Recent stories by Jonathan Pitts

NAACP convention not necessarily coming to Baltimore after all

7:59 PM EDT, July 31, 2014

NAACP convention not necessarily coming to Baltimore after all

The local branch of the NAACP spoke prematurely last week when it announced that the organization's 2016 national convention would be held in Baltimore, a spokeswoman from the national headquarters said Thursday.

Towson's new theater protects a somber link to town's past

8:27 PM EDT, July 29, 2014

Towson's new theater protects a somber link to town's past

Towson's brand-new movie palace comes with all the accouterments of modern filmgoing: 15 tiered auditoriums, floor-to-ceiling screens, leather seats, even a choice of wines.

Surprise in suburbia as a quiet neighbor is arrested

12:08 AM EDT, July 24, 2014

Surprise in suburbia as a quiet neighbor is arrested

The hills in Clarks Glen are gently rolling, the homes McMansions. And the lawns are mowed to the near-perfection a country club groundskeeper might envy.

Baltimore to host 2016 NAACP convention

7:33 PM EDT, July 23, 2014

Baltimore to host 2016 NAACP convention

The NAACP, the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States, has announced it will hold its annual national convention in Baltimore in 2016.

8:12 PM EDT, July 4, 2014

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church consecrates new bishops

One day in 1870, 41 newly freed slaves got together in Jackson, Miss., to establish a new branch of mainstream Methodism called the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church.

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church consecrates new bishops

7:48 PM EDT, July 4, 2014

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church consecrates new bishops

One day in 1870, 41 newly freed slaves got together in Jackson, Miss., to establish a new branch of mainstream Methodism called the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church.

Battered by competition, Atlantic City casinos offer lesson for Maryland

9:40 PM EDT, July 18, 2014

Battered by competition, Atlantic City casinos offer lesson for Maryland

Open gambling tables and slot machines were easy to find this week at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, now that the standing-room crowds once common to the high tourist season at the world's most famous boardwalk have found spots closer to home to place their bets.

Spirited past, bright future for Havre de Grace Opera House

9:17 AM EDT, July 4, 2014

Spirited past, bright future for Havre de Grace Opera House

The theater is dark and cool on a sweltering recent afternoon, the colored wigs, stepladders and old furniture in the aisles remnants of a just-ended community play.

Fans skip work, yell at TV, and U.S. wins by losing

9:17 PM EDT, June 26, 2014

Fans skip work, yell at TV, and U.S. wins by losing

The possibilities were as dizzying as a Tim Howard punt into the muggy Brazilian sky.

Past and present intersect in Grantsville

6:37 AM EDT, June 17, 2014

Past and present intersect in Grantsville

In a cabin built in the 1750s, just a few hundred feet from a 201-year-old stone bridge across the quiet Casselman River, a man sits at a slab of a wooden table, an array of carving tools spread before him.

With gubernatorial hopefuls on hand, African-born Americans seek influence

8:14 PM EDT, June 8, 2014

With gubernatorial hopefuls on hand, African-born Americans seek influence

When the Rev. Darlingston Johnson tried to buy 120 acres in Montgomery County to accommodate his new church a decade ago, he quickly learned that local politicians were less devoted to practicing Christian–style kindness than he was.

Founded in 1948, Delmarva Chicken Festival being held for last time

8:57 PM EDT, June 20, 2014

Founded in 1948, Delmarva Chicken Festival being held for last time

With a gentle breeze blowing and temperatures in the low 80s, it was mild for a June afternoon on the Eastern Shore, but adjacent to the main attraction at the Queen Anne's County 4-H Park, it was hot as blazes.

At Paul's Place, partnership with nursing school promotes good health

June 22, 2014

At Paul's Place, partnership with nursing school promotes good health

He moved to Baltimore to take a job as a property manager, but when the company he worked for collapsed, Ganesh Boodram said, he found himself living in the streets.

Maya Angelou's death brings forth memories, tributes from Md. friends

9:15 PM EDT, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou's death brings forth memories, tributes from Md. friends

When he went to bed Tuesday night, Levi B. Watkins was looking forward to flying to North Carolina this week to visit a "close friend and soul mate," just as he'd done so often for years.

Group urges National Aquarium to free dolphins

7:13 PM EDT, May 24, 2014

Group urges National Aquarium to free dolphins

When she was a girl, Jackie Burson said, she fell under the spell of dolphins while watching them on TV. She visited aquariums and theme parks to see them perform incredible tricks.

New head of NAACP, a relative unknown, has deep civil rights background

May 25, 2014

New head of NAACP, a relative unknown, has deep civil rights background

He'd been leader of a New Jersey social justice organization since 2008, making inroads on housing and employment issues, when Cornell Brooks, a soft-spoken lawyer and minister, got an opportunity he didn't see coming.

Fugitive goat captured, resting in Carroll County

11:04 AM EDT, May 19, 2014

Fugitive goat captured, resting in Carroll County

A runaway goat that sparked a school closure, rammed a car, leaped several fences to evade apprehension and triggered plenty of buzz in the Sykesville area for nearly a week has been captured and is resting comfortably at an animal shelter in Westminster.

Preakness remembers legendary trainer Dickie Small

May 17, 2014

Preakness remembers legendary trainer Dickie Small

It was the last leg of a practice run at Pimlico, and as jockey Andrea Seefeldt Knight came to the end of a spirited gallop, she pulled her colt up short.

Making end-of-life choices

April 13, 2014

Making end-of-life choices

An Alzheimer's patient is rushed to the emergency room, where her relatives tell doctors she has swallowed food down the wrong passageway.

NAACP to cut national staff 7%, citing financial concerns

8:18 PM EDT, May 2, 2014

NAACP to cut national staff 7%, citing financial concerns

The NAACP will lay off 7 percent of its national staff as it continues to search for a permanent leader, a decision the civil rights organization says is necessary because of financial concerns.

For Orthodox Christians, red eggs embody the meaning of Easter

April 20, 2014

For Orthodox Christians, red eggs embody the meaning of Easter

On Sunday morning, as Christians in the region and around the world take part in the Easter traditions they enjoy, an observer might be tempted to ask: How do the ways they celebrate the holiday reflect its meaning?

Demise of death row inmate rekindles debate over capital punishment

9:11 PM EDT, April 28, 2014

Demise of death row inmate rekindles debate over capital punishment

Convicted double murderer John Booth-El died in prison over the weekend, but a thorny debate outlived him: What should happen to the four other death-row inmates in legal limbo after the repeal of Maryland's capital punishment law?

6:52 PM EDT, April 29, 2014

Events outlined for Star-Spangled Summer

Two centuries after Francis Scott Key sat on a ship amid smoke and explosions, peering to discern the famed Star-Spangled Banner on the Baltimore shore, the city will celebrate the anniversary with similar sound and fury.

Opening Day is magic for fans as weather breaks and Orioles win

8:41 PM EDT, March 31, 2014

Opening Day is magic for fans as weather breaks and Orioles win

Two hours before Chris Tillman's first pitch, as the sun poured healing rays onto Eutaw Street and thousands of orange-and-black-clad fans flooded toward the turnstiles, a man in a Brooks Robinson jersey leaned against the No. 5 Hall of Fame sculpture in front of Camden Yards.

Former bar association administrator sentenced for theft

7:38 PM EST, March 7, 2014

Former bar association administrator sentenced for theft

A former administrator at the Maryland State Bar Association has been sentenced to prison for stealing $265,000 from the organization's charitable arm.

