March 12, 1993
Any movie about Africa has one thing going for it: Africa. And one thing going against it: It's a movie.In "A Far Off Place," the latter overwhelms the former. Despite the often stunning beauty of its setting and the majesty of its creatures great and small, the movie quickly settles into dreary formula and becomes as much an ordeal to watch as it must have been to make.Derived from two novels by the South African writer Laurens van der Post, it tries hard to be eco-correct -- it's bravely against machine-gunning elephants -- but suffers the fate of many enterprises that are rigidly doctrinaire: While getting the conservation issues right, it's so blind to human reality that it comes dangerously close to racism.
June 27, 1997
An Ellicott City attorney has vowed to launch a letter-writing campaign to head off possible deer hunts in Columbia."I'm going to try my best to save our little deer," said William Wright, 53, who fought similar battles against public smoking in the 1970s.Wright, who said he's never been an active animal rights activist, was reacting to a published report this week that Howard officials may allow controlled deer hunts in Middle Patuxent Environmental Area -- a 630-acre county park between the Columbia villages of River Hill, Hickory Ridge and Harper's Choice.
October 9, 2008
GIRLS SOCCER No. 9 South River @ No. 5 Archbishop Spalding WHEN: : Monday, 6 p.m. OUTLOOK:: The host Cavaliers have not slowed despite graduation hits and are right in the hunt for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference crown. South River is loaded with senior experience and is in contention for the Anne Arundel County title and a Class 4A state crown. The Cavaliers are led by senior Erica Page and the Seahawks by senior Sarah Pfundstein. Spalding has a young, highly skilled technical team surrounding Page, while the Seahawks are smart, aggressive and fast.
December 22, 2006
On a rainy night in November 1970, an airplane crash took the lives of 75 people, including nearly every member of Marshall University's Thundering Herd football team. One year later, with a team composed almost exclusively of freshmen, the squad - renamed the Young Thundering Herd - pulled off one of the great victories in collegiate sports history. We Are Marshall is the story of that tragedy, that team and that victory. It's a story of grief, of moving past loss, of honoring the departed by not neglecting those who remain.
July 28, 1994
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. -- Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice Robert Bonham held the flare aloft, pulling out the string. Thick orange smoke spiraled high above the water, signaling the cowboys waiting on nearby Assateague Island to begin the 69th annual pony swim to Chincoteague.As the smoke dispersed into a faint pink haze, more than 100 ponies came into view on Assateague. At first barely discernible through the early morning mist, they ran in a straight line toward the channel, hesitating only slightly when they splashed into the water just after 8 a.m. yesterday.
December 27, 1999
No. 11 Marshall (12-0) vs. BYU (8-3)When: Today, 1: 30 p.m.Where: Pontiac, Mich.TV: ESPNLine: Marshall by 3Outlook: Marshall has played in every Motor City Bowl since the game began in 1997, losing the first to Mississippi, 34-31, and winning the second over Louisville, 49-29. Chad Pennington has been the Thundering Herd's quarterback in each one. Pennington passed for 3,799 yards and 37 touchdowns while leading the Herd to the Mid-American Conference championship this season, and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
October 21, 1999
HUNTERS ARE now thinning deer herds in the 1,018-acre Middle Patuxent Environmental Area in Howard County. Faced with overgrazing that might have permanently altered the park's ecological balance, county officials had little choice but to allow a managed hunt to thin the herds.County officials hope to kill about 120 deer out of a herd estimated at more than 350. On the first three days this week, 50 were killed. Even organizers were surprised by the tally, an indication of the high degree of overpopulation.
November 14, 1990
SYKESVILLE - Carroll hunters asking state officials to open part of Patapsco Valley State Park to deer hunting faced opposition by area residents at a public hearing Monday night at Sykesville Middle School.Those opposed of the measure, many of whom reside near the park, felt the sport was not compatible with other recreational activities that take place at the park -- particularly horseback riding.The Carroll County Sportsmen's Association argued the park's deer herd is overpopulated and asked state officials to let county hunters cull through herds in a portion of the park in Carroll County.
October 28, 2008
1 Shoot 'em up: The NBA regular season begins, and TNT has a doubleheader (Cavaliers-Celtics, Trail Blazers-Lakers) starting at 8 p.m. 2 What's it all: about, Ralphie?: Check in with our Maryland blog, baltimoresun.com/ terpsblog, to see what Ralph Friedgen has to say about his team. 3 Tournament action: Regional semifinals in field hockey abound today, including Towson at defending state champ and No. 3 Fallston (3:30 p.m.). 4 They are Marshall: Your Tuesday night college football: Houston at Marshall (8 p.m., ESPN2)
January 19, 2009
To cull a burgeoning deer herd that is rapidly destroying vegetation and stripping trees, the Baltimore County Council is expected tomorrow to approve a program to allow firearms hunting for the first time in Loch Raven Reservoir. "We absolutely have to do something," said Harry Spiker, game mammal leader with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. "All you have to do is look at the landscape." The use of sharpshooters with rifles in February would follow a 4 1/2 -month season of bow hunting, also a first-time event, in a 1,600-acre northern area of the Loch Raven watershed.