August 26, 1996
You can see fall coming as surely as you can see a candle flame snuffed by the wind. At twilight, watch any grass field or woods where this summer's fireflies, nourished by a wet spring, rose in great numbers. Now their dwindling lights tell us autumn is on the way.Think of it as the lightning bugs' parting signal in a brief life of signals.Seven days on the planet between June and mid-August, that's about all the adult lightning bug has in temperate zones. Time for the males to rise from the ground at twilight or night, fly through the darkness flashing, looking for a mate.
February 22, 1998
Gentlemen, I greet you here on the bank of the James River in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twelve. First, I shall thank you, the gentlemen of the Colony of Virginia, for bringing me here. I am here to help you solve some of your problems with slaves. Your invitation reached me on my modest plantation in the West Indies where I have experimented with some of the newest and still oldest methods for control of slaves. Ancient Rome would envy us if my program is implemented.
January 13, 2010
Local faith leaders call for immigration reform Several Baltimore-area faith leaders speaking at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday called for immigration reform, a month after Congress introduced legislation addressing the topic. The Rev. Joe Muth of St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church on Loch Raven Boulevard said he opened an immigration center at his church 10 years ago. He said the center guides people through the legalization procedure and would like to see the federal government adopt a model that would expedite the naturalization process.
December 24, 2010
Harriett M. Little, who had been assistant secretary to four chairmen of the old United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co, died Dec. 18 of cancer at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. Mrs. Little died one day after her 88th birthday. Harriett Michelmann, the daughter of a Baltimore architect and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised on Pinehurst Road. She was a 1940 graduate of Towson High School and attended the old Maryland College for Women in Lutherville.
October 24, 1992
"Yet do I marvel at this curious thing," the American poet Countee Cullen wrote in the 1920s, "to make a poet black and bid him sing!" For West Indian poet Derek Walcott, there was cause to rejoice this month when the Swedish academy awarded him the Nobel Prize for Literature.Mr. Walcott, who teaches writing and literature at Boston University, has been compared to the Greek poets of antiquity for his luminous language and majestic narratives. His poems both celebrate the rich cultural diversity of his native West Indies and evoke the darkness of colonialism, slavery and exile.
January 31, 1994
A 22-year-old man and two juveniles were arrested early Thursday and charged with assaulting and robbing a Severn man, county police said.William Stokem, of the 500 block of Donaldson Ave., was walking on Aquahart Road near Crain Highway about 1 a.m. when he was approached by three people who hit him and took his wallet. A police officer and his dog, Baron, picked up a trail and followed it to a nearby street, where the three were arrested.Daniel B. McLaughlin, 22, of the 1000 block of Somerset Drive in Glen Burnie, was charged with robbery and assault and battery.
July 30, 2006
Rise and fall of Joppa A land certificate dated July 28, 1661, shows 300 acres on the north side of the eastern branch of the Gunpowder River laid out for John Taylor, a planter. This tract, known as "Taylor's Choice," became the thriving town of Joppa. Joppa was destined to become the county seat of old Baltimore County from about 1710 or 1712 to 1768. According to The Story of Harford County, the original Joppa was a booming seaport, where ships from Europe and the West Indies brought manufactured goods and took away great quantities of tobacco and corn.
September 10, 1998
Leslie G. Wolsey, 65, computer security analystLeslie G. Wolsey, a computer security analyst for Maryland Department of Transportation, died Sunday of heart failure at his Northeast Baltimore home. He was 65.Before joining the state agency in 1993, he was a senior computer systems analyst at Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Linthicum beginning in the mid-1950s.Born in Henrietta, Okla. and raised in Bellevue, Mich., he graduated from Michigan State University in 1954 and attended the Johns Hopkins University.
November 2, 1997
Fashion and furniture were the words du jour at the recent International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C.At a time when the furniture industry in general has been in a slump, the home collections of fashion designers like Alexander Julian and Ralph Lauren have been hugely successful. They offer the comfort of name recognition, while most furniture companies are largely unknown to consumers.This market Bill Blass introduced his first line of furniture and accessories for Pennsylvania House.