Jews stay within Passover rules by selling bread, buying back after holiday

6:00 AM EDT, April 14, 2014

Jews stay within Passover rules by selling bread, buying back after holiday

During Passover, the holiday that begins tonight, observant Jews avoid eating leavened bread and all other foods whose ingredients rise during preparation. That means doing without some of the modern diet's tastiest staples, from bagels and pizza to pasta and a tall, cold beer.

Hundreds compete in first Brigance foundation race for ALS

6:24 PM EDT, April 5, 2014

Hundreds compete in first Brigance foundation race for ALS

Sherry Stick is a familiar face on the local running circuit, but the 35-year-old Eldersburg resident — the defending champion of the Preakness 5K — had a special reason to take part in a race in Southeast Baltimore on Saturday morning.

Surgeon brings less-invasive technique to implanting heart pump to UM

6:33 PM EST, February 21, 2014

Surgeon brings less-invasive technique to implanting heart pump to UM

Walter G. Amprey was driving his wife, Andrea, home from a restaurant one night last December when he turned onto an on-ramp for the Baltimore Beltway.

Mall shooter could have bought shotgun legally in most states

3:09 PM EST, February 1, 2014

Mall shooter could have bought shotgun legally in most states

When Darion Marcus Aguilar of College Park fatally shot two store employees at The Mall in Columbia and then killed himself, authorities said he did so with a Mossberg 500, a Connecticut-made pump-action shotgun that has been on the U.S. market since 1961.

Baltimore NAACP kicks off AIDS outreach program

7:49 PM EST, February 27, 2014

Baltimore NAACP kicks off AIDS outreach program

Magic Johnson may have survived for more than 20 years with HIV and is in apparent good health, but don't let the basketball legend's success story fool you.

Wind chill advisory in effect this morning, some snow likely on Saturday

7:39 AM EST, January 24, 2014

Wind chill advisory in effect this morning, some snow likely on Saturday

The National Weather Service issued a wind-chill advisory throughout the Baltimore area until noon today. Low temperatures are expected to remain in the single digits until that time, with wind chills between 5 and 10 degrees below zero.

Notoriously violent Maryland House of Correction comes down

9:07 PM EST, January 17, 2014

Notoriously violent Maryland House of Correction comes down

The long arm of a crane towered above the old brick structure, a wrecking ball dangling below from a cable. A crowd of about 100 looked on, counting down.

Tall ships, Blue Angels to return for bicentennial of national anthem

6:44 PM EST, January 10, 2014

Tall ships, Blue Angels to return for bicentennial of national anthem

It's a mere yellowing piece of paper with a few hundred words scrawled on it, a document that once sat forgotten in a drawer for three-quarters of a century.

U.S. asks Supreme Court not to extend Catholics' contraception exemption

9:16 PM EST, January 3, 2014

U.S. asks Supreme Court not to extend Catholics' contraception exemption

The Obama administration argued Friday that the Affordable Care Act contains sufficient protections for nonprofits that object to providing health coverage for contraception and urged the Supreme Court to reject an appeal from a Catonsville-based Catholic charity that serves the elderly poor.

Masonic leaders convene in Baltimore

10:26 PM EST, February 16, 2014

Masonic leaders convene in Baltimore

Rep. Charles A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger was considering running for governor of Maryland 12 years ago when an operative for a political foe approached him with a word of caution.

Baltimore tradition makes Christmas happen for thousands

5:00 AM EST, December 25, 2013

Baltimore tradition makes Christmas happen for thousands

Thoughts of childhood Christmases flooded Wendy Winebrenner's mind this month when she opened her mailbox to find an envelope stuffed with gift certificates.

City programs pitch African-Americans on the benefits of hospice care

7:01 PM EST, December 18, 2013

City programs pitch African-Americans on the benefits of hospice care

Shirley Kane didn't think she could take it any more.

Four-alarm fire damages Northeast Baltimore church

8:05 PM EST, December 27, 2013

Four-alarm fire damages Northeast Baltimore church

His parishioners call him a visionary leader and a strong man, but nothing could have fully prepared the Rev. Cecil Gray for what he first saw late Friday afternoon.

Examining common courtesy among medical residents

7:13 PM EST, December 22, 2013

Examining common courtesy among medical residents

When physician Lenny Feldman visits a hospitalized patient, he said, he does what he can to infuse the encounter with a personal touch.

Generations flock to visit Mondawmin's 'color blind' Santa Luke

5:00 AM EST, December 18, 2013

Generations flock to visit Mondawmin's 'color blind' Santa Luke

When he was growing up near Mondawmin Mall and the Christmas season rolled around, Andrew Dubose rarely missed a chance to visit the old man in the red suit and white beard who always gave him such a warm holiday greeting.

Dolan highlights persecution in last address as bishops' leader

7:11 PM EST, November 11, 2013

Dolan highlights persecution in last address as bishops' leader

At a time when the nation's top Roman Catholic leaders have been making headlines with their stands on religious liberty and immigration reform, Cardinal Timothy Dolan opened this year's convention of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops by focusing his attention beyond American borders.

Laurel craftsman refurbishes legal icon Thurgood Marshall's desk

5:10 PM EST, December 11, 2013

Laurel craftsman refurbishes legal icon Thurgood Marshall's desk

As a long-haired teen growing up in the 1960s, Jim McCullough had little clue what he wanted to do with his life, but two things did stir him: He hated the way some people in Laurel, his hometown, looked down on his African-American friends, and he loved using the wood lathe in shop class.

Hundreds gather to mourn slain firefighter

6:18 PM EDT, November 2, 2013

Hundreds gather to mourn slain firefighter

It was clear from the beginning that Andrew Hoffman was born to be a firefighter.

A glittering holiday tradition

5:23 PM EST, December 19, 2013

A glittering holiday tradition

For the Douglas clan of Nottingham, the most magical time of the year doesn't start until they spend a morning oohing and ahhing their way through the aisles of the glittering winter wonderland that is the annual Christmas display and sale at Valley View Farms in Cockeysville.

Expanded bonus program boosts Maryland's horse industry

9:24 PM EDT, September 19, 2013

Expanded bonus program boosts Maryland's horse industry

When jockey Chelsey Keiser rode Greentree Road, a 6-year-old gelding from Frederick, across the finish line to place second in the fourth race at Laurel Park on Thursday, she earned his owner 20 percent of the $15,000 purse, or $3,000.

Sauerkraut and turkey: an essential Baltimore Thanksgiving

5:22 PM EST, November 27, 2013

Sauerkraut and turkey: an essential Baltimore Thanksgiving

The workmen who built the Great Wall of China ate it for strength. Sailors on early American clipper ships consumed it for health during long voyages.

U.S. Catholic bishops choose Kentucky archbishop as new leader

10:15 PM EST, November 12, 2013

U.S. Catholic bishops choose Kentucky archbishop as new leader

The nation's Roman Catholic bishops took a step Tuesday toward aligning themselves with Pope Francis, selecting as their next president Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. — a man who built a career on a foundation of personal faith and service to the poor.

Rare old Orioles baseball card set has a storied history

5:00 AM EDT, September 17, 2013

Rare old Orioles baseball card set has a storied history

He leans forward at the desk in his cluttered study, fanning out three baseball cards like a man unveiling the winning hand in a poker game.

Arabbers get new stable, submit to microchip tracking rule

5:02 AM EDT, October 24, 2013

Arabbers get new stable, submit to microchip tracking rule

When health department inspectors visited a Southwest Baltimore horse stable last year, they found a place with dangerously exposed electrical outlets, stalls on the verge of collapse and trash strewn about the premises.

U.S. Catholic bishops in Baltimore to elect new president

5:00 AM EST, November 11, 2013

U.S. Catholic bishops in Baltimore to elect new president

The nation's top Catholic bishops will convene this week in Baltimore to choose a new leader, a decision that will help set the course for an American church striving to build its appeal while grappling with stances on immigration and contraception coverage.

