| Apr 18, 2011
| 7:06 PM
William Donald Schaefer's biggest achievement was also his most unlikely: A man insecure enough to earn the nickname "Shaky" managed to restore the self-confidence of an entire city.
The former mayor, governor and comptroller, who died Monday at the...
| Oct 3, 2011
| 4:41 AM
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:
The light shines through this word...
| Oct 4, 2011
| 4:10 PM
If you’re a history buff but don’t fancy walking up and down Ellicott City’s hills, take note of the new literary (and stationary) tour at Tea on the Tiber.
Now you can have a seat and a sweet in the charming teahouse while listening to...
| May 29, 2011
| 6:15 PM
He was shielded from the afternoon sun by the awning that covered his booth, but the bright mood emanating from Larry Stevens was hard to miss.
An artist who grew up in Baltimore, Stevens was so busy selling prints of his colorful cityscapes he barely...
| Jul 21, 2011
| 7:28 PM
Howard Markel's "An Anatomy of Addiction" starts, like a shot, on May 5,1884. A Bellevue Hospital orderly summons Dr. William Stewart Halsted to save the leg of a laborer who has fallen from a scaffolding.
Famous for the speed and virtuosity of his...
| Apr 21, 2012
| 1:56 PM
Baltimoreans like their beer, and so far it's been a good year.
My colleague Erik Maza, who keeps his eye on the local brew scene, has been the bearer of malty good news.
He has written about the Heavy Seas Alehouse, which opened earlier this year...
| May 8, 2012
| 8:22 AM
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.
| 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,...
| Mar 28, 2012
| 7:08 AM
Carol Saller has a disturbing post at Lingua Franca on difficult writers.
It's quite a stunner. My experience has been almost exclusively with newspaper reporters, who display none of the obnoxious characteristics Ms. Saller describes. On the contrary,...
| Apr 1, 2012
It's a story that simply won't go away.
It's an upper-class soap opera, and even after the passage of 75 years it still packs a sentimental punch and draws a willing audience into the glittering world of the British aristocracy.
It is the saga of...