Recent stories by Mary Carole McCauley
10:05 AM EDT, September 20, 2014
In the spring of 1981, when Marion Rodgers was a senior at Goucher College, she nearly fell on top of a box of old papers that would change her life.
7:13 PM EDT, September 15, 2014
Alas, they still haven't found the missing star.
September 13, 2014
Memoir recounts how Robert Timberg rebuilt his life after being disfigured by land-mine blast in Vietnam
The photos of author Robert Timberg in recent years aren't as horrifying as his memoir leads readers to expect.
12:25 PM EDT, September 15, 2014
The conniving politician at the center of the Netflix drama "House of Cards" is named Frank, but he's anything but honest, forthright and direct. His wife was christened Claire — an ironic choice for a woman who always has an ulterior motive.
8:25 PM EDT, September 5, 2014
After poring through 20 boxes of Betsy Bonaparte's correspondence at the Maryland Historical Society, Natalie Wexler's heart sank.
8:23 PM EDT, September 5, 2014
"I don't know, sister,
6:30 PM EDT, September 4, 2014
John Hopkins University will bring four authors to campus this season who combine critical acclaim and popular appeal.
2:49 PM EDT, September 2, 2014
Seven people were injured Monday evening — including one with possible life-threatening wounds — when the deck of a second-story Towson apartment collapsed and fell about eight feet.
10:44 AM EDT, September 2, 2014
Baltimore police were investigating a double shooting Monday night just before 10 p.m. in the west side neighborhood of Edgeview.
9:10 PM EDT, September 1, 2014
Vacationers heading back to the Baltimore area from the Eastern Shore Monday night were experiencing some of the worst traffic of the summer.
2:45 PM EDT, September 2, 2014
Howard County police Tuesday released the identities of those involved in a car accident at an Ellicott City Dunkin' Donuts, where an SUV drove into the storefront, injuring two pedestrians.
5:56 PM EDT, August 27, 2014
Baltimore's Theatre Project 2014-15 season features a mix of cutting-edge shows and those with an established track record.
9:09 AM EDT, August 29, 2014
Baltimore children's book author Elisabeth Dahl used to walk two or three miles just so she could hang out at the Library of Congress, reveling in the Paris Opera House style-architecture, the 23-karat gold-plated dome and the breathtakingly extensive archives that includes the personal papers of Thomas Jefferson.
August 2, 2014
One artist began to paint after her mother was murdered by her brother when she was 14 years old. As an adult, she's obsessed with drawing circles, a infinite shape that begins but never ends.
August 9, 2014
It was the eeriness of the situation that struck Baltimore writer Dan Fesperman. Drone pilots for the Air Force would spend weeks watching what amounted to a real-life silent movie of a small town thousands of miles away — all the while plotting the destruction of some of the inhabitants.
July 12, 2014
What remarkable lives they led.
July 26, 2014
Nowadays, almost no one sings the third verse of Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner," and for good reason.
July 10, 2014
It's just one of about 100 costumes that band leader Kenley Shortmus John of Baltimore makes from scratch each year, when his designs will be showcased in the annual Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival, held this weekend.
1:48 PM EDT, July 5, 2014
The body of a swimmer who had gone missing at Patapsco State Valley Park on Friday was recovered on Saturday, officials said.
10:04 PM EDT, July 4, 2014
In America, the land of strongly held opinions, a whiff of controversy about the proper way to celebrate Independence Day seems positively patriotic.
7:49 PM EDT, July 4, 2014
The Maryland Zoo is calling all birds of a feather to help name its new bald eagle.
7:20 PM EDT, July 5, 2014
Two people were killed, and another man took his own life in a murder-suicide, over the Fourth of July weekend that also marked the city's 100th homicide of the year.
4:07 PM EDT, July 4, 2014
A 9-year-old boy was badly burned over half of his body in Garrett County on the Fourth of July after a sparkler set fire to his shirt.
2:15 PM EDT, July 1, 2014
Five community art projects, including a sculptural weather station featuring a giant pig, a children's garden full of upward-growing, kinetic "sculptures" and Baltimore's tallest mural, will begin transforming some of Baltimore's underused public spaces later this year.
5:36 PM EDT, June 28, 2014
Seth Adelsberger is a 34-year-old Baltimore painter and printmaker. He does not have a master's degree from an art school, he is not represented by a gallery, and he has not won a prestigious prize.
June 28, 2014
When M.P. Mariappan was born 95 years ago, England's King George V was emperor of India. Mahatma Gandhi hadn't yet taken up India's struggle for independence. Most Indians lived in small, scattered villages instead of in cities.
6:18 PM EDT, June 20, 2014
Demonstrating the adage that if you laugh the world laughs with you, the Baltimore Comedy Factory announced Friday that it's moving from the Inner Harbor to larger digs in Canton.
June 21, 2014
"To day has bin a memorable day," Emilie Frances Davis wrote in a miniature diary on Jan. 1, 1863, the date the Emancipation Proclamation became law.
4:15 PM EDT, June 27, 2014
One of Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah's bright ideas has evolved into a feature film that will be unveiled worldwide next week.
5:34 PM EDT, June 13, 2014
Reading one of Jennifer Weiner's contemporary novels of manners is a bit like biting into an apple. The experience is full of flavor, more crisp than juicy, and refreshingly tart.
June 6, 2014
Metro Meteor, whose abstract paintings rapidly are becoming an art world sensation, might be just a horse. And the 11-year-old bay, like all equines, has a hard time distinguishing reds from greens or browns.
11:08 PM EDT, May 31, 2014
The former Baltimore journalist Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is a fashionista who doubtless looks pulled-together even when she's sick in bed, a woman with a taste for Narciso Rodriguez gowns and Manolo Blahnik shoes.
4:28 PM EDT, June 3, 2014
The 2014 Baltimore Book Festival will feature a lineup that includes a National Book Award-winning author, a novelist whose previous work was made into an Academy Award-nominated film, a popular sports broadcaster and a food writer who has penned a memoir with recipes.
10:01 PM EDT, May 26, 2014
A 50-year-old man suffered second-degree burns over 20 percent of his body when he was caught in a Memorial Day flash fire while working on a boat in Anne Arundel County.
May 17, 2014
The artist Sheila Pree Bright has spent her adult life trying to sort through her mixed feelings about the American flag.
May 17, 2014
The author Porochista Khakpour's earliest memory is of being terrified by anti-aircraft missiles dropping near her Tehran home during the Iran-Iraq f War.
May 17, 2014
There are two ghosts in "Family of Flagmakers," an exhibit at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House about the lives of the women who made the flag immortalized in verse by Francis Scott Key.
6:29 PM EDT, May 30, 2014
When 12-year-old Leilani Hines wanted to fly away to Neverland, she just had to close her eyes, point her toes, curve one arm above her head, and picture herself springing above the ground in the ballet move known as a grand jete.
4:46 PM EDT, May 26, 2014
Howard County police have charged a Clarksville man in an incident that led to the evacuation of the Southern District headquarters and some area businesses.
11:02 AM EDT, May 5, 2014
Hackerman House, one of the three buildings that make up the Walters Art Museum, will be closed for about two and a half years beginning July 1, a museum official announced Friday.
6:39 PM EDT, May 26, 2014
The Baltimore novelist and short story writer Stephen Dixon has won a 2014 O. Henry Award for his short story, "Talk."
5:33 PM EDT, May 19, 2014
The Walters Art Museum announced Monday that it's been awarded $913,000 in grants to support renovations and exhibitions at the museum, including a special show on Islamic art scheduled to open next year.
6:29 PM EDT, May 2, 2014
One of author Steven Galloway's most vivid childhood memories is of sitting at a picnic table when he was about 5 years old, playing checkers with his great-uncle Johnny.
