January 26, 2007
They rounded up some of the usual suspects the other day, 24 purported illegal aliens who were among the usual crowd of day laborers who gather at an East Baltimore 7-Eleven, waiting for contractors and other employers to drive onto the lot and hire them. On Tuesday, though, several of the cars that pulled in bore immigration agents. Using one widely accepted estimate, the arrests of the Baltimore 24 reduced the number of illegal aliens still at large in the country to about 11,999,976.
July 18, 2006
As foolish as it may seem to criticize matters over which mere mortals have no control, we know we speak for millions when we say it's just ludicrously hot and humid outside. Drat, even complaining is not helping relieve the discomfort. But anything is worth a try when the heat index tops 100 as it did yesterday - and likely will again today. Baltimore is really not at its best when it's hot enough to fry a crabcake on a lawn ornament. We admit there are more productive responses to our meteorological misfortune than expressing our displeasure with it. We can stay indoors in the afternoons when things are at their hottest.
April 4, 2006
Melvin Mora is new to the option year concept, but he's learning a little more about the business side of baseball every day. Over the weekend, for instance, he found out that talk is cheap. He met face-to-face with Orioles owner Peter Angelos on Friday and showed up at RFK Stadium that night with a big smile on his face -- all but certain that he had established a rapport with his employer that would lead to an improved offer from the team. That probably would have been a fair assumption in any other organization, since Mora and agent Lon Babby took the unusual step of bidding against themselves and knocking another $3 million off their asking price.
November 8, 2005
The milk of human kindness must run thick in the veins of National Football League owners. In recent years, they have forgiven football players arrested for assault and domestic abuse, charged with murder, caught drunken-driving and flunked by testers for all manner of drugs. A criminal conviction won't necessarily get a player kicked off a team - as long as he can serve his sentence in the off-season. The NFL is not unique among professional sports organizations in this regard, but it has left fans to wonder: What is unforgivable?
March 19, 1999
WASHINGTON -- The endorsement of House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt is but another stop on what seems to be Vice President Al Gore's inexorable march to the Democratic presidential nomination next year.Even before he has declared his candidacy in a formal way, the vice president has taken de facto control of all the party's machinery and won the endorsement of key players at all levels of the party. He is enjoying the kind of run experienced by Sen. Edmund S. Muskie in 1972 and by former Vice President Walter F. Mondale in 1984.
February 25, 1999
HERE WE ARE, only two months into the new year, and already I'm sick to death of 1999.I'm sick of Monica Lewinsky's new book, and it's not even out yet.I'm sick of Barbara Walters shilling for her coming "20/20" interview with Monica, and ABC News president David Westin gushing about how "educational" the interview will be.Right, Dave. I'm sure SAT scores will shoot up all over the country.And I'm sure they're making plans over at Johns Hopkins University to tape the whole thing and play it for their graduate programs.