| Jun 19, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The gray-bearded man in the red shirt and wide-brimmed Amish hat wades into the crowd outside the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, squinting into the noon-hour light.
Suddenly, the fans are upon him. They know their quarry on a first-name basis.
"Hi, Mark," a...
| May 19, 2014
| 4:58 PM
Trigger warning: I am going to make fun of "trigger warnings."
Of course, if you're the sort of person who takes trigger warnings very seriously, you probably don't read this column too often. So maybe my mockery will miss its target, sort of like...
| Mar 1, 2014
The spring breakers clog the sidewalks in the Pinecraft neighborhood of Sarasota, but do so without the bikinis, sandals and party mentality.
Pinecraft, about five miles west of Interstate 75, is ground zero for a different kind of spring break. For...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 12:42 PM
Many people in the East were in a tizzy several years ago because of a spate of roadway shootings in California. Road hogs who got in the way of other motorists had their vehicles shot full of holes.
While I do not advocate gunplay to settle such...
| 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 12, 2014
| 1:02 PM
William Albert Allard has contributed to National Geographic Society magazine stories and books as a photographer and writer since 1964. Considered one of color photography's most celebrated pioneers, Allard is a former contributor to Magnum Photos and...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 9:18 AM
Mark Jan. 19 in your calendar, folks. That's the date "Sherlock" returns to PBS.
The network Wednesday announced its winter/spring schedule, which also reminds fans that Season 4 of "Downton Abbey" will air at 8 p.m. CT Jan. 5 through Feb. 23. In the new...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 8:30 AM
TLC and Hot Snakes Media have already made out pretty well with "Breaking Amish," so they have understandably turned their attention to even more exotic religious fare: "Breaking the Faith," set around the polygamous cult headed by Warren Jeffs -...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 1:34 PM
Winter skiing, springtime on the links, summer sailing and autumn leaf-peeping — the weather forecast is the driving force behind the planning of many vacations.
But when it comes to predicting the weather, WBAL meteorologist Tony Pann takes it all...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 5:41 PM
CANTRIL, Iowa — Outside Dutchman's Store, Division Street is packed with parked vehicles. Black, horse-drawn Amish buggies rest beside a more colorful collection of pickups and cars.
In its weekly flier, the store bills itself as "an old-time...
| Apr 21, 2013
| 4:22 PM
KALONA, Iowa — A white van, its sides covered with the words Kalona By-Ways Tours, sits parked in front of an Amish country store, a steady stream of plainly dressed men and women coming and going.
"I call this the Amish Wal-Mart," tour guide...