Jacques Kelly | March 7, 2014
I crossed the Patapsco River and arrived in Brooklyn in search of the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development. It was not hard to spot in this neighborhood in the southern section of the city, not too far from the Anne Arundel County line. The Chesapeake Center is housed in an old Brooklyn landmark, the quaint-looking former Crisp Presbyterian Church, on Patapsco Avenue at Third Street. It sits atop a hill, and its belfry is the highest point around. As I arrived from downtown Baltimore, the little chapel seemed a remnant of the one-time village that was Brooklyn before all the industry arrived long before the two world wars.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
William D. Townsend, former assistant director of Baltimore County's Department of Public Works and a World War II veteran, died Feb. 23 at Forest Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center in Harford County. He was 92. "The cause of death was failure to thrive," said a son, Michael Townsend, who edited The Baltimore Sun's Harford Sun from 1980 to 1993 and lives in Burlington, Vt. The son of a hunting and fishing guide and a restaurant worker, William Dumond Townsend was born and raised in Timonium.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Charles M. Cahn Jr., a retired Baltimore attorney who was the managing partner of Blades & Rosenfeld, died Feb. 10 of heart failure at Roland Park Place. He was 92. The son of Charles M. Cahn, an insurance executive, and Fannie Rosenbacher Cahn, a homemaker, Charles Maurice Cahn Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in the Arlington Park Apartments in Northwest Baltimore. He was the grandson of Maurice U. Cahn, founder of the old Bernheim-Leader department store in Baltimore, and the great-nephew of Bernard Cahn, one of the founders of Mercantile Bank and Trust Co. After graduating in 1939 from Friends School, Mr. Cahn earned a bachelor's degree in 1943 from Dartmouth College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
By George W. Liebmann | February 19, 2014
The state pension system is Maryland's financial Achilles heel and has been for decades. All bond rating services have noted that rising pension debt endangers the state's AAA bond rating, and the Pew Center on the States rates Maryland as among the most under-funded states. The pension board is a semi-professional board made up of 15 people, a third of whom have investment expertise. It is presided over by the state treasurer, who is elected by the General Assembly. Traditionally, state treasurers were boring but capable bankers.
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
Kenneth W. DeFontes Jr. will retire as Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s president and CEO at the end of the month, after nearly a decade at the helm of Maryland's largest gas and electric utility. His retirement, announced Wednesday, will be effective Feb. 28, BGE said. A pair of BGE officials will assume his roles. Calvin G. Butler Jr., BGE's senior vice president of regulatory and external affairs, will become the company's CEO. Stephen J. Woerner, BGE's senior vice president and chief operating officer, will become BGE's president while remaining in the COO position as well.
By Chris Kaltenbach The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
And as they wind down a successful run of one of their most ambitious projects yet - "Unscripted," which takes impromptu sketch comedy to another level by putting on entirely impromptu plays that can last upward of 90 minutes - BIG is showing no signs of slowing down. "Improv is one of the best creative outlets I've ever had," says Heather Moyer, a founding member of the group and the only one who was there at the beginning and still performing. "I love hearing the audience laugh.
By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
As a kid, Terry McAulay watched football games on TV and practiced the moves he saw - not the spins and jukes of the players, but the gestures and actions of the officials. Hands on hips? Offside. Arms folded? Delay of game. At age 9, McAulay knew them all. "Terry would sit there for hours, mimicking every signal that the referees used," said Dene McAulay, his mother. "We marveled at [the pantomime]. He never said a word, he just did it. " Some day, he told his family, he would referee the Super Bowl . Sunday, McAulay will do that for the third time when the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks meet in Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, N.J. It's the highest honor for an NFL official and a tribute that doesn't surprise high school coaches in the Baltimore area who dealt with McAulay, of Howard County, in his early years as an arbiter.
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
Jeff Lill is a popular man lately, as captain of the J.C. Widener, one of the state's few ice breakers. After leaving its Annapolis harbor at 8:30 Wednesday morning, the Widener spent the day criss-crossing the waters off Anne Arundel County - beckoned for help from the creeks of the Severn River to government research buoys in the Chesapeake Bay. It cleared paths for a sea trial from an Annapolis marina, a waterman in search of rockfish on the...
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
What's 6,000 mathematicians, multiplied by 2,500 talks, divided over four days? The nation's largest gathering devoted to the science - and art - of math. The annual Joint Mathematics Meetings is gathering in Baltimore this week for the first time in a decade. Running through Saturday at the Baltimore Convention Center, it is organized by the country's two major professional groups for mathematicians and includes smaller meetings of other mathematical societies. Attendees come from as far as Korea, Brazil and Iran.
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
New technology that could stop or slow a train before an accident - reducing the likelihood of operator errors becoming deadly - will be installed on all MARC trains. The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $13 million contract on Wednesday to begin installing "positive train control" equipment, which uses GPS and radio signaling to react automatically if a collision or derailment is anticipated. Such a system might have prevented the December derailment of a New York passenger train that came off the tracks as it sped too fast into a turn, killing four and injuring more than 70. It would have prevented the 1996 collision between a MARC train and an Amtrak train in Silver Spring that killed 11 people, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates all major rail accidents.
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