Jack Gerbes is a salesman. On a given day, he might be driving around the state, looking for the perfect Victorian house or an old granary silo that can be used in a film shoot instead of a department store.
In October, a runaway U.S. Army surveillance blimp caused havoc across parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Its broken tether brought down power lines, causing a black-out in some areas, and triggered more than $300,000 in damage claims. Begun in 1998, the JLENS blimp system is designed to detect cruise missiles and enemy aircraft, and has cost taxpayers over $2.7 billion. Though a 2012 Pentagon assessment said JLENS had "low system reliability," it is still being funded. A runaway blimp —
The remaining blimp at Aberdeen Proving Ground is grounded indefinitely after one of the two football field-sized military surveillance aerostats detached from its mooring Wednesday and traveled hundreds of miles north.
The high-profile disappearance last year of an 11-year-old Dundalk girl has inspired a new Facebook feature. The most widely used social networking site on Tuesday announced the launch of an Amber Alert system to distribute information about abducted children.
I was relieved to hear that a missing 12-year-old Baltimore County girl was found safe. Yet I still remain perplexed at the way her disappearance was reported. Seemingly in the same breath that news outlets reported that the child was missing, they also reported that she had a history of engaging with men online. Like parrots, broadcasters repeated this information that reportedly came from police. The question is why?