Recent stories by Arthur Hirsch
8:43 PM EDT, April 17, 2014
Months after being thrust into a national spotlight as the face of Howard County's response to a murder-suicide at The Mall in Columbia, Police Chief William J. McMahon said Thursday that he is retiring in June after 28 years with the department.
5:22 PM EDT, April 16, 2014
Two Maryland casino operators are teaming up in hopes of opening a casino and resort in the Hudson Valley-Catskills area of New York, and are considering other projects in that state, the companies announced.
9:22 PM EDT, April 10, 2014
The World Triathlon Corporation, which licenses Ironman endurance races around the world, announced Thursday that it will soon take over four Maryland events that have been run by the nonprofit Columbia Triathlon Association, and two other local organizations will likely continue most other events that are on the CTA 2014 schedule.
9:59 AM EDT, April 11, 2014
The World Triathlon Corporation, which licenses Ironman endurance races around the world, announced Thursday that it will soon take over four Maryland events that have been run by the nonprofit Columbia Triathlon Association, and two other local organizations will likely continue most other events that are on the CTA 2014 schedule.
7:10 PM EDT, April 14, 2014
Tax day won't be an ordinary work day for Kasi Hernandez, who will get into the shop before dawn, hours before other employees arrive. He's not an accountant or a tax preparer, though, and he's not working a hot line for stressed taxpayers. He makes cookies.
9:02 PM EDT, April 9, 2014
More than 1,000 mourners gathered Wednesday at the U.S. Naval Academy chapel to say goodbye to Midshipman Hans P. Loewen, remembered as an adventurous, vibrant, funny man whose company mates summed him up in a phrase: "Live like a warrior."
8:30 PM EDT, April 8, 2014
Six regional and national advocacy organizations have filed arguments in federal court on behalf of a transgender retired police sergeant who brought a discrimination suit against Howard County after she was rejected for a volunteer police mounted patrol.
3:47 PM EDT, April 6, 2014
State Sen. James N. Robey says there was no grand ambition, no plan to ascend to where he now sits as majority leader of the Maryland Senate, or to have made the unusual leaps from Howard County police chief to county executive to legislator. Things happened, he said, one thing led to another, people egged on a sometimes reluctant candidate.
7:23 PM EDT, April 1, 2014
The struggling Columbia Triathlon Association, which has run endurance races throughout Maryland for 30 years and helped raise millions for local charities, plans to turn all its events over to the World Triathlon Corp. and will shut down, the chairman of its board said.
11:20 PM EDT, March 14, 2014
The mother of a girl who was sexually abused by an employee at the Maryland School for the Deaf is suing the state for $4 million, contending that the school was negligent in not protecting her daughter.
2:53 PM EDT, April 4, 2014
The robotic fish kept alone in a tank at the University of Maryland, College Park doesn't dazzle with its agility or speed, but it does promise bigger things to come.
8:57 PM EDT, March 14, 2014
Two local organizations hope to take over endurance race events that have for decades been staged by the Columbia Triathlon Association, a nonprofit that has been working to keep itself afloat amid financial difficulties.
4:23 PM EST, March 8, 2014
The first time seemed alarming for Emma Conger, who emerged from the 30-ish-degree water of the Chesapeake Bay with her face flushed, eyes wide, mouth agape, hair soaked, as if she'd been ambushed with a barrel of ice.
9:13 PM EDT, April 1, 2014
A South River High School senior has been barred from having a firearm for a year, but avoided a criminal conviction Tuesday for having an unloaded shotgun in his car on the school parking lot in February, his lawyer said.
10:59 AM EST, March 8, 2014
With sunny skies and temperatures expected in the 50s, a scaled-down Polar Bear Plunge was scheduled at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis on Saturday afternoon after the Special Olympics Maryland fundraiser was canceled in January for the first time ever for dangerous weather.
11:25 AM EST, March 1, 2014
Like many teenagers charged as adults, Morgan Lane Arnold is fighting to have her case sent to juvenile court, where penalties are more lenient and focused on rehabilitation.
11:58 PM EST, March 7, 2014
The Columbia Triathlon Association — one of the country's premier endurance race organizers — expects to be taking event registrations again and offering reassurance to nervous athletes on its website next week after drafting a plan to put the organization on sound financial footing.
9:38 PM EST, February 25, 2014
Morgan Lane Arnold's bedroom at her mother's house was painted pink and lilac, with white unicorns prancing in a border that ran along the walls. Even at 14, her mother said, she still believed in unicorns.
7:26 PM EST, February 22, 2014
Christina Goodman's hand-painted raven faces left in strict profile, and despite the miniature scale carries the flavor of Renaissance portraiture in the sober expression and fine detail. It's one of her contributions to a small collection of handmade jewelry celebrating Baltimore and Maryland icons.
6:57 PM EST, March 6, 2014
Construction is expected to begin this spring on a commuter parking garage for Howard County's first transit oriented development, a project planned to eventually include apartments, stores, offices and a hotel.
9:51 PM EST, February 19, 2014
The violence in Ukraine struck a home in Roland Park when Marta Zahalak began hearing from relatives through email and Facebook about her late husband's nephew, a physicist who was killed after traveling hundreds of miles to Kiev for anti-government protests.
9:46 PM EST, March 3, 2014
Tomi B. Finkle started her law enforcement career with the U.S. Capitol Police in the late 1970s, when she was a man. By the time she retired as a sergeant in 2002, she was ready to begin a new life as a woman.
6:06 PM EST, February 22, 2014
Carrying protest signs in English and Spanish, opponents of the Venezuelan government rallied peacefully Saturday at the World Trade Center in Baltimore in solidarity with demonstrations in the South American country against the administration of President Nicolas Maduro.
7:33 PM EST, February 13, 2014
In the warmth of a great white tent pitched on an M&T Bank Stadium parking lot and in the cabs of utility trucks, more than 100 men from Massachusetts waited for a mission.
6:21 PM EST, February 1, 2014
A few dozen people gathered Saturday morning at The Mall in Columbia around the fountain, where it's customary to toss pennies into the clear water of the black-bottom pool and wish for good fortune. This time, though, some tossed white flowers that floated on the surface, some wrote messages in a memory book and all observed a moment of silence.
9:46 PM EST, February 21, 2014
An Ellicott City man pleaded guilty Friday to stabbing to death prominent businessman and blogger Dennis Lane, whose daughter asked for the killing because she was "sick" of her father, according to prosecutors.
9:16 PM EST, January 31, 2014
A former employee at the Maryland School for the Deaf was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for sexually abusing two girls at the school.
January 26, 2014
A young mixed pug named Pup was shot once through the heart with a BB rifle in the backyard of his Dundalk home and died on the back porch as his owner's daughter held him in a towel.
7:00 AM EST, February 1, 2014
In the days after a gunman killed two people and himself at The Mall in Columbia, the Nail Trix salon heard from many nervous customers canceling appointments.
7:56 PM EST, January 27, 2014
Nearly a year after Maryland's highest court tossed out most of a $1.65 billion jury verdict against ExxonMobil Corp. in connection with a 2006 underground gasoline leak in northern Baltimore County, 43 families have settled their cases rather than return for new trials.
6:16 PM EST, February 1, 2014
A few dozen people gathered Saturday morning at The Mall in Columbia around the fountain, where it's customary to toss pennies into the clear water of the black-bottom pool and wish for good fortune. This time, though, some tossed white flowers that floated along the surface, some wrote messages in a memory book and all observed a moment of silence.
9:03 PM EST, January 22, 2014
Carroll County commissioners have lost their case against several media organizations and now must decide whether to comply with a judge's order to turn over email lists or appeal.
3:29 PM EST, January 31, 2014
For openers, a hurricane will likely be unleashed on one neighborhood in Anne Arundel County, and then the disasters will spread from there.
7:16 PM EST, January 20, 2014
Anthony Mayes was nearing age 50 when he got the first suit he ever owned, a dark gray Armani, and it seemed life, at last, would be better.
6:00 PM EST, January 13, 2014
A woman who had defied an Anne Arundel County nudist club's bid to bar her from its grounds in Davidsonville has complied with a court order to move out of her leased cabin, putting an end to what she called the "nude feud."
5:00 AM EST, December 10, 2013
An Ellicott City man who ran unsuccessfully for the Howard County Board of Education three times was sentenced Monday in federal court for impersonating a Secret Service agent in what lawyers on both sides agreed was a "sad" case.
3:48 PM EST, January 4, 2014
Lingering effects of bad weather in the midwest a few days ago were fouling up travel out of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Saturday, a spokesman for Southwest Airlines said. Dan Landson said the airline — with more daily flights out of BWI than any other carrier — was having to cancel and delay departures, as the system recovers from a snowstorm in Chicago on Thursday that grounded or delayed many flights into and out of Baltimore.
5:00 AM EST, January 13, 2014
During a forced march from Belgium to southern Germany in the closing months of fighting in Europe in World War II, U.S. Army prisoner of war Cpl. Michael Romanelli said he thought often of getting home — to any sort of life he could make. Romanelli, now 91, recalled thinking "I'll be happy to go home and dig ditches for the rest of my life."
