| Jul 24, 2014
| 3:20 PM
WASHINGTON A major hauler of crude oil by rail has sued the state of Maryland to stop the public release of information about the shipments, according to court documents.
The suit was filed Wednesday, the same day the U.S. Department of Transportation...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 2:50 AM
I've grown to love this area, but it really must be confusing sometimes for new arrivals — and even, occasionally, for people who live here.
Consider this email, which I received the other day.
"A few weeks ago," the reader wrote, "I noticed...
| Jul 23, 2014
| 5:05 AM
Siri's got a new frenemy.
Her name is Cortana, and she's bringing plenty of underdog attitude to the battle for the title of best digital personal assistant. Who can best fill out your calendar, call a friend or find the nearest Mexican restaurant on...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 12:27 PM
I'm an optimist by nature. That is, I believe things turn out better than expected over time. I hold out for the best outcome, but my optimism fades at the borders of the Middle Eastern countries. Take a look at the Middle East peace proposals offered...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 1:46 AM
He named the salted fish delicacy found only in the Mediterranean: the anchovy. He identified the author of the words "All Gaul is divided into three parts": Julius Caesar. And he named the playwright who created the Norwegian manor Rosmersholm: Ibsen....
| Jul 11, 2014
| 12:25 PM
Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives's play "Venus in Fur" — itself a sort of meta-adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's 1870 short novella (whose title is usually translated as "Venus in Furs") — is, among other things, a...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 7:06 AM
Writing at the Daily Dot, EJ Dickson confesses to perpetrating a fraud: planting a false entry in Wikipedia about the Amelia Bedelia children's books saying that the character is based on a maid in Cameroon.
She was, she concedes, stoned at the time and...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 6:15 PM
Political enemies of President Obama have pretty much been calling for his impeachment since shortly after he took the oath of office in 2009.
But this month, the volume of impeachment chatter rose a few notches, goosed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 5:30 AM
It is almost never a good idea to randomly quote from Wikipedia, but when reviewing a show in which ravening angels attempt to exterminate the human race in order to win back God's love, it's safe to say all bets are off.
After all, potential viewers of...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 12:07 PM
The Hollywood Fringe Festival gets small-scale theater going all over the city, Wikipedia gets rewritten, Tony Greene's art receives posthumous celebration and a Spalding Gray monologue receives posthumous re-creation. And who are those New Yorkers...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 2:30 PM
As the new Netflix highlight reel puts it, the ladies of Litchfield are back with conviction in the second season of "Orange Is the New Black."
"This is about more than business, ladies. I'm telling you how to survive," says Lorraine Toussaint's Vee....