One World Trade officially surpassed the height of the Empire State Building today to become New York City’s tallest building. With the addition of a steel column, the unfinished frame of the building stands at more than 1,250 feet high. When completed it is expected to be declared the tallest building in the United States and the third-tallest in the world.
This week, Los Angeles and the rest of the nation reflects on the 1992 L.A. riots. Twenty years ago, Los Angeles erupted after a jury acquitted four police officers in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King. City-wide riots lasted for six days as Los Angeles exploded with racially charged violence, looting, and fire. Sixty-three deaths were linked to the riots, according to the Los Angeles Times, while some 2,000 were said to have been injured. Here’s a look at the city of Los Angeles, then and now.
More than 300 volunteers came to Winters Mill High School on Wednesday, April 25 for the annual Special Olympics Carroll County Spring Games. The event culminated a year of training for the athletes, who represented nearly every school in the county, and were warmly greeted by hundreds of spectators as they walked around the Winters Mill track during the opening ceremony.
Once a year, Washington transforms into Hollywood. Last night’s White House Correspondents Association dinner was a star-studded event with celebrities like George Clooney, Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon, Lindsay Lohan, and Uggie the dog. The 98th annual dinner, which raises money for WHCA scholarships and recognizes excellence in the profession, was hosted by late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.
William Shakespeare wrote, “All the world is a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Over the years, the photographers of The Baltimore Sun have captured for eternity these characters in some of their funniest and strangest moments. These are a sampling of the many pictures taken that we hope will make you pause and either smile, chuckle or laugh. We would love to hear which are your favorites.
Charismatic politician William Donald Schaefer served the people of Maryland for 50 years at both the local and state level. It was one year ago today that Schaefer was buried at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium. During his tenure, Schaefer won praise for his “do-it-now” philosophy. His focus was as much on getting potholes patched as launching major developments such as Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. At times, Schaefer could be a charmer, a task master and enigmatic, but he was never dull. With that in mind, we decided to take a look back at the many faces of this man-of-the-people.
Spy games: Pentagon to set up Defense Clandestine Service to focus on North Korea, Iran, China and regions in Africa
Don’t sound the alarm buttons just yet over the shake up at the Pentagon. This week, a senior defense official said that a reorganization was coming to the Defense Intelligence Agency with the creation of the Defense Clandestine Service. The new service will expand the agency’s espionage operation beyond war zones and step up its engagement in human intelligence — an arena dominated for years by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun’s military affairs reporter, writes “that the officers — some military, some civilian — will work alongside CIA counterparts in places such as Africa, where al-Qaida has grown more active, and Asia, where Chinese military expansion and North Korean and Iranian weapons ambitions are drawing increasing U.S. concern.”
Here’s a look at some hotspots that the Pentagon’s new spy agency will likely keep an eye on. We’ll continue to look at intelligence and military trends in upcoming posts on The Darkroom.
The direct environmental implications of last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan will not be known for some time, if at all. Those potentially exposed to the small amounts of radiation that escaped during the long struggle to contain the melting nuclear cores have only a few points of reference to draw from. On the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, many are looking toward the people of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine as they continue to monitor the health and well-being of their loved ones with increasing concern.
On Sunday, we saw Donald Trump fire Penn Jillette on Celebrity Apprentice, and today he blasted wind energy in Scotland.
Mike Brunner is a 40-year-old business owner, real estate agent and a freshman at CCBC-Catonsville. The 6-foot-7, 320-pound father of three is also the leading scorer on the school’s lacrosse team, the Cardinals.
When he and head coach Bill Zopp found out that he was eligible to play, he signed up for the team. Other teams weren’t ready for Brunner at first, because he didn’t play in the fall, but now they design their defenses around him.