5:12 PM EST, November 29, 2013
Robbie Silverman felt uneasy approaching his rabbi about the subject, fearing the spiritual leader of his congregation would find it weird, or at least silly.
1:07 PM EST, January 3, 2014
The stranger showed up Tuesday morning at the Jacob family home in Sykesville in a black car with six chickens and a bundle of apologies.
8:19 PM EST, November 20, 2013
Hubert V. Simmons was a gentle man who threw a nasty knuckleball in Negro Leagues baseball, and for years he dreamed of establishing a museum that could tell a story about the national pastime before it was really national, when black players were barred from the majors.
3:05 PM EST, January 4, 2014
National Public Radio on Sunday plans to air the story of the recent rebroadcast of the 1943 Sunpapers Christmas Show and its impact on a Catonsville woman, who heard her father's voice on the program for the first time as an adult.
7:34 PM EST, November 13, 2013
Howard County is asking a federal court to throw out a former Fire Department battalion chief's lawsuit, arguing that the Facebook posts that triggered his dismissal were not constitutionally protected because they were "at best, personal opinion or pique and, at worst, insubordinate."
6:25 PM EST, December 23, 2013
Christmas Eve worshipers at Columbia's Village of Oakland Mills on Tuesday will do the interfaith shuffle: Catholics departing the sanctuary with their hymnals, white altar cloth, candles and crucifix; Protestants entering with their own hymnals, white cloth, candles and cross. Then Protestants out, Catholics back in.
3:01 PM EST, November 22, 2013
In a room with concrete block walls from which he can barely see the sky, Drake Deming explores the heavens.
3:03 PM EDT, November 2, 2013
James W. Rouse had a big idea that he announced on Oct. 30, 1963: a community in Howard County built on more than 14,000 acres, a swath nearly the size of Manhattan that amounted to about a tenth of the county's land.
9:15 PM EDT, November 1, 2013
A former Howard County fire officer is suing in federal court to get his job back, alleging that the county violated his rights by firing him for personal Facebook discussions about gun control, free speech and "liberal" politics.
7:01 PM EST, November 11, 2013
Annapolis Alderman Ross Arnett has been fielding angry calls from as far as California since Sunday, when it was reported that the Democrat would move to sharply curtail the power of the mayor, days after the city elected the first Republican to the job in 16 years.
7:10 PM EDT, October 15, 2013
Advocates for Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park in Elkridge have lost the battle over development rights there, but they say the war is not over.
6:00 AM EDT, September 27, 2013
The human eye sees a black-and-white border collie, about 35 pounds, stepping slowly and silently across the lawn at Fort McHenry, its light-brown eyebrows lending its face a most personable expression.
1:08 PM EDT, October 30, 2013
Ian Kennedy's short walk to lunch from his office in Columbia's Town Center takes him through shopping mall parking lots and a parking garage — or along a sidewalk where lampposts block the way.
5:00 AM EDT, October 23, 2013
Carolyn Jacobi's broad-brimmed hat and cape stood out bright red against a gray afternoon recently at Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park in Elkridge, a combined pet and human cemetery, the latest stop in her 18-year national crusade for the buried dead and their loved ones.
6:23 PM EDT, September 12, 2013
Residents and a Howard County Council member who were among those pressing for state action on complaints about power outages in several neighborhoods say they're pleased that the Maryland Public Service Commission is ordering BGE to improve service.
11:17 PM EDT, October 7, 2013
The new giant Pacific octopus at the National Aquarium in Baltimore had a rough Monday morning commute.
8:55 PM EDT, September 9, 2013
Boordy Vineyards, Maryland's oldest and one of its largest wineries, has started over.
11:52 AM EDT, September 21, 2013
Howard County Councilwoman Courtney Watson joined the 2014 race for county executive today, pledging to safeguard the affluent Baltimore-Washington area's much-celebrated quality of life and to "do more, achieve more, for our citizens."
1:17 PM EDT, August 29, 2013
Maryland State Police warn: beware of fake Apples.
9:45 PM EDT, October 18, 2013
Both defendants charged with murder in the death of a prominent Howard County businessman and blogger might argue that they are not criminally responsible for the stabbing because of their mental capabilities at the time of the crime, their lawyers said.
3:35 PM EDT, October 4, 2013
Some blood vessels don't show up on circulatory system diagrams, or even in the plain light of a laboratory lamp. These are microscopic, forming networks at the ends of the system, feeding living tissue with nutrients and carrying off wastes.
8:57 PM EDT, October 7, 2013
Hundreds of miles of new fiber-optic cable about as thick as a garden hose are lighting 21st-century ambitions from one end of Maryland to the other.
7:42 PM EDT, September 10, 2013
Chuck Ritz and his volunteers found the ground rock-hard as they began planting thousands of American flags along Putty Hill Road in Parkville to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
10:05 PM EDT, August 28, 2013
A convicted murderer accused of killing a state prison guard in Jessup seven years ago has, for a second time, been found mentally incompetent to stand trial after a hearing in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.
5:00 AM EDT, August 23, 2013
Theodore C. Houk, known as Baltimore County's running doctor, is on the road again — only slower, on a shorter leash. He walks a half-mile or so at a time now, stepping with a cane, a metal frame on his right leg, working back to the conspicuously active life he led before he was struck by a car six months ago in mid-stride.
10:16 AM EDT, August 6, 2013
The body of a swimmer missing since Sunday night in Patapsco Valley State Park was found Monday in the turbulent waters of the Patapsco River just below the Bloede Dam, a spokesman for Maryland Natural Resources Police said.
6:39 AM EDT, August 19, 2013
A white van marked in burgundy with the name of a Glen Burnie Baptist church has been making the rounds in some area neighborhoods this summer with a controversial mission: seeking Jewish souls to save from the fires of eternal damnation. Many local Jews do not appreciate the effort.
5:55 PM EDT, August 1, 2013
Columbia-based AirPatrol Corp. will expand its operation in Howard County nearly twofold, a move County Executive Ken Ulman said affirms Howard's reputation as a good place to do business in cybersecurity.
8:30 PM EDT, September 6, 2013
Catherine Holmes' route home in Davidsonville takes her on a quarter-mile walk in the woods, over a fallen tree, through a shallow stream and along a swaying cable bridge to reach her log-sided cabin.
12:06 PM EDT, August 20, 2013
A prison inmate is being treated for stab wounds he suffered during a fight among three prisoners at the medium-security Maryland Correctional Training Center near Hagerstown on Monday night, a spokesman for the prison system said.
10:41 AM EDT, July 28, 2013
You probably won't hear these buses coming. If they show up as expected on the Howard Transit Green Route in the spring of 2015, they'll be the first of their kind in Maryland to run a municipal loop. They will likely be greeted with fanfare, even if they won't make much noise themselves — since they'll run entirely on electricity.
12:06 PM EDT, July 15, 2013
The Howard County administration is backing off a proposal to revise the county code — with new rules regarding livestock on small properties and a new definition of a farm — after local horse owners raised an uproar about it.
6:53 PM EDT, August 9, 2013
Engineering researchers at the Johns Hopkins University plan to stir an earthquake this month, a temblor as powerful as the 1994 Northridge quake in Southern California — one of the costliest in U.S. history.
5:20 PM EDT, August 15, 2013
Dan and Louise Runion of Clarksville may be humble antiques and art dealers working out of a bedroom-size cubicle in Frederick, but they're big in Poland.
5:51 PM EDT, August 1, 2013
Volunteers who run programs for the Hereford Zone Recreation and Parks Council in northern Baltimore County are celebrating after a local philanthropist donated 40 acres of farmland they hope to turn into atheltic fields.
7:29 PM EDT, August 8, 2013
Security officials at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine campus in East Baltimore are stepping up patrols and plan to add another officer kiosk in response to several robberies and assaults of Hopkins employees since the middle of last month, according to Corporate Security, the company that patrols the campus.
9:18 PM EDT, July 24, 2013
Elizabeth E.W. Kirk has planned to be buried alongside her mother, Beatrice, and her family dogs at the Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park in Elkridge, believed to be one of the world's first pet cemeteries to allow people to be laid to rest with their animal companions.
11:08 AM EDT, July 7, 2013
From Interstate 95 in North Laurel, the first road you take toward Wincopia Farms rides a dividing line: suburban subdivisions on the left, farmland to the right rolling to the banks of the Middle Patuxent River.
9:22 AM EDT, June 23, 2013
Howard County land-use attorney Susan Gray says there's just one option left in pressing her claim that the county has for years deprived citizens of their constitutional rights.
10:13 PM EDT, July 1, 2013
Brig. Gen. Cadmus Wilcox's Alabama Brigade of some 1,700 Confederates marched all day July 1, 1863, nearly 30 miles from Chambersburg to Gettysburg.
8:13 PM EDT, July 29, 2013
The cremated remains of 240 dogs recovered in an animal hoarding case in Montgomery County four years ago will be buried in a brief ceremony Tuesday at the pet cemetery at the Baltimore Humane Society in Reisterstown.
7:56 PM EDT, June 25, 2013
Maryland's highest court said Tuesday that it won't reconsider its February decisions striking down the lion's share of $1.65 billion judgments against ExxonMobil Corp. in connection with an underground gasoline leak in northern Baltimore County.
