The sport of wheelchair basketball is said to have been created in the 1940’s by U.S. disabled veterans returning from World War II. As many came home paralyzed from their war wounds, they needed an outlet and several sports became popular with the veterans.
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March 14 Photo Brief: All smiles from Pope Francis, North Korea does some target practicing and Pippa takes in the horses
It’s all smiles today for the new Pope, North Korea takes in some target practice, Pippa Middleton goes to the race track for the Cheltenham Festival horse racing meet and more in today’s daily brief.
The corner store seems innocuous enough; faded signs advertise above the crumbling plaster of a whitewashed exterior, which mask the flavor and heritage of photos, paintings and the warm smile of a man who still has a twinkle in his eye as he shares how proud he feels about having been a cobbler for 37 years.
Malcolm Spaulding, 66, received ten shillings to invest in the shoe repair service, trying to earn a living in his homeland of Kingston, Jamaica. He eventually moved to Baltimore, opening his business 37 years ago.
Prepare for the British Invasion. The nearly 184th Philadelphia Flower Show runs through March 10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Brilliant!” with exhibits focusing on the landscapes, culture and beauty of Great Britain. The event, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, offers a variety of exhibits that pay homage to all things British, including a digitally enhanced rendition of Big Ben, cottage gardens, a floral take on the crown jewels and a greened-up version of the royal gates.
The United States Naval Academy is an institution rich in history and traditions. One of the lesser known is its storied background in boxing. Superintendent Admiral David Porter started the sport at the academy in 1865. The sport was initially treated as a casual recreation in the beginning.
The people of China celebrate the New Year on the first day of the lunar calendar. Since it is also considered to be the first day of spring, the traditional 15-days long celebration is also called Spring Festival, where schools and shops are sometimes closed for up to a week.
According to folklore, a wild and mystical beast named “Nien,” the word for year, appears at the end of the year to feast on defenseless villagers and children. It was found that the beast could be scared away by loud noises and bright lights. Therefore the New Year tradition of lighting firecrackers, hanging of bright red “Chūnlián,” and wearing of new clothing in red or gold – the colors of good fortune and prosperity – was created.
Fifty years ago this week, the matinee of the Disney movie “In Search of the Castaways” played to the Northwood’s first-ever integrated audience, writes Jean Marbella. Look back at photos of Northwood Theatre and the student protesters who fought for its desegregation.
Having trained for months to keep moving for 46 consecutive hours, hundreds of Penn State University dancers will rekindle a proud philanthropic tradition this weekend with the 41st annual Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or “Thon.” The weekend event began Friday in the Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s main University Park campus and is expected to draw more than 15,000 spectators, said Cat Powers, a spokeswoman for the event.
The Baltimore Sun has a rich history of great photographers and one of my personal favorites is Richard Stacks. His images are part art and part journalism. He is a master of light and composition and is able to maximize both qualities in his images.