June 14, 2007
Caught by the slumping housing market, a large swath of a new-home development in Harford County went to foreclosure auction yesterday and was bought back by the lenders - for $7 million less than what was owed. The lenders, a group of local investors who were the previous owners of that Havre de Grace property, outbid at least one other party to regain the 85 acres that make up phases two and three of Greenway Farm. Their attorney said they plan to move forward with the development, which sits directly to the east of the Bulle Rock Golf Course.
March 22, 2007
State leaders approved the free transfer yesterday of 547 acres of the former Crownsville Hospital Center to Anne Arundel County, which intends to preserve the environmentally sensitive parcel as parkland with hiking trails. The Board of Public Works' unanimous vote to declare the state land west of Interstate 97 as surplus is a critical step in the county's effort to build a nearly continuous strip of open space stretching from the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel to Waterworks Park, just outside Annapolis.
November 4, 2006
City man gets 21 years in cocaine scheme A 41-year-old Baltimore man received a federal prison sentence of more than 21 years yesterday for his role in a conspiracy to sell cocaine. Terrence Moody earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine, 50 grams of crack cocaine and an undisclosed amount of heroin, according to prosecutors. Two of Moody's co-defendants, Larry Yarrall, 30, and Lashavio Gilliam, 37, both of Baltimore, were also sentenced in U.S. District Court yesterday to more than 12 years and more than 10 years in prison, respectively.
April 16, 2006
Aboard The Jil Carrie-- --In baseball and fishing, opening day is an acquired taste. While there are those who cite crowds and rank amateurs as reasons to stay away, there are thousands more who gladly put up with the little annoyances to kick off the season in style. In cities, they fill ballparks. On the Chesapeake Bay, they fill the boats that fill the water from Susquehanna Flats south to the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Calvert County and beyond. At 5 a.m. yesterday, I joined a group of men who, in good-natured fun, are called "The Legends."
March 19, 2006
TUCSON, Ariz. / / I went for the warmth, of course, and because Tucson's sprawl embraces classic scenery and classic places. The nickname, "Old Pueblo," hints at that. Yet there's a city here, too, with a bit of downtown arts culture and a university, both commanding space that might otherwise be taken up by yet another lending institution. After I arrived, I drove directly to a residential neighborhood only a few blocks away from the commercial eyesores that neighborhoods need -- gas stations, dry cleaners, convenience stores and fast-food emporia.
December 9, 2005
Marianne Healey prepares a Christmas centerpiece at Greenway Farms in western Howard. Healey's son, Mike, who runs the business, says he expects this weekend to be the peak for those who want to cut a live tree in the county.