8:35 PM EDT, June 7, 2013
Robo Raven is making aviation history – again.
6:05 PM EDT, May 2, 2013
The first troops showed up on a Saturday morning at the four-bedroom house in Columbia heavily armed: saws, hammers, crowbars, drills.
10:09 AM EDT, June 2, 2013
On May 9, Dennis Lane stopped for lunch with companions at Clyde's of Columbia, one of his favorite spots. Folks say you wouldn't have to see him to know he was there because you'd hear the big laugh, or see the crowd of people around him, sharing views of local politics, business, the latest beer available in growlers in Ellicott City.
5:29 PM EDT, April 12, 2013
Spring stirs pollen, and also dust — high-flying dust that's blown thousands of miles to reach North America in greater amounts than scientists have known before, with potential impact on the climate and air quality.
10:23 PM EDT, June 28, 2013
Springfield Farm owner David Smith is finally preparing to build the roadside stand he and his family first proposed in Baltimore County in 2006.
June 16, 2013
The old low-income Hilltop Housing project in Ellicott City has given way to another world: new apartments with facades of soft-colored siding and stone, and a recreation center with the latest in exercise gear, including a retractable-roof indoor swimming pool.
8:17 PM EDT, June 11, 2013
The race to lead Maryland's most affluent county began Tuesday as state Sen. Allan H. Kittleman launched his bid to become just the second Republican to be elected Howard County executive.
5:57 PM EDT, May 23, 2013
Gene Iager and Chris Pereira live on opposite sides of Scaggsville Road in Fulton, and take conflicting views of a 91-acre expanse of grass and woods that lies between them.
9:47 PM EDT, May 9, 2013
In the Dunloggin, Beaverbrook and Font Hill neighborhoods of Howard County, residents say they've spent thousands on home generators and on food to replace the stuff that spoils when the power goes out for days. There have also been other expenses, they say: motel stays, flashlights, lanterns, gas hot plates and long, heavy-duty extension cords — the kind used to hook up to a neighbor's generator.
7:28 PM EDT, April 11, 2013
Cathy Hudson knew the practice of raising chickens in her backyard made her part of a growing suburban trend, but when she learned Williams-Sonoma, purveyor of pricey kitchen gear, had started selling chicken coops — including a two-level cedar model for $1,499.95 — she thought, "OK, we have arrived."
9:46 PM EDT, June 4, 2013
Dennis Lane's fiancee of eight years said she was struck from the beginning by this "absolutely, unbelievably charming man," how he seemed to know everyone, how he worked the room — and how he could talk.
9:04 AM EDT, March 29, 2013
Shirtless, hair flowing, legs pumping, Dr. Theodore Houk is a familiar sight running along North Charles Street on his twice-daily, 5.5-mile trek between his Lutherville home and his job at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
6:01 PM EST, February 28, 2013
Among the stainless-steel wine kegs in a chilled back room at Aida Bistro Wine Bar in Columbia, owner Joe Barbera shows off a prototype for a possible new venture: a slender dark bottle with a stopper that he likes to call the "growlier."
9:16 PM EDT, May 1, 2013
More than a year after a Howard County teen committed suicide following months of online harassment, county officials unveiled a program Wednesday meant to discourage bullying via computer and in person.
5:46 PM EDT, May 23, 2013
The Howard County Council adopted a $923.5 million general fund spending plan Thursday that increases allocations for schools and police while not raising income or property taxes.
5:11 PM EDT, April 11, 2013
A 2013 Maryland General Assembly bill bearing the name of a Howard County teenager who killed herself last year is expected to be signed into law, but it stands on shaky constitutional ground, an official of the Maryland ACLU said.
5:11 PM EDT, April 11, 2013
Wine growlers are coming to Maryland and the music at Merriweather Post Pavilion can play at the usual volume under Howard County-based legislation adopted in the 2013 General Assembly session.
10:17 AM EDT, April 13, 2013
When she thinks of Fort Carroll, the abandoned 19th-century military installation in the Patapsco River, Beverly Eisenberg thinks of her grandfather — and of duckpin bowling balls.
6:01 PM EST, February 28, 2013
Most of the Howard County public library's 184 employees would have the right to unionize and bargain for pay and benefits under a bill that has been endorsed by the county delegation to Annapolis.
10:41 PM EST, February 26, 2013
Maryland's highest court on Tuesday struck down the bulk of a fraud case against ExxonMobil Corp. stemming from an underground gasoline leak in Baltimore County, reversing most of $1.65 billion in judgments and dealing a stunning blow to hundreds of families.
6:52 PM EDT, March 14, 2013
Howard County's new U.S. 1 meets the old near the Route 175 intersection, where the Jessup Plaza features a deli that offers breakfast all day, along with money orders, a shiatsu massage parlor and Jimmy G's Check Cashing.
6:07 PM EDT, March 28, 2013
Before it became "The Wall That Ate Some Cars," it was just a stone wall on Mulligans Hill Lane, bracing a 20-foot-high embankment — stalwart as the steep hills that give Ellicott City's historic district much of its character.
6:07 PM EDT, March 27, 2013
Lawyers for families and businesses who sued ExxonMobil Corp. after an underground gasoline leak in northern Baltimore County have been granted more time to seek reconsideration of a court ruling that struck down most of a $1.5 billion verdict.
9:00 PM EST, February 25, 2013
Sixth-graders from West Middle School in Carroll County scoured the Bear Branch stream one recent morning in search of aquatic life in the dead of winter. Nathan Grella said the contents of his bucket did not appear promising.
6:51 PM EDT, March 25, 2013
Lawyers for northern Baltimore County families and businesses whose $1.5 billion damages award against the ExxonMobil Corp. was largely overturned by Maryland's highest court asked for more time to seek reconsideration.
6:42 PM EST, February 7, 2013
Julie Lenzer Kirk, who heads Howard County's Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, has been to the White House for briefings before but has never been called upon to speak there.
9:48 PM EST, February 17, 2013
Ephrem Kouakou prefers to work while the world sleeps. The artist says that in the dead of night, absent the sound of any human voice or music, he can best hear the "spirits" talking.
8:40 AM EST, December 30, 2012
Sherri Ingram-Hudgins steps into the homeless resource center on U.S. 1 in Jessup on the cold, rainy afternoon after Christmas, just about two years to the day since she began her effort to help people living on the margins.
5:49 PM EDT, March 21, 2013
Paul Capriolo and the crew at Social Growth Technologies are looking forward to graduation, having spent years getting ready for the world outside this one-story beige building in Columbia. The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship is not a school, but it does cultivate business and launch its charges toward bigger things.
3:55 PM EST, February 15, 2013
As the Baltimore Ravens' march to victory in Super Bowl XLVII defied the common wisdom of the sports world, so, too, has an examination of the genetics of their winged namesakes in the western United States led one local biologist to evidence he says defies the common wisdom of his field.
8:57 PM EST, January 10, 2013
Michael Mershon can get pretty stirred up about lighting. He's been working in the business for more than 30 years, most of that time in Maryland, and said he's seen local governments waste millions of dollars on lighting jobs through contract practices that were sloppy, or worse.
5:56 PM EST, February 21, 2013
Fifty-eight years after it opened in Highland, Boarman's Old-Fashioned Meat Market is still, in many respects, living up to its name.
3:57 PM EST, December 7, 2012
Scientists who study sleep understand that light has a dark side, because it can interrupt natural rhythms, causing the mood and learning problems that go with lack of rest. Johns Hopkins University researchers have taken the understanding a step further and to a cellular level, finding that exposure to bright light at night appears to create these problems by itself, even apart from sleep patterns.
5:59 PM EST, February 13, 2013
Leta Dunham got her breakfast order to go at a Roland Avenue Starbucks Wednesday morning: a grande triple skim latte in her cup and, on her forehead, an ashen reminder that we are all destined to become dust.
5:49 PM EST, December 19, 2012
Hazel Sanders and her Rottweiler service dog, Jurnee, are preparing to move into an apartment she can afford after the management company agreed to drop objections based on the Maryland Court of Appeals decision earlier this year defining pit bulls as inherently dangerous animals.
6:27 PM EST, February 4, 2013
Decades ago, developer James W. Rouse looked at a rundown industrial waterfront in downtown Baltimore and saw the makings of an attraction called Harborplace at the Inner Harbor.
9:26 PM EST, January 3, 2013
The landscape of Howard County's "rural west" — the chunk of the county roughly west of Route 108 and Centennial Lane — is set for the moment, and most owners hold the right to develop their land, or not, as they wish.
11:22 PM EST, November 29, 2012
On good days, the Tiber Hudson tributary of the Patapsco is a pleasant part of the scenery in Historic Ellicott City as it flows through a stone channel by Tonge Row, beneath Tiber Alley alongside Main Street and past the B&O Railroad Museum before it spills into the river. It's a troubled waterway nonetheless, not considered able to support life, paved over in spots and surrounded by lots of asphalt.
8:32 PM EDT, October 4, 2012
Patapsco Bingo in Baltimore on Thursday lost its court bid to stop city police from enforcing a ban on Internet "sweepstakes" parlors offering cash prizes on games that play like slot machines.
