Saturday, May 18, 2013
From A to Z, a wild, fun time at the 138th Preakness Stakes.
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Friday, March 29, 2013
Face to Face Guitar program helps kids at Baltimore public schools learn the instrument.
Face to Face Guitar, an interactive website that connects guitar students and teachers with lessons, tools and videos, is now teaching Baltimore Public School students to play the instrument via their outreach program. "We go to schools that may not have the financial ability and coordination to bring guitar into the classroom. And we show up and we make the instruments possible and we teach classes anywhere from five to 10 kids per class,” said Christopher Dunn, president of Face to Face Guitar. During the after school outreach program, teachers from Face to Face Guitar teach kids the basics of guitar, such as fretboard knowledge, basic note reading and music vocabulary. Face to Face Guitar will also be hosting its first concert on May 1…
Monday, March 4, 2013
Five more people were taken to area hospitals after reporting being sick.
(UPDATE 9:48 p.m.)—Days after 21 employees reported being ill, and caused the closure of Johns Hopkins at Keswick complex, seven more people were taken to area hospitals on Monday. Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Baltimore Fire Department spokesman, said the department was called to the complex, 3910 Keswick Road twice, once after 10 a.m. and again after 2 p.m. to respond to a report of illness. He said the employees complained of dizziness, nausea and headache. A total of 12 people reported feeling ill, according to a Baltimore Health Department news release. Initially Cartwright said five people were taken to area hospitals. Hazmat units checked the building and could not find a hazard. The Baltimore Health Department, the Maryland Department …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Every police district in the city let residents ride along with officers on Friday.
Maj. Sabrina Tapp-Harper, Northern District commander, said the Baltimore city police's ride along experience is one of her favorite department programs. She said it allows residents to see first hand what officers do and how many different situations they encounter while patroling. "It allows you to actually get into a patrol car, with a uniform police officers so that you can see all the various things they have to do—the multitasking—and it's a very different world behind the windshield of a police car," Tapp-Harper said. All nine of the city's districts allowed residents to tag along with officers on Friday when the department held its ride along day. Police reported that hundreds of residents participated. Tapp-Harper also reported …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Elliot Krasnopoler, whose brother was killed on University Parkway two years ago, wants more stringent rules for elderly drivers.
The day after the two-year anniversary of the crash that claimed his brother’s life, Elliot Krasnopoler rode his bike to the scene of the accident in part to remember Nathan Krasnopoler and to advocate for stricter driving laws. An elderly driver hit Nathan Krasnopoler, 20, on Feb. 26, 2010 and he died from his injuries that August. The 83-year-old driver was later ticketed and fined $220 for not yielding to him while he was riding in a bike lane on West University Parkway. Since then, Elliot Krasnopoler and his family founded Americans for Older Driver Safety to promote education for older drivers and advocate for laws they say will make Maryland’s streets safer. "The main law we’re looking at right now is the renewal cycle, just change …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The South building at 3910 Keswick Road, an administrative building owned by Johns Hopkins, was evacuated after people reported trouble breathing.
(Update 2:15 p.m.)—Eight people who were at a Johns Hopkins administrative building in Keswick were hospitalized Monday after reporting trouble breathing. At about 9 a.m., an ambulance responded to the South building at the location after one person complained of trouble breathing, Connor Scott, a spokesman for the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, said during a press conference. Later, there were additional reports of 17 people struggling to breathe, eight of those individuals were taken to the hospital. "At this point the city fire department has done monitoring and testing and found nothing," Scott said. "Again the cause of the illness of the 17 people is under investigation at this time." The South building was initially …
Parents, teachers and advocates throughout the area headed to Annapolis to lobby for school construction funds.
Several groups helped organized a rally on Lawyers' Mall outside of the Maryland State House Monday night to lobby support for legislation creating block grants to build and repair Baltimore schools. Groups, such as the ACLU of Maryland, Baltimore Education Coalition and Greater Homewood Community Corporation, organized buses to the rally from throughout the city, many of them from North Baltimore including The Barclay School, Waverly Elementary/Middle School, Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School and at the Poly/Western campus. Organizers said they expected as many as 3,000 parents, teachers and advocates to gather on the mall to show support for the ambitious plan backed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Essentially, the city wants …