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H.L. Mencken

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  • A toast to Baltimore's old breweries

    "Back again, back again, we've got Franklin D. Roosevelt back again, since Roosevelt's been re-elected moonshine liquor's been corrected, we've got legal wine, whiskey, beer and gin." —Recorded by Bill Cox in 1936 Happy New Year! Oh, I'm sorry....
  • Who says Mencken would have hated speed cameras?

    Giving the proceeds for traffic light and speed camera violators to charities is a good idea. Having these devices is a great challenge to speeders and DUI drivers who flout laws designed to protect all of us. I do not believe that H.L. Mencken would...
  • A photographic tour of Towson

    A photographic tour of Towson
    Melissa Schehlein, a Towson native, walked the streets and byways of the Baltimore County seat in search of what was while documenting with her camera what is. The result of her search was the recently published book, "Towson: Then and Now," a 96-page...
  • Ellicott City Farmers Market on Tonge Row has the perfect taste for summer

    It's the most wonderful time of the year for folks who love good food. I've been watching our neighbors, Andie and Rob, painstakingly tend their vegetable garden through all kinds of weather, and against deer looking for a convenient buffet. Their hard...
  • Historic district in city rising fast

    Named for its two dominant old features, the Union Square-Hollins Market Historic District is known for the shady park across the street from H.L. Mencken's home as well as the oldest public market building in Baltimore that is still in use. These days,...
  • The making of an opinion

    "All successful newspapers are ceaselessly querulous and bellicose. They never defend anyone or anything if they can help it; if the job is forced upon them, they tackle it by denouncing someone or something else." Remarkably enough, those are not the...
  • Public radio station cancels Steiner show

    Marc Steiner, whose radio talk show became a forum for Baltimore and Maryland civic affairs in recent years, was taken off the air yesterday by public radio station WYPR, which blamed sagging ratings. Barbara Bozzuto, WYPR board chairman, said in an...
  • The two Comments of the Week

     
    Sometimes something needs to be said and it's nice when one of you says it so eloquently, more eloquently than I could have said it. EL Paul W and Donny B, you are technically correct about Baltimore's food traditions of......
  • Sun vignette has been greeting readers since 1837

    Sun vignette has been greeting readers since 1837
    No, Dear Reader, you are not caught in a time warp or a victim of a delayed April Fool's prank. You are not in "The Twilight Zone" and your eyes are not deceiving you. What you're looking at is The Baltimore Sun's vignette, or nameplate, as it appeared...
  • Tour d'Amour of Mount Vernon

    Where: Starts at the Brass Elephant, 924 N. Charles St. When: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday Why: Many of the great Baltimoreans have apparently found and lost love near our Washington Monument. The guided tour includes the stories of heartbreak and woe...
  • 10 things you might not know about Chicago restaurants

    10 things you might not know about Chicago restaurants
    In honor of Taste of Chicago, running Wednesday through Sunday, let's take a look at the city's savory restaurants and their sometimes unsavory customers. Eat it up: 1/ Charlie Trotter, the influential Chicago restaurateur who died last year, once...
  • 14 things you don't know about James M. Cain

    Today is James M. Cain's birthday; the titan of noir writing was born July 1, 1892. The longtime writer is best known for three books that were made into now-classic films: "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "Mildren Pierce" and  "Double Indemnity." Born...