By Andrea K. Walker | February 19, 2013
Cosmetic surgery is on the rise, led by people getting chemical peels, laser hair removal and other minimally-invasive procedures, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Plastic surgery procedures increased 5 percent in 2012 with doctors performing 14.6 million procedures. Minimally invasive procedures increased 6 percent and surgical procedures declined 2 percent. The top minimally invasive procedures were:   •     Botulinum toxin type A (6.1 million procedures, up 8 percent)
Tim Wheeler | October 8, 2014
With minor flooding forecast Wednesday morning for Baltimore and elsewhere along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, there's a new warning that rising seas are likely to encroach more often and reach farther inland in coming decades. The National Weather Service issued a coastal flooding advisory Tuesday night for Anne Arundel, Calvert and Harford counties and southern Baltimore. Onshore winds combined with higher than normal tides were expected to cause "minor shoreline inundation" in low-lying areas.
February 9, 2012
The Sun's recent article about growlers exposed more of Maryland's regulatory absurdities ("A growing movement to widen growler sales," Feb. 5). "Statewide restrictions limit the sale of growlers to brewpubs ... excluding bars and most restaurants. " If there were no restrictions, wouldn't more good beer be sold and thus increase the tax revenues? Maybe it's time to rethink our prohibitionist system. James Bauernschmidt, Severna Park
By Donna Owens and For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
More than 150 years ago, famed philosopher Henry David Thoreau published his iconic book “Walden,” which chronicled his two years living as one with nature in a cabin set on Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Today, some travelers who seek a Walden-esque experience still want 21st-century amenities and perks. At Blue Moon Rising, a new eco-friendly vacation village nestled in the mountains of Western Maryland, they'll find the best of both worlds. Following a soft opening in fall 2013, the retreat officially opened to guests June 27. Tucked away on 15 wooded acres replete with towering oak, hickory and hemlock trees, various flora, fauna and a quiet stream, the property boasts 14 environmentally conscious, compact and energy-efficient cabins (ranging from 300 to 450 square feet)
By Teddy Greenstein, Tribune newspapers | August 14, 2010
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Matt Kuchar reported feeling both hungry and sick after his alarm clock sounded at 4:30 a.m. Friday. "I just don't feel good when I get five hours of sleep," he said. But Kuchar insisted his mood was fine. The former college and amateur star might be the cheeriest man on the PGA Tour, with a smile frequency that rivals that of Phil Mickelson. It was merely his body, he said, that needed time to "click" after the short turnaround following Thursday's play at the PGA Championship, which was halted by darkness.
Gus G. Sentementes | April 5, 2012
About a fifth of American adults have read an ebook in the past year, a figure likely helped along by the recent holiday surge in the sale of tablet and e-reader devices, according to a report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Before the holidays last year, 17 percent of adults had read an ebook in the previous year. That number jumped to 21 percent after the holiday. E-book readers are more voracious than non-e-book readers, the study found. E-book readers read an average of 24 books over the previous year, whereas those who read paper-based books averaged 15 books.
Tim Wheeler | August 20, 2012
Sea level rise along the mid-Atlantic coast made headlines over the weekend, as Gannett newspapers on the Delmarva Peninsula and in New Jersey launched a series of stories examining how climate change could swamp shorefront homes and resort communities, hamper farming and even contaminate municipal water supplies. Scientists say the Atlantic coast from around Boston to North Carolina is in a "hot zone" where sea level is expected to rise even faster than elsewhere as a result of the planet's warming and related changes in ocean currents.
By Luke Broadwater | May 6, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. National  • Paul on the rise: CNN poll says Ron Paul has best chance against Obama . (CNN)  • And his money's on the rise, too: Paul raises more than  $1 million in one day . (  • A fourth war? U.S. launches drone strike in Yeme n. (Washington Post)
By Andrea K. Walker | and Under Armour: Quarterly earnings rise due to strong apparel sales | January 28, 2010
Sports apparel maker Under Armour said Thursday that quarterly earnings rose because of strong apparel sales. The Baltimore company reported net income of $15.2 million for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31. That was compared to $8.3 million for the same period a year ago. Revenue increased 24 percent to $222.2 million. "Our strong apparel growth in the fourth quarter are great evidence that our brand is resonating with new customers," said Chairman and CEO Kevin Plank.
By Andrea K. Walker | | February 2, 2010
Chemical maker W.R. Grace said quarterly earnings increased 6.9 percent as it cut costs and improved profit margins despite operating under bankruptcy in a weak economy. The Columbia-based company, which has about 1,100 workers in the area, posted net income of $46.4 million, or 63 cents per share, for the quarter ended Dec. 31. That was compared to $43.4 million, or 60 cents per share, for the same period a year ago. The company attributed positive earnings to cost cutting and realignment of its product portfolio.
By Mary Johnson and For The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, already a known Annapolis arts destination, solidified that role last Sunday with a celebration unveiling the results of its $1.6 million renovation - a project that includes 543 new seats, an orchestra pit, stage extension and improved acoustics. Brief performances were offered by Maryland Hall's four resident companies: Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Opera, Annapolis Chorale and Ballet Theatre of Maryland. The 170 voices of the Annapolis Chorale, together with the chamber orchestra, opened the concert auspiciously with "O fortuna" from "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff.
