By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
A new exhibit will open next spring at the National Aquarium featuring horseshoe crabs and moon jellies among waves, beaches and dunes, the Inner Harbor attraction announced Monday. The $5.5 million "Living Seashore" exhibit, which will span 2,700 square feet, is designed to teach visitors about the "ever-changing Mid-Atlantic seashore. " More than 150 animals will live in the display that will include two large touch pools filled with 5,331 gallons of salt water and a replicated sandy shore.
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
The new superintendent of the Naval Academy said Thursday that the institution is a national leader in confronting sexual assault and sexual harassment among students, and should be helping other schools tackle what he described as a widespread problem. The Naval Academy has drawn national attention for the alleged assault of a female midshipman at a party in Annapolis and the subsequent investigation of three members of the Navy football team. The prosecution came amid a growing public focus on sexual assaults both in the military and on college campuses.
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Old photographs, newspapers and other miscellaneous "gay pride ephemera" from the last half-century of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history in Baltimore will be added on Tuesday to one of the nation's most esteemed museum collections. Officials at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will accept the archival materials from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB), and add them to its growing collection of items documenting LGBT history.
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2014
A judge blocked Major League Baseball on Monday from compelling the TV network controlled by the Baltimore Orioles to pay tens of millions of dollars a year more to the Washington Nationals for the rights to show their games — for now. Following a hearing, New York Supreme Court Judge Lawrence Marks granted the request of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and the Orioles to extend an injunction he had granted Aug. 7 while the case proceeds in...
August 14, 2014
Buried in the hue and cry of the war in Gaza has been the one glaring question not yet answered by the media: If Israel indeed overstepped the limits of asymmetrical warfare, then what exactly is an acceptable "symmetrical" loss ( "Hamas' terror is dwarfed by Israel's," Aug. 9)? Should Israel lose one for one, two for one, three for one? This question is not to diminish the loss of the innocent but to understand a benchmark by which the United Nations and much of the world seems to grade such questions.
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Hundreds of mourners bid farewell Thursday to Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, the highest-ranking Army officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War. General Greene, a former leader at Aberdeen Proving Ground who was shot to death last week in Afghanistan, was laid to rest during a somber ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, retired Col. Sue Myers, and their son, Lt. Matthew J. Greene, saluted his flag-draped coffin as a howitzer fired a 13-gun salute. The burial followed a private memorial service attended by 800 mourners, many in uniform, at Joint Base Myers-Henderson Hall.
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Francis Scott Key is so closely identified with Fort McHenry that the South Baltimore landmark is considered the go-to place to learn how the 15-starred American flag that flew after the fort's bombardment 200 years ago inspired him to write the poem that became the national anthem. But those wishing to pay their final respects to the lawyer-turned-poet could also head 50 miles west to Frederick, where Key is buried in a sprawling cemetery that runs along U.S. 40 where it shares the roadway with busy Interstate 70. "Key always wanted to be buried in the shadow of the Catoctin Mountains," said Ron Pearcey, the superintendent of Mount Olivet Cemetery.
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Artist Pablo Machioli hangs out in the belly of the letter "B. " Kyle Miller likes to linger in "U," a letter he helped shape from steel and pine. And bus driver Kaliha Taylor waits for her shift to begin while perched on the lower curve of "S. " Baltimore's most distinctive bus stop was unveiled late last month on the side of the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown. The trio of giant letters - which resemble a set piece from "Sesame Street" - has become a favorite spot for residents to lounge or pose for photos.
By Liz Bowie and By Liz Bowie | August 12, 2014
Ridgely Middle School principal Susan Evans has been named one of six finalists for National Principal of the Year. Evans, a longtime Baltimore County principal, will be one of those honored during a September awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Each finalist receives a $1,500 grant. The national winner will receive an additional $3,000 that can be used to improve learning at the school. The award is given by the National Association of Secondary School Principals to middle and high school principals.
Peter Schmuck | August 12, 2014
To put it mildly, Baltimore is an interesting choice for the potentially historic owners meeting this week that is expected to determine who will be baseball's next commissioner. Representatives of the 30 clubs will come together Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency for two days of meetings and politicking that could shape Major League Baseball for the next generation. That's great. We love it when important things happen in Baltimore, but we'd probably love it a lot more if the election of baseball's new fearless leader came along with an announcement that the 2016 All-Star Game will be at Camden Yards or some kind of resolution to the long-simmering television rights dispute between the Orioles and the Washington Nationals.
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