July 17, 2014
As someone who runs along the Inner Harbor frequently, it's easy to recall the many times walkers would stop to see the trapeze school participants and teachers performing there a decade ago. It was a natural draw, especially in the evening with lights beaming on the net-surrounded spot. The high cost of the attraction probably did it in. But it is with some dismay that I read about plans regarding Rash Field that would take away the constant attraction that is the beach volleyball courts ( "City looks at another go-round at Rash Field," July 11)
July 12, 2014
When Mike Leiter practices archery at the Harford Bowmen club at Susquehanna State Park, it might not appear he is having fun. Leiter, one of the most successful archers in the country, is a quiet person, especially when practicing. Each shot, even when he's not at the club and is just practicing at his home in Fallston, is a slow process. He draws the bow back deliberately and takes several seconds to line up his shot. After the release, Leiter's stoic face doesn't change, even if he knows it was a bull's-eye.
July 11, 2014
It's a small property tied to the fate of a much bigger one. The Inner Harbor merry-go-round, which has struggled for years, sits next to Rash Field, a roughly 7-acre expanse of volleyball pits and muddy field ringed by gray concrete, that city and civic leaders have long dreamed of turning into a bigger, better attraction. The basic plan for the field - to build an underground parking garage and place a park on top - was proposed by a team hired by the city in 1994. It has reappeared in similar guises at least four times since, racking up hundreds of thousands dollars in planning fees, before retreating each time for lack of funding and support.
July 1, 2014
The Baltimore area has an outsized share of job openings in fields that make heavy use of science, technology, engineering or math skills, occupations that pay more and are harder for employers to fill, according to a new analysis. The Brookings Institution study, to be released today, found that the Baltimore region had the eighth-highest percentage of job openings in "STEM" fields among large metro areas - on par with high-tech Seattle and Boston. In much of the country, Brookings said, STEM jobs remain posted on company websites for longer than other listings, suggesting that it takes more time to get enough qualified applicants.
June 22, 2014
The Baltimore Orioles just completed the last leg of their road trip, having played three games against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field ( "Kevin Gausman shuts down Rays, Nelson Cruz homers in Orioles' 2-0 victory," June 18). Both Baltimore TV and radio had nothing positive to say about Tropicana Field, the Rays' home turf in Tampa/St. Petersburg. Radio broadcaster and former Os pitcher Ben McDonald even called it "gloomy. " Can you imagine anyone ever calling Oriole Park gloomy?
June 20, 2014
Long Reach graduate Robert Carter on Friday was named Gatorade Maryland Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Carter, an All-Metro first-team selection , helped the Lightning win the Class 3A state championship by winning the 110-meter hurdles in 14.22 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 37.74 seconds. His hurdles performances ranked among the nation's top 100 high school performances in 2014. He also ran on the winning 400- and 800-meter relay teams. “Rob is the hardest-working athlete I've ever coached in 32 years,” Long Reach coach Pete Hughes said in a statement.