7:24 PM EST, January 24, 2013
The patch of green on Montgomery Road across from the Long Gate Shopping Center in Ellicott City stands out amid the asphalt, stores and homes.
8:24 PM EST, January 17, 2013
Amid a severe local outbreak of National Football League fever, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is quick to point out that among the four Democrat politicians whose names are linked to the 2014 gubernatorial race, he's the only one who roots for the NFL's one true Maryland team.
11:22 PM EST, December 6, 2012
This Howard County movie has played before: the County Council considering laws to restrict rural land development, farmers staging a tractor parade protesting what they see as an attack on their property values, public officials saying preservation efforts would only push landowners into the arms of developers.
7:32 PM EST, January 17, 2013
Building just about anything in Annapolis, from a garden shed to a slots casino, is a bit easier these days, as applicants can now handle all of the paperwork in a single place — a new, one-stop permit counter at 145 Gorman St.
11:36 PM EST, December 20, 2012
What a lovely spot for a veto.
10:34 PM EDT, October 18, 2012
Nixon's Farm in West Friendship has for 50 years been a fine place for country weddings in the converted 19th-century barn amid the grassy hills — "centrally isolated," the website calls the spot. Soon, though, a portion of the grounds off Route 32 could become the county's largest solar electricity generator, and the first built strictly to sell power to a utility.
9:31 PM EST, February 7, 2013
The stage at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall stands under a four-story-high ceiling, commanding an auditorium that seats more than 2,400 — bigger than any hall most students in the Howard County Gifted and Talented Orchestra have ever played. Soon after they begin their rehearsal, the young musicians can hear, and feel, the difference.
9:10 PM EDT, September 20, 2012
Three deer stand frozen in a sunlit clearing at the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, watching a visitor who appears around a bend in the path. After a few moments, two turn away and head for the woods, while the one in front — a slender creature standing over 3 feet tall — won't take its eyes off this late-morning intruder crouching some 45 paces away.
11:30 PM EST, December 13, 2012
Staci M. Watkins was found dead a week ago in a patch of woods along U.S. 1 in Laurel, not far from the Turf Motel, where she'd been living for a few weeks.
7:11 PM EST, November 15, 2012
Marge Cissel is pressing her right index finger into the cover of a white loose-leaf binder containing a new state law limiting the use of septic systems, urging restricted development rights for some farm property. She's had the binder for months now, adding up what the law means for the value of her family's 310 acres in the Lisbon area, and she's angry.
7:05 PM EDT, September 13, 2012
The Forest Diner has left the county.
3:26 PM EST, December 22, 2012
Jenny stepped quickly off the trailer into her new home, striding over to Jack, who seemed interested in the fresh arrival.
8:20 PM EST, November 8, 2012
Leaders of the Dar-us-Salaam community in College Park have been looking for years for a new home, a place for a school and a mosque close enough to be convenient for members living in several counties. They've scouted hundreds of spots and looked closely at a handful, and now they think they've found what they've been looking for in the rural western section of Howard County.
12:09 PM EST, January 8, 2013
The Carroll County Sheriff's Department's former head of criminal investigations pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to a misdemeanor charge of misconduct in office, and has been sentenced to a suspended one-year jail term, three years of probation, a fine and community service.
8:11 PM EST, December 19, 2012
City officials on Wednesday removed orange construction cones and barrels from two blocks of East Monument Street that had been swallowed by a huge sinkhole this summer, unveiled an "Open for Business" sign on a lamppost and marked the end of a five-month, $7 million repair job.
11:05 PM EDT, September 6, 2012
Howard County is working on what officials call its "infrastructure," but the project doesn't involve bulldozers, road crews or loads of steel and asphalt. This "infrastructure" of woods, fields and waterways existed before there was a county — the task now is to keep it.
5:19 PM EDT, September 13, 2012
A Columbia woman pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor in connection with a report of an injury her 2-year-old son suffered five months before he was killed by suffocation.
6:16 PM EST, November 8, 2012
Hazel Sanders depends on her Rottweiler, Jurnee, to get her out walking, which she needs for a disabling knee condition, and to help her up if she falls. Two doctors have written letters saying the dog is an important part of her treatment, and she considers it as much a help as a seeing-eye dog is for a blind person.
8:38 PM EDT, October 1, 2012
Baltimore police are taking steps to close game rooms in the city offering computer terminals that mimic slot machines and pay cash prizes, but one operator went to court Monday to challenge the crackdown.
7:50 PM EST, November 21, 2012
On paper, the plan for a car maintenance shop and a few stores on Snowden River Parkway in Columbia hardly seems worth fighting about. The business people opposing it, however, see it as an illegal first step toward drastic changes for the worse along some major roads, and a potential threat to businesses in Columbia's nine village centers.
7:18 PM EDT, October 19, 2012
Billie Insley sits in a red leatherette chair at Your Shoe Service in Linthicum, smoking a Wave cigarette and facing a stack of stuff packed for moving or disposal: sheets of leather, boxes of fresh heels and soles, some bearing the red-and-black label of the old Cat's Paw Rubber Co. His life's work is nearly done.
7:14 PM EDT, November 1, 2012
Howard County planners are pushing new rules that would allow developers to depart from existing zoning in exchange for providing benefits to the community.
11:20 PM EST, November 8, 2012
Those in Howard County who want to channel the power of the ballot box to challenge local government decisions are going to have to work a bit harder to do it in elections to come, thanks to the vote Tuesday on one of five county charter changes. Whether this was the change voters wanted to make when they endorsed the change in overwhelming numbers seems to be a matter of debate.
8:10 PM EDT, October 24, 2012
Some of those who came to play at Hot Spot Sweepstakes in Towson on Wednesday afternoon walked away disappointed. Some seemed stunned.
7:59 PM EDT, September 5, 2012
Weeks after Baltimore County agreed pay about $500,000 to settle a workplace discrimination suit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, a former county police lieutenant and two former firefighters have filed federal lawsuits claiming that they were illegally forced off their jobs.
2:16 PM EDT, October 12, 2012
Amy Lynne Shelton has a closet full of toys at the Johns Hopkins University cognitive psychology lab: Wooden human figures with movable joints, Lego and model train buildings, toy cameras and wooden triangular blocks — some with eyes, some without. Each has its role to play in research shedding light on the possible relationship of social grace and sense of physical space, work that might eventually help people who suffer the social difficulties common in autism spectrum disorder.
10:18 PM EDT, October 4, 2012
Vernon L. Hackett's latest stint at the Howard County Detention Center ended early last month after 54 days awaiting trial on a misdemeanor theft charge that was eventually dropped. The 41-year-old from Baltimore City says he's been in and out of the jail in Jessup five or six times, and in the last 22 years has also done turns in three other county jails and two state prisons — always on charges of theft, drug sale or possession, and probation violations.
10:23 PM EDT, August 30, 2012
Two Howard County residents challenging more than 100 government decisions involving a wide range of issues including sewer system hookups and the construction of highway interchanges and homes have won a hearing in Maryland's highest court.
4:06 PM EDT, August 16, 2012
Enalee E. Bounds has been running Ellicott's Country Store on Main Street in historic Ellicott City for 50 years, telling customer after customer that they have stepped into a house that could be the oldest "duplex" in the country — built in the late 18th or early 19th century — and how Mr. Walker lived on one side, Mr. Chandler on the other.
9:45 PM EDT, October 11, 2012
Ed Williams, the apron-wearing proprietor of the Mumble and Squeak Toy Shoppe on Ellicott City's Main Street, has for decades heard arguments about downtown parking. It's a multiheaded beast — studied often, discussed ad nauseam and yet unsettled — but he figures he can point out what he considers the essence of the problem quickly by stepping out of his store on a bright October weekday afternoon.
9:59 PM EDT, August 22, 2012
As cleanup crews and investigators focus on the aftermath of a coal train derailment that killed two college students in Ellicott City, some officials are looking at new ways to keep people off the tracks that run through the historic district.
7:13 PM EDT, July 11, 2012
Howard County police detectives searched the office of the Columbia Housing Corporation on Wednesday in an investigation involving an employee, a lawyer representing the nonprofit agency said in a statement.
3:24 PM EDT, September 3, 2012
David Lones pulled his red and silver 18-wheeler off Interstate 95 South into the Maryland Welcome Center in Savage shortly after 5 p.m., some 12 hours after his day started in New Hampshire and in time to get a parking space for the night. He's not always so lucky.
8:07 PM EDT, August 7, 2012
Baltimore County has agreed to pay about $500,000 and reform workplace practices to settle a federal lawsuit accusing officials of discrimination against 10 Police and Fire Department employees and job applicants, chiefly on the basis of medical conditions, according to court documents.
9:54 PM EDT, October 25, 2012
Howard County residents have tried four times in the past nine years to challenge local government decisions on taxes and land use by referendum and failed each time to get the questions on the ballot. They've been rebuffed by opinions of the county's law department and by the courts, getting hung up on legal technicalities and the details of how signatures are validated.
