Maryland Moments, July 2011
Global Impact, Research
Colbeck: It's Not Your Congressman Tweeting You
Newsmax.Com: "In 2009 members of congress deemed online social networks like Twitter, 'a new age of transparency, a bold new frontier of democracy,' reported a Washington Post article that year. Hardly the democratizing force anticipated, many congressmen and women have left Twitter by the wayside. An L2 Digital IQ survey classified the majority of US Senators as either 'challenged or of average abilities in using digital media.' The L2 survey measures a congressperson's online presence in Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, how often he or she appears in 'online buzz' and site traffic. More importantly, 52 percent of those in Washington view social media sites, particularly Twitter, as nothing more than a venue for 'pointless babble', according to 2010 research by the National Journal. SourceWatch reports that less than 20 senators have Twitter accounts. Of the 435 members of the House, only 51 appear on Twitter."
Baecher: US Cities Cover Open Drinking Water Reservoirs
Daily Democrat (California): "Josh Seater could have done some serious harm when he stepped up to the wrought-iron fence around a Portland reservoir last month if he were holding something more ominous than a full bladder. The open-air reservoir contains treated water that goes directly to people's spigots, and Seater's decision to urinate there after a night of drinking led Portland officials to drain the entire basin to keep from rattling the public's nerves about the purity of the drinking supply. The saga delighted headline and joke writers, but it reveals a threat to urban water supplies in about a dozen cities. Portland has five of up to 30 uncovered reservoirs around the country that contain treated water, some accessible to the public. The fear is that a terrorist could drop or somehow get a toxic chemical agent into a reservoir and sicken people."
Study Highlights How Moms' Depression, Anger Stresses Kids
HealthDay: "Even very young children can get stressed by depressed parents who display negative emotions toward them, researchers confirm. The new study included 3-year-old children who were subjected to different harmless, but stress-inducing, situations, such as causing them to become slightly nervous or frustrated. After each stressful event, saliva samples were taken from the children to measure levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The researchers also observed the interaction between children and their parents -- usually the mother -- as they did a task together or as the parent read a book to the child. The largest stress responses were seen in children whose mothers had been depressed at some point in the child's life and whose mothers also displayed hostility -- frustration, anger, annoyance or critical comments -- when playing with their children."
Zohar: Are Genetically Modified Fish a Vital Part of Our Future?
TIME Magazine: "As I write in this week's TIME cover story, aquaculture - fish farming - is an increasingly essential part of our global food system. Already about half of our seafood starts on an aquatic farm, and as seafood demand continues to rise and the wild ocean catch plateaus, you can be certain that the emphasis on aquaculture will continue to grow. For much of the world, that's a good thing. Seafood tends to be healthier than land-raised meat, and fish farming on the whole is a more efficient way to produce protein than raising traditional farm animals. (Efficiency in this case means turning inputs - fish feed - into outputs, fillets on your table.) If aquaculture can deliver inexpensive protein to the masses, it could go a long way toward meeting the increasing demand for food globally, expected to double by midcentury."
Swagel: Reform of the GSEs and Housing Finance
Milken Institute overview: "The federal government should move forward with housing finance reform as soon as possible, including allowing other mortgage finance-related companies to compete with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on a level playing field and selling Fannie and Freddie back into private hands. Private capital would then stand in front of a secondary government guarantee on mortgage-backed securities, according to 'Reform of the GSEs and Housing Finance,' a white paper released by the Milken Institute. The goals of the proposal in the white paper are to ensure that Americans have access to mortgages in all market conditions, while making private capital the dominant funding source for housing and protecting taxpayers from a repeat of the $150 billion rescue of the two government-sponsored firms during the financial crisis. The paper was written by Milken Institute Senior Fellow Phillip Swagel, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and former senior official at the U.S. Treasury during the financial crisis."
Internet Deprivation Feels 'Like Having [a] Hand Chopped Off,' Study Says
Washington Post: "In the newest research to show that we have all become so Internet dependent that we may as well be robots, a study reported that 53 percent of us feel upset when denied access to the Internet and 40 percent feel lonely if we are unable to go online. The researchers quizzed 1,000 British participants about how they felt after going 24 hours without any access to Internet technology, the Daily Mail reported. One person surveyed said that being deprived of the internet was 'like having my hand chopped off.' Others said it was akin to giving up drinking and smoking. Many of them experienced feelings of sadness or loneliness even if denied online access for a short time."
OpUniversities Launch Gig. U for High-Speed Computing and Economic Growth
Penn State Live: "A broad-based group of 29 universities and communities across the country today (July 27) launched 'Gig.U: The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project,' which aims to accelerate the deployment of ultra high-speed networks to leading U.S. universities and their surrounding communities. Penn State is a partner in this initiative. The interest in growing high-speed networks across the nation is to drive economic growth and stimulate a new generation of innovations that address critical needs, such as health care and education, according to organizers."
Pay for Play: A Look at Maryland
ESPN.Com: "ESPN.com is taking a closer look this week at the possibility of paying college athletes. Can schools even afford the pay for play option? Here's an overview of Maryland's financial situation, with data compiled from Maryland's web site detailing undergraduate tuition and fees for fall 2011 and spring 2012, and also from the U.S. Department of Education, for the reporting year 7/1/2009 - 6/30/2010."
Top Terrapins Coaches Guaranteed $2M, $1.9M
WBOC (Delmarva): "The new head coaches of the University of Maryland's football and basketball teams are guaranteed $2 million and $1.9 million a year, according to contracts released by the school in response to a Public Information Act request from The Daily Record. The $2 million salary for Randy Edsall, who was named as Ralph Friedgen's replacement on Jan. 3, puts him in the middle of the pack for college football coaches. The $1.9 million guaranteed to Mark Turgeon, who replaced Gary Williams on May 10, would rank him in the top quarter of coaches that made the NCAA Division I basketball tournament in 2011. Both coaches got raises from their previous jobs to come to College Park, but both are also guaranteed less than their predecessors, according to the contracts released Wednesday."
Maryland not on Hook for Edsall's Buyout from UConn
Baltimore Sun: "Maryland made a significant investment in signing Randy Edsall as head football coach and Mark Turgeon as men's basketball coach, as their contracts confirm that Edsall will get a guaranteed $2 million per season over six years and Turgeon is guaranteed $1.9 million over eight years. Maryland also agreed to pay $250,000 that was owed to Texas A&M to break Turgeon's contract at his former school, according to copies of the document obtained Thursday under a public records request. In addition, Edsall agreed to pay $400,000 to Connecticut, his former school. The contract termination expenses are standard in today's lucrative market for football and men's basketball coaches. The cost of doing business is considerably steeper than it was the last time Maryland hired a football or men's basketball coach in 2000."
Maryland Unveils Commission to Help Terps Increase Revenue, Cut Costs
Washington Post: "University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh said the school has spent more money than it generates on its varsity sports programs 'for the past several years,' a pattern that has depleted the athletic department's financial reserves. In a statement addressed to the University of Maryland community, Loh made no mention of cutting sports in charging a 17-member commission with finding ways to increase revenue and reduce costs. But he laid the groundwork to do so -- saying the commission should consider 'all options' -- amid austere economic times for universities nationwide."
Athletics' Financials to be Examined
Diamondback: "University President Wallace Loh charged a newly created commission Tuesday with tackling the mounting financial difficulties of the school's varsity sports programs, which have emptied the athletics department's budget and perhaps threatened the long-term sustainability of several teams. Vice President for Student Affairs Linda Clement, one of two co-chairs on a 17-person commission composed of representatives from the athletics department, Student Government Association and other groups, said the athletics department spent $1.2 million more than it earned this fiscal year, fully depleting the university's athletics reserves as it sought to make up the difference in the annual budget."
