Demolition machines are crushing concrete, snapping steel and reducing the familiar structures of Laurel Mall into piles of debris with hovering clouds of dust sending a smoke signal that the mall, finally, is coming down.
Black Friday got a jump start in some locations around Towson, including at some stores and outlets that opened Thanksgiving evening, but the biggest player in town, Towson Town Center, opted to wait for a slightly more traditional debut — at least waiting until the clock struck midnight.
Two of the four men charged with first-degree murder and other charges in the December 2011 killing of 19-year-old Rodney Pridget outside Towson Town Center mall were found guilty of all charges on Wednesday.
With a collective sigh of relief and the swing of a crowbar, the demolition of the biggest eyesore in Laurel finally began this week. Laurel Mall, which has maintained a large footprint on Route 1 for more than 30 years and lately has fallen into disrepair, is finally coming down, to be replaced with this century's version of the shopping mall: An open-air grouping of stylishly designed, free-standing buildings that face a tree-lined parking area.
The Laurel Mall has been desolate for years. Empty stores have long outnumbered those still full with tenants and the majority of customers have since found other places to conduct their shopping. But the mall did not officially close until May 1.
In light of recent news articles pertaining to homelessness in Harford County, Harford Mall management announces it is partnering with the Welcome One Emergency Shelter in a collection and donation drive to benefit the shelter.
Thanks to the work of Dee's Vision, Macy's Make a Wish Foundation and donations from companies and individuals students at Maiden Choice School celebrated Christmas at school on Dec. 20 with carols, presents and special guests.
The year 2012 is the Chinese Year of the Dragon, symbolizing power, strength and luck. You'd be surprised how many dragon-themed gifts can be found this holiday season. Stuff one in a holiday stocking, present as a lovely piece of bling, or let someone vicariously enjoy the life of a dragon by delving into the newest dragon-themed books.
This year, the packed-house madness of Black Friday was done well before dawn. With more and more stores opening at midnight and some starting hours earlier, thousands of Baltimore-area shoppers arrived — and left — in the wee hours.
Some of the nation's major chain stores opened late Thursday, competing for holiday shoppers to kick off a period that is crucial for the retail industry. After the crowds entered Toys "R" Us at 9 p.m., Walmart's Black Friday deals started at 10 p.m.
The national study, called Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation, or EARLI, is tracking mothers of autistic children through subsequent pregnancies to try to determine how a combination of genetic and environmental factors might contribute to autism.