| May 12, 2014
| 8:53 AM
The scientific consensus on whether human beings are causing global climate change is largely settled – we are causing it.
The politics, however, are far from settled; a slew of people, many who are politicians or political commentators on the...
| May 13, 2014
| 7:07 PM
Growing up on the Eastern Shore afforded Alex Stinton plenty to describe. The subjects surrounded him: the sounds, the wildlife, the water.
The boy who grew up reading in the bayfront community of Wittman, and later dug into William Wordsworth, has...
| May 14, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Some places in Harford County are named for early postmasters and postmistresses (Benson, Norrisville, Jarrettsville), millers and farmers (Carr, Pyle, Bond, Bynum), even a onetime sheriff (Carsins).
Others draw their names from the Bible (Joppa,...
| 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.
Her shell-shocked family relocated to Los Angeles in the 1980s — and she had barely...
| Apr 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.
On that day in the late 1980s, the boss, a carpenter, eyed the short kid with the soft hands. He saw a young man with no...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 10:35 AM
The Common Core education standards have elicited a national debate that extends well beyond the classroom — touching a wide range of fears, from a federal takeover of local schools to government use of databases to collect information on children....
| Apr 28, 2014
| 8:44 AM
Donna Ellis, a longtime writer for the Columbia Flier and other publications, died of pneumonia April 23 at Howard County General Hospital. She was 72 and lived in Columbia.
Born Donna Louise Griffith in Lynn, Mass., she earned an English literature...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 1:10 PM
Late in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film "Pulp Fiction," Marsellus Wallace — a criminal boss played by Ving Rhames — banishes prizefighter Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) from Southern California, telling him "You lost all your L.A. privileges."...
| May 1, 2014
| 4:22 PM
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| May 2, 2014
| 3:29 PM
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.
"He let me beat him, and I knew he let me beat him," Galloway said recently when...
| May 4, 2014
| 9:47 AM
The nation's space exploration program had already captivated 12-year-old Howard Weinstein's imagination when the episodes of the original "Star Trek" began airing in 1966.
"The show was the coolest thing happening on TV, outside of space launches," the...
| May 3, 2014
The boy who never grew up, but learned how to fly, has fascinated children — and adults who still remember being young — since he first soared above a London stage in a hit play by J.M. Barrie in 1904.
More than a century later, audiences...