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  • In a word: eldritch

    Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be acquainted, another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:
  • New incentives for Congress not to fail: Shooting, branding or detention

    Republican presidential candidates rail against federal agencies that are useless, but we now see that the worst offender is Congress. In the old days people who failed tasks were locked in a room until they succeeded or taken out and shot. Nathaniel...

    Hey Ravens fans! Readings for Purple Friday

    Hey Ravens fans! Readings for Purple Friday
    As the Baltimore Ravens get ready for this weekend's game, folks are geared up for a special playoff edition of Purple Friday, with colorful sweatshirts, caps, shirts, sweaters, etc. For the bookish, here are some favorite purple titles, to get in the...

    Ballet Theatre shows creativity in 'Firebird,' 'Scarlet Letter'

    Midway through her season, Ballet Theatre of Maryland artistic director Dianna Cuatto presented an ambitious, innovative program offering two seldom-produced one-act ballets. Striking in originality, "Firebird" displayed Cuatto's choreographic artistry...

    Following the steps for another fabulous season

    Following the steps for another fabulous season
    Dance companies see winter coming long before the rest of us. Many of their performance dates have been booked since May, and their season brochures have long since gone to the printers for distribution to potential subscribers. The Washington Ballet was...