Food & Drink, Lifeline

Sugary Drinks Ban Overturned by New Howard County Exec

0 Written by: | Thursday, Dec 04, 2014 5:13pm

Diabetic_Coke2_0Elections have sweet consequences in Howard County. In his first week in office, newly installed County Executive Allan Kittleman brought sugary drinks back to the suburban Baltimore county. Read More →


Three Ways to Celebrate Fall in Baltimore

0 Written by: | Monday, Sep 22, 2014 9:19am

Photo via

Photo via

Fall is the most beautiful time of year in Baltimore. The air gets crisp, the sunsets are jewel-toned, the brightly-colored leaves seem to demand some peeping. Before you know it, though, those leaves will be gone and we’ll all be huddling in our parkas, dreaming of spring… so make sure to enjoy these gorgeous autumn days while they last. Here are three of my favorite Baltimore-centric ways to do so:

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Food & Drink, Lifeline

Mall in Columbia Welcomes Four New Retailers to Its Open-Air Plaza This Summer

0 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 9:05am


This summer the Mall in Columbia is welcoming four new retailers to its 70,000-square-foot open-air plaza, renovated and expanded in the fall of last year. Women’s clothing stores Anthropologie and Talbots will join Maggiano’s Little Italy and wine and grill bar Seasons 52 in laying down stakes at the Howard County shopping center.

These new openings are the second phase of the renovation at the Mall in Columbia, but they are only the beginning of the city’s three-decade plan to “develop 13 million square feet of retail, commercial, residential, hotel and cultural space.” Read More →

Featured, Health and Fitness

Obesity Costs Howard County $169 Million Per Year

0 Written by: | Friday, Feb 07, 2014 10:14am

Prevalence of Obesity among Maryland Adults , via Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene,

Prevalence of Obesity among Maryland Adults , via Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene,

Obesity takes a toll on the body, but it also has an effect on the wider community, too: studies have shown that obese people miss more days of work, earn lower wages, and cost their employers more in terms of workman’s comp claims.

Even in Howard County, the healthiest county in the state, more than half the population falls into the “overweight” or “obese” range, as measured by the (somewhat controversial) BMI; issues related to obesity cost the county’s businesses more than $169 million per year, according to a new study by the Horizon Foundation.
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Featured, Money & Power

This Map Shows Baltimore’s Biggest Problem

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 8:51am

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Baltimore’s such a complicated place. That’s true for a lot of reasons, but the newly-released census data tells a more simple story. Baltimore is poor, while all its surrounding counties are rich — quite rich, in fact.

In fact, six of the ten richest counties in the country are located in Maryland and Virginia, essentially in the DC suburbs. That’s a concentration of wealth that the Atlantic calls “truly astonishing.” Meanwhile, as James Briggs writes in the Baltimore Business Journal, “Baltimore looks like an island of poverty.”
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Featured, Lifeline

This Howard High School Grad Co-founded Reddit and Became “the Mayor of the Internet”

0 Written by: | Monday, Dec 02, 2013 9:35am

via Forbes

via Forbes

I don’t know about you, but when I first heard about the website Reddit I was like, “Huh? I don’t get it.” (Which was also my initial reaction to Twitter and Facebook; in hindsight, I should have taken my own bewilderment as proof that the thing was going to blow up.)

And now here it is owning the Internet: getting the most famous and interesting people on the planet to participate in uncensored Q-and-As, popularizing the world’s most crucial GIFs, and providing a venue for irresponsible, and incorrect, speculation about the identities of bombing suspects.

It may surprise you to learn that the site was co-founded by Columbia native and Howard High School alum Alexis Ohanian, the subject of a great profile by the Baltimore Sun.

Apparently, at graduation Ohanian imagined a future as a doctor, scientist, or lawyer. It was happenstance that led him to being included in the development of the website that has become “the front page of the Internet.” Read More →

Featured, Money & Power

Howard Co. Firefighter Terminated for (Technically) Saying He Wanted to Kill a Liberal on Facebook

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Nov 06, 2013 8:15am


The suddenly unemployed is Kevin P. Buker, recently a battalion chief with Howard County Fire & Rescue. Here’s what he posted to his Facebook timeline back in January (while working a 24-hour shift, no less):

“My aide had an outstanding idea …. Let’s kill someone with a liberal … then maybe we can get them outlawed too! Think of the satisfaction of beating a liberal with another liberal … its almost poetic….”

Then one of Buker’s Facebook friends commented on the status, giving the joke a vaguely racist twist. Then Buker “liked” the comment and responded with an “Lmfao!” Read More →

Featured, Health and Fitness

Sugar Is the New Tobacco, at Least in Maryland

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 8:25am


Actually, it’s happening everywhere. Soda companies have been accused of using Big Tobacco-like marketing tactics to misrepresent an unhealthy product, and unfairly targeting minors, for years. Wall Street bank Credit Suisse recently produced an anti-sugar video loaded with scary health statistics and emotional visuals. But the fight is getting fiercer, and Howard County-based Horizon Foundation has just rolled out a TV spot that skewers Coca-Cola.

The ad (which comes in 30-second and 90-second versions) asks consumers to choose trade cans of coke for healthier beverages “because happiness doesn’t come in a red can. Obesity does.” Read More →


The Mall in Columbia to Open 70,000-Square-Foot Open-Air Wing Next Month

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 8:43am


Don’t tell Columbia that the age of brick-and-mortar shopping is over. It’s no use. The Mall in Columbia — catchy, huh? — is opening up 70,000-square-foot (30,000 redeveloped; 40,000 added) “open-air lifestyle center and streetscape” that will eventually host 15 to 20 new restaurateurs and retailers.

Two retailers will open shop in November: Lingerie and beauty store Soma Intimates and “Italian market and art-dealer” (what?) Secolari. Read More →

Featured, Lifeline

Baby Born Alongside Route 100 in Howard County

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 7:31am


This is the kind of situation that doesn’t fit anyone’s birth plan. On Tuesday a woman gave birth on the side of Route 100 in Howard County while a 911 dispatcher gave instructions to the child’s father. After the birth, emergency workers showed up to cut the umbilical cord and delivery the new family to the Anne Arundel County Medical Center, which is where they were heading before they pulled over. Read More →

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