April 30, 2000
IN THE winter of 1965, before the anti-war movement began in earnest, I wrote about a family in South Attleboro, Mass., whose son had been killed in Vietnam. He was one of the first casualties from that part of the state -- a new thing then, a Page One story. A Marine officer stood at attention next to the family Christmas tree, offering the nation's condolences. A stoic sadness -- a solicitude for the young officer with the difficult duty -- filled the room. The young man's parents must have asked themselves why, but they did not challenge the authority that sent their boy to his death.
August 4, 2005
AS THE GREASY bass line dropped, the smoked-out backbeat kicked in and the guitars started twanging and moaning, I knew I'd be all right. Then Jaguar Wright's earthy alto fell in, ripping into "The What Ifs," the first cut off her 2002 debut, Denials, Delusions and Decisions. I knew I'd be safe. See, I got all the right questions / And you've got all the wrong answers / And I got all of the sadness / And you end up with all the laughter ... She took me home. I hadn't heard realness like that in a while -- a rainbow voice ornate with the blues.
September 7, 1997
They wanted to say goodbye to someone they felt they knew.Thousands of people left messages and a field of flowers at Kensington Palace, Princess Diana's London home; stood in line for hours to sign a book of condolences at St. James's Palace, where her body lay before the funeral; performed the equivalent task by signing a guest book on the Internet; or wrote a few brief words at British embassies and consulates around the world.One wreath of white flowers outside the consulate in New York stood 7 feet high.
September 8, 2011
O, say can you see relief (pitchers) in the future of professional baseball in Maryland? The losing team's fan's simultaneous lament and cry of hope that there's always next season has grown a little more poignant as the years have gone by. The Baltimore Orioles have been in a slump that will soon be measurable in decades rather than years. The bright star of Cal Ripken Jr. and his exemplary work ethic kept fans interested locally even as the Orioles organization closed up shop before the start of the postseason year after year.
August 1, 2004
They might be the most feared defenders in the NFL at the moment, and they don't even strap on pads. But Carl and Kevin Poston, the brother agents, once again have rocked league negotiators with exorbitant contract demands. In what has become one of summer's predictable skirmishes, the Postons still have three franchise players and an unsigned first-round draft pick sitting out the early days of training camp. This after two first-round picks avoided holdouts on Friday. Perhaps the most menacing of those staredowns is the one that involves San Francisco 49ers linebacker Julian Peterson, a fifth-year veteran from Temple Hills.
May 1, 2011
Thursday, April 27, was an extremely sad day for the United States of America. That a sitting president should feel the need to release his birth certificate in order to quell nasty rumors about his eligibility to hold office was shocking, but then to hear even that did not wholly satisfy the doubters, some of whom are now questioning his college records, is almost unbelievable. I cannot help but think this is a result of prejudice. Because he is biracial? Has an unusual name? I had been hopeful that we Americans had progressed beyond that.
September 11, 1994
If only for a few hours, the turmoil of a country hundreds of miles away did not dominate Walter Rolton. Amid the strains of reggae and calypso music at the 13th annual Caribbean Festival, he almost forgot the unrest in Haiti.But concern for his homeland and the strife among his fellow Haitians is never far from his mind."Yes, I do think of there much, very much," Mr. Rolton said yesterday as he sat against a tree at Druid Hill Park and watched thousands of festival-goers. "Sometimes you think about it too -- much and you do nothing else.
July 14, 1994
They had gathered at a West Baltimore rowhouse wearing black tuxedos and fancy dresses, preparing to mourn a 79-year-old family leader who died Sunday and was to be buried this morning.Instead, they pulled up to the Edgewood Street house to find firefighters digging through debris, pulling out a stack of charred Bibles that were part of a family collection, and ambulances whisking the deceased man's widow and daughter to the hospital.The wife, Georgia Hamlin, 77, and daughter, Joyce Black, 59, were dressing for the funeral when an air conditioner on the second floor overheated and ignited, fire officials said.
June 1, 1998
This article is based on Montana and North Carolina court records, hearing transcripts, interviews, newspaper archives, and Charles Kuralt's books "A Life on the Road," "On the Road With Charles Kuralt" and "Charles Kuralt's America."On his sickbed in New York in the summer of 1997, Charles Kuralt thought of Montana, a place he had loved for a great many years for its natural wonders, far away from his life in the city.Down by a riverside, he built a log cabin. It reminded him of his native North Carolina, but most of all it gave him a place to disappear.
January 18, 1991
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When three Navy officers in dress uniform knocked on the door of Michael Scott Speicher's Jacksonville home at 4:30 yesterday afternoon, his wife, Joanne, knew why they were there -- to tell her that her husband had been shot down in the Persian Gulf."