May 3, 2014
If it wasn't for the large, well-equipped woodworking shop at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville, Lawrence Schneider might never have embarked upon his third career as a sculptor.
11:31 PM EDT, May 26, 2014
Motorists heading back to Baltimore on Monday from the Eastern Shore after the first long holiday weekend of the summer became snarled in traffic that mostly was stop and stop for most of the evening.
May 17, 2014
One by one, the sacred cows hit the ground, adroitly tipped over by the best-selling author Steve Berry in his 13th historical novel, "The Lincoln Myth."
March 29, 2014
In 1974, when Meg Wolitzer was 15 years old, she went away to a camp for aspiring young artists. Once that summer was over, Wolitzer never again thought of herself in quite the same way.
10:00 PM EDT, April 26, 2014
The author Ishmael Beah grew up listening to his grandmother tell folk tales that explained, among other things, why a spider has a narrow waist.
4:19 PM EDT, March 27, 2014
From the moment it was created in 1879, a tiny landscape of the River Seine by Pierre-Auguste Renoir has been characterized by a tangled weave of embellishments, layers and knots.
3:24 PM EDT, March 24, 2014
For Colm Toibin, the world is full of echoes — ancient stories from different traditions that speak of parents, children and the divine.
10:14 AM EDT, May 12, 2014
When Baltimore writer Rafael Alvarez was driving around the country peddling his books, he sold a collection of his newspaper articles and short stories to a drunken farmer in a men's room outside Memphis, Tenn. He's spent countless nights sleeping in his truck. He's traded a book for a meal.
7:49 PM EST, March 6, 2014
A year of events celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner kicked off Thursday with the unveiling of a commemorative stamp.
9:24 PM EDT, May 1, 2014
Three Baltimore-area artists — a musician who has pioneered the use of the bass clarinet as a solo instrument and two sculptors — have been named winners of the 2014 Baker Artist Awards.
March 8, 2014
When Emily Parker started writing columns about China and the Internet for the Wall Street Journal in 2004, she was skeptical that fledgling social media sites could make much of an impact.
April 27, 2014
It's possible that Matthew Olshan didn't fully become a writer until the day that his future boss ordered him to dig a ditch.
1:38 PM EST, March 4, 2014
A tiny Renoir landscape with a romantic back story will be unveiled March 30 at the Baltimore Museum of Art — 62 years, four months and 14 days since it last was seen publicly.
8:20 PM EDT, April 4, 2014
As Judy Greiner strolled through San Francisco's Chinatown in the mid-20th century, she couldn't help noticing that the bespectacled Jewish bubbes and tattooed Asian gamblers were eyeing one another with wary respect.
7:06 PM EDT, March 20, 2014
Radio personality Maria Dennis announced on the air Thursday morning that she has just been diagnosed with leukemia.
March 22, 2014
The author Mohsin Hamid has a home in Pakistan and spent nearly two decades studying and working in the United States. He's 42 now, and he thinks of himself as living almost "between" countries.
8:01 PM EST, March 4, 2014
Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Weir held her right leg out in front of her, arched that foot and brought her toes delicately down to the floor, then back up again. She was pretending that the floor was a cat, and she was trying to pet it with her foot.
8:26 PM EDT, March 12, 2014
What is just the second Nobel Peace Prize medal to be sold at auction will go under the gavel later this month at the Baltimore Convention Center.
March 1, 2014
Misty Copeland didn't always have food to eat when she was growing up in the Los Angeles area. She and her six siblings competed for sleeping space on the floor of a room in a shabby motel. But just four years after 13-year-old Misty took her first ballet class in the San Pedro Boys & Girls Club — and after surviving a custody battle that made national news — she joined what arguably is the most prestigious classical dance troupe in the United States.
9:58 PM EST, February 28, 2014
You could make a plausible argument that '80s pop star Thomas Dolby has been blinded with science.
February 22, 2014
A new exhibit opening Sunday at the Walters Art Museum is an homage to unsteady hands and uncertain tempers, to chips and nicks, to the inconsistent and unfinished.
2:44 PM EST, February 7, 2014
Baltimore novelist Laura Lippman's husband, David Simon, once suggested that she write a novel based on the real-life disappearance of local gambling kingpin Julius "The Lord" Salsbury.
February 22, 2014
Though he was a man of the cloth, Charles Turner Torrey went out of his way to publicly mock his enemies and alienate his ever-dwindling supply of friends. He was always short of money. He abandoned — or at least, severely neglected — his wife and two children. During a celebrated court case in the 1840s, he was described as "the most hated man in Maryland."
8:14 AM EST, February 15, 2014
Young buck. Buck wild. Make a buck. Buck the system. The buck stops here.
11:14 PM EST, February 1, 2014
A 54-year-old man was pronounced dead Saturday after his car ran into a curb and overturned in Columbia.
5:53 PM EST, January 28, 2014
The Maryland Arts Place announced Tuesday that it has moved from its previous home in Power Point Live to a new location in downtown Baltimore.
February 15, 2014
The little Renoir landscape looks so modest and guileless and transparent that a casual observer never would guess at the secrets the painting hides.
10:55 PM EST, January 31, 2014
A man was shot in the leg Friday night in Baltimore's Midtown-Edmondson neighborhood.
9:01 PM EST, January 31, 2014
A highway worker was killed Friday afternoon in an accident on the inner loop of Interstate 695 near Liberty Road in Baltimore County, according to police and highway officials.
10:55 PM EST, February 1, 2014
A mother and her young son were injured in a hit-and-run incident Saturday night in Baltimore County.
8:53 PM EST, January 25, 2014
Dan Trahey plays the tuba. He's played it all his life, and he takes his instrument with him everywhere, even though it's been years since he's performed regularly with an orchestra. Trahey's affinity for the unwieldy, decidedly uncool contraption says a lot about him.
7:47 PM EST, February 1, 2014
Men's clothing retailer Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. is in talks to acquire the Eddie Bauer chain of stores specializing in outerwear and casual attire, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.
7:44 PM EST, January 9, 2014
Some things just naturally go together, like peanut butter and jelly.
8:22 PM EST, January 31, 2014
A tiny landscape by Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir was returned to the Baltimore Museum of Art Friday afternoon – more than 62 years after the artwork mysteriously disappeared while it was on exhibition.
6:27 PM EST, January 18, 2014
When Bishop Lee Robinson Jr. was 3 years old, he'd sit on the front steps at night and wait for his father, a police officer, to return home.
10:26 PM EST, January 17, 2014
When the CIA's chief lawyer, John Rizzo, first came across the term "enhanced interrogation technique" shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he was struck by the phrase's deceptive blandness.
7:45 PM EST, January 17, 2014
OrchKids, the program that puts musical instruments into the hands of Baltimore schoolchildren, announced Friday that it is receiving a $1 million gift that will allow it to double the number of students it serves.
8:05 PM EST, January 10, 2014
A tiny water view painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is finally headed back to the city where a judge has ruled that it belongs — 62 years, one month and 24 days after it was reported stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art.
8:54 PM EST, January 7, 2014
A federal court judge has turned down a request to throw out two documents that support the Baltimore Museum of Art's contention that it should be awarded an 1879 Renoir landscape, "Paysage Bords de Seine."
5:24 PM EST, January 31, 2014
Two men were arrested Friday following a 30-minute crime spree in which they allegedly rammed into two vehicles and dragged a police officer alongside his car in an attempt to avoid arrest.
9:46 PM EST, January 31, 2014
Mary J. Corey, the late editor of The Baltimore Sun, will be inducted this summer into the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association's Newspaper Hall of Fame.
