January 9, 2013
Courtney Upshaw once lived in a house with no electricity or running water. He slept some nights on a worn couch that barely contained his growing frame. He arrived at the University of Alabama with little more than the clothes he was wearing. April 26, 2012 was supposed to be the night Upshaw would be rewarded for his perseverance. Yet as he sat in Radio City Music Hall in New York City, surrounded by friends and family, Upshaw fought back tears. He watched four of his college teammates become first-round draft picks.
July 23, 2006
In northern Israel, a shining-faced little girl with her curly hair in pigtails writes not on a customary blackboard, nor in a school notebook, but on the lethally armored nose of a heavy artillery shell. Her half-smile gives little clue to her message. What does a 12-year-old write on something that she knows is intended to blow someone to smithereens? Not far away as the rocket flies, in south Lebanon, the children are in school. But the blackboard is sullied with chalk drawings of bombers smashing apartments, while an Iranian-made Raad-2 155 mm shell flies toward the planes.
May 28, 2000
Children's book author Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard was born in Baltimore and spent many summer weeks of her childhood visiting a slew of relatives as she grew up in Boston and Brookline, Mass. Her Baltimore kin are the characters in her books, one of which, "Aunt Flossie's Hats and CrabCakesLater," the author read to a group of city schoolchildren at Wednesday's downtown luncheon honoring this year's "Reading by 9" teachers. Living in Pittsburgh and teaching library science at West Virginia University, Howard, 72, also has written "Chita's Christmas Tree" and "Vergie Goes to School With Boys," both based on African-American characters Howard knew as a child.
April 23, 1991
LITTLE DO THE squirmy kindergartners realize that the silver-haired woman among them in the main Enoch Pratt Free Library knows them well. "Please," Iona Opie asks librarian and storyteller Selma Levi, "I haven't got a blue and a green." Levi tears bits of blue and green crepe paper from her own streamers, hands them to Opie and proceeds with Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are."When the children, fired up by Levi's telling of the tale, roar, gnash their teeth and wave their streamers in the wild rumpus that ensues, so does Opie.
October 14, 1991
PBS begins a fascinating, ambitious project, titled simply "Childhood," tonight at 9 o'clock on Maryland Public Television, channels 22 and 67.This seven-week, seven-hour production could have been called "Wide World of Kids" as it spans the globe to bring you the constant variety of children.In tonight's first hour, called "Great Expectations," you begin to get to know several of the 12 families that the cameras of "Childhood" followed, in some cases for 18 months, recording their observances of important events in their family lives as well as the daily patterns that help to shape their children into adults.
February 11, 2000
"YOU CAN MAKE your child a millionaire," says Family Circle magazine, Feb. 15. "Let's say you give your 12-year-old weekly chores around the house: cleaning his or her room, taking out the garbage, doing the dishes, washing the car. In exchange, you pay your child $20 a week, or $1,040 a year. But instead of giving the money outright, put it in a Childhood IRA for your son or daughter." In a Childhood IRA that's invested in good growth mutual funds, and if the funds grow at an average rate of 10 percent annually, the child's IRA will be worth $16,575 in 10 years, the article says.