UM did not Seek Approval for $4.7M in Food Expenses, Audit Finds
Baltimore Sun: "The University of Maryland, College Park did not obtain required approval to pay $4.7 million to its food services provider and did not adequately monitor faculty research leave, according to a state audit released Thursday. The audit says the state's flagship university allowed its food services vendor to continue operating without a written contract after the previous agreement expired on June 30, 2010. The audit says the university should have sought permission from the Board of Regents, which is required to approve all procurement contracts that cost more than $5 million. Though the $4.7 million spent between July 2010 and March 2011 did not exceed that figure, the university should have anticipated that food costs for a full year would be more than $5 million, the audit says."
Maryland Athletic Department Reportedly $83 Million In Debt
SB Nation (DC): "The University of Maryland has launched an investigation into it's Athletic Department, and the way in which they balance their budget because they are reportedly $83 million in debt, according to Steve Yanda of the Washington Post. The big issue that faces the Athletic Department is how they balance the budget each year, and the management of a fund that houses all of their donations.That whole article is worth a read, but the most interesting part to me is about how they got to this amount of debt."
Keeping Balance will be Tough for Schools
The Dispatch (Ohio): "Let the arms race begin. On one hand, you have Mississippi State, which announced last week that its athletic department received a school-record $37.6 million in gifts and pledges through the Bulldog Club and Bulldog Foundation in the 2010-11 fiscal year. On the other hand, the University of Mississippi announced it would have a 'major announcement' Aug. 9 regarding the unveiling of a capital campaign by the athletic department and the school's Athletic Association Foundation. The timing of Ole Miss' announcement most likely was a coincidence, but the news from both schools underscores the ever-increasing pressure to outdo not only schools in your state, but also the ones in your conference."
All-American Rugger Tackles Police Selection Process
The Sentinel (Prince George's County): "The University of Maryland's first All-American female rugger, South African-born Tanya Gouws, sits with painted nails aiming to land a job as a police officer. The 22-year-old applied to the Prince George's County Police Department during the spring, passing the written exam and agility testing as well as a preliminary screening questionnaire. Now she waits for the call to schedule an initial interview. Gouws anticipates her rugby experiences will help her become a better police officer."
7-8-11: Wye House
Maryland Morning: Radio broadcast -- "Maryland Morning producer Katherine Gorman visited the grounds of the Wye House near Easton, Maryland where Dr. Mark Leone and his students have been conducting an archaeological dig. We hear about their latest discoveries."
New Record for U-Md. Human-Powered Helicopter: 12.4-Second Flight
Washington Post: "True, 12.4 seconds doesn't seem like a long time. But for the University of Maryland engineering students who watched as their 100-pound, human-powered helicopter floated off a gym floor Wednesday, it must have felt like eternity. The last time the students attempted to do this in May, they celebrated a flight of just over four seconds. While Wednesday's time still has to be verified by the National Aeronautic Association, it is clear that the university is still far from claiming the $250,000 Sikorsky Award, which will go to whomever creates a human-powered helicopter that can reach an altitude of at least three meters and hover for at least 60 seconds."
UMd Human-Powered Helicopter Triples Flight Time
CBS (Baltimore): "Students at the University of Maryland have nearly tripled the flight time of their human-powered helicopter. The university says pilot and biology student Judy Wexler kept the helicopter in the air for 12.4 seconds, on Wednesday, nearly triple the 4.2 second mark she set in May for the pedal-powered aircraft. The school says enhancements to the helicopter's cockpit and transmission were made. Other changes include the addition of LED lights to the landing gear that turn on when the helicopter is off the ground. The team is hoping to win the Sikorsky Prize offered by the American Helicopter Society. To win, a human-powered helicopter has to hover for 60 seconds and reach a height of 3 meters, or about 3 yards."
College Park Students Compete to Build Green House
Baltimore Sun: "At a small construction site tucked between an ice skating rink and an office building, students, professors and contractors sing along to country music as they put the finishing touches on two small houses joined in the middle by a manmade wetland. The University of Maryland students are building WaterShed, the school's entry in the 2011 Solar Decathlon. They are competing against 19 other teams from around the world, including China and Australia. After months of construction and more than a year of design and planning, the house -- powered entirely by solar energy, but with a focus on water conservation and reuse -- is nearing completion. It consists of two modules, one a work space, the other residential, which are joined by a 'constructed wetland' that will filter water used by the tenants and save it to be reused."
