August 16, 2014
The Ravens could ill afford another injury at cornerback, but that's exactly what they got barely three minutes into their game tonight against the Dallas Cowboys . Jimmy Smith , their top healthy cornerback, came down hard on his back defending a long sideline incompletion to Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant . Smith got up after the play and slapped himself on the helmet but then he went immediately down to his knees. Flanked by the team's medical staff, he ultimately walked gingerly back to the sideline, where he was spitting out blood before he was ultimately taken to the locker room.
August 14, 2014
Inner city kids appear to suffer more from food allergies than the general population, according to new research lead by Johns Hopkins Children's Center . Researchers had already found that kids in four large cities are more vulnerable to asthma and environmental allergies. The new findings, which were published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology , show 10 percent of the kids were allergic to milk, eggs or peanuts, the three most common food allergens. Just six percent of kids nationally are allergic to these foods, according to National Institute of Health estimates.
August 6, 2014
The crisis may have eased in Toledo , but the toxic algae in Lake Erie that contaminated the water supply for 500,000 people in Ohio continues to plague lakes and rivers across the country, including here in Maryland. Lake Williston, a swimming hole for a Girl Scout camp in Caroline County, is off limits this summer because of dangerous levels of a toxin in its water. So is 75-acre Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park in Montgomery County. Same for Northwest Creek, a 100-acre impoundment on Kent Island in Queen Anne's County.
July 15, 2014
I feel that there must be a better solution to the disability placard problem than to place the burden on the disabled ( "New rules require disabled drivers to pay for handicap spots," July 10). Disabled folks do not have the strength or mobility to obtain change from sources near their parking meters. They may need to return to the meter several times to deposit coins. A trip to Baltimore city attractions would be futile. Parking tickets would increase for the disabled through no fault of their own. The theft of disability placards to be sold to selfish and insensitive people is a criminal act affecting our most vulnerable citizens.
July 13, 2014
A city firefighter suffered a minor burn Sunday while battling a one-alarm blaze in East Baltimore, the fire department said. The firefighter was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment, said Ian Brennan, a Baltimore fire department spokesman. No one else was injured. The mid-morning fire spread to both floors of an occupied rowhome in the 1500 block of Cliftview Avenue, Brennan said. The agency is investigating the cause of the fire. email@example.com twitter.com/jsmithhopkins
July 9, 2014
The Orioles ideally wanted to work right-hander Bud Norris back into the rotation gradually as he returned from his trip to the disabled list with a right groin strain, and a key caveat of that in the eyes of manager Buck Showalter was getting Norris two starts before the All-Star break. Tuesday's rainout at Nationals Park put a wrench in those plans, postponing Norris' first start in 2 1/2 weeks until the Orioles' return to Camden Yards on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals.