By BEN WATTENBERG | February 15, 1991
Las Vegas.As the public dialogue moves toward ''rebuilding the Gulf,'' consider the tales of two deserts.One desert contains the most valuable of treasures. The other holds few resources. One succeeds. The other fails, famously.The successful desert is the American Southwest, the most rapidly growing part of America. Nevada, which grew by 50 percent from 1980-90, is the fastest growing state. Las Vegas grew by 60 percent.What makes the American desert so livable that so many more people want to live there?
By Michael Dresser | July 31, 2014
Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan blamed Democratic rival Anthony G. Brown for Baltimore's "food deserts" Thursday, suggesting that the O'Malley-Brown administration's tax policies led the the recent demise of the Stop Shop Save grocery chain. In a statement released by the campaign, Hogan minimized the impact of Thursday's opening of a new, 67,000-foot ShopRite store in Howard Park. “ShopRite expanding in Baltimore is a good thing, but I would have hoped this major corporation would have chosen to locate in one of Baltimore City's food deserts where unemployment and poverty are far higher than the state average," Hogan said.
By Orange County Register | October 29, 1993
The wildfires that exploded across Southern California this week were spread by Santa Ana winds, a dry-weather phenomenon that can produce gusts of up to 100 mph that often leave people gasping.The devil's breath, as the condition is known, begins as a high-pressure system whose cool, sinking air sweeps across the Mojave Desert, then flows downward to the ocean.The winds must squeeze through mountain passes and canyons, causing the air to heat and move faster -- commonly exceeding 40 mph as they burst out across coastal lowlands, meteorologists say.On rare occasions, the winds briefly blow up to 100 mph, making the Santa Ana condition as powerful as a Stage 2 hurricane.
By Michael Bodley and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
An inner-city Baltimore grocery chain is closing its stores, delivering a blow to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's efforts to eliminate the city's "food deserts" and provide more residents with healthy eating options. An official of Stop Shop Save, a minority-owned business that has been a Baltimore mainstay since 1978, confirmed Tuesday that it had already closed five stores and will close the last one — on Harford Avenue in Oliver — leaving neighborhoods across the city without a convenient grocery store.
By Sandy Grady | December 28, 1990
Washington--NO, THIS isn't the latest Dan Quayle joke. It's true.On New Year's Day, according to a White House announcement, U.S. troops in the Saudi Arabian desert will receive a visit and a pep talk from Vice President Dan Quayle.It's no joke, but sending Quayle to exhort troops to battle is one of Desert Shield's more bizarre ideas. Somehow a gung-ho, hit-'em-hardspeech to the troops by a vice president who used his wealthy family's clout to sit out the Vietnam War does not strike me as a morale builder.
By MIKE PRESTON | October 13, 2003
TEMPE, ARIZ. --There was a tense 15-minute period during the third quarter yesterday when the Ravens' season was in limbo as team officials awaited results of an X-ray of running back Jamal Lewis' shoulder. The X-rays came back negative. Within the next 60 minutes, the Ravens had defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 26-18, and almost everything was right with their world. A few minutes later, coach Brian Billick checked the injury report, and the Ravens came out clean. He smiled and wiped the sweat off his forehead.
By MIKE KLINGAMAN | February 16, 1991
To most Americans, the desert that links Kuwait and Saudi Arabia seems a dreadful place indeed. Television shows us a desolate landscape, seemingly bereft of vegetation. The region appears to be an endless swath of sand, punctuated only by trenches and tank tracks.Surely flora cannot exist in such a wasteland.Oh, but it can.Spring is nigh in the Persian Gulf. Despite all the bombs and missiles, much of the desert is coming to life.The changes may be startling.Imagine allied troops marching through colorful pockets of wildflowers, grasses and flowering bulbs.
January 8, 1991
GEICO Corp., one of the largest automobile insurers in Maryland, said three of its auto insurance subsidiaries will give a 25 percent refund to policyholders who are serving in the Desert Shield operation in the Middle East.The refund will amount to an estimated $1 million, said GEICO, which is based in Chevy Chase."While our Desert Shield military policyholders are facing increased personal risk in the Middle East, the risk factors for their cars back at home have gone down," said Edward H. Utley, president of GEICO.
By Knight-Ridder News Service | April 12, 1992
TOMBOUCTOU, Mali -- A low, wailing song reaches from the mosques of this ancient town of mud houses and sand dunes to the tent of Adama Alhadan, who sits in the flicker of a campfire, talking of rebellion."
By Ian Johnson and Ian Johnson,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | June 7, 1996
GUZILIANG VILLAGE, China -- With a mighty roar, the tractor laboring outside Xue Yongquan's house shoveled sand off the road that was once the main route south. The road is blocked, yet again, because the desert is coming closer.When Xue was a boy, Guziliang was a prosperous oasis on the eastern fringe of China's Gobi Desert. But a huge increase in population as well as overuse of the naturally available water has caused the desert to besiege the town, with huge dunes looming in the distance.
