Recent stories by Jean Marbella
This gallery includes both columns and bylined articles.
8:47 PM EDT, March 27, 2014
The call came to Baltimore's Basilica several weeks ago: President Barack Obama needed a gift to bring to Pope Francis on his coming visit to the Vatican. Might the basilica, the first Catholic cathedral in the U.S., have something?
8:23 PM EDT, March 21, 2014
This spring, a group of college students will go about their usual campus routines, but with a voice only they can hear calling them names and making other distracting, disturbing sounds.
7:41 PM EDT, March 25, 2014
A springtime snowfall dampening their signs, if not their spirits, several hundred activists divided into opposing groups Tuesday on the plaza in front of the Supreme Court to make their own opening arguments over the Affordable Care Act.
March 15, 2014
Di Zhang, the Towson woman whose arrest for allegedly operating a brothel on East Joppa Road sparked federal efforts to seize nearly $2 million worth of her real estate, has been arrested on prostitution and human trafficking charges in Montgomery County.
5:46 PM EST, March 8, 2014
Arthur Turco had defended members of the Black Panther Party across the country, but it was in Baltimore that he would be arrested and jailed — on charges that he and members of the militant group had killed a suspected police informant within their ranks in 1969.
11:42 AM EST, March 8, 2014
A nationwide hunt ended Friday night when Caitlyn Marie Virts, the 11-year-old girl missing since her mother was found killed in their Dundalk home on Thursday, was located in a motel room in Florence, S.C., with her father, Timothy Virts, who was taken into custody, Baltimore County police said.
6:20 PM EST, March 7, 2014
Five Queen Anne's County watermen have been charged with illegally taking 51 bushels of oysters from a protected area near the mouth of the Wicomico River in Tangier Sound, Maryland Department of Natural Resources officials said.
7:31 PM EST, March 4, 2014
A Virginia appeals court on Tuesday upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player found guilty in the beating death of his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love, in May 2010.
8:01 PM EST, February 22, 2014
— Newly named to head Baltimore's public schools, Gregory E. Thornton has unfinished business in the district he is leaving behind after 31/2 tumultuous years.
9:09 PM EST, February 7, 2014
A convicted heroin dealer was sentenced Friday to 17 1/2 years in prison and ordered to forfeit luxury cars, jewelry and more than $25,000 in cash.
7:56 PM EST, February 7, 2014
Rising at the center of the sprawling casino floor at Maryland Live at Arundel Mills — a prime piece of money-making real estate, if there ever was one — aren't shiny new slot machines or table games.
4:21 PM EST, February 1, 2014
Shafon Robinson found comfort in how well her children seemed to be coping this past week. They had been elsewhere in The Mall in Columbia when the shooter killed two store employees and — in a moment that still haunts her — turned and fired at her.
1:28 PM EST, January 27, 2014
Gunfire pierced the Saturday morning bustle at The Mall in Columbia, a gathering place for many in the planned suburban community, sending shoppers racing for cover as two store employees were fatally shot by a man who police said then killed himself.
5:29 PM EST, February 7, 2014
A father and son who were part of a criminal enterprise that sold narcotics out of a Southwest Baltimore auto body shop pleaded guilty this week to federal drug and burglary charges.
9:35 PM EST, January 27, 2014
The security apparatus at a shopping center like The Mall in Columbia is designed to be as sophisticated as it is unobtrusive — off-hours training and drills to prepare employees for shootings and other calamities, surveillance cameras that can capture in real time suspicious persons or behavior.
8:12 PM EST, January 24, 2014
It is a chilling tale of winter, one that in ghost-story fashion begins with a sign that all is not right. Maybe there's a damp spot spreading ominously across a wall, or faint sounds that grow louder and more insistent.
8:39 PM EST, January 20, 2014
Police released 911 dispatch tapes Monday that reveal how residents in a Germantown neighborhood tried to draw attention to a bizarre scene where police say two toddlers were killed by their mother and another woman in an exorcism last week.
5:00 AM EST, January 28, 2014
Barry Considine still has to buy marijuana illegally, as he has since he first asked around a biker bar for it to help treat his post-polio syndrome. Ken Kopper still fears another possession arrest for using it to ease chronic pain resulting from a couple of car accidents.
5:07 PM EST, January 20, 2014
Police identified a man found fatally shot in North Baltimore on Friday morning as Tavon Antonio Young, 24.
5:46 PM EST, January 20, 2014
Two riders on a dirt bike were injured Monday when thrown off the bike and one was hit by a car just south of Druid Hill Park, Baltimore police said.
10:09 PM EST, December 13, 2013
Despite several years of declines and a public health campaign, the number of babies in Baltimore who die while sleeping in a bed with a parent or caregiver remains a persistent concern, the city's health commissioner said.
5:00 PM EST, January 11, 2014
At one end of the minimum wage battle, you'll find Marissa Greene in Randallstown, for whom an increase would mean not having to eat nearly every meal at the fast-food place where she works, because groceries are a luxury.
5:49 PM EST, January 4, 2014
It's a war that seemingly ended a long time ago, being fought in the most unlikely of places: contraception, at homes for the elderly run by an order of Roman Catholic nuns.
8:17 PM EST, December 11, 2013
An attorney for the one-time University of Virginia lacrosse player who was convicted last year of killing his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love of Cockeysville, argued Wednesday that he should get a new trial.
12:16 PM EST, January 4, 2014
The whiteboard that keeps track of Jack Andraka's schedule would be an exhausting blur for anyone, let alone a 16-year-old high school student: Last-minute requests are squeezed into already full days, scientific conferences bump up against speaking engagements, successive trips to India, Ireland and Harvard seem one missed connection away from a cascading disaster.
10:35 PM EST, December 6, 2013
Kweisi Mfume was a Baltimore city councilman when he received what would be the first of many words of wisdom from Nelson Mandela.
8:38 PM EST, December 11, 2013
An attorney for the one-time University of Virginia lacrosse player who was convicted last year of killing his former girlfriend, Yeardley Love of Cockeysville, argued Wednesday that he should get a new trial.
