November 6, 2012
As one who has been following the pros and cons of the gay marriage debate, one fact has gone unmentioned. There is no way to convince a person to be or not be homosexual; it is not a choice but the way one is born. For religious people, this means that gays and lesbians have been created by God to be who and what they are. Medical research has shown that gay people's brains are actually "wired" differently than those of heterosexuals. Why would anyone "chose" to be homosexual knowing that it would mean being shunned by a large segment of the population out of ignorance or hate?
August 3, 2012
Taylor DesRosiers was a competitive swimmer throughout her life, always fit. But in her first year of medical school, she realized that had changed — she was at an unhealthy weight. The rigors of her education had piled on top of two rough years in which she went through a broken-off engagement and supporting her mother through a health scare. During a course on obesity, she realized, according to body mass index charts, she was technically obese herself. "It just kind of hit me: I need to make a large change," DesRosiers said.
June 20, 2012
Iggies , the popular purveyor of thin-crust pizzas, is moving out of Mount Vernon. The new location will be in the Riderwood Station shopping center in Towson, near Joppa Road and Bellona Avenue. The move is "95 percent" certain, said Peter Wood, a familiar presence at the BYOB restaurant owned by his wife, Lisa Henkman. Wood said there are still a few zoning issues to work out at the new location, which has never been used for a restaurant. Wood said the primary reason for the move, which could happen as soon as November, comes down to "lifestyle.
June 8, 2012
Remember former Mayor Sheila Dixon's Jimmy Choo shoes and closetful of fur coats? Who could forget — except, perhaps, Washington, D.C., City Council President Kwame R. Brown, who resigned from office this week after federal prosecutors charged him with bank fraud and misuse of campaign funds. Mr. Brown's troubles allegedly began when he needed money for a second mortgage, a 40-foot power boat and, yes, a closetful of fancy clothes and shoes. Mr. Brown's resignation comes just a few months after another D.C. council member, Harry L. Thomas Jr., pleaded guilty to secretly stealing more than $350,000 in city funds intended for youth sports programs and filing a false tax return.
November 24, 2011
The children's novel "The Adventures of M.T. Pitt" is helping Howard County promote healthy lifestyles for youths. The book shines a light on an imaginative young boy whose expanding girth makes him a target for the school bully. The Howard County Health Department has published 5,000 copies of the paperback, at a cost of about $9,000, and is offering complimentary copies at its six area libraries. Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, county health officer, wrote in the book's foreword that "childhood obesity stands as the central health challenge of our time.
November 5, 2011
Here's a wake-up call for Gov. Martin O'Malley and other supporters of PlanMaryland: The American Dream has never been a red brick row-house or even a condo with a Starbucks, Whole Foods and North Face store on the ground floor. It's a suburban or rural single-family home, with a white picket fence out front, two cars in the driveway and kids playing with the dog in the backyard. Few Italians or Greeks live in Little Italy or Greektown any more because their descendants have achieved the American dream, and they have quite literally moved on to greener pastures.