| Apr 7, 2014
| 9:14 AM
My daughter, Tatyana McFadden, was born with a disability — an underdeveloped spinal cord that resulted in paralysis below her waist — in St. Petersburg, Russia. She fought for her life then, and later, with the same determination, for her...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 11:28 AM
The new Ukrainian government in Kiev is under mounting pressure to keep the country from unraveling as pro-Russian demonstrators in Kharkiv, Donetsk, Lugansk and other eastern cities occupy government buildings and demand to be reunited with Moscow....
| Mar 17, 2014
| 9:26 AM
In American domestic politics, messing with Social Security is known as "the third rail," referring to the power source for trains that is fatal to the touch. In foreign policy discussions, invoking the name of Adolf Hitler promises the same lethal...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 8:06 AM
Those wondering how Russia will treat LGBT rights protesters when the Sochi Olympics begin in February might have their answer.
A gay Russian protestor was detained Saturday for waving a rainbow flag as the Olympic torch moved through his hometown north...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 6:53 AM
Some voices are so unmistakable, so incredibly distinctive that they seem to burn into your memory, even your soul. You don't have to hear such a voice in person; a recording, however old and worn, will do the trick.
That's how I fell under the spell of...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 5:05 PM
A Russian newspaper editor was fined Wednesday for printing a quote indicating that being gay was normal.
English translations of the contentious quote differ — Gay Star News went with "My very existence is proof being gay is normal" while the...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Despite President Obama's campaign pledge to "push the reset button" on U.S. relations with Russia, America's dealings with its erstwhile Cold War adversary recently have been anything but smooth. Moscow and Washington clashed last year over Russia's...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 2:57 PM
Tatyana McFadden, the Columbia-raised Paralympic world champion, was in town last Thursday evening at Atholton High School to accept her plaque as one of the 2014 inductees into the Howard County Women's Athletics Hall of Fame. As expected, she —...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 4:44 PM
When Maryland first lady Catherine Curran O'Malley sits down to watch the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, she'll feel a little uneasy.
Like many Marylanders and others around the world, the start of the games has left O'Malley wondering what more...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 11:56 AM
Digital gender identity just became a lot less binary.
Internet behemoth Facebook has added a customizable option to the gender field on its profiles, allowing users to identify beyond male and female.
When editing their basic information, users are...
| Feb 16, 2014
The Olympics have begun, and it's clear already that one sport is still flourishing — Russia bashing. Or more precisely, awkward American back flips over exactly how to depict Russia. Only a few days in, NBC committed factual errors, gross...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 7:30 AM
If prejudice masquerading as journalism were an Olympic sport, the vile diatribe of commentator Mark Nuckols against all things Russian would win gold hands down ("The Sochi experiment," Feb. 6).
The real problem, however, is that Mr. Nuckols' rant is...