| Dec 29, 2011
| 4:19 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration is gearing up for a tough fight over her plan to raise Baltimore's bottle tax to pay for repairs to dilapidated city schools.
A bill to increase the 2-cent tax to 5 cents – and devote all bottle-tax...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 3:08 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore schools chief Andrés Alonso told legislators Friday that the city needs more flexibility in spending the school construction money it gets from the state — seeking a change that would let the school...
| Jan 29, 2012
| 5:00 AM
The proposal to rapidly overhaul Baltimore's aging school facilities that district CEO Andrés Alonso presented to a state Senate committee last week represents one of the most important and innovative ideas the city has offered in recent years to break...
| Feb 5, 2012
Sodas, sports drinks and other sugary beverages are an unhealthy choice for kids, according to the nation's leading pediatricians' group, which strictly opposes the sale and advertising of the products in schools.
Yet Coca-Cola's Live Positively slogan...
| Feb 14, 2012
| 10:41 AM
Mark your calendar for two state-sponsored food and wine events coming up in February and March at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in downtown Richmond.
The fifth annual Virginia Wine Expo will take place February 24-26, and the 2012 Virginia...
| Mar 5, 2012
| 3:00 AM
There is no question Baltimore City schools need financial help to renovate aging buildings, but one aspect of the plan to finance this massive renovation project misses the mark and will have a devastating impact on hard-working businesses and families...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 9:25 AM
It's been 25 years since the federal government bought out a substantial number of dairy farmers in Harford County. Despite the federal buyout program and the suburbanization of a large swath of the county, dairy farming remains a way of life on 21...
| Aug 2, 2011
| 6:04 PM
I was suspended about 10 feet above your trash on a platform 3 feet wide when I realized that as much as I knew about recycling, I knew nothing at all.
Take Styrofoam. All I’ve ever heard about Styrofoam is how it won’t decompose for 1...
| Aug 19, 2011
| 10:21 AM
Connecticut dairy farmers say they are getting the short end of the stick in the national debate over agriculture reform. That’s because the average sized New England farm is tiny compared to the big agriculture that sprawls across the Midwest,...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 1:02 PM
Perhaps it comes from an excess of caffeine and corn syrup, but the beverage industry and its retail allies always seem to be fired up about one thing or another. The latest example is their crusade to repeal Baltimore's controversial bottle tax that...
| Sep 2, 2011
| 5:24 PM
Despite a wine making tradition that pre-dates California's by hundreds of years, Virginia has only recently earned itself a seat at the big table of international vintners.
For many years, Virginia's winemaking reputation elicited little excitement...