Recent stories by Jill Rosen
7:55 AM EDT, May 3, 2013
April 6, 2013
For his 60th Orioles home opener, Justin Vitrano didn't dress in orange. He didn't paint his face, pull on a team cap or arrive hours early to guzzle beer. He didn't jump to his feet, scream or even clap as players jogged, one by one, onto the field.
8:41 PM EDT, March 31, 2013
Deep in the cellar beneath the Recher Theatre, Buddy Hilsberg curates a museum of sorts.
2:01 PM EDT, April 1, 2013
One man was killed and two others injured in separate shooting incidents overnight across the city, police said.
8:17 AM EDT, March 18, 2013
2:10 PM EDT, April 1, 2013
March 10, 2013
Ace, a youthful Labrador, bounds across his lawn, fielding tennis balls and hurrying them back to his owner.
11:02 AM EDT, March 19, 2013
Eleven-year-old Tyler Parker-Rollins says being vegan isn't always easy. But he says it's also "fun" and that he plans to be one "forever."
8:29 PM EST, February 17, 2013
Some guys gave flowers. Others candy. But smooth Rod Lopez, a man in touch with the cultural cutting edge, feted his lady love with a "Harlem Shake" video for Valentine's Day.
7:08 PM EST, February 4, 2013
Gardiners Furniture might be eating its Super Bowl bet but couldn't be happier about it.
10:16 PM EST, February 3, 2013
The owners of a local furniture company that declared free goods if the Ravens returned a kick for a touchdown at the start of the game or just after halftime found themselves having to make good after Jacoby Jones did just that.
7:01 PM EST, February 21, 2013
A Baltimore comic store has joined the growing public outcry over DC Comics' decision to hire a gay-marriage opponent and author to write part of the coming "Adventures of Superman" series.
8:35 PM EST, February 5, 2013
Shawn Dyson closed his barbershop and let his 10-year-old daughter skip school Tuesday, hoping they could become part of Baltimore sports history.
11:04 PM EST, February 3, 2013
Super Bowl commercials are nearly as anticipated as the game, and local companies grabbing some of that attention Sunday included Royal Farms and Union Memorial Hospital.
12:21 PM EST, February 11, 2013
They've been married just over two years, but Andy and Seanne Herbick have already exchanged vows three times, most recently Sunday morning at their alma mater, Loyola University Maryland, with about 160 other steadfast lovebirds.
8:10 AM EST, February 8, 2013
FROM SUN MAGAZINE
Baltimore has witnessed love and loss.
11:57 AM EST, January 29, 2013
When the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2001 and Ray Lewis, as MVP, got a new SUV, he didn't want just a plain, ordinary one. He wanted icing on that cake.
11:04 AM EST, January 28, 2013
SUPER BOWL XLVII
To understand how very conflicted Washington is about rooting for Baltimore, consider what happened to one of its biggest football fans when she dared suggest that Redskins supporters offer the Ravens a congratulatory word.
7:00 AM EST, February 1, 2013
When Eastern Shore native Peter Michaels Allen moved to San Francisco two years ago, he made sure he had a way to make money and a place to sleep before getting to the really important stuff — finding a place to watch his Ravens.
7:53 PM EST, January 24, 2013
King Los is not merely a young rapper on the verge, cultivating buzz and working with Diddy's record label. He's also a Ravens fan — in his words, a "humongous" one.
7:06 PM EST, January 11, 2013
11:48 AM EST, January 6, 2013
Marquetta Sullivan, 56, of Annapolis, sparkled like a purple jewel on Lot J on Sunday morning — metallic ribbons in her hair, nine necklaces around her neck, frosted purple eye shadow and a Ravens' tattoo on her cheek — all for the playoffs and to mark her hero's last home game.
8:30 AM EST, January 4, 2013
Forgive Keith Parsons for being a tad blissed out. The 35-year-old salesman, born in Redskins country, married into a Ravens clan and carrying a lifelong torch for the Orioles, is pretty sure he's having the best sports year of his life.
8:30 PM EST, December 25, 2012
The region had a taste of a white Christmas early this week, and forecasters predicted another chance of wintry weather on Wednesday.
4:18 PM EST, December 25, 2012
Carrying on what's become a Baltimore tradition, hundreds of area Jews spent Tuesday up to their elbows in craft paper and care packages, working on community service projects for Mitzvah Day, now in its eighth year.
7:49 AM EST, December 24, 2012
Season's greetings, hon! Hard to believe 2012 is almost over. You know us — busy, busy!
8:01 PM EST, December 13, 2012
When did the holidays become an exercise in anxiety, tension mounting with each fa, la and la? Shopping stress. Baking stress. Light-stringing stress. Relatives. And that "Are you ready for Christmas?" thing. Hardly helping.
3:22 PM EST, November 30, 2012
4:51 PM EST, November 22, 2012
Anthony Clark hadn't even gotten a plate of food and already he was overcome with emotion, just seeing friends, having a medical student check his blood pressure and knowing hundreds of people had given their time to make sure those needier had a taste of Thanksgiving.
8:15 PM EST, November 23, 2012
November 22, 2012
This time of year, "thankfulness" and "gratitude" are terms folks throw around so much that they almost become greeting card platitudes.
6:32 PM EST, November 20, 2012
Kevin Clash, the Baltimore-born puppeteer who was the voice behind the beloved "Sesame Street" character Elmo, resigned Tuesday in the wake of allegations that he had sex with minors.
7:21 AM EST, November 15, 2012
For Bryan Voltaggio, this holiday season is about beginnings.
9:30 AM EDT, October 12, 2012
Take away the glamour, the TV cameras and the tabloid headlines, and Michaele Salahi's latest drama could almost be an Anne Tyler plot: Disaffected housewife risks it all to walk away from a stale marriage and into an entirely new life.
9:30 PM EST, November 7, 2012
Amid the cheers of President Barack Obama's victory rally in Chicago, Keesha Patterson reached into her bag for a tiny box, dropped to one knee, turned to her girlfriend of 11 years and told her, in front of everyone, how much she loved her and wanted to marry her.
11:28 AM EDT, September 21, 2012
6:56 PM EDT, September 20, 2012
Organizers of the charitable Half Full Triathlon are thrilled Lance Armstrong will compete in their October Howard County race.
7:18 PM EDT, August 21, 2012
Maryland's highest court on Tuesday partly backed off its April decision that pit bulls are inherently dangerous, admitting that it went too far when it applied its standard to cross-bred dogs. But the new ruling, which affects only purebred animals, does not clear the waters, according to experts.
11:05 PM EDT, September 16, 2012
City police on Sunday reported five shootings over the weekend, two of them fatal.
9:46 AM EDT, September 16, 2012
One person died in a house fire early Sunday morning in Northwest Baltimore, officials reported.
6:00 AM EDT, September 7, 2012
6:48 AM EDT, July 5, 2012
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, newly single, was lunching with an old friend. She wanted to know if he was dating. Nope, he said, too busy — why, did she know anyone?
1:49 PM EDT, September 16, 2012
During the Patterson Park pagoda's 120 years of existence, it has been photographed, painted and otherwise rendered too many times to count. But never in all that time did anyone depict the landmark the way Terry and Belinda Kilby just did.
7:18 PM EDT, September 7, 2012
Musicians collaborate all the time; so do actors. But artists, not really — and that goes double for street art, where making an individual mark is the name of the game.
10:14 PM EDT, July 8, 2012
Alex and Laura Garcia slogged back to their car after visiting the Baltimore Farmer's Market on Sunday, wiping sweat from their faces. After days of record-breaking, three-digit heat, the Bolton Hill couple agreed that what typically passes for hot would feel like paradise.
7:07 PM EDT, August 20, 2012
Furor surged in Maryland and across the country Monday over a Missouri congressman's comment that he opposes abortion in most cases of rape because women rarely become pregnant during a "legitimate rape."
6:07 PM EDT, August 19, 2012
Mary T. McMullen, a Millersville special education teacher and athletics booster, died Friday at University of Maryland Medical Center of scleroderma after a lengthy illness. She was 64.
6:48 AM EDT, July 3, 2012
Duff Goldman quite literally ate his way across America to film the series "Sugar High" last year — from sea to sugary sea. And we aren't talking Hollywood smoke-and-mirrors eating, where it looks like someone is tasting something but is really spitting it into an off-camera bucket. It was real — all too real, as Goldman now realizes.
8:38 PM EDT, September 7, 2012
Tom Rowe, like many in Baltimore, woke up conflicted on Friday.
6:35 PM EDT, August 13, 2012
Days after operators of Baltimore's Senator Theatre accused former owner Tom Kiefaber of trespassing at the movie house and harassing workers, Kiefaber was arrested Monday at the site.
6:48 AM EDT, July 3, 2012
Duff Goldman's workouts aren't for the faint of heart.
7:17 PM EDT, July 30, 2012
There was a time when any protest worth its salt meant time and sweat, with picketing in inclement weather, massing in Washington and possibly even the risk of violence or getting arrested. People went to jail to support the Montgomery bus boycott during the civil rights movement. People died during the United Farm Workers boycott of grapes and lettuce during the 1970s.
8:02 PM EDT, July 8, 2012
Baltimore police are investigating a pair of shootings that occurred late Saturday and Sunday afternoon in the city's Upton neighborhood.
9:13 AM EDT, July 8, 2012
A man was shot to death early Sunday morning in Parkville.
6:06 PM EDT, June 21, 2012
In sizzling heat that had much of the country screaming for ice cream, people in certain pockets of the nation had trouble this week finding their favorite Good Humor bars.
7:22 PM EDT, May 11, 2012
Only people who know where to look would be able to pay respects to Norman Chaney, who is buried in an unmarked grave in Baltimore. But if fans of the chubby "Our Gang" star have their way, he'll soon have the headstone he's done so long without.
9:25 AM EDT, July 8, 2012
A fire broke out Sunday morning in a Laurel apartment building, forcing about 40 people from their homes and injuring one firefighter.
8:55 PM EDT, June 15, 2012
It didn't take Canadian seaman Richard Thompson long to get quite a bit of Baltimore under his shiny gold belt. Tapas at Harborplace. Shopping for sunglasses. And a beery romp with some American sailors at Power Plant Live that left him with a different sort of souvenir.
7:17 AM EST, March 6, 2012
A number of years ago a serious chef, baker and food writer named Beth Hensperger got an assignment from her publisher: A slow-cooker cookbook.
5:15 PM EDT, May 29, 2012
The night started out right — good friends, carousing, the lead-up to an out-of-town wedding.
7:25 PM EDT, March 29, 2012
Even a lottery official, a woman who spends her days dealing in hundreds, thousands and, yes, millions, was having a hard time Thursday getting her head around this monstrous number: $540 million.
9:43 PM EDT, March 20, 2012
When the lights dim for "Hunger Games" at midnight Thursday, Fatimah Nelson, who bought tickets weeks ago, will be there, a bit breathless, at the edge of a plush seat at Arundel Mills.
6:08 PM EDT, May 20, 2012
As Trayvon Martin's mother stood at the altar of Baltimore's Empowerment Temple on Sunday, the Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant asked for anyone whose child had also been the victim of "senseless violence" to come forward.
6:58 PM EDT, March 18, 2012
People packed the pews and filled the balconies of Baltimore's historic Bethel A.M.E. church Sunday morning to honor a man they credit with reviving the house of worship — one of the city's most influential — and bringing unabashed passion back to the black church.
7:07 AM EST, February 16, 2012
Henry Hunt said goodbye to gluten not because a doctor told him to, but because — like so many others — he decided he was better off without it.
7:08 AM EST, February 9, 2012
Architects live and breathe design, blissfully losing themselves in details most people would never notice — the bevel of a trim, the way light falls across a room, squared legs or curved.
11:10 PM EST, February 3, 2012
As the funding controversy swirled around Susan G. Komen for the Cure this week, much of the criticism was directed not at the group's chief executive but at a Maryland native who serves as a senior policy adviser.
6:05 PM EST, January 14, 2012
When Vinny Ragone heard the Dog Whisperer was going to be at a Baltimore pet store, and he could see him for free, he told his mother (who had never heard of Cesar Millan), "I've got to be there."
11:16 AM EST, January 14, 2012
A fire broke out early Saturday morning near the Poppleton neighborhood of West Baltimore.
3:16 PM EST, January 22, 2012
Three people, including a Howard County police officer and a suspect in his custody, were injured in a crash in Mount Airy early Sunday morning, police reported.
4:49 PM EST, December 28, 2011
New Year's resolutions are the kiss of death. We all know this.
9:43 PM EST, December 25, 2011
About a dozen kids sat around a long table Sunday afternoon, waiting for the signal.
6:01 PM EST, December 22, 2011
Robin Walker, unable to sleep, called up her online layaway account in the middle of the night, ready to make some grim choices about which presents her grandchildren wouldn't get.
6:55 PM EST, December 7, 2011
The Spain-based representative for an influential Baltimore wine reviewer defended himself Wednesday amid accusations that he asked wineries for money in exchange for a visit from the critic.
4:48 PM EST, December 1, 2011
Shaking, sweating and swooning are par for the course among the passionate young fans of the "Twilight" series. But reports that a scene in "Breaking Dawn" has been sparking seizures in theaters nationwide has epilepsy experts on the alert and parents thinking twice about letting their kids see the movie.
9:24 AM EST, December 20, 2011
People who want chocolate a cut above the stuff found near grocery store checkout lines have plenty of big-name national brands to choose from.
6:28 PM EST, December 18, 2011
Matthew Waylett has put down his cocktail to adjust the tilt of an Indiana Jones-esque fedora, admiring his reflection in the mirror set up at the bar.
11:03 AM EST, December 7, 2011
The accusations are swirling through the wine world faster than cabernet in a crystal goblet.
8:07 PM EST, December 15, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Paws were left in a box Wednesday night outside Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter. The black-and-white kittens, just 6 weeks old, aren't ready to be adopted — but through a new program, someone can give the squirmy pair a home for the holidays.
1:02 PM EST, December 12, 2011
The publisher of The Wine Advocate said Monday he had embarked on a no-holds-barred investigation into an alleged payola scandal involving one of the publication's top critics.
5:54 PM EST, November 23, 2011
On Thursday afternoon, as most of America fusses over basting and trussing, Tracey Despeaux will be pulling into Ravens stadium with a movable feast.
7:13 PM EDT, October 26, 2011
Fox television's "Kitchen Nightmares," featuring celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and his decidedly tough-love approach to restaurant rehab, will be filming at Hampden's Cafe Hon next week, the network confirmed Tuesday.
7:16 PM EST, November 22, 2011
If Oprah Winfrey singles out just 13 items as her "favorite things" of 2011, and one of them is yours, it's safe to assume you're going to quickly become very — very — popular.
November 27, 2011
As a young man living in the Bronx, Chazz Palminteri would escape the city on long drives into the Westchester County countryside where he'd tool along curving, forested roads, staring at the set-back mansions. To a guy with empty pockets, the gated lawns and gabled rooflines looked like money, like class — like success.
8:37 PM EDT, October 3, 2011
St. John's United Methodist Church, a centuries-old church on St. Paul Street, looked the way it does during its occasional rock concerts. Hundreds of people — some older than 40, some in their 20s — gathered there Sunday not for the music, or a prayer service, but to vent.
September 28, 2011
Once, pickles were the last thing anyone would mistake for stylish or sexy.
