May 15, 2013
Advertisements praising Maryland's new gun control law will appear on Baltimore-area televisions soon after the measure is signed Thursday - the first volley in a two-pronged effort to defend the legislation and the politicians who voted for it. The gun control advocates behind the ads want to bolster support among Maryland voters in case there's a referendum next year. But they also want to counter a campaign to oust lawmakers who backed the bill in the General Assembly. "We know that the other side will be attacking the legislators who voted for it, and we want people to know those legislators were doing the right thing to save lives in Maryland," said Vincent DeMarco, president of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence.
May 16, 1992
The 20th annual Pimlico Preakness Celebration parade began last night under a downpour that had spectators scurrying for shelter under umbrellas, tarps and tablecloths, under awnings and plastic garbage bags.But by the parade's end 2 1/2 hours later, the rain had tapered off and the show concluded with a fireworks display that lit up a hazy sky over the Inner Harbor.The parade stepped off at 6:15 p.m. and made its way along Charles Street to the Inner Harbor.Hardy spectators, sparse along Charles Street but lining Pratt Street by the hundreds, braved the chilly downpour to enjoy bands, drill teams, clowns and balloons.
September 24, 2006
RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO / / Manuel Maldonado showed us hummingbirds, walking sticks, giant albino snails and other rain forest residents, but couldn't find a single coqui -- although they were singing all around us. Our visit to El Yunque, the Caribbean National Forest, had been delayed that morning. The rain forest was closed because of rain. Actually, a storm that ebbed as we arrived had scattered tree limbs, and U.S. Forest Service rangers had to make sure the roads were clear. "The Taino Indians called the land sacred, so the rain up here is holy water," said Manuel, our guide and driver.
May 19, 2002
Horse racing has always had its seamier side - desperate bets, old-time bookies - but the Preakness infield has lowered the bar. While the well-heeled mingled with martinis in box seats yesterday or in the new Turfside Terrace (where the seats went for $250 a person), thousands of raucous revelers set up mini-pubs in the center of the Pimlico Race Course track and preferred to get down and dirty. This year's Mardi Gras-like fete was one of the dirtiest. Blame it on the rain: Early morning storms turned the typically grassy field into sludge soup.
July 4, 2006
A snowball stand's success depends on two key things: hot weather and lots of hard work, say Baltimore-area purveyors of the summer treat. Add those ingredients to the crushed ice and syrup concoction that has long been a regional favorite, and summertime entrepreneurs say they can make a decent living during the season's warmest weeks. "A lot of people think it's easy to start it," said Margo Torsell, who along with family members runs a three-year-old stand on Liberty Road in Randallstown.
April 27, 2012
Steady rains Thursday morning and busy radar to our west had hopes high that precipitation might cut the year's rainfall data, but expectations were again missed. The highest totals in the state were seen in Harford County, at just shy of half an inch, according to rain gauges reported to precipitation collaborative CoCoRaHS . Most of the Baltimore region saw a tenth to a third of an inch. The official tally at BWI Marshall Airport was 0.29 inches, including 0.23 inches that fell between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and another six hundredths in the 10 p.m. hour.