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As Baltimore's diners disappear, owners shift to remain relevant

In its heyday in the 1960s and '70s, the 24-hour Bel-Loc Diner in Parkville was the place to go after high school dances or a night at the now-defunct Club Venus, Rascals or Golden Horn. "Fifty years ago, everybody in the neighborhood came here," said owner Bill Doxanas, 65. "Now, there are a hundred...

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Wedded: Megan Miller and Dave Rosh had a 'romantic and rustic' wedding

Wedded: Megan Miller and Dave Rosh had a 'romantic and rustic' wedding

Date: May 7 Her story: Megan Elizabeth Miller, 28, was born in Baltimore and raised in Bel Air. She works as a CPA at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Her parents, Thomas Miller and Nancy Miller, live in Bel Air. His story: David William Rosh, 34, was born in Washington and raised in Reston, Va. He works...

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  • Tornado spotted in Worcester County near Assateague Island

    Tornado spotted in Worcester County near Assateague Island

    Southeastern Worcester County was under a tornado warning early Wednesday afternoon after a waterspout was spotted moving onshore near Assateague Island. The National Weather Service issued the warning at 12:47 p.m., until 1:15 p.m., saying "a confirmed waterspout" was seen near Snow Hill moving...

  • Chincoteague pony swim: Ponies complete 91st annual trek

    Chincoteague pony swim: Ponies complete 91st annual trek

    CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, VA. – Tens of thousands of people braving unusually steamy conditions let out a roar at about 10:21 Wednesday morning as the last of more than 200 ponies reached the shores of Chincoteague Island, completing the 91st version of the celebrated Chincoteague Pony Swim. The horses...

  • Wild ponies will make annual swim to Chincoteague Wednesday

    Wild ponies will make annual swim to Chincoteague Wednesday

    Wild ponies on Assateague Island will splash into the water to make the annual swim to Chincoteague on Wednesday. It's the 91st year of the roundup of wild ponies, which are led by a team called the Saltwater Cowboys for the brief morning swim across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island....

  • Maryland oyster programs among largest in the country

    Maryland oyster programs among largest in the country

    Efforts to restore or expand oyster colonies are underway around the coastal U.S. A look at some of them: ALABAMA: 1,100 acres of oyster reefs created from 2009-14; additional work ongoing. CALIFORNIA: Restoration programs in San Francisco and Richardson bays, among others. CONNECTICUT: State borrowed...

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  • How to pick crabs

    How to pick crabs

    A step-by-step guide to getting the most from your steamed crab. -- Kit Pollard Waskom

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    Maryland crabs

  • Soft-shell crabs

    Soft-shell crabs

    There's no denying that soft-shell crabs are a little weird. They're slimy and slippery when raw. Cooked in a sandwich, their spindly legs and grabby claws poke out from the slices of bread and make some people wonder, "Do you seriously think I'm going to eat that?" Soft crabs are simply blue crabs...

  • Top 10 Baltimore crab decks

    Top 10 Baltimore crab decks

    Traditionally, Baltimoreans don't have their first crab feast until Memorial Day, when they can move the meal outside. The days are longer, and the crabs are fatter. Get to know our favorite Baltimore-area crab decks and patios. Because crabs just taste better when you're sitting outside.  

  • Maryland dishes that feature Old Bay

    Maryland dishes that feature Old Bay

    Three cheers for the yellow, blue and red. Old Bay is celebrating its home-town pride with the Summer of Baytriotism, a summer-long celebration including restaurant promotions, a search for the Voice of Baltimore and the introduction of Blippar, an engaging technology that will allow Baltimoreans...

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  • Backpack season: 7 tips toward a comfortable pack

    Backpack season: 7 tips toward a comfortable pack

    Racks of colorful backpacks are hitting the shelves at retailers nationwide, reminding us it’s time for students of all ages to start picking out their school supply packs for the coming year. It’s tempting to simply let your child pick out the model emblazoned with his favorite superhero, but ergonomics...

  • 5 tips to keep your cellphone running smoothly

    5 tips to keep your cellphone running smoothly

    We all love the convenience of modern cellphones. They're so much more than just phones — they've become our cameras, calendars, mailboxes, entertainment consoles and internet browsers. But all those apps, photos, videos and games compete for a limited amount of room in which to operate. If you're...

  • Healthy hacks for sneaking whole grains, veggies into kids' meals

    Healthy hacks for sneaking whole grains, veggies into kids' meals

    Does every day feel like a war to get your child to eat vegetables and whole grains? As a parent, you understand the importance of nutritious eating. Your children, however, can be surprisingly stubborn. Getting your child to eat better doesn't have to result in a battle of wills. Smart parents...

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