Commissioning day at the United States Naval Academy is steeped in history and tradition. The class of 2014 paraded into the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium and a few hours later 1,068 Navy and Marine Corps officers were commissioned into the armed services. Around 30,000 family members and friends attended as their young men and women receive their diplomas and they rejoiced in the own unique ways.
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A Viscount in the Armoured Cavalry Branch of the French Army left behind a collection of hundreds of glass plates taken during World War One that have never before been published. The images, by an unknown photographer, show daily life of soldiers in the trenches, destruction of towns and military leaders. The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War (WWI). - Reuters
This is another installment in a series of photo compilations from baseball and softball games this spring – this time, a game between Reservoir and Governor Thomas Johnson high schools on Tuesday, May 20. [More on compiling the photos below.]
Removing the Plebe’s Dixie cup from the top of Herndon Monument and replacing it with a Midshipman’s cover marks the completion of Plebe year at the U.S. Naval Academy. The task is made even more difficult by the 50 pounds of vegetable shortening that the midshipmen of 1st Company spread all over the monument. This year’s time was 2:19:35.
A rescued orang utan in Indonesia prepares for release into the wild while a pig and dog are saved in the Balkan floods, the original fossilized femur of a previously undiscovered giant dinosaur species is on display in Trelew, Argentina, South Korea’s President Park Geun-Hye takes responsibility for the mishandling of last month’s Sewol ferry disaster, and more in today’s daily brief.
From Howard County to Baltimore County to Harford County, photographers for the Baltimore Sun’s community papers cover many high school sporting events each week. Here is a roundup of some of the best sports action shots from the week of Saturday, May 10 through Friday, May 16.
The Preakness Stakes is a horse race steeped in history. Having first been run in 1873, the thoroughbred race is the middle jewel in the run for the Triple Crown. One of the little known traditions during Preakness week at Pimlico is the bath that each horse gets after their early morning workouts. Like most three year olds the horses don’t seem to be thrilled with the mandatory scrub down, but reluctantly suffer through them.