New Maryland mental health initiative focuses on identifying and treating psychosis

5:01 AM EDT, October 21, 2013

New Maryland mental health initiative focuses on identifying and treating psychosis

One day last summer, a former Navy reservist phoned police in Newport, R.I., to say someone was using a "microwave machine" to send vibrations through his body to keep him from sleeping.

Couple joins forces to research breast cancer genetics

5:00 AM EDT, October 20, 2013

Couple joins forces to research breast cancer genetics

If one sign of a happy relationship is that the partners rarely run out of things to talk about, then cancer researchers Stephen Baylin and Feyruz Rassool of Baltimore have been a blessed couple indeed.

Long-awaited renovation brings new life to Old St. Paul's

5:00 AM EDT, September 12, 2013

Long-awaited renovation brings new life to Old St. Paul's

The Rev. Mark Stanley loves his work as rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church on North Charles Street, but during his first eight years on the job, he had a problem.

Shroud of Turin speaker to unfurl relic's mysterious past

October 9, 2013

Shroud of Turin speaker to unfurl relic's mysterious past

He was one of the most important figures of his day, a man who was tortured to death at the hands of his enemies. Yet no fingerprints were taken, no body was ever found, and the deed took place long before crime fighters had access to DNA profiling.

New chapter for Annapolis' Market House

8:16 PM EDT, August 30, 2013

New chapter for Annapolis' Market House

It was midday in downtown Annapolis, the aromas of falafel, grilled hot dogs and Chincoteague oysters filled the air, and as A.J. Lipchak eyed the customers lined up at the brand-new lunch counters all around him, he seemed almost unable to believe his eyes.

Josephite order, founded to serve black community, celebrates heritage

9:56 PM EDT, November 1, 2013

Josephite order, founded to serve black community, celebrates heritage

Revered as a "gentleman in the finest sense of the word, remarkable convert-maker and a friend of the benighted," the Rev. Vincent Warren drove into rural Virginia one September night to share the word of God. He had no idea of what awaited.

Goodness, what a blessing

9:25 AM EDT, August 24, 2013

Goodness, what a blessing

Half a century ago this Wednesday, as a bright sun climbed the sky above downtown Washington, Douglas B. Sands, then 29, stood a few hundred feet from the Lincoln Memorial and looked out over the National Mall in wonder.

The car-seat crusader

12:00 PM EDT, August 16, 2013

The car-seat crusader

Driving on Park Heights Avenue recently, Debbi Baer happened on the kind of scene that tends to transform her, Clark Kent-style, from apparently mild-mannered Pikesville grandmother into fearless crusader.

Erland A. Tillman, decorated Army officer

2:46 PM EDT, September 10, 2013

Erland A. Tillman, decorated Army officer

Col. Erland A. Tillman, a decorated Army officer and noted civil engineer who helped design the Maryland Transit Administration's Metro subway from Owings Mills into downtown Baltimore, died of complications from heart failure Sept. 6 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.

'Brony' connection at Convention Center

7:14 PM EDT, August 3, 2013

'Brony' connection at Convention Center

As she stood near a skywalk leading into the Baltimore Convention Center, Holly Fawcett, a 43-year-old wife and mother from Yorktown, Va., watched as they all flooded past.

Yom Kippur 2013 observances include food donations

5:00 AM EDT, September 13, 2013

Yom Kippur 2013 observances include food donations

Manna House, an agency that supports Baltimore's poor and needy, supplies 50,000 meals to the homeless every year, and executive director Saleem Gauhar calls it a privilege to do so.

Supreme Court to consider prayer at government meetings

4:57 PM EDT, August 10, 2013

Supreme Court to consider prayer at government meetings

Whether the Carroll County commissioners meet to discuss zoning, the budget or other local issues, they start the same way — with prayer.

Lou Panos, longtime political reporter, columnist for Evening Sun, AP, dies

10:48 PM EDT, September 8, 2013

Lou Panos, longtime political reporter, columnist for Evening Sun, AP, dies

Lou Panos, a heralded journalist and author who covered state and national politics during a career that spanned 67 years, died of complications from heart disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital early Sunday. He was 87.

Washington 'green paint' vandal upsets regional tourists

9:17 PM EDT, July 30, 2013

Washington 'green paint' vandal upsets regional tourists

On his first trip to Washington, Austin Jarvis most wanted to visit the Lincoln Memorial, so the 11-year-old from Georgia was displeased when he and his family had to settle for an obstructed view.

Man swims five hours to aid family after boat capsizes

7:57 PM EDT, July 12, 2013

Man swims five hours to aid family after boat capsizes

A Kent County man swam for more than five hours through the dangerous waters of Tangier Sound this week to seek help for four family members after the boat they were fishing in capsized during a sudden thunderstorm.

All work and all prayer at Baltimore Carmel

11:32 PM EDT, July 14, 2013

All work and all prayer at Baltimore Carmel

On a typical day, as you head north on Dulaney Valley Road just above Interstate 695, you might be speeding to outrun the tailgater behind you, glorying in that steal you just scored at the nearby Towson Town Center or just trying to make Jarrettsville in time for dinner.

Syrian crisis casts shadow over Jewish holidays

5:00 AM EDT, September 4, 2013

Syrian crisis casts shadow over Jewish holidays

According to Jewish tradition, those who atone over the High Holidays for the sins of the past year will be granted peace, prosperity and life.

Sickle-cell researcher also suffers from forgotten disease

4:05 PM EDT, July 8, 2013

Sickle-cell researcher also suffers from forgotten disease

The tall, lanky patient enters the room bent over and shuffling like a man twice his age. He climbs on a gurney and lies back, head throbbing. Then Carlton Haywood pulls out a bottle of Tums, relief-in-waiting for the nausea he fears will come.

National Guard cleans up city block before deployment

June 16, 2013

National Guard cleans up city block before deployment

The commanding officer gathered his soldiers early Saturday morning, brought them to attention and delivered details of their mission.

Baltimore 'a-rabbers' look to museum to preserve legacy

10:40 PM EDT, July 10, 2013

Baltimore 'a-rabbers' look to museum to preserve legacy

Charlie "Fruit Man" McLean has been "a-rabbing" in Baltimore for more than 40 years, and he still can't think of a better way to spend his time.

Fourth of July celebrations in Baltimore mostly trouble-free

11:27 PM EDT, July 4, 2013

Fourth of July celebrations in Baltimore mostly trouble-free

Although police had prepared for problems, Thursday's Fourth of July celebrations around Baltimore were mostly trouble-free.

Dalai Lama packs UM Comcast Center for address on compassion

9:34 PM EDT, May 7, 2013

Dalai Lama packs UM Comcast Center for address on compassion

He pulled on a Terps visor, to the crowd's delight. He rubbed noses with Gov. Martin O'Malley. And the Dalai Lama was met Tuesday with rounds of applause from a crowd of 15,000 at the University of Maryland, College Park's Comcast Center.

Woman held in shooting that left one dead, three hurt

5:49 PM EDT, July 4, 2013

Woman held in shooting that left one dead, three hurt

Baltimore police have charged a woman with murder in the fatal shooting of her neighbor last month during a spate of violence that left 12 people dead in a single week.

After nearly 3,000 miles, record-breaking bike ride ends in Annapolis

8:53 PM EDT, June 19, 2013

After nearly 3,000 miles, record-breaking bike ride ends in Annapolis

Somewhere on a lonely road in Kansas, about halfway through his 2,989.5-mile bicycle trek across the United States, Christoph Strasser, a 30-year-old former bike messenger, made a decision.

