May 31, 2013
In 97 days, the Ravens will begin defense of their Super Bowl championship on the road against the Denver Broncos. Below are the key dates before the Ravens' 2013 regular-season begins on Sept. 5. Today : Ravens participate in the final day of their second week of organized team activities. Offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and defensive coordinator Dean Pees are scheduled to talk to the media following the workout. June 4-6 : Head coach John Harbaugh and his staff will conduct the third and final session of organized team activities at the Under Armour Performance Center. June 7 : In a private ceremony at the team facility, the 2012-13 Ravens will be presented with their Super Bowl rings, which were designed by Jostens after consultation with team officials and several players, including Joe Flacco and Ray Lewis.
May 26, 2013
Michael Douglas as the glittery Las Vegas pianist, Liberace, and Matt Damon as his young lover -- only HBO could have brought "Behind the Candelabra" to TV with this much style and care. Douglas, an Oscar winner, is something to behold in this role. Damon is rock solid. Steven Soderbergh directs, and the supporting cast is a jaw dropper by made-for-TV standards. Above is a a podcast preview I did with WYPR-FM (88.1) in Baltimore. Enjoy this holiday treat from HBO. I did. "Behind the Candelabra" premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday (May 26)
May 22, 2013
Legg Mason Inc. has lost two key employees of its Legg Mason Capital Management, including portfolio manager Mary Chris Gay. Gay, manager of an overseas version of the subsidiary's well-known Value Trust fund, and Randy Befumo, head of research at Legg Mason Capital Management, left May 15 and are "pursuing other opportunities," said spokeswoman Mary Athridge. Sam Peters, manager of the Value Trust fund in the United States, last week replaced Gay as manager of the Value Fund that is modeled after the Value Trust.
May 21, 2013
Who is there, or more appropriately, who isn't? That undoubtedly will be the most popular question this week as the Ravens start the first of three sessions of organized team activities. The sessions will run from May 21 to 23, May 29 to 31 and June 4 to 6, leading into the mandatory veteran minicamp, which starts on June 11. During the OTAs, players don their helmets and jerseys, but they don't wear all their pads. There is blocking, but no full-on tackling. And above all, the sessions are voluntary.
May 16, 2013
David Wilson has it spot on ("Why education should be considered a civil right" May 13). K-12 education is not only the civil rights issue of our time, it is the moral issue of our time. The public education system is failing far too many kids and the poorer one is, the worse it is. Why should anyone's educational opportunities be rationed by their family income? We need to change the way we fund public education and fund parents and children rather than the education establishment.
May 16, 2013
We share the editorial view that outgoing Baltimore City Schools CEO Andrés Alonso created a strong platform to sustain ongoing improvement in our schools ("School reform 2.0," May 12). But the editorial's call for more standardization around the system is off the mark. Instead, we urge the system to use this moment to engage parents, school leaders and others in a discussion about how we define a high-quality school. What does a good school look like and how do we measure it? In some ways, we know a good school when we see it: children are loved for who they are and challenged to be their very best.