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  • A new Maryland park built around an old country store

    A new Maryland park built around an old country store

    Maryland’s newest state park used to be a hamlet with a country store in the woodsy western part of the state, and I think it’s safe to say that, acre for acre, the 81-acre Sang Run State Park offers as much as, if not more than, any of our fine public destinations. Located in Garrett County, a...

  • The might-have been of Peter Beilenson's health co-op

    The might-have been of Peter Beilenson's health co-op

    Leaving for a new job in his native California, Dr. Peter Beilenson, one of Maryland’s — and, particularly, Baltimore’s — most effective public servants of the last three decades, closes out his time here with frustrating irony. So rich is this irony that Beilenson could write a book about it,...

  • A Baltimore recording studio bows out as musicians go DIY

    A Baltimore recording studio bows out as musicians go DIY

    There might have been no business in Baltimore more aptly named than Invisible Sound Studios. Tucked away for 28 years deep inside the old Crown Cork and Seal factory complex near Greektown, the studio must provide visiting musicians with labyrinthian instructions for arrival. GPS gets you to the...

  • At his funeral, fellow firefighters and his widow remember Nathan Flynn as an 'all-in kind of guy'

    At his funeral, fellow firefighters and his widow remember Nathan Flynn as an 'all-in kind of guy'

    Their voices breaking and sometimes halting, men who served beside Nathan Flynn gathered for his funeral Saturday and described the 34-year-old Howard County firefighter as a consummate professional and a “student of the fire service” who always wanted to train more and master everything he did,...

  • Restaurant Week: A way to reconnect to Baltimore's pleasures, and to change stubborn attitudes

    Restaurant Week: A way to reconnect to Baltimore's pleasures, and to change stubborn attitudes

    Another Baltimore Restaurant Week is here and Steven Rivelis, co-owner of The Elephant (once upon a time the Brass Elephant) could not be happier about that. In the two years since he opened The Elephant, these promotional weeks of prix-fixe menus have been great for business. But Rivelis was far...

  • Could Zaray Gray have been saved?

    Could Zaray Gray have been saved?

    Regarding the apparent beating death of 18-month-old Zaray Gray in Baltimore, two facts jumped off the page: Francois A. Brown III, the man accused of killing the boy — his girlfriend’s son, according to police — had been convicted of child abuse in the death of his own son, a seven-month-old boy,...

  • Rodricks: For Taylor Hayes, a memorial about 'love and life' on Edmondson Avenue

    Rodricks: For Taylor Hayes, a memorial about 'love and life' on Edmondson Avenue

    It must be owing to the too much of it all — too much violence, too much death and too many sidewalk memorials over too many years — that Shannon Craig, registered nurse and community activist, decided that Friday night’s gathering in honor of 7-year-old Taylor Hayes had to be different. People...

  • Oaks leaves his mark in the annals of Maryland corruption

    Oaks leaves his mark in the annals of Maryland corruption

    By now there have been so many cases of political corruption in Maryland, you can understand why the sentencing judge in the Nat Oaks case took a minute Tuesday to determine if there was something unique about it. Was history being made here? If not history, then at least trivia? Surely there must...

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