| Sep 20, 2012
| 9:11 AM
Corn prices have reached record highs as a result of this summer's devastating drought, and it hasn't taken long for some to use the crisis as leverage for their own political agendas — namely, the opposition to domestic renewable fuel.
| Sep 24, 2012
| 7:30 AM
The letter from Steve Everley, a member of a research organization supported by the Independent Petroleum Institute of America ("Fracking gets an unfair rap," Sept. 21), is a bit misleading when it says that the moratorium on fracking "is just another way...
| Sep 24, 2012
| 6:32 PM
Drew Westervelt's path to pro lacrosse was slicked with sweat and puke and blood and spit.
"You know how it is when you're playing sports," he said. "You leave a lot out there."
So when the 27-year-old Bel Air native and UMBC graduate felt an...
| Sep 26, 2012
| 7:01 AM
On Twitter, @SherrieVossMatthews inquires about the use of articles with initialisms and acronyms.* An article at Daily Writing Tips summarizes the conventions:
"Because acronyms like NASA are pronounced as words ('na-suh,' in this case), there’s...
| May 1, 2012
| 4:22 PM
With its dandelions, clover and discarded cigarette butts, the little "bioswale" in front of the Salvation Army community center in West Baltimore won't win any lawn-care prizes. But the shallow, weedy depression collects rainfall washing off an acre of...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 10:57 AM
From how we live to where we can live, Marylanders have been expected to make an increasing number of personal sacrifices for the cause of cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay over the last two decades or more. Many have been small (whether laundry detergent...
| Jul 13, 2012
| 6:00 AM
Extreme weather events are on the rise, and scientists warn that global warming will bring even more extreme weather in the future ("Derecho and heat wave in review: records, rankings, and by the numbers," July 9). We know that power plants are the...
| May 2, 2012
| 6:15 AM
Just in time for the start of ozone season, the Environmental Protection Agency officially reminds us that Baltimoreans are still breathing unhealthful levels of pollution in their air in late spring and summer.
The city and its suburbs were among 45...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 6:43 PM
The severe thunderstorm that hit the metro area on June 29 caused an estimated 75,000 gallons of sewage to spill from the Frederick Road Sewage Pumping Station.
Fortunately, the liquid flowed into an area designed to hold it.
Had the sewage breached the...
| Jul 18, 2012
| 12:09 PM
Something really wonderful is coming to Owings Mills. The Solo Cup factory (which used to be Sweetheart Cup, which used to be Maryland Cup Corp.) was sold in 2011. Less than a year later, a shovel-ready proposal awaits zoning approval by the Baltimore...
| May 3, 2012
| 4:45 PM
Steep projected costs for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay could be trimmed by billions of dollars, a new study suggests, by allowing polluters to buy "credits" for less-expensive reductions made by others.
The study, presented Thursday to the Chesapeake...
| May 4, 2012
| 7:45 AM
Could pollution "trading" really shave billions of dollars from the costs of restoring the Chesapeake Bay? Or would the long-running cleanup effort suffer at the hands of those looking to make a buck on it?
A study presented Thursday to the Chesapeake...