| Jul 18, 2013
| 5:13 PM
With songs, stirring words and a cake, a group of Baltimoreans joined the worldwide party to celebrate Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday, an occasion made even happier by news that the health of the hospitalized former South African president was improving....
| Jul 17, 2013
| 9:24 AM
Sara Walser's column from South Laurel gave a great tribute to our retiring priest friend, Jesuit Frank Gignac. Why would Fr. Frank make the trek to St. Nicholas Church, from Catholic University to Contee Road, nearly every weekend for 35 years? Well, let...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 6:37 PM
As a blazing sun beat down on the city Tuesday, Rock Island — the moated exhibit at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore where African penguins zip through cool, shallow waters — seemed a good place to be.
But the Druid Hill Park enclosure is...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 4:30 AM
More than a dozen firefighters in Arizona died this weekend, political demonstrations in Brazil were suppressed by more than 10,000 troops, and Egypt is seeing resurgent political demonstrations of its own. Welcome to your post-weekend trends report for...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 5:46 PM
President Barack Obama set aside 480 acres on the Eastern Shore on Monday as a national monument to honor Harriet Tubman — a victory for advocates who have long sought to memorialize the abolitionist's role in leading dozens of slaves to freedom....
| Mar 4, 2013
| 7:27 PM
With a winter storm watch in effect and the possibility of several inches of snow Tuesday into Wednesday in Central Maryland, officials at Baltimore Gas and Electric have put out a call for up to 500 out-of-state utility workers to be prepared to help...
| Feb 22, 2013
| 8:47 AM
As details continue to emerge about the killing of Reeva Steenkamp by the Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius, one fact appears to be certain: The man known as the "Blade Runner" did fire four bullets through a bathroom door in his South African home,...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 6:56 PM
Former Baltimorean Craig Strydom intentionally attended the 85th Academy Awards wearing his father-in-law's tuxedo, the one with the tiny tear in one leg.
The music journalist chose not to mend the small rip. He figured it would keep him grounded if the...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 10:27 AM
In an earlier era, Dr. Benjamin Carson's speech before the National Prayer Breakfast last week would have been a really big deal rather than mere fodder for a brief squall on Twitter and cable news.
Born in crushing poverty to an illiterate single...
| Feb 17, 2013
| 6:48 PM
Ephrem Kouakou prefers to work while the world sleeps. The artist says that in the dead of night, absent the sound of any human voice or music, he can best hear the "spirits" talking.
He says he's been hearing the spirits steer his brush since he...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 11:49 AM
"In the air," she said. "In the clouds," was his answer. These were the responses when Catonsville residents Rosemarie Walsmann, 85, and her husband Manfred Walsmann, 83, were asked how they met nearly 60 years ago.
He was 25. She was 27.
He was going...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 2:21 PM
Algerian forces claimed a decisive victory this weekend over al-Qaida-affiliated Islamist militants who took over a giant natural gas plant near the country's border with Mali last week and threatened to kill hostages and blow up the facility. But the...