May 3, 2011
At long last, Osama bin Laden is gone. I'll never forget the horror of September 11th, and I am relieved this monster of terrorism has been dispatched. It was about time. Now that our mission has been accomplished, it's time to bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and get the Maryland National Guard out of Egypt. America's Middle East adventures should be scaled back and ended. After nearly a decade of war, the loss of thousands of lives and trillions of American tax dollars, I say enough.
Lorraine Mirabella | October 1, 2014
Three restaurants will join Pier One and Bark! this fall and winter in a new section of Annapolis Towne Centre, developer Greenberg Gibbons said. Mission BBQ, a fast-casual eatery that pays tribute to military service members, police officers and fire fighters, will open in October. Einstein Bagels will open in December. BGR, The Burger Joint, also will open in December, featuring burgers made from a blend of hormone free, grain-fed beef as well as tuna, veggie and turkey options.
May 2, 2012
Addressing the nation from Kabul on Tuesday, President Barack Obama offered what may be his clearest statement yet about what he sees as the American role in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO combat troops in 2014 - along with a healthy dose of realism about what the U.S. can and can't ultimately expect to accomplish there. The president said the U.S. would gradually transition responsibility for the country's security to Afghan forces over the next two years, after which a scaled-back American military presence would assume a mostly training and advisory role.
By Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
As a tropical cyclone churned the Atlantic Ocean this month, a drone watched from above, dropping a paper-towel-roll-sized set of sensors attached to a parachute through the clouds on a 20-minute, 10-mile journey. The instruments revealed dry air low in the storm's center - something scientists from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center suspect was the nascent eye of Hurricane Edouard. The storm went on to become the Atlantic's first to reach winds of more than 110 mph since Sandy in 2012, though it never threatened the United States.
By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2011
The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt will get a $128 million slice of a new mission to grab a sample from an asteroid and return it to Earth in 2023. NASA selected the $800 million OSIRIS-Rex mission for funding Wednesday, passing over competing proposals to send spacecraft to Venus and the moon. The work will be led by Michael J. Drake at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and managed by Goddard. Engineers at the space center will also build one of its instruments.
By Frank D. Roylance and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 12, 2010
With a little luck, scientists and engineers at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt will help to send a NASA spacecraft to land on an asteroid or on Venus late in this decade. The two proposed interplanetary missions with Goddard connections were among three selected Monday to receive $3.3 million each for further cost and feasibility study under NASA's New Frontiers program. Only one will be funded after a final cut later this year. The winning mission would have to launch by 2018, and cost less than $650 million.
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2011
The motto of the Helping Up Mission is "serving the broken men of Baltimore. " Each night, about 50 to 60 men walk through the shelter's doors on East Baltimore Street at Exeter Street in Jonestown. There are bunk beds available, as well as a meal, medical treatment and laundry facilities. But that is only part of the story. Most new arrivals are battling alcohol and drug addictions. They can stay longer if they commit to turning their lives around and getting sober. Many do. The Helping Up Mission houses an additional 350 men in its long-term program.
May 14, 2014
The announcement this week that University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. Kirwan is retiring after 12 years on the job comes just as the state is preparing to welcome another gifted leader in the field of higher education, former Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, as the new president of the University of Baltimore. Over the years both men have distinguished themselves as educators and public servants of uncommon ability and proven accomplishment, and we wish them both success as they embark on the next phase of their careers.
By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2012
He sees them, on occasion, while jogging city streets - the vagrants, addicts and pushers who were part of Anthony Blue's past. From the shadows, they watch him, all cleaned up and going somewhere, with suspicion. "Blue? Is that you?" "Of course it's me," he tells them. "I'm just not using now. " And he keeps on running. On Saturday, Blue, once a skid-row junkie and drug dealer, will compete in the half-marathon in the Baltimore Running Festival. The man who used to run from the law now runs for a cause: The Helping Up Mission, his home since 2009.
March 6, 2012
Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brienapplies the Bible in a convenient - to him - but logically inconsistent way ("Redefining marriage in Md.?" March 2). He cites the book of Genesis, which says that God created males and females, blessed them and told them to multiply. Fair enough, and many of us have enjoyed accepting that mission. But the Bible does not say that everyone must accept that mission - as surely the cardinal knows, since he and his fellow Roman Catholic priests have rejected it, choosing celibacy instead.
