May 21, 2013
At last month's Academy of Country Music Awards, Brad Paisley performed his single, “Beat This Summer,” alongside John Mayer. The audience held up cell phones - the modern version of the lighter at concerts - that displayed bright, flashing colors that changed in time with the song. It was an eye-catching trick, and it wouldn't have been possible without Wham City. Yes, the same Wham City responsible for some of Baltimore's most wonderfully surreal music, comedy, theater, art and more since the mid-2000s.
May 17, 2013
Joel Rosario rode anyway. Upon returning to the jockey's room last May 20, he learned that his brother Marino , a police officer in his native Dominican Republic, had been killed in a motorcycle accident. Creative Cause -- and a chance to ride in his first Preakness -- awaited. Rosario went out to the track. "I just think it was really sad for me," he said Friday morning at Pimlico Race Course. "It was something that really hurt me. " Rosario took Creative Cause out with Bodemeister on the lead, but sagged to third as I'll Have Another won a duel down the stretch.
May 6, 2013
Deadly industrial accidents in the developing world are tragically common, but the recent collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh that took the lives of more than 500 workers has captured the American public's attention, and no wonder. Knowingly or unknowingly, most Americans at some point have purchased clothing or other items made in Bangladesh, where factory workers labor under sweatshop conditions and employers keep manufacturing costs down by ignoring safety and building code violations.
May 2, 2013
William Seiferth hit four two-run homers Wednesday to power visiting Glenelg Country School past Baltimore Lutheran, 13-4. The Dragons (15-2, 12-2 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference), who lost their first two games, haven't lost since March 22. Seiferth went 4-for-4 with four home runs, eight RBIs and an intentional walk. Jack Dougherty also hit a home run for Glenelg Country. The Quakers fell to 5-10 and 3-9. River Hill 5, No. 2 Oakland Mills 3: Shortly after No. 9 Atholton (11-2)
April 27, 2013
As I watched the horrific scenes from the Boston Marathon, and later the activities at political, social, religious and sporting events, with disconnected disbelief, I realized that the terrorists exemplified a political miscalculation, a social misunderstanding of "who" we are as a people and a nation ("Swift justice for suspected Boston bomber" April 23). Yes we argue, we debate, we fail to compromise, we discriminate and we absolutize our lifestyles and values. Yet what we witnessed on Patriot's Day and its sequelae was an unspoken coming together that transcended our petty priorities and differences.
April 22, 2013
Dallas-based chain of bakery/cafes La Madeleine Country French Café is eyeing the Baltimore area, with plans to open up to eight new franchised locations. A Baltimore-area restaurant is expected to open in the next year, with several more opening shortly after, a company spokesman said Monday. The restaurants in the Washington, D.C., market "are doing extremely well, and the company's momentum in the mid-Atlantic region is fueling its growth toward Baltimore," said Jason Gilbreth, the spokesman.