11:26 AM EST, January 6, 2014
Mera Rubell — a 70-year-old formerly penniless Jewish Russian refugee turned Head Start teacher turned hotel mogul turned art collector extraordinaire — is the kind of person who just naturally acquires an entourage.
7:36 AM EST, January 3, 2014
The Baltimore Museum of Art has rebutted arguments that attempt to cast doubt on its claim that a tiny landscape painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir was stolen from the museum in 1951.
7:55 AM EST, January 15, 2014
A federal court judge signed an order Tuesday clearing the way for a stolen landscape painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir to be speedily returned to the Baltimore Museum of Art, 62 years after the painting was stolen.
8:09 PM EST, January 6, 2014
The attorney for a Virginia woman is asking a federal court judge to throw out the most recent documents that bolster the Baltimore Museum of Art's claim that it should be awarded an 1879 landscape painted by Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
7:32 PM EST, January 9, 2014
With less than 20 hours to go before a court hearing that could decide the future of a tiny Renoir landscape reported stolen in 1951 from the Baltimore Museum of Art, the lawyers continued to fight tooth and nail to come up with new arguments that will prevail with a federal judge.
9:28 PM EST, December 20, 2013
The lawyer representing a Virginia woman seeking to retain a tiny landscape painted by the Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir cast doubt Friday on Baltimore Museum of Art's evidence that it owns the painting.
7:58 PM EST, January 1, 2014
The Baltimore region could see the first snow of 2014 — possibly a couple of inches — beginning around the afternoon rush hour Thursday, according to a National Weather Service forecast.
12:11 AM EST, December 21, 2013
The lawyer representing a Virginia woman seeking to retain a tiny landscape painted by the Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir cast doubt Friday on Baltimore Museum of Art's evidence that it owns the painting.
8:37 AM EST, January 9, 2014
A court hearing Friday could determine the future of a small Renoir painting that was reported stolen 62 years ago from the Baltimore Museum of Art — while the artwork's clouded past is becoming even more of a mystery.
8:08 PM EST, December 14, 2013
This winter, Baltimore is shaping up to be a place where talk is cheap — and enlightening.
9:58 PM EST, January 3, 2014
A woman was killed Friday night in a hit-and-run accident in the Pulaski industrial area.
2:43 PM EST, December 7, 2013
Documents released this week as part of a battle in federal court to determine the ownership of a miniature Renoir landscape also provide intriguing glimpses into the life of Saidie A. May, a prolific art collector whose bequests helped the Baltimore Museum of Art build a world-class collection.
3:13 PM EST, November 22, 2013
Davidsonville author Melissa Stanton once had the world's best excuse for cutting work meetings short.
9:56 PM EST, December 7, 2013
The author Madison Smartt Bell's 16th work of fiction, a book of short stories called "Zig Zag Wanderer" is guaranteed to make the author absolutely no money whatsoever. Nada. Zilch. Zip. Not one blessed penny.
5:00 AM EST, December 4, 2013
The question of who owns a tiny Renoir landscape of the River Seine may rest on a four-page handwritten letter penned 78 years ago by a middle-aged woman in a bad mood.
7:40 PM EST, November 21, 2013
A federal court judge set a hearing date Wednesday in the 15-month dispute over who owns a tiny Renoir painting that was stolen in 1951 from the Baltimore Museum of Art, but she also urged both parties to consider settling.
10:57 AM EST, November 18, 2013
You might think of Michael Lisicky's obsession with department stores as an orchestral tone poem for a single oboe: at turns plaintive and raucous, eloquent and funny, with unpredictable little swerves.
9:28 PM EST, December 2, 2013
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture has released an ambitious financial turnaround plan designed to resolve within 19 months long-standing problems with attendance and fundraising.
8:09 AM EST, November 4, 2013
Over the past 181 years, the bill of sale has turned a pale tan. The ink has faded from black to brown and includes elaborate flourishes that seem ill-suited to such a grim and ugly business.
October 26, 2013
To find out what she needed to discover about the life-changing matters that her parents didn't discuss, Isabel Wilkerson interviewed 1,200 people over 18 months.
11:03 AM EDT, September 26, 2013
The man in the red turban is a mystery, and not only because his expression is grave, alert and slightly anxious.
October 5, 2013
Henry Walters and J.P. Morgan were frenemies.
11:08 AM EST, November 18, 2013
When the Irish-born novelist Colum McCann sits before a blank page, he launches himself into a vast, empty space. He's surrounded by fog on all sides, so he can't tell if his vehicle is right side up or upside down. The craft he's maneuvering is clunky, and the throttle sticks.
11:09 PM EST, November 6, 2013
For the Baltimore journalist Wil Hylton, some ugly numbers help represent the painful legacy of American armed forces members who remain missing in action.
11:18 AM EDT, October 5, 2013
"If you hold the door for someone and they don't say, 'Thank you,' that person deserves to be in hell," Chuck Palahniuk rails — in the most mild-mannered way possible.
September 23, 2013
James Piper Bond has always been possessed of a rare physical confidence, whether playing on a national championship lacrosse team in college, sailing across the South Pacific in a two-masted sailboat when he was in his 20s or climbing the 13,770-foot Grand Teton mountain last summer with his then-12-year-old son.
8:08 PM EDT, October 19, 2013
Striding in her special black walking shoes decorated with turquoise, pink and lime-green squares, 8-year-old Elizabeth Gardner was, literally, on her way to reaching a milestone.
6:29 AM EDT, September 3, 2013
Unlike places such as Montana or Texas with their never-ending skies and wide-open plains, Maryland rewards those who stop and take a closer look. It's a state where views may be best appreciated at the level of an extravagantly petaled flower or detailed cornice.
7:05 PM EDT, September 26, 2013
An audit of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture released Thursday uncovered slipshod accounting practices, among them failing to fully inventory its collection and neglecting to file annual reports, in violation of state law.
1:44 PM EDT, October 21, 2013
The Baltimore-born author Justin Kramon's supporting characters are so quirky and funny, you'd swear they were drawn from real life. There's the landfill operator who shows a visitor a photograph of a hatchet-faced woman in her 60s and then complains that no one understands the burden of having a pretty wife. And there's the big-bellied, bearded lodge owner who's secretly addicted to online shopping.
4:50 PM EDT, September 27, 2013
Kathy Hornig finally had a chance to check out Washington's National Book Festival. And she came away with a renewed appreciation for the admittedly smaller, quirkier offering put on by The City That Reads.
9:52 PM EDT, September 2, 2013
Anne Arundel County Police are investigating the second assault to occur at a shopping mall in two days.
11:45 AM EDT, September 14, 2013
The old arched red wooden door to the Seventh Metro Church is less that two blocks from the modern glass-and-steel panel that floats in front of the Maryland Institute College of Art's newest exhibition space.
7:43 AM EDT, September 9, 2013
Sujata Massey opened the door of her refrigerator and pulled out a curry made from pink potatoes and zucchini. It was the best way she could think of to demonstrate what's going on inside her head when she sits down to write a novel.
12:40 PM EDT, October 28, 2013
A recent afternoon was windowpane-clear, the sun bright and direct. The environment could not have seemed less conducive for communing with the spirit world.
10:14 PM EDT, September 2, 2013
A Mount Airy man was arrested Monday on suspicion that he might have fatally stabbed his father after a violent fight spilled onto the lawn of the home that the pair shared.
5:58 PM EDT, September 21, 2013
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, which opened in Baltimore with great fanfare in 2005, has fallen short of attendance and fundraising goals — forcing the state to shore up its finances.
8:40 PM EDT, September 2, 2013
A motorcyclist was killed Monday morning when his bike crashed though a fence in Essex.