September 25, 2014
President Barack Obama went to the United Nations this week to rally the world against what he called "the network of death" embodied by the Islamic State and other extremist groups that have captured large parts of Iraq and Syria in recent months. Mr. Obama said that such groups only understand "the language of force" and that confronting their brutality compels the world "to look into the heart of darkness. " But for all the president's soaring rhetoric about the need to defeat ISIS, it's unclear whether he can do that without putting American boots on the ground - something he has repeatedly ruled out - or whether he could survive the political fallout at home from doing so if that eventually became necessary.
By Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
A satellite that has been hurtling toward Mars for the past 10 months slammed on the brakes Sunday night, gliding into the red planet's gravity field to spend a year studying its atmosphere - and hopefully collect evidence that Mars might once have supported life. On a mission managed from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, the MAVEN spacecraft neared completion Sunday night of a 442 million-mile journey by firing six thrusters in reverse and being pulled into Mars' gravity field.
August 21, 2014
The announcement this week that scientists from Aberdeen Proving Ground have successfully completed the destruction of Syria's most dangerous chemical weapons has left the whole world breathing a little easier. If nothing else it ensures these cruel instruments of mass destruction will never be used against the U.S. or its allies - or against the Syrian people, who have been the main victims of the country's four-year civil war, which already has claimed more than 100,000 lives. Make no mistake: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad didn't turn over his country's chemical weapons to international inspectors last year out of any humanitarian impulse.
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
NASA's Messenger spacecraft has swung around its namesake planet for three years, beaming observations of Mercury back to Earth, but next March it will smash into the cratered surface it has been studying from afar. The satellite's oblong orbit around the solar system's innermost planet brings it gradually closer and closer as it looks into Mercury's mysterious volcanoes, craters and magnetic field. With dwindling fuel to counteract the dense planet's pull, the scientists managing the mission at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel can only delay its fall for so long.
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2014
A team of scientists from Aberdeen Proving Ground has completed the historic mission of destroying the most dangerous of Syria's declared chemical weapons stocks, Pentagon officials said Monday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Navy Capt. Rich Dromerhauser on Monday morning to congratulate the team of some 64 civilians and contractors aboard the MV Cape Ray, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said. The chemists and engineers from the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground worked for more than a month aboard the specially fitted container ship to neutralize 600 tons of chemicals, including the World War I blister agent sulfur mustard and the sarin precursor DF. Officials have said the first-ever shipboard destruction of the weapons, performed under heavy international guard in the Mediterranean Sea, could serve as a model for future efforts to eradicate chemical weapons from the world's arsenals.
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
A rocket carrying 3,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station is scheduled to launch Friday afternoon, and should be visible across the mid-Atlantic. Orbital Sciences Corp. is slated to launch a Cygnus cargo spacecraft at 1:40 p.m. from NASA's Wallops Space Flight Facility on the Virginia portion of the Delmarva peninsula. Aboard the Antares rocket's payload will be provisions, spare parts and equipment for science experiments. One experiment on board involves deploying a flock of "nanosatellites" designed to take images of Earth, while others were designed through the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program, according to NASA.
March 16, 2012
I was shocked to learn over the weekend that a U.S. soldier broke into houses and killed at least 16 men, women and children in the villages of Alokzai and Balandi inAfghanistan'sKandahar province ("Killings of 16 appall Afghans," March 12). It is yet one more horrifying tale of bloodshed in that sad nation whose people wanted only to live in peace. The justification for our being in Afghanistan is again being questioned, as it should be. But our liberal media side with the emperor and steadfastly refuse to look at the mounting evidence, preferring instead to sponsor bloodshed in the name of patriotism.
January 3, 1995
To: Paul R. Farragut, executive director of the Baltimore Metropolitan CouncilFrom: Headquarters of UBOR (Undaunted Boosters of Regionalism)Good day, Mr. Farragut. Are you ready for your next mission? As the new head of the BMC, you have the task of helping the mayor of Baltimore, the executives of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Howard counties and the three Carroll County commissioners forge cooperative solutions to regional problems.Given the repeated failures of local executives to find such solutions, some would call your task a thankless one with little chance of significant results.
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
— After months of waiting, a team of chemists and engineers from Aberdeen Proving Ground is now ready to begin the historic destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, the Pentagon said Thursday. The work is to take place aboard a container ship specially fitted with equipment to neutralize Syrian stocks of the World War I blister agent sulfur mustard and the sarin precursor DF. The team of some 64 civilians from the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground sailed from Italy on Wednesday for an undisclosed location in international waters, where they plan to destroy the materials under heavy international guard.
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