June 3, 2010
The Western Maryland Blues Fest runs through Sunday at two venues, Hagerstown City Park (501 Virginia Avenue) and City Central Lot (off North Potomac Street). Tickets Events on Sunday are free. Tickets on Friday are $20-$25, for those age 13 and older and $7 for children ages 6-12. Tickets for Saturday are $35-$40 for those age 13 and older and $7 for children 6-12. Admission is free for children age 5 and younger. Special combination tickets for Friday and Saturday are available in advance for $50, plus a transaction fee. For more information, call 301-739-8577, ext. 116 or go to blues-fest.
May 1, 2008
WALDORF-- --Even after taking part in a half-century of opening days, Brooks Robinson still gobbles them up like a hard smash to third. Tomorrow night, the former player and broadcaster will experience the first pitch from a different point of view: as owner of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, Maryland's newest professional baseball team, and leader of "Crustacean Nation." "It's fun. It's exciting. It really is," the Orioles Hall of Famer says. Everything about the team is new, from 4,100-seat Regency Furniture Stadium with the hand-operated scoreboard to the soft blue and vibrant red uniforms to "Pinch," the fuzzy mascot who resembles a blue crab only after a couple of Natty Bohs.
September 5, 2004
For political junkies, life in a blue state isn't all that colorful. The presidential campaign, which shifts into overdrive after Labor Day, will rage just over Maryland's borders, but not within. Pennsylvania's electoral votes are up for grabs, as are those in Delaware and West Virginia. Airwaves there will be jammed with candidate commercials, and mailboxes will be stuffed with brochures. Nominees George W. Bush and John Kerry - or high-wattage surrogates - will parachute in to woo undecided voters.
April 11, 2004
Maryland's women's lacrosse team wasted no time asserting itself against Top 10 opponents this past week. Acacia Walker scored just 26 seconds into yesterday's game, setting the tone as the No. 7 Terrapins dealt No. 9 Johns Hopkins its first loss of the season, 14-11, at Homewood Field. Maryland's victory came on the heels of Wednesday's 13-8 win over No. 2 Georgetown in which Delia Cox scored 19 seconds into the game. "It's important for our team to come out with a quick start," said Walker, whose team has won nine straight games.
March 4, 2001
In 1989, there were 73 Blue Cross-Blue Shield plans, all nonprofits. Today, there are 46, but some of them are traded on Wall Street and some are for-profit mutual companies. And some of them are nonprofits that have for-profit subsidiaries. If CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Maryland's largest health insurer, converts to for-profit status, as is widely expected, it will be one more change in a rapidly changing Blues world. The national BlueCross BlueShield Association reports 36 mergers, for-profit conversions and other transactions among Blues plans in the past decade.
November 11, 1997
William L. Jews, chief executive of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland, asked state insurance regulators yesterday to approve a business consolidation with the District of Columbia Blue Cross plan without imposing "costly and unnecessary" conditions.His comments came at the end of the second and final hearing on the consolidation plan before Steven B. Larsen, Maryland's insurance commissioner.Consultants and consumer groups have asked the regulators to impose conditions on the Blue Crosses' affiliation to ensure adequate regulatory control and to protect charitable assets if the two later convert to for-profit status.