I am so sorry to report that a local blogger in Howard County, Dennis Lane, was murdered Friday morning in his Ellicott City home. His 14-year-old daughter and her 19-year-old boyfriend have been charged with the murder.
I just happened to stumble upon Lane’s blog within the last month and found it smart and informative, funny and honest. He started his blog, “Tales of Two Cities” (referring to Ellicott City and Columbia) in 2006 and had developed a large following. Lane grew up in Howard County and was in the real estate business. He knew a lot about the area and it showed. The first time I went on his blog I got pulled into the content for over an hour. It was good stuff. I was especially charmed by the disclaimer that he had at the bottom of his homepage:
THIS IS A PERSONAL WEB LOG ABOUT STUFF AROUND HERE. THE OPINIONS AND VIEWS OF THE BLOGGER ARE JUST THAT, OPINIONS AND VIEWS OF THE BLOGGER, NOT THE BLOGGER’S EMPLOYER, PARISH PRIEST, PROBATION OFFICER OR ANYONE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER. COMMENTS POSTED HERE MAY BE ATTRIBUTABLE TO OTHERS. IF THE CONTENT PRESENTED HERE OFFENDS YOU IN SOME WAY YOU ARE PROBABLY TAKING YOURSELF TOO SERIOUSLY. IF IT IS JOURNALISM THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, BUY A NEWSPAPER.