| Feb 21, 2013
| 11:48 AM
I never thought I'd hear a Baltimorean say such a thing.
Last week, while reporting on the Rawlings-Blake administration's 10-year financial plan, I spoke with the mayor's press secretary, Ian Brennan. We covered a lot of ground in our hourlong phone...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 10:26 AM
Five years ago, I thought I might have to leave Baltimore. Not because I wanted to but because I thought I needed to.
It was 2008. Like many employers, Urbanite magazine, where I worked, was feeling the effects of the Great Recession, so I would soon...
| Apr 1, 2013
| 3:00 AM
It is no longer teenagers stumbling into pregnancy and parenthood about whom we should be fretting. Those numbers continue to drop, because the kids are having less sex and using more contraception.
No, it is the 20-something women who are putting...
| Oct 25, 2012
| 11:11 AM
One of the striking aspects of the third presidential debate was the frequent mention of Israel (34 times). Western Europe and the challenges facing the European Union or Latin America hardly registered. It is as if the Israel issue is a burning one in...
| Sep 2, 2012
Forrest Martin is looking at the same help-wanted listings as all the other Sparrows Point workers, the jobs with wages of $10 an hour, $13, $15. The jobs that could mean a pay cut of half — or more — from his steel mill days.
But Martin, 31,...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 6:07 AM
Unemployed workers with a high school education or less are locked out of three-quarters of the job openings in the Baltimore region.
That's according to a report released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution, which warned of an "education gap" between...
| Sep 11, 2012
| 10:25 AM
"Greetings from Maryland, home of the number one public school system in America for four years in a row!" That is how Gov. Martin O'Malley opened his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., last week to a roar of applause.
| Sep 17, 2012
| 5:20 PM
Eyeing the Royal Farms sign advertising a gallon of premium gas for $3.99, Taryn Gross-Ojekwe's jaw fell open.
"When it is going to cease?" she said of the price, which has climbed steadily over the past few weeks. "Just within the last few days, it...
| Sep 18, 2012
| 11:04 AM
With all the protests and violence in Arab and Muslim countries generated by a despicable and demeaning film about Islam, here is a sobering prediction: There will be more such films and clips, they will be even more provocative, and they will generate...
| Aug 5, 2012
There's a right way and a wrong way to have a debate about taxes in this country. This week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid demonstrated how not to accomplish that task with his claim that Mitt Romney didn't pay any federal income taxes over a 10-...
| May 12, 2012
| 1:22 PM
Baltimore County's decision to cut nearly 200 teaching positions last year has had far-reaching consequences in high schools, where hundreds of classes have been dropped from the rolls, leaving many more students packed into classrooms.
At Dulaney High...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 9:02 AM
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has become a willing pawn in Senate Republicans' efforts to force President Barack Obama into a costly and unnecessary fight over who will serve as his secretary of state when Hillary Clinton leaves that post in the new year....