| Aug 19, 2014
| 2:17 PM
My wife and I returned Friday from two weeks of vacation in China, hanging out with one of our sons (posted there with the Peace Corps) and his girlfriend. We were mostly unplugged, wandered miles every day, traipsed the Great Wall and watched pandas,...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 8:10 AM
In the newfound arena of social media as activism, few hashtags have generated as much buzz as "IfTheyGunnedMeDown," which has been circulating around Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Still, the trending hashtag was several hours old before Alexis...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 7:23 AM
In an old snapshot from the 1970s, a man with blond hair and a goatee stands squinting into the sun, wearing a denim jacket over a T-shirt. There is an irrepressible smile on his face. This is Alex, an American Peace Corps volunteer who lived in Iran from...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 1:29 PM
My favorite Orioles-Yankees game of the last 15 years took place during the 2012 American League Division Series. On a chilly October night at Camden Yards, the Orioles beat the Yanks 3-2 to tie the series at one game apiece.
Yankee fans often...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 5:05 PM
While hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to descend on Baltimore this weekend to see the ships, fireworks and cannon fire of the "Star-Spangled Spectacular," Jessica Damen is staying home.
The festivities are happening outside Damen's door,...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
When a new company took over the packaging company where Pat Baines was vice-president and asked him to transfer from Charlotte, N.C., to California, he chose early retirement, at age 62. That early retirement, plus paying...
| Jan 1, 2014
The public outcry against the proposed construction of a $70-million juvenile jail in Baltimore City over the past several years — and the subsequent halting of that plan — sent a strong message to the governor, as well as juvenile services...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 9:35 AM
It's hard to be too sad when bad things happen to good writers.
Don't get me wrong. I would not wish what happened to David Stuart MacLean on even a miserable writer. But if bad things are going to happen, we are lucky when they happen to someone with...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 1:30 PM
The '60s were an heady time for space exploration. President John F. Kennedy fired the starter's pistol in the space race with a rousing speech about America's manifest space destiny:
"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things,...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 7:56 PM
Robert A. Pastor, an influential scholar and policymaker who spent decades working for better inter-American relations and democracy and free elections in the Western Hemisphere, died Wednesday at his home in Washington, D.C., after a three-year battle...
| May 2, 2014
| 4:09 PM
The proof will be in the performance, but it's hard not to be optimistic about Hartford's incoming superintendent of schools, Beth Schiavino-Narvaez.
Ms. Schiavino-Narvaez, 41, has a stunning resume. She was a Fulbright scholar in South Korea and a...