June 3, 2007
Announcer Chip Ridgely bellowed to the packed house at a Saturday night Battle of the Beast bull-riding competition, prompting screams of support from the packed house of rodeo fans. The ensuing ride, one of many that evening, was a spectacle to behold. The rider stayed on through the eight-second buzzer indicating that he had scored points, and the crowd erupted again as he was bucked off. Battle of the Beast contests, which are sponsored by the J Bar W Ranch, take place from June through September on the first and third Saturdays of the month, with the final summer event held on the first Saturday in September at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster.
June 12, 2005
The Colonel and Little Missie: Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and the Beginnings of Superstardom in America By Larry McMurtry. Simon & Schuster. 256 pages. $26. Few famous Americans have been more misunderstood than William Frederick Cody, the plainsman-turned-showman who was indisputably the nation's first superstar. "The Last of the Great Scouts" died nearly 90 years ago, but he is always with us, as the novelist Larry McMurtry persuasively argues in The Colonel and Little Missie: Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and the Beginnings of Superstardom in America.
May 10, 2005
To lovers of Wild West folklore, he's Wyatt Earp - lawman, saloonkeeper, gambler, quick-triggered centerpiece of the legendary gunfight at the OK Corral. To Charles Earp Jr. of Catonsville and Pamela Earp Young of Ellicott City, he's cousin Wyatt. That the man who almost single-handedly defines the Wild West would have a couple of relatives in Maryland - and that those relatives would meet by coincidence - is perhaps not as far afield as it might seem. As it turns out, the Earp clan got its start in the United States when Thomas Earp Jr. of Ireland came to the Baltimore area in the 17th century as an indentured servant.
March 18, 2004
Increasing insurgent attacks on "soft" foreign targets in Iraq such as contractors, missionaries and civilian aid workers have forced many companies involved in reconstruction to hire small armies of security guards to protect their workers, generating costs that they never imagined when they started their projects. At the same time, the escalating demand for protection has drawn security companies and personnel with questionable levels of training to the country and has led some contractors to arm themselves with guns purchased on the black market, contractors and security specialists say. The growing number of gun-toting civilians in Iraq has created a wild west-like atmosphere that could become particularly troublesome once the United States hands over control to Iraqis on June 30, experts say. Without special diplomatic agreements in place, a U.S. civilian who is accused of mishandling a weapon or killing or injuring an Iraqi civilian might be subject to an Iraqi justice system.
February 19, 2004
African-Americans in the Wild West Round up the family and mosey on over to the Western-themed African-American Family Festival at the Walters Art Museum Saturday. "Blacks and Westward Expansion" honors African-American pioneers who ventured west in the middle to late 1800s, searching for freedom and opportunity. Visitors can tour the exhibits Grafton Tyler Brown: Visualizing California and the Pacific Northwest and Rhythm on Paper: The Illustrations of Brian Pinkney, which both open today.
December 31, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Quincy Wilson knows the question is coming. He starts to smile before the words are even out of your mouth. As the son of former Chicago Bears linebacker Otis Wilson, people have been asking it for years. Quincy, do you know all the words to the "Super Bowl Shuffle"? "I know that thing backward and forward," said Wilson, West Virginia's senior running back. "I've always had to sing it. When I got to high school, for hazing, we had to perform little acts and I had to sing it. Then my first year when I got to [West Virginia]