June 24, 2014
If you wanted any real sense of what was going on in the first hour after primary election polls closed Tuesday night, you had to go online or, better yet, plug into Twitter, because TV didn't seem to be trying hard at all. I am not talking about anything as bold and daring as the network affiliates actually interrupting or, God forbid, pre-empting reruns. I am talking about such basic business as putting tickers or crawls on the bottom of the screen with early vote totals as they came in. I was seeing few of them as I kept switching among WBAL (Channel 11)
June 23, 2014
On Wednesday, Baltimore will relaunch its publicly owned TV station, shifting its focus from broadcasts of government meetings to CharmTV, a showcase for city restaurants, businesses and neighborhoods. City leaders see an opportunity to counteract negative perceptions of Baltimore, but with the change come questions about significantly increased spending on an untested business model - without benefit of data to show how many people watch the station. An extensive publicity campaign from the Mayor's Office of Cable and Communications promises a fresh slate of four locally produced prime-time programs equal in quality to those seen on the Food Network or HGTV, showcasing "all that is proud, inspiring and authentic" about Baltimore food, nightlife, neighborhoods and history.
June 18, 2014
The Orioles play the Tampa Bay Rays in their 71st game of the season this afternoon at Tropicana Field. Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman is scheduled to pitch against Rays right-hander Alex Cobb, and first pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. How does this year's squad stack up through 70 games against successful Orioles teams of the past? The Orioles' 36-34 record this season is equal to the club's record at this point in 1974, when the Oakland Athletics eliminated them in the American League Championship Series.
May 19, 2014
This fall Southwest Airlines is adding Dallas and Punta Cana to the list of cities it serves nonstop from Baltimore. Beginning Oct. 13, travelers can fly from BWI-Marshall Airport to Dallas Love Field, where the airline got its start more than 40 years ago. Introductory fares are $99 each way for travel Oct. 13 to Dec. 17. Book by May 23. The airline also announced Monday that it will add two cities - Punta Cana and Mexico City - to its...
May 5, 2014
Testing hospital patients on their ability to perform everyday tasks before they are released could go a long way to keeping them from returning to the hospital, new research from Johns Hopkins University suggests. Tasks such as moving from a bed to a chair, eating, using the toilet and communicating are uniformly assessed after patients go to rehabilitation facilities from hospitals, but function isn't always tested in a standardized way before they go. And Hopkins researchers found that low scores on a standardized test of the tasks was a good predictor of hospital readmission.
April 30, 2014
An article in the May 2, 1914 edition of The Argus reported an lawsuit after the accidental death of man. For the death of Diedrick Albers , who was killed July 30, 1913, by an electric shock while on the premises at the corner of Wilkens and Beechfield avenues, suit for $15,000 damages was brought Tuesday in the City Court by his widow and daughter. The suit is against the Consolidated Gas Electric Light and Power Company, the Patapsco Electric and Manufacturing Company and Catherine Textor and William A. Smith , trustees of the estate of the late Anton Textor , to whom the property belonged.