August 24, 2013
As Jesse Walker sees it, the Land of the Free is rife with paranoid theories about everyone and everything.
4:29 PM EDT, September 13, 2013
Because the Baltimore-area novelist Alice McDermott possesses a painterly eye that delights in the way things look and sound and smell and taste, it can be easy to miss her underlying focus.
8:31 PM EDT, September 2, 2013
It was McCay Vernon, a former Baltimore-area psychology professor, who put to rest a myth that caused incalculable damage to deaf people over the centuries.
6:41 PM EDT, September 2, 2013
Three people were injured Monday afternoon – two critically – after a small plane crashed into a wooded area just off of U.S. 50 in Bowie.
1:13 PM EDT, August 18, 2013
When Jonathon Scott Fuqua was 13 years old, he and his older brother put on their swimming trunks and went surfing during a Florida hurricane.
1:58 PM EDT, August 22, 2013
A combination of politicians, pundits and proletariat heroes are scheduled to speak at Johns Hopkins University this fall in a series of free public lectures.
6:00 AM EDT, August 24, 2013
For Kwame Kwei-Armah, all the world — or at least, all of Baltimore — really is a stage.
3:13 PM EDT, July 22, 2013
With courage and determination and more than a little bit of moxie, Adelle Waldman set out to crack the code.
1:13 PM EDT, August 18, 2013
Everyone who meets Jonathon Scott Fuqua has the same question: How in the world does he do it?
4:16 PM EDT, August 21, 2013
Media mogul Russell Simmons might have apologized for posting a controversial parody video on his YouTube channel that's become known as "The Harriet Tubman Sex Tapes." But, the famed abolitionist's great-great-great grandniece isn't even close to forgiving him.
10:52 PM EDT, July 4, 2013
A 7-year-old boy was killed Thursday night when he tumbled from a vehicle getting ready to join Annapolis' Fourth of July parade.
August 17, 2013
For acclaimed mystery novelist Martha Grimes, the witches' caldron that nearly proved her undoing didn't contain the usual eye of newt and toe of frog.
July 27, 2013
It's fair to say that very few novels that devote 496 pages to such weighty themes as race in America ever crack The New York Times best-seller list.
7:06 AM EDT, July 5, 2013
The search is expected to resume Friday for a 24-year-old man, who went missing during the holiday while swimming in the Magothy River.
July 6, 2013
Rafael Trujillo collected bottle caps. Mao Zedong was wed to an older woman at age 14 but refused to consummate the marriage. Joseph Stalin was a choirboy who studied to be a Russian Orthodox priest.
12:41 PM EDT, July 15, 2013
For Baltimore author Jen Michalski, 2013 is shaping up to be the Year of the Book Party.
10:47 AM EDT, June 10, 2013
The small wooden trunk is covered with red leather, painted with an ocher floral embroidery and studded with brass nails — and it couldn't have announced its owner's intention more clearly.
4:33 PM EDT, July 5, 2013
On her first official day of work, Julia Marciari-Alexander heads down to the basement of the Walters Art Museum to say hello to a room full of squirmy 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds attending summer camp.
10:59 PM EDT, July 4, 2013
An explosion in a Nottingham apartment building Thursday afternoon forced the evacuation of all residents after the building was flooded with lethal carbon monoxide gas.
7:00 PM EDT, July 2, 2013
The embattled Contemporary Museum will reopen this fall and winter, roughly 18 months after the institution abruptly shut its doors and laid off its five-member staff.
June 1, 2013
Baltimore author Sheri Booker sees dead people.
11:27 PM EDT, July 4, 2013
Although police had prepared for problems, Thursday's Fourth of July celebrations around Baltimore were mostly trouble-free.
June 15, 2013
It's difficult to imagine what Laura Moriarty's four novels would have been like if she had chosen a place to live other than Kansas, with its endless wheat fields and abundance of ordinary light.
June 8, 2013
Sherlock Holmes un-kicked the bucket way back in 1894. More than a century later, even though Harry Potter ends up on the wrong side of a killing curse, he un-bites the dust.
5:39 PM EDT, May 27, 2013
Marylanders seemed in no hurry Monday to end the three-day Memorial Day weekend.
10:45 AM EDT, June 10, 2013
Thanks to 3D printing, American society may be about to boldly go where no one has gone before.
5:18 PM EDT, June 29, 2013
If there's one work that economically and poetically encapsulates the theme of the new exhibit "Ashe to Amen," it's a black-and-white photograph of a well-thumbed Bible, flipped open and lying atop an African drum.
8:43 PM EDT, May 24, 2013
Maryland residents hoping to get a jump on the Memorial Day weekend and the traditional beginning of summer had a slow start Friday night.
7:27 PM EDT, May 27, 2013
Baltimore County police said a man was shot in the leg on Monday near the city-county line.
11:16 AM EDT, May 26, 2013
Baltimore police said they charged a suspect Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old boy in South Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood.
8:00 PM EDT, June 5, 2013
European artists will help transform Baltimore bus, train and light rail stations to be more attractive, better designed and more user-friendly as part of a $200,000 grant from ArtPlace America, a consortium of banks and foundations that gives money to art projects with the potential for regenerating communities.
7:59 PM EDT, May 27, 2013
Six children were burned — two seriously — by a flash fire that occurred during a Memorial Day boat ride on the South River.
May 4, 2013
Plunging into a novel by James Kelman is like diving head-first into a chilly lake.
9:26 PM EDT, May 2, 2013
An installation artist who sculpts with mirrors and salt, an innovative cellist and a self-taught photographer whose work has been informed by the four decades that she has spent battling a rare genetic illness are the winners of the 2013 Baker Artist Awards.
11:59 AM EDT, May 25, 2013
A 1-year-old boy was fatally shot Friday in the early evening in Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood and an adult man was injured when at least one gunman opened fire on the car in which the victims were riding.
8:28 AM EDT, May 13, 2013
Kwame Kwei-Armah is turning up the floodlights on Center Stage.
6:39 PM EDT, April 29, 2013
April 27, 2013
Former Baltimorean Katherine Bouton abruptly lost the hearing in her left ear at age 30. One minute she could hear, and the next, she could not.
10:49 PM EDT, April 21, 2013
David Poyer is a retired naval officer, and most of the 34 thrillers that he's written draw on his experience serving in the waters of the Atlantic, Arctic, Pacific, Caribbean and Persian Gulf.
7:56 PM EDT, April 4, 2013
One of Pikesville's most charming and well-loved buildings — a 1937 Art Deco structure fronted by a stately marquee — could soon open its doors to movie patrons for the first time in 30 years.
May 25, 2013
Talk about tumbling down the rabbit hole.
7:25 PM EDT, April 16, 2013
Because of budget cuts mandated by the federal sequestration, the Smithsonian Institution will begin closing galleries in some art museums to the public.
9:06 AM EDT, March 18, 2013
Jeanine Cummins wants more than anything in the world to give a voice to people who are unable to speak for themselves.
April 6, 2013
Author George Saunders is having the kind of year that could lead the former roofer and slaughterhouse worker to imagine that someone is spritzing the air around him with a giant bottle of perfume.
3:10 PM EST, March 4, 2013
Artist Mia Wiener embroiders provocative images on white linen because she's fascinated by the intimate nature of textiles and by the way that most people take them for granted.
10:10 PM EDT, March 15, 2013
A federal court in Virginia was asked Friday to determine the proper ownership of a miniature landscape painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and allegedly purchased for $7 in a box of odds and ends in a rural flea market.
1:13 PM EDT, April 17, 2013
Six finalists were announced Wednesday for the 2013 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize — and the prestigious award is edging more toward alternate media than it ever has before.
