July 24, 2012
A geographical blessing we in Maryland share is our proximity to our nation's capital. Regardless of politics,Washington, D.C., is a majestic city whose stature in national and world history is on par with the likes of London, Rome, Tokyo, Madrid, Alexandria and Constantinople. A key reason for its standing, in addition to the moral and economic strength of the nation behind it, is that it serves as more than a political capital. It also is home to a repositories of publicly-accessible documents and artifacts that are arguably the greatest collection of human knowledge ever compiled.
January 18, 2012
The Inner Harbor's carousel, which has delighted children for three decades and drawn attention as an historic artifact, has been ordered to move by the end of March, a victim of sagging sales and unpaid bills. But the man who brought the 106-year old Herschel Spillman amusement ride and its hand-carved wooden animals to the harbor is vowing to fight back, hoping donations and outrage will help overturn the city's decision to terminate his contract. "They'll have to drag me out kicking and screaming," owner Richard H. Knight said Wednesday outside the carousel, which was closed for winter.
July 30, 2010
Annapolis marketing executive Joel Machak relished the challenge thrown his way 25 years ago when he worked for a Chicago ad agency: Create a public service campaign to promote the use of seat belts. It was a daunting task. In 1985, fewer than one in five Americans wore seat belts, and many believed it would be safer in an accident to be thrown from a car. All of the TV spots on seat belt use at the time were somber, and some of them were terrifying. Moreover, Machak and a colleague thought, none of them worked.
March 16, 2008
A year after a financial scandal forced the head of the Smithsonian Institution to resign, the organization announced yesterday that it had named a highly regarded university president, G. Wayne Clough of the Georgia Institute of Technology, as its new chief. Clough, 66, a civil engineer by training, was selected Friday night as the new secretary, or chief executive, in a unanimous vote of the Smithsonian's board of regents, officials said at a news conference in Washington. He will assume the post July 1. He faces the task of restoring stability to an institution that is struggling with a $2.5 billion shortfall, crumbling buildings and the repercussions of last year's scandal.
April 22, 2007
Does it seem as though your lilacs are opening earlier than they did in your childhood? Have you noticed the dogwood, wild columbine and Virginia bluebells blooming earlier? It's not your imagination. Though there are certainly seasonal fluctuations from year to year, as the recent cool spell can attest, studies are showing global warming is having an effect on our gardens. "Many plants are blooming weeks earlier than they used to," says David Inouye, professor of biology at the University of Maryland, College Park.
October 1, 2006
Freer at 100 It was the first of the Smithsonian Institution's art galleries. And this year it's celebrating its centennial. The Freer Gallery of Art presents a daylong celebration Saturday. The museum was founded in 1906 by Detroit railroad-car manufacturer Charles Lang Freer, who donated his Asian art collection to the Smithsonian Institution's regents and donated money for the building in which to house the art. Today, the museum still houses an extensive collection of east Asian art. All day Saturday, visitors to the museum can take part in an Asian-themed 100th birthday celebration.