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  • White House tour unlocks the secrets of the West Wing [Commentary]

    White House tour unlocks the secrets of the West Wing [Commentary]
    I am here to report that the White House Oval Office is not an abstraction. It's a real place. And that President Obama keeps a bowl of fresh apples on the coffee table for guests to partake of. By the way, the room is not nearly as spacious or as grandiose as I had originally thought. And the hallways at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. are narrow enough to leave visitors, this one included, with a touch of claustrophobia.
  • A lingering question: 'Are you related?'

    There are plenty of people around with names like Adams, Johnson, Harrison, Jefferson, Jackson, Washington and any number of others that, by coincidence, are shared with people elected to the office of U.S. president. It stands to reason that in a...

    The real reason Obama won

    The real reason Obama won
    Baltimore's Fifth Regiment Armory is a good place to start for some perspective on the recent presidential election. Within its gray stone walls, the tumultuous 1912 Democratic National Convention played a major scene in the political drama that...

    Paul Umansky, Sinai Hospital spokesman, opera lover

    Paul Umansky, Sinai Hospital spokesman, opera lover
    Paul Umansky, an opera lover, occasional actor and, for more than two decades, the public voice of Sinai Hospital, died March 27 at the Gilchrest Center. He was 81, and died following a three-year bout with multiple myeloma. "He was a great guy," said...

    Celebrating Maryland Day, birthdays, anniversaries

    Happy Maryland Day, dear readers! On March 25, the English ships Ark and Dove landed in St. Mary's, loaded with the first colonists for Lord Baltimore to settle here in 1634 as a Catholic colony. March 25 is a national holiday in Greece. Greeks and...