College Student Body Presidents Unite Over Debt Debate
Youth Radio: "Reaching a bipartisan agreement on the debt ceiling problem? Seems like a cinch for college students. Over 100 student body presidents from colleges and universities in 40 states have formed a coalition to urge Congress to reach a bipartisan solution in the debt ceiling battle, and prevent a default from happening. Their campaign is called, 'Do We Have A Deal Yet?' The group held a press conference last week to present a letter to legislators in Washington that urged them to find common ground in the budget debates. President Obama acknowledged their call for action. He had a phone call with the coalition and thanked them for the letter and their concern."
After Coming Out, Former Maryland Player Feels He has a Second Chance
Baltimore Sun: "For years, Akil Patterson wouldn't tell the world who he really was: a gay man playing Division I college football. His secret weighed on him, frightened him, confused him, taking on a life all its own. In lonely periods, the former University of Maryland player would go online and type in 'gay,' 'athlete' and other keywords. And Patterson, an offensive and defensive lineman on former coach Ralph Friedgen's teams of 2001-03, would wonder: how many other Division I athletes are gay -- and black -- and feeling as isolated as he was? … Patterson, who said he was a binge drinker during his Maryland football years, is one of a half-dozen or so football players to have publicly declared after college or NFL careers that they are gay."
Uncle Sam's First CIO
Washington Post: "It's a title to conjure with: chief information officer of the United States. Vivek Kundra, 36, is the first person ever to hold it, having been given the new job by President Obama in March 2009. And what a job -- the U.S. government is the world's largest consumer of information technology, spending about $80 billion on it each year. Much of that money is wasted. The federal government has accumulated 24,000 websites and more than 10,000 separate IT systems; servers in some agencies are idle 93% of the time. Kundra's assignment has been to improve efficiency while also making the government's staggering quantities of valuable data more available and useful to the public."
Karzai Seeks to Fill Power Void after Brother's Death
Washington Post: "To fill the void left by the assassination of his half-brother in the southern province of Kandahar, and to halt the erosion of his family's power in the region, President Hamid Karzai is considering a reshuffle of senior government officials, according to U.S. and Afghan officials. Among the possibilities being discussed is naming Gul Agha Shirzai, the governor of eastern Nangahar province, to replace Toryalai Wesa as the governor of Kandahar, the officials said. Shirzai, a former Kandahar governor, is a towering national figure and could fill Karzai's need for a strong ally in the provincial capital where the Taliban took root and which his brother Ahmed Wali Karzai dominated until he was killed last week."
Morici: Republicans Need New Taxes, President Obama Does Not
FOX Business: Peter Morici, professor of business, writes -- "President Obama hardly needs more taxes to slash the federal deficit but Congressional Republicans do need new taxes to survive politically. Puzzled? Be not! Washington is a city of paradoxes, where economics may define what is good, but politics defines virtue. Since 2007, when Democrats took control of Congress, federal spending is up $1.1 trillion -- $900 billion more than was needed for inflation. The federal deficit has jumped from $161 billion to $1.6 trillion. Surely, President Obama could cut the additional spending in half, and save the country $450 billion each year and $4.5 trillion over 10 years. Congressman Paul Ryan is right -- the county has a spending problem, not a taxing problem."
John S. Toll, Maryland's First State University Chancellor, has Died
Washington Post: "John S. Toll, Maryland's first state university chancellor and former president of Washington College on the Eastern Shore, has died. Toll, 87, died Friday morning after a long illness, according to Washington College officials. A physics prodigy from Chevy Chase, Toll earned a bachelor's degree at Yale, served in the Navy in World War II and returned to earn a doctorate at Princeton, according to a biographical page at Washington College. He joined the University of Maryland and served 13 years as chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, taking the job at 29. He left in 1965 to become the first president of SUNY Stonybrook, building that campus from 1,800 students to 17,000. Newsday listed him among '100 Who Shaped the Century.' Toll returned to U-Md. in 1978 as president, and presided over what was then a system of five campuses. Its physics building bears his name."
