July 1, 2012
The Supreme Court's immigration decision is a step back from the brink, leaving much less room than many expected for state immigration enforcement. Although the justices blocked most provisions of Arizona's controversial 2010 policing law, they upheld the one of most concern to immigrant rights advocates: the section that requires local police to inquire about the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons and whom they suspect are in the country illegally. Even this part of the opinion is more tenuous than many expected, leaving open the possibility of future reconsideration by the court.
February 21, 2012
February may not seem like the peak time for bird-watching, but this past weekend proved to be the perfect time to learn about species and their surroundings - and to take part in a national effort to track bird populations. Robert E. Lee Park in Towson was the site of the "Bird Extravaganza," an activity aimed primarily at educating the public about the area's bird population. The program featured a display of live birds, opportunities for bird-watching hikes and outdoor-themed crafts at the scenic 453-acre park on Lake Roland.
February 3, 2012
What's that saying about leading a horse to water? The latest effort to teach Maryland-bred whooping crane chicks to migrate to Florida for the winter has been called off because the endangered birds will no longer follow the ultralight aircraft leading them. Operation Migration , the nonprofit group that's been guiding captive-bred young cranes for a decade on their initial 1,300-mile flight from nesting grounds in Wisconsin, has called it quits this year in Alabama, 500 miles short of the destination.
September 6, 2011
My father would tell me that the earliest milestone to discern an approaching autumn was not the obvious leaf-color change but the slightly cooler temperatures of late August and early September mornings. It was not the daytime afternoon temperature, which could be the same as a midsummer July afternoon, but just the morning coolness. I have come to learn there is another telltale sign of fall - an annual migration of sorts. Not the common Canada goose migration, which is pretty enough in its own right, but a sometimes less-attractive American college student migration.
March 30, 2010
Like migratory birds, cruise ships regularly shift from one part of the world to another as the seasons shift -- from the Caribbean to Europe or South America or from Alaska or the West Coast to Asia or the South Pacific, for example. These usually twice annual exoduses are so huge that they could rival a naval armada, and they offer exceptional bargains, as well as lots of languid days at sea, and, occasionally, even unusual ports of call. Veteran cruise book author Kay Showker considers repositioning cruises "about the best value in cruising," compared with a regular cruise on the same ship.
November 18, 2009
The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School is relocating to the Legg Mason Tower, becoming the latest tenant to move from Baltimore's downtown to Harbor East's waterfront. The 24-story tower, which opened in the fall, is anchored by its namesake asset management firm and also includes the law firm of Hogan & Hartson and investment firm Oppenheimer & Co. In addition to the Carey School agreement, two letters of intent to lease up to 44,000 square feet have been signed and are under review, said L. Bruce Matthai, senior vice president and a principal at Colliers Pinkard, the tower's commercial broker.