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  • Missing Shirley Temple [Commentary]

    Missing Shirley Temple [Commentary]
    The death of Shirley Temple has me thinking of the years nipping at my heels. She and I were — almost — precise contemporaries. Shirley was born on April 23, 1928, in Santa Monica, Calif. and I came along just two days later in faraway Philadelphia. At the time of what we may call my "awareness," say at age four, she was beginning a film career that made her the most famous and adored little girl the world has ever known. In my mind's eye, she must have been born with all 56 blonde curls already sprouted. As for me, I emerged sickly with jaundice, yellowish and an ugly mop of black hair. Family legend, never denied, has my mother saying, "Take him away."
  • African views on Mandela vary by country [Commentary]

    African views on Mandela vary by country  [Commentary]
    Africa is a continent, not a country. However, most of the world refers to Africa as one collective, with little attention paid toward borders; a practice most Africans resent. And it has never been quite as prevalent as in the last few days since...

    Living vets honored at Bel Air Memorial Gardens

    Living vets honored at Bel Air Memorial Gardens
    A few dozen veterans and their families braved the crisp November wind Monday afternoon to attend the annual Veterans Day ceremonies held in honor of the Bel Air men and women who have put their lives at risk for the good of their country. United States...

    Why I hate "iconic"

    Readers of this blog are aware by now that I have inveighed for years against the current journalistic tendency to label nearly anything an icon or iconic. Let me explain why that is not a mere cavil. An icon is not a person; an icon is an image. In the...

    Former U.S. Embassy employee sentenced in sex abuse case

    Former U.S. Embassy employee sentenced in sex abuse case
    A former U.S. Embassy employee from the Philippines convicted of sexual abuse that took place in Baltimore was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday. Rosauro Pacubas, 58, traveled with his wife and a victim to Baltimore in March 2012, where the...