June 21, 2001
THIS IS a cry for help: West Baltimore's Lafayette Square - once one of the city's most glorious spots - is threatened. The number of vacant buildings is growing. Among them is a mansion a builder renovated for his family. It is now abandoned and open to the elements. This deterioration must be stopped. This downward spiral is heartbreaking. It cancels out recent investments by St. James Episcopal Church in the neighborhood. That congregation is just one of several prominent churches ringing the square, whose notable recent residents have included former Rep. Parren J. Mitchell.
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)