February 26, 2012
There comes a time for every trader to tally the bets that paid off, revalue the stinkers and recalibrate assumptions according to changing facts. Mutual funds do this every day. Banking companies, which still hold subprime mortgage bonds that are vastly overvalued on their books, don't do it often enough. Business columnists, if they are honest and faithful, mark their beliefs against reality every few months, if only to themselves. When they stop writing a semiweekly column after more than a decade, however, perhaps the reckoning should be explicit and public.
February 8, 2012
Two lead organizations at Aberdeen Proving Ground will be changing their commands later this week. Maj. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell will take command of theU.S. ArmyCommunications-Electronics Command in a ceremony Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Myer Auditorium at the C4ISR Center of Excellence campus at APG. Then on Friday, theU.S. ArmyResearch, Development and Engineering Command will conduct a change of responsibility ceremony that will transfer the organization's leadership from a two-star general to an Army civilian executive.
February 6, 2012
In the Spring of 2000, I was winding down my senior year at the University of Montana. And though I couldn't put the feeling into words, each day, I wandered around my hometown of Missoula feeling directionless. I had no plans after graduation. I had been rejected by about 50 newspapers I had applied to, seeking a post-graduate summer internship. I did my laundry in my parents' basement. The house I shared with three equally directionless roommates was six blocks from my childhood bedroom.
January 17, 2012
Friends, family, fans and colleagues said a public farewell to WBAL radio show host Ron Smith Tuesday at Goucher College. And it was as powerful and moving in some respects as the way Smith, who died in December at age 70, lived his final weeks and months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October. The manner in which Smith shared his final days with his radio audience until he could no longer go on air, and then the way he said farewell to them in a live broadcast, was remarkable -- both public and yet incredibly intimate.
January 13, 2012
OK, it's a Postseason Prediction Friday. We have a little Purple Geazus behind the bar. I'll set you up with a to-go flask later. The Ravens and I finished the regular season on a winning note - they beat the Bengals 24-16 and I almost nailed it, with a 24-14 call. But that was so two weeks ago. The slate is clean. We are finally talking playoffs (Playoffs??) The Ravens have to beat the Houston Texans for a second time this season at M&T Bank. I believe they will.
January 6, 2012
How shocking that a 20-year-old college senior who worked in Rep. Andy Harris' congressional office drank a glass of wine at her farewell party last summer! ("Md. lawmaker under fire for underage drinking by intern," Jan. 4.) That should have been Page One news. Why doesn't The Sun put political blogger Joe Steffen, who broke this non-story, on its editorial board? He would fit right in. Marie Mullen
October 28, 2011
It was only fitting that our colleague, Ken Murray, retired this week without any fanfare. That was typical Kenny. He didn't want any speeches, farewell ceremonies, cakes or gifts. We all knew that when Kenny retired, it would be like Jonathan Ogden, except instead of turning in his jersey, Kenny would turn in his computer and shut off the lights without a word being said. He basically closed out the final chapter of his long and distinguished career as one of the best pro football writers in America recently with a dinner that included the same bunch of guys he had been covering the Ravens with since 2000.
October 25, 2011
Here we are at the half-way point in the competition. The reward for remaining in contention is participation in DWTS's special Halloween show next week. One thing's for sure. Frustrations are surfacing and they're being voiced. It makes for an awkward viewing experience, but maybe it's just a tactic to keep interest and avoid a mid-season slump. Last night it was pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy who vented his frustrations. Tonight there was a little bit of an apology. And while Maks didn't apologize for his opinions expressed to judge Len Goodman, he did admit that DWTS is not, as he called it last night, his show . Tonight we heard the gripes of contestant Chaz Bono, who said he was fed up with judge Bruno Tonioli referring to him as things like a cute penguin or an Ewok.
October 3, 2011
It is with great sadness that in 10 days I will be saying goodbye to The Baltimore Sun. Ten years ago, we relocated to New Jersey, and we still read the newspaper daily. The news The Sun carries gets us through our daily conversation as we often use the website to check on team scores, see neighborhood news and just reminisce about Baltimore. We don't plan on buying the subscription ("Baltimore Sun to begin charging users of its web site," Sept. 24) as we have decided to check out other news sources to see if we like them.
August 1, 2011
When Koji Uehara, the Orioles' first dip into the Asian talent pool, arrived in Baltimore in 2009, one of my favorite things to watch that season was Koji interacting with his new Orioles teammates, especially the awkward high fives like the one pictured above (a photographer snapped that one last August). In my defense, should-have-been relievers Mark Hendickson and Alfredo Simon and the immortal Adam Eaton joined Uehara in the Opening Day rotation that year, so pretty much any distraction from the actual baseball part was quite welcome.