| Aug 22, 2011
| 3:19 PM
If you are offered a short-term advance on your paycheck at a triple-digit interest rate, you might think you're being pitched a payday loan — a product that's basically banned in Maryland and other states with rate caps.
But what if that deal came...
| Aug 28, 2011
| 3:37 PM
A year ago, Hope Tarr found herself marveling at a new beer garden inBrooklyn.
Tarr, who co-created an iPhone app that tracks beer gardens in New York City, had grown up in Baltimore listening about these outdoor promised lands where German suds flowed...
| Jun 2, 2011
| 11:46 AM
Ben Cardin held off about as long as possible for a modern politician, but he finally caved to intense pressure. He launched a Facebook page.
"Back in 1966, when I first ran for the Maryland House of Delegates, there was no Facebook, no Twitter, no...
| May 23, 2011
| 9:35 AM
Daniel "The Wig Man" Vovak, who ran for president, the U.S. Senate and other offices wearing a Colonial-style periwig, died of cancer Saturday at Casey House hospice in Montgomery County, according to David Vovak, a brother. The Rockville resident was 39....
| Jul 22, 2011
| 9:43 AM
City liquor board Chairman Steve Fogleman has a new sideline, as a tennis reporter.
Fogleman, who avidly tweets about liquor board business under the handle BaltoBeerBaron, started a new Twitter feed this month under the name Tennis Maryland.
| May 17, 2011
| 4:38 AM
The Baltimore Sun turns 174 years old today, and I sure hope that means cake and ice cream in the newsroom.
It's worth noting the milestone, with or without birthday party treats, since so much has changed since the paper first rolled off the presses...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 4:48 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, in Bono glasses, officially declared Wednesday "U2 Day" at the morning Board of Estimates meeting.
She won't be the only pol at the concert. But Maryland's most senior U2 fan will be a no-show, as Erik Maza reports on...
| Jul 14, 2011
| 10:27 AM
A neighbor and friend of mine sent her first grader to camp at the Maryland Science Center, or as she refers to it now, the Maryland Shopping Center. Seems the campers are making regular visits to the gift shop.
Here's what the friend, Janine Holc, a...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 3:05 AM
William Donald Schaefer wanted three people — a friend, an aide and a lawyer — to lead the charitable foundation created in his name. Two of the three apparently have other plans.
Years before his death in April, Schaefer designated Gene...
| Jun 9, 2011
| 8:23 AM
Here's one Maryland politician who will never get swept up in a Weinergate-style scandal, despite his being named in a sexual harassment lawsuit and his participation in a very strange incident in a mall parking lot.
Anne Arundel County Exec John R....
| Jun 27, 2011
| 3:05 AM
Now government flaks can aspire to more than making their bosses look smart in the media.
The Maryland State Public Information Officers' Poopy Award was created last week and bestowed, with Gov. Martin O'Malley's signature, on its first recipient:...
| Aug 25, 2011
| 3:05 AM
The City Council president showed me his underwear. The state prosecutor let me try on Sheila Dixon’s ill-gotten mink. A state delegate swore at me for asking why she’d lied about her age. A priest denounced me from the pulpit. And David Simon...