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  • Baltimore storyteller Jon Spelman makes debut performance of 'Prostate Dialogues'

    Baltimore storyteller Jon Spelman makes debut performance of 'Prostate Dialogues'
    After Jon Spelman got the bad news, he found himself thinking often and at odd moments about "Moby-Dick." Perhaps that's because the behemoth that was attacking the Baltimore storyteller was as submerged, unreasoning and unpredictable as any great white...
  • Early Southern painting explored in landmark Colonial Williamsburg exhibit

     Early Southern painting explored in landmark Colonial Williamsburg exhibit
    For as long as art historians have been writing about painting in the early South, it's been common to think of the region's artists as relatively independent and even isolated figures. Many show up in the records as episodic visitors from Europe or...
  • A virtual milestone

    A virtual milestone
    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...
  • Alexander Graham Bell auction halted; Smithsonian disputes 'gift'

    Alexander Graham Bell auction halted; Smithsonian disputes 'gift'
    This post has been corrected. Please see below for details. A historic archive documenting Alexander Graham Bell’s attempt in the early 1900s to build a kite-like aircraft that would allow humans to fly was pulled back from an auctioneer’s...
  • Ownership fight over Alexander Graham Bell's flight research

    In the early 1900s, Alexander Graham Bell intensively researched ways to lift humans heavenward on kite-like flying machines. Now comes the decidedly earthbound postscript. The detailed archive that the telephone's inventor kept of his much later...
  • Animal sculptures at LAX shed light on household trash

    A glowing red elephant, two blue-green oxen and an orange and pink camel trudge beside passengers as they exit the Los Angeles International Airport’s Tom Bradley Terminal. Closer inspection of the life-size sculptures reveals the elephant’s...
  • House committee proposes funding cuts for NEA, other arts groups

    A bill approved by the House of Representative's committee on appropriations would cut funding for a number of cultural organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts, whose budget would be slashed to $75 million for the 2014 fiscal year,...
  • Howard County Council needs to consider history of Rosa Bonheur [Letter]

    What is Rosa Bonheur? It is a unique, historic cemetery, established in 1935, off of Route 1 in Elkridge. Rosa Bonheur is named after the world renowned 19th-century French painter, Rosalie Bonheur, a lover of lover and painter of animals. Her works...
  • 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...
  • Ginseng, once widespread in Maryland, now dwindling

    Ginseng, once widespread in Maryland, now dwindling
    Ginseng, one of the most sought-after medicinal herbs in the world, once flourished across much of Maryland. It has nearly vanished now, though, from all but the westernmost counties, prompting officials to ponder banning commercial harvest of the...
  • 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...