Kenneth Dale Claborn, a retired Bendix Radio Corp. senior project engineer who worked throughout the Cold War, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Dec. 24 at his home in The Villages, Fla. He was 89 and had lived in Perryville and Parkton.
A few years from now, President Obama may have regrets about not having kept a sufficient degree of separation between operational and informational functions of the intelligence agencies under his control. Beginning with Truman, almost every president has pushed the intelligence community to conduct more and more covert operations. Most of them regretted having done so, including Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Reagan.
I agree with Sherman Howell, "Nelson Mandela showed powerfully how one person can improve the world" [Dec. 12], but I think that it could serve a useful purpose to point out that, as far as the current adulation of Mandela by the U.S. is concerned, it was not ever thus.
Robert R. Bowie, a lawyer who established what is now the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, died Nov. 2 of respiratory failure at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. He was 104.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun
If you like sci-fi, mixed in with surreal choreography and a complicated father-daughter relationship, you're going to love "Gift of Forgotten Tongues," on stage at Venus Theatre on C Street through Sept. 28.
David Zurawik: Don't trust TV history -- ever. That's the big conclusion I came to this week after starting out on the simple assignment of previewing a two-hour National Geographic special on the Iraq War.