November 9, 2012 |
DEAR AMY: Many times you have advised engaged couples who are facing possible deal-breaking issues (usually involving other family members) that unless they are both prepared to put their marriage at the center of their lives, they should not tie the knot. How about married couples who are faced with issues later during their marriage? I am 66 and 12 years into my second marriage. The past six years have revolved around my 25-year-old stepson's heroin addiction, related felony convictions, sex-offender conviction, prison sentences and parole violations.
May 22, 2012 |
Want to express yourself on a license plate? Go ahead. The state will gladly take your $50 per year. You can't say any old thing, though. The Motor Vehicle Administration has cataloged more than 4,000 words, phrases and letter-number combinations it won't put on a tag. The agency's Objectionable Plate List, as it's called, is a compendium of vulgarities, obscenities and other no-nos aimed at keeping tags out of the gutter. The Baltimore Sun requested the information last week, hoping to share what the MVA doesn't want you to see on the road.
March 22, 2012 |
Katniss Everdeen, hunter-hero, sinewy hope onto which the nation can Pinterest its hopes for modern girlhood, arrives in theaters Friday. Those who have followed the success of Suzanne Collins's "Hunger Games" trilogy know that the character has been subjected to mass inspection and dissection. As an impoverished region's representative to a state-sanctioned death match, Katniss is Robin Hood meets Ellen Ripley, a literal and metaphorical straight shooter who protects the weak, outsmarts the wicked, kills when she has to. There's a love interest, sort of, but he's a delicate flower.
March 13, 2012 |
An Afghan citizen U.S. prosecutors alleged was once one of the world's biggest heroin suppliers was convicted of drug distribution and narco-terrorism charges Tuesday in the District's federal court. Haji Bagcho, who is in his 60s and faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison at his sentencing in June, said nothing as jurors found him guilty of three of four charges related to heroin trafficking and support of the Taliban. He was acquitted of one heroin distribution charge.
November 24, 2011 |
The frustrated heroine of "Carol's Christmas" levels kicks and blows at the punching bag that hangs in her apartment. It's too bad the English language doesn't get a comparable workout in this chick-lit-flavored comedy, now making its world premiere at Theatre on the Run . Marni Penning's play riffs in mildly clever fashion on Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol," but the dialogue is so banal and the characterization so skit-like that the production,...
October 4, 2011 |
Alice Hoffman may be the most uneven writer in America. A trip through her enormous body of work — for adults and young people — is a jarring ride, from the loveliness of " Illumination Night " to the schlockiness of " The River King . " Hang on tight and you'll swerve from the quiet power of her short stories in " Local Girls " to the groaning hokiness of " The Ice Queen . " In bestseller after bestseller, she explores women's...
July 25, 2011 |
A new study by a team of researchers in California shows it is possible to vaccinate laboratory animals against the effects of heroin. The vaccine not only blunted the pain-killing action of heroin, but it also prevented rats from becoming addicted to the drug. Significantly, however, it didn't keep the animals from gaining pain relief from many other opiates, suggesting the vaccine targets just heroin and a few related compounds. The experiments at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla is the latest effort to bring the power of the immune system to bear against addictive substances.
July 20, 2011 |
A Baltimore city police officer has been arrested and charged with leading a heroin distribution operation, including allegations that he arranged drug transactions while on duty and met conspirators in the parking lot of his district station, records show. The officer, Daniel G. Redd, 41, was taken into custody Tuesday, officials said. Several law enforcement sources said Redd had been under suspicion for years, but city police asked the FBI to investigate within the past six months.
July 14, 2011 |
Nine purported members of a heroin trafficking ring have been charged in a scheme to smuggle heroin from Ghana into the United States through Dulles International Airport, authorities said Thursday. The ring recruited couriers — including two Alexandria women — to hide $250,000 worth of heroin in carry-on bags designed to avoid airport security detection during at least four flights from Accra, according to Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
July 5, 2011
I thank The Post Magazine for bringing Anna Ella Carroll's story to a broad audience [" The forgotten heroine? ," July 3]. I would like to address the accusation that the Maryland-born Carroll was a fraud, that is, mainly whether she submitted a Civil War plan to the Lincoln administration that advocated an advance upon the Tennessee River that took place in February 1862. In researching my 2004 book, "Great Necessities: The Life, Times, and Writings of Anna Ella Carroll, 1815-1894," I concluded that Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck and President Abraham Lincoln were planning this movement — Lincoln based on Carroll's submission.