By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,Sun Staff | January 7, 2001
When you look at a painting, what do you see? Do you focus on the details: the thickness of the paint, the brushwork, or, if the work is older, the tiny cracks in its surface? Or do you simply stand back and revel in its entirety? Does one way of looking preclude the other? These questions came up when I was reading a recently published book titled, "How to Use Your Eyes" (Routledge, 2000) in which author James Elkins makes a fine case for the notion that many of us look, but few actually see. Elkins, a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, invites us to look -- really look -- at the world around us. In one chapter, he describes at length how to view culverts, or the tunnels that allow water to flow beneath roads.
April 9, 2014
Purging the drawers, cubbies, shelves, under-sink storage, and medicine chest in the bathroom is a dreadful job, one that must be done at regular intervals. That's every 17 years, in my opinion. I prefer to do it myself, rather than to let Doug try. He can't tell the difference between the leg-shavers that slice my shins to shreds and the ones that don't, which can lead to surprises in the shower that resemble the murder scene from "Psycho. " Our bathroom contains the usual complement of shampoos, conditioners, body wash, toothpaste, mouthwash, various unguents, salves and gels; and a collection of tweezers, cuticle scissors, hair dryers, toenail clippers, nose- and ear-hair trimmers, and make-up applicators — and that's just the stuff on the countertop.
By MARK RIBBING | May 2, 1999
IT HAD to be a firecracker. .....The quick popping sound that interrupted our seventh-grade English class could be nothing else. It was Jan. 20, 1983, a Thursday, and my classmates and I were sitting through a grammar lesson. There were 10 minutes to go until lunch.Our school, Parkway South Junior High, was an orderly, well-regarded place ensconced in a western suburb of St. Louis. The pupils were predominantly middle-class and, on the whole, we took our budding educations seriously. In our community, a bang in the distance meant a firecracker, a cap gun or a backfiring engine -- petty fractures in the white noise of suburban life.
Tim Wheeler | November 14, 2013
A public meeting tonight (Thursday) will give city residents a chance to ask questions about environmental safeguards for developing Harbor Point, a former factory site in Fells Point where toxic chromium remains entombed underground. The meeting , arranged by Councilman James B. Kraft, is to be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Morgan Stanley building at 1300 Thames St. The session, postponed from last month because of the federal government shutdown, will cover plans by Beatty Development Group to build a 22-story tower on the site of the former Allied chromium processing plant.
By EDWIN REMSBERG | November 22, 1992
Down. Hand over hand, descending by the metal rungs studdin the manhole wall . . .Down.Dare to go down.Undeterred by places dark and dank, by mud and rodents and insects, and by the unknown, photographer Edwin Remsberg explored the landscape beneath our streets for a month.He was captivated, he says, by the promise of sights unfamiliar to all who spend the waking hours topside.So he donned a mask to hike in the city storm drain, where oxygen can be scarce. He rode on the nose of a locomotive as it lumbered through the Howard Street Tunnel.
August 14, 1998
FOR THE past two decades, the Baltimore Farmers' Market has been a delightful summer tradition. It draws thousands of shoppers on Sundays to a desolate parking area beneath the Jones Falls Expressway, a block from City Hall. "You can shop, eat breakfast, see people," is how one regular explains the market's appeal.In recent weeks, however, an unsanitary situation has developed that could threaten the market's viability.Although homeless people have long been a presence under the elevated expressway, their numbers have increased noticeably.
By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | June 30, 2000
PARIS - In the City of Light, one should be enlightened by more than just surface beauty. Every day in Paris can be filled with scenes so beautiful they make you weep. The rose window in Notre Dame. The flower vendors along Ile de la Cite. The slowly moving Seine flowing so smoothly between great museums and architecture. A simple, lovely winding street on the way to Montmartre and Sacre-Coeur. But there is more - beneath the surface. Les Egouts de Paris. The Sewers of Paris. If someone suggested a tour of the Baltimore sewers, would anyone do anything but turn up his or her nose?
November 13, 2007
Nov. 13 1927 The Holland Tunnel opened to the public, providing access between lower Manhattan and New Jersey beneath the Hudson River.
By William Ecenbarger | July 14, 1991
"We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders." -- G. K. ChestertonConsider the pencil. The ubiquitous, yellow (mostly), 7-inch, two-for-a-quarter lead pencil -- the simplest, most convenient, least expensive of all writing instruments. The most useful, least appreciated, most stolen article in the world. Servant of poet and banker alike. Mightier than the pen or the sword. Nevertheless, the pencil is taken for granted -- as though it had no mystery, no background, no wonder.
