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  • Questions and answers for Jamestown cannibalism case

    Questions and answers for Jamestown cannibalism case
    Few archaeological finds have been as sensational as the first physical evidence of cannibalism unearthed at Historic Jamestowne in 2012 and announced in a riveting press conference at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History on...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...