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  • Vandal splashes paint at National Cathedral; woman arrested

    WASHINGTON - A woman was taken into custody Monday after someone splashed paint on two chapels inside the Washington National Cathedral, the third such incident in the nation’s capital in four days. The Lincoln Memorial was defaced with paint...
  • Cat fossils found in China reveal early days of feline domestication

    Archaeologists in China have unearthed the first clear evidence of cats living among humans as semi-domesticated mousers about 5,300 years ago, a heretofore missing link in the history of the world's most popular pet, experts say. The evidence,...
  • Frank Martinez dies at 89; noted L.A. artist

    Frank Martinez dies at 89; noted L.A. artist
    Frank Martinez laid his shaking hands on the surface of the blank canvas. As before every painting, he said a prayer. Then the artist began his work. He applied acrylic paint and, with a rag, wiped it away. Shapes began to form and colors blended into...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Washington 'green paint' vandal upsets regional tourists

    Washington 'green paint' vandal upsets regional tourists
    On his first trip to Washington, Austin Jarvis most wanted to visit the Lincoln Memorial, so the 11-year-old from Georgia was displeased when he and his family had to settle for an obstructed view. Five preservationists stood on three tiers of...
  • Maryland bans ginseng picking on public lands

    Maryland bans ginseng picking on public lands
    Hoping to save what's left of Maryland's dwindling wild ginseng population, the state has banned collection of the sought-after herb on all state-owned lands. Worried that remaining patches of the slow-growing plant are being stripped from Western...
  • Hundreds lend a hand to sew Star-Spangled Banner replica

    Hundreds lend a hand to sew Star-Spangled Banner replica
    On most days, Tony Wheeler of Arnold is a guide for a company that offers historic tours in Maryland. But on Sunday, Wheeler became part of history himself. Wheeler, wearing a top hat and early 19th-century attire, joined hundreds of volunteers at the...
  • 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...