| Mar 6, 2014
| 6:29 PM
A North Dakota Catholic high school principal has been charged with setting fire to the building, forcing classes to be canceled for the week and rendering the half-century-old schoolhouse unusable until at least summer.
Thomas Joseph Sander, 30, is...
| Mar 1, 2014
| 9:39 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. — When Jackie Yerby and a small band of devout Catholics go to the cathedral for Mass this Ash Wednesday, they will be sending an unmistakable message. Pinned to their lapels will be big white buttons that proclaim, "Catholic...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 9:38 AM
For those of you who think Mardi Gras is just about free pancakes and colorful beads, think again. Mardi Gras, which literally means Fat Tuesday, is deeply embedded in the Christian ethos, with a rich tradition of carefree, excessive pleasure and acting...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 10:38 AM
With a smudge of ash on his forehead and a friendly smile lighting up his face, the Rev. Kristofer Lindh-Payne will be spending Ash Wednesday greeting morning and evening commuters at the Ridgely Road light rail station.
After a hearty "Good morning,"...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 8:30 AM
With its interlocking non-linear narratives and obliquely recurring characters, Australian author Tim Winton's 2005 short story collection "The Turning" is already something of an artistic tangram; brought to the screen by 18 different filmmakers who...
| Mar 6, 2014
In Thursday's Pictures in the News, a NASA-funded sounding rocket launches into an aurora over Venetie, Alaska, in the early morning. Pretoria, South Africa: Olympian Oscar Pistorius listens to evidence from a witness speaking about the morning of the...
| Mar 5, 2014
Wednesday's Pictures in the News begins in the Big Easy, as revelers throw beads in the rain to crowds below from the balcony during Mardi Gras festivities in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 3:25 PM
Who has published more novels: Harper Lee or Snooki, of MTV's at-long-last-finished "Jersey Shore"?
Writing under her full name, Nicole Polizzi, Snooki has published as many novels ("A Shore Thing" and "Gorilla Beach") as she's reportedly read ("Dear...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 7:12 AM
2012 will rank among the top five warmest years on record in Baltimore, and it was memorable for many other weather events -- from a mild winter to tornadoes to a "derecho" to Superstorm Sandy.
Here are some highlights:
- Extremes included a 13-degree...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 6:13 PM
— In a city where even funerals turn into parties, New Orleans rarely lacks for an excuse to strike up the band, boil up some crayfish and swirl together a daiquiri.
But with the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras landing this month, New Orleans never has...
| Feb 6, 2013
King cake rules over New Orleans in the weeks before Mardi Gras, a beloved, edible symbol of the anything-goes vibe of Carnival in the Crescent City.
Ring-shaped, gaudily decorated with golds, greens and purples, and always containing a hidden trinket of...