In a laboratory south of Baltimore, researchers are working to create a revolutionary artificial arm and hand for a new generation of wounded war veterans.
As far as celebrating New Year's Eve in Iraq goes, the holiday was going well for Jonathan Kuniholm. He had spent the last evening of 2004 with a few dozen fellow Marines and Army soldiers, taking a break from the war to enjoy a talent show at the chow hall. Using a borrowed acoustic guitar, he played and sang "Driver 8" by R.E.M., and a bluegrass version of "Greensleeves."
The next day,...
Part of our "100 Years: The Twelve Events That Shaped Baltimore" series
1986 was a big year for news: The Challenger space shuttle disaster, the Chernobyl accident, the return of Halley's Comet, the U.S. bombing of Libya. But for the major Baltimore institutions charged with reporting that news, the changes unfolding that year proved equally seismic.
First, on May 27, the 213-year-old Hearst-owned News-American—only 15 years earlier the city's largest circulation...
Six Jews from the former Soviet Union share the stories of the journeys that brought them to Baltimore.
It points toward the broad ethnic tapestry displayed on our streets, and hints at how much that tapestry contributes to the vibrant, successful life of a city. But it's an imperfect word, too, with an unfortunate tendency to pigeonhole people into ethnic boxes and measure them by percentage-of-population numbers. And that can obscure all the diversity that lies within our ethnic communities...
The healthcare system doesn't treat all Americans equally. The Primm family addresses the disparities in ways that are both innovative and culturally sensitive.
Psychiatrist Annelle Primm recalls a recent home visit in West Baltimore, where she listened to a 40-year-old woman recount her horrific past as calmly as if she were reading a grocery list. She told Primm about her mother who was never properly treated for manic depression and schizophrenia, about a rape in high school that resulted in pregnancy, a drug addiction that left her scaling drain...
For many Baltimoreans, it's not your job or your car or your clothes that matter. The most important thing about you is where you went to high school.
You don't have to be born-and-bred Baltimore to have been asked The Question, much less posed it to someone else—the mark of a true Baltimorean lies in the answer. The Question is, of course, "Where'd you go to school?"
Why do we ask The Question? How did this tradition come to define a person? And does it still matter the way it once did?
Let's call on Stefanie DeLuca. Three and a half years ago...
Complain about the humidity all you want (and you do), but don't you just love the fact that Baltimore has a real summer?
Land and Water
Beat the Heat
Complain about the humidity all you want (and you do), but don't you just love the fact that Baltimore has a real summer? None of this perfect West Coast monotony. We're talking a gloriously sticky, hot, sweltering summer—with all its attendant pleasures. From snowballs to hardshells, from beaches...
Horse ownership for the rest of us: swollen ankles, mounting losses, and the occasional visit to the winner’s circle.
Out in the field, Full Return romps and nickers with a half dozen other mares, all of them, like her, pregnant and scheduled to foal this spring.
“Doesn’t she look great?” Dave asks me.
“Uh, yeah,” I reply. “Fabulous.”
Since we bought Full Return back in the summer of 2000, this has been an ongoing call-and-response refrain between us.
“See how swollen that ankle looks?” Dave asked me warily...
Schools, safety, parks, pools, taxes, population, hospitals, incomes, home values, and much more!
Ah, the suburbs—land of the two-car garage. Lower taxes. Sprawling yards. Good schools. Safer streets. All of these “quality-of-life” features are the main reason for the growth of Baltimore city’s vast suburban region, which encompasses five counties—and nearly two million people. Many of those are former city dwellers, drawn to those greener grasses and low taxes. How do we know? The city’s...
Some of Baltimore’s busiest health professionals aren’t doctors at all—and they’re more involved in your health care than ever.
No one likes to get sick, but it does help matters when you like the person treating you. In that respect, Alice Heflin considers herself lucky: She has a great rapport with her primary care provider, Jan DiSantostefano. “Sometimes, when you first visit a health-care provider, you don’t connect with them. I connected with Jan immediately,” recalls Heflin, a 44-year-old Carroll County resident who...
Despite the violence, Baltimore transplants are choosing to make Israel their home.
After two years of non-stop suicide bombings and shootings by Palestinians, and the Israeli reprisals that have followed, hundreds of men, women, and children on both sides are dead, and thousands wounded. There’s the war in nearby Iraq, the region’s economy is in shambles, and the bitterness fueling the violence is not going away. So why would American Jews with secure livelihoods and lots of...