June 22, 2012
Fish making the spring spawning run from the Chesapeake Bay upstream into the Patapsco River swim about 11 miles of cool, shallow, flowing water before hitting a concrete wall nearly three stories high: the Bloede Dam. The wildlife obstacle and human safety hazard has stood for more than a century in Patapsco Valley State Park, but its days could be numbered.
9:38 PM EDT, August 16, 2012
The Office of the State Prosecutor subpoenaed eight Baltimore County agencies this week for records on a planned Catonsville medical office development, county officials confirmed Thursday.
7:40 PM EDT, September 27, 2012
More than 200 years into the life of their family farm, Tim and Mitzi Jones decided their future should include cheese.
7:31 PM EDT, August 27, 2012
A city road crew worked into Monday refilling a cavernous sinkhole on East Monument Street that collapsed again amid heavy rains Sunday, but the city is sticking to its forecast of completing repairs about two months from now.
8:56 AM EDT, August 10, 2012
John D. Danko stops in mid-conversation to note the sound ringing through the house. The small brass bell chimes from behind the face of the grandfather clock in the foyer, perhaps the same sound people would have heard in their homes while waiting for word from the battlegrounds of the War of 1812.
7:54 PM EDT, June 14, 2012
A Howard County woman facing abuse and cruelty charges after 40 dead animals were found in her Columbia townhouse lost a bid Thursday to have critical evidence thrown out.
8:54 PM EDT, September 24, 2012
As Yom Kippur begins Tuesday evening, Gil Kleiner plans to be in services at the Beth El Congregation without his iPhone, which will be sitting silently in his office at the synagogue registering an ESPN mobile app alert every time the Orioles score a run in their pursuit of the American League East pennant.
10:04 AM EDT, August 3, 2012
A bill to change the way the Columbia Association is defined in state law is portrayed by the organization's lawyer as a necessary housekeeping measure, but the legislation seems to have an image problem.
10:13 PM EDT, September 11, 2012
A Baltimore County district judge who has been under fire for his handling of a domestic violence case plans to retire next month, a spokesman for the Maryland court system said Tuesday.
5:54 PM EDT, July 26, 2012
Those who have followed the years-long saga of the Gateway School site in Clarksville might be experiencing deja vu after County Executive Ken Ulman's announcement last week that the county had reached a deal to sell the 7.8-acre parcel for $5 million to a developer for a commercial project that would stand out for its environment- and pedestrian-friendly design.
10:08 PM EDT, May 21, 2012
A Circuit Court judge has ruled against a contractor who claimed Baltimore County owed the company $1.4 million in a dispute over construction of the County Detention Center.
7:15 PM EDT, June 13, 2012
A Baltimore County developer said he has abandoned pursuit of building "big box" stores at the site of the North Point Government Center in Dundalk and moving those offices to the site of a nearby former whiskey distillery that he owns.
10:19 AM EDT, May 23, 2012
With residents being bombarded by fliers, robocalls, even a telephone opinion survey, the fight over the future of the former Solo Cup site in Baltimore County is taking on the trappings of a political campaign.
6:49 PM EDT, July 19, 2012
The Howard County Council faces a busy voting session this week before the August recess, taking up the master plan for growth, several charter changes and whether to allow voters to consider term limits for newly elected council members.
7:59 PM EDT, May 29, 2012
The Baltimore County Board of Appeals has approved a plan for a 36-unit waterfront condominium on the southeast side in Bowleys Quarters, reversing a hearing officer's ruling issued last year.
7:42 PM EDT, June 7, 2012
The Baltimore County Council member from Middle River said Thursday that she is opposed to allowing a riverfront housing development on conservation land in her district, which would be the largest project ever outside a long-standing growth-control boundary.
9:24 PM EDT, June 28, 2012
John DeWolf III, the Howard Hughes Corp.'s senior vice president for development, is a tall man doing a big job from a large office in downtown Columbia. The floor-to-ceiling windows face Lake Kittamaqundi, and the conference table is covered with maps and plans for downtown development, a 30-year project to include new stores, homes, offices, hotels, transit lines, walking paths, renovations at Merriweather Post Pavilion — all in pursuit of James W. Rouse's original idea of a "real city."
7:49 PM EDT, July 13, 2012
They peeled the facade off the old Forest Diner on U.S. 40 in Ellicott City, revealing an American classic. Stainless steel, glass, and compact as a caboose, the restaurant's original core from about 1950 sits in a vacant dirt-and-gravel lot behind a chain-link fence.
2:09 PM EDT, May 30, 2012
A man found dead in a burning pickup truck in Essex last weekend was a victim of homicide, and Baltimore County Police have a warrant to arrest a county man in the killing, the police said Wednesday.
11:56 PM EDT, June 14, 2012
The Howard County winery tour of the future could conceivably start at Riggs Meadow Drive, then continue south on Route 97, heading down the two-lane road that turns from suburban to rural as you approach Jennings Chapel Road, where you could stop for another taste or two.
9:25 PM EDT, May 21, 2012
Columbia Gas Transmission's underground pipeline runs alongside David Raymond's house in Cockeysville today, as it did when he bought the place 30 years ago, quietly delivering natural gas to Baltimore County and beyond without incident.
10:13 PM EDT, June 4, 2012
The Baltimore County Council on Monday made significant changes to a measure involving the county development approval process after preservationists said it would undermine an essential county growth-control tool and could run afoul of state law.
10:54 PM EDT, May 22, 2012
A 31-year-old Baltimore County man has been arrested on charges of impersonating a police officer in St. Mary's County, and police are investigating whether he may have committed similar offenses closer to his home.
7:27 PM EDT, May 3, 2012
Six weeks after Scott M. Greenberg was found shot to death in his parents' house in Owings Mills in August, 2009, police arrested Gerald E. Sears and charged him with murder, robbery and drug-dealing.
8:33 PM EDT, April 11, 2012
A 22-year-old man was given a life sentence Wednesday for trying to sexually assault a boy in a Dundalk middle school bathroom.
4:31 PM EDT, June 23, 2012
Growing up in Dundalk, Kent Mosmiller knew about Sparrows Point Country Club. He spent summers on little boats along Bear Creek where he could check out the 40-foot cabin cruisers at the club marina and, beyond that, the green expanse of the golf course. It wasn't for him or his family.
9:11 PM EDT, May 24, 2012
Baltimore County planners want to allow hundreds of houses on waterfront conservation land along the Bird River in Middle River, over the strong objections of environmental regulators.
10:01 PM EDT, May 8, 2012
Harold Burns, president of the Falls Road Community Association, stepped to the microphone at the Oregon Ridge Lodge Tuesday night and threw down the gauntlet before representatives of a gas company proposing an underground pipeline through his part of Baltimore County.
6:07 PM EDT, April 26, 2012
Baltimore County police are investigating a "possible bias incident" after a rock was thrown through a window of a Muslim community center in the southwest neighborhood of Riverview.
8:17 PM EDT, April 19, 2012
A Dundalk woman who was sentenced last week to 60 years in prison in her husband's murder pleaded guilty Thursday to assaulting an officer at the Baltimore County Detention Center last August, said Deputy State's Attorney John P. Cox.
11:12 PM EDT, July 5, 2012
Thousands of Howard residents have stepped from the parking lot of the Health Department offices through the glass door to the county's Door to HealthCare program in the past 18 months, using this portion of the innovative Healthy Howard project to search for a doctor and a way to pay for services.
6:17 PM EDT, June 3, 2012
U.S. 1 in Howard County gets you from Elkridge to Laurel, from the White Elk Motel to the Fat Daddy Saloon, with an array of industrial and office parks, homes, fast-food restaurants, storage places and gas stations in between. The strip is looking better in recent years, sprouting new developments with names like Elkridge Crossing, Howard Square and Ashbury Courts, but it's still a work in progress.
9:11 PM EDT, May 2, 2012
No one makes whiskey any longer on Sollers Point Road in Dundalk, where the old distillery stands empty, the weeds poke through the paving and graffiti marks the brick walls.
3:17 PM EDT, April 23, 2012
A Las Vegas man who claims the estate of William Donald Schaefer owes him $28,000 for restaurant checks he picked up and time he spent visiting with the former governor and comptroller for five years lost another round in court on Monday.
9:42 PM EDT, May 7, 2012
Wooden stakes mark the path that a proposed underground gas pipeline would cut through Jonathan Guth's property in Baltimore County along its 21-mile route northeast to Harford County. The project would take out about half a stand of woods that Guth says makes a fine noise and privacy buffer between his four-bedroom house and the main road, and he's not happy about it.
7:12 PM EDT, April 19, 2012
Absent the colorful facade yet to come, the slots casino at Arundel Mills looks from the outside like a giant parking garage, but thousands of gambling machines on the first floor will soon be lighting up the day and night. The doors are set to open in June, and this year Anne Arundel County can begin slicing up its share of the expected millions.
6:31 PM EDT, April 23, 2012
An adult movie and accessory store in Halethorpe that has been the target of neighbor complaints and Baltimore County penalties for years was ordered by a judge on Monday to stop showing videos and to dismantle viewing booths.
8:56 PM EDT, May 4, 2012
A Baltimore County man was found guilty by a Circuit Court jury Friday of fatally shooting a man found in an Owings Mills home in 2009, a state prosecutor said.
