| Dec 13, 2011
| 4:25 PM
Lake County Sheriff’s police say they will be trying to piece together details leading up to Monday’s fatal crash that killed a 10-year-old Island Lake boy and injured his twin brother. But for now, officials are giving the boys’ father...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 7:31 AM
A few hours before I interviewed Tom Hanks last month, I joked to my friends that I was going to perform like Michael Jordan in the 1997 NBA Finals when he scored 38 points while battling the flu.
I had been battling a massive headache for three or...
| Jun 21, 2011
Many South Floridians think tile roofs are among the strongest against hurricanes. For years, insurance companies gave homeowners discounts on their premiums for installing them.
But some insurers have stopped giving the discounts because of the state'...
| Feb 24, 2013
Pink and the Hives front this week's live-music lineup, performing Monday at the BB&T Center. Although the unfortunate combination of these acts conjures thoughts of shingles and other skin ailments, the Hives' noisy rock is a fitting opener for the...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 11:34 AM
I liked the planets.
It was hard not to like a lot of things during the Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade. On a winter day as warm as the Fourth of July, the town was in full bloom Saturday.
Funny how parades do that.
It's as if we have the license...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 2:27 PM
From the dentils that punctuate the roofline to the wide staircase leading upstairs, the home of Gretchen and A. Denis Clift is a classic.
And it's in an Annapolis community where architecture is distinctive, gardens are gracious and century-old trees...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 1:22 PM
"Small trees had attacked my parents' house at the foundation,” begins “The Round House,” Louise Erdrich's wise and suspenseful new novel. Bazil and Joe, a tribal judge and his 13-year-old son, work to pry loose the stalky shoots...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 1:00 PM
Jean E. Breiner, a registered nurse who had been the school nurse at Padonia Elementary School for more than two decades, died Friday of myleoid leukemia at her Timonium home. She was 77.
The daughter of a truck driver and a homemaker, the former Jean...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 4:47 PM
It wasn't just any raking job; it was dethatching to get all the old, dead grass out. That's hard work. You have to dig in and put some real muscle into it.
The pain in my rib cage started the day after the dead grass was bagged and bound for the...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 4:48 PM
A light breeze swished through the 6-foot-tall grass as a bumblebee delicately worked the pollen from the purple head of a clover. A dragonfly balanced briefly on top of a bent stalk of grass before buzzing off. A wild turkey, spooked from its hiding...
| Jul 3, 2012
| 6:29 PM
Heavy branches from a neighbor's silver maple snapped off during Friday's violent storm and plunged onto power lines connected to Tom MacDougall's house in Northeast Baltimore.
The wires ripped from the dwelling, damaging its vinyl siding. The branches...