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  • How to make the most of a trip to the nation's capital

    How to make the most of a trip to the nation's capital
    A spring break in the nation's capital is a rite of passage for some families, but if the airfare from the West Coast to the East has stretched your vacation budget, take heart. Many places are free, thanks to government funding (although the sequester...
  • London calling?

    London calling?
    As excitement builds for this week's opening of the Summer Olympics, many an armchair athlete may yearn to hop a transcontinental flight to London. But if a trip overseas isn't in the cards right now, why not discover a taste of jolly olde England closer...
  • Birthplace of rock 'n' roll? Memphis has plenty of evidence in its favor

    Birthplace of rock 'n' roll? Memphis has plenty of evidence in its favor
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - This port city on the Mississippi River calls itself the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. Its credentials? The Memphis Recording Service, forerunner of Sun Studio, in 1951 recorded "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, which some...
  • Getting up close and personal with Space Shuttle Atlantis

    Getting up close and personal with Space Shuttle Atlantis
    Atlantis is ready for its close-up. The orbiter that made the final flight of NASA's shuttle program now is in a new $100-million home created for it at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The 90,000-square foot attraction — called Space...
  • Art in the heart of family matter at new Epcot exhibit

    Art in the heart of family matter at new Epcot exhibit
    It was a third-grade homework assignment that sparked the creation of a collection of African-American art and artifacts on exhibit at Epcot. The Kinsey Collection, gathered by Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, grew from a desire to help their son, Khalil,...
  • Shuttle's end

    Shuttle's end
    April 26 Countless Americans watched the transport of Discovery, the space shuttle, to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. It was often described as a bittersweet event. As I watched, I could imagine a sad face on the base...
  • Editorial: Good stories

    A geographical blessing we in Maryland share is our proximity to our nation's capital. Regardless of politics,Washington, D.C., is a majestic city whose stature in national and world history is on par with the likes of London, Rome, Tokyo, Madrid,...
  • Baltimore County grad wins national art awards

    Baltimore County grad wins national art awards
    Dylan Guest's elementary school world was full of frustration and embarrassment. Everything about his special education classes was a struggle. He came home each day demoralized and asked his mother why people called him a "retard." And then in fifth...
  • The beauty — and sorrow — of an empty nest

    The beauty — and sorrow —  of an empty nest
    The lithographs in Joy M. Kiser's "America's Other Audubon" are works of great beauty and scientific accuracy. But behind them is a tragedy — the story of a hugely ambitious undertaking begun in heartbreak and completed in grief. The art book...
  • Ruggiero Ricci dies at 94; violin virtuoso began as child prodigy

    Ruggiero Ricci dies at 94; violin virtuoso began as child prodigy
    Violinist Ruggiero Ricci held the audience spellbound when he debuted at the Hollywood Bowl in 1932, a "wunderkind" of classical music with marvelous showmanship and beautiful tone. He was all of 13. What he accomplished in the ensuing decades is perhaps...
  • Joni Gordon dies at 75; Newspace gallery owner nurtured L.A. art

    Joni Gordon dies at 75; Newspace gallery owner nurtured L.A. art
    Joni Gordon, an art world novice who bought a failing Melrose Avenue gallery, Newspace, 37 years ago and turned it into an incubator for Los Angeles' contemporary art scene, has died. She was 75. Gordon died Sept. 11 in Bend, Ore., 10 days after a...