That Nature Show

Fireflies

0 Written by: | Friday, May 29, 2015 12:00pm

fireflies

This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose, in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

My son, 10, told me what to write about cheetahs. It’s his favorite animal, an animal he loves so much he convinced his grandmother (my mother) to buy him a large cheetah-shaped lamp a la something from Elvis’ Jungle Room. But we don’t have any cheetahs around here, so I’m going to write about fireflies. Mark Twain said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

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Money & Power

O’Malley’s Announcement to Meet with Protests, Activists Say

0 Written by: | Friday, May 29, 2015 11:52am

Martin O'Malley

Martin O’Malley “wouldn’t think about” announcing his candidacy for president any place other than Baltimore, but maybe he should have. Saturday morning’s inevitable announcement at Federal Hill Park will likely be met with protests, the Associated Press reports. Read More →

Culture

Manny Machado Better Step Up His Ejections If He Wants the Record

0 Written by: | Friday, May 29, 2015 10:52am

Manny Machado

Manny Machado

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was ejected from the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday for throwing his bat in anger following a third-strike call he disagreed with. It was the third ejection of his career, which is plenty to accrue so early on in his major-league career, but as the Baltimore Sun points out, he’s not close to being on pace to make franchise history. Read More →

Food & Drink

Burger King Tests New Fast Food Options in Maryland

0 Written by: | Friday, May 29, 2015 10:31am

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Been craving a corn dog from Burger King? Me neither. But in the off chance you were, today is your lucky day: The fast food chain is testing out two new options, grilled hot dogs and corn dogs. Read More →

Featured, Money & Power

One Baltimore Man’s Effort to “Train a Christian Army” to Fight ISIS

0 Written by: | Friday, May 29, 2015 9:39am

Matthew VanDyke

Matthew VanDyke, via matthewvandyke.com

Baltimore’s Matthew VanDyke, a UMBC alumnus, has called himself a freedom fighter. Without formal military training, VanDyke fought alongside Libyan rebels against the regime of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. He was captured and imprisoned for six months before escaping. In February, he announced that he was “in Iraq helping to raise a Christian army to fight ISIS.”

That sounded so nice and uncontroversial that Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren’s only questions for VanDyke were “What can we do to help?” and “What do you want?” But as it turns out, it’s pretty tricky to offer military support to foreign nationals as an American civilian. As Mother Jones reports, it’s potentially illegal. Read More →

Featured, Health and Fitness, Lifeline

Terrifying Fertility Statues Coming to Baltimore

0 Written by: | Friday, May 29, 2015 9:11am

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If you’re trying to get pregnant, this news should cheer you up (or at least make you giggle): A pair of fertility statues famous for mysteriously helping people get pregnant will be making an appearance in Baltimore this summer. Me, I’ll be staying far away. Read More →

Links

Friday Morning Headlines: SRB Could Face Tough Re-Election; O’Malley to Make Announcement Saturday; Nitrogen in the Bay; and More

0 Written by: | Friday, May 29, 2015 7:56am

Mayor could face tough race for re-election, analysts predict — Baltimore Sun

Will Baltimore’s troubles handicap O’Malley’s White House hopes? — McClatchy

Groups plan to protest Martin O’Malley announcement — Baltimore Sun

One of Baltimore’s youngest victims of gun violence speaking out — CBS Baltimore

Astronaut speaks at Dulaney Valley High School — WBAL-TV

Senators concerned about nitrogen pollution from Pa. in the Bay — Maryland Reporter

Orioles attendance is way down, but there’s an asterisk — BBJ

Links

Thursday Afternoon Headlines: Officers Arrested in Freddie Gray Case Weren’t Cuffed; MdTA Employee Killed on I-95 While Mowing; and More

0 Written by: | Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:47pm

Officers arrested in Freddie Gray case taken to jail without handcuffs — Baltimore Sun

Police body cameras pilot program to start in December — WBAL

MdTA Employee Mowing Grass Along I-95 Killed in Collision — CBS Baltimore

Md. man charged with indecent exposure involving children — CBS DC

Space mission to Europa will include 2 JHU devices — Technical.ly Baltimore

Why a French shipping giant added Baltimore as a port of call — BBJ

Food & Drink, Money & Power

Langermann’s Files for Bankruptcy

0 Written by: | Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:27pm

langermannsAccording to court documents, Canton restaurant Langermann’s filed for bankruptcy last week.  Read More →

Featured, Money & Power

7-Year-old, Mother Killed as Baltimore Police Union Says Criminals ‘Feel Empowered’ Since Unrest

0 Written by: | Thursday, May 28, 2015 3:54pm

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts (BPD)

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts (BPD)

A young boy and his mother were killed in Baltimore City’s latest murder Thursday morning, police said. According to the Baltimore Sun, the 38 homicides in May are the most in a single month since 1996. Read More →

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