| Jun 10, 2013
| 12:51 PM
Library hounds, research heads and history buffs, Robert Darnton has been reading your diary.
Darnton, the university librarian at Harvard University, envisioned a digital library available free of charge to the public that would provide online access...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 3:06 PM
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...
| Oct 13, 2013
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...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 4:31 PM
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...
| May 30, 2013
| 7:05 PM
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...
| May 31, 2013
| 8:12 AM
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,...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 5:53 PM
— 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...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 3:08 PM
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...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 4:07 PM
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...
| Aug 12, 2013
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...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 4:24 AM
A new species of carnivore has been discovered, with experts describing the olinguito as a housecat-like creature. Meanwhile, on Digg, the old idea of sending actual house cats through pneumatic tubes has been resurrected, or at least recognized as...