| Oct 12, 2012
| 11:16 AM
Amy Lynne Shelton has a closet full of toys at the Johns Hopkins University cognitive psychology lab: Wooden human figures with movable joints, Lego and model train buildings, toy cameras and wooden triangular blocks — some with eyes, some without....
| May 10, 2012
| 5:18 PM
James Fitzpatrick leans back in a huge black office chair with wheels and points at a projection on a screen in the front of the classroom, not far from the Soccer Barbie dolls and a clock featuring the portrait of French writer Voltaire.
"Here is the...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 8:19 AM
For the past few years, I've taken this first week of June to write a column to acknowledge a few seniors whom I've had the pleasure of watching, covering and enjoying over the time spent in high school.
This year things are just a bit different....
| Sep 19, 2012
| 6:56 AM
Like any good pilot, Jack Stites prepared his plane for takeoff by inspecting the wings and body and by moving the wing flaps to make sure there were no obstructions.
Satisfied with its air-worthiness, he piloted the red-and-white plane as it took off...
| Jul 24, 2012
| 3:33 PM
As a kid, Allison Schmitt's sport was soccer. She even had a Mia Hamm Barbie doll. If she imagined back then that she would find herself at the Olympics someday, it would have been as a teammate of Hope Solo and Alex Morgan.
Instead, she is poised for...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 9:18 AM
Change your clocks, dear readers!
Sunday is Daylight Savings Time – set your clocks forward one hour, or you will be like the white rabbit in "Alice in Wonderland," late for a very important date.
Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free,...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 3:09 PM
Josephine Grace "Joey" Gay, a 7-year-old child born in Columbia who died Dec. 14 in the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting, was recalled by her family for her "indomitable" spirit, love of the color purple and her generosity.
In a statement...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 1:52 PM
On Friday, December 14, 2012, our beautiful daughter, Josephine Grace Gay, was killed in an unimaginable tragedy at her elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Joey, many of her friends, teachers, and school staff members were taken from our loving...
| Nov 25, 2012
Just as Tom and Claudia Towles were opening their second Baltimore toy shop four years ago, the recession hit. The owners of aMuse Toys decided to cut back — not on staff or selling space — but on the number of manufacturers whose products...
| May 19, 2011
| 11:18 AM
Truthfully, I'm perplexed by Kreayshawn, an East Oakland rapper who's friends with Lil B, Soulja Boy and Odd Future. Her image is almost too cool, like she's trying just a bit too hard (why is she wearing that Chicago Blackhawks chain?). She reps...
| Feb 25, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Here's Janell: Whoa, I did not know this episode would be another 2 hours. After everything they crammed in last night, tonight they’ll just stretch out the pain and agony. And, spoiler alert, you might not be happy at the end.......
| Mar 24, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Janell reports on last night's American Idol:Welcome to the next Milestone Marker in the American Idol Journey to the Road that will lead us up the Stairs to the Platform of the Finale. The loser from tonight can say that......