January 19, 2010
When James H. McDonald was 16, back when Baltimore was legally segregated, he set out to apply for a job in a drugstore a few blocks into the white side of town. Almost as soon as he'd set foot over Fulton Avenue, the dividing line, he had company. "This gentleman - he said he was a policeman - asked what I was doing there," said McDonald, now 80. McDonald, who was followed to the store to prove that there was indeed a job opening, offered the story Monday as an example of life before the civil-rights activists made inroads, before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and long before a black man was elected president.
November 5, 2009
Joe Flacco stood in the warm sunshine outside the Castle on Wednesday, in the only place where he doesn't look totally comfortable: in front of a microphone. The Ravens had just finished their morning walk-through in preparation for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Now it was time to talk to the media. Flacco looked like a man who had just discovered a flat tire. "Joe," went the first question, "was the way you played last week especially satisfying?" Flacco shook his head no. Wait a minute, you wanted to say. Fourteen straight completions in a 30-7 rout of the Denver Broncos, 20-for-25 passing for 175 yards, including a 20-yard laser to Derrick Mason for a touchdown - that didn't give you an extra thrill?
December 12, 2005
For most people, the answer to "When's the last time you had a flat tire?" is usually "Never" or "Gee, not in a long time" or some answer suggesting a low probability of occurrence. But not me. Me, I get flat tires all the time. In fact, by the time you read this, I've probably gotten another three or four flats to push my overall total to, oh, 70, easy. But until the other day, I had never had a tire blow out on me, an experience you want to definitely avoid if at all possible. The blowout took place on a busy four-lane highway in Baltimore County.
June 7, 2005
A Baltimore County councilman charged with drunken driving after a weekend crash on the Beltway said in a statement yesterday that he is "thankful no one was injured" and that he accepts "responsibility for my actions." Councilman Stephen G. Samuel Moxley, a Catonsville Democrat, said in a statement, "I want to apologize for the embarrassment that I've caused my colleagues, my constituents, and most of all my family. I will continue to work to regain their trust." The councilman's comments came two days after the incident on the Beltway between Wilkens Avenue and Frederick Road.
November 11, 2004
DETROIT - Flat tires aren't likely to disappear anytime soon, but for some drivers, changing a flat by the side of the road is becoming a thing of the past. Since the early 1990s, one solution has been run-flat tires, which keep rolling after losing all their air. But these tires have been available mostly on sports cars, not on the kinds of vehicles most people drive, such as sport utility vehicles or minivans. French tire maker Michelin has developed a system that extends run-flat capability to minivans and SUVs while also eliminating some of the drawbacks of traditional run-flats, also known as self-supporting tires.
June 5, 2004
THE BURDENS of the world seem lighter after you fix a wheelbarrow tire. It is a pretty easy fix, a simple shot of tire inflator does the trick, provided you are not afraid of spiders. When a large spotted spider dropped out of the wheelbarrow I was working on, there was, as Jerry Lee Lewis used to sing, "A whole lot of shakin' goin' on." The spider scooted south, I jumped north. We both seemed happy not to see each other again. The wheelbarrow had a flat tire. It was not my personal property.