| Dec 22, 2011
| 1:26 PM
Sometimes politics in Carroll County resemble Kabuki Theater. Everyone knows the plot, and the only matter of interest is the pronunciation of the expected script and the stylized movements of the actors.
Such is the current play entitled "Drafting a New...
| Jan 7, 2012
| 4:55 PM
What comes to mind when Mexican immigrant Elsa Garcia thinks of Baltimore's drawbacks?
"Basura. O las drogas," said the East Baltimore resident. "Trash. Or drugs."
Then, quickly, comes her list of Baltimore's pluses: Her husband has been able to find...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 6:42 AM
It was four days off and counting for Harford County Public Schools students, who were enjoying Mother Nature's wrath of snow and ice at the end of January and the beginning of February. Students were off Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday because of...
| Aug 16, 2011
| 2:47 PM
We all knew this was coming. The 2010 Census revealed that Baltimore continued to lose population over the past 10 years — albeit at a slower pace than in previous decades — and with Maryland's decennial redistricting process under way, it...
| Aug 24, 2011
| 1:15 PM
Kabatwa, a silverback mountain gorilla, carries her twins in the Virunga Mountains, just outside Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. The babies were born in February. According to a 2010 census, the total number of mountain gorillas has increased by a...
| Jan 7, 2012
| 7:23 PM
There was pizza, salad, mozzarella sticks and, to the delight of state Sen. Joe Getty, a full house at his Jan. 4 "town meeting," held at J&P Pizza, in Hampstead.
"At the last town meeting in Manchester, we had 25 people," Getty said to the residents who...
| Jan 10, 2012
| 10:23 AM
In a democracy, the voice of the people is supposed to be heard. And now, as the Democratic legislative mapmakers in Annapolis plan to slice and dice that voice, it is important that Baltimore County residents speak out.
As happens every 10 years after...
| Jan 11, 2012
| 2:42 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's inauguration speech last year laid out an ambitious goal of growing the city's population by 10,000 families over the next decade. Where are those approximately 22,000 new residents to come from? Clearly, the mayor hopes...
| Jun 28, 2011
| 1:52 PM
With the growing demand for locally produced food and with area farmers' markets gaining popularity, now is a perfect time to evaluate Baltimore's city-owned markets — in particular, Lexington Market, the grandfather of them all.
| Jun 18, 2011
| 2:38 PM
The public housing unit Susan Batchelor shares with her teenage daughter on a blighted East Baltimore block has new kitchen cabinets, modern appliances and central air. After years on a waiting list, Batchelor is delighted with the renovated two-bedroom...
| Jun 16, 2011
| 7:29 PM
Elkridge residents don't want the once-per-decade redrawing of County Council district lines to dilute their political influence, but some wonder if the interests of the county's oldest community are tied more closely to those of Ellicott City's in...
| Jul 20, 2011
| 4:01 PM
A circuit judge threw out a lawsuit Wednesday from Harford County Democrats who are challenging the makeup of the all-Republican commission drawing new County Council district lines.
Judge John F. Fader II said the suit essentially asked him to legislate...