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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...

    History matters: Guests, visitors and callers

    100 Years Ago Guests, visitors and callers From the Times social column: "Rev. Watson E. Holly was a dinner guest at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William M. Harman, Sr. of Howard county. "Mr. and Mrs. J. Frank Harman have been entertaining Miss Hopkins,...

    Back Story: Learning history on the road

    Back Story: Learning history on the road
    Sharon Boston, media relations manager at University of Maryland Medical Center, normally spends her days fielding requests from the media. But when it comes to weekends and vacations, it's a safe bet that she's on the road, traveling to visit homes...

    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...