5:56 PM EDT, March 15, 2013
After Jon Spelman got the bad news, he found himself thinking often and at odd moments about "Moby-Dick."
March 9, 2013
The handsome young man sitting in the pink parlor chair radiates restlessness, a disdain for social conventions and undeniable self-satisfaction.
6:45 PM EDT, April 15, 2013
A reception will be held Wednesday at the Peabody Conservatory in honor of the late Mary C. Walker, who upon her death donated $800,000 to the institution where she studied and worked for most of her life.
10:34 AM EDT, May 20, 2013
10:58 AM EDT, April 13, 2013
The four-story brownstone near Washington's Lafayette Park is one of the most exclusive hotels in the world. There's a fireplace in the master bathroom, and the thread counts on the sheets is high enough to rival the Four Seasons.
6:43 PM EDT, April 15, 2013
The Baltimore Symphony is about to become one of the very few, if not the first, major classical orchestras in the United States to officially appoint a playwright in residence.
4:40 PM EDT, March 22, 2013
Baltimore helped the avant-garde painter Max Weber forge a national reputation in 1915. Now, nearly 100 years later, this could be the city where the late artist begins his long-overdue comeback.
March 9, 2013
Taiye Selasi's debut novel has been in publication for less than a week. But even before a single copy was sold, the glamorous 33-year-old was being hailed as the newest star of the literary world.
9:24 PM EST, February 20, 2013
In naming Julia Marciari-Alexander as executive director on Wednesday, the Walters Art Museum board of directors entrusted one of Baltimore's most important arts institutions to a rising star — and signaled an emphasis on community engagement even more than on a long history of leading an organization.
7:21 PM EDT, April 12, 2013
There's something about "Les Miserables" that keeps me coming back.
7:36 PM EST, January 31, 2013
It might lack the cachet of Long Island Sound, where novelist S. Scott Fitzgerald set "The Great Gatsby."
8:11 PM EST, February 11, 2013
The Enoch Pratt Free Library's only document signed by Abraham Lincoln will be on display Tuesday for one day only, in honor of the Great Emancipator's 204th birthday.
1:21 PM EST, January 7, 2013
Chris Hayes, an editor at large of The Nation and host of the talk show bearing his name on MSNBC, was raised in a working-class neighborhood but attended some of the most exclusive schools on the planet.
9:56 PM EST, February 25, 2013
Former Baltimorean Craig Strydom intentionally attended the 85th Academy Awards wearing his father-in-law's tuxedo, the one with the tiny tear in one leg.
2:51 PM EST, March 4, 2013
A Johns Hopkins brain scientist is finding a neurological basis for a notion that many people believe intuitively — that music is as much a form of language as Spanish or French.
February 9, 2013
Adam Lankford thinks there's an oft-repeated misconception about suicide attackers that isn't merely wrong. It's potentially deadly.
7:41 PM EST, February 2, 2013
New York Times best-selling author George Saunders will headline the 10th annual CityLit Festival this Spring.
7:11 PM EDT, April 8, 2013
More than five years after a financial crisis ravaged the U.S. economy, the Baltimore Museum of Art has finally run out of options.
November 17, 2012
During Heather Kirn Lanier's two years in Baltimore as a neophyte teacher, she taught at a city high school that backed up against Mount Olivet Cemetery.
3:31 PM EST, February 4, 2013
Repairs continued Monday to a water main break at Canton Industrial Park that had created a sinkhole over the weekend on South Newkirk Street, city Department of Public Works officials said.
March 2, 2013
For such a long time, arsenic was the perfect poison.
7:33 PM EST, February 1, 2013
In one way or another, Manil Suri has spent his entire life charting what happens when polar opposites are brought together in unexpected and at times startling juxtapositions.
January 12, 2013
In his new thriller, "The Third Bullet," novelist Stephen Hunter sets his sights on an American tragedy that's also the most famous gun mystery of all time — the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
February 16, 2013
Lisa Graff, an author who teaches children's literature at McDaniel College, can't read a map to save her life.
8:31 PM EST, February 17, 2013
When bad luck struck, John Mann was all but certain that he'd have to abandon his dreams.
8:30 PM EST, January 28, 2013
Park School librarian Laura Amy Schlitz on Monday joined a select group of authors to be twice honored with one of the nation's top prizes for children's literature.
1:05 PM EST, February 7, 2013
FROM SUN MAGAZINE
The architect Cheryl Mohr craves natural light so much that even when the sun is bouncing off the nearby South River and streaming through the 22-foot-tall wall of windows that surrounds her living room, Mohr can't bring herself to lower the blinds.
6:42 PM EST, January 25, 2013
The math is daunting: More than 2,300 pages of prose winnowed down to 190, including photographs and the occasional blank sheet that signals chapter breaks.
5:20 PM EST, December 10, 2012
A fourth accuser is coming forward to claim he engaged in underage sex with former "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash.
7:08 PM EST, January 12, 2013
Like kids bursting out the schoolhouse doors for recess, when the Maryland Zoo's 11 chimpanzees were allowed outside Saturday for a rare bit of winter sunshine, they couldn't help, well, monkeying around.
11:41 AM EST, January 20, 2013
The one-time home of Edgar Allan Poe could reopen for visitors as soon as this autumn, according to one of the people in charge of running the tourist attraction.
7:16 PM EST, February 2, 2013
SUPER BOWL XLVII
As the hosts of one of the most coveted annual Super Bowl parties in Maryland, Steve and Zivah Ring have obligations to uphold. So what if they had planned on spending much of the winter in sunny Florida?
5:37 PM EST, January 16, 2013
A stroll through a Baltimore antique shop has turned up an unsuspected treasure — a rare photograph of Mary Edmonia Lewis, the first 19th century African-American sculptor to receive international recognition.
6:52 PM EST, January 16, 2013
For all of his wit, charm and success, a little bit of the boy who once was nicknamed "Fat Albert' still clings to "Today" show weatherman and feature anchor Al Roker.
December 22, 2012
Harrison Demchick is by his own account an optimist. He doesn't think that human society or our ruling institutions have become irredeemably corrupt. He didn't make one single preparation for this past Friday, when the Mayan calendar came to an abrupt — and some would say ominous — halt.
January 12, 2013
When Vincent Lancisi was 6 years old, his father sat the boy on his lap for a serious conversation.
December 15, 2012
In her historical novels, Annapolis author Erika Robuck invents everyday men and women whose lives intersect with those of acclaimed American authors. She figures that fiction is sometimes the best way of learning something true.
6:17 PM EST, November 14, 2012
A popular program of lending e-readers to patrons of the Enoch Pratt Free Library is expanding to all 22 branches in the system, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Wednesday.
1:58 PM EST, December 7, 2012
When author Margaret Meacham was a little girl, she let her imagination soar while perched high in the branches of a buckeye tree in her family's Pittsburgh backyard.
7:52 AM EST, November 14, 2012
Think of Dorry Segev and Sommer Gentry as intellectual magpies.
December 8, 2012
With its bell tower, arched windows and handsome red-brick facade, the structure at 1427 Light St. looks like what it once was — an elementary school.
October 28, 2012
From his seat in a darkened theater, the 14-year-old boy told the performers and his fellow audience members something that had been bugging him for a long time.
October 27, 2012
Maryland-born author Carol Peacock describes living conditions in the poorest Chinese orphanages with a dispassionate eye.
November 10, 2012
Junot — and Yunior — are back.
7:49 PM EST, November 30, 2012
Larry S. Gibson's book on Thurgood Marshall examines the forces in Baltimore that shaped young judge
Forty-three years of letters, photographs, campaign buttons, itineraries and the occasional miniature flag are crammed into 2,000 fat binders lining three walls — floor to ceiling — of a storage room in the University of Maryland School of Law.
