October 23, 2010
Heart-pounding turns, surprising twists and edge-of-your-seat drama draw fans to the brand of high-speed automobile racing that will transform the streets of Baltimore in less than a year. But as the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix looms closer, it appears the lead-up to the event could be just as much of a nail-biter. With the three-day racing festival just 10 months away, organizers have yet to land a title sponsor to help shoulder the cost of promotion. A set of light rail tracks is posing an apparently unprecedented challenge for engineers.
August 5, 2010
Halfway through the Black Eyed Peas' live show, rapper Taboo hops on a neon-glowing motorcycle and, using suspension wires, rides it out above the crowd — all while singing "Rockin' to the Beat." "You never expect a flying motorcycle to hover over your head during the show," he said. "It takes the show to a different level." Inspired by the '80s movie "Tron," the motorcycle is one of the more eyebrow-raising moments in a concert that's loaded with dizzying lights, props and special effects.
May 14, 2010
For years, the Preakness has been run in Baltimore as if it might be the last time. Now, a rebounding economy, a new marketing strategy and its owner exiting bankruptcy appear to have solidified the race's future here. Corporate sponsorships for today's Preakness Stakes are up, according to organizers, and include newcomers such as the horse racing broadcaster HRTV and Iberia Airlines. Ticket sales are brisk as fans who pinched pennies last year are heading back to the races and as the "Get Your Preak On" marketing campaign — controversial to some — seems to have lured back the younger crowd who stayed away last year because of new rules against bringing in alcoholic beverages.
January 25, 2010
The recent Supreme Court decision extending individual freedom of speech rights to corporations is yet but another step away from what our founders conceived as a government "of, by and for the people" ("And now, the deluge," Jan. 25). It further enables the vast wealth and power of corporate entities to influence public policy well beyond the abilities of any individual or collective group of citizens. We have long witnessed the overwhelming success of health care, insurance, energy and other corporate lobbyists' in the service of their own financial needs rather than in the service of the public good.
February 11, 2006
A new Jesuit-run high school will offer a college-prep curriculum for low-income Baltimore students and steer them to part-time jobs in professional offices to help them earn money to cover tuition costs. The Maryland Province Jesuits say Cristo Rey High School will offer a glimmer of hope in a city where census figures show that 26.2 percent of the children live in poverty and the median household income is $30,078. Yesterday, Maryland Province Jesuits, corporate sponsors and city officials met at Loyola College to unveil plans for the school, which would open in 2007 at 1634 Guilford Ave. in an old city elementary school that was shuttered in 2001 because of declining enrollment.
January 7, 2006
NEW ORLEANS --With the city in dire financial shape because of Hurricane Katrina, companies are lining up for the opportunity to become the first-ever corporate sponsors of New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebration. At least 20 companies are offering to pay $2 million each to help cover the police and cleanup costs for next month's parades and parties, according to MediaBuys LLC, the firm hired to search for underwriters. Such sponsorships are a radical change for what is billed as the nation's biggest free party.