February 24, 2006
HOLLYWOOD -- The host gets the photo shoot, the nominees get the luncheon and the winners, of course, get the Oscars. But the people who make the Academy Awards telecast possible get the cool Oscar gear - sweat shirts and hats emblazoned with the show's number and famous logo. That and all the assorted "truck food" they can eat. The Academy Awards show is consistently the largest entertainment-driven live broadcast in the world, and it takes roughly 1,000 people to make it happen. At this year's production meeting, there were more than 200 in the room, representing the disparate areas of expertise the show requires, from the medical staff to the stage manager, from the set designer to the telephone technician, the limousine coordinator to the director.
March 27, 2005
Management program offers incentive to farmers The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Maryland is offering a $1,000 incentive payment to farmers who are willing to develop a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Program. The payment is offered through the 2005 Environmental Quality Incentive Program. The conservation service will have participants' plans written for them at no cost. The goal of the management program is to protect water quality, obtain beneficial use from animal manure and minimize impact on the environment and public health from animal-feeding operations.
March 25, 2004
OH, YOU gotta love Donald Trump. The Donald is the sort of guy who hears himself called shallow, narcissistic and vulgarly ostentatious and thinks: "They say that like it's a bad thing." The man has absolutely no shame. In fact, the only person in the whole country with less shame is his hair stylist. In another stunning example of rich-guy greed, America's favorite billionaire real-estate tycoon is now attempting to trademark the phrase "You're fired" that he utters on his popular TV reality show The Apprentice.
January 16, 2004
Painfully cold Arctic air gripped the Northeast and dipped into Maryland yesterday - forcing shelters in Baltimore to stay open all night, trapping ferries in ice in New York, and prompting warnings to bundle up from Maine to Washington. Thermometers overnight registered single digits from the northern reaches of the Mid-Atlantic - and in an extreme case, 36 degrees below zero at Saranac Lake, N.Y. Baltimore was blasted with icy air from the Canadian frontier, forcing many people to stay indoors despite illusory sunshine.
January 1, 2004
Rick Preston estimates he has spent more than $4,000 on Ravens gear since 1996, but there he was yesterday morning, pawing through the racks of jerseys, jackets and T-shirts at Modell's Sporting Goods in the Arundel Mills mall. "I don't have division championship stuff," said Preston, 47, who lives in New Market in Frederick County and also said he wears only Ravens apparel from the time training camp opens until the season ends. Preston, a Verizon technician who was wearing a black Ravens cap and a black Ravens fleece over a black Ravens shirt, could be excused for not yet having the latest look.
September 12, 2002
I've been writing about technology for 17 years, give or take, but I never cease to be amazed by its potential to improve the human condition. Consider last week's announcement of yet another astonishing breakthrough from IBM. You may have read about it. No, no, it wasn't the emergency response system IBM is building for the nation's capital, or its work on the world's most powerful electron microscope, or its nanotube transistors, or its research into...