March 28, 2014
Baltimore's Becca Meyers and Ian Silverman set world records on the opening day of the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Spring National Championships/Spring CanAms on Thursday at Miami's Ransom Everglades School. The event, which runs through Saturday, serves as the U.S. team qualifier for the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in August. Meyers, a Loyola Maryland student from Timonium, who competes in the S13 classification, won the women's 1500-meter freestyle in 17 minutes, 53.90 seconds in the morning session to smash the world record.
Mike Preston | March 28, 2014
When Cornell's lacrosse program was going through troubled times last fall and the early part of the winter, interim head coach Matt Kerwick's mind shot back to the summer of 2012. On June 25 that year, Kerwick pleaded guilty to a DWI charge in a Fairfax County, Va., court while he was an assistant at Georgetown. "Last year when I spoke with the team, I told them we all make mistakes," said Kerwick, who replaced Ben DeLuca in November 2013 after a hazing incident at Cornell. "I told them how I had learned so much from my mistake and it helped me grow as a person.
By Donna M. Owens, For The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Hyunhwa Thomas Yu and Yuko Naululani Yu hail from different countries in Asia, but the world of ballroom dance brought them together in America. About six years ago, while each was seeking a dance partner, the two discovered one another and quickly formed an artistic connection. Before long, however, the pair would waltz, tango and quick-step their way toward love, then marriage. "We share something in common that's close to our hearts," says Tom, 54, a South Korean emigre whose family arrived in Champaign, Ill., when he was a teen.
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
Two Towson University students edged out 170 other teams to win a national debate championship held in Indiana this week, the second time in recent years a Towson team has netted national debate honors. Ameena Ruffin and Korey Johnson, both from Baltimore, bested a team from the University of Oklahoma in the final round. Their argument likened police brutality, the prison-industrial complex and structural poverty issues to a warlike violence against African-Americans in the U.S. and identified solutions.
Sports Digest | March 25, 2014
Towson will play its quarterfinal game in the Postseason Tournament on Thursday at Murray State. The game is set to tip at 8 p.m. The Racers (20-11) are members of the Ohio Valley Conference and have been to the NCAA Tournament 15 times, including in 2010 and 2012. The Racers breezed past Omaha, 86-62, on Monday night to advance to the CIT's quarterfinals. The Tigers (25-10) earned their spot an 83-77 victory at East Tennessee State on Friday. Sophomore guard Four McGlynn paced the Tigers with a season-high 23 points, including six 3-pointers.
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
Maryland's growth in personal income last year was one of the smallest in the nation, a regionwide problem as federal furloughs and other cutbacks pinched earnings, the Department of Commerce said Tuesday. Maryland saw a 1.6 percent increase last year in personal income, which includes wages, dividends, interest and other payments. That compares to a 2.6 percent increase nationwide. Only West Virginia, with 1.5 percent, saw less growth, according to the Commerce Department. Virginia (1.7 percent)
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
Former Maryland coach Gary Williams has been selected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and will be inducted Nov. 23 in Kansas City, Mo., as a prelude to the CBE Classic, which this year includes the Terps. “That will be really neat because there would be a lot of people going to the games anyway, and a lot of my friends will be at the games,” Williams said Tuesday after the announcement of the induction class. Williams was among eight selected to a class that also includes former NBA stars Shaquille O'Neal (LSU)
By Phyllis Wilson | March 25, 2014
Throughout the month of March, we celebrate the history of American women whose contributions blazed trails for women's empowerment and equality. We look to the past to commemorate their stalwart determination to break down barriers in the face of adversity; and we look to the future as we continue this legacy of our mothers and grandmothers. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come.
By Perry L. Weed | March 24, 2014
The Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) employment projections from 2012 through 2022 confirm what Americans already know: The nation is in a structural unemployment crisis, and the outlook is bleak. The U.S. job market has changed radically. Jobs are much harder to get, and better paying jobs require higher education or more advanced technical training. In 2012, workers with a post-secondary education or higher earned a median income of $57,770 - more than twice the $27,670 earned by those with only a high school diploma.
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
Richard Strauss never lacks for attention, but the 150th anniversary of his birth this year offers a good excuse to get even more immersed in his brilliant music. The National Symphony Orchestra has gone all out honoring the composer. A couple weeks ago, there was a sizzling semi-staged version of "Der Rosenkavalier" featuring an exceptional cast. Over the weekend, there was an all-Strauss program that included more opera -- the Recognition Scene from "Elektra" and the finale to "Salome.
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