| Aug 31, 2011
| 7:10 PM
It should have been such a happy occasion for Ken and Kristin Sheely of Germantown. They were moving their daughter, Keyton, into her dorm room Aug. 22 for her freshman year at Penn State. Then Ken's cell phone beeped.
It was a call the Sheelys will...
| Apr 22, 2011
| 4:22 AM
For the first group performance tonight, before we learn who is out on American Idol, Stefano, Jacob, Lauren and Haley sing Train's "Hey Soul Sister." I'm pretty over that song, but you know ... these small-group performances this season have......
| Jan 28, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Sorry, folks, that this is so late. Between the snow earlier this week and an eye doctor's appointment that left me unable to see for a couple of hours. (But, yay, my retinas are OK. /TMI) Anyway, at long last,......
| Nov 6, 2010
| 10:46 PM
Kevin Brown knew he was hooked on crack cocaine. That was obvious each time he set off on another smoking binge. But Brown says he never imagined that he also suffered from a mental illness until he walked into Baltimore Behavioral Health Inc.
A day or...
| Nov 8, 2010
| 9:27 PM
Austin Story doesn't remember the late-summer outing at a friend's lakefront home in New Jersey, or the rocks he climbed near a waterfall. Or how he lost his footing and, as his horrified mother looked on, fell about 50 feet.
The 14-year-old lay...
| Sep 20, 2010
| 4:58 PM
The anguished mother pounded the floor at Johns Hopkins Hospital, screaming, "Why, why, why?" Dr. John Wogan had just told her as gently as he knew how that her teenage son was dead, the victim of a stray bullet fired on the streets of Baltimore.
| Sep 28, 2010
| 3:03 PM
As long as I've been writing restaurant criticism, first as a freelancer for the City Paper and later for The Baltimore Sun, people have always been curious about my qualifications.
Some of them were actually nice about it. Now that I'm The Sun's...
| Feb 22, 2011
| 4:07 PM
It was one of Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit's most famous inventions, in 1714. But after nearly 300 years on the market, the still-common mercury thermometer now appears headed for extinction.
While many Maryland residents probably still have them in their...
| Jan 20, 2011
| 1:32 PM
On a recent Saturday afternoon, a man addressed a crowd of about 50 at a brewery right outside Baltimore and said, "Let us pray."
He raised his arm, looked over his flock and solemnly intoned: "Our lager which art in barrels, thy will be drunk, at the...
| Jul 16, 2011
| 1:34 PM
Sometimes, you get your wish. Saturday was that day for the Barnes family of Upper Marlboro.
Like hundreds of families before them, they learned about the magic of the Wish-A-Fish Foundation, which brings together recreational anglers and special needs...
| Jul 21, 2011
| 4:08 AM
It is in Elsa Walsh's warm and unpretentious nature that she would not toss her husband's name around like confetti.
So when architect Stephen Muse raced back from looking at a piece of waterfront property to tell her how amazing it was and how much he...
| Oct 3, 2011
At a recent meeting I attended, a name surfaced as a resource and possible speaker for a future caregiving forum. The individual's name is Amy Goyer, author and multigenerational family expert. It turns out that Goyer wears many hats for AARP, formerly...