| Dec 6, 2013
| 7:35 PM
Kweisi Mfume was a Baltimore city councilman when he received what would be the first of many words of wisdom from Nelson Mandela.
"Do not give up," Mfume said Mandela wrote him from prison, where he had somehow read about the councilman's efforts in...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 6:01 AM
Two lasting memories of Nelson Mandela stood out to Kurt Schmoke.
The former mayor of Baltimore said Thursday evening that he was in the presence of Mandela on two occasions — in one, Mandela galvanized world leaders amid his inauguration as South...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 3:15 PM
With glamorous resorts, ramped-up cuisine and high adventure, this no-passport-needed Caribbean isle has new allure for U.S. tourists.
Not since the Cuban exodus precipitated by the rise of Fidel Castro has Puerto Rico been so flush. In the late 1950s...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 8:28 AM
"One does not sharpen the axes after the right time; after the time they are needed." — Russian Proverb
The late Ukrainian violinist Mischa Elman is considered one of the greatest of all time, but he has nothing on Russian President Vladimir...
| Feb 8, 2013
In the Republican Party's developing effort to put on a new face after November's presidential defeat, the latest gesture is trotting out freshman Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida to deliver the GOP response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union...
| Mar 24, 2013
| 11:59 AM
March 28, 2009: In the longest lacrosse game in NCAA history — seven overtimes — top-ranked Virginia defeats No. 9 Maryland, 10-9. Brian Carroll (Gilman) scores the winning goal for the host Cavaliers. The game lasts 3 hours, 45 minutes....
| May 30, 2013
| 6:48 AM
In his recent speech, President Barack Obama set forth what he described as narrow, reasonable guidelines for using drones to carry out targeted killings overseas. The U.S., he said, will only use drone strikes "against terrorists who pose a continuing...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 8:12 PM
Week 3 and tonight's the first night I'll lament not hearing the announcer say "Navratilova" in that special way. And as if that's not sad-making enough, it's "their most memorable year" night. Hope your heartstrings are screwed in tight because they're...
| Apr 9, 2012
| 8:16 PM
Frankness is his charm
Los Angeles Times
Should Ozzie Guillen be punished for speaking his mind? No, not if the Marlins believe in free speech.
However, South Florida has only a tenuous relationship with free speech — especially...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 6:21 AM
By now, you've heard the news: The Miami Marlins on Tuesday suspended Ozzie Guillen for five games for telling Time magazine he loves and respects Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
I wrote earlier that while I find Guillen's remarks stupid and insensitive --...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 10:29 AM
Coming to the United States as a 15-year-old, Cuban-born refugee, it truly was a dream to think that I could go to college and become president of a great Maryland university. But with the support of many people along the way, and the belief instilled...
| May 7, 2012
| 3:00 AM
"They do that because they were born that way."
If you say that about homosexuals, you are tolerant and realistic. If you say it about blacks, you are racist (unless you're black yourself). If you say it about women, you may or may not be sexist,...