May 28, 2008
A Harford County man and his eldest son are facing charges in connection with a kidnapping, in which the victim was forced into a truck, then beaten and left on a Bel Air dirt road Friday night, authorities said. In what investigators say is an unrelated incident, the man's second son is wanted by the Harford County Sheriff's Office in a shooting that occurred at a Belcamp Waffle House restaurant early Saturday. "We don't think there is a correlation at all between the two of them," said Sgt. David Betz, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, of the two incidents.
July 4, 2005
Askole, Pakistan -- We finished repacking all of our gear into porter-sized loads at 1:30 a.m. today. Figuring it was silly to try to sleep for two hours, we grabbed a last shower and left Skardu at 2:40 a.m. The trip was magical: with a sky full of stars, a sliver of moon, the shapes of giant peaks towering above us and the roar of the Indus River below. As dawn caught up with us, we were weaving along a dirt road, winding our way up small hills into lushy vegetated, expertly irrigated farming villages.
January 24, 2005
I ONCE SPENT several months in Pondicherry, on the southeastern coast of India. Pondy, as it's called, was an overgrown small town, a place that had retained its traditional village rhythms even though its population had swelled to hundreds of thousands. I lived in an area teeming with the poorest of the poor, whose dwellings were small, flimsy shacks. The residential streets were unpaved. Since no one had a radio or record player, the government installed, on telephone poles, cheap tinny-sounding speakers that played - all day long - the hypnotic caterwaul of All-India Radio.
July 4, 2004
Liberty Road, which stretches nearly 50 miles from Frederick, past the Colonial-era homes of Libertytown to the rowhouses of West Baltimore (where it becomes Liberty Heights Avenue), has seen the passage of a distinctly American journey over the years. Eighteenth-century farmers brought their bounty to city markets aboard wagons when it was still a dirt road. Before the Civil War, Libertytown was the largest slave-owning area of Frederick County. During the war, troops marched toward battle in Gettysburg along it. In the early 1920s, "trackless trolleys" along the road began moving city dwellers out to new suburbs in Randallstown.
March 3, 2004
For her chance to walk down the red carpet at Sunday night's Academy Awards, best actress Oscar winner Charlize Theron had to first drive down a dirt road in rural Michigan, out past Flint to where the blacktop narrows and the broken-down towns shrink. Theron had to go see Dawn Botkins, the woman who knew serial killer Aileen Wuornos best. Botkins owns everything Wuornos left in this world: boxes of court documents. The jailhouse flip-flops she wore to her execution. The sneakers she signed because they might be worth something one day. Her ashes.
June 19, 2002
The body of an adult male found in a remote area of the Frederick city watershed was taken to the state medical examiner's office yesterday, and police investigators have not ruled out the possibility that it could be that of a National Science Foundation psychologist missing since February from his Carroll County home. The remains were found about 6:30 p.m. Monday by a man walking his dog along a dirt road in the City of Frederick Municipal Forest north of the city, said Maj. Greg Shipley, state police spokesman.