April 27, 2011
Twenty-one committee members have a voice regarding who gets into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It should be considered a privilege, not some willy-nilly, fill-in-the-blanks homework assignment. Because taking the lazy, noncommittal approach is the only way to explain why Rusty Wallace and Wendell Scott aren't among the 25 nominees for the third Hall of Fame class. Wallace has 55 Cup victories and 349 top-10 finishes. He won a championship in 1989 and was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers in 1998.
October 18, 2010
Dan Rodricks commentary, "Pro-immigrant is pro-business" (Oct. 17) should have been, "Pro-legal immigrant is pro-business. " Mr. Rodricks' article was in rebuttal to Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s comments during his recent debate. In quoting Mr. Ehrlich several times, Mr. Rodricks, in his quest to undermine and misconstrue, conveniently omitted the word "illegal" when referring to "immigrants. " Apparently, Mr. Rodricks agrees with Gov. Martin O'Malley that "illegal" immigrants should be called "new Americans.
April 8, 2010
RICHMOND, Va. - Gov. Bob McDonnell on Wednesday conceded a "major omission" for not noting slavery in declaring April Confederate History Month in Virginia. As part of his apology, McDonnell inserted into the proclamation a paragraph condemning slavery as "evil and inhumane" and blaming it as the cause of the Civil War. In a 400-word statement his office issued, McDonnell said the failure to include a slavery reference was a mistake. On Tuesday, McDonnell said in a telephone news conference that he wasn't focused on slavery in drafting the decree but on Civil War history.
November 5, 2009
This weekend, when you are planting your tulip bulbs and your daffodil bulbs and your crocus bulbs, think about planting a few garlic bulbs. Yep. Garlic. The planting season for garlic starts now in our Mid-Atlantic zone, just when you might be putting the rest of your garden to bed for the winter, and it extends until Thanksgiving. The bulbs will send down roots now and use winter's dormancy to develop. Then they send up shoots in the spring, so that mixing them in your perennial bed is a good idea.
April 22, 2007
With Harford County prosecutors expected to wrap up their case tomorrow against a 35-year-old laborer accused of killing an Elkton woman, it appears that a key piece of evidence will not be introduced to jurors. In motions hearings this month, prosecutors said they had recovered Lillian Abramowciz Phelps' blood from the underside of Charles Eugene Burns' Dodge Neon, as well as a strand of hair that had been caught near the wheel. Though the strand appeared to be the same color as Phelps' bleached-blond hair, no DNA test was conducted to determine from whom the hair came.
April 13, 2007
A 61-year-old retiree has accused an undercover Howard County police officer of lying in a report after he said the officer stuck a gun in the his face and ordered him onto the ground on the parking lot of an Elkridge grocery store. The officer, Pfc. Christopher Williams, said in a field contact report filed the day of the incident that he had been staking out a nearby bank for a wanted robber when a Dodge Dakota pickup truck entered the parking lot. Williams said that he entered the truck's license plate number incorrectly into his laptop computer, which listed a truck with those tag numbers as stolen.