Monday, October 22, 2012
The third presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney focused on foreign policy. Who dominated? We want to know what Maryland thinks.
Monday, October 22, 2012
After President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney sparred aggressively last week, the candidates dug into foreign policy at Monday night's third and final presidential debate. News organizations cited instant polls that showed voters believed both candidates did well in a face-off that was less contentious than past debates this season but offered up a few verbal highlights. The two candidates had extensive exchanges on Iran and Syria, and the importance of the U.S.-Israel alliance. Obama responded to a charge by Romney that the Navy had fewer ships than it did in 1916. “We also have fewer horses and bayonets,” said Obama. Whom do you think won the debate? Tell us in comments. -- TV Channels Broadcasting Live: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
In this edition of the semi regular column we'll take a look at the best of the upcoming Baltimore Beer Week and some local breweries who brought home medals from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO.
Baltimore Beer Week Local beer lovers, rejoice—Baltimore Beer Week is upon us. Starting on Friday, bars around Baltimore will celebrate the suds with a variety of events ranging from rare beer tastings to cask ale festivals. To see all 397 Baltimore Beer Week events, check the website but here's a look at some of the best. What: Opening Tap Celebration When: Oct. 19, 6-9 p.m. Where: Power Plant Live, Inner Harbor Why Go? It's the kickoff party for the annual Baltimore Beer Week. You'll have a chance to enjoy unlimited samples of local brews from Flying Dog, DuClaw, Pratt Street Alehouse and more. Cost: $30, tickets available through MissionTix. What: Chesapeake Real Ale Festival When: Oct. 20, 1-6 p.m. Where: Pratt Street Ale House, 206 W…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
More than 20 years after its last major revision, it’s time for a complete review of the Open Meetings Act and its effectiveness at keeping the public’s business public.
Note: The following commentary appeared on Marylandreporter.com on Oct. 16, 2012 and is used with permission here. The Capital Debt Affordability Committee held a meeting without public notice several weeks ago to look at a proposal for $750 million in new debt, and then scheduled a follow-up meeting, again with no required public notice. I wrote a story about the meetings, and noted the failure of the debt committee to comply with the Open Meetings Act, but I did not file a complaint with the compliance board that enforces the act. After the story came out, an anonymous reader named Shelly called, and asked why I had not filed a complaint with the board. Board has little power The principal reason was that the board has little power to do…
The pressure was palpable as the candidates went head to head at Hofstra University in New York.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Both President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney were seen as forceful in their second presidential debate Tuesday night — an in-your-face showdown in a town hall format at Hofstra University in New York. Often interrupting one another and the moderator, the two candidates sparred over issues including energy, immigrant and women's rights, and foreign policy. At one point, Romney told Obama, "You'll get your chance in a moment. I'm still speaking." Moderator Candy Crowley of CNN told Romney in one exchange to "sit down" and let Obama finish his statement. CBS News anchor Scott Pelley called it the "most rancorous presidential debate ever." Click here for a full transcript. The debate came on a day when polls showed opinions of the two…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Comptroller says Maryland "is the poster child for gerrymandering" and urges voters to vote no on Question 5.
Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot said Monday he supports his party's candidates but that recent redistricting of Maryland's congressional is too heavy-handed. "This map is way over the edge in terms of bare-knuckle politics," said Franchot. "I'm a proud Democrat. I support Democrats. I just want it to be fair and not fixed," Franchot said, comparing the redistricting process to "Boss Tweed-style Chicago politics." Franchot Tuesday called for an independent, non-partisan commission that would redraw the congressional and state legislative districts. The change would help restore faith in the political system, he said. The comptroller said the districts should be more compact in order to provide voters with better representation. He …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Brandon Davis and his mom, Edye Stewart, were at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday.
Brandon Davis decided he could do without some of his musical equipment. What he couldn't do without: experiencing an Orioles playoff game. So the Anne Arundel County native—a 2002 South River High School grad—hocked some of his personal items from his Miami residence in order to catch a flight and land a ticket to see the Orioles play in Game 2 of the American League Division Series Monday in Baltimore. Davis, 29, and his mother, Edye Stewart, sat about 10 rows off the field along the right field line as the Orioles defeated the Yankees, 3-2. See the video for more from Stewart and Davis. Davis is retired from the military. Monday was his first game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards since the 1997 season. The Orioles carried a similar …
Monday, October 8, 2012
The Baltimore Orioles hosted the New York Yankees Sunday night in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. Patch was on hand to capture images from the game.
Baltimore Orioles fans rocked the yard on Sunday night as the team hosted its first playoff game since 1997. Fans came early, but then waited through a lengthy rain delay before the game finally got underway at about 8:45 p.m. The game ended with a disappointing 7-2 loss to the New York Yankees. Game Two of the ALDS is Monday night. Did you attend Game 1 of the ALDS? Are you a big O's fan? Share your Orioles-themed photos here!
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Patch brings you the top weird news headlines from the week in Maryland
Reisterstown Man Charged in Roommate Kidnapping Baltimore County Police have charged a Reisterstown man with kidnapping his roommate after an argument over money. Police: Burglar Left Feces on Front Porch A burglar who stole several items from an Owings Mills home left something for the homeowners: feces. Cross-dressing 'Models' Raise Money for Breast Cancer Patients Several men strutted around in elaborate bras Wednesday night as part of the first-ever “Bras for the Cause” fundraiser in Edgewater, benefiting local breast cancer patients. 'Flower Thief' Still At-Large For the past decade, "[the] elusive flower thief—described by those who think they’ve seen him as a white male in his 60s with salt-and-pepper hair—allegedly has been …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
As Romney and Obama square off in Denver, two baseball battles will take place in St. Petersburg and New York.
Two opponents with competing ideologies will test their mettle in front of an audience of millions across the country tonight. That describes the presidential debate tonight in Denver, sure. But for baseball fans, it's the story of the American League East. The Baltimore Orioles face the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg (first pitch at 7:10 p.m.), while the division-leading New York Yankees host their season finale against the Boston Red Sox (first pitch at 7:05 p.m.). The latter game will air on ESPN in the Baltimore area. A Yankees loss and Orioles win would tie the division lead and force a game 163 between the two in Baltimore, with the winner declared division champ and loser sent to face either Texas or Oakland at home, as The …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
The Orioles could win the American League East, but will at worst earn a wild card berth.
The Orioles clinched a playoff berth Sunday, meaning Baltimore will experience postseason baseball for the first time since 1997. With Sunday's win, the Orioles (92-67) swept Boston. That victory, combined with the Rangers evening win against the Angels, eliminated the Angles from postseason contention, assuring the Orioles of their first playoff appearance since winning the American League East in 1997. Texas lost Game 1 of a doubleheader Sunday, but rebounded to win the second game, 8-7, against a pesky Angels bunch. Texas clinched a playoff spot, as well, and maintains a lead over Oakland in the American League West. Oakland trails the Orioles in the wild card standings, but would be in the playoffs if the season ended Sunday. Detroit …