Latest from John Kelly

The old Walter Reed is gone. The new Walter Reed wants to hear its stories.

Developers and the DC History Center are teaming up to collect tales of the neighborhood.
  • Oct 13, 2021

A new film explores the life of Odessa Madre, the ‘queen’ of D.C.’s underworld

For much of the 20th century, Madre had her fingers in a lot of illicit pies.
  • Oct 12, 2021

A new film celebrates the Pits, the teenage Eden before Kingstowne, Va., was built

Dirt bikes once threaded through the sand hills and gravels pits of the future development.
  • Oct 11, 2021

After 18 months, I went back to my office. It’s the best place to get office supplies.

Piles of mail awaited my return. I apologize to readers who were hoping for a response.
  • Oct 10, 2021

In 1953, an Air Force pilot steered his crippled jet away from a Maryland school

The school was later renamed in honor of Capt. Francis T. Evans and his selfless act.
  • Oct 9, 2021

The Audubon Naturalist Society is flush with a new donation: Composting toilets

The two-stall comfort station shows you don’t need water or chemicals to get the job done.
  • Oct 6, 2021

Between a rock and a hard place: More thoughts on renaming White Flint.

Flinty North Bethesdans resist the Rockville label.
  • Oct 5, 2021

Time-traveling musicians Chou Chou and Doc Scantlin lost their home in a fire

The Imperial Palms Orchestra bandleaders will rebuild, with help from friends and songs.
  • Oct 4, 2021

So you think you can sew: My experience with a needle is somewhat patchy.

I have plenty of fashionable ideas. I just need my wife to make them for me.
  • Oct 3, 2021

A 1951 Air Force plane crash in Maryland came after hours of tension in the sky

The crew bailed out after in-flight repairs to the landing gear didn’t work.
  • Oct 2, 2021