5:02 PM EDT, June 10, 2012
The jazz quartet's last tune of the lunchtime set at the Columbia lakeside took an up-tempo bebop turn, the sort of sound one might associate with things urban and urbane: the Village Vanguard, maybe Birdland. The band played before a sparse crowd seated on a grassy terraced slope, folks who would get into their cars and drive off through a place that looks much like a suburban office and shopping area with its wide boulevards, tidy lawns, neat rows of trees, and parking lots.
9:58 PM EDT, April 11, 2012
Local government and university leaders are struggling to craft spending plans amid uncertainty over the state budget — and how a package of threatened cuts might affect schools, roads, public safety and other basic services.
7:31 PM EDT, May 14, 2012
After the power failed in an Essex neighborhood earlier this year, BGE officials discovered that someone had been stealing copper wire from the tops of utility poles. Oddly enough, however, they found no marks on the poles indicating that the culprit had climbed roughly 40 feet to reach the wire.
8:17 PM EDT, April 12, 2012
A Severn woman broke down in tears several times Thursday in Baltimore Circuit Court as she testified that her boyfriend was driving the 2001 Lincoln that struck and killed two teenagers on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard last June. She said she switched seats in the car with him before they were stopped by police later that night.
5:29 PM EDT, April 2, 2012
The likely new owner reassured staffers of the Baltimore Jewish Times on Monday that nothing will change in the 93-year-old weekly's commitment to reporting on the local community.
4:49 PM EDT, April 29, 2012
On a sunny spring afternoon, children continue a tradition in the downtown playground next to Annapolis Elementary School: shooting hoops, kicking a ball around, riding the swings. Adults, meanwhile, pursue another generations-old practice: arguing the future of the little park, long considered the keystone to waterfront revitalization.
8:39 PM EDT, April 11, 2012
A Lansdowne woman was ordered to stay out of Walmart for five years after pleading guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor assault in a bleach and Pine-Sol fight that briefly shut down a Baltimore County store last fall.
6:18 PM EDT, April 10, 2012
A 22-year-old man faces sentencing Wednesday morning for trying to sexually assault a boy in a Dundalk middle school bathroom in 2010.
12:23 PM EDT, April 2, 2012
The company owned by the family that has published the Baltimore Jewish Times for 93 years was sold at bankruptcy auction Monday morning for $1.26 million to the owners of the Washington Jewish Week, who are promising to keep the local focus of the weekly magazine.
5:42 PM EDT, April 9, 2012
When Towson American Legion Post 22 commander Jim Rebbert looks at a planner's drawing envisioning a future for the patch of land where the post now stands, he gets the jitters. The drawings show businesses and apartments along pleasant, tree-lined thoroughfares, but not the Legion post.
7:01 PM EDT, March 14, 2012
The publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times and its key creditor have been given until Friday morning to file a plan to get the company out of bankruptcy or face a hearing on a motion to appoint a trustee to run the business.
8:32 PM EDT, March 20, 2012
Five investor groups or companies, including The Baltimore Sun's publisher, have either expressed interest in or submitted bids for the owner of the Baltimore Jewish Times and Style Magazine, according to the general manager of Alter Communications Inc., which is now up for sale under a bankruptcy trustee.
10:20 PM EDT, March 29, 2012
Not long after his son was stabbed to death outside his apartment in Hampstead, Richard DeMario heard that police had arrested a suspect, and soon enough it seemed to him they had a strong case. The man had confessed in a video recording and left behind a trail of physical evidence, including a knife said to have been used in the killing and a shirt that prosecutors said was stained with the son's blood.
6:11 PM EDT, April 4, 2012
The prospective new owners of the Baltimore Jewish Times took over Washington Jewish Week nearly two years ago and made an array of changes to the publication, which had just turned 80 years old. They redesigned the tabloid, revamped the website and launched an email newsletter.
9:22 PM EDT, March 12, 2012
When Baltimore County Police Capt. Andre Davis took command, late in 2010, of recruiting and hiring, he could see that efforts to bring in African-Americans had slipped. Background checks were not being completed on many applicants, and no effort was being made to see that black candidates showed up for physical and written exams.
6:50 PM EDT, March 11, 2012
David Boyd has seen the county's rezoning routine hit home before. He didn't like it the first time and he doesn't like it now.
8:14 PM EDT, March 21, 2012
Pending the approval of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times and Style Magazine could be sold at auction next week.
8:30 PM EST, February 8, 2012
A Maryland appeals court has ruled that the state violated the rights of two men who were found incompetent to stand trial and were then held in state institutions beyond the legal time limit without going through proceedings for commitment to a mental hospital.
8:57 PM EDT, April 5, 2012
The buyers of the Baltimore Jewish Times' publishing company are prepared to close the $1.26 million purchase of the company Friday after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge approved the transaction Thursday. The sale will bring an end to 93 years of family ownership.
7:58 PM EDT, March 19, 2012
The new face in the office of the publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times and Style Magazine is Zvi Guttman, a man in a black yarmulke, white shirt, dark tie and black suspenders who settled into the conference room Monday, opened his laptop and began the work of a bankruptcy trustee: selling the business and searching for assets to pay creditors.
5:43 PM EST, February 16, 2012
The chief executive of the Baltimore County Revenue Authority, which runs public parking, golf courses and an indoor skating rink and sports center, said Thursday that he has left the post to pursue another position.
9:38 PM EDT, March 29, 2012
A key creditor in the bankruptcy of the Baltimore Jewish Times and Style Magazine publisher has become the third bidder for the firm, raising the prospect of new ownership that the current chief executive officer said would be "a real tragic end to this company."
5:14 PM EST, February 19, 2012
The Baltimore County Council is poised make it easier to get information about plans filed under a real estate development method that has been criticized as too easy on builders and too hard on residents trying to keep track of what's going on in their neighborhoods.
7:24 PM EDT, March 13, 2012
Two competing plans to take the Baltimore Jewish Times' publisher out of bankruptcy have been taken off the table, and talks continued Tuesday between the company and a key creditor after a judge approved an emergency cash infusion.
9:59 PM EDT, March 28, 2012
Carroll County prosecutors have dropped reckless-endangerment charges against five former juvenile facility staff members in the death of a Baltimore teenager because the main detective on the case is being investigated for perjury.
5:53 PM EST, February 9, 2012
A man accused of beating one of his roommates to death at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center last fall was found mentally competent Thursday to stand trial in Howard County Circuit Court.
5:21 PM EST, January 22, 2012
When springtime trends showed that 2011 homicides in Maryland would rise by 7 percent, the governor's office set in motion an intensified effort to arrest violent offenders wanted on warrants in areas where most of the state's violent crime occurs: Baltimore City and Prince George's and Baltimore counties.
10:09 PM EST, February 21, 2012
The U.S. Justice Departmenthas opened an investigation of possible racial discrimination in hiring at the Baltimore County police and fire departments, according to correspondence between the agency and the county.
8:46 PM EST, January 4, 2012
The publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times and its former printer have now blown a third deadline set by a federal judge to submit a joint plan to take the company out of bankruptcy, and the years-long feud goes on.
4:49 PM EST, January 15, 2012
Civil rights veteran Helena Hicks had walked much of the route already, many years ago — decades before the nation's capital memorialized the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in stone. Some things have changed dramatically since then, others not so much. So Hicks took to the streets once more.
10:09 PM EST, January 5, 2012
Dr. Scott Rifkin says the Baltimore Jewish Times "has a long and distinguished history and deserves to be saved" as its parent company is mired in a contentious bankruptcy. So he did what he's known to do, when he feels the time is right: He jumped in.
6:01 PM EST, January 20, 2012
A 19-year-old man was sentenced to prison Friday morning after the girl he sexually assaulted in a Woodlawn roller rink told the judge that since the crime she's been harassed, gotten into fights with schoolmates and become increasingly angry.
6:16 PM EST, December 27, 2011
A quilt made by a prominent African-American textile artist and teacher was stolen during a burglary this month from the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum in Oella, where it was on loan.
8:30 PM EST, January 14, 2012
Demonstrators marching through downtown Baltimore on Saturday to mark the approaching Martin Luther King Jr. holiday had a brief face-off with the police, but the two sides parted ways peacefully without arrests.
6:45 PM EST, December 7, 2011
Relatives of a 9-year-old boy killed by a falling tree at a Carroll County nature camp two years ago have filed a $12 million suit against the county, contending that camp managers should have protected the boy by cutting the dead hickory tree down before it fell and keeping children inside during high winds the morning of the accident.
6:06 PM EST, January 9, 2012
A Baltimore County man accused in a gang rape at a Woodlawn roller rink was acquitted Monday of the most serious charges against him. But Davon Perry faces two counts on which the judge declared a mistrial after members of the jury said they were "hopelessly deadlocked."
7:59 PM EST, December 28, 2011
A Baltimore County police officer and two other people suffered injuries Wednesday after the officer's cruiser was struck by a tractor-trailer on the Baltimore Beltway in Towson, forcing police to temporarily close the highway.
8:47 PM EST, February 16, 2012
Baltimore County officials announced Thursday that they have launched a $76 million radio system for police, fire and other emergency crew members designed to improve sound quality, cover more territory and make transmission more reliable.
