A southwest Baltimore neighborhood in the shadow of two prestigious medical centers — one of which's researchers are international experts on asthma prevention — has higher rates of asthma related emergency room visits and hospiatlzations than other parts of the city.
Jay Hancock: Maryland has been waiting for energy companies to build new generation capacity without getting ratepayers to foot the bill. Only when a $7.9 billion merger and a retiring executive's legacy were at stake did the commitments finally get made.
Jay Hancock: Baltimore's Prime Rib restaurant sold hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of Groupon coupons one day last month, but restaurants such as Miss Shirley's, Charleston and Petit Louis are leery of online discounting.
Jay Hancock: Willard Hackerman and his partners aren't in this for charity. The case for doubling convention-center space in Baltimore is not inarguable. Even if the project makes sense and gets built, it raises new questions about downtown development and taxpayer investment.
Jay Hancock: In a new chapter in the long-running drama over Maryland thoroughbred horse racing, MI Developments chief Frank Stronach contradicts statements by Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas that live races at Laurel Park would end next month.
For sure, not all financial incentives are bad. But pay for performance in modern America has come to be focused on a brittle definition of success. It's all about the short-term score at the expense of values that are harder to measure in dollars.
Constellation Energy Group's partnership with France's EDF Group is being tested by the economy, slumping energy prices, an overdue decision from Washington on loan guarantees, and a looming deadline for Constellation's option to sell EDF non-nuclear generation plants.
Constellation Energy Group's partnership with France's EDF Group is being tested by the terrible economy, slumping energy prices, an overdue decision from Washington on loan guarantees, and a looming deadline for Constellation's option to sell EDF $2 billion in non-nuclear generation plants.