5:18 PM EST, November 11, 2011
The holidays are for family. But while we can squeeze folks around the table for turkey, or into the living room to unwrap presents, sometimes they just have to sleep somewhere else. Here's a sampling of some area hotels that could a good fit your relatives.
5:39 PM EDT, October 28, 2011
Ethan Phillip Weibman pleaded guilty Friday morning to animal abuse in the death of one cat and the beating of another.
9:44 PM EDT, October 22, 2011
After a recent hike through Patapsco Valley State Park, Baltimore teacher Greg Schnitzlein's jaw dropped as he watched his two dogs emerge from the woods looking, as he says, like Chia Pets, every inch of their fur slathered in sproutlike seeds.
7:16 AM EDT, September 29, 2011
All Danielle Rowlette wanted to do was become Danielle Tate.
3:53 PM EDT, October 24, 2011
When the doctor's office receptionist summons her, when she flashes her credit card at the grocery store, when she leaves a phone message — the reaction to her last name these days is always the same.
4:56 PM EDT, September 20, 2011
As word began spreading Tuesday that the beloved movie "Diner" was being rejiggered as a Broadway show — with Sheryl Crow music, no less — the mood of the people could best be summed up with a universal head scratch.
3:59 PM EDT, October 23, 2011
Before big games in Ravens Country, we see the most enthusiastic fans changing into purple clothes, flying the team colors on their cars, layering on beads and painting their faces. They order colored cupcakes, decorate their homes and shake pompoms at pep rallies.
5:59 PM EDT, September 21, 2011
Where's that dislike button when you need it?
5:13 PM EDT, September 25, 2011
Oriole Adam Jones giving his dog Eskimo kisses. Fighter John Rallo hugging a cat tight to his muscled chest. Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson proudly calling his dog his best friend.
7:37 PM EDT, August 17, 2011
Jill Smokler just might be Baltimore's biggest unknown celebrity. Few recognize her tightly coiled curls, her peanut-butter-eating children, her tired dog. But online, thousands upon thousands of mothers grasp onto her every word. And on Twitter, nearly 155,000 people follow her, more, by far, than Baltimore's mayor, Maryland's governor, chef Duff Goldman and the Ravens' Ray Lewis — together.
8:37 PM EDT, September 15, 2011
— First Lady Michelle Obama applauded the parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster Thursday for pledging to cut calories and sodium at its restaurants over the next 10 years.
August 8, 2011
Tiger sharks glided swift and smooth, moray eels darted into submerged caves and, in a full-blown rain forest re-created indoors, leafy and humid, tropical birds flitted past tamarin monkeys.
October 14, 2011
Dogs have run free — amok, some would say — in Robert E. Lee Park for years. Residents complained that the park had been "hijacked" by dog people. Even Baltimore County's parks director knew folks referred to the wooded lakeside retreat as "Dog Poop Park."
8:09 PM EDT, September 6, 2011
After a nationally televised victory, one imagines the Terps spending the next day basking in glory. Not waiting for a call from "What Not to Wear."
11:28 AM EDT, July 23, 2011
Ted Williams wasn't at the pool last week. Nor was he on the basketball court, polishing off an ice cream cone, sleeping in till noon or catching a movie.
1:44 PM EDT, July 28, 2011
A kitten is suffering severe burns after being set on fire this week in East Baltimore.
3:50 PM EDT, July 15, 2011
Pneumonia killed one dolphin calf at the National Aquarium last month while internal bleeding took the life of another baby days later, according to results of a necropsy released Friday.
May 22, 2011
When the Weiss family dreams of escape, a breezy vacation with water, boat rides and luxurious views, they can be kicking their shoes off within 40 minutes.
5:37 PM EDT, June 27, 2011
The brouhaha surrounding the trademarking of the word "hon" seemed to become more serious Monday as Denise Whiting was granted a restraining order against a man who organized recent protests against her.
7:53 PM EDT, July 8, 2011
Sure, it was raining sideways, but that didn't stop people from lining up Friday evening in Harbor East for a taste of Baltimore's fledgling food truck scene.
