September 16, 2012
Baltimore schools opened the year with 87 teacher vacancies, a trend that is not uncommon in the region but comes during a critical year for the system as it embarks on a new student curriculum and teacher evaluation system. City officials said they are tapping substitutes and other school staff, such as department heads or instructional support teachers, to lead classroom instruction. Electives in student schedules are also being shifted. In rare cases, they said, classes are being combined.
September 2, 2012
Will Power was widely considered to be nearly untouchable coming into in the Grand Prix of Baltimore. He had won the inaugural event last year, was on the brink of clinching this year's IndyCar Series title and, after sitting on the pole for Sunday's race, was leading 18 laps into the 75-lap race. But as three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti said about Power on the eve of the event, "I think we've proved the last two years he's beatable. " Ryan Hunter-Reay showed it Sunday, as did the four others who finished ahead of Power on the rain-slicked course.
July 31, 2012
A 21-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced Tuesday to life plus an additional 20 years in prison for murdering another man in an East Baltimore carryout restaurant in 2008, prosecutors said. Darius Duppins and Damien Davis, both teenagers at the time, entered the restaurant in the 2500 block of Hoffman Street in the Berea neighborhood on May 5, 2008, and approached Paris Richardson, 21, with handguns drawn, prosecutors said. Duppins shot Richardson eight times in the head, neck and torso, prosecutors said.
February 15, 2012
It was Happy Hour at the Poncabird Pub on Wednesday, and the South Baltimore tavern was as busy and bustling as usual, but as late-afternoon sunlight streaked through a side window, the expressions it caught on the faces at one table were decidedly grim. "This [stinks]," said Dane Sobus, a regular customer who has spent many evenings drinking with crew members and workers from the USNS Comfort, the hospital ship the Navy announced this week will be moving to Norfolk, Va., after a quarter-century in the port of Baltimore.
December 30, 2011
Thanks to a wonderful general state assembly many, many years ago , Baltimore city bars don't have to stop serving liquor at 2 a.m. New Year's Day. In fact, they can stay open continuously from New Year's Eve to 2 a.m. January 2. Some bars will keep normal hours Saturday, but other, awesomer bars, will extend their hours way past 2 a.m., basically, until people start ordering water. Below you'll find a pretty comprehensive - though not complete!* - list of those bars with extended hours.
August 28, 2011
Baltimore County Public Schools will be closed on Monday, Aug. 29, delaying the start of the new school year due to what officials called, "the continuing effects of Hurricane Irene. " By Sunday afternoon, 65 BCPS schools were without power, and safety concerns prompted school officials to close schools on what would have been the first day of the 2011-12 school year for students. "The passage of this storm had a widespread impact on our area, leaving many homes and schools without power, flooding many roadways, and creating conditions that would pose a hazard for many children," said Joe Hairston, superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools.