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“The Long Loneliness in Baltimore: Stories Along the Way,” by author Brendan Walsh and illustrator Willa Bickham, recounts the couple’s 50 years, living in Southwest Baltimore, nourishing and sustaining Viva House, a soup kitchen and homeless shelter inspired by Dorothy […]

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“The Long Loneliness in Baltimore: Stories Along the Way,” by author Brendan Walsh and illustrator Willa Bickham, recounts the couple’s 50 years, living in Southwest Baltimore, nourishing and sustaining Viva House, a soup kitchen and homeless shelter inspired by Dorothy […]

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Dorothy Kilgallen & Jack Ruby: A Toxic Mix

In 1931, at the age of 17, she was a cub reporter for the “New York Evening Journal.” At age 23, she was the first woman “to fly around

Al Capone and his legacy

His mother, Theresa, attended daily Mass. His father, Gabriel, was a successful barber. His family and friends called him “Al.” His detractors labeled him “Scarface,” but never ever directly

Springsteen: Born to Write

On a recent visit to the Book Market in Oakland, my treasured stop in Mountain Maryland, I was immediately tempted by Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, “Born to Run. As a former

Alexander Hamilton vs. Aaron Burr: A Deadly Feud

Alexander Hamilton was one of the primary architects of the American Republic. At the moment, he’s never been more popular. The play about him, “Hamilton,” a rap musical, is currently

‘Boys of Dunbar: A Story of Love, Hope, and Basketball ‘ is a winner

I know it’s a cliche, but I found it hard to put down this book: “The Boys of Dunbar: A Story of Love, Hope, and Basketball.” I discovered it

What a read: ’17 Carnations: The Royals, The Nazis, and the Biggest Cover-up in History’

They are just a memory now. But in their day, the Duke & Duchess of Windsor were world class celebrities. Their stars blazed so brightly that they would have

Dashiell Hammett: Man of Mystery and a good read

“Dashiell Hammett: Man of Mystery,” Sally Cline, 272 pages, Arcade Publishing, 2016 (Review by Bill Hughes) His family roots ran deep in the “Old Line State.” Dashiell Hammett, aka Samuel

Washington’s Immortals: A must read for war, history buffs

When the Pride of Baltimore II, “America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador,” sails into the waters of Baltimore’s outer harbor, it passes two land-based forts. On its portside is Fort (William) Smallwood;

Black Krim: Kate Wyer weaves stoic struggles in dark novella

With the bone-chilling memory of another brutal winter still fresh in mind, consider for a moment: Would you invite a secretive, shoeless old stranger into your home on a

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