Obama names former CRS head ambassador to the Vatican

8:59 PM EDT, June 14, 2013

Obama names former CRS head ambassador to the Vatican

President Barack Obama has nominated Ken Hackett, the humanitarian who served as president of Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services for 18 years, as the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.

For juvenile detainees, 'Supper Club' brings stable connection

2:50 PM EDT, June 12, 2013

For juvenile detainees, 'Supper Club' brings stable connection

You empty your pockets of change, keys and pens, walk slowly through a metal detector and raise your arms above your head for a top-to-bottom frisking.

Forward strides for stroke survivors

June 2, 2013

Forward strides for stroke survivors

One night in 1999, a rash of frightening sensations hit Paul Titus all at once.

Racetrack handicapper has fresh face, old-school approach

9:09 AM EDT, May 13, 2013

PREAKNESS 2013

Racetrack handicapper has fresh face, old-school approach

In the first week of her reporting internship for a horse-racing newspaper, Gabby Gaudet nervously approached one of the most celebrated figures in the sport. "Can you tell me how you first got involved in the game?" she asked Kelly Breen, who trained the winner of the 2011 Belmont Stakes.

Oblate Sisters celebrate homecoming of a possible saint

9:15 PM EDT, June 3, 2013

Oblate Sisters celebrate homecoming of a possible saint

From the prayer book she carried to the flower petals she kept pressed inside its pages, Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange has long been a vivid presence at the headquarters of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the order of African-American Catholic nuns she founded in Baltimore in 1829.

Naval Academy graduation has to do without the Blue Angels

6:52 PM EDT, May 20, 2013

Naval Academy graduation has to do without the Blue Angels

He saw his first Blue Angels show in Detroit at age 6, and Thomas Frosch says the experience inspired him to want to become a pilot. He saw four more performances while attending the Naval Academy, including one the "Blues" put on before his graduation in 1992.

Viva House soup kitchen has provided 45 years of service

6:23 PM EDT, April 14, 2013

Viva House soup kitchen has provided 45 years of service

In a quiet block in Southwest Baltimore, a warm wind blows plastic bags along a sidewalk.

Baltimore-area dog thefts on rise, owners, observers say

7:15 PM EDT, May 2, 2013

Baltimore-area dog thefts on rise, owners, observers say

As she struggled to unload groceries from the back of her car, Sherrie Schenning got an uncharacteristically queasy feeling.

Westminster gym for the disabled specializes in small miracles

8:05 PM EDT, April 5, 2013

Westminster gym for the disabled specializes in small miracles

It's a sunny morning in Westminster, and the pulleys are squeaking, the weights clinking as a half-dozen members of a small gym give the equipment a workout.

Glen Burnie woman rides through adversity to strength

9:42 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

Glen Burnie woman rides through adversity to strength

Lauren Williams and her father unbox the treasure: a three-wheeled cycle, powered by the arms.

Survivors of March 6 shipwreck were all but lost at sea

8:10 PM EDT, March 27, 2013

Survivors of March 6 shipwreck were all but lost at sea

It started as the kind of delivery Pat Schoenberger, an Annapolis sea captain, had made many times: Pick up a client's motor sailboat, ferry it to Florida and return home in a few weeks' time.

Councilman's bill sparks back-and-forth on Tasers

12:49 PM EDT, March 31, 2013

Councilman's bill sparks back-and-forth on Tasers

Shootings in elementary schools. Violent flash mobs in malls. Robberies, home invasions, muggings.

10:48 PM EST, March 8, 2013

Man stabbed in possible road-rage incident in Catonsville

A man who had been involved in a road-rage incident was stabbed on a street in Catonsville Friday night, Baltimore County Police said.

Laura Neuman bets on herself again, this time as Anne Arundel county executive

March 10, 2013

Laura Neuman bets on herself again, this time as Anne Arundel county executive

When she entered the race to replace John R. Leopold as county executive, Laura Neuman had a far higher profile in business than she did in politics. Many of the other 15 candidates were better known. But the County Council pulled a surprise, granting her the seat in a 4-3 vote.

Maryland starts early prep for snowstorm

10:27 PM EST, March 4, 2013

Maryland starts early prep for snowstorm

With a winter storm watch in effect and the possibility of several inches of snow Tuesday into Wednesday in Central Maryland, officials at Baltimore Gas and Electric have put out a call for up to 500 out-of-state utility workers to be prepared to help in the aftermath of the storm.

Croquet is a year-round pursuit at Ginger Cove retirement community in Annapolis

March 3, 2013

Croquet is a year-round pursuit at Ginger Cove retirement community in Annapolis

Nick Markakis, Adam Jones and the other Orioles get four months off between baseball seasons. Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and the world champion Ravens have five months to go before training camp begins.

On Easter, Baltimore basilica is born again

3:29 PM EDT, March 30, 2013

On Easter, Baltimore basilica is born again

On Aug, 24, 2011, the earthquake that jolted the East Coast from Georgia to Quebec rattled through the bricks, plaster and paint of one of Baltimore's architectural jewels, the Basilica of the Assumption, sending nearly 1,000 linear feet of cracks through its ceilings and walls.

Man injured in Essex shooting

10:22 PM EST, March 8, 2013

Man injured in Essex shooting

Baltimore County police are investigating an incident in which an unknown assailant shot a man in the leg Friday night.

Coast Guard suspends search for two lost fishermen off Assateague

10:08 PM EST, March 7, 2013

Coast Guard suspends search for two lost fishermen off Assateague

The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday for two men missing in waters about 15 miles off the coast of Assateague Island after their fishing boat sank a day earlier.

Quartet spreads the love when it matters most, at Valentine's Day

7:27 PM EST, February 13, 2013

Quartet spreads the love when it matters most, at Valentine's Day

Professor Donald S. Sutherland was on his way to meet a big potential donor, or so he thought, so the esteemed Peabody Conservatory faculty member figured he'd better not be late.

Ravens' O.J. Brigance brings a different power to second Super Bowl journey

January 28, 2013

Ravens' O.J. Brigance brings a different power to second Super Bowl journey

He was a mighty presence when the Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV, a warrior who busted a wedge to make the first tackle that day and went on to make four more. If current coach John Harbaugh is to be believed, even then he was the toughest man in football.

Both with winning seasons, Ravens and Orioles offer rare celebration for city fans

1:09 PM EST, February 9, 2013

Both with winning seasons, Ravens and Orioles offer rare celebration for city fans

When the Ravens rolled to their second Super Bowl victory, fending off the San Francisco 49ers in the final seconds of the game, the storylines that defined an improbable season all found happy endings.

Significant snow unlikely Sunday night, forecasters say

6:27 PM EDT, March 22, 2013

Significant snow unlikely Sunday night, forecasters say

Baltimore area residents can expect some precipitation, possibly including small amounts of snow, overnight Sunday, with the greatest likelihood of wintry weather occurring in the predawn hours Monday, according to Greg Schoor, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

Anne Arundel council weighs move to oust county health officer

10:37 PM EST, January 7, 2013

Anne Arundel council weighs move to oust county health officer

In a move that both the county attorney and elected officials conceded was unusual, the Anne Arundel County Council on Monday weighed a measure that would spell the ouster of the county's top health official, Angela M. Wakhweya.

Sophie Kerr Prize event moved to Baltimore

8:00 PM EST, March 7, 2013

Sophie Kerr Prize event moved to Baltimore

After a two-year detour to New York City, the ceremony to announce the winner of the nation's most lucrative undergraduate literary award, the Sophie Kerr Prize, will be held in Baltimore this year.

