December 11, 2012
A pioneering regional compact to fight climate change stands at a crossroads, as officials from Maryland and eight other Northeast states meet Tuesday in New York to weigh new limits on their power plants' carbon dioxide emissions. With emissions significantly reduced since the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative began in 2008 - though mainly from other factors - the states are weighing how much lower to try to push carbon-dioxide releases through the end of the decade without risking stifling their economic recovery.
November 1, 2012
The Ravens are at the crossroads. When they play the Browns on Sunday in Cleveland, they will be hitting the midway point of the season and preparing for the second half stretch run. So, there isn't a lot of time left to search for offensive or defensive identities, only to find strengths and how to build on them, and hide weaknesses. "This is a stretch during the year that is pivotal for every team because you're going into November and November is really when you're able to position yourself for that stretch run, which is December and January football," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
September 25, 2012
A Patriots fan's tweet Sunday night - intended for Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith - has ignited a firestorm on the web, raising new questions about the way online discourse intersects with real life. "Hey, Smith, how about you call your bro and tell him all about your wi--- ohhhh. Wait. #TooSoon?" wrote Baltimore resident Katie Moody, posting as @katiebrady12, as Smith caught two touchdowns in the Ravens' 31-30 win over the Patriots. The game and the Tweet came less than 24 hours after Smith's younger brother Tevin Jones was killed in a motorcycle accident.
June 18, 2012
Electronic Arts is confident that “Star Wars: The Old Republic” is a massively multiplayer online game that people will be playing in a decade. As they told GamesIndustry International, EA is also considering variations on a free-to-play model, surely in part to the 400,000 player dropoff in subscribers the game has seen. MMOs are in a tricky spot. Their development certainly isn't stagnant, but what “EverQuest,” “World of Warcraft” and “The Old Republic” have done may just be the tip of the iceberg.
May 24, 2012
The quiet, staggering problem at the center of the General Assembly's gasoline tax debate was this: Maryland does not have the money to maintain our transportation system ("Unfinished business," May 16). In the fervor, it was easy to miss the reason for the debate. The crisis began when we consumers, in response to the recession, turned to cars with better gas mileage, to carpooling, to transit - any means to decrease our own pain at the pump. The Transportation Trust Fund, already weakened from regular budget raiding, was further diminished as the main funding stream, the per-gallon tax, dwindled.
April 10, 2012
There's a real and serious problem in Bel Air at the intersection of Boulton Street and Gateway Drive. A traffic light at the intersection isn't going to fix it, at least not a traffic light alone. Consider the maze of alleys and side streets between Bond and South Main streets across town and across the street from Bel Air High School. The only thing that prevents the alleys from becoming a congested tangle is the judicious placement of one-way signs to ensure southbound traffic continues south on Bond Street until it joins South Main Street in front of Bel Air United Methodist Church.