The wills of Maryland's most affluent shed light on their wealth and, many times, their hobbies. The wills, obtained by The Baltimore Sun from the Baltimore County Register of Wills, can often be illuminating.
When Orioles principal owner Peter G. Angelos purchased the team in 1993, a group of local investors -- including Tom Clancy, the best-selling author who died Tuesday at age 66 -- helped to finance the deal.
Tom Clancy, the Baltimore-born author whose novels include "The Hunt for Red October, "Red Storm Rising" and "Patriot Games," died yesterday after a brief illness at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 66.
The life of an independent bookstore owner is perilous these days. Still, you wouldn't imagine that an indie owner could end up near the top of the Central Intelligence Agency. Until Avril D. Haines came along.
In a database with a lot of numbers, this one jumped out: $55,000. How on earth could a condo at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Residences ¿ where author Tom Clancy owns a sprawling multimillion-dollar penthouse ¿ have an assessed value that low?
Property taxes on the 10 homes with the biggest bills and the 10 commercial properties at the top of the heap come to an eye-popping $20.5 million, according to a Baltimore Sun analysis. As city officials try to expand Baltimore's tax base, they say they're very glad for these big payers.
Electronic readers will make their debut Wednesday at Anne Arundel County public libraries, when 200 e-readers become available for patrons to take home. The move puts the county's libraries on a growing list of libraries across the state, including Baltimore city and Howard County, that have added pre-loaded e-readers to the items that patrons can borrow.