December 13, 2012
A "perfect storm of errors" caused the city of Baltimore to issue a speed camera citation to a stationary vehicle, the Police Department's chief spokesman said Thursday. Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi acknowledged that Officer Christopher Izquierdo should not have validated the citation, which alleged that a Mazda wagon was going 38 mph even though a video clip from the camera and two time-stamped photos given as evidence clearly show the car stopped at a red light. State law requires every citation to be approved by a sworn law enforcement officer, and in the city that is the final step before a ticket is mailed out to the vehicle's owner.
July 21, 2013
Soccer has long been known for its one-name goal scorers. Fifty years ago, it was a brilliant Brazilian star everyone called Pele. Today, it's an Argentine artist named Lionel but now known by his last name: Messi. Just saying their names evokes images of magic and trickery. And then there is Wondo. Chris Wondolowski does not elicit the same response from even the most die-hard fan - if they know him at all. He is more mechanic than maestro, a player who was expected to spend his career on the fringes, if not on the bench, until he emerged as a goal-scoring machine.
September 24, 2009
The home gardeners and organic gardeners on the East Coast who were hit so hard by the early appearance of late blight are already wondering what next tomato season will bring. Is there something that can be done this fall to ensure that the blight, which usually appears late in the season after all the fruit has been harvested, doesn't short-circuit next summer's tomato season, too? The jurors - in this case, the plant pathologists - are still out, but it looks like the strain of blight that damaged plants before they had a chance to bear fruit is not a type that will hide in the soil to attack again next summer.
January 31, 2007
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Would a "perfect storm" help resolve the tedious Fidel Castro illness-and-succession saga gripping Cuba? At a recent forum on the island's future, specialists suggested that - contrary to some hopes after the Cuban dictator first took ill - essentially no possibility presently exists for a post-Castro collapse. That is, unless a perfect storm develops. Now, I have to admit that I would be very pleased if Mr. Castro would wither away and a freer Cuba would emerge. For too long, the island's people have been denied self-determination and subjected to the whims of a crusty communist who refuses to accept that the "best" days of his movement and philosophy lie behind him. But so many questions swirled around Mr. Castro's health crisis at its onset that it was impossible to determine if he was actually indisposed.
September 1, 2002
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Resegregation is combining with two other trends to create a "perfect storm" threatening Southern public schools, says John Charles Boger of the University of North Carolina law school. At a daylong symposium Friday on the resegregation of Southern schools, Boger noted that Southern students are less likely to study alongside students of other races and ethnicities than they were in the 1980s, when court-ordered desegregation was most strictly enforced. This renewal of racial isolation, accompanied by two other changes in a "simultaneous convergence, could send the public schools of the South reeling off course," he said.
June 23, 2000
She is the perfect boat for "The Perfect Storm." Sixteen months ago, Lady Grace was just one of the commercial fishing boats at anchor in Ocean City Harbor. Next Friday, she'll appear on movie screens across the country as the Andrea Gail, the Gloucester, Mass., swordfish boat that sank in the North Atlantic during a horrific storm, taking six crewmen to their deaths. "She's as close to the Andrea Gail as you can get," says Doug Merrifield, the film's marine coordinator, who helped transform the best-selling book by Sebastian Junger into what Warner Bros.