October 20, 2012
Former Maryland poet laureate Lucille Clifton was a former "Jeopardy" champion who used a Ouija board to communicate with her dead mother. She was a survivor of childhood sexual abuse who as an adult unabashedly celebrated her physical self.
7:23 AM EDT, October 16, 2012
The Walters Art Museum and Johns Hopkins University have received a $50,000 grant to create museum programs aimed at fostering cognitive development in preschoolers.
10:55 PM EDT, October 12, 2012
Baltimore police officers found a woman lying in a Baltimore side street shortly after sunset Friday. She had been shot in the head.
2:11 PM EST, November 11, 2012
Next weekend, visitors to the Baltimore Art Museum's newly renovated Contemporary Wing may find themselves staring up at a hole in the ceiling, their mouths gaping open like fish.
7:00 PM EDT, October 13, 2012
After cheering on the Orioles at Yankee Stadium, Michael Cochran made it back to his Canton home about 3 a.m. Saturday — just in time to steal a few hours of sleep before waking up at 7 to run a half-marathon in the Baltimore Running Festival.
11:12 PM EDT, October 12, 2012
Firefighters were battling a two-alarm blaze that broke out Friday night in a Highlandtown residence.
4:14 PM EDT, September 16, 2012
The other day, actress Beth Hylton ended up with a friend glued to her face.
October 28, 2012
October 8, 2012
For more that two decades, author Emily Bernard has been fascinated by Carl Van Vechten, a white man who played a seminal — and controversial — role in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s.
2:38 PM EST, November 19, 2012
A claim that "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash had sex with a minor has been withdrawn.
November 1, 2012
Perhaps the only question more puzzling than who walked away with a Renoir landscape from the Baltimore Museum of Art on a fall weekend in 1951 is who rightfully owns the tiny treasure now.
November 4, 2012
For Michael Meyerson, the Great Seal of the United States encapsulates the struggle over the relationship between religion and government that has become a defining characteristic of our nation.
October 13, 2012
The view of a 16th-century Lisbon street is such a teeming hodgepodge of races, social classes and religions and has so much life on display — much of it mischievous — that's it hard not to smile.
6:30 PM EDT, October 4, 2012
Sometimes the only barrier separating a pastoral paradise from hell on earth is a thin line of birch trees.
October 13, 2012
Kacie Bawiec has been scribbling stories in notebooks since she was in the third grade. And just two weeks ago, the 15-year-old teenager published her first novel, "Silver Dagger."
September 29, 2012
When the British author Chris Cleave published his debut novel, "Incendiary," he fell victim to perhaps the worst historical coincidence ever to afflict an author.
10:10 PM EDT, September 28, 2012
It was the art theft investigation that went nowhere.
5:30 PM EDT, August 18, 2012
Drive west on Mile Lane in Allegany County, then crest the ridge in the road, and all of a sudden, the big barn on Leaning Pine Farm bursts out of the surrounding countryside like a display of fireworks.
8:39 PM EDT, September 21, 2012
When Kwame Kwei-Armah left London to move to Baltimore, he was exploding with questions about this strange land on the other side of the Atlantic, where he was planting not just himself, but also his wife and young son.
11:32 AM EDT, July 1, 2012
Like a bee doing a waggle dance to signal a field full of pollen, or a cat rubbing up against a fence post to make a scent chart of its territory, GPS artist Michael Wallace maps out a virtual Baltimore during his bike trips around the city.
1:52 PM EDT, September 16, 2012
Even when Jeffrey Toobin is absolutely, positively, flat-out wrong, it's worth listening to what he has to say about the U.S. Supreme Court.
8:06 PM EDT, September 27, 2012
A painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir that was recently rediscovered appears to have been stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1951.
September 22, 2012
Author Michael Kun may be a bit of an acquired taste. But once readers sample Kun's hilariously off-kilter world view, they're frequently hooked for life.
July 31, 2012
Baltimore's cutting-edge theater scene just became a bit less razor-sharp.
4:28 PM EDT, June 10, 2012
Probing ahead of him with his cane, Roger Williamson crossed the Everyman Theatre stage, picked upa human skull that doubled as a candy dish and poked his fingers through the eye sockets. Moments later, he ran his hands over a papier-mache mask described as resembling Eleanor Roosevelt or, alternately, Helen of Troy.
7:48 PM EDT, September 18, 2012
11:15 AM EDT, August 27, 2012
"And now you hear the music, but the words don't sound too clear …"
June 2, 2012
At a recent screening of the ballet competion documentary "First Position," the audience gasped audibly when, about a third of the way through the movie, Rebecca Houseknecht's hometown — Odenton, Maryland — flashed across the screen.
9:18 PM EDT, September 10, 2012
A "lost" landscape thought to have been painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir will go on the auction block Sept. 29 on behalf of the Baltimore-born woman who purchased the artwork at a West Virginia flea market for $7.
1:58 PM EDT, June 3, 2012
Rebecca Houseknecht was destined to be a star.
2:58 PM EDT, May 31, 2012
Three of the most popular books in America are being kept off the shelves of the Harford County Public Library system because administrators consider them to be pornographic.
May 18, 2012
The Preakness is, let's face it, the dark horse on the nation's party planning circuit.
12:37 PM EDT, July 15, 2012
When Robert Marbury was 19 years old, he necked with Ricki Lake on camera. At age 29, he spent a year sailing in Indonesia, where he says his ship was attacked by pirates.
6:04 PM EDT, July 21, 2012
From her push-up bra to her square-cut bangs, the woman in the photograph is somehow both squeaky-clean and, in a sexual sense, a little bit dirty.
2:12 PM EDT, May 26, 2012
Vincent Lancisi stands in a pile of rubble sweating under his hard hat, while all around him — board by board, pipe by pipe and hammer blow by hammer blow — a theater is taking shape.
7:08 PM EDT, May 8, 2012
Somewhere the wild things are roaring their terrible roars and gnashing their terrible teeth and rolling their terrible eyes and showing their terrible claws.
May 19, 2012
Gifted with a mother's second sight, Catherine Johnson knew her daughter Jacqueline Green better than the child knew herself.
August 25, 2012
The witch had been weeping in the boxwoods for more than half a century before Laura Amy Schlitz picked up her pen and set her free.
5:54 PM EDT, June 15, 2012
It's entirely possible that one of the august and influential guest curators for "Public Property," the summer exhibit opening Sunday at the Walters Art Museum, was none other than your plumber. Ditto for your postal carrier and your daughter's softball coach.
11:33 PM EDT, July 4, 2012
Braving sweltering heat, strident warnings of roving gangs and a killjoy calendar that let the Fourth of July fall midweek, Marylanders and visitors from around the world flocked to the Inner Harbor Wednesday night to catch their share of rockets' red glare.
April 28, 2012
Jonathan Phillip "Sugarfoot" Moffett can practically hear the King of Pop's voice in his head as he practices his drum licks for the Cirque du Soleil show based on the music of Michael Jackson.
4:08 PM EDT, April 27, 2012
When Johns Hopkins Hospital officially opens its new, $1.1 billion building Tuesday, sick children will find a cobalt cow with legs the color of grass and a butter-colored head floating above their heads, poised to jump over a fanciful "moon."
9:55 PM EDT, April 3, 2012
A Tarot card might have foretold that Ellwood "Bunky" Bartlett would win $32.6 million in the 2007 lottery.
