By Lorraine Mirabella and Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
Under Armour acted swiftly to move beyond the controversy over whether the brand's high-tech skinsuits were responsible for U.S. speedskaters' lackluster run at the Sochi Olympics. The Baltimore sports apparel maker renewed its sponsorship of US Speedskating through two more Winter Olympics in a deal announced Friday. "We want to make a big statement of coming back and saying we're going to put an eight-year commitment for two more Olympics to have athletes wearing and competing in Under Armour and hopefully winning lots and lots of medals," Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank told CNN on Friday.
AEGIS STAFF REPORT | February 3, 2014
Harford County is streamlining its dog licensing procedures so that pet owners soon will be able to buy licenses online, among other changes. The county Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits said the changes are the result of Harford County Council Bill 13-47, introduced at the department's request and passed unanimously by the council in December. The legislation, which takes effect Feb. 18, allows the department to take advantage of a new licensing system expected to be operational in July, the county said in a news release.
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
Clean Currents, a Silver Spring-based provider of renewable energy for residents and businesses, said Friday it has stopped serving customers after rising wholesale electricity prices in the recent cold snap caused the company to default on payments to its supplier, electricity grid operator PJM Interconnection. Customers, including 6,000 residential and 2,000 commercial, will not see interruptions in service, said Gary Skulnik, co-founder and president. Customers will be returned to their utility service effective immediately and will see the change reflected on one of the next two bills.
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
Rep. John Delaney, the first-term Democrat who has become an outspoken critic of the state's troubled health exchange, argued in a letter Tuesday that "every stateā€¦that borders Maryland appears to be outperforming us" as he renewed his call to switch to the federal website. "It is extremely troubling that major problems with the Maryland Health Connection persist," Delaney wrote in his latest letter on the issue to Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration. "It is deeply frustrating that we continue to operate with so little transparency.
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2014
On the second day of the year, I stood naked above the tank of water saturated with Epsom salts, preparing to close myself into total darkness. In less than an hour, I would find myself in a drug-free altered state, feeling my body melt into the warmth and interviewing a vision of a woman playing the piano. I was in the home of artists and musicians Twig Harper and Carly Ptak, a West Baltimore rowhouse with shelves stacked high with books about the occult and psychology and a 9-foot-tall statue of a Yeti-like creature.
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2013
The union representing thousands of Maryland health care workers is renewing a push to apply state labor protections and collective bargaining laws to employees at the University of Maryland Medical Center, a move that hospital officials say is not needed to allow unionizing there. A November opinion from the state attorney general's office spurred 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East to argue that state officials should oversee the hospital's labor relations, which includes not just unionizing but responding to any grievances from nonunion employees.
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2013
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands - There must be something about playing in the Caribbean that brings out the best - or the beast - in Maryland men's basketball sophomore Jake Layman. On a trip last summer to the Bahamas, where the Terps played three games against competition made up mostly of older, local players, the 6-foot-8 swingman was the team's breakout star in a Maryland sweep. And on Friday here at the Paradise Jam, Layman was a big reason why Maryland broke out of another early-game struggle against Marist to run away from the Red Foxes, 68-43 . The Terps (2-2)
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
Business looks to be blooming in Mount Washington's commercial district. On Newbury Street, the Mount Washington Tavern recently celebrated the first anniversary of its reopening after a late-night fire tore through the North Baltimore gathering spot. There are other promising developments in the pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, the longtime home of cozy restaurants like Ethel & Ramone's , Desert Cafe and Crepe du Jour . Ethel & Ramone's will reopen early next year as Ethel's Creole Kitchen . The restaurant is currently closed for renovations.
October 30, 2013
Officials at the World Health Organization warned this week that a recent outbreak of polio among children in Syria potentially could threaten the entire region unless urgent steps are taken to halt its spread. The United Nations reported that the two-and-a half-year Syrian civil war has devastated the country's health-care system, disrupted vaccination programs and left millions of families living in squalid refugee camps whose unsanitary conditions make them ideal breeding grounds for diseases like polio.
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Comedy Central Wednesday renewed three series including "Drunk History" from Lutherville's Derek Waters, a creator and executive producer of the show. The other two are "Key & Peele" and "Brickleberry. " The pickup will give the former a fourth season, while the latter will go into its third. This was the first season for "Drunk History," which in addition to Waters is executive produced by Jeremy Konner, along with Gary Sanchez Productions' Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Owen Burke.
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