| Feb 10, 2014
| 3:18 PM
The bottle gourd, beloved since pre-Columbian times not only for its voluptuous shape but for its endless uses, very likely floated on ocean currents from its native Africa to South America inside the span of a year, with its seeds still intact and...
| Feb 20, 2014
A cotton swab to the cheek. That's how the destination for this journey to Africa, nearly a decade in the making, was chosen.
It would be the first trip to the continent for our family, and we wanted to have a connection to our location, beyond a...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 6:49 AM
Some show up with pie or casserole, but Baltimore writer Ericka Blount Danois was told to bring her recently purchased "Best of Soul Train" DVDs to her family's Thanksgiving dinner in 2009.
When Todd Steven Burroughs, her Morgan State University...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 4:32 PM
"Scandal," "The Americans," "The Walking Dead," "Portlandia," "Ripper Street," "Vikings," "House of Cards," "Hannibal"—February sees the return of several TV favorites. New series also launch, including "The Red Road" on Sundance, "Mixology" and the...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Documentary filmmakers are known to go to extraordinary lengths to get their stories on film, but few have gone as far as Hubert Sauper.
In order to achieve the unusual access to the reality of Africa he provides in his exceptional "We Come as Friends,"...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 4:56 PM
Rising at the center of the sprawling casino floor at Maryland Live at Arundel Mills — a prime piece of money-making real estate, if there ever was one — aren't shiny new slot machines or table games.
Instead, an Asian-themed eatery is...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 10:33 AM
South Florida’s Democratic members of Congress love the idea of President Hillary Clinton.
Almost all are already supporting her not-yet-existing campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination.
“I proudly supported Secretary Clinton’s...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 1:48 PM
A broad coalition of government agencies and non-profit organizations will be offering free HIV testing in Baltimore on Friday — which is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
The events and the national initiative are efforts "to encourage...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 8:10 AM
The number of those slain in Los Angeles County is stark: more than 5,200 killed since The Times began the Homicide Report seven years ago.
From the start, the goal of the online project was to track every killing in Los Angeles County in order to...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Even after paying their debt to society, millions of Americans who have been imprisoned for committing a crime remain unable to exercise the most fundamental right of citizens in a democracy. State laws that bar felons from voting after their release...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 9:17 AM
A Perry Hall Middle School student received honors in a recent Black History Month essay competition, according to a news release from Baltimore County Public Schools.
Patrick Krack was the second-place winner in M&T Bank's 27th annual "Champions of...