May 7, 2013
On our TV Lust blog, we recently dubbed Stephanie Drake's character, Meredith, the Most Oblivious Employee on "Mad Men. " Does the scene where Joan throws a model airplane at a helpless receptionist ring a bell? That was her. But Drake insists her character has more guts and work ethic than meets the eye. After chatting with her, we're starting to agree. But will this plucky secretary continue to butt heads with Joan? This is your second season on 'Mad Men.' What's your favorite part about working on this show?
May 2, 2013
Aberdeen freshman Stephanie Jones is one of 33 players who have accepted invitations to try out for the USA Basketball women's under-16 national team later this month in Colorado Springs, Colo. Jones, a 6-foot-1 All-Metro forward, led the No. 2 Eagles to the Class 3A state championship in March, averaging 17.3 points and 9.2 rebounds. Although she plays strong on the inside, Jones could also handle the ball and hit 3-pointers. Jones' quickness and versatility were keys to the Eagles' stifling defense and quick-strike offense after her sister, 6-foot-3 Maryland-bound senior Brionna Jones, was lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in January.
April 26, 2013
What are some easy spring decorating tips? Bring the outside in: Cut your daffodils, hyacinth, forsythia and other early bloomers and make a centerpiece. Buy a bouquet of flowers and divide them into small little bud vases and sprinkle them throughout the home. Get the kids involved: Frame your children's spring pictures. Sub out your art for their framed pictures and create your own spring gallery wall. Switch out your accent pieces: Just like rotating your wardrobe you can do the same with your interior.
March 11, 2013
Stephanie Stella Barczak, a retired seamstress and an avid polka dancer, celebrates her upcoming 100th birthday with five generations of women. From left front, great-great-grandmother Stephanie Stella Barczak and Ellie J. Cronin of Bel Air; back row from left, Joan Shirley Pritchett, Jessica Cronin of Bel Air and Donna Morris of Street.
March 1, 2013
Defending state champion Aberdeen found itself in unfamiliar playoff territory Friday night, trailing City at halftime of the Class 3A North girls basketball final. Still, it wasn't anything a defensive tweak and small scoring spurt couldn't fix. Fortunately for the No. 2 Eagles, the defensive tweak helped spark a big scoring spurt with 24 straight points, setting them on course for a 73-45 victory and their third straight regional title. Freshman Stephanie Jones scored 11 of her 33 points and had 10 of her 21 rebounds as host Aberdeen took off in the third quarter.
February 28, 2013
Stephanie Bradshaw Inc., the Baltimore-based design company, is moving into the Clipper Mill area of the city from its current Cockeysville location, which was home to the firm for two years. "I'm excited to bring my business into the city and to be a part of its growing design community," said Stephanie Bradshaw, founder and creative director of the company. The firm includes wedding and event design and planning, interior design and personal styling. "I feel like Baltimore is definitely finding its place," she said.
February 24, 2013
There were two odd things about Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's presentation Wednesday at the Walters Art Museum to introduce "Change to Grow," her ambitious plan to put Baltimore's budget on a sustainable path, cut taxes and increase investments in infrastructure. First: the trivial. As her PowerPoint ended, music swelled in the background, specifically the opening guitar riffs to U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name," which includes the lines, "City's aflood/And our love turns to rust/We're beaten and blown by the wind/Trampled in dust.
February 12, 2013
About a year ago, Stephanie Barber looked up Bob Seger's 1976 classic "Night Moves" on YouTube, trying to figure out the lyrics. "I started reading the comments, and I just spent hours reading, and I cried, and I was like, 'Oh my god, this is so moving, this forum," Barber said. Barber, a Baltimore artist and writer, turned those unedited YouTube comments into a book called "Night Moves. " It's her way of exploring human nature, especially through relatively new public forums like YouTube.
February 11, 2013
Mr. President, Madam Comptroller, Senators and Delegates, members of the City Council, clergy, colleagues in public service, committed people of Baltimore - thank you for the opportunity to report on the progress of our city and to renew our commitment to the great cause of a growing Baltimore. Mr. President, thank you for the invitation to speak before the Council and for your candor, conscience, and commitment to Baltimore's future. We share an understanding that the privilege to lead comes from the people - and that our success is measured in our service toward them and in the achievement of tangible results for the greater good.
February 6, 2013
A report by a consultant hired by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration paints a dire picture of future city finances — opening the door for Baltimore officials to propose widespread cuts, including to city employees' health and pension benefits. The report by Philadelphia-based Public Financial Management Inc. concluded that Baltimore is facing a structural deficit of nearly $750 million over the next 10 years. It pointed to pension and health care costs as the two biggest drivers of the city's projected deficit.