October 9, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue of racial preference in college admissions on Wednesday, and that ought to be a concern for those who believe such policies have provided countless opportunities for minorities - and enriched the educational experience for whites. There is a growing movement in this country to eliminate affirmative action on the grounds that it's no longer needed - or was even helpful in the first place. Granted, this can be a complex issue, and even the most liberal interpretations of the race-conscious policy acknowledge that a balance must be struck to make colleges diverse but also keep the admissions process fair and merit-based.
July 28, 2012
Bryant McKinnie's continued absence due to personal reasons may have forced the Ravens offense to shift Michael Oher from right to left tackle and rotate rookies Kelechi Osemele and Jack Cornell and Cord Howard at right tackle, but offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said he's not worried about not having McKinnie in camp. In fact, Cameron said McKinnie's absence has opened the door for others along the offensive line to get reps in training camp that they might not have gotten. “You just let it play out,” Cameron said.
March 9, 2011
Drunken-driving accident fatalities have been on the rise in Maryland. In 2009, 162 people lost their lives in alcohol-related crashes, a sharp increase from the year before. But time and time again, a key committee in the Maryland General Assembly has refused to support an effective prevention measure that has worked well in other states. This year could be different. The House Judiciary Committee is holding hearings this week to consider legislation intended to expand the use of ignition interlock devices that force drivers to prove their sobriety by blowing into a breathalyzer — both to start the vehicle and at periodic intervals while driving.
November 16, 2008
For more than 25 years, the highly regarded Sequoia Fund was closed to new investors. But this past spring, the mutual fund once again flung open its doors to bring in more assets. Sequoia has plenty of company. As stock prices fall and redemptions rise, many mutual funds that were off-limits for years are suddenly open. A year or so ago, about 200 out of the 7,000 U.S. mutual funds were closed, says Russel Kinnel, director of mutual fund research at Morningstar Inc. Now, it's about 40 or 50. Investment companies close funds to new investors for all sorts of reasons.
July 21, 2008
If necessity is the mother of invention, then Baltimore was a major beneficiary last weekend, as organizers of the annual Artscape festival took a pressing need for more space and turned it into a creative way to promote an emerging arts district. This year's new, expanded layout reinvigorated the 27-year-old event - billed as America's largest free public arts festival - by providing room for a wider range of activities that gave people more to see and do than ever. The expanded mix of activities, in turn, brought more people to the 100-acre Station North Arts and Entertainment District in one weekend than months of planning sessions by city agencies and consultants plotting which properties to redevelop and what uses to introduce.
December 17, 2006
It is not an everyday sight at Fallston High School: a 4-foot mechanized Santa Claus in an orange T-shirt grooving down in the hallway. On top of that, as the Santa began gyrating and singing a Christmas song, three students danced along with the automated decoration. The three seniors -- Christopher Hecker, Nicholas Hess and Joseph Dove -- joined forces to create the display as part of a door-decorating contest begun at the school this year. "We wanted to do something really different," said Dove, 17. "We wanted to create a door that people will stop and notice."