Tuesday, April 30, 2013
May 1, 2013 will mark the 10-year anniversary of Blair's resignation from the paper of record. Today, he works as a life coach.
In the journalism world, the names of plagiarists are noted in the industry's history. But perhaps none is as notorious as former University of Maryland student and Columbia native Jayson Blair. Blair resigned on May 1, 2003 from the New York Times after a string of improper journalistic practices that the Times called called "a profound betrayal of trust and a low point in the 152-year history of the newspaper." This week is the 10-year anniversary of his resignation. On Monday, he spoke with Patch about his past, what he's doing now, and how his notoriety affects his life. "A number of TV stations and newspapers have reached out to me this week," said Blair. "Most of them either want to look at what had happened or they want to look at …
Monday, April 8, 2013
A 25-year-old Columbia man was arrested on Saturday for allegedly setting fire to a building on Harpers Farm Road in Columbia.
Howard County Police charged a 25-year-old Columbia man with assault and malicious burning after he allegedly set fire to an apartment on Harpers Farm Road Friday night while police were investigating an assault. Police arrested Alejandro Adolfo Rodriguez, of the 5300 block of Harpers Farm Road, around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday after officers searching for him saw him walking on Eliots Oak Road in Columbia. He was arrested without incident, according to police. Police said when they arrived at the Harpers Farm Road residence Friday to investigate a reported assault, Rodriguez yelled obscenities at officers from a second-story window. Shortly after, a fire could be seen in the building, according to police. Rodriguez fled out of a rear window …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The cicadas are expected in the millions, according to researchers.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A Washington Post nightlife critic calls the Columbia bar impressive and "a fine showcase for Oliver Ales."
Washington Post nightlife critic Fritz Hahn made the trip up Route 29 to visit Columbia's newest beer bar—Ale House Columbia—last week. In his review, he described the restaurant which serves beer brewed in Baltimore as "a fine showcase for Oliver Ales, and it's a good place to watch a game with a cold brew in hand." He called the tap list of more than 20 beers impressive and said coupled with "a taco platter or one of the juicy burgers; it's worth the trip." The bar, which opened in December, has been popular enough to cause a parking problem in the main the lot, which is shared with other restaurants, a gym and retail stores. It's a problem the Post critic also pointed out. Read the full review by clicking here. Have you been to Ale …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Howard Hughes employees moved out of the building last week, according to a spokesperson.
On Thursday afternoon, there were people at the former Rouse Company headquarters on the Columbia lakefront wheeling out furniture and trash cans. Last week, a Howard Hughes spokesperson said the development company had completely moved their offices out of the building and into the top floor of the Teachers Building, which is where Clyde's is located. With the employees out, the Frank Gehry designed building will begin its transformation from office space into the new home of a Whole Foods grocery store and Columbia Association gym. The construction process will remove the third floor of the four-story building to make way for the grocery store, according to site development plans submitted to the Howard County Department of Planning …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
St. Patrick's Day is today, do you have plans?
Friday, March 15, 2013
Residents who turn in guns at Saturday's event will receive $100 and a free gun lock.
County Executive Ken Ulman and Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon shared the podium on Friday with a family member of a victim of accidental gun violence to ask residents to turn in unwanted guns on gun buyback day. McMahon said police will give people $100 each for guns brought to the Dorsey Building at 9250 Bendix Road in Columbia from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Police said individuals turning in guns will remain anonymous and up to three guns can be turned in for money, although police will take as many guns as a person brings. On turning in weapons, Ulman said, “If you don’t think you need a [weapon], even if it’s specifically secured… now is the time, you get $100, bring it on in.” The money to pay for the guns is coming …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Rev. Msgr. Joseph Luca said, "He is known as an exceptionally humble, gentle person with a heart for the downtrodden and the poor."
Catholics around the world and in Howard County are reacting with excitement to the news that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected pope. At 3:22 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Bergoglio, who took the name Pope Francis, appeared on the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square after news outlets reported that white smoke was pouring from a Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling the election of a new pope. Roman Catholic Church cardinals began meeting Tuesday at the Vatican. The 115 voting cardinals took four or five votes over two days, USA Today reported. The Guardian describes Bergoglio as "a Jesuit intellectual who travels by bus and has a practical approach to poverty." In Howard County, the news of the new pope was met with …
A crane and other large construction equipment are beginning the process of expanding the mall.
Two months ago Howard County officials were swinging hammers into a blank white wall inside an empty store at the Mall in Columbia to break ground for the mall's expansion. Now, a crane is swinging above the mall as construction workers begin the process of building a new 75,000-square-foot retail center. On Monday, trucks and construction equipment were buzzing in the parking lot behind L.L. Bean working on the site. Read more about the expansion here - "New Stores, Restaurants for Mall Redevelopment" The major construction in developing the new center won't occur until after the L.L. Bean store is demolished, a process which is going to start this summer, said mall officials at the January groundbreaking. A manager at L.L. Bean said the …
Monday, March 11, 2013
The week ahead in weather, according to the National Weather Service.
It was a spring-like weekend that saw temperatures rise into the mid-60s, but don't expect it to continue into the week. Rain is expected most of the day Tuesday, with between a quarter and a half inch of precipitation falling, as temperatures will reach a high near 59 and a low of 35 Tuesday night. The rain stops Wednesday as things cool down. Wednesday's high is 53 with a low near 30. Thursday is expected to be sunny, with a high of 45 and low of 31. Sign up for the Columbia Patch newsletter here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant news updates and community conversations.