September 29, 2014
Harford Christian beat Rising Sun, 3-2, in girls field hockey action Monday afternoon. The game was tied 1-1 at halftime. Scoring for Harford Christian were Julia Smith, Sue Edwards and Lily Loomis. Mallory Tiffin and Brianna Baily found the net for Rising Sun. Harford Christian's AudreyAnna Howell had fives saves in goal, while Rising Sun's Maddie Hurm had nine. In other field hockey action Monday, Havre de Grace lost to Tome, 1-0. No game details were provided. CMW, NH settle for tie Even penalty strokes couldn't decide Friday afternoon's field hockey game between North Harford and C. Milton Wright, who had to settle for a 2-2 tie. The game was scoreless through regulation and overtime, then each team scored twice on the penalty strokes - Gabby Karr and Meredith Parks for the Hawks and Olivia Beachley and Emilee Hailey for the Mustangs.
September 24, 2014
My heart is very saddened today as I listen and read the media reports related to the radical and terrorist units in the Middle East who are speaking out as they describe various avenues by which they eventually hope to destroy the U.S. units in that area, particularly by the leaders of the ISIS in Iraq and Syria. In my opinion, strong defensive action must be taken at this point if the U.S. is to survive. It is possible that the U.S. could take another pounding similar to the one we received in 9/11, which was planned and executed by terrorists enjoying sanctuary in Afghanistan.
Tim Wheeler | September 15, 2014
Baltimore and Annapolis are likely to suffer serious coastal flooding again before this century is over, and people and property in Ocean City and on the lower Eastern Shore face even greater risks as climate change accelerates sea level rise along Maryland's extensive shoreline, warns a new report. Drawing on new government data and projections, Climate Centra l, a nonprofit research and information group, calculates that 41,000 homes with 55,000 residents in the state are in danger under mid-range sea-level rise projections if storm-driven flooding surges five feet above the high tide line - which it did in the Baltimore area and elsewhere during Tropical Storm Isabel in 2003.
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
September's full moon arrives at 9:38 p.m. Monday , known as both the Corn and Harvest moon. American Indians named it the Corn moon for coinciding with the crop's harvest, whereas the Harvest moon can fall in September or October, depending on which full moon is closest to the autumnal equinox, Sept. 23 this year. It is the third of three consecutive "supermoons," as it coincides with lunar perigee, when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit. Such a coincidence can make the moon look larger and brighter than when full moons are closer to apogee, their furthest point from Earth, though it can be hard to tell with the naked eye. The celestial wonders don't stop there -- next month's full moon is not far from being considered a supermoon, and it coincides with a lunar eclipse that can give the moon a reddish hue, dubbed a "Blood Moon.
August 29, 2014
Commentator Dan Ervin's recent discussion of the region's need for nuclear power argues that green alternatives such as wind and solar power can't adequately meet our energy needs ( "The nuclear option Aug. 26). He goes on to describe how green nuclear power is and how it won't contribute to global warming by contributing to carbon dioxide emissions. OK, I'll buy that. But isn't one of the most established facts about global warming the rise in sea levels we've already experience right here in the Chesapeake Bay?
June 15, 2012
The characterization by Adil E. Shamoo and Bonnie Bricker ("Egypt's hopeful path," June 7) of Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate for the upcoming Egyptian presidential runoff, as a moderate is an exercise in wishful thinking. The Arabic website of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood regularly features articles denying the Holocaust and warning Muslims against the covetous and exploitative nature of the "Jewish character," extolling jihad and martyrdom, and condemning Egypt's peace treaty with Israel.
July 8, 2011
After reviewing my 2011 real property tax bill, I see an increase in the amount of tax I am being assessed resulting from a reduction in the homestead tax credit by 5 percent. This automatic annual increase will continue each year until my homestead tax credit is eliminated. Why hasn't the Howard County Council addressed this issue and eliminated this automatic annual increase in real property taxes until the economy improves? As a retired senior citizen I haven't seen an increase in income for two years, but I must continue paying more taxes for the same services.
Kayla Bawroski and For The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
The change is gradual but noticeable: Fewer wheels are traveling Harford County's back roads. But it's not from some miraculous traffic decrease - bicycling is on the rise, and Harford's travelers are making the switch from four wheels to two. For Neil Buchness, it started as a way to shake up his commute to work from South Bel Air to Abingdon. Two or three days a week, he'd take the roads with “nice wide shoulders, somewhat flat,” to the office, and “the next thing you know, you have four bikes in the garage.” Buchness is now the president of Chesapeake Spokes, a Harford County bicycling club that's grown from 40 to 200 members since it began four years ago. The bicycling increase is so tangible that in recent years the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning has created a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, complete with a website due to launch this fall.
By Kevin Rector and Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Baltimore city and county leaders announced Tuesday that they are committing a combined $280 million to fund construction of the Red Line light rail even as the estimated cost for the project has ballooned to $2.9 billion. The local contributions are considered critical for the Woodlawn-to-East Baltimore transit line to proceed. As federal transportation funding has dwindled in recent years, officials prioritizing infrastructure improvements around the country have favored projects that include state and local cost sharing.
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