Capital Gazette wins special Pulitzer Prize citation for coverage of newsroom shooting that killed five

  • How this busy parent will find balance in 2019

    How this busy parent will find balance in 2019

    New years mean new opportunities to know better, do better, be better – and who isn’t in need of bettering? (Aside from Jason Momoa.) I, for one, have so many things to improve, it’s hard to know where to begin. Let’s start with the obvious, the No. 1 resolution on most folks’ lists: health. In...

  • Cecil County expects unprecedented boost from Great Wolf Lodge

    Cecil County expects unprecedented boost from Great Wolf Lodge

    Just off Interstate 95 north of the Susquehanna River in Perryville, a large sign marks the entrance to Chesapeake Overlook, where a winding road leads down a hill to a casino surrounded by parking lots and vacant land. Ever since Hollywood Casino Perryville opened in 2010, officials in a county...

  • Don't blame parenting for the shooting of a 5-year-old in West Baltimore

    Don't blame parenting for the shooting of a 5-year-old in West Baltimore

    A 5-year-old girl was shot in the city on Monday. Carrying a doll in her small hands, she was walking to the corner store for juice when a bullet, meant for someone else, struck her. There are so many things to be outraged about in those two sentences. Personally, I get stuck at “a 5-year-old girl...

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  • As pregnancy-related deaths rise in Maryland and the U.S., local groups focus on maternal health

    As pregnancy-related deaths rise in Maryland and the U.S., local groups focus on maternal health

    An ensemble of nurses and therapists at Baltimore Healthy Start Inc. are trying to prevent moms from dying. The East Baltimore nonprofit holds “belly buddy” classes that teach meditation, needlework and scrap-booking to ease stress. Nurses make home visits to check on moms’ well-being. Transportation...

  • State workers eligible soon for new parental paid leave

    State workers eligible soon for new parental paid leave

    Maryland state employees will enjoy a new benefit starting Monday: 60 days of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child. The General Assembly passed the legislation in its 2018 session to grant the benefit and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan publicized it Tuesday in a news release in which...

  • Why I'll talk to my sons about sexual assault

    Why I'll talk to my sons about sexual assault

    Last week, Facebook reminded me that I wrote my inaugural parenting column for this newspaper four years ago this month. My first essay, with the headline “Ray Rice, my sons — and my daughter,” came pouring out of my mother-of-three heart after the shocking video of domestic abuse at the hands...

  • Motherhood changed me — and my brain

    Motherhood changed me — and my brain

    Motherhood changes you. This is a refrain pregnant women or new mothers will hear quite often. Sometimes the statement — usually coming from another, more experienced mother — is even bigger: Motherhood, they’ll say, changes everything. For me, the warnings came so often, they became like background...

  • The littlest jousters: Kids take the reins of Maryland's state sport

    The littlest jousters: Kids take the reins of Maryland's state sport

    Sitting on the roots of a shade tree, Delaney Hawks squints and fans away a cloud of gnats. Around her, other kids joke to pass the time. But the 8-year-old’s face grows serious as she watches older jousters kick up dust on the track. In a matter of minutes, it will be time for her to saddle up....

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