By Jean Marbella and Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Less than two years after he retired as the most decorated Olympian ever, Michael Phelps is diving back into competition next week - a move that could lead the Baltimore swimmer to his fifth Summer Games in 2016. Phelps will compete in the Arena Grand Prix, held in Mesa, Ariz., from April 24 to 26, USA Swimming announced Monday. It is his first competition since the London 2012 Games that brought his total medal count to 22, 18 of them gold. "The One has returned," swimming analyst Mel Stewart said, in what was typical of the delighted response to Phelps' decision.
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum today looks onto a tree stump and a grassy lot, but that view could soon change with the construction of two large, orange-accented apartment buildings. It's the first phase of a long-awaited redevelopment of the Poppleton area. The go-ahead last week from the city's urban design and architecture review panel is one of the first steps forward since ambitious plans to overhaul a 13.8-acre portion of the neighborhood were announced almost a decade ago. Just west of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the $800 million, 10-year redevelopment of Poppleton is supposed to build on the expansion of the University of Maryland's BioPark and ultimately create more than 1,000 residential units, a new charter school, shopping and parks in a neighborhood once riddled with crime and drug activity.
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
To better account for hundreds of millions of grant dollars, Baltimore finance officials have a plan to overhaul city policies, train staff and keep records in a centralized database. Harry E. Black, the city's finance director, said the project should take about a year to complete and cost between $300,000 and $500,000. The city also has hired a grants coordinator to oversee the money, which accounted for about 13 percent of the budget last year, or $332 million. "Whatever we receive, we want to make certain it's aligned with the city's priorities and goals and that we are managing this process and the funds … in the most efficient and effective way," Black said.
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
An Alzheimer's patient is rushed to the emergency room, where her relatives tell doctors she has swallowed food down the wrong passageway. They insert tubes so she can take in air and fluids. She survives the crisis. But the visit is so invasive that it worsens her other chronic conditions. Months later, she dies in an exhausted state. It's a painful way to end a life, but Dr. Anthony Riley says it's one he sees all too often - and one patients and families can avoid if they plan carefully.
April 13, 2014
The 2008 plan for Symphony Woods Park envisioned the development of a walkway layout that would preserve more than 250 trees. Only 30 existing trees were to be removed to implement the walkway plan that was approved by the Columbia Association Board in 2009. The walkways were to be constructed in the summer of 2013 with the 1.6 million dollars authorized by the CA Board. The interactive fountain and the café were to be implemented in phase two. Over 90 percent of the woodland landscape is preserved in the 2008 "Central Park" plan.
April 11, 2014
The marvel of Rep. Paul Ryan's budget, which the House of Representatives approved this week, is that for a piece of legislation that's essentially dead on arrival in the Senate, it's going to live on as a political document from now until November. That was the point, of course, but it seems more likely that Republicans will regret its passage than Democrats. Conventional wisdom in Washington is that the GOP has the upper hand in the midterm elections, and polls seem to bear that out. As recently as a few weeks ago, statistical wunderkind Nate Silver viewed Republicans as being the slight favorites to wrest control of the U.S. Senate from the Democrats this year.
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
As contract negotiations between county schools and the teachers union continue to focus on salary adjustments, union officials have encouraged teachers to take part in two school-day activities they believe will drum up community support for the union. But Howard County Superintendent Renee Foose has questioned teachers' involvement in such actions, saying she's concerned such displays could leave "a bad taste in the mouth of public opinion. " The union has orchestrated teacher activities it said were designed to take its message to the community.
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
A developer unveiled designs for the next Inner Harbor skyscraper - a 43-story residential tower sheathed in reflective blue glass on the site of the former McCormick & Co. spice factory - at a meeting Thursday with city officials. The renderings by a prominent Chicago architecture firm met with praise during the presentation to the city's Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel. Questar Properties' plans call for a three-level building at 414 Light St. that rises to nearly 500 feet at its tallest, with an angled peak.
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
Nearly 400 activists are planning to stage a protest at Artscape this year and they'll be leaving their pants at home. The members of the group " No Pants, No Problem ," will be strolling through the arts festival sans pants to show support for victims of sexual assault. "I wanted to do something meaningful that spoke out against victim blaming and shaming," said Brittney-Elizabeth Williams, 27, who is organizing the protest with her sister, a burlesque performer who goes by Bunny Vishsus.
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