June 22, 2014
The signs were all there. This is what jumps out at you in perusing postmortems of the two greatest surprise attacks in American history. In the days and weeks leading up to Dec. 7, 1941 and Sept. 11, 2001, there were numerous clues that seem neon in hindsight, but which no one pursued. Or, as then-CIA Director George Tenet famously said of 9/11: "The system was blinking red. " In response to each attack, exhaustive probes were launched to determine whose incompetence allowed the disaster to happen.
June 17, 2014
TheraPearl, a rapidly growing Columbia-based manufacturer of therapeutic hot and cold packs, has been acquired by Performance Health Inc., an Akron, Ohio-based manufacturer and marketer of wellness and rehabilitation products. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. TheraPearl will remain in Columbia in the company's 10,000-square-foot headquarters and warehouse off Snowden River Parkway, said Daniel Baumwald, the company's president and CEO. The sale hinged upon keeping TheraPearl's 16 employees together, he said.
April 28, 2014
If your back aches or your ankle swells, managers of a Columbia-based company want you to forgo the ice pack and grab a TheraPearl instead. The maker of therapeutic pearl-filled packs that can be chilled in the freezer or heated in the microwave want their brand to be to ice packs what Kleenex is to tissues. The company appears on its way. After less than six years, the brand that started with an idea and three employees has grown to $10 million in sales at some of the nation's biggest retailers.
February 28, 2014
George F. Carter, a retired Army colonel who witnessed the Pearl Harbor attack as a young lieutenant, died of complications from a stroke Feb. 24 at the Oak Crest retirement center. The Timonium resident was 96. Born in Oakland, Calif., he was the son of Thomas Carter and Louise Carrau Carter. He earned a bachelor's degree at St. Mary's College of California in Moraga, where he enlisted in Reserve Officers Training Corps. He began his military service as a lieutenant and was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii.
October 28, 2013
On Sunday night, before Pearl Jam played its fifth song, Eddie Vedder addressed the sold-out crowd. “Twenty-three years. Twenty-three years. We have been a band for 23 years and this is the first time we have had the opportunity to say these three words: 'Good evening, Baltimore,'” the 48-year-old singer said. He seemed both mystified and relieved. Why had it taken his band so long to play this city, especially given its proximity to Philadelphia, a spot the group never misses?
October 7, 2013
Date: Sept. 1, 2013 Her story: Nadia Ennis, 34, grew up in Freeport, Long Island. She is a veterinary technician at Belvedere Veterinary Center in Baltimore. Her parents are retired and live in Palm Bay, Fla. His story: Robert Zanotti, 34, was born in New Mexico and grew up in central Maine. He moved to Maryland in 2000 and is a construction project manager for ProSys, Inc., an on-site and wireless project management company based in Nottingham. His father, Michael Zanotti, lives in West Virginia, and his mother, Evelyn Clinedinst, lives in Virginia.