More dancing!") Anyway, sitting in judgment of someone else's concept is a large part of the fun of going to Punk's Backyard Grill, the lone locally owned restaurant among a dozen or so national chains that ring the Westfield Annapolis Mall.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2011
The Sunday review is of S & J Crabranch in Towson. It's a new restaurant on Pennylvania Avenue, just off the circle, specializing in steamed crabs and barbecue. Good concept, well executed. Here's the review of S & J Crabranch .
NEWS
February 22, 2011
Before it's too late, It's time for those of us who oppose the use of the word "marriage" for same-sex unions to have our say. Far be it from me to tell other people how to live their lives, and I certainly don't oppose those who live with and love others of the same sex having the same legal rights as anyone else. But I do oppose changing the concept of "marriage" being reserved for a man and a woman. Call it a "union" or something else. But marriage has always been between a man and a woman, and I don't think that we should be forced to change our concept of marriage.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay | July 11, 2011
What a perfect way to beat the heat predicted for today. Get a free 7.11 oz Slurpee all day today (July 11th) at participating 7-Eleven stores . Thanks to reader Gene for the tip! If you're wondering how the Slurpee concept developed, read the article on Slurpee history at Mental Floss magazine .
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
For many students who took the Maryland School Assessments this year, parts of the math sections just didn't add up. Amid the rollout of new curriculums aligned with the more rigorous Common Core standards, pass rates on the Maryland School Assessments plunged, with this year marking the steepest drops in the test's history because of a dive in math scores. There was a good chance students in grades three through eight might not have recognized at least three concepts in which they were being asked to demonstrate mastery.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore will overhaul two of its restaurants this summer. The hotel will replace Pabu, its Japanese restaurant, and Lamill, its coffee shop, with new restaurants run by the Alex Smith and George Aligeorgas, principals in the Atlas Restaurant Group, which operates the Harbor East restaurant Ouzo Bay. Smith is the grandson of developer John S. Paterakis, who owns the hotel through Harbor East Development Group, a subsidiary...
NEWS
May 6, 2014
Scientist Megan Rolf need not reinvent the wheel ( "Breeding animals to stand the heat," May 5). In the 1950s, my father, Allan O.S. Keeling, developed the Jamaica Red Poll breed, along with other Jamaican cattle breeders. His imported Red Poll beef cattle from England were crossed with the Indian Brahman to produce an animal with fine tasting beef and a greater ability to fight off tropical diseases and pests. Annual and careful appraisals of every animal in the breeding herds resulted in (to quote Dr. Rolf)
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By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2014
In the early years of Columbia, William Cochran often rode his bike from his family's home in Clarksville to explore the new city, where the fountain in man-made Wilde Lake and other examples of public art made an indelible impression. Cochran - who hails from a Howard County family of eight that includes father Ed Cochran, a former county executive, and younger sister Courtney Watson, a County Council member running for the office their father once held - was captivated by what he saw at age 10 and beyond.
NEWS
February 25, 2014
The proposed liquid natural gas export terminal at Cove Point is a 2004 idea, the year it was first proposed. It requires overturning the national fuels export ban, ignoring new information about the potency of methane emissions and would represent a $3.8 billion investment in what some are calling a "carbon asset bubble" ( "Hundreds rally to oppose Cove Point project," Feb. 20). U.S. oil and gas companies spent $185.6 billion in 2012 on exploration and development of new fossil fuel production domestically.
NEWS
February 17, 2014
Your recent editorial highlighted some serious concerns raised by Baltimore County's plan to "revolutionize classroom instruction" ( "Digital classrooms," Feb. 11). The launch of this technology airplane will cost $150 million, and there are serious questions about whether it will actually fly. So as the plane begins its take-off roll, I trust BCPS is fully aware that the runway is short and full of potholes. Among them are: 1. A lack of teacher confidence (fear of failure, lack of knowledge)
EXPLORE
January 23, 2012
Here is what the audience would have liked to hear from the developer about their plan for the mall. All we heard was about process, not about product. It would have been exciting to hear the developer say the following: "As you know, the overall Downtown Plan calls for a pedestrian connection between the Mall-to-Lakefront, a multi-phase project that could take some time to realize. We are excited to propose the first phase of the Mall-to-Lakefront pedestrian connection. Our concept is to remove the L.L.Bean building to open up access to a promenade leading to a new Mall entrance.
NEWS
February 10, 2011
The reader's response in the Feb. 10 edition that posed the question: why don't homosexuals give up on the term "marriage" ( "Same-sex couples: Find another word than 'marriage'" is advocating a "separate but equal" resolution to the question of gay marriage. That proposal should meet the same fate as that concept did in 1954. Alex Allman, Bel Air
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly | February 8, 2014
The Mercedes-Benz stood just less than $30,000 away from its admirers at Baltimore's auto show, where the sporty crimson sedan held its own among the competitors for looks, test sit-downs and aspirations of ownership. "It's really an entry-level model," Valley Motors sales agent Jim Olney said Saturday. "And at that price, it gets people into a Mercedes. People can say, 'I own a Mercedes.'" Olney said the newly introduced Mercedes CLA 250, which offers a lower price than other models featured by the legendary auto maker, aims "to bring customers into the brand.
NEWS
December 26, 2013
By the time many kids get to second grade they're already wondering whether they'll ever be "good at math. " Yet researchers at the University of Michigan say all kids understand a lot more math than adults usually give them credit for. Last week they published results suggesting that children are capable of learning and understanding basic mathematical concepts and operations at a much earlier age than previously thought. Does this mean 5 year olds can do calculus? Not quite. But it does suggest states could step up math instruction for preschoolers - and offers further proof that well-designed pre-K programs serve a much more important educational function than simply providing free day care for busy parents.
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