| Mar 8, 2013
| 4:52 PM
A photograph, Marisa Silver writes at the end of her new novel, "Mary Coin," is "an alchemy of fact and invention that produces something recognizable as the truth. But it is not the truth." It is as if Silver is writing about her own new novel here...
| Mar 10, 2013
The 115 Roman Catholic cardinals who are about to elect the next pope took different roads to Rome.
Some prepared for the priesthood as proteges of renowned prelates. Others followed an academic path, becoming scholars of theology, literature or canon...
| Mar 12, 2013
It was a story Dorothy Atwood DeBolt enjoyed telling, one that any harried parent of young children might find somewhat familiar.
The phone rang one day as the busy mother raced around her home, getting ready for an out-of-town trip and wrapping up...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 8:12 PM
The country was in the grip of a polio epidemic in the 1950s when orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jacquelin Perry began performing spinal surgeries in Downey that helped paralyzed survivors of the disease regain mobility.
When some of the same patients...
| Mar 17, 2013
| 6:16 PM
Dorothy I. Levin, a longtime Columbia resident who was known for her colorful personality and lively parties for members of the burgeoning dinner theater scene in Maryland, died Monday in her home after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 8:03 AM
100 Years Ago
Washington in winter
From the social columns:
"Miss Elizabeth White, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. White, was stricken with infantile paralysis, a few days ago, and is slightly improved at this writing.
| Feb 27, 2013
| 2:43 PM
Take a stroll through the exhibits of antique medical devices in the International Museum of Surgical Science on Lake Shore Drive, and your mind might conjure forth images worthy of the 1988 movie “Dead Ringers,” in which Jeremy Irons plays...
| Mar 3, 2013
| 9:53 PM
If I live to be 100, I will be forever grateful to God for being born a U.S. citizen and for being born and growing up on a farm in South Dakota.
I am sorry, though, that it took a decade or two to realize how fortunate I have been to have lived with a...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 2:59 PM
This season's flu shot seemed to do little to protect people over 65 from the worst and most dominant flu strain spreading around, a small government study found. Vaccinated people in that age group had only a 9 percent lower chance of going to the doctor...
| Feb 24, 2013
| 5:12 AM
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The persistent irony of the Film Independent Spirit Awards is that as much as they're positioned as the DIY antidote to the Academy Awards, the indie film with the most Oscars recognition almost invariably reaps the greatest...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 12:25 PM
It may be impossible to write a drama about politics that doesn’t come off as ham-handed, over-the-top, and laughable. This is probably because actual politics reverberate with mundane news-cycle non-events, punctuated by overseas disasters and...