September 22, 2013
Do me a favor: Save this op-ed in a folder somewhere and promise to open it up in five years. Let's see how many of us remember what today we're calling the "Navy Yard Shootings" - and, more importantly, whether we as a society decided to do something about the mass killings that increasingly are a part of life in the United States. If we can summon the will to make a change, whether it's enacting new laws or (I hope) trying new tactics that take into account the cultural norms that promote violence as a way to solve problems, real or perceived, what does that look like?
August 23, 2013
Amateur Golf Joiner, Luo win titles at Turf Valley Resort; Md. golfers dot top 20 Tyler Joiner of Albany, Ga., won the JoS. A. Bank/David Leadbetter Championship in Ellicott City after a 3-under-par 210 forced a sudden-death playoff against Kevin Conners of Downington, Pa. In the girls division, Julie Luo of Centreville, Va., won with a tournament total of 6-over-par 219. Jake Leavitt of Woodstock tied for fourth with a...
August 14, 2013
Ocean City began the summer with high hopes for a blockbuster season, fueled by a newly rebuilt fishing pier, the return of the Dew Tour and the possibility of an influx of tourists from northern beaches ravaged by superstorm Sandy. But nature had a different vision: rain and lots of it. "It's been a noticeably slower summer, and that's mostly because of the weather," said G. Jordan, manager of Treasure Island Sunglasses, who has worked on the Boardwalk for five years. "The ocean is supposed to offer sun," and when it doesn't, he said, people go elsewhere.
June 25, 2013
So far this season, Ocean City has seen brawls on the boardwalk, robberies and even a few stabbings. Town councilman Brent Ashley has had enough. The vocal advocate for Maryland's resort city says what's urgently needed is a return to decency. For a start, he said, people can pull up their pants or perhaps put on a shirt and shoes in the evening. Ashley is proposing a decency law for Ocean City that could be modeled on a recent law passed in Wildwood, N.J. That law calls for a $25 fine for wearing saggy pants - those that fall 3 inches or more from the waistline - on the boardwalk.
June 20, 2013
Cha-ching. Ah, the sweet sound of cash registers opening and closing. That sound will be heard throughout Ocean City this weekend as thousands of people file into the resort for the third annual Dew Tour. The extreme sports event spans four days and brings some of the best skaters and BMX riders in the world to Maryland's coast. Kathy Enste, who owns Dandy Don's Bike Rentals on Atlantic Avenue with her husband, Don, said business is always better when the Dew Tour is in town. "The weather looks absolutely perfect for this weekend, which means more customers to ride bikes," she said.
June 15, 2013
The Maryland Economic Development Corp. expects to fall short next year on payments to investors who bought the bonds that funded the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, a state-owned golf resort hotel and conference center on the Eastern Shore. Known as default, a failure to meet bond payments may increase investor scrutiny of MEDCO, a company created by the General Assembly to aid economic development throughout Maryland, experts say, but it will not affect the state's credit rating.