<p>Taking time between high school and college has become increasingly common among Baltimore teens.</p>
In the fall of 2011, as The Park School graduate Jamie DeMarco’s classmates packed their duffel bags for colleges across the country, a freshly immunized DeMarco (rabies, Yellow Fever, Typhoid) filled his R.E.I. backpack with six bottles of insect repellant, a hand-filter pump, and some mosquito netting and boarded a Miami flight bound for Quito, Ecuador.
“I had been going to class my entire...
<p>A curious piece of Baltimore’s political history fades away.</p>
Folks entering the front door of the Hampden Republican Club are not greeted by political functionaries. There’s no phone bank getting out the vote for the upcoming election, no signs promoting GOP Congressman Andy Harris or presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Not even an animatronic Ronald Reagan statue emitting storied sound bites like, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
<p>Maryland's Oldest & Oddest Congressman Fights For His Political Life</p>
Congressman Roscoe Bartlett doesn't have an entourage.
Almost every morning, around 6 a.m., the 20-year veteran of the House of Representatives, who will turn 86 in June, drives his Toyota Prius three miles from his Buckeystown, MD, farm to his office in Frederick. He shares the small building, which sits between a Chuck E. Cheese and a Wal-Mart, with a pediatric dentist’s practice.
A new minor-league soccer team gets an unlikely sponsor.
Pretty much all soccer teams have a shirt sponsor—Manchester United had AIG for a while, Chelsea FC has Samsung, and now Baltimore’s new minor-league soccer team has what else but National Bohemian.
The Baltimore Bohemians, who will play in the Premiere Development League, will launch their inaugural season next month. The 16-game season will feature mostly local, college-aged soccer players—...
From flight announcements to road signs, prom proposals get creative in area high schools.
For 18-year-old McDonogh senior Tyler Meagher, the hardest part about last year’s prom wasn’t deciding who he was going to take—that would be his girlfriend, Payton Sanchez—but how he was going to ask her.
“My girlfriend hates being the center of attention,” explains Meagher, “so I decided to make her the center of attention.”
His idea: to post a series of cardboard signs, beginning at the end of...
After leaving WMAR-TV, Mary Beth Marsden chose to take on a new cause—the fight for her daughter and other children with autism.
On December 2, 2009, and after 21 years as anchor at WMAR-TV, Mary Beth Marsden signed off for one final time at the end of the 6 p.m. newscast.
It was a bittersweet moment for the Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, who, after months of stressful negotiations, had taken a buyout from the ABC affiliate.
While her three children (Jack, now 14, George, now 12, and Tess, now 10) and her husband,...
We interview three local broadcasters who recently gave birth to twins.
When WJZ meteorologist Bernadette Woods and her husband found out they was pregnant with twins, it wasn’t that surprising. “We did in vitro, so it wasn’t a total shock,” she says. But going into pre-term labor at 26 weeks certainly was unexpected. Her twins, Thomas and Daniel, were born 11 weeks premature on August 28, the same day as Hurricane Irene, fitting for a meteorologist...
Nearly 40 years after its founding, a radical Catholic commune finds new allies
As you drive down West Baltimore’s Bentalou Street, passing boarded up houses and the brown grass of Easterwood Park, you probably wouldn’t notice the unnamed alley marked with signs for Emmanuel Tire and McDonald Salvage unless you were looking for it.
If you did turn down the alley, you’d see belching black smoke and endless rubber towers at the tire factory and the long lines of tractor...
Thirty years ago, the Dunbar Poets were the greatest show on hardwood. A look back at that storied hoops team and the showdown that wasn’t with Calvert Hall.
Inside Paul Laurence Dunbar High School’s windowless gymnasium, the air is thick with humidity—and history. Today is winter solstice, yet outdoor temperatures in the 60s have transformed the home of Baltimore’s premier high school basketball dynasty into a furnace.
The Poets are systematically slicing up overmatched Carver High, a scene that harkens back 30 years, when the most talented of all...
An assistant coach for Towson University’s basketball team (alas, 0-17 at press time) also happens to be Bill Murray’s son
Q: When did you first get into basketball?
I’ve been playing since I was 3 years old. But, the first time I coached was for AAU as a senior in high school. They were 16 or 17 years old, so there wasn’t much of an age gap. And I coached all the way through college.
Q: This is your first year here. Did you know what a challenge it would be?
I knew they were struggling. And we’ve had some bad...