7:27 PM EDT, May 7, 2012
The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, best known for its summer productions outdoors on the hilltop grounds of the 19th-century Patapsco Female Institute in Ellicott City, has purchased a historic site for its second home — the 1885 Mercantile Trust & Deposit Co. building in downtown Baltimore.
10:51 PM EDT, April 7, 2012
At least one person was injured Saturday night when a two-alarm fire consumed four rowhouses in Dundalk.
2:36 PM EDT, March 30, 2012
Oversized illustrations of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin have begun to spring up on abandoned buildings throughout Baltimore, the work of a street artist protesting the death of the 17-year-old at the hands of a neighborhood watch volunteer.
1:41 PM EDT, May 8, 2012
The Walters Art Museum is donating more than 19,000 images of artworks from its collection to the organization running Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that is created and edited by users.
6:32 PM EDT, April 5, 2012
Walters Museum: Jane Meyerhoff's floral still lifes collection will be donated to the Walters Art Museum by philanthropist Robert Meyerhoff.
May 5, 2012
In 1997, Madeleine Albright couldn't have been more certain that she knew everything important about herself and was in possession of every relevant fact about her life.
11:22 AM EDT, May 8, 2012
There's a fallacy that reporters detest being in the spotlight. If that were really true, articles would be published without bylines. But print journalists have found that it's easier and more fun to ask questions than it is to answer them.
12:29 AM EDT, March 23, 2012
Coming unstuck in time, Pamela Regis was investigating the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime. When the clocks struck 13, she dreamt she went to ... to Manderley? — no, McDaniel.
8:08 PM EST, February 19, 2012
In the old Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill, the congregation on Sunday gave a prayer of thanks for what the Rev. Andrew Foster Connors described as "the new light of hope arising from the Maryland State House."
7:03 PM EDT, April 27, 2012
When Johns Hopkins Hospital officially opens its new, $1.1 billion building Tuesday, sick children will find a cobalt cow with legs the color of grass and a butter-colored head floating above their heads, poised to jump over a fanciful "moon."
4:18 PM EST, December 15, 2011
The Walters Art Museum has been putting its stamp on the nation for more than 77 years — but never in quite the way that it's doing this holiday season.
8:42 AM EST, March 8, 2012
Sure, the yearly switch to daylight saving time always puts some of us into a funk and a fog.
4:17 PM EST, February 10, 2012
Tony Aveni blames it on the Pilgrims.
5:21 PM EST, February 10, 2012
Except for the spout sticking up from its backbone, the reddish-brown clay dog bears a striking resemblance to the Chihauhau curled up in front of your fireplace.
6:50 PM EST, January 21, 2012
Fourteen-year-old Rachel Szpara of Parkville is convinced deep in her heart that at least a few drops of Chinese or Korean blood run through her veins.
1:47 PM EST, March 8, 2012
Who knew that Baltimore had such happy feet?
5:17 PM EST, February 19, 2012
This summer, the Baltimore artist Robert McClintock can see one of his brightly colored original prints hanging in the prestigious Smithsonian Institution. He just can't get into Artscape.
9:43 PM EST, January 2, 2012
Business entrepreneur and philanthropist William Polk Carey, who donated more than $100 million to Maryland schools and universities, spent most of his life outside the state, but he never stopped thinking of himself as a Baltimorean.
10:25 AM EST, December 10, 2011
A 12-foot-long white banner with black letters has been suction-cupped to the first-floor windows of the former Craig Flinner art gallery at Charles and Centre streets. It reads:
3:46 PM EDT, March 30, 2012
Kwame Kwei-Armah is doing his utmost to speed up the transitions.
7:46 AM EST, March 1, 2012
Not so long ago, Gina Sager set out to cure her patients by wielding a surgeon's scalpel. Today, her preferred tool is a set of two small brass bells connected by a cord — though these, too, require all the precision and delicacy she can muster.
6:00 PM EST, February 4, 2012
A Sparks woman was killed early Saturday after her car struck a guard rail in Cockeysville.
5:26 PM EST, February 10, 2012
Tony Aveni blames it on the Pilgrims.
3:35 PM EST, February 4, 2012
A man walking near a Towson coffee shop was struck by a car early Saturday and seriously injured.
9:06 PM EST, January 13, 2012
February 16, 2012
The first words the audience hears in "Yellowman" are a vivid evocation of what it's like to toil in summer under the South Carolina sun.
6:41 PM EST, February 4, 2012
Mike McGuire, one of the organizers of the Occupy Baltimore protests, left a city-sponsored public budget workshop Saturday morning feeling about as disappointed as a grass-roots activist can feel.
2:51 PM EST, February 10, 2012
When she was 12 years old, Christina Lewis Halpern was caught in the collision between great good fortune and terrible luck. And the suddenness and severity of the impact jolted her deeply, though it would take years for her to experience the full effects.
7:01 AM EST, February 10, 2012
What if Ricky Ricardo didn't love Lucy?
December 31, 2011
Earle Havens can almost hear their voices.
5:47 PM EST, December 6, 2011
Center Stage officials announced Tuesday that they have hired a new managing director with impressive credentials as a fundraiser — Stephen J. Richard, who planned and managed the recent $125 million campaign to renovate Arena Stage in Washington.
5:06 PM EST, January 27, 2012
Even in his first job, Stephen Richard showed a flair for devising unorthodox methods of helping a cash-strapped California theater festival make ends meet.
November 19, 2011
Move over, Louvre. Show some respect, Basel's Bibliothek.
December 30, 2011
In the past 12 months, some especially high-energy creators have relocated from other metropolises and set up shop within city limits. While a scrappy inventiveness isn't new here — far from it — it could be that the city is reaching a critical mass of innovative thinkers in the arts.
9:57 AM EST, December 3, 2011
A man with salt-and-pepper hair stood recently in front of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, glaring at an oversized poster promoting a reading Monday night by the cultural critic Touré from his new book, "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?"
5:05 PM EST, December 5, 2011
When Peabody Institute professor Manuel Barrueco received an email alerting him that he had been nominated for a prestigious fellowship carrying a five-figure cash prize, he assumed it was spam, perhaps a variation of the Nigerian lottery scam, and deleted it.
7:30 PM EDT, October 28, 2011
When painting student Jennifer Tam studied a series of Marcel Duchamp prints of boldly colored, spinning discs, she became convinced that the enigmatic works had to be included in the big new show opening Sundayat the Baltimore Museum of Art.
October 8, 2011
Five years ago, Shawn Theron was waiting tables and managing the bar of the Joy America Cafe inside the American Visionary Art Museum. Today, his work is hanging on the gallery walls.
3:54 PM EST, February 4, 2012
Two people went to the hospital with minor injuries early Saturday after a party in a hall used by the Violetville Volunteer Fire Department got out of hand.
October 15, 2011
For nearly two centuries, the Maryland Institute College of Art has been known for training painters, sculptors and fashion designers.
5:32 PM EDT, September 9, 2011
A spruced-up, more cheerful version of the historic Broadway Market's south shed reopened Friday morning, and customers found such new offerings as Polish dishes made from scratch and food cooked while they wait.
November 4, 2011
Starting at sunset Saturday, artist Kelley Bell will place Baltimore's venerable landmark Bromo Seltzer Tower at the exact center of the solar system.
3:43 PM EST, November 14, 2011
A new holiday light show will engulf Power Plant in a celebratory glow. There will be a lantern parade along the Inner Harbor promenade, a workshop to craft handmade ornaments followed by tree decorating, carolers, public cookie-decorating and rides for children in a trackless train.
8:43 PM EDT, September 22, 2011
Baltimore's book festival got here first.
3:42 PM EST, December 5, 2011
It's official: Gomez has own theater.
