July 19, 2013
A mechanical problem stalled an Amtrak train south of Baltimore Friday evening, stranding its 404 passengers for about 40 minutes, an Amtrak spokeswoman said. The Northeast Regional train, number 83, was headed from Boston to Newport News, Va., when it stopped south of Baltimore's Penn Station, Vernae Graham said. The power may have gone out in the cars for a short time, she said, before the passengers were taken to a MARC train that took them to Washington. There, they transferred to another southbound Amtrak train to continue the trip, Graham said.
July 16, 2013
Last year, the Strand Theater Company , "dedicated to providing opportunities for women actors, designers, directors, and writers," scored quite a coup with the appointment of noted writer and performer Rain Pryor as artistic director in time for its fifth season. Unfortunately for the company, Pryor's own career took off anew during the season, with a popular run of her one-woman show in New York, and she decided it was best to step down from the Strand post. Pryor will be succeeded by Elissa Goetschius, a director and dramaturg who has worked in the area with Glass Mind Theatre, EMP Collective and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
October 29, 2012
If you were hoping to escape the misery of Sandy's looming impact on the Mid-Atlantic, it's too late. Major air, rail and bus carriers have canceled most trips into Tuesday. Delta Airlines offered the last scheduled flights out of town Monday morning from Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, where most airlines have canceled service for the rest of today. BWI officials said late Sunday that it would offer a "very" limited number of flights on Monday. Southwest Airlines suspended service at the airport effective at 10 p.m. Sunday night.
August 4, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - There was plenty of blame to go around after the Orioles' 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night, but very little of it could be placed on right-hander Tommy Hunter. Yes, Hunter's biggest problem this season has been his inability to keep the ball in the park. But Hunter pitched well against the Rays, falling just one out short of a quality start. He made two mistakes, a pair of solo home runs that - combined with the Orioles' continued struggles with runners in scoring position - proved to be the difference before an announced 18,410 at Tropicana Field.
April 16, 2012
As long as the General Assembly's top leaders are planning a special session to pick up the state's budget where last they left it, here's another item to add to the agenda: No MTA fare hike unless it's part of a broader agenda to revive the financially-depleted Transportation Trust Fund. Little noticed in all the debate in Annapolis over spending cuts and new taxes was an instruction added to what's known as the BRFA (the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act), the bill that each year accompanies the budget, that requires the Maryland Transit Administration to raise fares on bus, light rail and subway services every two years to meet a 35 percent farebox recovery rate and keep up with the Consumer Price Index.
March 21, 2012
On March 12, my wife and I entered Catonsville, via Frederick Road, traveling east to a doctor appointment at 4 p.m. Suddenly, our car was enveloped in a cloud of steam coming from the engine, forcing us to stop on the side of the road. An urgent call to AAA assured us that assistance would arrive in 30-45 minutes. Some 15-20 minutes later, as I was examining the engine, a gentleman, approaching from behind, tapped me on my shoulder to ask the nature of our problem. I assumed he was the AAA service contractor.