| Dec 1, 2012
Inevitably this holiday season, my mom will tick through her shopping list and say with a sigh, "Your dad wants a book." Since I was a kid, my mom has teased my dad about the predictablity of this ritual, which usually involves the purchase of a brick-...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 4:49 PM
Forty-three years of letters, photographs, campaign buttons, itineraries and the occasional miniature flag are crammed into 2,000 fat binders lining three walls — floor to ceiling — of a storage room in the University of Maryland School of...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 4:40 PM
Since ancient times, surgeons have dreamed of transplanting healthy organs into patients disabled by disease and injury, but the human body's powerful immune system stymied all such attempts, leading many observers to conclude that the procedure was...
| Nov 24, 2012
| 12:05 PM
In her fifth novel, "Eight Girls Taking Pictures," Whitney Otto explores the 20th century lives of eight radical women photographers. In these fictionalized stories, the women battle sexism and throw off the yoke of domestic oppression to reinvent...
| Nov 22, 2012
| 5:03 AM
Call it Christmas, call it Hanukkah, call it Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice or Festivus. The truth is, we here at Hero ......
| Nov 22, 2012
| 4:40 AM
CHICAGO -- U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress effective Wednesday, citing the need to spend time "restoring my health."
Jackson, who announced his resignation in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, has been is the subject of several...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 5:48 PM
A full-time engineering professor at Morgan State University was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday in an alleged scheme to defraud the National Science Foundation of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding.
Manoj Kumar Jha, 45, who...
| Nov 13, 2012
| 6:36 AM
Unlike many stories about powerful Washington figures having secret affairs, the downfall of spy chief David Petraeus goes beyond sex.
The scandal surrounding the decorated four-star Army general who once ran the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan involves...
| Nov 11, 2012
Han Suyin defiantly straddled two worlds decades before multiculturalism became fashionable.
"We must carry ourselves with colossal assurance and say, 'Look at us, the Eurasians!' " the half-Chinese, half-Belgian physician and author whose career swept...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 5:50 PM
Writing a presidential biography is a work of selection. When the president in question is as iconic as Abraham Lincoln, the task is arduous. Consider that the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield alone houses 1,600 original...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 1:05 AM
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - In public, Marco Antonio Delgado was a philanthropist, a prominent El Paso businessman and a trustee at Carnegie Mellon University. But secretly, investigators say, he was trying to launder more than half a billion dollars for a...