April 29, 2012 |
Most builders think naming their subdivisions ranks up there in importance with high-quality construction. Now there's a bit of science that shows just how much a couple of key words can add to the typical developer's bottom line. Home buyers pay an average of 4.2% more when the development has the word "country" in the name, according to a study by two researchers at the University of Georgia. And if it has the term "country club" as part of its name, buyers will pay 5.2% on top of that.
June 24, 1987
Brian Tribble, who was acquitted of supplying the cocaine that killed University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias, pleaded guilty to charges of speeding and fleeing a police officer in an unrelated incident in Maryland and was sentenced to one year's probation on both charges and 12 hours' of community service.
March 28, 2003 |
SWANTON, Md. -- The experts say you're not supposed to anthropomorphize anymore, but you can't help wondering what Bear No. 391 thought about the whole weird event. There she is, hibernating in the brush pile behind Bill Dean's summer house on Deep Creek Lake, nestling with her four nursing cubs, snoozing peacefully, when suddenly Harry Spiker shows up with eight colleagues and a tranquilizer dart gun.
June 21, 1988
Guy F. Atkinson Co. of California has received a $52.5-million contract to construct tunnels and structures of the Greenbelt Route in Maryland for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The contract, awarded to Atkinson's operating unit Guy F. Atkinson Construction Co., includes construction of twin earth tunnels totaling 2.2 miles and other work in Price George's County, Maryland. The work is scheduled for completion in April, 1991.
September 6, 2003 |
Nearly every week, Kirk Bloodsworth brought fellow inmate Kimberly Shay Ruffner his library books. And the two men regularly worked out together in the prison weight yard. But now, prosecutors say the two had a connection never revealed while they were behind bars. On Friday, Ruffner was charged with the 1984 murder of a 9-year-old girl -- the very crime for which a wrongly convicted Bloodsworth served nine years.
September 25, 2005 |
A judge has granted a delay for the trial of John Allen Muhammad in the six Maryland deaths linked to the 2002 Washington-area sniper spree. Defendants are usually entitled to a trial within 180 days of arrest in Maryland or within 120 days of transfer to the state, but attorneys can ask for delays in complicated cases. After fighting extradition from Virginia, Muhammad arrived in Maryland on Aug. 22, and his trial had been set for May 1.
June 24, 2006 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other retailers challenged Maryland's new law that requires Wal-Mart to spend more on employee healthcare, arguing in U.S. District Court in Baltimore that only the federal government may dictate health spending by private firms. Maryland's law requiring large employers to spend at least 8% of payroll on healthcare or pay the difference in taxes is worded so that only Wal-Mart would be affected. The Retail Industry Leaders Assn.
December 5, 2001
Maryland has become the first state to be stripped of its power to enforce federal clean air laws. The state lost its authority because it failed to comply with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency order mandating more public input in the process of issuing industrial pollution permits. Maryland will continue handling the paperwork, but the EPA will gain authority over all industry requests for new permits or renewals. State Environment Secretary Jane T.
June 20, 2006 |
The body of publisher and former diplomat Philip Merrill was found in Chesapeake Bay, more than a week after he apparently fell overboard while sailing alone. Merrill, 72, was the publisher of Washingtonian magazine and six Maryland newspapers. He held several highranking government posts, including NATO's assistant secretary-general from 1990 to 1992.