Twins dedicate lives to helping the dying

12:09 PM EST, February 5, 2013

Twins dedicate lives to helping the dying

Two decades ago, a long-term patient at Greater Baltimore Medical Center was astonished at the quality of care he was getting. His principal nurse wasn't just cheerful and knowledgeable. She also seemed to be taking care of him day and night.

Arundel council votes to oust health officer Wakhweya

11:31 PM EST, January 22, 2013

Arundel council votes to oust health officer Wakhweya

In a meeting that drew a standing-room-only crowd to its chambers, the Anne Arundel County Council voted Tuesday to support a recommendation by State Department of Health and Human Hygiene Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein to remove the county's health officer, Angela S. Wakhweya.

Officials say aim of Crownsville hunting area is to thin herd, preserve watershed

11:00 PM EST, January 20, 2013

Officials say aim of Crownsville hunting area is to thin herd, preserve watershed

It's close to Interstate 97, just down the road from Lures Bar and Grille and 10 minutes from the heavy traffic of Annapolis. Yet as you set foot onto Anne Arundel County's most recent environmental management enterprise, you'd swear you had entered the most remote regions of the Blue Ridge mountains.

For Anne Arundel's acting county executive, a winding road to seat of power

10:48 PM EST, January 30, 2013

For Anne Arundel's acting county executive, a winding road to seat of power

When he was a young city councilman in Annapolis in 1982, John R. Hammond surprised family and friends by putting his hat in the ring for the job of Anne Arundel county executive.

Neuman brings business experience to Anne Arundel County executive job

9:52 PM EST, February 22, 2013

Neuman brings business experience to Anne Arundel County executive job

When Laura Neuman heard that an Annapolis salad dressing maker was planning to move his business out of state, she arranged to meet with him.

8:53 AM EST, February 10, 2013

Anne Arundel council, residents facing plan for stormwater fees

The county council will soon take up an issue that has swirled below the surface of Anne Arundel County politics, has the attention of environmentalists and constitutionalists alike, and will spark debate: Bill No. 2-13, which would impose fees on county residents toward stormwater management projects.

1:41 PM EST, February 24, 2013

Council tackles county's liquid assets in pair of environmental bills

Environmental matters dominated the attention of the Anne Arundel County Council this week, as members voted to add restrictions on development in the county's so-called "critical area" near tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay and hosted a spirited public debate on the question of imposing countywide storm-water management fees.

Inauguration on King Day an emotional tie for many

5:46 PM EST, January 20, 2013

Inauguration on King Day an emotional tie for many

She'd never seen a presidential inauguration in her life, or wanted to, but on Jan. 20, 2009, Nathasa Werts braved bone-chilling weather and a crowd of more than a million people for a trip to Washington.

People pack Federal Hill to celebrate Ravens' victory

12:01 AM EST, January 21, 2013

People pack Federal Hill to celebrate Ravens' victory

Shortly after it was clear the Ravens were headed for the Super Bowl, the massive crowds that had made it to Federal Hill bars poured into the street to celebrate.

Dead trees in Druid Hill Park are carved into sculptures

7:48 PM EST, December 20, 2012

Dead trees in Druid Hill Park are carved into sculptures

He has used a chain saw to carve intricate wooden sculptures for years, but when Mark Acton won a commission to hew two big new statues by the reservoir in Druid Hill Park, he wasn't sure he could pull it off.

Schaefer's aquarium mermaid tells her tale, three decades later

5:35 PM EST, December 26, 2012

Schaefer's aquarium mermaid tells her tale, three decades later

She had won a string of beauty pageants — and was the original St. Pauli Girl of beer advertising fame — so Debbie Walker, a blond model from Washington, D.C., was accustomed to her fair share of attention.

12:50 PM EST, January 12, 2013

Council delays decision on dismissal of top health official

In a move that the county attorney and elected officials conceded was highly unusual, the Anne Arundel County Council weighed a measure this week that would have spelled the ouster of the county's top health official, Dr. Angela M. Wakhweya, the first African-American to hold the position in the county Health Department's 81-year history.

6:19 PM EST, December 7, 2012

Sex offender indicted in Carroll County

A grand jury in Carroll County has indicted a sex offender registered in Maryland and Pennsylvania on 20 counts of sexual offenses involving minors, according to a statement issued by the Maryland State's Attorney's Office.

January 24, 2013

Council votes to affirm ouster of county health officer

Despite the presence of an overflow crowd offering support, the County council voted to affirm the ouster of health officer Angela S. Wakhweya, the first African-American to hold the job in the history of the county department.

Superstorm Sandy mostly spares Maryland as it moves up coast

10:34 AM EDT, October 30, 2012

Superstorm Sandy mostly spares Maryland as it moves up coast

Central Maryland appears to have been spared the worst of Sandy's fury, which was delivered farther up the Atlantic Coast.

Dry Md. town of Damascus prepares to get wet after vote

9:46 PM EST, November 9, 2012

Dry Md. town of Damascus prepares to get wet after vote

At the Music Cafe on Ridge Road, the restaurant local residents call the hippest in town, owner Randy Anderson says he's thrilled he'll soon be able to add beer and wine to his menu for the first time.

Maryland braces for Hurricane Sandy

7:44 AM EDT, October 29, 2012

Maryland braces for Hurricane Sandy

As the eye of Hurricane Sandy loomed a few hundred miles to the southeast and the monster storm churned toward the Mid-Atlantic coast, Marylanders braced for the arrival of a weather system with the potential to be the most damaging to hit the United States in 75 years.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

7:44 PM EST, December 6, 2012

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Seventy-one years ago Friday, on Dec. 7, 1941, Thomas Talbott was in as fine a mood as he can remember.

Friday traffic: Three lanes of 695 closed

9:52 AM EST, December 28, 2012

Friday traffic: Three lanes of 695 closed

Friday morning, drivers on the Outer Loop of I-695 were experiencing major delays at Perring Parkway (MD-41), where all three lanes were closed due to a crash involving four vehicles. Only one shoulder remained open. Use 95 as an alternate route.

7:20 PM EST, December 7, 2012

Inmate erroneously released from women's jail

An inmate serving concurrent sentences for two felonies was erroneously released from the Women's Correctional Center in Jessup last month, according to a statement released by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Friday.

Workers mourn Sparrows Point steel mill

8:18 PM EDT, August 8, 2012

Workers mourn Sparrows Point steel mill

For generations of Sparrows Point steelworkers, Micky's restaurant on North Point Boulevard was the place to go for a sandwich before work, a pile of chicken gizzards for lunch or a few Natty Bohs to cap off a double shift.

Old South River Club has met for more than 320 years

8:18 PM EDT, September 21, 2012

Old South River Club has met for more than 320 years

It's a sun-splashed morning in rolling southern Anne Arundel County, and a cluster of old oaks and maples make a fine canopy for the 25 gentlemen gathered at the cottage they see as a shrine.

1:02 PM EST, January 7, 2013

Winter Relief offers the homeless comfort in the cold

A year ago, if you'd asked David Moore to generalize about homeless people, he'd have said most were probably addicted to drugs or alcohol, lacking in ambition and unworthy of the general public's trust.

8:39 PM EDT, October 29, 2012

Local captain baffled by HMS Bounty accident

When Jan Miles got word that HMS Bounty, the famed ceremonial tall ship, had sunk off the coast of North Carolina in the monster Hurricane Sandy early Monday morning, he felt profoundly the loss of a historic vessel — and worried over the possible fates of the two crew members who have yet to be found in what were 40-foot waves earlier in the day.