By From Staff Reports | January 26, 1994
Rosecroft Raceway's scheduled program last night was canceled after the drivers met and decided not to race because of frost beneath portions of the track.Rosecroft was open only for simulcasting from The Meadowlands after losing its seventh consecutive racing day to weather problems.
By Leonard Pitts Jr | October 16, 2013
In 1865, American slavery ended with the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Courthouse and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. Since that time, these things have happened: •In 1871, fire destroyed the city of Chicago. •In 1896, the Supreme Court legalized segregation. •In 1906, an earthquake leveled the city of San Francisco. •In 1929, the stock market crashed, plunging the nation into the Great Depression. •In 1941, more than 2,400 Americans died in a sneak attack upon Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
By Liz Atwood, For The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2013
Bill Gant says asking him to choose a favorite plant or a favorite season in his garden is like asking him to choose "among my children. " When Gant and his wife, Nancy, bought their home in 2004, the previous owner had created a place for a large flower bed in the side front lawn, but nothing was planted in it. "The garden was a canvas, my trowel awaiting inspiration," says Gant, a Harford County title researcher who writes poetry in his...
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
A 21-year-old man has been charged with killing a 2-year-old in West Baltimore, and detectives were investigating a fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man and two nonfatal shootings elsewhere in the city. Police said Damond Stansbury has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of the child, Marlo McFadden, who was found unresponsive Monday morning in his grandmother's home in the 1600 block of Mountmor Court in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. Officers were initially told that the child appeared to have fallen from a bunk bed, and Marlo's grandmother said she had frantically splashed water onto his face in a futile attempt to revive him, charging documents show.
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
An underground electrical fire was reported beneath the Sheraton City Center hotel Wednesday morning, but city emergency officials said it posed no danger to hotel guests. Half a dozen fire vehicles and a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. truck surrounded the entrance to the hotel about 9:30 a.m, blocking several lanes of traffic in the 100 block of W. Fayette St. downtown. Hotel staff said guests had not been evacuated and were not affected. The Baltimore Mayor's Office of Emergency Management said via Twitter about 9:40 a.m. that firefighters were awaiting the power to be shut off before they could extinguish the fire.
November 13, 2012
The following is compiled from local police reports. Our policy is to include descriptions when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Wilkens Police Station at 410-887-0872. Wesley Avenue, 100 block, between Oct. 1 and Nov. 11. Riding mower stolen from under deck. Cherrydell Road, 100 block, between Nov. 10, 4 p.m., and Nov. 11, 11 p.m. Laptop computer stolen from kitchen of unlocked residence.
By Brent Jones and Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2010
A 3.6-magnitude earthquake that startled Marylanders from their slumbers early Friday morning might have been the strongest measured tremor on record for the state. With its epicenter near Germantown in Montgomery County, the quake was felt by as many as 3 million people in the Mid-Atlantic region, according to the United States Geological Survey. The 5 a.m. earthquake was felt as far away as south-central New Jersey, as well as in Washington, Northern Virginia, southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.
By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun reporter | April 12, 2007
Even 30 years later, the memories barely have dimmed. Chris Haley was a teenager in 1977 when he visited the set of the epic miniseries Roots. But he still can see the African-style huts hunkering down beneath the hot Georgia sun. He can hear the long, dry grasses rustle like crickets. And he still feels sweat pooling beneath his shirt, near his heart. That's when he knew that his Uncle Alex was about to accomplish something big. On TV Episode 5 of Roots will air on TVOne at 8 p.m. today; episode 6 airs at 8 p.m. Sunday.
By Julie Scharper and Julie Scharper, | December 28, 2009
It's been a tough year for Mary Mack. During the warmer months she traveled with carnivals, but lean times meant fewer dollars spent on "Pick-a-Duck" and "Shoot-A-Cup," the games she operates. When Mack and her husband returned to Baltimore in the fall, they had $200 and no place to go. For several weeks, they slept on the ground outside her aunt's shed. "We just live day by day, whatever we can do," said Mack, adding that Christmas was "terrible" this year. "We had nothing." On Sunday, Mack and family members joined hundreds of others to receive free clothing, housewares and toys given away by a nonprofit group under a Jones Falls Expressway bridge.
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