| Jan 10, 2014
| 8:35 AM
It happened during his senior year at North Carroll High School, John Patrick Barry recalled.
As Mark Twain, the Asian-American actor wore a lot of makeup, a wig with hair everywhere and a fake mustache.
It was his favorite role of his high school...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 7:24 AM
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:
Because the Greeks thought so hard about the way...
| May 3, 2013
Probing questions at presidential news conferences sometimes have a way of getting their principals to reflect on their state of mind -- and at the same time the state their presidency, particularly when things aren't going well.
Back in 1995, when Bill...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 8:29 AM
It was Jim Smiley, trainer of Dan'l Webster, who observed in a potential rival: "Maybe you understand frogs, and maybe you don't understand 'em."
The same could be applied to speculation about those with a passion for training any number of other...
| May 31, 2013
| 7:36 AM
What's the fair going rate to pay someone who has been elected to public office?
It's an open question, and one that needs to be asked often and, once settled for one generation, asked anew again for the next generation. These days it's being asked in...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 8:22 AM
I believe it was an English preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon (and not Mark Twain, to whom the saying is often attributed), who once said, "A lie travels 'round the world, while truth is putting on her boots."
Blaine Taylor states that I have failed to...
| Mar 22, 2012
| 7:39 PM
As a 5-year-old who adored her father, Shirley Bossom contentedly tagged along with him 70 years ago on daily errands that often included business in the granite-clad Ellicott City Post Office on Main Street.
The lifelong Ellicott City resident recalls...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 12:40 PM
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt," so goes a bit of sound advice attributed to any number of great wits ranging from Confucius to Mark Twain. It remains as unheeded today as it did in the times of those...
| Mar 14, 2012
| 11:10 PM
Joe Rankin wasn't motivated.
He wasn't going to school regularly and when he was there, he was acting out. He was dealing with an unsettled home situation all while regularly moving to different shelters and hotels.
He was lost.
But one day, Rankin was...
| Jun 1, 2012
| 5:00 PM
For the Contemporary Museum, which abruptly announced last month that it was suspending operations, the challenge going forward may be implicit in its name: How does it stay contemporary?
The museum began exhibiting cutting-edge art in Baltimore 23 years...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 7:01 AM
You know about bibliomancy, right? Divination by books? You take the Bible, for example, allow it to fall open at random, close your eyes, and stab your finger at a passage. Opening your eyes, you read it for guidance about the future.
It's a very old...
| Jul 23, 2012
| 10:59 AM
The sun hadn't reached its peak intensity by 10 a.m. on July 17, but the four volunteers from Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church were already sweating.
Temperatures would rise into the upper 90s that day as volunteers painted the fence of a...