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  • Former steel worker wins prestigious poetry prize

    In the summer of 1970, Afaa Michael Weaver was a clerk recording the weight of the massive tin coils produced at Sparrows Point Steel Mill, tin that would later be turned into soup cans and the like. He used a crayon to mark the coils, which would be warm enough to melt the wax, so his numbers would stick. In between, he wrote poems on the backs of the tally sheets. He remembers when he showed up for work one day just as a co-worker's foot was being amputated; it was caught in the machinery and it was the only way to free him. Weaver thought, I gotta get a safer job. He did, relatively speaking, and worked the next 14 years on the packing floor and, later, in the warehouse of Proctor & Gamble's factory in Locust Point.
  • The American obsession with smuggling, from the Boston Tea Party through today's drug trade

    "No taxation without representation"-that's understood to be a patriotic rallying cry of the people who became the founders of the United States of America. Early Americans, so the story goes, protested taxes by the British as part of defending their...

    5 things to know about Tom Rothman, Sony motion picture group's new head

    5 things to know about Tom Rothman, Sony motion picture group's new head
    Tom Rothman has been tapped as the next chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment's motion picture group. Rothman replaces current chair Amy Pascal, who will step down in May to become a producer for Sony Pictures. Get to know Rothman better:...

    Brown fraternity criticizes college over party drug case

    The Brown University fraternity accused of allowing two female students to be drugged at an unauthorized party last year is criticizing the administration's handling of the case. The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1DLFEA8 ) Phi Kappa Psi wrote...

    Camp for the kid who likes science, engineering, math

    Camp for the kid who likes science, engineering, math
    For kids whose dream summer camp involves more coding than canoeing, more technology than tennis and more science than swimming, STEM summer camps — once considered a contradiction in terms — are popular and plentiful. The camps, ranging...