October 3, 2012
The Orioles have known since Sunday night that they were playoff-bound. On Wednesday night, they finally learned whom they'll play. The club will begin its first postseason in 15 years at 8:37 p.m. Friday in Arlington, Texas, where the Orioles will have to win a wild-card game against the Rangers to keep their season alive. If the Orioles win Friday night, they'll begin the American League Division Series at home Sunday against the New York Yankees. The Orioles cost themselves home-field advantage in the wild-card round with a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night, surrendering three home runs to third baseman Evan Longoria.
July 24, 2012
A new TV game show, "Let's Ask America," has an open casting call in Bel Air this Friday, July 27. Contestant hopefuls must be 18 or older to apply and can try out for the show at the Harford County Farm Fair (608 Tollgate Road, Bel Air) from 3 to 8 p.m. The show, with host Kevin Periera, is a new daily, half-hour game show where contestants compete for cash prizes from the comfort of their own home. Each contestant will tune in for the game show via web chat. "Let's Ask America" asks America interesting, quirky and unique questions.
May 3, 2012
For Jana Hunter, the multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter of rising Baltimore band Lower Dens, album release dates typically mean anxiety and, once they're over, relief. But on the morning her group's second album, "Nootropics," hit stores, she said this day felt different. "I'm very excited about it," Hunter said earlier this week. "I feel like a little kid celebrating a birthday or something. " It's a feeling the members of Lower Dens have earned. After the band released its critically acclaimed debut album, "Twin-Hand Movement," in 2010, the group toured beyond the point of exhaustion, leading to member departures and panic attacks.
December 11, 2011
Republican Gov. Robert McDonnell of Virginia made no secret about who he thought should win Maryland's 2010 gubernatorial campaign. It wasn't Martin O'Malley. Yet two months after O'Malley, a Democrat, sailed to victory, McDonnell showed up in Annapolis to attend the inauguration. Virginia's governor even praised the man he worked to defeat, calling O'Malley "a very smart guy" who "obviously had a record of accomplishments. " McDonnell's decision to extend the olive branch — and O'Malley's to take it — underscores a relationship between the two men that aides say has been cordial, even friendly at times.
March 5, 2011
On March 12, thousands of lacrosse fanatics will filter through the gates of M&T Bank Stadium for the Face-Off Classic, eager to watch a triple header where each game could have the feel of an NCAA Tournament semifinal. The event is expected to generate significant revenue for the city, promote the game to a larger audience, and serve as a de facto celebration for a sport that continues to grow on a national stage. Playing a regular season contest in front of a large audience in an NFL stadium seems, at first blush, to be a no-lose situation.
September 6, 2008
Politicians may be too chicken to fix Social Security's financial problems, but what about you? Can you make the politically tough decisions to shore up the system? Find out by playing the Social Security Game, created by the American Academy of Actuaries. The online game ( www.actuary.org/socialsecurity/game.html) gives potential fixes and the pros and cons of each option. For instance, raise the age to get full retirement benefits to 70 by 2030, and all of Social Security's solvency problems are cured.