May 14, 2013
Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy rather than risk developing breast cancer hit close to home for Melissa DeSantis, a Bel Air mother of three children. As DeSantis read about Jolie's experience, she began to feel a sense of kinship to the Hollywood star. DeSantis also made the tough decision to have her breasts removed in a February surgery. Like Jolie, she had one of the inherited gene mutations that leaves many women more likely to develop cancer.
May 8, 2013
The Columbia Orchestra knows how to fill the stage with musicians, but it also knows that a much smaller ensemble also can be music to the ears. That's why its season provides a mix of concerts deploying the full orchestra and other concerts that adopt a chamber music format. Where the latter format is concerned, you'll only count three musicians when the Columbia Orchestra Piano Trio performs a free concert on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, in Columbia.
May 3, 2013
With their 2013 draft class in town for their rookie minicamp, the Ravens announced the jersey numbers that their 10 draft picks will wear. The Ravens rookies wore their new shiny jerseys Friday afternoon at The Castle. First-round pick Matt Elam will wear No. 31, the number that fellow safety Bernard Pollard wore for two years. Linebacker Arthur Brown, their second-round draft pick, will wear the No. 59 formerly worn by Dannell Ellerbe. The full list of draft pick jersey numbers: Matt Elam, S, No. 31 Arthur Brown, ILB, No. 59 Brandon Williams, NT, No. 98 John Simon, OLB, No. 47 Kyle Juszczyk, FB, No. 40 Ricky Wagner, G/T, No. 71 Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE, No. 67 Ryan Jensen, C, No. 77 Aaron Mellette, WR, No. 80 Marc Anthony, CB, No. 36
April 29, 2013
Over two years have passed since firefighter Mark Falkenhan was killed at an apartment fire on Dowling Circle in Towson. His death resulted, in part, from a collapse of the Incident Command System (ICS), when first-arriving units were faced with heavy fire and multiple rescues. ICS is a procedural policy for ensuring that command and control mechanisms are continually utilized during mitigation efforts at every incident. "Command" is assumed by the officer of the first-arriving unit and passed to the responding chief officer upon his or her arrival.
April 22, 2013
Venture capitalists poured $286.3 million into 30 deals in Maryland, Washington and Northern Virginia during the first quarter, compared with $219.7 million invested in 45 deals a year ago, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Much of the quarter's increase, though, was attributed to $110 million in venture funding for Washington-based LivingSocial Inc., a daily deal website. Unlike the country overall, the region that includes Maryland saw an increase in investment dollars from the fourth quarter, said Brad Phillips, director of PricewaterhouseCoopers' emerging company services.
April 17, 2013
Today is "Skeptical Reader Day" at the Dan Rodricks column. Today, at no extra charge, I will answer a letter from an anonymous reader who questioned a figure that appeared in this space last week, to wit: "The Department of Natural Resources says Maryland loses 25,000 acres of agricultural and forest land to development each year. " "Really?" Anonymous asked. "Can that possibly be true? If a typical house is on .25 acres ... " Take cover, friends! Incoming amazing math! " ... that translates to 100,000 homes per year, or 8,333 homes per month, or in a 30-day month including weekends, 277 homes per day. " Told ya. "Even if you assume one acre per home," Anonymous went on, "the figures are 25,000 homes per year, or 2,083 per month, 69 per day. Granted, some of the loss is to commercial and industrial development, but still ... ?"