New urban farm crops up in Sandtown-Winchester

7:04 PM EST, November 30, 2012

New urban farm crops up in Sandtown-Winchester

The empty lot in West Baltimore is usually a desolate spot, the sort of place people visit to leave an old mattress in the bushes or sneak a drink at night.

Hopkins team creates device to screen for anemia

November 11, 2012

Hopkins team creates device to screen for anemia

Every year, health organizations spend millions in the developing world attacking the iron-deficiency disorder known as anemia. They pay special attention to pregnant women, a population highly vulnerable to the disease.

Holly thrives as symbol of season after more than 2,000 years

2:55 PM EST, December 23, 2012

Holly thrives as symbol of season after more than 2,000 years

It has, to paraphrase an old English carol, prickles as sharp as thorns, bark as bitter as gall and berries as bright as life-giving blood.

9:36 PM EST, November 13, 2012

Catholic bishops struggle with message on gay marriage

Meeting for the first time since voters in Maryland and two other states legalized same-sex marriage, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Tuesday that they have no plans to soften their position that genuine marriage can occur only between one man and one woman.

Black, gay and Christian, Marylanders struggle with conflicts

5:37 PM EDT, October 13, 2012

Black, gay and Christian, Marylanders struggle with conflicts

While growing up in an African-American Baptist church, Harris Thomas was taught homosexuality is an "abomination in the eyes of God." As a young minister, he disparaged the gay lifestyle even while secretly pursuing it. Today he heads a Baltimore church that serves gay Christians of color "right where they are."

11:47 PM EDT, September 14, 2012

One hurt in blaze near Carroll Park

An unidentified person firefighters rescued from a fire in South Baltimore was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with burns and possible smoke inhalation Friday night, according to Kevin Cartwright, a spokesman for the Baltimore City Fire Department.

Pizza delivery drivers face assaults, robberies

9:11 PM EDT, October 25, 2012

Pizza delivery drivers face assaults, robberies

He pulls to the curb in his dented sedan, grabs a bag containing the extra-large pepperoni and strides to the front of a dilapidated-looking rowhouse.

Downtown water main break offers peek into complex system

8:47 PM EDT, July 19, 2012

Downtown water main break offers peek into complex system

Art Shapiro was motoring south on Eutaw in his maintenance truck when the call came across his radio: Head to Lombard and Light streets, where a water leak needed attention.

Pictured on Page 1 in his undies, 'Fudgsicle Kid' takes fame in good humor

9:57 PM EDT, July 14, 2012

Pictured on Page 1 in his undies, 'Fudgsicle Kid' takes fame in good humor

Back in 2000, when he was a shy and portly 8-year-old, John Boias had a grown-up-sized dilemma.

Deportation reprieve for illegal immigrants starts Wednesday

7:53 PM EDT, August 14, 2012

Deportation reprieve for illegal immigrants starts Wednesday

When Sarita Santillan moved from Peru to Maryland with her family in 2003, she was just 11 years old — and had little clue how hard it would be to stay here.

Community health worker helps lower barriers in sickle cell treatment

3:17 PM EDT, September 7, 2012

Community health worker helps lower barriers in sickle cell treatment

Sharon Johnson is not a physician or scientific researcher. She has never been trained as a nurse. Her most recent prior occupation was as office manager in a dental practice.

11:58 PM EDT, September 14, 2012

One stabbed in fight over cellphone at light rail station

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11:20 PM EDT, August 11, 2012

Motorcylist killed in Parkton crash

A motorcylist was killed in a crash near the York Road exit on I-83 in Parkton late Saturday afternoon after attempting to pass two cars by driving between them, according to the Maryland State Police.

Maryland braces for Sandy

3:19 PM EDT, October 28, 2012

Maryland braces for Sandy

As the eye of Hurricane Sandy loomed over the waters some 500 miles southeast of Washington and the monster storm churned toward the Mid-Atlantic coast at 15 miles per hour, Marylanders braced Sunday for the arrival of a weather system some forecasters were calling potentially the most damaging to hit the United States in 75 years.

9:13 PM EDT, September 14, 2012

Perryville man killed in motorcycle crash

A 49-year-old Cecil County man was killed shortly after 2 p.m. Friday when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car in Harford County.

Orioles fans are buying in to playoff hopes

10:31 PM EDT, September 28, 2012

Orioles fans are buying in to playoff hopes

It's early fall in Baltimore, that time of year when purple banners, car flags and sweatshirts normally dominate the landscape, as surely as the colors are soon to hit the trees. But Charm City isn't just NFL country now.

Hundreds pack church to say farewell to slain mother

7:37 PM EDT, September 10, 2012

Hundreds pack church to say farewell to slain mother

Even as relatives and friends held a funeral Monday to mourn a young mother killed by a stray bullet, Baltimore police pushed to solve a spate of killings that has left 10 dead in the past 10 days.

UMBC fellow makes breakthrough in 'ghost imaging'

11:28 AM EDT, July 13, 2012

UMBC fellow makes breakthrough in 'ghost imaging'

Visit the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on any cloudless afternoon, and you're likely to happen on an intriguing sight: a slender fellow bent over a contraption that looks like a cross between an 1890s camera and a bulky steamer trunk.

SpaceX flight carries Md. student project, but it never activates

2:59 PM EDT, July 7, 2012

SpaceX flight carries Md. student project, but it never activates

Whatever goes up must come down — just not always in the condition one hoped.

SpaceX rocket carries Maryland science project into space

8:24 PM EDT, May 25, 2012

SpaceX rocket carries Maryland science project into space

As the space capsule called Dragon hurtled toward the International Space Station at about 17,500 miles per hour on Friday, no space enthusiast was more enthralled than Paul Warren, a self-described "nerd" who attends Henry E. Lackey High School in Charles County.

Mother and daughter show adoption is good at any age

1:17 PM EDT, April 22, 2012

Mother and daughter show adoption is good at any age

The mother and daughter relax on a cushy sofa, laughing quietly as they speak of their unusual yet utterly normal life together.

Baseball's strike zone is the hotly contested center of the game

3:56 PM EDT, September 8, 2012

Baseball's strike zone is the hotly contested center of the game

The heater rides in at 91 miles an hour, belt-high and straight, giving Orioles hitter Matt Wieters a good view of what looks like a strike in the making. As it reaches the plate, it dives toward the ground.

Blue Angels' Baltimore preparations reveal demands on pilots

4:05 PM EDT, June 16, 2012

Blue Angels' Baltimore preparations reveal demands on pilots

The plane flies a mere five feet above the ground, gaining speed until it reaches a velocity of 200 mph. It lurches skyward at a 45-degree angle, three times the climb of a commercial aircraft and sharp enough to send ripples through the flesh in your face.

The rising Sun

11:29 AM EDT, May 8, 2012

The rising Sun

A little more than 175 years ago, an ex-journeyman printer from New England boarded a carriage bound for America's southernmost big city. His hope was to start a newspaper there and run it himself.

Hopkins clinician mixes art, science in facial prosthetics

6:13 PM EDT, April 21, 2012

Hopkins clinician mixes art, science in facial prosthetics

She enters the clinic on a walker, slow yet remarkably steady, and as Pauline Wood hails her host for the day, she gives him a bag of lemon tarts she rose early that morning to bake. 

City fixes damaged memorial to lost ship Pride of Baltimore

9:09 PM EDT, June 14, 2012

City fixes damaged memorial to lost ship Pride of Baltimore

The Pride of Baltimore Memorial, which had been marred by 26 years' worth of exposure to the elements and recent vandalism, has undergone substantial repairs just in time for the city's commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Debate erupts over elephant training as circus comes to town

10:41 PM EDT, March 23, 2012

Debate erupts over elephant training as circus comes to town

He stands on a grassy slope, right arm extended upward with an alfalfa treat, addressing his 4-ton companion in the tones of a tender friend.

