July 14, 2000
Mary Jo Lohmeier heard the talk. The owners of Richter Scale, the potential star of her stable, were considering retiring the horse to stud. She told them that the decision was theirs but that the determined Richter Scale was doing better than he had ever done. The owners listened. They chose sportsmanship over almighty breeding dollars and kept the horse training. Tomorrow, Richter Scale could reward them handsomely by winning the prestigious Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park.
December 19, 2007
2005 Michael & David `Earthquake' Syrah From: Lodi, Calif. Price: $28 Serve with: Roast turkey, game stew Many wines are scored on a 50- to 100-point scale. This one deserves to be measured on the Richter scale. It's a booming, full-bodied, high-alcohol red wine that fully lives up to its name. But under the big blackberry fruit, there's a wine with a supple, almost creamy texture. There are nuances of herbs, chocolate and cassis, and the finish is long and satisfying. For those with patience, the wine has the backbone to age well for many years.
January 18, 1995
The devastating earthquake near Kobe yesterday showed that the Japanese know less about earthquakes than they had thought. This is bad news for others in highly developed areas prone to earthquakes, particularly California and Italy, because the Japanese probably know more than anyone else.Measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale, the Kobe quake had a known death toll yesterday of 1,800 and climbing, 1,000 missing, more than 6,000 injured and 70,000 displaced from more than 8,000 damaged or destroyed buildings.
April 9, 1993
Another minor earthquake rattled parts of Columbia early yesterday, the 12th since March 10, experts said.The earthquake was reported about 5:10 a.m. yesterday in central Columbia registering between 1.0 and 1.5 on the Richter scale, said Emery Cleaves, director of the Maryland Geological Survey. There were no reports of damage or injuries.The epicenter, or the origin of the earthquake, hasn't been determined yet.But it did occur in the same general area as the others near Routes 29 and 32, Mr. Cleaves said.
July 15, 2000
The Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash today at Laurel Park is a racing rarity: a Grade I sprint. Even more than the Preakness and Pimlico Special, the state's other major thoroughbred races, the De Francis Dash carries great clout in determining winners of coveted Eclipse awards honoring the year's top horses. The winner of the Dash will shine brighter in racing's firmament at year's end than the winners of the Preakness for 3-year-olds or the Pimlico Special for older horses. They will compete for attention with winners of comparable or greater races within their division.
April 29, 2005
The earliest recorded earthquake in Maryland occurred in Annapolis, causing a 50-second tremor in the area. The April 24, 1758, quake was preceded by subterranean noises and could be felt in parts of Pennsylvania. There is no written record of its magnitude. The next earthquake recorded in Annapolis was in 1876, when another slight tremor shook the city. The most recent quake to shake Annapolis occurred this year on the morning of Feb. 23, when a minor tremor originated about 10 miles northeast of the city in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. The quake had a magnitude of about 2 on the Richter scale.