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Newly renovated food court feeds imagination as well as hunger

A few years back, my visits to Westfield Annapolis Mall’s food court involved a game. I could not step on the squares of yellow tiles that mingled with the white, or they would explode beneath me. The white tiles were always safe, but the explosiveness of the blue and black tiles varied with my mood. I created the game because the food court seemed to need my help....

Annapolis is surpassing tragedy with music, memory and money

Gerald Fischman. Rob Hiaasen. John McNamara. Rebecca Smith. Wendi Winters.

            Thursday June 28, 2018, a grudge-holding gunman attacked the Capital Gazette office, killing five people, injuring two and traumatizing thousands.

            How does a city mourn such a tragic loss? How do we surmount the violence and fear? What does it take?


They don't read, but drivers do

    “Everybody here tries to do everything they can to take care of good ol’ Deale.”
    So says Ryan Tucker, son of Joe Tucker, the man behind JT Restorations of Deale. From picking up trash along the road to helping turtles cross the street, Tucker has always had a heart for his hometown.

Eight restaurants compete for fastest honors

    You’ve got thick skin, you work well with a team, you know how to handle difficult people and your job is sometimes high-stress. What are you?
    If you answered food server, you’re correct.

Not every species is a fan of the annual spectacle of light and noise

    No matter how much you like fireworks, your dogs — and maybe cats — are not looking forward to the July 4th tradition. All the festivities, lights and loud noises can frighten and even threaten your furry friends.

Way Downstream...

    From San Antonio, a Fourth of July fireworks accident offers a cautionary tale for coming festivities.
     You never know when you’ll end up in proximity to a wild child or beer-soaked fellow who blew a chunk of his paycheck on colorful boomers in Pennsylvania, South Carolina or one of those states that sell real fireworks.

Upper Marlboro woman serves on ship 10 times her age

    For America’s 242nd year of independence, Seaman Anansa Wargo, a 2014 graduate of Frederick Douglas High School in Upper Marlboro, celebrates aboard the venerable USS Constitution.

Armenia glories in a fresh flush of independence

    As Chesapeake Country celebrates the Fourth of July, raising beer bottles and crab mallets to the heroes of America’s Revolutionary War, so here in Armenia — where I’m serving as a Peace Corps volunteer — people are celebrating a revolutionary action of their own.

Follow patriotic history along 560 miles of land and water

    In the British Invasion of the 1960s, the Beatles and the musicians who followed that foursome transformed American music and culture, mostly peacefully.
    The British Invasion 150 years earlier was waged by soldiers who sailed up the Chesapeake Bay, advanced along the Potomac, Patuxent and Patapsco rivers and eventually burned the White House and Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Your whole identity in a word

Naming a baby is an act of ­poetry, for many people the only ­creative moment of their lives.
–Richard Eyre

    So a wedding’s in your future … and maybe a baby.
    Creativity and anxiety collide in the baby-naming process. Picking the right name has parents asking what really is in a name?