Mayo author makes new, familiar tale from 'Secret Garden'

10:13 AM EDT, March 11, 2012

Mayo author makes new, familiar tale from 'Secret Garden'

When she was growing up, Ellen Potter was an avid reader, and nothing thrilled her more than settling down with her well-worn copy of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic 1911 children's novel, "The Secret Garden."

Aquille Carr looks to elevate game as basketball legend grows

4:36 PM EST, February 4, 2012

Aquille Carr looks to elevate game as basketball legend grows

It's late in the first half of a tournament game, more than 3,000 basketball fans have filled the auditorium, and as the Patterson High Clippers of Baltimore toss the ball inbounds and head up the court, a spectator leans over to speak to his young son.

William E. Lori takes reins of Baltimore diocese

7:42 PM EDT, May 16, 2012

William E. Lori takes reins of Baltimore diocese

William E. Lori became the 16th archbishop of Baltimore in a solemn ceremony Wednesday that included a nod to the nation's oldest Roman Catholic diocese and a look forward to the challenges of the 21st century.

Arundel photographers' book describes life of shared adventure

12:08 PM EST, February 19, 2012

Arundel photographers' book describes life of shared adventure

Stroll with Lynn Abercrombie through her clapboard house on the West River and check out the alabaster mask from Yemen, the head-to-toe woman's cloak from Afghanistan, the smoking implements from Egypt and the shrunken head from Ecuador. You'll see mementos of a life the retired photographer, a Shady Side resident, never set out to lead.

Port workers, drinking buddies lament departure of USNS Comfort

9:47 PM EST, February 15, 2012

Port workers, drinking buddies lament departure of USNS Comfort

It was Happy Hour at the Poncabird Pub on Wednesday, and the South Baltimore tavern was as busy and bustling as usual, but as late-afternoon sunlight streaked through a side window, the expressions it caught on the faces at one table were decidedly grim.

Polar Bear plungers raise record amount for charity

7:37 PM EST, January 28, 2012

Polar Bear plungers raise record amount for charity

A man dressed in a head-to-toe Dalmatian suit, complete with fireman's hat and boots. A shirtless middle-aged fellow in swim trunks, with a lime-green fedora on his head, gyrating to the beat of rock music. A dozen young women hula-hooping in the winter sun.

City plans fixes for Pride of Baltimore memorial in disrepair

9:02 PM EDT, May 8, 2012

City plans fixes for Pride of Baltimore memorial in disrepair

Twenty-six years ago this month, Roma Foti's daughter, 23-year-old Nina Schack, was one of four crew members who lost their lives when the Pride of Baltimore, a replica of a 19th century sailing vessel, sank in a sudden storm in the Bermuda Triangle.

For Maryland Day, communities weave historic tapestries

12:52 PM EDT, March 23, 2012

For Maryland Day, communities weave historic tapestries

Outhouses. Potbellied stoves. Four-mile walks in the snow. These are legacies of the Rosenwald Schools.

Mel Filler, coach and mentor

8:50 PM EST, December 11, 2011

Mel Filler, coach and mentor

Mel Filler, known to generations of high-school football players simply as "Coach," and to former players as "Uncle Mel," died Dec. 5 after a three-year battle with leukemia. A longtime Forest Hill resident, he was 86.

On New Year's Eve, some Maryland towns will drop anything but a glittering ball

11:08 PM EST, December 30, 2011

On New Year's Eve, some Maryland towns will drop anything but a glittering ball

New York City has its descending ball. Miami Beach has its giant orange. And Princess Anne has its stuffed muskrat.

Baseball fans meet for diamond dialogue

10:50 PM EST, December 28, 2011

Baseball fans meet for diamond dialogue

Talk baseball with Washington native David Paulson for a few minutes, and his obsessive lifelong fandom pours out in facts, figures and lore.

At Fort Meade, tryouts for Warrior Games show 'ability over disability'

9:35 PM EDT, March 11, 2012

At Fort Meade, tryouts for Warrior Games show 'ability over disability'

When it happened, he didn't feel a thing. Within 30 seconds, "all the pain in the world" coursed through his body. And U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Curtis Winston recalls thinking, among many other things, that he'd never play sports again.

November 22, 2011

Hazardous waste dropoff set for Dec. 2-3 in city

Baltimore city residents' next opportunity to leave household hazardous waste at the Northwest Citizen Convenience Center on Sisson Street will come between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Dec. 2 and 3.

10:03 PM EST, December 23, 2011

Air Jordan shoes cause frenzy at local, nationwide malls

Several people were arrested at malls across Maryland as police broke up crowds of hundreds lined up to buy Nike Air Jordan Concords, part of a nationwide frenzy over the new sneakers that prompted a number of disturbances.

9:31 AM EST, November 24, 2011

Anne Arundel officers seek handicapped parking violators

It was just after noon on a recent weekday, the parking lots at the Annapolis Westfield Mall were already full, and a woman in a dark sedan weaved through the swelling traffic, looking for a place to park.

From Sun Magazine: After concussions shattered a season, Brian Roberts sees recovery ahead

4:22 PM EST, November 22, 2011

From Sun Magazine: After concussions shattered a season, Brian Roberts sees recovery ahead

Just over a year ago, on Sept. 27, 2010, the Orioles were leading the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-0, in the ninth inning of a largely meaningless road game when second baseman Brian Roberts came to the plate.

A chorus of friendship for all-female barbershop group

9:20 AM EST, January 7, 2012

A chorus of friendship for all-female barbershop group

As the owner of a small business in Annapolis, Patti Platt always felt so frazzled and busy that she couldn't imagine taking even one night away to gain a little perspective.

Marriottsville humanitarian hopes for change in North Korea

6:09 PM EST, December 24, 2011

Marriottsville humanitarian hopes for change in North Korea

He was born into freedom in Pusan, South Korea, 60 years ago. Still, Jong C. Jang of Marriottsville spent much of his boyhood hearing his father, Ok Kyun Jang, rhapsodize about growing up in a place about 350 miles to the north.

Gingerbread-house contest blends history, baking, humor

10:44 AM EST, December 9, 2011

Gingerbread-house contest blends history, baking, humor

When is hard candy more than just something to eat?

Anne Arundel officers seek handicapped parking violators

9:45 AM EST, November 24, 2011

Anne Arundel officers seek handicapped parking violators

It was just after noon on a recent weekday, the parking lots at the Annapolis Westfield Mall were already full, and a woman in a dark sedan weaved through the swelling traffic, looking for a place to park.

Glen Burnie's homeless share what they have for holiday

5:13 PM EST, November 19, 2011

Glen Burnie's homeless share what they have for holiday

He has frequent lapses of memory, the result of a brain aneurysm he suffered as a teen in 1972. He struggled for years to keep jobs at BWI, at a discount store and in an industrial park.

Mini model train display in Arundel chugs through the ages

11:54 AM EST, December 3, 2011

Mini model train display in Arundel chugs through the ages

His father always set up an elaborate network of Lionel model trains late on Dec. 24, so when Frank Winner and his little brother, Jim, got up Christmas mornings, they'd find the living room of the small family home filled with moving cars, blowing whistles and flashing lights.

Small but vibrant crowd expected for Annapolis Comic-Con

12:04 PM EDT, September 23, 2011

Small but vibrant crowd expected for Annapolis Comic-Con

He was always a skateboarder and action-movie fan, not to mention a punk-rock enthusiast, but from the time he turned 12, nothing excited Steve Anderson more than the approach and arrival of his favorite day, Wednesday.