9:00 PM EST, December 6, 2013
Travelers between Baltimore and Washington have a new option beginning this weekend: MARC commuter trains will begin running nine round trips on Saturday and six on Sunday.
10:03 PM EST, December 6, 2013
A woman unsuccessfully tried to rob a Lothian gas station Friday morning, and a suspect who was arrested bit a detective, Anne Arundel County Police said.
8:21 AM EST, November 16, 2013
Seeing footage of CBS newsman Walter Cronkite, his voice catching as he announces Preisdent John F. Kennedy's death, sends a chill through Diane Scharper, a poet and author who teaches writing at Towson University.
9:14 PM EST, December 6, 2013
A 79-year-old man was critically injured Friday afternoon when he was struck by a car while walking in Columbia, Howard County Police said.
7:11 PM EST, November 22, 2013
A driver who struck and killed a bicyclist in Davidsonville in August will not face criminal manslaughter charges, an Anne Arundel County grand jury decided on Friday.
2:18 PM EST, November 30, 2013
So I spoke to a lumberjack the other day.
8:08 PM EST, December 6, 2013
Baltimore Fire Department officials identified the woman who died in a Northeast Baltimore apartment fire on Thursday as Laverne Allen, 54.
8:17 AM EST, November 16, 2013
Seeing footage of CBS newsman Walter Cronkite, his voice catching as he announces President John F. Kennedy's death, sends a chill through Diane Scharper, a poet and author who teaches writing at Towson University.
November 16, 2013
At the federal courthouse, a judge was swearing in 102 new citizens. In a downtown hotel, the Santa Claus Anonymous charity was having a luncheon. Races were underway at Pimlico, and a shift of Bethlehem Steel workers would soon clock out at Sparrows Point, with another filing in to take its place.
4:25 PM EDT, October 26, 2013
A gaffe about his opponent's race, allegations that he is the backseat driver from hell and, most recently, an indelible photograph of him in the middle of a wild party of teenagers — is Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler having the worst run a candidate for higher office can possibly have?
4:09 PM EDT, October 12, 2013
It was the most expensive campaign ever launched, but opponents were determined to defeat the president's health care reform plan.
8:16 PM EST, November 22, 2013
Johns Hopkins University won another legal victory Thursday in its attempt to build a research park on farmland previously owned by a woman whose family sued the school, saying she would have opposed the development.
2:51 PM EDT, September 21, 2013
I lived in Detroit for a summer once, in an apartment that was circled by the kind of barbed-wire fence you see around prisons. I wasn't sure if Detroit was being protected from me or the other way around.
9:02 PM EDT, November 1, 2013
In the courtroom where Baltimore Circuit Judge Timothy J. Doory metes out justice, he has a steadfast if silent companion, Maj. German H.H. Emory, a lawyer killed in World War I whose portrait hangs to the right of his bench.
10:00 AM EDT, August 18, 2013
When utility crews dug up the intersection of Eastern Avenue and South High Street a couple of years ago, Gia Blatterman stood nearby and tried to picture Little Italy in 50 years.
5:48 PM EDT, November 2, 2013
— Brent Ashley may have aged into the enforcer role at a certain point, but he still remembers when he was the miscreant.
9:27 PM EDT, August 2, 2013
A group of family, friends and supporters of Tyrone West picketed on a downtown Baltimore street Friday afternoon demanding justice for the 44-year-old man who died in police custody after a routine traffic stop last month.
2:38 PM EDT, October 5, 2013
In a research lab in East Baltimore, rats that provide clues to how the brain degenerates with age could grow too old or even die before scientists can complete their experiments.
7:47 PM EDT, July 30, 2013
A military judge ruled Tuesday that Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning violated the Espionage Act when he gave a trove of classified material to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks to publish online.
5:16 PM EDT, October 19, 2013
When Santoni's announced last week that it was closing its remaining grocery store after more than 80 years in the business, the news sent something of a shiver through Michele Speaks-March.
8:18 PM EDT, September 28, 2013
Even before local and federal agents raided Jade Heart Health in Towson in March and charged its operators with prostitution and human trafficking, what went on at the massage parlor at 1404 E. Joppa Road was hardly a secret.
2:04 PM EDT, July 27, 2013
Remember that card in Monopoly, "Bank error in your favor, collect $200?" With the top-hatted rich guy jumping in surprise and glee as the teller hands him the bills?
4:22 PM EDT, July 13, 2013
Maybe I took those high school civics classes too seriously, but isn't there something wrong when the running for and holding of political office is indistinguishable from the kind of reality shows that you hate-watch?
10:00 PM EDT, June 10, 2013
Edward Joseph Snowden, the government contractor who revealed the National Security Agency's massive telephone- and Internet-surveillance program, has left few public clues about his life growing up in Crofton and Ellicott City.
6:56 PM EDT, September 7, 2013
When developer Michael Beatty comes home from a hard day of reshaping the city's skyline, first with Harbor East and now with its neighbor, Harbor Point, he relaxes by cooking.
6:32 PM EDT, August 23, 2013
At a time of amped-up competitions like cage matches and extreme obstacle-course races, there's something downright retro about a good old-fashioned arm-wrestle.
7:42 PM EDT, July 20, 2013
A 22-year-old woman whose car was struck on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and sent into the waters below has been discharged from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said Saturday.
12:19 PM EDT, July 1, 2013
Hospitals and other health care interests spent more than $3.6 million on lobbying in Maryland during the first half of the year, more than any other industry, according to an analysis by Common Cause Maryland.
2:54 PM EDT, August 10, 2013
There are any number of ways to view last week's raucous City Council committee meeting, where by a 3-0 vote, members approved a $107 million public financing deal for the Harbor Point development.
10:35 PM EDT, July 19, 2013
A mechanical problem stalled an Amtrak train south of Baltimore Friday evening, stranding its 404 passengers for about 40 minutes, an Amtrak spokeswoman said.
