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  • National Zoo panda cam shuts down! Bad idea!

    National Zoo panda cam shuts down! Bad idea!
    We knew the federal government shutdown would mean going without some things. Getting  a passport. Going to a national park. But to deprive us of the the  National Zoo’s panda cam just seems cruel — especially at a time when giant panda Mei...
  • Review: 'Capital Culture' by Neil Harris

    When J. Carter Brown joined the National Gallery of Art in 1961, he was six years older than the museum itself. Just eight years later, at age 34, he would be appointed its director. His accession may strike readers as meteoric, but after reading Neil...
  • Dorothy Higdon, of Mays Chapel, secretary and scout volunteer

    Dorothy Higdon, of Mays Chapel, secretary and scout volunteer
    Dorothy Beksinski Higdon, a homemaker and former secretary once active in scouting, died of heart disease Friday at her Mays Chapel home. She was 89. Born Dorothy Beksinski in Baltimore and raised in Fells Point, she was the daughter of Walter and...
  • Maryland's Katie Schwarzmann wins second straight Tewaaraton Award

    Maryland's Katie Schwarzmann wins second straight Tewaaraton Award
    Katie Schwarzmann became the fourth two-time winner of the Tewaaraton Award Thursday. The Maryland senior midfielder and Cornell's Rob Pannell were honored as the top players in collegiate lacrosse Thursday night at the 13th-annual award ceremony at...
  • Rice's fossil pit is still making history

    Rice's fossil pit is still making history
    Like a lot of other local landmarks on the Peninsula, Rice's fossil pit off Harris Creek Road in Hampton was nationally and even internationally known because of its high-profile links to the past. Numerous times during the roughly 30 years it was open,...
  • Rice's fossil pit remembered in Hampton lecture

     Rice's fossil pit remembered in Hampton lecture
    — The first time Jane Rice ventured down into her in-laws' borrow pit off Harris Creek Road she was a recent bride who had little inkling about the extraordinary environment she was about to enter. Stepped terraces descended dozens of feet into...
  • Declaring Wright Brothers Not First Doesn't Really Fly

    This was not the year for nonsense at the Capitol. Nevertheless, this session included a bill calling for a day to honor "the first powered flight" by Gustave Whitehead. The debate over whether the German immigrant was first to fly a powered aircraft is...
  • New exhibit at Lewis Museum chronicles black history from 1600s to present

    New exhibit at Lewis Museum chronicles black history from 1600s to present
    Over the past 181 years, the bill of sale has turned a pale tan. The ink has faded from black to brown and includes elaborate flourishes that seem ill-suited to such a grim and ugly business. On Feb. 25, 1832, the bill reads, a slave named William...
  • Papenfuse ends 38-year run as Maryland's memory keeper

    Papenfuse ends 38-year run as Maryland's memory keeper
    For the first time in almost 40 years, someone other than Edward C. Papenfuse is the keeper of Maryland's memories. Papenfuse, 70, retired last week as state archivist after a career spanning seven governors. Over that time he brought Maryland's...
  • Commission set to decide on Bolsa Chica development

    Commission set to decide on Bolsa Chica development
    A state coastal agency could decide soon whether Huntington Beach can rezone a site in the Bolsa Chica mesa, an area that opponents say is home to Native American artifacts and remains, to allow for a housing development. The California Coastal...
  • Opponents say housing plan would destroy Native American site

    Opponents say housing plan would destroy Native American site
    The California Coastal Commission is slated to decide whether Huntington Beach can change the zoning designation of a parcel to allow housing on a site that opponents say is home to 9,000 years' worth of Native American artifacts and remains. Commission...