2:50 PM EST, December 24, 2011
Lillie Chappell was up about $50, then down about the same, and was into her third hour playing a video game — pressing a button on the computer screen and watching tumbling four-leaf clovers, bars, horseshoes, numeral sevens. Compared with slot machines she'd played at Delaware Park, she said this was "pretty much the same."
9:16 PM EST, November 12, 2011
The man suspected of fatally shooting two people outside Arundel Mills mall in Hanover late Friday night was shot and killed, and a police officer was wounded, in an exchange of gunfire in a residential area of Prince George's County on Saturday morning, police said.
8:17 PM EST, January 1, 2012
A Baltimore City woman has filed a lawsuit in federal court against Baltimore County, its Police Department, several officers and officials, claiming she was assaulted and her constitutional rights violated when she was arrested while recording an encounter with police near a Towson bar two years ago.
8:43 PM EST, November 30, 2011
Opponents of a farmer's creamery business in northern Baltimore County have the right to pursue their fight against the operation before a circuit judge, the state's second highest court ruled on Wednesday.
9:40 PM EST, December 9, 2011
Michelle bears three small white scars on her black nose, another above her left eye and marks on both her front legs — left by metal grips of a device used to hold her still for forced breeding. A tear in her lower lip has healed nicely after surgery.
4:49 PM EDT, October 16, 2011
The man accused of fatally shooting a Towson gas station owner in a murder-for-hire scheme is due in court this week — the first trial under Maryland's revamped death penalty law, legal experts say.
8:02 PM EST, January 3, 2012
A 13-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted in a Woodlawn roller skating rink in 2010 took the witness stand Tuesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court, pointing to Davon Perry as one of three males who took part in the attack.
7:02 AM EST, December 6, 2011
City police say they are cracking down on dog owners who let their pets off the leash in Patterson Park, weeks after a poodle was attacked by two pit bulls who escaped from their backyard about a block away from the park.
7:18 PM EST, January 4, 2012
Two key witnesses in the state's rape case against Davon Perry testified Wednesday that the defendant was in the room with the teenage girl he is charged with attacking, but they told the court different versions of events that occurred that Saturday night at a Woodlawn roller rink.
8:56 PM EST, November 22, 2011
The president of the Baltimore County police union has been suspended with pay and stripped of his police powers after an internal department investigation, months after he received probation before judgment on misdemeanor assault charges, a department spokeswoman said.
6:13 PM EST, December 27, 2011
A Maryland legislator said he plans to introduce a bill in the General Assembly that would outlaw video game rooms that offer cash prizes for playing a "sweepstakes," saying such operations could effectively put "slots on every corner."
7:38 PM EDT, October 27, 2011
The Baltimore County man convicted this week of first-degree murder in the shooting of a Towson gas station owner can be subjected to the death penalty, a Harford County Circuit Court jury decided Thursday.
7:01 PM EST, November 23, 2011
A former Baltimore County resident serving a 10-year sentence for armed robbery in federal prison has been named as a suspect in the death of his mother, who was visiting from Russia, a Baltimore County Police Department spokeswoman said Wednesday.
7:11 PM EST, November 12, 2011
Three makeshift firebombs were thrown against houses in Northwest Baltimore early Saturday, causing little damage and no injuries but raising concerns that a spate of nine similar attacks in September has been renewed.
5:21 PM EST, December 19, 2011
Gambling charges against a state lawmaker's brother and three others were set aside on an inactive docket Monday in Baltimore County District Court in Towson, meaning the court made no finding of guilt or innocence in the case alleging that a Dundalk tavern made cash payouts on video game machines.
6:04 PM EST, November 23, 2011
A Dundalk man accused of killing his brother-in-law last spring outside the neighborhood bar the victim owned has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, the third person to plead in the case, in which the bar owner's wife is also charged.
9:28 PM EST, December 6, 2011
Baltimore County Council members said Tuesday that county development chief Arnold Jablon should not have acted as the attorney for a local environmental engineer who has worked for builders on projects in Baltimore County.
9:09 PM EST, December 3, 2011
Kayden Hoskins can say "Daddy" now, but she could not when her father, Spc. Tom Hoskins of the Maryland National Guard, left for Iraq in February. The 15-month-old from Havre de Grace has known Daddy mostly as a voice on the phone, a man reading her a book on a DVD sent from far away, a face in a framed photograph that on occasion she kisses.
7:47 PM EDT, November 2, 2011
Prosecutors in the murder-for-hire case involving the killing of a Towson gas station owner cleared the hurdle set by Maryland's revised and more restrictive capital punishment law, but ultimately could not convince a jury to sentence to death the man convicted of first-degree murder for the shooting.
4:34 PM EST, December 26, 2011
Santa Claus had left the building, but the Stratemeyer family of Dundalk was picking up where he left off Monday morning, planning a day of many stops to return or exchange bags of items that weren't quite right. This visit to Towson Town Center was just the start.
5:54 PM EST, November 15, 2011
The Baltimore County Police Department has been recognized by an international police organization for its use of a statewide program designed to keep watch on the most violent offenders.
7:28 PM EDT, October 13, 2011
The Howard County Council is considering a move to eliminate a widely used approach to challenging decisions on land use, building permits and other matters, a step some activists say sharply curtails the public's right of appeal.
7:17 PM EST, November 29, 2011
A developer's plan for a 36-unit waterfront condominium with boat slips that has pitted neighbor against neighbor for years in Bowleys Quarters has been rejected by a Baltimore County hearing officer.
6:59 PM EST, December 13, 2011
State Del. Joseph J. "Sonny" Minnick and his family have quit the tavern business after 20 years, selling their liquor license shortly before the lawmaker's brother faces trial on gambling charges in connection with video machine payouts at the Dundalk establishment.
8:26 PM EDT, September 22, 2011
A federal judge on Thursday scolded both parties vying for control of the company that publishes the Baltimore Jewish Times, giving them 30 days to develop a plan to take the company out of bankruptcy — or else a trustee would be appointed to run the business.
6:23 PM EST, November 15, 2011
Stevenson University has bought the Shire Pharmaceuticals plant next door to its Owings Mills campus, a $10.5 million deal that a school official said will expand the grounds by a third and help meet the goal of increasing full-time student enrollment to 4,000 in the next two years.
9:25 AM EDT, October 13, 2011
Four people were hurt Thursday morning when an SUV rammed the back of a truck doing work for BGE in eastern Baltimore County, police said.
9:14 PM EDT, September 6, 2011
The Baltimore County Council unanimously adopted rules Tuesday for "accessory apartments" in single-family homes and revised the definition of a "farmer's roadside stand" — two votes that may resolve a couple of long-standing neighborhood disputes.
9:15 PM EDT, September 28, 2011
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating allegations that Baltimore County government has harassed employees over their medical conditions and forced some out of their jobs, according to court documents and people who have spoken with federal investigators.
8:53 PM EST, November 22, 2011
Two Baltimore County Police officers who were denied health benefits for their same-sex spouses have won their cases before an arbitrator, the first disputes of this kind to be decided in the department.
10:08 PM EST, December 5, 2011
With the company that put on Baltimore's inaugural Grand Prix struggling to pay its debts, a disagreement is revving up over whether the city did enough to ensure the race's financial viability.
10:25 AM EDT, October 13, 2011
A Maryland state trooper on Wednesday evening made quick use of what he learned at a three-day training class on spotting illegal activity, as he stopped to help a couple of stranded motorists on Interstate 95 near Elkton and ended up arresting the two Florida men after finding a load of marijuana.
8:34 PM EDT, October 26, 2011
A Baltimore County man was found guilty Wednesday of shooting a Towson gas station owner to death in the first case to test Maryland's revised capital punishment law.
10:22 AM EST, November 10, 2011
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has released a report on the potential environmental impact of a proposed 1,473-unit residential development on the Baltimore County waterfront that can be summed up in two words: no problem. Opponents of the Fort Howard project disagree, and they mean to make waves.
11:07 PM EDT, October 8, 2011
Their great-grandfathers each founded Baltimore companies, a publisher and a printer, and their families have built close ties working together since the 1950s to produce the venerable Baltimore Jewish Times.
5:20 PM EDT, September 17, 2011
The black metal bars on the front door and window at Kelly's Tavern mark how life has changed in Allegany County these past few years. Antoinette Kelly put those up in the spring, after someone broke in through the door, stole about $200 in cash, a bottle of Captain Morgan rum and a bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey and left — apparently in haste.
10:12 PM EDT, August 1, 2011
The Baltimore County Council got an earful Monday night about proposals to adjust council district lines, as Woodlawn area residents opposed plans to take the Social Security Administration headquarters and several thousand residents out of their district, and Loch Hill neighbors said they wanted to stay in the same jurisdiction asTowson.
July 31, 2011
A veteran Baltimore County police detective will receive $225,000, and his lawyer could get more in fees now that the county has lost a case in which the officer claimed that his rights were violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
7:23 PM EDT, July 28, 2011
A Baltimore County mother is suing St. Paul's School for Boys and two administrators for $150,000, claiming that her son was bullied for years by other students and the school did nothing to protect him.