3:34 PM EDT, July 6, 2013
Growing up in Park Heights during the crack-ridden 1990s, Brandon Scott used to wash cars at his uncle's shop, where some of the customers were drug dealers — and unlikely sources of advice for the high school track star who would grow up to become a city councilman.
10:34 PM EDT, May 25, 2013
One thing that happened in Vegas last week certainly won't stay in Vegas: The lobbyists Lisa Harris Jones and Sean Malone were married there before about 100 well-wishers, who included some of Maryland's top government officials — including the wedding officiant, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
8:13 PM EDT, July 18, 2013
With songs, stirring words and a cake, a group of Baltimoreans joined the worldwide party to celebrate Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday, an occasion made even happier by news that the health of the hospitalized former South African president was improving.
8:36 PM EDT, May 18, 2013
No Triple Crown winner this year, no first-female-jockey-to-win, no sunshine? No problem, said those who flocked to Pimlico Race Course on Saturday and waited out a midafternoon downpour to watch Oxbow leave behind Kentucky Derby winner Orb to capture the 138th Preakness Stakes.
9:31 PM EDT, June 13, 2013
Researchers hailed the Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that bans the patenting of human DNA, saying it would expand access to genetic testing for disease at lower cost to patients.
8:28 PM EDT, June 6, 2013
Engelina van Opstal remembers having a problem with the air conditioning in her apartment at Charlestown Retirement Community and calling for someone to come repair it.
10:15 PM EDT, May 17, 2013
He's back ... unless he's not.
10:08 PM EDT, June 28, 2013
A 41-year-old Fort Washington woman was killed and her two children injured after her vehicle crossed the median into oncoming traffic Friday afternoon on Route 295 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland State Police said.
7:25 PM EDT, July 20, 2013
A 22-year-old woman whose car was struck on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and sent into the waters below has been discharged from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said Saturday.
2:32 PM EDT, June 22, 2013
My favorite story in The Baltimore Sun last week was by my colleague Eileen Ambrose, reporting on how Marylanders are a bunch of whiners, at least according to a state-by-state breakdown of the complaints received by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
9:49 PM EDT, May 14, 2013
Behind a door just off the paddock area of Pimlico Race Course, several jockeys are prepping for the day's races. They're handicapping the competition, comparing notes on horses and, in at least one case, going through a yoga sequence: reaching back to pull one leg high overhead in the Dancer's Pose, touching nose to knee for the Pyramid.
7:56 PM EDT, May 17, 2013
After 25 Preaknesses, Annette Thomas has her routine, and recipes, down pat.
4:16 PM EDT, June 8, 2013
On the day Exelon's gleaming new office tower opens on Harbor Point, I wonder if anyone will remind the company, "You didn't build that."
8:56 PM EDT, June 1, 2013
First a bicyclist was hit by a stray bullet last Sunday afternoon on Kirk Avenue. Then a man was shot in his car several blocks away on East 32nd Street near Lake Montebello early Monday. A half-mile from there, a man police were trying to question barricaded himself in a house Tuesday.
10:00 PM EDT, March 29, 2013
Unless you waited in line for five days to get one of the coveted audience seats at the Supreme Court, you probably experienced this week's oral arguments on same-sex marriage as something of a Ken Burns film.
4:19 PM EDT, May 9, 2013
FROM SUN MAGAZINE
Kevin Plank may have sold the first Under Armour shirts from the back of his car, but as his reach has grown, so too have his wheels: These days, he jets around the world, recently to five Asian cities in six days, but managed to get back home to Baltimore to watch a member of his celebrity-filled stable of athletes play in a game.
11:29 PM EDT, March 26, 2013
Former Mayor Sheila Dixon plans to kick off a local foundation's speaker series next month as she weighs a possible return to politics, having completed probation on the criminal conviction that forced her from office.
5:28 PM EDT, April 6, 2013
The men who play baseball and soccer at Towson University, run track at the University of Delaware and wrestle, swim or golf at any number of other colleges all heard the same reason when their teams were cut: Title IX.
7:42 PM EDT, April 13, 2013
Maryland's highest-ranking judge, Robert M. Bell, likes that his courthouse is dedicated to his predecessor, pointing out that the letters etching Robert C. Murphy's name on the building's exterior are filled in gold paint to make sure even nighttime drivers can see it.
5:24 PM EDT, March 16, 2013
Does John Leopold have Sheila Dixon to blame?
3:21 PM EDT, March 23, 2013
The ad that led to the arrest of a Towson massage parlor owner this month was typical for such businesses, boasting as it did of the availability of "new young girls."
9:27 PM EDT, March 12, 2013
Roman Catholic cardinals went into a virtual news blackout Tuesday as they began to elect a new pope, but that has only heightened interest in what's happening behind the closed doors of their conclave.
9:12 PM EDT, March 11, 2013
As their church's cardinals gathered in Vatican City to select a new pope, Catholic schoolchildren in the Baltimore area joined the worldwide buzz over the secret balloting process in an online chat with a fairly well-placed source: Archbishop William E. Lori.
10:20 PM EDT, March 13, 2013
Surprise turned into joy as Baltimore Catholics celebrated the election of the first Latin American and first Jesuit pope, saying it offered an often-hidebound church a chance for rejuvenation.
12:51 PM EST, March 2, 2013
Mary J. Corey, whose personal warmth was matched by a drive that led her to become the first woman in The Baltimore Sun's 176-year history to head its newsroom, died Tuesday of breast cancer.
4:09 PM EST, February 23, 2013
Fanya O'Donoghue had just learned she was pregnant when she happened to meet a group of nurses at a social gathering. She was looking for an obstetrician, and asked them whom they would recommend.
10:00 PM EST, March 8, 2013
Eleven years ago, Navy Capt. Barbara "Bobbie" Scholley dived more than 230 feet into the ocean to help bring back the past: two sailors killed when their Civil War battleship sank in 1862.
11:33 PM EST, February 22, 2013
A multi-vehicle collision on Solomons Island Road in Harwood left one driver with life-threatening injuries and two other drivers and a passenger with a range of serious and minor injuries around 4 p.m. Friday, Anne Arundel County Police said.
