October 10, 2008
WASHINGTON - With security and economic conditions in Afghanistan already in dire straits, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday that the situation there would probably only worsen next year. "The trends across the board are not going in the right direction," the chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen, told reporters. "I would anticipate next year would be a tougher year." Mullen said Afghanistan was likely to continue what a nearly completed intelligence assessment called "a downward spiral" unless there were rapid, major improvements.
June 26, 2000
WILMINGTON, Del. - Entering the 10th tee at DuPont Country Club yesterday, Nancy Scranton was cruising. Starting the final round of the McDonald's LPGA Championship two shots behind co-leaders Juli Inkster and Wendy Ward, Scranton had two birdies on the first nine to put her in a tie for the lead with Inkster. But then the wheels fell off in a hurry. Par putts on the 10th and 11th kept her tied for the lead, but on the par-4 12th, Scranton's drive was well left, forcing her to punch back to the fairway.
December 13, 2000
When Brianna Tighe heard the announcement that a close friend had died of a heroin overdose, she burst into tears and ran from her classroom at Westminster High School. She later swore up and down to her younger sister that she would never even try heroin, that she could never do something so stupid. Last month, nearly three years after the friend's death, police found Brianna, a former cheerleader and honor roll student, dead in a Pikesville motel room after using heroin and inhaling nitrous oxide.
September 1, 2011
Dear Democrats, You will be electing a new mayor and City Council on September 13th. There are other marginal candidates running in the general election, but the primary has been the "official" election for many a decade in the city. So, you need to fire all of the incumbents unless you are happy with the downward spiral in which this city continues to plummet. The current incumbent gang has no concept of leadership or much else for that matter. They are a bunch of scofflaws, the same candidates and people who waste an inordinate amount of time just trying to explain where they live.
March 8, 1994
Beauty is a funny concept. Because it's tied to the experience of sensory pleasure, people tend to associate beauty with art that is pleasant, uplifting, harmoni- ous. Mention "beautiful music" to most listeners and what springs to mind are sounds that seem soothing and melodious -- an aesthetic almost defined by the absence of dissonance.That's not the kind of beauty found in the new Nine Inch Nails album, though. There's nothing easy about listening to the songs on "The Downward Spiral" (Nothing/Interscope 92346, arriving in stores today)
April 3, 2013
I woke up to the news that a man had taken his life by jumping off an overpass on I-795 ("Man dies after jump from I-795 overpass; hit by multiple cars," April 2). Sadly, this is not the first, nor will it be the last time an incident like this happens. It's what happened after this man jumped that has me particularly concerned. The man's body was struck by several cars. The particularly galling aspect to this tragedy is twofold. A human being loses his life, and no one stopped. That is truly a perverse and unnerving thought.