Police say as many as 15 people are dead and a 160 more injured after a explosion tore through a fertilizer plant in the small town of West, Texas, just 20 miles north of Waco, according to Reuters.
April 17 Photo Brief: Pope Francis swaps caps, counterfeit benjamins, military exercises, cyclists tackle the Wall of Huy, Thatcher funeral
Pope Francis swaps caps with a stranger, counterfeit benjamins in Peru, military exercises in Taiwan and South Korea, cyclists tackle the Wall of Huy, Britain turns out for Margaret Thatcher’s funeral and more in today’s daily brief.
April 16 Photo Brief: Water splashing-festival, Lamborghini patrol car, Margaret Thatcher funeral, fleeing Syria, Nadal fans
Water splashing festival, Lamborghini patrol car, Margaret Thatcher funeral, fleeing Syria, Nadal fans and more in today’s daily brief.
Towson University held its first ever Holi Run over the weekend, a combination of the traditional Holi Festival of Colors from India that celebrates the coming of spring and the Color Run race held in multiple cities throughout the country.
“It was my brain child that I came up with after watching Holi videos excessively last spring,” said student Justin Schwendeman. “I then thought of the Color Run and how Baltimore had never done one. I talked with some friends and we decided to put it on. URG contacted different organizations and we all decided to work together on the event.”
April 15 Photo Brief: H7N9 bird flu virus in China, 101st anniversary of Titanic sinking, SCOTUS hears human gene patent case
H7N9 bird flu virus in China, 101st anniversary of Titanic sinking, SCOTUS hears human gene patent case and more in today’s daily brief.
Look through photos of Tiger Woods at the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Adam Scott made a 12-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole Sunday to beat Angel Cabrera, becoming the first Australian to win the Masters. Woods shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday to finish tied for fourth for the tournament at 5 under, four strokes out of the Scott-Cabrera playoff. Click to see full leaderboard
April 14 Photo Brief: Florida fights giant land snails, Venezuela 2013 election, Miss World South Sudan
Florida fights giant land snails, Venezuelan citizens heads to the polls to vote in presidential election, Miss World South Sudan and more in today’s daily brief.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the annual eclectic music festival held in southern California’s sweltering heat, kicked off on April 12 for the first weekend of its two-weekend celebration. Per the Los Angeles Times, 160,000 people are expected to attend over the course of the festivals’ run.
Fort Carroll is an abandoned 19th-century military installation in the Patapsco River. Development proposals, both public and private, have fallen through over the years, and the island has been overrun by thousands of birds. But members of the family that owns Fort Carroll, a 3.45-acre island that lies southeast of the Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge, still have hopes for it.
Sherwood Gardens dates to the mid-1920s, when John W. Sherwood and his wife, Mary Franklin, began planting flower beds with cuttings of boxwoods and other specimens they had collected from the neglected gardens of Colonial estates in Southern Maryland, to fill in bare spots they could see from the house. On a May day in 1930, Sherwood stepped off his back porch and found himself surrounded by hundreds of people. “They were all strangers and they were wandering all over his Guilford estate looking at his flowers,” said a 1957 article in The Sunday Sun Magazine. Since then, blooms at Sherwood Gardens have been a Baltimore tradition.
Today, the Guilford Association, which plants approximately 80,000 bulbs, still maintains Sherwood’s tradition of digging up this season’s bulbs and replacing them. Typically peak bloom occurs the last week of April through the first week in May depending on weather conditions, according the Guilford Association.