5:15 PM EDT, April 23, 2011
Stanley Zerden remembers a time in the 1970s when Oldtown held promise.
2:26 PM EDT, April 22, 2011
When Baltimoreans turn on the TV and see Donna Hamilton, they see a comfortable, familiar face — someone they probably think they know, someone they might want to sit down with for a cup of tea.
12:46 PM EDT, June 27, 2011
Elijah Knauer bounds into S'ghetti Eddie's as if on a mission, taking in the pinball, the family-style booths and — oh man — the spot on the menu that mentions the thing that begins with an "ice" and ends with a "cream."
6:58 PM EDT, August 3, 2011
Ethan Phillip Weibman went to the Maryland SPCA, and from the dozens of cats, police say, he chose a short-haired one named Lucy to adopt.
July 14, 2011
Ronald Reagan was president. People were fighting to save whales. The first CD player came out.
4:07 PM EDT, April 23, 2011
A Baltimore County McDonald's owner announced on Saturday afternoon that an employee who taped the violent beating of a customer — a video that went viral Friday — had been fired.
7:56 PM EDT, June 26, 2011
Animal trainer Deirdre Weadock has worked at the National Aquarium long enough to have seen her share of life and death, but she'll tell you this has been the roughest week of her career.
7:11 PM EST, February 22, 2011
Folks hungering for a Gino Giant, your wait is almost over.
5:21 PM EDT, June 23, 2011
Ever-prepared, executive assistant Marian Smith stocks her desk with all the trappings of a modern office: Paper clips. Sticky notes. Pup-Peroni.
6:15 PM EDT, April 30, 2011
School kids call Catherine Hyde's teenage daughter "freak" and "pervert," or "homo." She's forced to change for gym in a closet and use the teacher's restroom.
6:58 AM EDT, March 23, 2011
Baltimore's favorite mother has inspired a saying. Whenever her friends and family encounter something Debbie Phelps would say or want or do, someone will inevitably say: "That's so DP."
September 12, 2010
While reworking Sally Thorner's Baltimore home, a space that hadn't been touched in 20 years, designer Christopher Howarth vowed not to buy when he could inventively re-use.
12:38 PM EDT, May 31, 2011
Nearly 3,000 miles from the red-bricked neighborhoods on the banks of the Patapsco, a Baltimore native is on a sugary mission to introduce Californians to the joy that is a little cup of flavored ice on a hot summer day.
February 9, 2010
If anyone deserved a lunchtime indulgence Monday, Barry Robinson did. His normal 60-minute drive to work, from Accokeek to Baltimore, took four agonizing hours, much of it spent on a ramp to Interstate 495, waiting for the tractor-trailer in front of him to unstick itself. "I was thinking there's got to be a better way," says Robinson, Baltimore's chief of transit and marine services.
7:14 PM EST, February 15, 2011
Despite taking two dogs to the country's most prestigious dog show and doubling her chances of success, a Perry Hall woman on Tuesday was unable to advance in the competition.
September 12, 2010
In Sally Thorner's living room, a sprawling rattan loveseat beckons from a corner. A bit fantastical, it's a closer relative of the porch swing than the sofa in mood and purpose. With its oversized downy cushions, this piece is meant for long, lazy mornings, for losing track of time with one's husband, for unabashed relaxation.
December 2, 2009
Despite widespread perception that Sheila Dixon has done a laudable job as Baltimore's mayor, she faces a challenge in trying to maintain a political career while carrying the burden of a criminal conviction, political observers say.
December 6, 2009
In the market and at the bus stop, over glasses of wine and under the barber's clippers, the daily rhythm of life in Baltimore has been interrupted by a question reverberating through many a conversation: Should Mayor Sheila Dixon, convicted of embezzlement, continue to run the city?
January 7, 2010
Mayor Sheila Dixon's plea deal - crafted in legal terms such as Probation Before Judgment and Alford plea - left many questions about her criminal record and her future. Here's a primer on the arrangement and the events it will trigger: