Sunday, November 19, 2017

Chicago : Metra quiet cars



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mega Millions tickets will cost $2

More expensive to enter, harder to win:
  • Your odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are about to get even longer.
  • And the price of a ticket is doubling, from $1 to $2.
  • Players may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers - five different numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25 - or select Easy Pick/Quick Pick. You win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing.
This week's drawings on Tuesday and Friday night will be the last time that you can buy a $1 ticket to the multi-state lottery. The jackpot stands at $25 million as of Tuesday.

Starting on Saturday, tickets will cost $2, the same as tickets for rival Powerball.


Mega Millions is also changing the range of numbers that players have to chose from, which will make the odds of winning the second prize of $1 million or more slightly better than they are now.

But the odds of winning the jackpot will get worse -- jumping from 1 in 258.9 million in this week's drawings to 1 in 302.6 million under the new rules.
Those are tougher odds than Powerball, which is a 1 in 292.2 million shot.

For Mega Millions, tougher odds will translate into much bigger jackpots in the future, since there will be more rollover weeks when no one takes the top prize. And that, along with the higher ticket price, will translate into much bigger jackpots in the future.

Mega Millions has been having a hard time competing with Powerball, which raised its ticket prices and lengthened its odds back in October 2015. Since then, the Powerball jackpot has topped $200 million nine times, compared with the three times that a Mega Millions jackpot got that large.

And it's the big jackpots that bring lottery buyers into the game.

Mega Millions will also introduce a $3 ticket that gives players two chances at the jackpot, rather than one. The catch: A $3 ticket holder is only eligible to win the jackpot prize, not the secondary prizes that range from $1 up to $1 million or more.

A regular Mega Millions ticket will now have a 1 in 24 chance of winning some kind of prize. But that's worse than the 1 in 14.7 odds that you had in the game than ends Tuesday. CNN

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Baltimore: Alex. Brown building to become retail hub, restaurant


  • At the time the oldest privately held bank in the U.S., Alex. Brown & Sons was bought by Bankers Trust in 1997 to form BT Alex. Brown. 
  • Two years later, in 1999, BT Alex. Brown was acquired by Deutsche Bank. BT paid $1.7 billion in a stock acquisition of Alex. Brown.  The Alex Brown name initially survived as Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown, the brokerage services division of Deutsche Bank Securities, but is now a part of Deutsche Bank AG.


  • The former Alex. Brown headquarters and an adjacent Rite Aid in the heart of downtown are slated for a redevelopment to include a restaurant and several shops, a project viewed as a catalyst in bringing new retail to the city's core.


    Tampa, Florida-based Casper Co. bought the Rite Aid building at 125 E. Baltimore St. in May and entered into a partnership with the Griswold family, descendants of Alexander Brown who own the historic building at 135 E. Baltimore St., to redevelop the block.


    The company, run by brother-sister team Blake Casper and Allison Casper Adams, own and operate the thriving Oxford Exchange in downtown Tampa. The Oxford Exchange includes a book shop, boutique and coworking offices.

    The Caspers are using the Oxford Exchange as a model for the Baltimore project.



    Friday, September 29, 2017

    September 29: feast day of the Saint Archangels, St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Rafael

    • St. Michael the Archangel is often represented as a soldier, defeating the dragon, symbol of the devil, and the rebellious angels; 
    • Saint Gabriel, the messenger, was responsible for announcing to Mary the birth of Christ, so he appears in all the scenes of the annunciation;
    • Saint Rafael, as guardian angel, is associated with the history of Tobias.



    Saint Michael Archangel By Master of Zafra 1495-1500

    The Annunciation, El Greco, 1597-1600

    Goya. Tobias and the Angel, 1787