November 22, 2011

Ex-Rosedale man pleads guilty in child sex-abuse case

Thomas Leroy Griffin, formerly of Hagerstown and Rosedale, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Monday to charges he sexually abused a child to produce child pornography.

Folk act sings carols of the Chesapeake

4:06 PM EST, December 16, 2011

Folk act sings carols of the Chesapeake

She lived on the Eastern Shore for 30 years and generally loved the place, but one thing Janie Meneely, an Annapolis-born folk musician, never quite got used to was that it rarely snowed on Christmas.

At Laurel Park, neighbors celebrate century of glamor and grit

October 1, 2011

At Laurel Park, neighbors celebrate century of glamor and grit

Just about every Friday morning, Karen Lubieniecki takes a leisurely stroll to Laurel Park, finds a place along a railing at the nearly empty racetrack and spends an hour or so watching the horses exercise as the sun climbs the sky.

11:13 PM EST, December 11, 2011

Man shot in hand; city police investigating

Baltimore Police are investigating a non-fatal shooting that took place in the Midtown District of West Baltimore early Sunday morning.

Passing the past along at Korean Festival

7:26 PM EDT, October 8, 2011

Passing the past along at Korean Festival

She was born in South Korea, loves her homeland's traditions with a passion and has officially served the burgeoning Korean-American community in Maryland for more than six years now. But Michelle Kim still insists that as a cultural ambassador, she sets something of "a poor example."

William Alfred Long, lacrosse referee

3:23 PM EST, November 23, 2011

William Alfred Long, lacrosse referee

William Alfred Long, a retired fuel oil salesman and longtime referee of high school and college lacrosse, died of pneumonia Nov. 16 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore. The Homeland resident was 80.

State House's historic dome reveals secrets during restoration

1:38 PM EDT, August 19, 2011

State House's historic dome reveals secrets during restoration

It's brilliant and blustery atop the tallest building in Annapolis, a bank of white clouds scudding quickly across the sky. John Greenwalt Lee leans against a temporary railing, gazing down with fondness on the town he calls home.

Annapolis custom butcher tries to revive 'dying art'

June 17, 2011

Annapolis custom butcher tries to revive 'dying art'

Most people take a day off work to spend a little time with the family, hit the beach or a local park, or try to get a few errands done.

School of Rock students make old tunes new

9:53 PM EDT, August 6, 2011

School of Rock students make old tunes new

The band members met for the first time just two hours ago, but they're already hard at work on a rock classic, and to be honest, it's not sounding half-bad.

Where medical masterpieces are made

8:04 PM EDT, July 15, 2011

Where medical masterpieces are made

As an oil painter in college, Elizabeth Cook expected to pursue the life of the typical aspiring American artist: get an advanced degree, move to a big city, embark on a future of creative struggle.

Annapolis man is crab-picking king at Md. Seafood Festival

12:02 PM EDT, September 3, 2011

Annapolis man is crab-picking king at Md. Seafood Festival

As the shadows lengthen in Sandy Point State Park next Sunday afternoon, and another Maryland Seafood Festival winds down, six people will take the stage before a cheering crowd and press against a table piled high with steamed crabs.

Cool Anne Arundel

July 30, 2011

Cool Anne Arundel

The temperatures may no longer be topping records as they were for a time in mid-July, but with the dog days of August and early September looming in Anne Arundel County and elsewhere, few are forgetting the importance of finding ways of keeping chill.

Horseshoe pit helps build Pigtown's neighborhood spirit

9:45 PM EDT, June 25, 2011

Horseshoe pit helps build Pigtown's neighborhood spirit

It started about 30 years ago — no one seems to recall the exact date — when three men who'd grown up together in Pigtown took a vacant lot at the corner of Ward and Bayard streets, sank two metal pegs into the ground and started tossing horseshoes back and forth.

11:30 PM EDT, May 29, 2011

Firefighter sustains minor burns in city apartment blaze

A Baltimore City firefighter responding to a single-alarm blaze was injured and taken to the hospital with minor burns early Sunday evening, according to Capt. Roman Clark, a spokesman for the department.

Anne Arundel Community College's clowning class is serious fun

7:12 PM EDT, August 11, 2011

Anne Arundel Community College's clowning class is serious fun

It's late on a steamy August morning. Forty scholars and their lecturer have been at their studies for a couple of hours.

From Sun Magazine: Grayson Gilbert's divine strength

6:58 AM EDT, May 19, 2011

From Sun Magazine: Grayson Gilbert's divine strength

The boy approached the marble statue, gazing up — miles up, as he remembers it now — into the face of the benevolent figure it depicted.

Some want State House dome returned to multicolor scheme

4:53 PM EDT, September 17, 2011

Some want State House dome returned to multicolor scheme

Imagine driving into Annapolis along Rowe Boulevard or sailing into the city's harbor, glancing up toward the tiered State House dome, and seeing that it's colored not in the brick red and Colonial white you've known your entire life, but in lemon gold, muted blue and honey bordering on apricot.

November 22, 2011

Baltimore man gets 151 months for cocaine possession

A federal judge sentenced a Baltimore man, Stephen Johnson, to 151 months in prison Monday for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for Maryland.

Pumpkin ash, first in Arundel, now state champ

August 26, 2011

Pumpkin ash, first in Arundel, now state champ

It's cool one August morning in a forest near the marsh, quiet but for the occasional bellowing of a few green frogs, and two experts on Maryland's flora and fauna are preparing for a sticky mission.

Shady Side schools exhibit shows student life, segregation

10:24 AM EDT, July 24, 2011

Shady Side schools exhibit shows student life, segregation

Carmelia Hicks' favorite grade-school teacher, Julia T. Smith, was a kindly human being, but she kept a thick paddle in her desk drawer and was never afraid to use it.

Commodore Mayo: A man of adventure and tragedy

May 14, 2011

Commodore Mayo: A man of adventure and tragedy

He was a famed seaman — a prodigy who won a congressional medal at 18, fought in three wars and ended up commanding the 44-gun USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides," as it tracked slave ships off the coast of Africa.

Ballet class for seniors shows power of the pirouette

June 25, 2011

Ballet class for seniors shows power of the pirouette

She fell in love with ballet as a child, as many young girls do, and Susan Savage didn't lack for promise.

Old City, Fresh Look

12:41 AM EDT, May 27, 2011

Old City, Fresh Look

She remembers having "wonderful" history teachers growing up in 1940s and 1950s Annapolis, and she has explored and chronicled this area's past for more than 40 years.

Kunta Kinte festival provides a glimpse into black families' heritage

6:41 AM EDT, September 16, 2011

Kunta Kinte festival provides a glimpse into black families' heritage

When she was a child growing up in Lothian, Lyndra Pratt loved spending time with her grandmother, Margaret Ann Easton, at Easton's nearby farm.

Hollins Market comes alive at 26th SoWeBo art, music festival

9:15 PM EDT, May 29, 2011

Hollins Market comes alive at 26th SoWeBo art, music festival

He was shielded from the afternoon sun by the awning that covered his booth, but the bright mood emanating from Larry Stevens was hard to miss.

At Annapolis showcase, musicians have a night of their own

May 7, 2011

At Annapolis showcase, musicians have a night of their own

For as long as he could remember, Jordan Page had dreamed of becoming a rock star, but the harder he strummed and the louder he sang his music, the more distant his goal seemed.

'Carousel technician' also keeps music going round

6:29 PM EDT, June 27, 2010

'Carousel technician' also keeps music going round

He arrives early one steamy morning, an hour or so before opening his domain to the public, and kicks open two big doors to start ventilating the place.

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