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  • Tax assessment appeals persist in Baltimore

    Tax assessment appeals persist in Baltimore

    As the state deadline to file appeals of property assessments looms, officials are preparing for a flood of petitions — particularly in Baltimore, where property owners routinely appeal their tax assessments at rates double or triple the statewide average. Baltimore property owners filed about...

  • Casinos weather the winter storm; revenues are modestly up

    Casinos weather the winter storm; revenues are modestly up

    Maryland's casinos reported another month of revenue gains in January, but the increases were slowed by the recent weekend snowstorm, according to figures released Friday by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. Revenue from the five casinos totaled $88.3 million, a 4 percent increase...

  • Five minutes with Andy Jones, managing director of the Maryland Venture Fund

    Five minutes with Andy Jones, managing director of the Maryland Venture Fund

    Andy Jones has seen the business of venture capital-backed startups from all angles. He started at regional investing firms Grotech Ventures and Boulder Ventures, backing entrepreneurs during the dot-com boom years of the late 1990s and early 2000s. When the economy slowed and it became harder...

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  • Super Bowl specials, viewing parties at Baltimore bars

    Super Bowl specials, viewing parties at Baltimore bars

    The only Super Bowl question more pressing than "Panthers or Broncos?" this Sunday is "Watch at home or head out to the bar?" For those still searching for Super Bowl plans, Baltimore bars and restaurants will offer viewing-party packages and discounted specials. Here’s a roundup (and feel free...

  • On its 100th birthday, a look back at the birth of the BSO

    On its 100th birthday, a look back at the birth of the BSO

    It all started with a sort of "Kumbaya" moment. A municipal band founded by the city of Baltimore in 1914 played outdoor concerts in the summer months at the base of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon. In June 1915, Frederick Huber, manager of the summer school program at Peabody, approached...

  • BSO at 100: Looking ahead to the next century

    BSO at 100: Looking ahead to the next century

    The 1941 edition of Kenneth S. Clark's "Baltimore: Cradle of Municipal Music" quotes from an editorial "in one of the local dailies" during the early 1930s: "It does not require a musician to proclaim how much the city would have missed in good music since 1916 had there been no Baltimore Symphony...

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  • 'One American family'

    'One American family'

    It was predictable that President Barack Obama would get slammed for speaking at the Islamic Society of Baltimore this week. The president's critics have taken the position that whatever Mr. Obama does must be wrong, including things Republicans themselves have done. President George W. Bush visited...

  • Can sitcoms erase bigotry?

    Can sitcoms erase bigotry?

    So it turns out sitcoms can erase bigotry. That's the bottom line of a study recently presented before a conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. And it doesn't even have to be a particularly good sitcom. To judge, at least, from a screening of its first two episodes, the...

  • Poultry processing, a thankless job

    Poultry processing, a thankless job

    Americans love chicken, and the day we love it most is today, Super Bowl Sunday, when we will consume 1.3 billion chicken wings. But how does a live chicken turn into a bag of frozen Buffalo wings? Who's doing the hard work of hanging, trimming and freezing the chicken? In 2014, over a quarter...

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