8:38 PM EDT, November 1, 2011
The man convicted of killing a Towson gas station owner for money apologized Tuesday in Harford County Circuit Court to the victim's family and friends, saying "I'm sorry to the last fiber of my being." The apology came shortly before a jury was to begin deliberating whether Walter P. Bishop Jr. will be sentenced to death or life in prison.
6:06 PM EDT, August 28, 2011
An east-side Baltimore County Council member expects the owners of a sprawling old warplane factory to seek rezoning of their property. A Towson lawyer will try for a third time for new zoning allowing a small office building. North county activists plan to study maps looking for environmentally sensitive areas that might need protection from development.
12:06 AM EDT, August 31, 2011
The Baltimore County Council is scheduled to vote next week on a measure that could help a Sparks farmer resolve a long-standing fight to run a stand out of a barn, though lawyers for the farmer and for his opponents have different views on what the bill would allow.
7:24 PM EDT, August 19, 2011
A Howard County man who lost his townhouse in a refinancing foul-up six years ago has settled the matter before trial, giving him enough money for a down payment on a new house, a lawyer in the case said.
8:31 PM EDT, August 25, 2011
The head of the Baltimore County police union has had his police powers restored after he received probation before judgment on misdemeanor assault charges in Circuit Court this week.
9:52 PM EDT, October 25, 2011
Mike Schaefer enjoys telling stories about William Donald Schaefer — how he met the Baltimore mayor during the 1980s, how decades later they became regular companions for meals in Annapolis and Baltimore, how he visited the legendary Maryland politician on Christmas Day last year at the Catonsville retirement community where he lived.
11:44 PM EDT, July 14, 2011
Two weeks after Baltimore County police seized electronic gambling machines from a Dundalk bar co-owned by state Del. Joseph J. "Sonny" Minnick, authorities filed gambling-related charges against four people.
7:47 PM EDT, August 15, 2011
Seven people have been arrested on drug charges at a Dundalk night club after more than 100 Baltimore County police officers raided the place last week, police said.
4:45 PM EDT, August 22, 2011
The Baltmore County Register of Wills has tightened up procedures in response to a state audit that found that during a three-year period it did not report all estates valued at greater than $1 million to the office of the state comptroller, as required by law.
8:44 PM EDT, September 21, 2011
Lifelong Dundalk resident Scott Holupka has heard the jokes. He's heard Dundalk residents stereotyped as some "combination of Archie Bunker and a West Virginia hillbilly," the community knocked as dirty, industrial and smelly.
July 31, 2011
For the second time in less than a year, a fair-housing advocacy organization has filed suit in U.S. District Court claiming racial discrimination by a company that owns 24 apartment complexes in the Baltimore region.
7:31 PM EDT, June 22, 2011
The partisan profile of the Baltimore County Council would be strengthened and several neighborhoods once torn among districts would be knit back together under a proposal advanced Wednesday by a committee established to redraw the county political map to reflect population changes since the last census.
5:50 PM EDT, July 17, 2011
No dirt has been turned, but the Galloway Creek waterfront condominium has already marked the Bowleys Quarters peninsula, setting neighbor against neighbor, suggesting a future for the southeastern Baltimore County community that some find promising, others frightening.
8:14 PM EDT, June 14, 2011
Behind the asphalt parking lot at Dimitri's International Grille in Catonsville, the wooded area drops about 30 feet in a steep slope in one direction, adjoining Patapsco Valley State Park on two sides. The restaurant's owner wants to build 10 townhouses there, though zoning doesn't allow it and the Baltimore County planning staff has strongly recommended against it.
4:44 PM EDT, August 15, 2011
Construction crews are busy filling a 12-story gap that has stood empty in the center of Towson for nearly 10 years.
7:59 PM EDT, September 5, 2011
The Baltimore County Council is set to vote on a bill to clarify the rules for so-called in-law apartments, a measure that has drawn strong opposition from community activists who claim that it could allow neighborhoods to become more densely populated than zoning allows.
8:38 PM EDT, June 29, 2011
A Baltimore County jury has ordered Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay more than $495 million to compensate a group of Jacksonville families and businesses for claims of lost property value, emotional distress and medical monitoring resulting from a 2006 underground gasoline leak — and damages could continue to grow.
11:26 PM EDT, June 20, 2010
The first in a weekly series about the people and the jobs that define a Maryland summer.
6:58 PM EDT, July 10, 2011
Wayne Smith is standing at the Weber gas grill in Clifton Park brushing barbecue sauce over a batch of jerk chicken — a Caribbean signature dish in a weekend of cultural signatures at the 30th annual Caribbean Carnival Festival.
8:00 AM EDT, July 6, 2011
The Baltimore County Council approved significant changes on Tuesday evening to a land development approach that has often drawn fire from community activists, a move that council members said would stop bad projects early and make the development process more open.
8:45 PM EDT, August 9, 2011
Del. Richard K. Impallaria has filed a lawsuit against the Harford County sheriff, claiming towing companies are committing "theft" and "extortion" and the county's chief law enforcement officer should do something about it.
4:24 AM EDT, August 30, 2011
Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien flies to Rome next month for a new job leading a global order of Catholic knights, a post that likely will lead to his elevation to cardinal, but which also begins his departure from the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
8:20 AM EDT, June 21, 2011
The years-long battle over music at the Dock of the Bay restaurant in Miller's Island continued Monday as the Baltimore County Board of Liquor License Commissioners fined the waterfront establishment $4,000 for two violations, and the chairman warned that heavier penalties will be imposed for further infractions.
7:38 PM EDT, July 9, 2011
Police made an arrest Saturday in the fatal stabbing that marred last weekend's Fourth of July celebration at the Inner Harbor, as officers began to investigate a separate overnight killing downtown.
12:08 PM EDT, July 1, 2011
Baltimore County jurors returned a verdict for punitive damages against ExxonMobil Corp. on Thursday that raises the total award stemming from an underground gasoline leak in 2006 to more than $1.5 billion, a figure that a plaintiffs' lawyer says could make it the largest judgment ever in a case of this type.
8:27 PM EDT, June 30, 2011
Catonsville's Fourth of July parade is bound to be an impressive event Monday afternoon, with 17 marching bands, Lone Ranger look-alikes, wailing firetrucks, color guards, 25 floats and a renowned local waitress drifting by in a long red gown. But before that, unfolding as you read this, goes the spectacle of the chairs.
5:48 PM EDT, July 9, 2011
A 14-year-old girl was struck and killed Friday night while crossing the Baltimore National Pike in Catonsville, a Baltimore County police corporal said.
10:31 PM EDT, July 1, 2011
The oversized windows of Hans Wilhelmsen's house in Jacksonville command a view to the east of hills dotted with baled hay and stands of oak, maple and pine on the 70 acres he owns a mile south of where an Exxon station unleashed an underground flood of unleaded gasoline five years ago. Thirteen bison patrolled the fields then, but they're gone now, and Wilhelmsen is sure he knows why.
7:32 PM EDT, July 10, 2011
Baltimore County has a plan for the heart of Towson, and it looks like Allegheny Avenue.
10:03 PM EDT, April 11, 2011
The Baltimore City Council called on officials of the Housing Authority and other agencies to explain what's being done about paying judgments of nearly $12 million to public housing residents poisoned by lead paint.
7:16 PM EDT, July 9, 2011
Police made an arrest Saturday in the fatal stabbing that marred last weekend's Fourth of July celebration at the Inner Harbor, as officers began to investigate a separate, overnight killing downtown.
11:07 PM EST, January 29, 2011
A two-alarm fire Saturday evening heavily damaged the Charles Village Pub & Patio, a popular hangout for Towson University students.
9:42 PM EST, December 8, 2010
The suspect in the attempted bombing of the Army recruiting center in Catonsville apparently drew inspiration from an array of websites and radical Islamic leaders, including a U.S.-born cleric who has been targeted for assassination by the Obama administration, according to an FBI affidavit.
8:37 PM EDT, June 28, 2011
ExxonMobil Corp. has lost its bid to avoid paying punitive damages in a case stemming from an underground gasoline leak in northern Baltimore County in 2006, but how much the international company will have to pay remains to be seen as the case continues in Circuit Court on Wednesday.
December 6, 2009
In the market and at the bus stop, over glasses of wine and under the barber's clippers, the daily rhythm of life in Baltimore has been interrupted by a question reverberating through many a conversation: Should Mayor Sheila Dixon, convicted of embezzlement, continue to run the city?
7:46 AM EST, January 10, 2011
The rite, those few priests who have performed it say, can unfold as a quiet prayer session or a show of violence.
9:20 PM EDT, June 17, 2011
Lawyers for dozens of Baltimore County families suing Exxon Mobil Corp. closed a six-month trial Friday by arguing for punitive damages in a 2006 underground gasoline leak in Jacksonville, accusing the corporation of playing down the potential harm of the contamination and of committing "fraud."
11:42 PM EST, December 30, 2010
Frances Kent has made her home for 22 years in one room along the backstretch at Laurel Park. She pays no rent, but also has no private bath or cooking appliances, which are not allowed, so she saves coupons for Arby's roast beef specials and other fast food, and finds that canned "tomato soup is not bad cold."
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