Saying Goodbye To The Notable Baltimoreans We Lost Last Year.
Judy Agnew, 91. Met her future husband, Spiro——later, Baltimore County executive, Maryland governor, and vice president of the U.S.——while working locally as an $11-per-week insurance company clerk....
<p>OK, not really. But in the new world we live in—where federal agents make arrests of terrorism suspects in Baltimore’s neighborhoods—the northern snakehead fish, a creepy-looking, slimy beast from the Far East, was welcome comic relief. Lethal tornadoes, the death of Johnny Unitas, heat waves, drought, banking scandals, the Catholic church’s revelations . . . even supersurgeon Dr. Ben Carson got cancer! It was enough to make us hide under our desks.</p>
<p>That’s why we love the Frankenfish. These resilient, carnivorous fish were a bogeyman we could handle (and, eventually, even slay). Conquering the killer fish was one of the good things that 2002 also brought: a championship for the University of Maryland men’s basketball team (led by Charm City’s Juan Dixon), a wild gubernatorial election, a boom in city living, a near-miss as a potential Olympic host city—heck, even the hard-luck, adolescent Orioles gave us a few moments there.</p>
<p>So here’s the year that was—Frankenfish and all.</p>
Happy Birthday, Willie Don!
The untamed William Donald Schaefer—former governor, mayor, and current Comptroller—was born 80 years ago today in Baltimore. (Nov. 2)
From Snowmageddon to slots, we look back on the biggest stories of the year that was. . . .
Number 1: Mother Nature Shows Who's Boss What was your favorite nickname for the pair of crippling blizzards that touched down in Baltimore in early February? Were you a snowmageddon fan? Or did you...