| Feb 24, 2014
| 11:50 AM
In 1982, the late Gov. William Donald Schaefer was running for his last term as mayor. He held one of those big dinners that politicians are famous for at P.J. Crickets on Pratt St. All the political leaders were there. I was the chef that evening and can...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 6:15 PM
At a news conference convened on a bluff overlooking the photogenic Inner Harbor, two top-ranking Baltimore police commanders stood before a bank of television cameras and revealed the identity of a shooting suspect they were seeking.
They called him...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 1:49 PM
A funny thing happened when Gail Cunningham hired local home restoration company SouthFen to renovate and restore her 18th-century home in Butler: She fell in love with the builder.
The relationship between Cunningham, now the vice president of...
| Mar 26, 2012
Who says Al Capone was a bad guy? Well, lots of people do. But he did at least one nice thing in his life. He donated two Japanese weeping cherry trees to Union Memorial Hospital in 1939.
Now, the hospital is selling carvings from a broken limb of one of...
| Oct 8, 2012
| 5:19 AM
"He went to the cellar, to draw a little beer; And quickly did return, to say there was none there." -- "Blue Bell Boy," traditional nursery rhyme
"Blue Bell Boy" is a stripped-down, brilliant episode of "Boardwalk Empire." Outside of Nucky's immediate...
| Oct 15, 2012
| 5:53 AM
"He's not so good in a crowd, but when you get him alone, you'd be surprised" -- Irving Berlin, "You'd Be Surprised"
Nucky Thompson's new de facto mantra, "you can't be half a gangster," seems to be applying more and more to "Boardwalk Empire" as a show....
| Nov 5, 2012
| 3:36 AM
"I just want you to be my gangster" - Billie Kent
"Boardwalk Empire" teased viewers with two pretty slow-and-go episodes heading into “The Pony.” Gillian’s creepy disposal of Bizarro Jimmy aside, the show had crawled to a haunting,...
| Sep 17, 2012
| 9:00 AM
"Every day in every way I am getting better and better." - Nelson Van Alden
What's that, "Boardwalk Empire" without its tragic hero, Jimmy Darmody? What's next, an aviatrix (or "lady flyer" if you prefer) navigating across the continent?
As the third...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 11:47 AM
Thank you, Al Capone. Fortunately for me, one of your worst decisions has resulted in one of the best ones I've made in recent months: ordering the Weeping Cherry from -- wait for it, wait for it … -- Bad Decisions in Fells Point.
| Nov 26, 2012
| 4:56 AM
"I need a bath, some chow, and then you and me sit down, and we talk about who dies."- Al Capone
"Two Imposters" picks up no more than a couple hours after the crate containing Owen Slater showed up at Nucky Thompson's door. Right away, "Boardwalk...
| Oct 26, 2010
| 4:22 PM
A sweetly illustrated new book arrived on the Antipasto Desk, America's Little Italys: Recipes & Traditions from Coast to Coast. Its author, Sheryl Bellman, devotes about half of the book's geography to the Little Italy neighborhoods in Manhattan and the....
| Dec 6, 2011
| 10:23 AM
The U.S. Attorney's Office approves reduced sentences for criminals who deserve them, but with the caveat that some crack cocaine dealers seeking early release from federal prison are violent. The Sun obscures the issue by claiming that federal crack...