5:56 PM EST, February 22, 2013
A New Orleans educator has been named the new head of the St. Paul's School for Girls in Brooklandville.
3:44 PM EST, March 2, 2013
Let's say the CEO of your company is retiring, but he's going to keep an office at headquarters and the services of the same secretary as the new guy.
12:36 PM EST, February 16, 2013
Movie tickets at the Northwood Theatre cost just 90 cents back in 1963. But for some, the price of admission was considerably higher.
10:14 PM EST, February 22, 2013
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory in the Baltimore area until 6 a.m. Saturday, saying freezing rain and a trace accumulation of ice could pose travel hazards.
8:22 PM EST, February 15, 2013
A 36-year-old woman was stabbed in the hand by a man who demanded her purse in the parking lot of Arundel Mills Mall Friday afternoon. Police arrested a Baltimore County man who led them on a chase that ended when he crashed the SUV he was driving into a building in West Baltimore.
10:08 PM EST, February 22, 2013
An Edgemere woman was attacked by at least one of her two pit bulls and seriously injured Friday afternoon, Baltimore County police said.
9:28 PM EST, January 29, 2013
Bathed in colorful lights and swathed in banners, including one featuring Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, the Superdome seems to have been polished to a fine sheen for Sunday's Super Bowl.
7:04 PM EST, February 15, 2013
Federal prosecutors have taken on the case of a Baltimore City firefighter accused of running a prostitution ring, alleging that he lured women to the city to work for him from as far away as Texas and South Dakota.
9:42 PM EST, January 25, 2013
For this youth football team, "Play like a Raven" isn't just an idle slogan. They are the Ravens — the Hampstead Ravens, that is.
9:57 PM EST, February 1, 2013
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain seems an unlikely victim of bullying – as an adult, that is. But as a child, he was mocked for his threadbare clothing and the place he called home for about a year — a Salvation Army shelter.
8:41 PM EST, February 15, 2013
The Baltimore City Police Department will resume some training at its academy early this week after all operations there were halted in the wake of an instructor shooting and critically wounding a recruit on Tuesday.
6:23 PM EST, February 15, 2013
Maryland's Fire Marshall has banned sky lanterns, the increasingly popular paper balloons that are sent aloft by the heat of a candle or fuel cell suspended from the bottom.
3:32 PM EST, January 19, 2013
I once sat with a group of inner-city Baltimore kids, mostly 12-year-olds, who were being asked what they wanted to be when they grew up.
1:18 AM EST, February 4, 2013
A power outage darkened the Superdome in the third quarter of the Super Bowl on Sunday night, an unnerving experience for a stadium that had been the refuge of last resort for many when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.
8:44 PM EST, January 21, 2013
New Orleans may be the Big Easy, but for Ravens fans following their team to the Super Bowl next month, it's also likely to be a Big Expense.
11:45 PM EST, January 20, 2013
Baltimore has always had a past, and even at its lowest points, it looks hopefully to whatever the future has in store. It's the present that seems to elude the city.
10:12 PM EST, January 12, 2013
I guess it will happen at some point. A kid in Baltimore will come across a faded black-and-white picture, or notice all those blue #19 jerseys, and he won't quite believe it: "We had a football team before the Ravens?"
9:13 PM EST, January 31, 2013
— In a city where even funerals turn into parties, New Orleans rarely lacks for an excuse to strike up the band, boil up some crayfish and swirl together a daiquiri.
12:55 AM EST, February 4, 2013
Ravens fans had waited 12 years for another Super Bowl victory, and they packed the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, dwarfing 49ers rooters in both numbers and volume.
1:26 PM EST, January 6, 2013
A 50-year-old woman died early Saturday after a fire in a Glen Burnie home, the second fire-related fatality in Anne Arundel County of the new year.
9:16 PM EST, January 11, 2013
With the Ravens 10-point underdogs and facing the better-than-ever Peyton Manning, fans should just start packing up their purple gear and accepting the end of their football season today — or so the experts seem to be saying.
7:37 PM EST, December 6, 2012
Even before pressing the elevator button to the sixth floor of the courthouse, Jessie Weber and Nancy Eddy were grinning so broadly that fellow passengers guessed their destination: the marriage license office.
6:23 PM EST, January 17, 2013
The Baltimore Ravens proved last week that they could beat not just the Denver Broncos but the Las Vegas oddsmakers who had predicted their defeat. But can they now beat the Sports Illustrated jinx?
6:40 PM EST, January 4, 2013
Baltimore police identified the officer who shot a man in Belair-Edison on Wednesday afternoon as Calvin Moss, 44, who is assigned to the special enforcement section of the Northeast patrol division.
6:09 PM EST, January 5, 2013
A 40-year-old woman died early Saturday after a fire in a Glen Burnie home, the second fire-related fatality in Anne Arundel County of the new year.
8:51 PM EST, January 4, 2013
Calvert Hall College principal Louis Heidrick plans to retire at the end of the current academic year after 48 years at the Catholic boys' high school.
1:26 PM EST, December 1, 2012
Frankly fake but authentically Baltimore, the Formstone that swaths many a rowhouse may seem low-brow or even tacky to some.
10:26 PM EST, January 4, 2013
A New Jersey man stopped by a state trooper in Worcester County was arrested on drug charges after more than 350 pounds of marijuana were found in the van he was driving, officials said Friday.
2:19 PM EST, November 24, 2012
Donald Shields may not be in the running for father of the year, but I'm not sure he should be sitting in jail either.
11:37 PM EST, November 6, 2012
If four years ago they voted for historic change, on Tuesday, Maryland supporters of President Barack Obama cast their ballots for patience.
7:07 PM EDT, October 6, 2012
They clinched their post-season berth in an airplane over Florida and secured their spot in the divisional series in Texas. But for a town awash in orange and fans beyond thrilled, the Orioles are now fulfilling what the late comedian George Carlin said, in a routine about the sweetness of the sport, is the object of baseball:
11:50 AM EDT, October 6, 2012
A longtime coach at the Baltimore swim club that has turned out several Olympians — including Michael Phelps — resigned after an allegation of "inappropriate conduct" with a female athlete was revealed, officials of the sport's national governing body said Friday.
