December 20, 2012
Tonight's women's basketball game between Maryland and Delaware is a sellout, according to a tweet from Kevin Tresolini, the outstanding University of Delaware beat writer for The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal. So, if you were planning to make the drive up I-95 and buy tickets at the gate, you're out of luck. The Bob Carpenter Center holds 5,000 people, and the return of All-American first-team pick Elena Delle Donne tonight probably helped the Blue Hens sell out. Playing a Top 10 team in the No. 9 Terps didn't hurt.
June 2, 2012
The Maryland Pesticide Network (MPN) appreciates The Sun's extensive and fair coverage of the dispute regarding the current Lyme disease study being conducted in Maryland by the state's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and theU.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("Pesticide testing plan stirs dispute," May 29). We share the state's concern regarding Lyme disease and support increased education of residents regarding disease prevention. However, it should be noted that MPN does not oppose the use of all pesticides.
May 29, 2012
WEATHER Today's forecast calls for increasing clouds, a chance of showers and thunderstorms this evening, and a high temperature near 91 degrees. Tuesday night is expected to be rainy, with a low temperature around 74 degrees. FROM LAST NIGHT... 10-year-old, 3 others wounded in east side shooting : At least four people were shot, including a 10-year-old boy, in East Baltimore Monday night, according to a police spokesman. The shooting occurred just before 9:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of East Hoffman Street, in the Broadway East neighborhood.
May 29, 2012
Hundreds of Baltimore-area families have volunteered for a government study to spray their suburban yards with pesticide, which researchers hope can protect them from Lyme disease but that environmentalists warn is unsafe. The goal, federal and state health officials say, is to find a new way to prevent the widespread illness, which is spread by tick bites and can cause fever, headaches and fatigue — and, if untreated, may even affect joints, nerves and the heart. Half of the 185 families who've signed up this year in Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties are having the edges of their yards sprayed with bifenthrin, a chemical pesticide commonly applied around homes to fight ticks, fleas and mosquitoes.
May 22, 2012
As if robocalls didn't have a bad enough reputation in the world of Baltimore media and politics thanks to consultant Julius Henson's activity in the last gubernatorial election, along comes WBFF (Channel 45) Monday night with its own questionable computer-generated calls into hundreds of thousands on Maryland homes. And the calls continued Tuesday. I received one at my home in Baltimore City both days. Raquel Guillory, director of communications for Gov. Martin O'Malley, also received one at home in Howard County Monday night around dinnertime.
May 16, 2012
These days, the seconds no more tick away than the hours slip through the narrow part of an hourglass, but as the weather turns warmer and the days get longer, there's ever more reason to spend more time outside and that time is marked by different kinds of ticks. Yes, the tick tock of the clock has been largely replaced by the silence of a digital display, but no matter how much time passes, ticks continue to loom large over time spent enjoying the wild places. Years ago when I was a kid, the main reason to worry about ticks was an infection called Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which has a cool name, even though I'm fairly certain it's as unpleasant as any fever.