Funding the Government if Debt Ceiling Talks Fail
FOX Business: Peter Morici, professor of business, writes -- "If the debt ceiling talks fail, is August 2 really the drop dead date for a U.S. default? Perhaps! The President has said that the Congress needs a deal by July 22 to get legislation through Congress by August 2. I don't buy it. As long as a deal is struck by August 2, something can be patched together. However, the President and Treasury Secretary have so convinced most everyone that Treasury will be out of money by August 2, that a week before, interest rates investors demand on Treasurys may rise precipitously and the bond market routs. At that point, there may be no turning back. It is unfortunate the President and Treasury Secretary are spreading around calamity scenarios, because the Treasury really does have options after August 2 if they don't scare the markets into panic before then."
University of Maryland President John Toll Embraced Big Ideas
Baltimore Sun: "John Toll, former president of the University of Maryland who passed away July 15 ('Founding chancellor of University System of Md.' July 16 ) was a great teacher. I never took a college physics course from him, but I had the chance to work with him over many years. Several generations of Marylanders, as well as education leaders across America, learned from his example. He embraced big ideas, like making the University of Maryland an international powerhouse, and worked day and night to turn them into reality. He lived Thomas Edison's formula for successful innovation -- 10 percent inspiration and 90 perspiration. He produced both in abundance. We can all learn from his remarkable life."
Patterson: Maryland Wrestler Hoping to Land Spot on 2012 US Olympic Team as a Greco-Roman Heavyweight
Daily Journal: "Akil Patterson has a vision in mind. It's not exactly confined to sports. 'Can we talk while I do this?' the Frederick High graduate asks as he climbs on exercise bike on a recent morning in the University of Maryland's red-trimmed wrestling room. Patterson, 28, is hoping to land a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team as a Greco-Roman heavyweight. That's why he trains seven days a week and travels the country looking for training partners, some more high profile than others. They're not exactly easy to find for someone who is 6-foot-3 and weighs 280 pounds."
Terps Post Best-Ever Finish in Directors' Cup
UMd. Release: "Highlighted by a national championship in field hockey, the University of Maryland posted a best-ever 17th-place finish nationally in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, it was announced on Friday. The Terrapins scored 858 points in the season-long competition, which assigns points based on an institution's finish in NCAA national competition in up to 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 men's. The program is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. 'It's been a great year,' said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. 'We take tremendous pride in having a well-balanced athletics program at Maryland, and this is a good measure of our overall success.' "
Muhyiddin's Visit Boosts Malaysia-US Relations, Biotech Industry
Bernama.Com: "Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin's fruitful four-day working visit to Washington has further boosted Malaysia-United States bilateral relations and Malaysia's biotechnology industry. While here, Muhyiddin held several meetings with the US administration's senior officials and investors, and attended events promoting the biotechnology industry. Describing his visit which ended Wednesday as successful, Muhyiddin said much progress was made in KL-Washington relations through the series of meetings that he attended. 'We have not only stressed on the importance of our relations in various areas such as education, defence and security, but also on the need to strengthen it,' he said."
New University of Maryland Official Aims to Improve College Park
Washington Business Journal: "The University of Maryland has hired Robert Specter, the former vice president for finance at the University of Delaware, to help revitalize the school's College Park campus. Specter will assume the role of vice president for administrative affairs, the institution's chief fiscal and administrative officer, effective Sept. 1. One of his first tasks will be to develop the university's budget for fiscal 2013. But Specter's longer-term responsibilities include collaborating with community and business leaders to rejuvenate areas near the campus. 'A world-class research university must have a world-class college town,' University of Maryland President Wallace Loh said in a statement. 'Rob brings the experience and skills to realize our strategic vision and lead our wide-ranging administrative operations.' "
University of Maryland to Host President Obama Town Hall
CBS (WUSA9): "President Barack Obama will host a town hall style meeting at the University of Maryland, College Park, according to a White House news release. The town hall is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on July 22nd at Ritchie Coliseum on the University of Maryland Campus. 'A limited number of tickets will be available to the general public. Tickets will be distributed on Thursday, July 21, 2011 beginning at 9:00 AM in the Ticket Office of Adele Stamp Student Union on the campus of the University of Maryland,' according to the news release."
