This Sunday, as he has done every June since 1988, former state senator Bernie Fowler will join hands with friends, family, politicians and all manner of anti-pollution advocates and wade into the Patuxent River to test its health. We fully expect the still-spry 96-year-old will wear his sig…

My family just learned that their practice of collecting and saving plastic bags for recycling is now a waste of time. Our local transfer station told us to just put them in the trash.

Less than two weeks ago, we printed a special section which honored members of the military from Southern Maryland who lost their lives in battle fighting for our freedom.

For nearly 2,000 young men and women — 1,997 as of yesterday — in Charles County, their moment has finally arrived after 13 years of study and all that goes with it.

Don’t drop your wallet over this one, but it appears the on-again, off-again consideration over putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill in 2020 has turned political. Twice in this space over the past three years, we have endorsed honoring the famous Maryland-born abolitionist by putting her l…

As Memorial Day approaches on Monday, one source puts the number of American servicemen and servicewomen killed in all of this nation’s wars and conflicts at 1,354,664 as of this week.

A potential tragedy was averted earlier this month when a smart 4-year-old picked up a cell phone and dialed 911 when left unattended in a car.

With increasingly longer days and warmer temperatures, the water is calling boaters of all stripes who are looking to get that deck moving under them again. But it’s worth stopping to think about the dangers that lurk before you throw off that bow or stern line and head out across the waves.

H.L. Mencken, a Baltimore journalist, author and satirist whose heyday was early in the century before this one, called the Chesapeake Bay “an immense protein factory,” mostly because of all the blue crabs that once teemed in the huge estuary that rends Maryland in two.

We’ve all got one somewhere. Whether they are with us in person, living right down the street or in the apartment downstairs; in spirit, calling to check up on us from the other side of the state or country; or in memory, perhaps smiling down on us from a well-deserved peaceful afterlife — w…

Maybe this is what it’s going to take to wake up some parents who’ve decided they know better than their doctors. Infectious diseases once thought eradicated in the United States are roaring back as growing numbers of children aren’t getting shots.

These are tense days in international commerce. Venezuela’s problems have allowed OPEC to assume even more control of oil and gasoline prices recently, and there’s deep concern over every dip and rise of the Dow Jones averages. At times like these, it’s good to know the roots of American bus…

Spring is here, and the planting season is getting underway throughout much of Maryland. That means motorists traveling along Southern Maryland highways and rural roads may occasionally find themselves sharing the road with the large, slow-moving farm equipment from one of Maryland’s 12,400 farms.

Maryland’s General Assembly passed an important piece of legislation this spring aimed at improving young people’s health. Come Oct. 1, the state is raising the legal purchase age for tobacco products from 18 to 21.

After getting astronomically rich as more and more Americans got hooked on prescription opioids, the Sackler family and its drug company, Purdue Pharma, were engulfed in controversy over the national addiction and overdose crises those products caused. How the family responded, according to …

Earth Day will be marked worldwide on Monday, April 22, but Southern Maryland got a jump on the celebration in Leonardtown last weekend with Earth Day on the Square, sponsored by that town’s business association. And events continue this weekend elsewhere in the region.

It’s been estimated that car drivers reading and sending texts take their eyes off the road an average of five seconds each time they look at their device screens, according to a press release from the Maryland State Police. It doesn’t seem like a long time, but at 55 mph that’s like coverin…