August 20, 2013
The online videos show young men leaping over fences, running up walls and flipping off roofs. It's called parkour and the videos are wildly popular. One on YouTube called "The World's Best Parkour and Freerunning 2012" has had more than 22 million views. A new gym that opened Saturday in a converted industrial building off Eastern Avenue near Baltimore Community High School aims to capitalize on that popularity by offering customers training in parkour, free-running and a variation of cross-fit it calls urban fit. "We're not in the fitness business," said Adam McConnell, owner of Urban Evolution.
August 19, 2013
“Pay no attention to what I'm doing here,” says Mike Stone, in his best “Wizard of Oz” voice. “Just look out the window, and keep pedaling.” I keep pedaling, breaking into a sweat but going nowhere, as my bike is mounted on what's called a trainer in the bike-fitting studio in the back of Princeton Sports in Columbia. And then I do look away from the window and see that “Stoney,” as he's known, has set up some kind of laser on the windowsill and is projecting a red line along my left leg. The line is showing that my knee gravitates to the side as I pedal.
August 13, 2013
Let's not start Cold War II - one was quite enough! President Barack Obama's cancellation of the summit talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin was childish, short-sighted and unnecessary ( "No summit, small loss," Aug. 7). No doubt many are furious that NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden slipped away to Russia, but it's time to stay calm and carry on. Too much is at stake today, and this American hissy fit is an embarrassment. I find it ironic that Mr. Obama canceled the summit yet at the same time has proposed ways to put the brakes on U.S. intelligence agencies that are trampling the Constitution and spying unnecessarily on law-abiding American citizens!
August 12, 2013
Healthy Harford, a coalition of local government agencies, businesses, nonprofits and citizens dedicated to improving the health of Harford County residents, will once again host Healthy Harford Day on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Bel Air Farmers' Market. The annual event is designed to raise awareness about Healthy Harford's mission, as well as services, policies and programs in the community to help residents get and stay healthy. Last year's event attracted hundreds of people who turned out to enjoy free fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and kids' activities, and this year's event promises to offer even more healthy fun for the entire family.
August 2, 2013
It's become a tradition at the end of most Orioles wins: the player with the best performance will usually receive a shaving cream pie to the face courtesy of center fielder Adam Jones during a MASN on-field interview. After the Orioles' 6-3 win over Houston on Thursday , the newest Oriole received a welcome of his own. Jones and second baseman Alexi Casilla pied Bud Norris simultaneously following the right-hander's two-run, six-inning, eight-strikeout performance against his former team.