| Aug 1, 2012
| 5:50 PM
On the first full day of his life as the most-decorated Olympian, Michael Phelps went back to work — those medals don't start winning themselves just because you've hit 19, after all. But first he had to attend to his correspondence.
"Thank you Mr....
| Mar 7, 2012
| 5:26 PM
It was hard to tell whether his eyes were actually open when Derek Jones shuffled into his dimly lit kitchen at 5:45 a.m., the smell of bacon in the air. The 16-year-old didn't speak, but took directions from his mother who whispered: "I have your...
| Mar 8, 2012
| 5:42 AM
Sure, the yearly switch to daylight saving time always puts some of us into a funk and a fog.
It's true that it's harder to concentrate on writing that legal brief or counting out the correct change. It can't be denied that to the sleep-deprived, small...
| Oct 2, 2012
| 6:00 AM
Recently, my colleague from Montgomery County, Del. Heather Mizeur, took to the pages of this newspaper to proclaim her intentions to introduce a ban on hydraulic fracturing ("No studies? No fracking," Sept. 13). Her motivation is simple: Because the...
| Sep 8, 2010
| 2:12 PM
For 10-year-old Jacob Krause, getting ready for the new school year wasn't a simple matter of back-to-school shopping. It also involved working out logistics for getting to the bathroom as many as 20 times during a single school day.
| Apr 28, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Janell absolutely rocks, recapping last night's Idol from her vacation. Here's the story:Let me set the scene for you guys. I’m in a hotel room as I type this, my two kids are a barricaded door away supposedly sleeping, but......
| May 4, 2011
| 1:17 PM
When is it OK to catch some shut-eye on the job?
Workplace snoozing has been the topic of an awful lot of water-cooler jesting lately — at least among those awake enough to remember their conversations.
First, there were a rash of reported...
| Jan 20, 2011
| 1:22 PM
It's home-stretch time at Magooby's Joke House, as the Baltimore area's most exhausted comics prepare for the last few hours of their 81-hour comedy marathon.
"Things have all worked out," comic Jim Meyer said Thursday afternoon, just minutes after...
| Dec 6, 2013
Four lives were lost and dozens more people were injured following a passenger train derailment in New York Sunday. Reports suggest that the engineer "lost focus" or even fell asleep, which may have caused the train to speed into a 30 mph curve at 82 mph....
| Dec 5, 2013
| 4:30 PM
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What causes psoriasis, and what are the most effective treatments? I've tried a few without much success.
ANSWER: The exact cause of psoriasis is tough to pinpoint. In general, the disease has a tendency to run in families, and...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 10:30 AM
"Prisoners," an ambitious drama about two kidnapped children, could be a surprise entry at this year's Oscars. Although the film isn't a lock for major nominations ("12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" are considered the frontrunners), it's a darkhorse with a...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 5:52 PM
Everyone occasionally struggles to remember a name, blanks out on an appointment or forgets why they walked into the other room.
But somewhere around age 40, those "senior moments" start to take on a new seriousness. They suddenly seem like scary...