2:42 PM EST, November 17, 2012
OK, I'm done. I've had my fun clicking through every last story, tweet and meme about Betraeusgate.
10:31 AM EDT, November 3, 2012
I've come to think of it as the political equivalent of global warming: Election season seems to get longer and more heated every cycle.
4:38 PM EDT, September 10, 2012
Michael Phelps may have retired from competitive swimming after the London Games, but his coach is adding on work: He has signed with TSE Consulting, a global firm that specializes in working with sports federations.
6:14 PM EST, December 30, 2012
It won't take much more than a few minutes into the new year to see the impact of the old one, with Baltimore's City Hall opening at midnight to begin performing same-sex marriages under a law that takes effect on Jan. 1.
8:50 PM EST, November 8, 2012
After a day in which they temporarily became waterfront businesses, shops and cafes on North Charles Street began reopening Thursday, when the river created by a massive water main break at 20th Street receded.
8:55 PM EDT, October 30, 2012
I was taught a lot of things in school, some of them terrible: History class was filled with warfare, algebra with endless solving for x.
6:38 PM EDT, September 5, 2012
Michael Phelps and other Olympic athletes from Maryland will be honored at a celebration Monday afternoon at the Inner Harbor, after which the swimmer will be named an honorary captain of the Ravens at the team's season opener.
January 5, 2013
Once upon a time, no one around here would have blinked at Deborah Lawler's order for a sheet cake to serve at her football party — a blue horseshoe design with a "Go Colts" inscription.
9:25 PM EST, November 9, 2012
Maryland's DNA law, which allows police to take samples of suspects' genetic material for possible matches to other crimes, will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court next year, the justices announced Friday.
2:54 PM EDT, September 15, 2012
I long ago made my peace with the fact that when you call customer service, you get a machine rather than a human. It's OK, really, I've dealt with enough monosyllabic, gum-snapping staff at various service counters to welcome those polite if automated voices.
9:46 PM EDT, August 7, 2012
If the Algerian runner had stayed disqualified. If a fellow American hadn't surged past him near the finish line. If he had run .05 of a second faster.
3:32 PM EST, December 15, 2012
9:17 PM EST, December 8, 2012
Who is Shawn Nowlin? Or perhaps we should be asking: Why can't the Baltimore school system answer that question?
11:25 PM EDT, October 29, 2012
With one day before Hurricane Sandy was expected to knock out power for much of the area, Marylanders like Rob Reichel spent Monday braving the wet and windy weather to ensure their families had what they needed to get through the storm.
2:53 PM EDT, October 20, 2012
Someone pass the popcorn, there's a new legal drama unfolding at City Hall — Law & Order: Special Municipal Unit.
5:18 PM EST, December 29, 2012
A year ago, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake gave an inaugural address that was both lofty in vision and grounded in reality — the poetry of growing Baltimore by 10,000 residents in the next decade tempered by the prose of how to get there.
8:23 PM EDT, October 25, 2012
Third of three articles on state ballot issues
September 22, 2012
With about a month to go before Election Day, I know it won't be long before the commercials get even more ominous. Any day now, I'm sure I'll see one that starts, in that scary-movie-trailer voice, "In a world in which …"
10:30 PM EDT, September 6, 2012
I died and went to heaven.
5:44 PM EDT, August 10, 2012
The Summer Games may be winding down, but for two Maryland Olympians, they're just beginning: Georgia Gould is a top contender for the mountain bicycling race on Saturday while Suzanne Stettinius will compete in the very final event, modern pentathlon on Sunday.
7:54 PM EDT, September 10, 2012
Arriving aboard the Pride of Baltimore II and hailed by a cannon blast from the Constellation, Michael Phelps and Maryland's other Olympic athletes were celebrated in true local style Monday afternoon by elected officials and an Inner Harbor crowd.
5:26 PM EDT, August 5, 2012
On the first day of the rest of his life, Michael Phelps slept in. Really in.
8:23 PM EDT, October 2, 2012
Baseball or Beethoven? Block party with live music, or couch party to watch the playoffs?
12:06 AM EDT, August 13, 2012
She fenced. She swam. She took a horse she'd only just met over a 15-fence obstacle course. And then she shot and ran.
3:06 PM EDT, September 1, 2012
I love being awakened by the screech of racecars.
2:50 PM EDT, October 27, 2012
My biggest fear: How will I charge my phone?
9:45 PM EDT, September 9, 2012
On a day filled with sunshine, music and poetry, the prep school Yeardley Love attended reclaimed her name from the tragic headlines and put it back where she spent some of her happiest days: on a playing field.
3:26 PM EDT, July 22, 2012
First, the spot she won on the Olympic team for the Beijing Games was taken away and given to a competitor. Then, after making this year's team, she learned her sport would be dropped from the Games after London.
7:29 PM EDT, September 17, 2012
It's an unlikely setting for a religious ritual, behind a busy grocery store parking lot and nearly underneath a rumbling expressway.
7:18 PM EDT, September 20, 2012
There is Chris Brown, these days sporting a neck tattoo that looks like ex-girlfriend Rihanna after he bloodied and bruised her. And Charlie Sheen, whose assault of his wife is somehow just another part of his troubled yet comedic persona.
September 8, 2012
Bob Bowman, who coached Michael Phelps through his record-breaking Olympic career, won a title himself Friday when he was named Coach of the Year by his professional association.
6:43 PM EDT, July 28, 2012
Who was that swimmer in the far lane, finishing fourth and failing to medal?
8:27 PM EDT, August 30, 2012
George Huguely V received a 23-year sentence Thursday for the murder of Yeardley Love, the Cockeysville native and University of Virginia lacrosse player whose death in May 2010 put drinking and domestic violence in college towns, even one as genteel and historic as this one, under a harsh spotlight.
6:33 PM EDT, July 24, 2012
As a kid, Allison Schmitt's sport was soccer. She even had a Mia Hamm Barbie doll. If she imagined back then that she would find herself at the Olympics someday, it would have been as a teammate of Hope Solo and Alex Morgan.
