September 27, 2011
Last week authorities in Anne Arundel County rescued nearly 70 cat from an apparent cat hoarder in Severna Park. After tips about conditions at the Cool Cats Rescue Center, officials moved in and pulled dozens of cats from the facility, two of which were dead. Read more about the raid here. Officials are now preparing to find people willing to give homes to the remaining cats. Here is what Anne Arundel County Police said in a release this morning: As of Saturday September 24, 2011, the Anne Arundel County Animal Control has placed 20 of the cats rescued from the deplorable conditions at the Cool Cats Rescue Center up for adoption.
August 30, 2011
A Baltimore criminal defense attorney has been charged in U.S. District Court with tax evasion and other financial crimes, according to records unsealed Tuesday, more than four months after his home and office were raided. Stanley Needleman, 69, is accused of "hoarding" $1.3 million in cash payments from criminal defense clients over a six-year period in order to conceal his income from the IRS. Needleman was charged by criminal information on Aug. 16. It is common for prosecutors to charge a person by criminal information if they expect the defendant to plead guilty.
June 8, 2011
The table in Jack Samuels' Fells Point office is piled two feet high with books, papers, scientific journals and grant applications. Samuels' wife likes to tease him that he has a hoarding problem, just like the people he studies. In reality, those stacks of paper might hold a remedy. Samuels, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine, is the go-to guy nationwide for researchers seeking to understand the biological basis of hoarding — an intense, irrational drive to collect items in vast quantities, coupled with an inability to discard even objects that are worthless or broken.
June 1, 2011
I am not a hoarder, I can say with authority. But then I start feeling like Richard "I am not a crook" Nixon. Hoarding can be a matter of degree, and although I do not have a room full of empty pizza boxes, I do have a box of cassette tapes and another of record albums, and we no longer have a cassette player or a turntable. I spent a recent Saturday clearing out junk from my back basement, and afterward felt an incredible lightness of being. But I was unable to let go of my cross-stitch projects and the box of 125 different colors of thread.
December 12, 2010
This week at the city's typically sedate Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, there's been much barking, furry things tearing at top speed though the lobby and — don't tell Marin Alsop — a wee puddle in one of the backstage hallways. Shedding, too. It's pretty safe to say that's also a first for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The BSO is letting its hair down a bit for its annual Holiday Spectacular, which this year prominently features trainer Tony Hoard and his famous show dogs.
November 21, 2010
Like many U.S. companies, Micros Systems cut costs last year and boosted profits this year. The Columbia-based maker of computerized sales systems for restaurants and hotels earned $32 million last quarter. That was nearly a third more than its profit for the same period in 2009, thanks partly to overseas growth and a nascent U.S. recovery. With about $600 million in cash and short-term investments, Micros has added more to its cash hoard in the last year than all but five other publicly trade Maryland companies, some of them substantially larger.