August 21, 2012
R&B singer and Baltimore native Mario will appear at Mondawmin Mall Wednesday at a teen summit. The event is open to young people citywide and attendees will have a chance to ask the star questions. Other "celebrities" appearing on the panel include: Ray Lucas, president of 100 Black Men Baltimore chapter Sonja, a former 92 Q disc jockey Keion Carpenter - a former NFL Atlanta Falcon who's from Baltimore Tori Nelson - middleweight women's boxing champion The release also lists mall General Manager Romaine Smallwood-Smoot as one of the attractions.
June 29, 2012
Mario Armstrong is all about making connections. As a technology commentator on NBC's "Today" show, CNN and NPR, among others, the Baltimore native knows how to effortlessly translate high-tech topics for low-tech audiences. Early in his career, he was the first chief technology advocate in Baltimore City government for then-Mayor Martin O'Malley. Amid his national gigs, the Emmy Award-winner also hosts "The Digital Cafe" on WYPR. Despite his expertise, when it comes to travel, Armstrong doesn't exactly have a teleport.
June 9, 2012
No one's life was changed more by I'll Have Another's Triple Crown chase than 25-year-old jockey Mario Gutierrez . While his winning form on the colt far from guarantees even that the jockey will get on great horses -- that side of the sport is very volatile, especially in California where so many of the top jockeys live -- he's now known to every single trainer in the country. They'll at least give him chances to prove he should ride their most promising horses. He's also become an international star, stirring interest in racing in his adopted home of Vancouver, his actual home of Mexico and, of course, here.
June 5, 2012
Oxygen's second season of “The Glee Project,” which premieres at 10 tonight (June 5), features a unique and talented Maryland native with a powerful story. Lanham's Mario Arnauz Bonds, 24, identifies himself as a, singer, songwriter, actor and dancer. But one thing that sets him apart is that he was born with Morning Glory Syndrome, which, at the age of 9, caused him to go completely blind. Mario does not allow his disability to hold him back from the competition. We talked with Mario via email about the people who inspired him, his love for performing and how his blindness has actually helped his musicality.
March 22, 2012
Pasquale Mario "Pat" Ercolano, a retired produce manager, died Tuesday of pneumonia at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 88. Born in Rome and raised in Sorrento, Italy, Mr. Ercolano was educated in public schools. As a teenager, he served as a steward on Italian merchant ships in the Mediterranean. With the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in the Italian navy and served as a radio operator aboard submarines. Wounded, he was taken prisoner by the British in 1943 after a sea battle between the Bronzo, an Italian submarine, and British minesweepers off the coast of Sicily, and spent the remainder of the war in a prisoner-of-war camp in Suez.
March 19, 2012
News Roundup •••• Microsoft will not be announcing a new Xbox console at E3 this summer or "anytime soon. " I suppose it makes sense to wait it out until they've replaced literally every console that's gotten the Red Ring of Death. [ PC Magazine ] •••• The video game BAFTAs were held on Friday night in London, with "Portal 2" taking top honors. Since awards are super-relevant and worth arguing about, I'm going to note that I disagree with most of the winners.