March 20, 2013
In the mid- to late-1990s, Scottish singer Shirley Manson and her Wisconsin-based band Garbage were alt-rock darlings, MTV rotation regulars, platinum chart-toppers and a band that had little problem selling out headlining tours. The rush of success that came with two massively popular albums - 1995's self-titled debut (featuring "Stupid Girl") and 1998's follow-up "Version 2.0" (featuring "I Think I'm Paranoid") - raised the band's profile and the expectations of Garbage's record label, Interscope.
January 25, 2013
Leslie is appalled by the lack of gender diversity in Pawnee government. She brings it up with Chris and he agrees to go along with her Equal Gender Employment Commission idea. He puts out a memo asking each department to send a representative and is genuinely dismayed when all the people sent to the meeting are men. I loved the look of wonder and contrition as he realized, "I'm part of the problem. " Particularly problematic in terms of women hires is the Sanitation Department. Leslie points this out and the department representatives spout the "Well, it's a physically demanding job, and if a woman could do it...
December 11, 2012
Can someone loan Ken Ulman a shirt he can wear to pick up another county's garbage? Don't everyone line up at once. After his bet on Sunday's Ravens game went sour, the Howard County executive has to make good on what he promised Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker. Sometime this week Ulman must put on a Robert Lee Griffin III jersey and wear it to pick up roadside trash in Redskins terriotory while singing the team song. "All my Redskin fan friends are coming out of the woodwork today, giving me a hard time.," Ulman said in a video he posted Monday on You Tube.
October 4, 2012
Successfully dealing with waste has been a hallmark of successful governments since human settlements evolved into cities. Rome may be remembered for its debauched emperors, but it's also remembered for its aqueducts and related sewage and garbage disposal public works structure. It's a defining characteristic of humanity that we have special places where we dispose of waste. Archaeologists call the ancient waste disposal mound sites middens, and they're regarded as valuable sources of information about how ancient people lived.
August 2, 2012
A three-man team of trash men worked Tyler Avenue in Annapolis as if elegantly choreographed. The truck rolled ever forward as two men tumbled the ripe contents of can after can into the compactor, darting across the street, then stepping effortlessly onto the back of the truck for yet another block of smelly, sweaty work. "Don't let no one tell you it's not hard work," sanitation employee Joe Wallace said recently, resting his hands on his knees and swallowing gulps of hot summer air. "We're just trying to get done so we can get home.
April 12, 2012
Disturbingly, come the morning of April 21, a swarm of volunteers will have no trouble filling bag after bag with garbage collected from the banks of the Susquehanna River from the Conowingo Dam downriver to the mouth at Havre de Grace and Perryville. It's disturbing because last year a substantial amount of garbage was collected from the same river banks. And the year before that, going back quite a few years at this point. The plan is for volunteers to meet in Tydings Park in Havre de Grace, Community Park and Marina Park in Perryville, Marina Park and Octoraro Creek in Port Deposit and on Garrett Island starting at 8:30 a.m. on the 21st, a Saturday, and fan out to clean up the land along the river.