Lack of Money Doesn't Stop Purple Line Station Development Plans
Washington Post: "Developers and planners in Montgomery and Prince George's counties are already factoring a light rail link between Bethesda and New Carrollton into their business and growth plans even though a 16-mile Purple Line has yet to win highly competitive construction money. A debate in Montgomery highlights the balancing act that officials face in both counties. Land-use planners are seeking to focus growth and rejuvenate older suburbs near 20 potential Purple Line stations, but some residents are concerned that too much redevelopment would swamp their roads and schools and drastically alter the character of their communities. Developers argue that a certain level of density is needed to make projects profitable. Although county officials have broad visions for what they would like to see at the stops, in most cases there are few specifics."
Stuck in Washington, Obama Reaches Voters on Local News
Los Angeles Times: "President Obama may be stuck in Washington during the debt ceiling debate, but that doesn't mean he's not reaching out to voters in key battleground states. On Wednesday, the president will again sit down for interviews with local television reporters, something he's done nearly a dozen times this year, according to a review of his daily schedule. Aside from two weekend trips to Camp David, Obama hasn't left the nation's capital since June 30, just after he admonished Congress to get to work on a deal to avoid a potentially catastrophic default. Though he's been a regular television presence of late -- with multiple news conferences and regular updates on negotiations from the White House -- his press office is using these local interviews to maximize his exposure in the places they're most focused on in 2012."
Obama visits UMd. During Debt Fight
Baltimore Sun: "With the debate over raising the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling heading into its final stretch, President Barack Obama will visit the University of Maryland on Friday for a town hall meeting the White House said will be focused on the economy. About 1,000 people are expected to attend the hourlong event beginning at 11 a.m. atCollege Park, which will take place as congressional leaders continue to search for an agreement that will cut the budget deficit by trillions of dollars, raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2 and eke out the best possible political position for their parties for the 2012 election. The town hall will be Obama's fourth visit to the campus and his second as president. He rallied students there in 2009 at the height of another protracted and partisan battle that gripped the nation's attention: the fight over his health care overhaul."
White House Tries to Stay Connected with Top 'Tweeters'
Washington Post: "Shortly after President Obama wrapped up a town hall-style appearance before a crowd of 1,200 at the University of Maryland on Friday, White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest huddled with a more select audience in the basement of Ritchie Coliseum. These folks weren't reporters -- not in the traditional sense, anyway -- but they could potentially be helpful in spreading the president's agenda to a wide audience. The group was made up of influential D.C., Maryland and Virginia users of Twitter, and the Obama press team was hosting a 'tweetup' to answer their questions about the White House's use of social media. Much was made of Team Obama's deft use of e-mail, YouTube and other social media during his historic 2008 campaign. Now, with his rivals for 2012 wise to the same strategies, Obama's White House aides are trying to stay a click or two ahead."
Turtles on the Chesapeake
Washington Post: Photo slideshow -- "Luca Hagen, 11, a student at Chesapeake Academy in Arnold, releases a diamondback terrapin on Poplar Island, in the Chesapeake Bay off Talbot County. A partnership between the Army Corps and Engineers, the Maryland Port Administration and Ohio University releases the turtles on the island as part of an effort to rebuild the population."
College Park Likely to Receive $8.8 Million for Route 1 Redevelopment
Patch.Com (College Park): "College Park is likely to receive long-awaited funding to begin planning the realignment of U.S. Route 1 to ease traffic, create bike lanes and add medians, according to city, county and state officials. The State Highway Administration confirmed that it has identified $8.8 million of federal funding to conduct the design and engineering phase for part of Baltimore Avenue. The amendment will now go before the region's Transportation Planning Board (TPB). Officials expect the city to clear this final hurdle easily. City Councilman Patrick Wojahn (Dist. 1), who serves on the TPB, said the board rarely denies projects."