8:52 PM EDT, August 9, 2012
LONDON — Before the largest crowd to ever watch a women's Olympic soccer match, in a stadium synonymous with what Europeans call football, the U.S. won gold and with it, another chance for the sport to become less of a quadrennial attraction back home.
3:42 PM EDT, July 25, 2012
You can take Michael Phelps out of Baltimore. You can send him to his fourth Olympics. But what does he do during his downtime?
11:00 PM EDT, August 27, 2012
With heightened security and trauma counselors on hand, Perry Hall High School will restart its school year Tuesday, the day after a student shot in the cafeteria was left in critical condition and another student was taken into custody as the suspected gunman.
8:05 PM EDT, August 7, 2012
The darkened arena pulsed with anticipation, the thousands of spectators roaring and their cameras flashing like giant fireflies as the boxers swaggered in, punching the air, bouncing on the balls of their feet and glaring like gladiators. And then, the chanting started for the favorite of this particular crowd:
10:22 PM EDT, August 12, 2012
It must be true: All good things indeed must come to an end — a fireworks-strafing, confetti-showering and rock-god-reviving end if you're talking about the Summer Olympics that concluded Sunday.
9:42 PM EDT, July 27, 2012
With Shakespearean flourishes and pogoing punk rockers, and featuring the actor who plays James Bond on service to his actual majesty, Queen Elizabeth, the United Kingdom opened the Olympic Games on Friday night in a hip and humorous fashion.
2:59 PM EDT, August 29, 2012
Charged as an adult in the Perry Hall High School shooting, 15-year-old Robert Wayne Gladden Jr., was held without bond Tuesday as a portrait of a withdrawn and occasionally bullied student with a troubled home life emerged through interviews with classmates and court documents.
9:53 AM EDT, July 21, 2012
In Michael Phelps' telling, one of the greatest Olympic careers almost began with a skinny dip. It was the first trip out of the country for the kid from Rodgers Forge, and he gawked like a tourist — not at monuments or museums — but at the famous swimmers competing in Sydney.
7:33 PM EDT, July 10, 2012
Having swum in Michael Phelps shadow for most of his career, Tyler Clary finally made his first Olympics — and promptly dissed the guy who is headed to his fourth.
9:24 PM EDT, May 14, 2012
— First, a reality check: Almost nowhere but at a meeting of the Justin Bieber fan club would a 30-year-old, let alone a 22-year-old, be considered old.
11:00 PM EDT, July 2, 2012
Omaha, Neb. — Michael Phelps' eight gold medals in eight tries in the 2008 Beijing Olympics might never be duplicated.
9:40 PM EDT, June 26, 2012
If Michael Phelps is going to come in second to Ryan Lochte, as he did again Tuesday night, he may find some comfort in the whisper of this particular margin: the Baltimore swimmer finished .02 seconds behind his rival in their semifinal heat in the 200-meter freestyle.
10:52 PM EDT, June 29, 2012
Michael Phelps, who turns 27 on Saturday, said his mother and sisters always say how hard it is to find a birthday present for him. And indeed, what he wants to open they can't exactly wrap.
8:50 PM EDT, May 3, 2012
Sharon Love has sued the University of Virginia men's lacrosse coach and other athletic officials for negligence in the 2010 death of her daughter, Yeardley, saying they ignored previous violent, drunken behavior by the player who was ultimately convicted of murdering her.
8:50 PM EDT, August 1, 2012
On the first full day of his life as the most-decorated Olympian, Michael Phelps went back to work — those medals don't start winning themselves just because you've hit 19, after all. But first he had to attend to his correspondence.
6:52 PM EDT, July 25, 2012
If you made a flip-book of the hundreds of photographs they've posed together for over the years, you would seeMichael Phelpsgrowing up before your eyes, getting taller and more muscular, while his coach, Bob Bowman, looks remarkably the same.
12:20 AM EDT, July 3, 2012
Out-sprinted by swimmers born after she won her first gold medal in 1984, Dara Torres failed in her quest for a sixth Olympic Games Monday night.
10:51 PM EDT, June 29, 2012
Jason Lezak, the anchor of the thrilling 400-freestyle relay in Beijing, claimed a spot on the Olympic men's 100-meter freestyle team after a top-six finish in the event Friday.
12:37 AM EDT, May 19, 2012
You know that question of who, dead or alive, you'd want to invite to a dinner party?
7:21 PM EDT, August 1, 2012
Bob Bowman was done, or so he thought. Something of the Michael Phelps Whisperer to the media, he can be counted on for insights, such as on Tuesday night after the Baltimore swimmer became the most decorated Olympian ever after winning a gold medal as anchor of the 4x200-meter freestyle relay team.
8:05 PM EDT, May 12, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Phelps remembers this as the city where he "came back," prompting his coach Bob Bowman to ask with mock innocence, "from where?"
10:53 PM EDT, July 1, 2012
Surging to one of his trademark late-breaking finishes,Michael Phelpswon his final event — the 100-meter butterfly — at the Olympic qualifying trials Sunday night, and heads to London likely to swim the same eight races that produced his record-breaking gold-medal haul.
9:52 AM EDT, June 29, 2012
Baltimore's Michael Phelps has scratched from Friday's 200-meter backstroke preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, his coach Bob Bowman said Thursday.
4:53 PM EDT, June 19, 2012
Previewing what he might swim in his final Olympics in London, Michael Phelps has entered seven races in next week's qualifying trials — including the exciting but exhausting 400-meter individual medley.
10:21 PM EDT, June 28, 2012
— Michael Phelps added a third event to his London lineup Thursday night, powering ahead in the final leg to win the 200-meter butterfly race at the Olympic swimming trials — and also, in a sense, to touch home.
9:59 PM EDT, July 1, 2012
Missy Franklin and Elizabeth Beisel were the top two finishers in the 200-meter backstroke Sunday, earning spots on the Olympic team. Former North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmer Elizabeth Pelton came in third.
