November 10, 2012
A slimmed-down Edna Turnblad shared the stage with her creator, John Waters, last night, much to the delight of scores of star-crazed fans. Well, it wasn't exactly Edna, the zaftig stage mom from Waters' "Hairspray," who took to the stage at the Maryland Institute College of Art . Rather, it was actor John Travolta, who brought Edna to the big screen in the 2007 musical version of Waters' film, up there on the stage. But the crowd embraced him like one of their own. "You've always been my favorite actor," one fan said from the audience, noting that she spent her teen years with pictures of Travolta plastered to her wall.
February 15, 2012
The phenomenal debut of New York Knicks' rookie Jeremy Lin -- a Harvard-educated Asian-American -- has stunned the basketball world. Lin was not offered a Division I scholarship, went undrafted after college, and was cut by two NBA teams this season. But he was picked up by the Knicks, and after warming the bench for a bit, has led the team to six straight wins. According to ESPN, in his first five games as a starter, he scored more points than any other NBA rookie -- including Shaq.
February 9, 2012
The Port of Baltimore's public terminals set new marks last year in the handling of vehicles, containers and wood pulp while also posting a strong showing in the areas of general cargo and farm and construction machinery. The figures, released Thursday, indicate that the port has rebounded from the economic slump, Gov. Martin O'Malley said. Port workers processed 612,480 auto imports and exports in 2011 and more than a half-million tons of wood pulp, both records. Container traffic was up 4 percent from 2010, and roll-on/roll-off volume increased 51 percent.
February 2, 2012
The complete serial "Grammarnoir 2: Pulp Diction" in a podcast. My narration, with special effects by my colleague and fellow lapsed Kentuckian Steve Sullivan.
September 22, 2010
While cargo volume at Baltimore's public marine terminals fell slightly in the past fiscal year, key commodities at the port are rebounding after the recession, state officials reported Wednesday. Two cargo categories saw steep declines in the fiscal year that ended in June — farm and construction equipment dropped 31 percent and paper products fell 27 percent. Overall, the port handled 9.1 million tons of cargo in the past fiscal year compared with 9.2 million tons the year earlier.
February 3, 2010
Certainly anything that increases recycling is a good thing ("Recycling an idea for residents' convenience," Feb. 1). But what is getting lost in the praise of "single stream" is that "collection" is not recycling. Nor is processing. Recycling takes place when the collected materials are made into a product containing recycled content. So what is the amount actually recycled -- the amount used in the making of a new product? Has anyone inquired as to the residue rate at the facility where single stream is processed?