| Mar 19, 2013
| 6:50 AM
Called to action by the blast of a horn, more than 30 yapping spotted hounds spill down a hill, bound across a country road, leap a fence and rush a faded winter field. On the hound's heels are about two dozen hunters on horseback, men and women in...
| May 23, 2013
| 3:06 PM
Joy Umansky, chief baker at the Dorothea's Breads business she co-owned for a decade, died May 11 at Gilchrist Hospice Care of complications from a fractured hip. She was 85 and lived in Pikesville.
Born Margaret Joy Ward-Walker in Birmingham, England,...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 5:09 PM
Bruce Reynolds nearly got away with it — and for a time he did. As the brains behind England's 1963 "Great Train Robbery," Reynolds netted some $7 million in small bills for himself and his confederates.
Robbing stagecoaches and, later, trains...
| Mar 3, 2013
| 7:58 AM
Here's a cool example of what-goes-around-comes-around:
In 1965, a British-made thriller called "Die! Die! My Darling!" hit the movie houses. This study in strangeness and sadism starred the indelibly foggy-voiced, deliciously irreverent Tallulah...
| Jan 27, 2013
| 2:35 PM
Last year at the American Copy Editors Society's conference in New Orleans, David Minthorn and Darrell Christian of the Associated Press Stylebook announced some revisions of the stylebook, among them a relaxation of the prohibition on hopefully as a...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 6:54 AM
Dick Van Dyke brought his characteristic charm to the SAG Awards this weekend, and Internet users dutifully searched for all sorts of details on him -- anything to distract us from the icy weather that caused school closings from here to Ann Arbor. ...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 5:10 AM
Baltimore has witnessed love and loss.
From the banks of the harbor to Mount Vernon's cobblestones to the grassed-over burial plots of Greenmount Cemetery, embedded in this city are vestiges of some of history's great romances, stories of people coming...
| May 14, 2013
| 8:27 AM
Being a teacher's pet as a child endeared me to no one but teachers.
My third-grade teacher, Marian Gulley, once let me take a fourth-graders' history test. (At Elizaville Elementary School, the third and fourth grades were in a single classroom; the...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 1:24 PM
As I'm writing this it's been two weeks since I've been back in the U.S. after a nearly two-week vacation in Paris and England with my mom, brother and aunt.
I'm finding I'm still having dreams about the trip — driving on the left side of the road,...
| Oct 6, 2012
| 11:34 AM
For Jimmy Cornell, it was all about freedom.
Early in his adult life, it came from fleeing communist Romania and finding his way to England, where he worked as a radio correspondent for the BBC. After he got married and began to help his wife, Gwenda,...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 11:11 AM
What does the Second Amendment actually say? "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
This has become a part of our history and culture, based...
| Oct 14, 2012
| 9:39 AM
On this date in 1066, Duke William of Normandy defeated King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings. Once King Harold ceased to be a factor in British politics, having been shot through the eye with an arrow, Anglo-Saxon was demoted mainly to the tongue of...