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  • Maryland bans ginseng picking on public lands

    Maryland bans ginseng picking on public lands
    Hoping to save what's left of Maryland's dwindling wild ginseng population, the state has banned collection of the sought-after herb on all state-owned lands. Worried that remaining patches of the slow-growing plant are being stripped from Western...
  • Hundreds lend a hand to sew Star-Spangled Banner replica

    Hundreds lend a hand to sew Star-Spangled Banner replica
    On most days, Tony Wheeler of Arnold is a guide for a company that offers historic tours in Maryland. But on Sunday, Wheeler became part of history himself. Wheeler, wearing a top hat and early 19th-century attire, joined hundreds of volunteers at the...
  • Things to know for Friday

    Things to know for Friday
    A new species of carnivore has been discovered, with experts describing the olinguito as a housecat-like creature. Meanwhile, on Digg, the old idea of sending actual house cats through pneumatic tubes has been resurrected, or at least recognized as...
  • Carol G. Hjortsberg, educator

    Carol G. Hjortsberg, educator
    Carol G. Hjortsberg, former head of Grace Episcopal Day School and author of a history of St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis, died March 27 from complications of diabetes at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. She was 69. "Carol was very...
  • Former Hopkins coach, AD Scott to receive Spirit of Tewaaraton Award

    Former Hopkins coach, AD Scott to receive Spirit of Tewaaraton Award
    The Tewaaraton Foundation has named former Johns Hopkins lacrosse player, coach and athletic director Bob Scott as the recipient of the 2013 Spirit of Tewaaraton Award. Scott will be honored May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the...
  • Ellicott City photographer brings nature to life

    Ellicott City photographer brings nature to life
    With its triangular, armored head, bulging eyes and serrated forearms, the predator attacking its prey is a menacing sight. The Transformer-like creature on the computer screen in George Grall's home office is actually a Carolina mantis chowing down on a...
  • Melvin B. Lowe Jr., floral designer

    Melvin B. Lowe Jr., floral designer
    Melvin B. Lowe Jr., a floral designer and funeral home attendant who was also a partner in a special-events and decorating company, died Sept. 27 of renal failure at his Washington home. The one-time Northeast Baltimore resident was 47. "Melvin was a...
  • Maryland's Katie Schwarzmann wins second straight Tewaaraton Award

    Maryland's Katie Schwarzmann wins second straight Tewaaraton Award
    Katie Schwarzmann became the fourth two-time winner of the Tewaaraton Award Thursday. The Maryland senior midfielder and Cornell's Rob Pannell were honored as the top players in collegiate lacrosse Thursday night at the 13th-annual award ceremony at...
  • Holocaust tapestries at AVAM help explore the nature of narrative

    Holocaust tapestries at AVAM help explore the nature of narrative
    Sometimes the only barrier separating a pastoral paradise from hell on earth is a thin line of birch trees. Before she died in 2001 at age 74, Frederick dressmaker Esther Krinitz created 36 oversized fabric panels that provide persuasive proof that...
  • Rodney G. Stieff

    Rodney G. Stieff
    Rodney G. Stieff, former chairman of the board and CEO of Kirk-Stieff Co., which was the oldest silversmith firm in the country, died Tuesday of kidney cancer at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. The former longtime Orchards resident was 87....
  • Want a sculpture? A new jaw? Pizza? Just print it

    Want a sculpture? A new jaw? Pizza? Just print it
    Thanks to 3D printing, American society may be about to boldly go where no one has gone before. A Johns Hopkins scientist is seeking to adapt the technology to grow human jaw bones — potentially revolutionizing implant procedures. A Halethorpe...
  • Library brings musical side of Lincoln to life

    Library brings musical side of Lincoln to life
    Enjoy a truly unique musical role-playing experience with General Grant and President Lincoln. Will and Bernadine Boyce have spent years perfecting their impersonations of General and Mrs. Grant (along with other Civil War personalities) and Dr. Duke...