| Sep 12, 2013
| 11:13 AM
To commemorate H.L. Mencken's birthday on this site,* it seems particularly fitting to repeat a salient passage from The American Language, a caution to all those who hold forth and English grammar and usage:
The error of ... viewers with alarm is in...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 11:00 AM
We read with interest The Baltimore Sun's recent editorial calling for Maryland schools to skip testing every student in grades 3-8 this year because new assessments aligned to the curriculum will not be available until the 2014-2015 school year ("Md....
| Jun 24, 2013
| 4:00 AM
OK, young'ns, here's your chance.
In two consecutive elections, you've carried Barack Obama to victory. When he said, "We are the ones we've been waiting for," he basically meant you. You voted for Mr. Obama by a margin of 66 percent to 32 percent in...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 5:59 PM
The Baltimore Sun Media Group is launching a paid summer internship in honor of Mary J. Corey, the first woman to lead The Baltimore Sun newsroom.
The internship was announced Monday at a memorial dedication for Corey, who died in February of breast...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 8:15 AM
What would the Sage of Baltimore say? The Barney John C. Calhoun Fife sheriff of far Western Maryland's Wild West has ruled on the constitutionality of the state's recently enacted gun law — and he's agin' it ("Sheriff won't enforce gun law," June...
| May 30, 2013
| 2:07 PM
My colleague, Candy Thomson, recently reported that a study will soon evaluate the structural condition and projected life left in the Bay Bridge, while also considering the possible addition of a third span to accommodate traffic demands that will soar...
| Apr 23, 2012
| 3:37 PM
During his more than 60 years in the news business, Timonium resident Lou Panos crossed paths with people from legendary Baltimore scribeH.L. Mencken to the Kennedy brothers — as in RFK and JFK.
Along the way, Panos, 86, who was inducted last...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 11:35 AM
Fifty years ago, people in the United States had very real fears of the possibility of nuclear annihilation in an exchange of nuclear missiles with the Soviet Union. The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 brought that fear very close. But the year before,...
| Apr 30, 2012
| 8:58 AM
Despite what you may have heard, the "house museum" is not dead in Baltimore City.
The H.L. Mencken House (officially closed since 1997 by the bankruptcy of the City Life Museums) has had more than 100 visitors during two recent weekends. The Johns...
| May 10, 2012
| 3:59 AM
Locked in a metal filing cabinet in The Sun's library is a sheaf of manila folders packed with typed pages, copies of paste-up sheets and loops of pink, punched tapes — artifacts of H. L. Mencken's coverage of what he dubbed "the Scopes monkey...
| May 14, 2012
| 4:00 PM
John Joseph Scocca, a retired Johns Hopkins biochemistry professor recalled for his keen critical eye, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease May 10 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 72 and lived in Aberdeen.
Born in South Philadelphia,...
| May 21, 2012
| 3:00 AM
This is the season of generational twaddle. At graduation ceremonies across the country, politicians, authors, actors and businessmen take to the stage to tell young people they are fantastic simply because they are young. This year, the ritual is more...