Millions were expected in Berlin this weekend for 25th anniversary events marking the Nov. 9, 1989, fall of the Berlin Wall. Commemorations include the 9-mile art installation “Lichtgrenze,” whose 6,800 glowing balloons trace part of the path of the heavily guarded fence that split the city into capitalist West and communist East.
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Oct. 25 Photo Brief: ‘Stars of Hope’ on Superstorm Sandy anniversary, solar eruption ‘canyon of fire,’ Banksy tempts Bloomberg
“Stars of Hope” on Staten Island offer hope in the now yearlong recovery from Superstorm Sandy, a newly released NASA image of a solar eruption resembles a canyon of fire, British graffiti artist Banksy continues to incur the wrath of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and more in today’s Daily Brief.
Muslims across the world celebrate the annual festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice; audio-visual installations enliven historic buildings in Prague; Japanese authorities respond to landslides after a typhoon south of Tokyo; and more in today’s daily brief.
Oct. 10 Photo Brief: Festival of Lights in Berlin, Ritual Vegetarianism in Phuket, still shutdown in D.C.
The Festival of Lights starts in Germany, devotees pierce themselves with sharp objects as part of religious purification rituals in Thailand, protesters brave the rain on the 10th day of the government shutdown in D.C., and more in today’s daily brief.
A week into autumn, the cider and pumpkin beer have already begun to flow at the first of the area’s harvest-time events. Before the taste of summer is completely washed away, here’s a salute to the warm weather festival season for making the year’s lazy days a little bit livelier.
Ravens executive O.J. Brigance, a former linebacker battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease whose presence inspired current players during last season’s Super Bowl run, and his wife Chanda participated in the first pitch ceremony before Thursday evening’s Orioles game for Major League Baseball’s 4 ALS initiative and ALS Awareness Month. The Brigances’ appearance was the latest in a series of moving first pitch ceremonies at Camden Yards.
Planting flags, laying wreaths and gathering at solemn ceremonies were among the ways Americans observed Memorial Day. The day to honor those killed serving their country was established 145 years ago. It became a federal holiday in 1971.
Longtime Orioles usher Charlie Zill, battling lung cancer, honored at first-pitch ceremony, 7th-inning stretch
Battling lung cancer, Charlie Zill, the longtime Orioles usher celebrated by fans for dressing up in overalls and “Zillbilly” teeth and twirling a fake orange fiddle during the 7th-inning-stretch playing of “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” just wanted to attend one more game. Wednesday night, he got that and more, throwing out the ceremonial pitch prior to the Orioles’ contest with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Notice a little more orange in your Instagram feed lately? If you were following these folks, it never would have stopped. From the playoff run last October, to the road opener on Tuesday, Orioles supporters from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, even from New England, have been sharing slices of their fandom, which, appropriately enough, often involves slices of Orioles-themed cake. In this special Instagrammer Feature, meet some of the Orioles fans of Instagram.
Photos curated in part via Olapic