| 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...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 11:22 AM
Josephine C. "Jo" Miller, a civic activist who was a member of the League of Women Voters for 50 years and a Baltimore City Zoning Board watchdog for the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, died March 22 of esophageal cancer at her Roland Park...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 3:15 AM
It is easy to see that spring is a time of miracles; and, as we participate in the celebration of new life, it is tough not to wonder just exactly how these feats of nature come about. Thankfully, our own Elkridge Branch Library has programs to help us to...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 11:48 AM
The boxes have been unpacked, the computers are connected and patrons are slowly trickling in to Laurel's temporary library on Sandy Spring Road.
The former library on Seventh Street, built in 1965, closed on March 8 so that the building can be...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 7:20 AM
Inquiry from a reader: "When did youth become the plural of youth? Is one accosted by a pack of youths, or a pack of youth?"
Youth has the status of a count noun (one youth, two youths)* and a mass noun (we have fretted about American youth, one...