Festivities for the 25th annual Fleet Week celebration kicked off in New York Harbor yesterday, May 23, 2012. Fleet week began in 1984 to celebrate the U.S. Navy and Marines Corps with a week of ship visitations and military demonstrations. A military flyover on Memorial Day completes the celebration to honor those killed while serving in the military.
Starting out as an original Silk City dining car that expanded over the years, Forest Diner has decided to close its doors after dishing out coffee and eggs in Howard County since 1946. Patrons will have to savor the taste and say good-bye when the popular Ellicott City institution closes at the end of the day on May 28.
Today’s presidential election in Egypt is one of happiness and uncertainty for the Egyptian people who will freely cast their vote, in what some are calling the first day in the post-pharaoh era. The journey to the polls has been rife with violence since the February 11, 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s autocratic leader for that past 30 years. One of the 13 candidates on the ballot will assume power on July 1 from the military council, which has been overseeing the tumultuous political transition thus far.
The following photo series traces back to the beginning of the political uprising and ends with today’s new beginning set in motion by 50 million eligible Egyptian voters.
If you’re headed to the 27th annual Sowebohemian Arts and Music Festival on Sunday, you won’t want to miss the West Baltimore Squares Photowalk and Tour. It’s The Baltimore Sun’s first photowalk, and we’re teaming up with Baltimore Heritage to explore the historic parks and neighborhoods of Southwest Baltimore, with stops at Hollins Market, H.L. Mencken’s backyard and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. To give you a flavor of Sowebo, here are 10 photos of the festival from The Sun’s archives.
The western region of the United States and other countries along the Pacific rim caught a glimpse of the first solar eclipse of the year on Sunday. While, 2011 saw a handful of partial solar eclipses, spectators got to see what’s called an annular eclipse, or a so-called “ring of fire.” This occurs when the moon, appearing slightly smaller than the sun, passes before it to create an annulus, or ring, in the sky.
The 2012 Preakness was billed as a rematch between Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another and runner-up Bodemeister. It was exactly that. In the end, I’ll Have Another went on to win the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. His next stop is the Belmont Stakes in New York for a chance to win the Triple Crown in June. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978.
Take a look at I’ll Have Another from his Kentucky Derby win to training at Pimlico Race Course and his Preakness Stakes win.
Sunday Silence might have lacked pedigree, some would say, but in 1989 he had the Cinderella story, he was the winning underdog who went on to be one of America’s greatest racehorses, and he’d probably even be a card-carrying member of today’s 99%, if he were still alive.
Today’s proposals aren’t like the old days. So it should be no surprise that when a boy wants to propose to his best girl, he might want to pop the question with a little pizzazz. Enter Albert Smith and his flash mob marriage proposal.
Turf Valley in Ellicott City hosted its fifth annual Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival from May 10-12. Patuxent photographer Sarah Pastrana got an early look Thursday morning, while Brian Krista came out at night to see the balloons light up the sky for the evening glow. Videographer Jon Sham took video from the morning event as well.