Each June, LGBT groups worldwide stage parades, festivals and marches to celebrate LGBT Pride month. As Baltimore’s own pride celebration approaches (June 15-16), here’s a look at pride celebrations being held around the globe including this weekend’s celebrations in Washington, D.C.
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In Indonesia’s Yogyakarta province, Yasir Feri Ismatrada took on the family business of producing mie lethek (in Javanese, “dirty noodles”) at a factory founded by his late grandfather. Yasir’s family continues to use traditional processes to make their mie lethek. A one-ton stone cylinder is rotated by cows in order to grind flour, a technique rarely seen today, according to Getty Images.
One month after an Indian father told Agence-France Presse that he was praying for a “miracle” to save his daughter’s life, 18-month old Roona Begum received free surgery for her hydrocephalus.
After AFP photographed and wrote about Roona, readers donated money to her family, allowing the child to be treated in a private hospital on the outskirts of New Delhi.
Seventeen days after a Bangladesh garment factory collapsed, rescuers found a woman alive and pulled her from the rubble. The woman, who has been identified by local media as only Reshma, was reportedly found after a workman heard her faint cries of “Save me, save me” from beneath the debris.
As rescuers continue to clean up the rubble, the death toll from the building collapse has climbed above 1,000. Many relatives of garment workers remain at the site, carrying photos of family members they hope to locate.
Orb, co-owned by Stuart Janney III, won Kentucky Derby glory Saturday — through the mud — in 2:02.89 to win by 261/27 lengths. Can Orb win the Triple Crown? He’ll have to prove himself again come May 18 at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland in the second leg of the thoroughbred racing competition. Weigh in on our FB page or in the comments section.
View more photos from the 139th Kentucky Derby.
For the 15th year, human-powered machines embarked on a 14-mile journey through the streets of Baltimore as part of the American Visionary Art Museum’s annual Kinetic Sculpture Race. Participants design and construct vehicular sculptures capable of crossing sand, mud and water.
New images released by NASA this week depict an enormous hurricane whipping around Saturn’s north pole. Taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, the photos show a storm with an eye about 20 times the the size of a typical hurricane on Earth.
Willem-Alexander has been sworn in as the new king of the Netherlands following the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix, on Tuesday. With his inauguration, Willem-Alexander becomes the country’s first king since 1890. Numerous orange-clad revelers gathered in Amsterdam’s Dam Square outside the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) where the monarch’s inauguration ceremony took place.
Today, April 20 or 4/20, is embraced by marijuana smokers nationwide as a celebration of cannabis culture. By and large, observance has remained underground given pot’s classification as an illegal substance by federal law. This year, though, things have changed, with voters in Colorado and Washington deciding in 2012 to decriminalize marijuana within state borders.
In Maryland, lawmakers opted not to decriminalize pot, but the General Assembly authorized a medical marijuana program. In recent years, Baltimore prosecutors have been easing up on marijuana possession penalties. (For contrast’s sake, D.C.’s first medical marijuana dispensary is set to open this month.)
Police killed one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing during a shootout and were engaged in a house-to-house search for a second suspect on Friday in the Boston metropolitan area. Much of Boston was under a virtual lockdown as police searched the region. The manhunt for 19-year-old bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ended with his capture on a boat parked on a residential property on Franklin Street in Watertown, Massachusetts.