By Larry Perl, | February 17, 2014
By all accounts, including Blake Wollman's, the Mount Washington Village retail and restaurant district is doing well. Wollman, former president of the Mount Washington Village Merchants Association and longtime owner of the Desert Cafe, has watched as the nearby Ethel and Ramone's restaurant has spent $500,000 on renovations and is set to reopen soon as Ethel's Creole Kitchen. Wollman has watched as Mount Washington Tavern, which burned in a fire, was rebuilt and reclaimed its stake as an anchor of the Village.
By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2012
Gardening held little appeal to Stacey Watkins, a Baltimore special-education teacher, until an organization that helps keep her classroom in books put out a call for help with an urban planting project. She soon found her manicured hands could do wonders with dirt. Within a few hours last week, Watkins, who dug unencumbered by garden gloves, had planted straight rows of broccoli, kale, cauliflower and all manner of herbs in a vacant, long-neglected lot along Park Heights Avenue.
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2012
More than a third of Baltimore neighborhoods don't have ready access to healthy foods, leaving one in five residents to rely on high-fat, high-calorie meals from corner stores and carryout restaurants, a new assessment shows. City, academic and nonprofit officials have worked for years to eliminate so-called "food deserts," but they say the latest data from Johns Hopkins University researchers shows the scope of the problem and where good food options are most urgently needed. "You can see on the ground that a lot of areas are lacking," said Holly Freishtat, who became Baltimore's first food policy director about two years ago. "The next step for the map is to use it for policy.
September 7, 2011
"Contagion" hits theaters Friday, so we asked staff: Which end-of-the-world scenario do you most fear? •••• Human cloning + Kardashians.  Luke Broadwater, managing editor,  b •••• I think I would most fear an invasion by aliens who use us as appetizers, employ us as shuttlecocks for games of badminton, or otherwise cramp our style.  Anne Tallent, editor,  b •••• The one where everyone gets...
By Lisa Airey , | July 14, 2011
It just don't get much better than this. Commercially prepared chili fixings are loaded with salt, spices/herbs and (often) other additives and preservatives. Salt desiccates everything and transparent packaging allows the spice mix to oxidize, delivering a product that is less than optimal in flavor profile. This I learned from Jane Butel, renowned cookbook author and expert on all things Tex-Mex and New Mex (, while attending a private cooking class in New Mexico.
By Jerry Crowe, Tribune Newspapers | March 23, 2011
Water still draws Amy Alcott. The LPGA Hall of Famer, famous for sparking a women's golf tradition by jumping into a greenside lake after winning the Nabisco Dinah Shore tournament, is often found churning laps at Southern California swimming pools. "I'm not a good swimmer," Alcott, 55, says, "but I enjoy being in the water and exercising. " Nor has the winner of five major championships and 24 other LPGA Tour events ruled out another leap into a lake. On April 2, in conjunction with the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif., she'll host the inaugural Fresh & Easy Dinah Shore Charity Pro-Am, featuring legends such as her, Nancy Lopez, Pat Bradley and Patty Sheehan.
By Ben Okri | February 1, 1993
WE entered the town of the dying at sunset. We went from house to house. Everything was as expected, run-down, a desert, luminous with death and hidden life.The gunrunners were everywhere. The world was now at the perfection of chaos. The little godfathers who controlled everything raided the food brought for us. They raided the airlifts and the relief aid and distributed most of the food among themselves and members of their clan.We no longer cared. Food no longer mattered. I had done without for three weeks.
By Ray Stevens | July 2, 1993
Jessica Michelle Child of love and joy and belief in life Conceived in victory over death and desert Struggling through pangs of birth And pain of military parting Your smile and touch told everyone Life was given to be lived As you graced all with peace and love While infant heart beat weakly stronglyDarwin's war, God's peace, Jessica Yours the spirit girded for battle Yours the epic struggle Yours the birth-weakened heart of courage Yours no coward soul...
By Jeff Shain | February 10, 2011
It was a small victory, sure, but you have to start somewhere. Tiger Woods and "big brother" Mark O'Meara reunited to capture the Dubai Desert Classic's Challenge Match — a par-3 undercard to this week's European Tour stop that never lacks for the game's brightest jewels. Whether that translates to flashier headlines remains to be seen. If there's a place on the golf map where Woods has enjoyed a comfort zone, it's the Emirates Golf Club. In five trips to the desert haven, he has won twice and never finished outside the top five.
By Frank D. Roylance | March 23, 2010
Efforts to shore up the base of the cliffs on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay could trigger problems for the area's freshest fossil beds - and turn the bay floor into a silty "desert," an expert on the region's geology says. Lauck Ward, a geologist at the Virginia Museum of Natural History who has studied the Maryland and Virginia cliffs for more than 30 years, says the best fossils, laid down as much as 18 million years ago, would be buried by riprap and slumping sand. "Scientifically it would be a wipeout," he said.
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