September 28, 2012
Now is the time. Early fall is when the pleasures peak in Talbot and Dorchester counties. That's when these Eastern Shore towns stop being detours along the way to the shore and turn into full-fledged destinations. There are practical advantages to visiting St. Michaels, Easton and Cambridge after Labor Day. Hotel rates plunge, beach traffic is a nonissue and the kids are, as they say, back in school. There are even a few reasons to put off an Eastern Shore trip as late into fall as you can. Migrating wildfowl begin to arrive here in late October.
July 4, 2012
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman's superb performance against the Mariners Wednesday afternoon earned him another start after the All-Star break. So why did the Orioles immediately option Tillman to Double-A Bowie following their 4-2 win over Seattle? The main reason is because the Orioles want Tillman to continue pitching throughout next week's break instead of taking 10 days off. So he will start for Bowie -- he last pitched for the Baysox in 2008 -- on Monday. He will then get in extra days of rest before being activated to pitch a week from Sunday -- the first day he's eligible to return -- against the Tigers.
March 27, 2012
As of 4:30 p.m. there were several incidents slowing traffic on area roadways: There is a disabled vehicle on the inner loop of Interstate 695, the Baltimore Beltway, at Exit 21 to Maryland Route 129/Park Heights Avenue. A vehicle is on fire on southbound Interstate 95 at Exit 38, to Maryland Route 32, closing the right lane and shoulder. The vehicle is expected to be cleared shortly. Beginning at 7 p.m., crews will being closing travel lanes on the inner loop of the Baltimore Beltway in Catonsville as part of the State Highway Administration's replacement of the Wilkens Avenue overpass.
March 12, 2012
What do you get with some marital conflict, product placement, joking around and weepy, back-slapping man hugs? "The Amazing Race"in Italy, obviously. Hamartia I finally get to use the word hamartia in a recap to show off my knowledge of old terminology from Greek literature! Check that off my bucket list! It means fatal flaw, and it frequently points its hamartanein finger at pride. Ralph and JJ, the Border Patrol Agents, are full of pride (or hubris, if we are still flinging fancy words around)
November 9, 2011
The Maryland State Highway Administration has postponed the planned closure of Route 1 at Conowingo Dam until Monday, Nov. 14, the agency said Wednesday, citing weather concerns. The SHA had planned to close part of Route 1 at Conowingo Dam all day Thursday in order to resurface and repair highway damage at the intersection of Routes 1 and Route 222 (Rock Spring Road) caused by a fuel tanker truck accident and spill Oct. 26. The same work will now be done Monday because inclement weather was forecast for Thursday, SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar said.
November 5, 2011
WOODBINE - The State Highway Administration will assist CSX railroad in closing a section of Route 97 (Old Washington Road) in Carroll County beginning Monday, Nov. 7. The closure is expected to last a week, and is being made to allow CSX crews to repair asphalt and concrete areas around the tracks. The roadway will reopen on Monday, Nov. 14 - weather and work-permitting, SHA officials said. Crews will close both directions of Route 97 at the CSX crossing north of Interstate 70 at the Carroll/Howard line.
October 22, 2011
The 2011 Komen Maryland Race for the Cure will be held Sunday, Oct. 23, beginning from the Executive Plaza parking lots, across Shawan Road from Hunt Valley Towne Centre, 11350 McCormick Road. The race offers a 5k competitive run, a 5k recreational run, a 5k walk and a 1-mile family fun walk. The race "village" will open at 6 a.m. Events include a Survivors Parade of Pink at 6:40 a.m., a 7:15 a.m. warm up and the start of the competitive run at 8 a.m. An awards ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Registration fees vary; online registration is available at http://www.komenmd.org . Race organizers ask that people leave dogs at home.
October 10, 2011
In the latest adventures of "Phil's Amazing Race," we learn historical facts about Indonesia, helpful things to say when you faceplant in a rice paddy and the fact that you can't call yourself prepared if you don't have a spare bicycle pedal in your backpack. Indonesia is made up of approximately 17,000 islands. I'm not joking for exaggeration, either. I can't joke about it; my mind is too boggled. Here's another fact about Indonesia: it was colonized by the Dutch 300 years ago. I don't think there are enough Dutch people to colonize 17,000 islands, so I'll assume that they colonized maybe five islands and called it good.
September 29, 2011
Rob Ambrose wasn't sure what to make of Terrance West when the freshman tailback first arrived at Towson last January, and he still wasn't sure what to do with West when the Tigers began their season earlier this month. Even during the season opener against Morgan State, the coach's indecision about redshirting West lingered. West, who had spent a year at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia after graduating from Northwestern High School in 2009, dressed for the game but remained on the sideline throughout a 42-3 victory.
August 22, 2011
All lanes through the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel have been reopened since a burning tire on a car headed northbound earlier in the day led transportation officials to close the thoroughfare. The Maryland Transportation Authority quickly had reopened the southbound lanes, but for hours had detoured northbound lanes at Childs Street, the last exit for drivers before they enter the tunnel. Cheryl Sparks, a department spokeswoman, said the tire fire caused a lot of smoke but no injuries.