December 7, 2012
By now, many have seen the horrific photograph from the front page of the New York Post ("Police question man in N.Y. subway train death," Dec. 5). A man clings helplessly to the platform of a New York subway seconds before he is struck and killed by an oncoming car. The man who took the photograph was lambasted and humiliated on the Today Show by the supreme judges, Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. They questioned, grilled and toasted the photographer. Their assumption was that the photographer should have been attempting to rescue the man who was shoved onto the path of the oncoming subway car. His reasoning was that he took multiple photographs with the flash to try to call attention to the car engineer to get him to stop.
October 30, 2012
For the second consecutive year, transportation crews got their winter tune-up before Halloween, battling blinding rain and high winds as well as slick roads and blizzard conditions. At the height of the storm overnight, 132 state roads were closed and 111 signals were dark, according to the State Highway Administration. As snow piled up at more than an inch an hour in Western Maryland, a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 68 was closed as trucks with snowblower attachments and a "towplow," a double-wide snowplow, cleared the way. At the other end of the state, powerful floodwaters tore apart a 72-inch culvert under Old Ocean City Road and opened a huge sinkhole In all 1,200 SHA workers were on duty from Deep Creek Lake to Ocean City . "The challenge was the intensity and diversity of the storm," said Melinda Peters, SHA administrator.
October 23, 2012
As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, Falls Road was closed near Copper Hill Road, due to an accident. Accidents were slowing traffic on I-95 southbound near I-695 in Baltimore County, Burns Crossing Road near Mount Vista Road in Severn, I-95 northbound near I-395 in Baltimore City, and Route 7 near Stepney Road in Aberdeen. The Maryland Transit Administration is advising patrons of the Metro Subway system that there will be single tracking at the Johns Hopkins Hospital station until Oct. 24 at 4 a.m., due to repair work.
October 12, 2012
All world-class cities have extensive mass transportation systems, but with the exception of Toronto - which has a robust streetcar program to support its massive subway network - virtually every city in North America has abandoned streetcar systems ("A streetcar named Charles?" Oct. 3). Only now are cities like Washington beginning to bring streetcars back as a way to get people from neighborhoods to their subway spurs. Strong mass transportation is critical to strong quality of life, and in a city with high levels of middle- and low-income residents, mass transportation is all the more important.
July 24, 2012
A woman who fell onto the subway track at the State Center Metro station was seriously injured but is expected to survive after crawling into a space under the platform. The incident, which occurred around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, briefly shut down the metro station near the state office building northwest of downtown Baltimore, according to Terry Owens, a spokesman for the Maryland Transit Administration. The victim, who was not identified, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with lacerations and possible broken bones, Owens said.
June 5, 2012
The only one coming out of the 2008 Olympics with anything close to Michael Phelps' star power was his mother, Debbie Phelps. Caught repeatedly on camera at the sidelines rooting for her son -- and tearing up unselfconsciously as he inched closer to Olympics history, Debbie Phelps, a full-time middle school principal, became America's Everymom, and ended the event not only with a book deal, but an arrangement to promote her favorite clothing store,...