6:52 PM EDT, June 23, 2012
On Saturday,Michael Phelpswill turn 27. No surprise, he'll spend the birthday where he's spent much of his previous 26 years: in a pool, chasing gold.
8:14 PM EDT, June 6, 2012
It might have been trash-talking, but Jamal Lewis made good on his promise. The young Baltimore Raven broke the single-day rushing record by running for 295 yards in the 2003 home opener at the stadium newly rechristened for the company that had bought the naming rights, M&T Bank.
11:20 PM EDT, May 1, 2012
Believe it or not, a seventh-generation member of the Flying Wallenda family plans to walk a high wire above Baltimore's Inner Harbor on May 9.
6:28 AM EDT, July 27, 2012
The Olympic torch came to Brixton on Thursday, and so did Amy Cohen.
9:03 AM EDT, April 28, 2012
It is all too common in city courts to see witnesses reluctant to testify, even under threat of imprisonment, or developing amnesia over what had happened in front of them.
2:22 PM EDT, June 16, 2012
Like many Olympic athletes not named Michael Phelps, Suzanne Stettinius is both training and fundraising in these final weeks before the Summer Games. She's made appeals via Facebook and her blog and, next week, will host a party at a Baltimore County tavern where among the auction items will be a date with the athlete herself.
11:28 AM EDT, July 3, 2012
Hilary Phelps was approaching the finish line of her first Ironman triathlon. Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" was playing. She was wrung out from more than 14 hours of swimming, cycling and now running, certain that there wasn't a single drop of liquid left inside her.
10:56 PM EDT, June 25, 2012
Michael Phelpsfinished second in the 400-meter individual medley to arch-rival Ryan Lochte in the opening act of the Olympic swimming trials here Monday, but both qualified for the London Games, setting the stage for another duel over their sport's most challenging event.
8:00 PM EDT, June 1, 2012
For the Contemporary Museum, which abruptly announced last month that it was suspending operations, the challenge going forward may be implicit in its name: How does it stay contemporary?
2:46 PM EDT, May 5, 2012
Unlike most other states, Maryland shoppers have to make one extra stop for a cabernet to go with that steak they bought on sale at the supermarket —grocery stores in the state generally are banned from selling alcohol.
9:52 PM EDT, May 13, 2012
This Baltimore swimmer hopes to add to an already heavy stash of medals in London this summer. But in addition to training for the qualifying trials in June, there are multiple promotional demands of an Olympic year: modeling the Ralph Lauren-designed athletes attire, shooting commercials for sponsors such as Coke and speaking at media roundtables like the one held here Sunday.
9:24 PM EDT, March 29, 2012
9:49 PM EDT, June 27, 2012
— And now, they're even: Michael Phelps bested Ryan Lochte in a stroke-for-stroke 200-meter freestyle race at the swimming trials here Wednesday night, with the two rivals both qualifying to match up against each other in the London Games next month.
3:39 PM EDT, April 14, 2012
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to bury the notion of Governing. It has been suffering the ravages of age for some time now, so it perhaps would not be surprised that people gather to bury rather than praise it.
8:28 PM EDT, April 17, 2012
The day began as so many have forMichael Phelps: at Meadowbrook pool in Mount Washington, where the mileage he has swum over the years would have gotten him to London a long time ago. But on this Saturday, the Baltimore swimmer's work would continue out of the water as well.
4:46 PM EDT, April 7, 2012
Now I really feel old.
10:34 PM EDT, June 25, 2012
Dana Vollmer got the first women's race, the 100-meter butterfly, off to a blazing start, setting a U.S. Open and trials record in the preliminaries with a 56.59-second finish. It lasted only until the semi-finals Monday night, when it was broken by a 56.42 finish by … Dana Vollmer.
9:42 PM EDT, March 31, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS — For someone who has lived much of his life in long, four-year arcs,Michael Phelpspacked a lot into an eventful couple of days here.
10:35 PM EDT, March 30, 2012
That door Michael Phelps keeps slamming on ever again swimming the exhausting 400-meter individual medley race? Apparently, it's a revolving one.
3:09 PM EDT, May 5, 2012
Unlike most other states, Maryland shoppers have to make one extra stop for a cabernet to go with that steak they bought on sale at the supermarket —grocery stores in the state are generally banned from selling alcohol.
7:59 PM EDT, April 14, 2012
Out of the pool and in a formal suit, surrounded by family and friends in gowns and tuxedos, Michael Phelps looked every bit the part he was playing Saturday night: host of a fundraising gala held on the club level of M&T Bank Stadium.
5:28 PM EDT, May 10, 2012
He's been known to compete in a swim cap decorated with the Orioles logo and has become a familiar sight at M&T Bank Stadium when the Ravens are home.
10:30 PM EDT, April 5, 2012
Many fans have lost hope as the Orioles have posted a dismal record over the past 14 seasons. Now the team is starting its new season by testing the faith of some of them as well.
8:21 PM EDT, March 28, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS — A reflective Michael Phelpsreturned Wednesday to what he called the "birthplace" of his Olympic career, the city where he qualified for his first games and now will compete in five races over the next three days as he prepares for his fourth and final Olympics.
7:17 PM EDT, May 11, 2012
It was supposed to serve as the trailer for the featured blockbuster swimming smackdown of the London Olympics, but viewers are going to have to wait a bit: Michael Phelps came in second in the 200-meter freestyle race at the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix on Friday evening, but not to his expected rival, Ryan Lochte.
11:25 PM EST, February 25, 2012
Katherine Williams, a second-year student at the University of Virginia, never had the opportunity to meet Yeardley Love. But like other students who arrived on campus after Love's death in May 2010, Williams lives with her legacy.
12:45 PM EDT, March 17, 2012
Some years back, I found a letter in my mailbox at The Sun addressed to Jeanne Moreau, the iconic French actress of the 1950s and '60s, in Paris — a rather glamorous and mysterious missive, given that the bulk of my correspondence tends to come from PR people or prisoners.
