By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2013
Grace S. Rand, a retired Baltimore County public school librarian and former Reisterstown resident, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster. She was 94. The daughter of Edmund S. Scull, a Bethlehem Steel Corp. manager, and Myrtle Dowell Scull Rand, a homemaker, Grace Katherine Scull was born in Baltimore and raised in Sparrows Point. "They had a house in the company town and lived at 1018 F Street," said her daughter, Grace Rand Nelson of Rockport, Texas.
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2013
The moment Fred and Kimberly Clark waited for since planting firs, pines and other evergreens eight years ago finally arrived last weekend. Their first Christmas tree sales. All farming is delayed gratification, but the delay is particularly long for Christmas tree growers. The Clarks, who run two backyard farms in Calvert County, have done a lot of planting and shearing since 2005 in the hopes of an eventual payoff. It's not as simple as it looked to Fred Clark years ago when he stopped by a Christmas tree farm and watched a farmer accept customers' cash.
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
The giant reindeer perched on the shopping center roof, a phone clutched in his hoof, his red nose glowing against the smudgy December sky. Beneath him, a line of children waited for their turn to step into the red telephone booth marked "North Pole" and list their wishes. It was a new experience for the children - most of whom had never seen a phone booth before - and for many of their parents. But for the grandparents who crowded the Talbottown Shopping Center on a rainy Friday evening, it was a re-creation of some of their most cherished childhood memories.
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
Gerald Allen Elkins, a retired Department of Planning map maker and graphic artist who detailed Baltimore's transformation for more than four decades, died of cancer Nov. 28 at his Ocean Pines home. The former Overlea resident was 65. "What struck me most about Gerry, besides his considerable graphic design talent, was his positive attitude and consistency in being a real team player," said Baltimore City Planning Director Thomas J. Stosur. "He would not only create the striking maps and graphics, but he would mount them professionally, advise on setup and display, transport the maps and supplies to meetings, set up the room, help out at the meeting, break down the room after the meeting, then go drinking with the rest of the team afterward!"
By Betty Buck | December 4, 2013
Every day, Maryland beer distributors safely and efficiently deliver thousands of labels of beer to local retail stores, restaurants and bars for Marylanders to purchase and enjoy - from the Baltimore Harbor to the Eastern Shore to the Washington Metropolitan Area. But the success of our local businesses today results from lessons learned years ago when this nation banned alcohol, drove it underground and released a torrent of unintended consequences. On Thursday, while many prepare for holiday festivities, we celebrate another milestone in our country's history: the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
Dolores B. Scott, a retired educator and librarian who taught in Baltimore public schools for three decades and was a world traveler, died Nov. 19 of Alzheimer's disease at Chaparral Winds Hospice in Sun City West, Ariz. The longtime Randallstown resident was 86. The daughter of Howard Brown, a hotel headwaiter, and Eva Brown, a homemaker, Dolores Brown was born in Baltimore and raised in the 2300 block of McCulloh St. in the city's Sugar Hill neighborhood. Mrs. Scott graduated with honors in 1945 from Frederick Douglass High School and was second in her class at what is now Coppin State University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in 1949.
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - It was neither football nor basketball season, but college athletics was very much in the news. Seven schools were bolting one conference and preparing to form another. The college sports landscape was in the midst of a highly publicized shake-up. It was the spring of 1953. The name of the new league was the Atlantic Coast Conference. Sixty years ago, Maryland was among seven schools to leave the Southern Conference and gamble that the new league would succeed On Saturday, Maryland plays it last football game in the ACC, a conference born from, and shaped by, realignment.
By Robert Anthony Maranto | November 26, 2013
Fresh off her victory over childhood obesity, Michelle Obama has declared a new national goal to increase the percentage of low-income Americans in college. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, just 52 percent of the poor attend college right out of high school, compared to 82 percent of the wealthy. I respect Michelle Obama. Like the First Lady, I come from a neighborhood where college was not the norm. For her and for me, college made sense. But does it make sense for most students?
Tim Wheeler | November 12, 2013
The Chesapeake Bay's cleanup may be delayed "several decades" by the slow pace at which farm pollution is being flushed from ground water on the Delmarva Peninsula, a new study says. The research by the U.S. Geological Survey also suggests pollution control efforts on Eastern Shore farms may need to be increased in order to achieve hoped-for water quality improvements. Using a computer model to simulate ground-water flows, USGS scientists found that when nitrogen from fertilized farm fields on the Shore soaks into the ground, it takes 20 to 40 years on average for the nutrient-laden water to make its way underground into streams and rivers.  Ground water now oozing into bay tributaries is likely carrying pollution picked up by rainfall decades ago, researchers said.
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013
Montgomery County police have arrested a Gaithersburg man who they say has sexually assaulted at least 10 college-age men in the last decade. Joey Poindexter, 38, of Plum Creek Drive, was arrested Saturday, after a man came forward with an accusation of assault earlier this month. The man said he met Poindexter during a night of drinking at a beer pong tournament at Looney's bar in College Park on Oct. 3 and later accompanied him back to Poindexter's home, where he was sexually assaulted.
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