Nothing says springtime in Baltimore like flowers, big hats and lemon sticks.
It appears that Osama bin Laden may have been frustrated with the incompetence of regional jihadi affiliates of the al-Qaida organization and his lack of control over their public actions, according to a new report from the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.
The report released Thursday assesses 17 declassified documents that were captured during the 2011 Abbottabad raid that killed bin Laden. It also shows, for the first time, the internal struggles of the al-Qaida organization and the lack of control its highest leader had over the expansion of the organization.
In his address to the nation confirming bin Laden’s death, almost a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Barack Obama called it the “most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al-Qaida.”
This past weekend the Maryland SPCA held their 17th annual “March for the Animals” in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park. Along with the 1.5 mile walk-a-thon, there was a dog agility course, a “flea-less” market of pet friendly vendors, musical chairs for the dogs, and of course, a pet costume contest. Despite all the attention focused on this wonderful cause, I couldn’t help but wonder whether our four-legged friends love, or loathe, being dressed up for our amusement. Until someone develops a good bark-to-speech app, we’ll just have to settle on appreciating their cuteness, while throwing in a few extra treats for good measure.
Let’s take a quick look at the adorableness from last weekend along with other past pet-centric events.
“It was my first day on the night shift. He took me to the Calvert House for a beer and a bowl of crab soup — my first…That was Joe in a nutshell. Nothing ever fazed him.” — Robert K. Hamilton
Baltimore Sun’s award-winning photographer Joseph A. “Joe” DiPaola, Jr., passed away Friday at the age of 91. Director of Photography Robert K. Hamilton recounts his first night shift at The Sun with Joe almost thirty years ago.
May Day or International Workers’ Day has become a day of protest for many in the world demanding better working conditions, higher wages, and social equality. It began as a commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Riot in Chicago, a peaceful protest for the right to an 8-hour workday that became a deadly clash with police. Today it is celebrated in more than 80 countries.
One World Trade officially surpassed the height of the Empire State Building today to become New York City’s tallest building. With the addition of a steel column, the unfinished frame of the building stands at more than 1,250 feet high. When completed it is expected to be declared the tallest building in the United States and the third-tallest in the world.
This week, Los Angeles and the rest of the nation reflects on the 1992 L.A. riots. Twenty years ago, Los Angeles erupted after a jury acquitted four police officers in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King. City-wide riots lasted for six days as Los Angeles exploded with racially charged violence, looting, and fire. Sixty-three deaths were linked to the riots, according to the Los Angeles Times, while some 2,000 were said to have been injured. Here’s a look at the city of Los Angeles, then and now.
More than 300 volunteers came to Winters Mill High School on Wednesday, April 25 for the annual Special Olympics Carroll County Spring Games. The event culminated a year of training for the athletes, who represented nearly every school in the county, and were warmly greeted by hundreds of spectators as they walked around the Winters Mill track during the opening ceremony.
Once a year, Washington transforms into Hollywood. Last night’s White House Correspondents Association dinner was a star-studded event with celebrities like George Clooney, Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon, Lindsay Lohan, and Uggie the dog. The 98th annual dinner, which raises money for WHCA scholarships and recognizes excellence in the profession, was hosted by late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.