9:12 PM EST, February 18, 2012
One day when I was driving to the courthouse for the George Huguely trial, I ended up behind a cab that had not just its phone number painted on the trunk but this invocation: "Metaphors be with you."
6:59 PM EST, February 23, 2012
— Outside the courthouse, the day went from spring-like sunshine and blustery winds to a dark night of cold, hard rain.
8:12 PM EDT, April 26, 2012
The mother of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia student murdered in 2010, filed a $30 million civil suit Thursday against the onetime boyfriend and fellow U.Va. lacrosse player convicted of killing her, George Huguely V.
3:52 PM EDT, April 21, 2012
When I called Nancy L. Fox and got her answering machine the other day, I considered not leaving my number or the reason I wanted to talk to her.
9:16 PM EST, February 14, 2012
Two years later, George Huguely is barely recognizable from either his mug shot or his lacrosse team photo. In the way that photos like that "read," based on what we all thought we knew, in the former he looked sullen, in the latter he looked smug.
March 24, 2012
It is the clearest sign of the direction historic preservation may be going: Even a building called Government House, a 19th-century mansion in Baltimore's Midtown neighborhood, is now in private hands.
5:31 PM EST, March 3, 2012
When the critical vote to approve same-sex marriage in Maryland was coming down, I happened to be in Virginia — not that far geographically, really, but at the moment seemingly a world, and a time, away.
5:56 PM EDT, March 21, 2012
Call her Maryland's Iron Lady.
6:24 PM EST, February 12, 2012
A 49-year-old Delaware woman was killed Saturday night when another car collided head-on with her vehicle as she drove on Route 9 west of Harbeson, Del., Delaware State Police said.
9:04 PM EST, February 17, 2012
His aunt called him Georgie. A high school student he helped when she was temporarily stranded on campus said he was "perfectly nice."
4:03 PM EST, February 4, 2012
For a city whose last Fortune 500 company was about to be acquired by an out-of-town corporation, there was not just consolation but actual excitement over one of the deal sweeteners: Chicago-based Exelon Corp. promised to build a new downtown office building for the merged company, the first such construction in Baltimore's central business district since 2004.
4:17 PM EST, January 14, 2012
NFL referee Tony Corrente's first encounter with Baltimore Ravens Matt Birk and Michael Oher this season floored him, literally.
9:55 PM EDT, March 20, 2012
At a time when Roman Catholic bishops are waging political wars against contraception and same-sex marriage, one of the church's most hard-line generals was named Tuesday to head its historically important Baltimore archdiocese.
6:55 PM EST, February 23, 2012
Sarah Wooten played lacrosse at her high school in Woodbridge, Va., but when she decided to go to the University of Virginia last year, her parents suggested she look elsewhere for extracurricular activities.
10:21 PM EST, January 16, 2012
A lab at the University of Maryland College Park was damaged by an electrical fire Monday afternoon that was extinguished by firefighters, Prince George's County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady said.
January 10, 2012
Except for a delay in a new teacher-evaluation program, Maryland has made a strong start toward achieving the ambitious school reform goals that won the state a coveted $250 million grant, according to federal officials.
7:59 PM EST, January 28, 2012
Sorry, psychics. I saw in The Baltimore Sun this week that you're going to try to contact Edgar Allan Poe from beyond the grave next month. Nice idea, hope it makes some money to save his house.
6:57 AM EST, February 8, 2012
Growing up in Bethesda, Giuliana Rancic thought there was nothing more glamorous than the news women she saw on TV. First at the University of Maryland, College Park, then at graduate school in Washington, she trained to join their ranks, heading with mike and camera to the White House, Pentagon and Capitol Hill.
8:50 PM EST, January 23, 2012
On a gray day that matched their mood, Baltimore football fans spent Monday with the two saddest words in the English language echoing in their heads: If only.
4:55 PM EST, December 24, 2011
Alerted via Facebook, connected by Skype, Joseph Vencill was able to "be" in the delivery room for the birth of his first child even though he was serving in Iraq at the time. Still, there's only so much you can do by satellite.
8:42 PM EST, February 19, 2012
Maybe it was just as well George Huguely's defense lawyers screwed up their handling of a final witness, keeping him off the stand. His name: Jack Daniel.
6:40 PM EST, February 12, 2012
A man was shot by police in Hurlock, Dorchester County, after allegedly driving toward two officers late Friday night, according to the Maryland State Police.
2:57 PM EST, February 11, 2012
I once met a smart and delightful young woman who was making her way through a demanding college program despite being a single mother of two.
9:57 AM EST, January 21, 2012
First with the museum, now with the hotel rooms.
9:56 PM EST, February 15, 2012
Even by the admittedly low standards of such affairs, this was a college reunion filled with more than the usual awkwardness and the sense of an unrecoverable time.
8:43 PM EST, January 16, 2012
Flushed with Sunday's victory and with many off work for Monday's holiday, Ravens fans have started planning their next offensive: Foxborough or bust.
9:56 PM EST, December 13, 2011
Downtown businesses — and even some Occupy Baltimore activists themselves — breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday that city officials cleared the encampment that the group had set up near the Inner Harbor as part of a national protest against income disparity.
9:57 AM EST, January 7, 2012
So it comes to this: The sheriff's office tagging vehicles that belong to the Baltimore Housing Authority, preparing them for seizure and auction.
4:46 PM EST, December 17, 2011
During this magical time of year, I get all mushy with love and gratitude for those who give meaning to my otherwise pitiful life. Who by grace of their existence imbue my own with truth, beauty and a bottomless supply of column fodder.
7:25 PM EST, December 30, 2011
Fast cars zipped around downtown Baltimore streets and, it turns out, the race promoters' financial messes. A robocall that urged voters to relax and stay home led jurors to a vote of their own: guilty of election fraud. We bade farewell to an iconic mayor, and began ushering out the city's last Fortune 500 company.
2:00 AM EST, January 10, 2012
A 63-year-old woman and a 41-year-old woman believed to be her daughter died Monday night in a fire in an Essex rowhouse, Baltimore County firefighters said.
12:20 PM EST, January 14, 2012
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