Last Friday’s front page was a doozy. All three top news stories involved the Charles County Public School system and sexual assaults, alleged or otherwise, dating back a few years to just last fall.

“Fly the friendly skies” was once a memorable slogan cooked up by United Airlines back in 1965 to invoke a spirit of fun to get people on its airplanes. Of course, the airline was talking about its friendly employees, but decades of increasing air travel have left the skies anything but frie…

When the gavel comes down today to start the 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly, plenty will be different — including the very hand gripping the gavel that calls it all to order.

Ready or not, 2020 is here. A year to see more clearly than ever before, in true 20/20 fashion. And if you haven’t done so already, you can still make those New Year’s resolutions.

In the hit song by The Police, “De Do Do Do De Da Da Da,” Sting wrote, “Poets, priests and politicians have words to thank for their positions.”

After the calendar dealt us the shortest possible period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, today the big day is finally here. The rush to scarf up all those presents has subsided, and morphed into a more sedate atmosphere.

The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. For many, it means time spent enjoying holiday parties, gatherings with friends and family, cooking, shopping and other numerous festivities.

It never fails. When road projects in other parts of Maryland are proposed, they immediately step to the front of the line. Inter-County Connector? Come on up. Widening the D.C. Beltway? Sure, let’s talk about it. But just bring up a project for Southern Maryland, and it gets parked on the s…

Holiday shopping is in full swing by now, and for some disgustingly efficient folks, their lists may even be nearly complete.

In the days after Thanksgiving, many of us probably doled out cash or wrote a check to a charitable cause. Following on the heels of big spending days like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday was a day to give pause in our frenetic holiday pursuit of gift s…

While other regions dealt recently with large winter storms and big piles of snow — several weeks ahead of official winter — we here in the Mid-Atlantic enjoyed, along with our turkey and stuffing leftovers, average to cool temperatures and light rain. But in preparation for what could come,…

In the second half of the 20th century, modern medicine was able to conquer smallpox and polio. Then, in the 1980s, another public health epidemic reared its ugly head: human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome. HIV and AIDS.

It should be easy for most of us to be thankful in Charles County. Just look around.

Earlier this fall, when a handful of big-box stores in Southern Maryland were already displaying Christmas trees next to the Halloween candy, you were flush with holiday denial. You could shake your head and keep walking down the aisle. Too soon, you could tell yourself.

There was a time in Charles when tobacco was king. The leaf was a pillar of the local economy, and although most of the tobacco produced locally wound up in Europe, plenty of folks here got and kept the habit of smoking. That led to a not-so-pleasant tradition: cancer.

Driving while intoxicated and distracted driving justifiably get a lot of attention. But in the midst of our too-busy, not-well-rested daily habits, another kind of impaired vehicle operation is worth noting: drowsy driving.

Monday marks the 100th anniversary of when President Woodrow Wilson first declared a commemoration of the end of World War I, which had occurred a year before. It was hoped it would be the war to end all wars, but that unfortunately was not the case.