Featured, Lifeline

Cheap, Direct Flights from Baltimore to Iceland Start in 2015

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 24, 2014 10:51am

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Iceland is famous for Bjork and hot springs and gorgeous mountain vistas. And as of early next year, it’ll be one simple plane ride away. That’s because low-cost airline WOW, based in Iceland, has chosen BWI to be one of two airports offering direct flights to Reykjavik.

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Culture, Featured, Links

A Linguist Explains the Baltimore Accent (and Kathy Bates)

1 Written by: | Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 10:20am

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Some folks over at Vox decided they were not satisfied Kathy Bates’s Twitter announcement that she is, indeed, attempting a hardcore Highlandtown accent for her role as a bearded lady on American Horror Story. So they enlisted the help of a linguist to go deeper into this particular attempt at dialect. The answer? Baltimore, yes — but also “back vowel-fronting,” it turns out.

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Druid Hill, Featured, Health and Fitness, Lifeline

Druid Hill Park Gets a Waterfall and Rowboats for its Birthday

1 Written by: | Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 10:02am

Rendering via Friends of Druid Hill Park

Rendering via Friends of Druid Hill Park

This month marks the 154th birthday of Druid Hill Park, Baltimore’s centerpiece of urban greenery, and one of the oldest city parks in the entire United States. To celebrate that birthday — and also to comply with new federal mandates requiring cities to have more on-hand drinking water — the park is about to get an upgrade. What do we have to look forward to? In three words: Waterfalls and rowboats.

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Health and Fitness, Schools

Johns Hopkins Hosts Ebola Protection Equipment Design Contest

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 10:24am

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Think of it like Project Runway, but instead of trying to please Nina Garcia, the contestants are trying to save lives. Read More →

Schools, Towson

Towson Professor Rabbi Freundel Accused of Voyeurism

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 9:30am

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Rabbi Barry Freundel, an associate professor of religion at Towson University, was arrested at his Washington, DC home last Tuesday. Yesterday, as news of Freundel’s alleged voyeurism spread, the university announced that it is suspending him without pay due to “the serious nature of this matter.”

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Featured, Lifeline, Money & Power

What If Baltimore’s Homeless Moved Into Our Vacant Houses?

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 9:46am

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Baltimore has 16,000 vacant homes; on any given night, there are an average of 3,000 homeless people within the city limits. Putting those two facts next to each other begs an obvious question. Read More →

Culture, Money & Power

Great Blacks in Wax Museum Plans Major Expansion

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 9:37am

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The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum already occupies nearly an entire city block of North Avenue in East Baltimore. But if a planned $75 million expansion goes forward, the museum would quadruple in size. Read More →

Schools

Baltimore’s Debaters Are the Best

0 Written by: | Monday, Oct 20, 2014 10:39am

Baltimore debaters hanging out at the White House.

Baltimore debaters hanging out at the White House.

Baltimore boasts one of the nation’s top college debate teams (go, Towson!), but did you know that it’s also home to the nation’s largest and most successful urban debate league serving high school students, too?

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Featured, Giving, Health and Fitness

Under Armour Donates Fancy Gyms to Baltimore’s Firehouses

0 Written by: | Monday, Oct 20, 2014 9:15am

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Not long ago, the Baltimore Fire Department was so cash-strapped that they considered selling ad space on the sides of their fire trucks. Clearly, there was no extra money in the budget for fancy gym equipment–even though staying in shape is a crucial part of a firefighter’s job. Luckily, some of our favorite local do-gooders decided to adopt this problem as their own, resulting in new, state-of-the-art gym equipment in the city’s three busiest fire houses.

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Featured, Schools

I Too Am Goucher: Students Take a Stand Against Campus Racism

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 17, 2014 10:37am

 

tumblr_nd5ff8LXgf1u1000jo1_1280Earlier this year, we reported on the I, Too, Am Hopkins website, which was a local take on a national trend in which college students of color take to the internet to share their experiences with racism, prejudice, ignorance, and plain old idiocy. We were happy to see another school take on the trend this month, with I, Too Am Goucher.

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