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Capturing a county's past

The year John McGrain started taking pictures, his hometown of Towson was a mostly rural community north of Baltimore. A railroad line that boasted a steam engine ran a busy route between his neighborhood and York, Pa. His first camera, a used Brownie, cost $1. Today, a million-square-foot mall...

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    • Five Minutes with Gary Day, founder and CEO of American Limosines

      Five Minutes with Gary Day, founder and CEO of American Limosines

      What started as a dare resulted in a multimillion-dollar business for Gary Day that has served celebrities including Ray Rice, Jada Pinkett Smith, Prince, Courtney Love, Muhammad Ali, Janet Jackson and the Beach Boys. After Day's sister was killed by a drunken driver, his mother made him promise...

    • Verizon, unions reach deal in principle for 4-year contract

      Verizon, unions reach deal in principle for 4-year contract

      NEW YORK — Striking Verizon employees may be back to work next week after the company and its unions reached an agreement in principle for a four-year contract. About 39,000 landline and cable employees in nine Eastern states and Washington, D.C., have been on strike since mid-April, one of the...

    • The phases of Port Covington's master plan

      The phases of Port Covington's master plan

      Sagamore Development Co., the real estate firm privately owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, on May 26 cleared a first hurdle in its plan to redevelop Port Covington, winning backing from a city design panel for an ambitious master plan that would create a dense mixed-use district on industrial...

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    • BSO brings back 'Hairspray' -- and John Waters

      BSO brings back 'Hairspray' -- and John Waters

      Edna Turnblad will be arnin' some more clothes and her likewise well-fed daughter, Tracy, will be trying out again for a spot on a TV dance show when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra brings back a concert version of the hit musical "Hairspray" this week. Three years ago, the BSO brightened things...

    • With Haussner's building to be demolished next week, a look back at the beloved restaurant

      With Haussner's building to be demolished next week, a look back at the beloved restaurant

      The landmark building that housed the storied Haussner's restaurant in Highlandtown will soon come crumbling down as work crews make way for an apartment building on the site.  The corner building at Eastern Avenue and Clinton Street has been vacant for the last decade, and is scheduled to be demolished...

    • 'Roots' resounds as epic storytelling

      'Roots' resounds as epic storytelling

      When I first saw "Roots" before its debut on ABC in 1977, I thought it was compelling television. As the blockbuster ratings started rolling in, I knew it was also culturally important TV, if for no other reason than the way its huge crossover audience blew away the conventional wisdom among network...

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    • Subtle beach home decor goes beyond seashells and sailboats

      Subtle beach home decor goes beyond seashells and sailboats

      When starting a recent project at a client's Ocean City home, interior designer Phillip Smith wasn't looking to create an obvious beach home feel. "When you are at the beach, it's hard to convey beach without screaming it," he said. Smith focused on color, reflective objects and natural fibers...

    • Crooked Road leads the way to country music's roots

      Crooked Road leads the way to country music's roots

      At 9 o'clock on a Thursday morning, the Dairy Queen is jammin' with live bluegrass music. It doesn't seem to matter that most of the musicians are grizzled older men; they are twanging up a storm. And this isn't a flukey one-and-done thing; music like this happens here every week. The next night,...

    • Local man to release "Baltimorials" coloring book

      Local man to release "Baltimorials" coloring book

      The people of Baltimore can soon color their way through the city’s statues of historical figures. Brandon Nicklas, 36, is the author of the coloring book “Baltimorials: Color your way through Baltimore’s Memorial Sculptures, from Armistead to Zappa!” The Middletown native said in a press release...

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    • Netanyahu's loose cannon

      Netanyahu's loose cannon

      Avigdor Lieberman is detested by the military he's supposed to lead. In naming Avigdor Lieberman to the post of defense minister this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu erased virtually any chance of peace with the Palestinians and instead presented the world with a far right-wing...

    • Could we have a four-way race for president?

      Could we have a four-way race for president?

      Could Bernie Sanders put Mitt Romney in the White House? I haven't gotten my 2012 and 2016 wires crossed; I have a theory that's slightly more realistic than a Donald Trump presidency seemed a year ago. As it stands now, it seems almost inconceivable that Senator Sanders could become the Democratic...

    • Reclaiming Curtis Bay

      Reclaiming Curtis Bay

      On an unseasonably warm afternoon last fall, I parked my car atop a hill in the South Baltimore neighborhood of Curtis Bay. I started sketching the modest homes that line the sloping streets, dwarfed by the massive coal pier at the edge of the neighborhood. After a while, a man walked out of his...

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    • Small drones in Maryland, nation now outnumber other kinds of aircraft

      Small drones in Maryland, nation now outnumber other kinds of aircraft

      There are now more registered drone owners in the United States than there are other kinds aircraft, according to new figures from the Federal Aviation Administration. Almost 460,000 drone owners have registered with regulators, the FAA reports. Owners are required to register only once, even if...

    • Critics of Baltimore school board secrecy have little recourse

      Critics of Baltimore school board secrecy have little recourse

      When the Baltimore school board revealed this month that it had secretly hired a new CEO, city and state officials were incensed that the panel had circumvented a process that would have given them and the public a say. But they have little recourse beyond airing their grievances. For two decades,...

    • O'Malley points to fewer questions in presidential debates

      O'Malley points to fewer questions in presidential debates

      Former Maryland governor and Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley made a notable claim when he appeared this month on a Baltimore television station for his first full-length interview to assess his unsuccessful bid for the White House. The networks hosting the televised debates he...

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