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  • William Voss Elder III, White House curator

    William Voss Elder III, White House curator
    William Voss Elder III, a retired Baltimore Museum of Art curator who helped first lady Jacqueline Kennedy during the 1960s bring antique furnishing to the White House, died of heart failure Thursday at Northwest Hospital. The Upperco resident was 82....
  • Tall ships, Blue Angels to return for bicentennial of national anthem

    Tall ships, Blue Angels to return for bicentennial of national anthem
    It's a mere yellowing piece of paper with a few hundred words scrawled on it, a document that once sat forgotten in a drawer for three-quarters of a century. But this summer, the original manuscript of "The Star-Spangled Banner," the poem Francis...
  • Commemorative stamp unveiled Thursday honoring American flag

    Commemorative stamp unveiled Thursday honoring American flag
    A year of events celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner kicked off Thursday with the unveiling of a commemorative stamp. The newest installment of the popular "forever" stamps — so named because they continue to be valid...
  • Chorale for seniors 55 and older offers music, health benefits

    Chorale for seniors 55 and older offers music, health benefits
    The exercises were intended to open up the chest and diaphragm. Arms overhead, deep breaths in and out. Jaw loose, face loose. Next came voice exercises, the sopranos and altos, tenors and baritones going up and down the scales. On a rare balmy day in...
  • Ex-Navy great Jimmy Lewis to receive Tewaaraton Legends Award

    Ex-Navy great Jimmy Lewis to receive Tewaaraton Legends Award
    The Tewaaraton Foundation has named former Navy lacrosse star and National Lacrosse Hall of Famer James C. "Jimmy" Lewis as the recipient of the fourth annual Tewaaraton Legends Award. "Jimmy Lewis is a natural selection for the fourth Tewaaraton...
  • Key's manuscript to appear with 'Banner' that inspired it

    Key's manuscript to appear with 'Banner' that inspired it
    Some things just naturally go together, like peanut butter and jelly. This summer, Francis Scott Key's original manuscript for "The Star-Spangled Banner" — America's national anthem — will be reunited for the first time with the flag that...
  • New exhibit at Lewis Museum chronicles black history from 1600s to present

    New exhibit at Lewis Museum chronicles black history from 1600s to present
    Over the past 181 years, the bill of sale has turned a pale tan. The ink has faded from black to brown and includes elaborate flourishes that seem ill-suited to such a grim and ugly business. On Feb. 25, 1832, the bill reads, a slave named William...
  • Papenfuse ends 38-year run as Maryland's memory keeper

    Papenfuse ends 38-year run as Maryland's memory keeper
    For the first time in almost 40 years, someone other than Edward C. Papenfuse is the keeper of Maryland's memories. Papenfuse, 70, retired last week as state archivist after a career spanning seven governors. Over that time he brought Maryland's...
  • Dorothy Higdon, of Mays Chapel, secretary and scout volunteer

    Dorothy Higdon, of Mays Chapel, secretary and scout volunteer
    Dorothy Beksinski Higdon, a homemaker and former secretary once active in scouting, died of heart disease Friday at her Mays Chapel home. She was 89. Born Dorothy Beksinski in Baltimore and raised in Fells Point, she was the daughter of Walter and...
  • Laurel small business owner has White House meeting on shutdown

    Laurel small business owner has White House meeting on shutdown
    As owner of the Laurel production company Breasia Studios, Jamal Lee has worked with award-winning musicians, large corporations and major film studios. On Friday, he met with another notable client: President Barack Obama. Lee was one of nine small...
  • Frequently asked questions about the government shutdown

    Frequently asked questions about the government shutdown
    Congress has failed to fund the federal government and has shut it down. Federal employees are instructed to report to work and will be sent home when they arrive on Tuesday. Additionally, government services will be suspended. Here's a look at how...
  • Shutdown may mean fewer field trips, other impacts at Harford schools

    Government employees and local businesses may not be the only ones affected by Tuesday's federal government shutdown. Students at some Harford County schools may lose the most fun part of their educational enrichment — field trips to Washington, D....