6:48 PM EDT, September 15, 2011
Hurricane Irene apparently was even worse than anyone thought. Forget about downed power lines — the storm knocked out Baltimore's sweet tooth.
3:43 PM EDT, October 7, 2011
When Scott Weaver's alcoholic father walked away from his family to live on the streets, the then-9-year-old boy found solace in working on an assignment for his fourth-grade class to a create a sculpture from toothpicks.
November 12, 2011
Set designer Daniel Ettinger and technical director Bill Jamieson spent months painstakingly constructing a world accurate down to the tiniest detail, from the wallpaper pattern to the electrical sockets.
5:27 PM EDT, September 23, 2011
Artist Gary Kachadourian loves homely things. He appreciates modest, utilitarian objects that don't call attention to themselves, objects that frequently are described as ugly but that are undeniably functional: Dumpsters, highway barriers, chain-link fences.
8:03 AM EDT, October 27, 2011
When seven former college friends first ventured inside the former shoe factory at 306 W. Redwood St., it was filled with junk and there were holes in the floor.
6:52 PM EDT, September 28, 2011
Baltimore is being invaded by flying saucers — in fungal form.
7:53 AM EDT, September 6, 2011
More than a week after Hurricane Irene blew through Maryland, power has been restored to almost all public schools in Baltimore, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County.
10:45 PM EDT, September 5, 2011
Barely has Baltimore dried out from Hurricane Irene when the region was put on a flash flood watch through Tuesday evening.
3:33 PM EDT, September 3, 2011
10:21 PM EDT, September 5, 2011
What 11-year-old Christa Stargill wanted to do most on the last day of the 2011 Maryland State Fair wasn't to ride the giant slide or to eat an ice cream cone or even to attend an informative discussion about bedbugs.
7:02 PM EDT, October 14, 2011
Twelve years ago, Walters Art Museum curator Will Noel opened a parcel and discovered what he calls "Archimedes' brain in a box."
September 10, 2011
Lonni Sue Johnson spends every spare moment creating word puzzles superimposed on elaborate grids. The moment she puts one down, she starts on the next. In not quite three years, she has amassed a stack of paper that is 15 feet high.
5:09 PM EDT, August 19, 2011
To rebuild her life, Felicia "Snoop" Pearson had to destroy her reputation.
10:41 AM EDT, September 2, 2011
Now that Baltimore's debut Grand Prix is just days away, the trash talk is revving up by the hour. And that's not counting the race car drivers.
2:34 PM EDT, August 24, 2011
The city Board of Estimates selected a Maryland firm Wednesday morning to come up with a plan to make Baltimore's historic Edgar Allan Poe House self-sufficient by next July.
4:30 PM EDT, August 5, 2011
For actor Hugo Weaving, the distance between his farm in Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles isn't just 7,500 miles, give or take. It's the distance between his identities as a pop culture icon and as a conservatory-trained actor who revels in the classical canon.
12:28 PM EDT, August 8, 2011
After Crystal Langdon checks out 22 books from her library on Reisterstown Road on Wednesday, she plans to carry them home on the Metro in her purse.
2:12 PM EDT, April 21, 2011
The novel "Crime and Punishment" is a gripping, modern psychodrama, a masterpiece of tension and suspense.
8:58 PM EDT, July 30, 2011
Seven years after the Hippodrome Theatre reopened with a citywide celebration and an outpouring of civic optimism, the historic venue is struggling, beset by exorbitant utility expenses and an audience that is seemingly deserting in droves.
8:45 PM EDT, September 5, 2011
More than a week after Hurricane Irene blew through Maryland, power has been restored to all public schools in Baltimore, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County.
12:48 PM EDT, May 19, 2011
The crew of Urban Pirates has just a few simple expectations for the would-be Baltimore buccaneers it takes aboard for its adults-only, BYOG (bring your own grog) cruises:
10:14 PM EDT, July 13, 2011
Thirteen-year-old Alexander Williams was always so reluctant to read that his school arranged to get him special help. But he felt differently about the stories when they were told on a big screen.
7:21 PM EDT, May 13, 2011
Viewers see first the beast's ravenous mouth, with six fangs increasing in size and as pointed as daggers. The fiend is wearing a "Vote" button with an image of the American flag, and its tail snakes into a dollar sign.
5:12 PM EST, November 11, 2010
8:08 PM EDT, August 29, 2011
Practically the second that the Towson Town Center opened at 10 a.m. Monday, Theresa Hall burst through the doors with her two children and 4-year-old nephew, in search of hot food and toilets that flushed.
2:26 PM EDT, July 9, 2011
Kathy Hornig's "to do" list for the week includes closing down 12 of the busiest streets in Baltimore — Mount Royal Avenue, Charles Street, Cathedral Street and others — for most of a week.
October 9, 2010
There's a Kelly green aerial lift parked in the lobby of the Senator Theatre, and a steady sound of scraping as an art restoration expert in the auditorium carefully extracts paint samples from the proscenium arch flanking the stage.
4:36 PM EDT, May 18, 2011
Fans of the Baltimore-area band Pirates for Sail are accustomed to song titles like "Time Flyes When You're Havin' Rum."
4:49 PM EDT, April 29, 2011
Before "The Nate Berkus Show" arranged for a dramatic makeover, M'Salla and Felicia Wilks and their two daughters were prisoners of their own backyard.
January 31, 2010
It probably won't surprise Duff Goldman's many fans that a power drill will make an appearance next weekend when the master cake baker takes on Michael Symon in "Iron Chef America."
11:50 AM EST, January 24, 2011
This summer, MacArthur Award-winning choreographer Liz Lerman will leave the Takoma Park, Maryland troupe she founded in 1976 to pursue solo projects in dancing and writing.
4:17 PM EDT, May 4, 2011
When is it OK to catch some shut-eye on the job?
2:32 PM EDT, June 8, 2011
The table in Jack Samuels' Fells Point office is piled two feet high with books, papers, scientific journals and grant applications.
12:00 AM EDT, September 28, 2010
Baltimorean David Simon, whose groundbreaking television series "The Wire" examined the institutions of his hometown with a passionate and unsparing eye, today won a 2010 MacArthur "genius" award.
5:41 PM EDT, July 1, 2011
The boy in the black leotard was throwing yet another temper tantrum.
2:33 PM EST, January 23, 2011
The proprietor of Handbags in the City has a fashion sense that favors the classical, whether he's wearing a belted Burberry trench coat with a standup collar, lounging in a Mulberry cashmere sweater or modeling a jacket lined with shearling.
7:24 PM EDT, July 20, 2011
Tim McFadden stepped outside his glass-blowing studio to cool off. At 3 p.m., the temperature along that particular stretch of Eastern Avenue was only 96 degrees.
4:25 PM EDT, April 22, 2011
At a time when much of the English-speaking world is fixated on the royal wedding, it's worth pointing out that if it weren't for the original Baltimore bad girl, Wallis Warfield Simpson, Friday's nuptials might not be taking place.
10:26 AM EDT, July 22, 2010
It really was the last picture show.
9:05 AM EDT, May 8, 2011
Kwame Kwei-Armah has a way of pulling others into his gravitational field, whirling them around and then depositing them in a place at some distance from where they started out.
5:20 PM EDT, March 18, 2011
You have to study the piece called "Inversion" for a minute to fully appreciate the joke.
2:39 PM EST, February 11, 2011
To understand the appeal of sacred relics, which have caused wars and attracted devout pilgrims for nearly a millennium, look no further than Babe Ruth's bat.
5:55 PM EDT, April 14, 2011
Zoe, a 16-year-old giraffe at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, died Thursday after receiving anesthesia during a medical procedure. The reticulated giraffe was a favorite of visitors who occasionally were allowed to feed her
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