May 31, 2011
For Under Armour, the story was always the same: Form follows function. The Baltimore sports apparel company's gear was designed to keep you sweat-free, while its tight fit showed off the muscular physiques of those lucky enough to have them. The brand was never known for being fashion-forward. But that was then. Now the billion-dollar firm, which as recently as three years ago limited its clothing offerings to shirts, shorts and other athletic wear in only the most basic colors, is looking to up its game — and expand its business — with zebra-print leggings for women and graphic T-shirts with slogans such as "Rain.
July 19, 2009
Name: : EarPollution NervePipes What they are: : Folding headphones that you can design on the Internet How they work: : The buyer visits EarPollution's Web site and selects from an array of colors and designs, including some rather funky choices - such as zebra - for the earpieces. The good: : As travel phones, they work well, because the earpieces are hinged to fold up toward the headset. Having broken two pairs of pricey rigid headphones already, I was eager to see if these could stand up to month after month in a briefcase, suffering the stress of books and bottles resting on top. They withstood all the jostling I could bring to bear.
May 31, 2009
Alarm bells have been sounded before about invasive species that might devastate the Chesapeake Bay - the northern snakehead, the scary, land-crossing "Frankenfish" that's now a naturalized resident of the Potomac River comes most immediately to mind. But few have gotten the advance billing for pure destructiveness that the zebra mussel has received. Last fall, six dead zebra mussels were found in the lower Susquehanna River, two of them in Maryland waters - including one at the Conowingo Dam. If history follows its usual course, it's not a matter of "if" but only a question of "when" the freshwater mussels become established in the less saline portions of the Chesapeake Bay. What might result from this?
December 9, 2008
More zebra mussels have been found in the Maryland portion of the Susquehanna River, state environmental officials confirmed yesterday. The alien mussels, which can cause millions of dollars in damage to water supply and hydroelectric intake pipes and upset the local ecology, were attached to a boat at Glen Cove Marina in Harford County. Earlier this month, a single mussel was found within the intake hydroelectric station at Conowingo Dam, the first sighting in the state. More mussels have been found six miles upstream in Pennsylvania at Muddy Run Reservoir.
March 21, 2008
The zebras made a run for it. Spotting a door ajar, three striped members of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus broke out yesterday from their temporary home in Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena. But they didn't get far. Evidently bewildered by the bustle on Hopkins Place downtown, Mali, Giza and Lima -- geldings born in Missouri seven or eight years ago -- allowed themselves to be corralled by trainer Karin Houcke and two handlers within half a block of their exit point. No need for a lasso, since each animal wore a bridle.
February 16, 2007
Zebra Kids, a documentary focusing on Zaipo Oula's African drumming and dance class at Baltimore's Robert Poole Middle School, will have its world premiere Thursday at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. The film, produced and directed by Gabriel Goodenough, is the latest work from the Megaphone Project, a group intent on producing documentary films spotlighting "the fight for social and economic justice in Maryland." A filmmaker Q&A and participatory drum circle will follow.