September 22, 2004
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - What if Baltimore County schools absorbed Baltimore City schools, and families in the newly formed district had a wide choice of schools in a carefully crafted plan intended to promote racial diversity? Such a "metropolitan" cure to school segregation has been discussed for years. I have in my hopeless chest a lawsuit drafted by a local lawyer that would have forced a city-county merger three decades ago. It was never filed. What didn't happen in Baltimore, however, did occur 30 years ago in this river city that plays host to the Kentucky Derby.
October 31, 2002
Chang-Lin Tien, 67, who as chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, was the first Asian-American to head a major U.S. university, died Tuesday, the school announced. He had suffered a stroke after surgery for a brain tumor two years ago. An expert on thermal science, Mr. Tien, an engineering professor, helped developed the insulating tiles for the space shuttle and worked on the Saturn rocket boosters used in the space program. In 1999, the International Astronomical Union renamed an asteroid Tienchanglin in his honor.
October 15, 2000
Philip Grant Davidson Jr., 98, the president of the University of Louisville from 1951 to 1967, died Friday in Nashville, Tenn. Mr. Davidson is credited with integrating the school. During his tenure, the university more than tripled its annual budget.
December 3, 1999
A few months ago, Margaret E. Keck couldn't even spell Grawemeyer. Now she's won one.The Johns Hopkins University political science professor, who once wanted to write the great American novel, instead co-wrote a book judged to be one of the great "Ideas for Improving World Order," as the prize is called.As a result, she gets $100,000, half of a little-known but lucrative award named after H. Charles Grawemeyer, the Louisville, Ky., businessman who endowed it with $9 million in 1987.Keck and Kathryn Sikkink of the University of Minnesota won the $200,000 prize for "Activists Beyond Borders," a look at how nongovernmental organizations -- advocacy groups of various kinds -- have ridden the information highway to an increasingly important role on the international political stage.
September 6, 1998
He was nicknamed the "Golden Arm," but John Unitas is now in bronze -- all 7 feet, 1,000 pounds of quarterback, which makes for an impressive monument.Family, friends and former college teammates were present for the unveiling of the Unitas statue yesterday preceding the dedication of the University of Louisville's new Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, an impressive facility that opened for its inaugural game with the University of Kentucky.The statue was created by sculptor Frederick Kail of Lutherville, a friend of Unitas' for 43 years, who said putting it together was a "labor of love."
June 29, 1998
TOWSON -- Community groups from older, lower-income neighborhoods that need money to make physical improvements can get up to $10,000 through the county's Community Conservation Action Grant program by applying before July 20.Groups are required to match 25 percent of the grants -- at least half in cash -- for projects such as community tree maintenance, welcoming signs, renovations to a community center building or other physical projects.The county has up to $200,000 annually for the program, half of which is supplied by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.