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  • Man charged in bomb plot appeared to drift into Islamic extremism

    Man charged in bomb plot appeared to drift into Islamic extremism
    Not so long ago, the young man accused of plotting to blow up a military recruiting station in Catonsville had a mundane job: selling children's clothes at Columbia Mall. When he was hired as a sales associate about a year ago, Antonio Martinez was...
  • Man accused in bomb plot had prior criminal charges

    Man accused in bomb plot had prior criminal charges
    Before being charged in a jihadist plot to kill American soldiers in Catonsville with a car bomb, Antonio Martinez was a petty thief in the D.C. suburbs. At age 16, he was arrested for armed robbery. Juvenile records aren't public, but two years later &#...
  • Bomb plot suspect drew inspiration from radicals, Web

    Bomb plot suspect drew inspiration from radicals, Web
    The suspect in the attempted bombing of the Army recruiting center in Catonsville apparently drew inspiration from an array of websites and radical Islamic leaders, including a U.S.-born cleric who has been targeted for assassination by the Obama...
  • Batman pulled over by police in Montgomery County

    Batman pulled over by police in Montgomery County
    In the movies, Gotham City police required a giant spotlight to find Batman. Montgomery County police didn't have to go quite so far, finding him cruising around in a Lamborghini Wednesday in Silver Spring and pulling the unidentified man over for not...
  • Jon Stewart uses soul singer to mock 'friend' Anthony Weiner

    Jon Stewart uses soul singer to mock 'friend' Anthony Weiner
    After several nights of struggling with how to cover the so-called "Weinergate" scandal surrounding his friend U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), Jon Stewart finally broke down and did the bit properly.  Stewart and Weiner are old friends and even shared...
  • Arrest made in plot to blow up Baltimore-area military recruiting center

    Arrest made in plot to blow up Baltimore-area military recruiting center
    A 21-year-old Baltimore County man, whose Facebook postings about jihad gave way to discussions with an FBI informant about how to kill American soldiers, was arrested Wednesday after authorities say he tried to blow up a Catonsville military recruiting...
  • Accused Maryland cannibal, victim both had legal troubles

    Accused Maryland cannibal, victim both had legal troubles
    As an electrical engineering student at Morgan State University, Alexander Kinyua was described by a professor as "docile" and dedicated, always looking to improve himself. On the Internet, Kinyua — now accused of killing a family friend and...
  • Cannibalism is extremely rare, experts say

    Cannibalism is extremely rare, experts say
    In a career spanning three decades, forensic psychiatrist Steven Hoge has evaluated just a handful of people implicated in acts of cannibalism. It's exceedingly rare behavior, he says, and clear answers are often elusive when it does occur. "I understand...
  • Getaway for love

    Getaway for love
    Want to escape with your sweetie for Valentine's Day? Packages abound, both near and far, for married soul mates or those who are single and want to mingle. (Taxes and gratuities are not included unless noted.) Here are just a few. Romantic inns Glen...
  • Celebrity traveler: Shodekeh's musical treks

    Celebrity traveler: Shodekeh's musical treks
    It's easy for internationally renowned musician Shodekeh to journey with just carry-on luggage; his instrument travels in his soul. The Baltimore-based beatboxer and vocal percussionist performs in a multitude of genres and music domains, including dance...
  • Uphill battle to rid the city of vacant properties

    Housing officials have sold more of the city's vacant homes in the first seven months of the budget year than in all of the previous year — but the sales still represent fewer than 3 percent of the 4,000 empty houses owned by the city. As housing...
  • Rare twins make their first visit to pediatrician

    Rare twins make their first visit to pediatrician
    An appointment with a pediatrician Thursday was a "big relief" to Katie Bauer, whose seven-month pregnancy with rare "momo" twins was at first confusing and then exhausting. "It's all behind them, these guys are doing just fine," Dr. Joseph A. Garcia...