October 27, 2012
Hell in a Cell is one of WWE's most prolific matches. In the past, it has been used as a capstone to end bitter rivalries. But, in recent years, it's become a standalone pay-per-view, an annual tradition. This year, the cell won't be used to settle a long-standing score, but rather to test an up-and-coming star against the WWE Champion clamoring for respect and a modern-day record title reign. Five of the six championships in WWE are scheduled to be defended, adding another layer of intrigue to Sunday's show, as it's rare that almost all the titles are defended on one pay-per-view.
October 22, 2012
Things can always get worse, can't they? I used to think reviewing any Baltimore Ravens telecast with Dan Dierdorf and Greg Gumbel in the broadcast booth was about as bad as things could get on my beat. But Sunday, I found out there was a much lower rung of hell to which the TV gods could send me: reviewing a Ravens telecast with Dierdorf and Gumbel in the booth and the Ravens playing really, really poorly for most of the game. I thought the 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans would never end. I went to my iPhone (about a thousand times)
October 20, 2012
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith appears to not only have good taste in jewelry but also to be engaged to his lady love. Smith (@TorreySmithWR) posted this update on Twitter late Friday afternoon: "Gave @LibraLadii_ this now she will be stuck with me for a long time. " The post was accompanied by a link to Smith's Instagram feed, which did indeed show a hand with a dazzling ring on it. According to Twitter, the hand - and the ring - belong to Chanel Williams, who is listed as the owner of the Twitter handle @LibraLadii_.
October 8, 2012
A Friday night celebration had a nice ring to it for the Loyola men's lacrosse team. One with 34 jewels, in fact. The Greyhounds received their NCAA championship rings Friday for beating Maryland, 9-3, on May 28 in Foxborough, Mass. In addition to the jewels, the bands feature a large Loyola "L" in the middle. "This is an opportunity tonight to remember the journey this team went on," coach Charley Toomey said before presenting the rings. "This is a time to remember the successful team this was. " The Greyhounds handed out team awards before the ring ceremony.
October 2, 2012
Most who ride the St. Charles Avenue streetcar through New Orleans' Garden District are immediately smitten, not only by the city's charm but also by the convenience and nostalgia of the historic trolley. Many other cities, Baltimore included, have tried to offer light rail as a more modern take on that classic form of street-level transportation. So it's not surprising that many folks who live in Charles Village and other points along Charles Street are taken by the notion of a streetcar running through their neighborhood, too. Eighty years ago, Baltimore was a city that largely ran on streetcars, with more than 400 miles of track crisscrossing the city, including portions of Charles and St. Paul streets in Charles Village.
September 27, 2012
In a moving ceremony in front of 70,944 rain-soaked fans, Jamal Lewis was inducted into the Ravens' Ring of Honor at halftime of the their game against the Cleveland Brownson Thursday night. The former Ravens running back was joined by Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, vice president and general manager Ozzie Newsome, Baltimore Colts Hall of Fame running back Lenny Moore and former Ravens Peter Boulware, Michael McCrary and Jonathan Ogden on the field at M&T Bank Stadium. In an emotional speech, Lewis thanked Ravens fans, his teammates and especially Newsome for so many memorable years in Baltiimore.
September 21, 2012
Wedding day: Sept. 2, 2012 The bride: Julie Straus-Harris, 32, grew up in Potomac. She is a law clerk in the Baltimore chambers of Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Her late father, Dr. Stephen E. Straus, was the director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. Her mother, Barbara E. Straus, retired as the assistant to the principal at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville.
September 7, 2012
Ring Factory Elementary School in Bel Air received another prestigious honor Friday when it was announced as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. According to Harford County Public Schools, Ring Factory Elementary is one of just 10 public and private schools in the state and 269 in the nation to receive this prestigious distinction for students achieving at very high levels or making significant improvements in levels of achievements.
September 6, 2012
Editor: County Executive David Craig's claim that he opposes the planned Walmart on Route 924 but can't do anything about it rings somewhat hollow to those familiar with his past dealing with developers. When Ryan Homes was told by the Development Advisory Committee that the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance would not allow them to proceed with a large condominium and town home project at Monmouth Meadows (see DAC meeting minutes, 11/03/10, 5/4/11), they confidently continued to sell the condo units.
August 27, 2012
It may be a desire for immortality that pushes some athletes to seek to transcend the limitations of mere mortal bodies through the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Certainly Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner and Olympic champion, seemed well on his way to achieving that status in sports legend. But it all came crashing down on Friday, when he announced he would no longer contest charges by the United States Anti-Doping Agency that his victories were tainted by illegal doping.