"Jim Henson's Fantastic World" at the Museum of the Moving Image
NorthJersey.Com: "Kermit the Frog (circa early 1970s) sits on a log, behind glass, greeting all who enter 'Jim Henson's Fantastic World.' In another display case, a vintage Bert ('70s) hangs with a 1980s-era Ernie, who's holding a rubber duckie. And not too far away are Gobo and Cantus the Minstrel (1982), looking just as we remember them from 'Fraggle Rock.' But there are also unfamiliar Henson creations, such as the colorful advertisement for the student-poster service he ran while an undergraduate at the University of Maryland; storyboards for short Wilkins Coffee commercials he did half a century ago; pages from a script called 'Visual Thinker,' an imaginative sequence -- as you can see by watching the finished product on a nearby television monitor -- that aired on 'Sam and Friends,' a show Henson created in the 1950s."
Maryland to Play Kentucky at the Nets' New Arena in 2012-13?
Baltimore Sun: "The last time the Maryland men's basketball team faced off against Kentucky was back in 2002, when the Terps beat the Wildcats, 76-68, in the Sweet 16 en route to the program's first and only national championship. According to a report in Crain's New York Business, though, the two storied programs could find themselves on the same court once again in non-conference play during the 2012-13 season. The article, written by Matthew Flamm, states that a Maryland-Kentucky matchup will be the first basketball game played in the Barclays Center, the future home of the New Jersey Nets, which is set to open in September 2012."
Luxury Apartment Project Coming to College Park
Gazette.Net: "A gateway luxury apartment project in College Park is moving forward, following investments from new developers that were announced last week. UDR of Denver said it signed on as a joint venture partner to build a 256-unit, mixed-use apartment building at the edge of the University of Maryland, College Park, where campus and officials are planning intense development to revitalize the Route 1 corridor. UDR is teaming up with the Hanover Cos. of Houston to develop the Domain of College Park. In February, the Prince George's County Council approved the complex, which UDR said would cost $62 million to build. The plan includes 10,000 square feet of retail space and a 380-space parking garage at the corner of Campus Drive and Mowatt Lane, just west of the campus. The complex will offer market rate rents with the goal of attracting university faculty and staff, UDR said."
Hooks: Stinkbug Infestation to Worsen
Washington Post: "Like a leisurely summer traveler, the Asian brown marmorated stinkbug is slowly making its way into Southern Maryland. Although the pungent bug has been sighted in the region, it hasn't caused much damage so far. 'I'm not sure there have been any real problems down here yet,' said Benjamin Beale, the University of Maryland Extension education director in St. Mary's County. 'By August, we will see more problems. There has been a lot of damage in Pennsylvania and northern Maryland.' When the stinkbugs do come, the damage they do to the region's crops will be significant, said Cerruti Hooks, an assistant professor and extension specialist at the University of Maryland, College Park."
Sexton: Chesapeake Bay Jellyfish Missing
Hometown Annapolis: "Normally by this time, the rangers at Sandy Point State Park have put out their warning sign about jellyfish. Complaints of jellyfish sightings and stings typically start coming the weekend after Independence Day. 'You can almost set your calendar by it,' said Ranger Mike Travers, who is in charge of the beach and lifeguards. But record-low salinity levels in the Chesapeake Bay - and possibly other factors - have kept jellyfish away. The jellyfish count at Sandy Point is zero. So, where are they? Maggie Sexton has some possible answers."
D.C. Farmers' Markets Highlight an Array of Food Safety Issues
Washington Post: "Outside the Department of Agriculture headquarters on Independence Avenue, government workers and tourists shop for fresh produce, poultry, popcorn, baked goods and hot lunches. Like farmers' markets across America, this one sponsored by the USDA is thriving, propelled by a national craving for fresh food and the perception that locally grown food is healthier than food mass-produced by big agriculture and sold in grocery stores. But commercial tests found pathogens on raw chickens sold by a Virginia farmer at the USDA market that could be harmful if the poultry were not properly cooked, according to an investigation by News21, a national university reporting project at the University of Maryland. The same was true of poultry sold by a Pennsylvania farmer at a Vermont Avenue market nearby."
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