September 22, 2011
Baltimore's book festival got here first. Organizers of the 16th annual Baltimore Book Festival, which opens Friday, say they aren't fazed that a larger, glitzier, more star-studded event is being held on the exact same weekend just 40 miles to the south. They aren't concerned that the upstart National Book Festival will feature celebrity authors the likes of actress Julianne Moore, or that the Washington extravaganza is expanding this year from one day to two. But not everyone is as gracious.
July 22, 2011
All MARC trains will experience significant delays, ranging from 20 to 50 minutes, late this afternoon, the Maryland Transit Administration said Friday. The MTA said there was only one track available between Washington and Bowie, a track problem near Odenton, and disabled Amtrak trains at the New Carrollton and Penn Station stops.
April 25, 2010
Graduate student Nikki Meadows lives in Baltimore and wanted to stay here, but the only place where she could find work in her field was in Washington. Three weeks into the commute, she can't take it any longer. She's subletting her room in a "McMansion of a rowhome" and looking for a place in D.C. A few years ago, she would have been bucking the trend. Now, she's part of one. Though Baltimore and its suburbs still attract more people from Washington than the number of people who migrate to that pricier region, our metro area has been rapidly losing ground since the economy soured.
February 27, 2010
"Paper or plastic?" is no longer the question most often on store clerks' lips in the nation's capital these days when shoppers are buying food. Instead, cashiers here routinely ask customers if they want a bag at all, since they have to pay a nickel for each disposable sack they use to hold their groceries, snacks or takeout meals. For many shoppers in the District of Columbia, the nickel fee has been an impetus to cut back on previously free store bags that all too often wind up in the trash - or littering nearby streams and trees.
December 22, 2009
In a senior All-Star football game that was supposed to be a showcase for Baltimore-area quarterbacks, it was Washington's defense that stole the show. The Washington team forced five turnovers, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns, and raced to a 24-21 victory in Monday night's second annual Crab Bowl at Towson University's snow-filled Johnny Unitas Stadium. Washington sealed the game when it stopped Baltimore on fourth-and-5 from the 10-yard line with four seconds remaining.
December 2, 2009
Convenience store chain 7-Eleven said it will open 50 stores annually in the Baltimore-Washington area during the next three years as part of an aggressive expansion in some of its best-performing markets. The Dallas-based chain is expanding in areas where it has a large concentration of stores that are doing well, said company spokeswoman Margaret Chabris. The top 10 markets for 7-Eleven include Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego and the Baltimore-Washington area. The company believes that there is room to expand even in areas where it already has locations.