March 2, 2013
The only residents of the Westport waterfront last week were a gaggle of geese that commandeered a large puddle amid the brush and broken asphalt. The only structure was a battered chain-link fence, capturing wind-blown litter along the perimeter. By now the 43-acre tract, assembled and cleared over several years with millions of dollars and personal resolve, was supposed to house hundreds and bustle with office workers. There should be a towering skyscraper and a stadium. Instead, the development company that was going to make that happen is in bankruptcy and the future of the $1.4 billion Westport Waterfront project, thought of as a potential "Harbor West," is uncertain.
August 21, 2012
I wrote today about a Johns Hopkins study that found a decline in circumcisions has cost the country $2 billion in extra medical costs in the past decade. The Hopkins scientists say they think fewer babies are getting the procedure because states aren't paying for it under Medicaid. (Maryland isn't among them.) State Medicaid plans account for two-fifths of all births. Here are the 18 states that don't cover circumcisions and the year they stopped: Colorado 2011 South Carolina 2011 Louisiana 2005 Idaho 2005 Minnesota 2005 Maine 2004 Montana 2003 Utah 2003 Florida 2003 Missouri 2002 Arizona 2002 North Carolina 2002 California before 1999 North Dakota before 1999 Oregon before 1999 Mississippi before 1999 Nevada before 1999 Washington before 1999
June 12, 2012
Human error no crime Bob Foltman Chicago Tribune An investigation is warranted only to determine if the two judges that gave Timothy Bradley the fight were under improper outside influence. The fact that there was a good amount of money coming in late on Bradley at the Vegas sports books is enough to at least lift an eyebrow. But any investigation should be limited to that. I thought Pacquiao clearly won, but he could have made his life easier by knocking Bradley out, or at least knocking him down a few times.
September 23, 2011
To those who think U.S. 50 is primarily a road that spans Maryland's bucolic Eastern Shore, Christopher Corbett begs to differ. Corbett, an award-winning journalist and author, spent countless hours traversing the dusty stretch of Old U.S. 50 that lies between Salt Lake City and Reno, Nev., while researching his two books, "The Poker Bride" and "Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of The Pony Express. " Dubbed "The Loneliest Road in America" by Life Magazine in the 1980s, this remote stretch of highway is Corbett's favorite getaway destination, a place he believes is the best representation of the authentic American West.
September 23, 2011
If you go Getting there From BWI, Southwest Airlines and Delta fly non-stop to Salt Lake City. Organize a one-way car rental with drop-off in Reno. Southwest offers non-stop flights from Reno to Baltimore. When to go Since the terrain traverses flat desert expanses to cresty, narrow mountain passes, the ideal time to visit is spring and fall, to avoid the extreme weather. Lodging Hotel Nevada and Gambling Hall, Ely, Nev., 775-289-6665, hotelnevada.com.
June 18, 2011
A recent column on the wreck of the steamer Clara Nevada, which went to the bottom in 1898 while returning from the Alaska gold fields with the loss of all hands and a cargo of gold dust worth $13.6 million today, brought interesting reader feedback. The story of the Clara Nevada was brought to life by Steven C. Levi, an Anchorage-based freelance and technical writer, in his recent book, "The Clara Nevada: Gold, Greed, Murder and Alaska's Inside Passage. " The lust for riches set off gold fever, as thousands packed suitcases and whatever they could carry on their backs and headed West for Seattle and Portland, gateway to the Klondike.