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NEWS
By Peter Hermann | April 5, 2012
Patrick Dolan was stabbed in November 2010 after getting off a bus in Belair-Edison. His killing remains unsolved. The 19-year-old was the city's 200th murder victim of that year, a number that at the time startled Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb . Dolan had been a huge football fan and before his death he had splurged on a Lardarius Webb jersey. His family buried him wearing the No. 21, and Webb was so taken by the tribute that he and other players signed a ball for the grieving family.
NEWS
By Ellen Hawks and Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF | August 20, 2003
Betty Fleming of Bel Air asked for help in finding a recipe for candied sweet potatoes that have a thick syrup. She said no matter which recipe she had tried, the syrup was not thick enough. Roy Roche of Salem, Ore., wrote: "I found [this recipe] at allrecipes.com. However, I made the following alterations: I used 1 cup butter instead of 1 1/4 cups margarine. I peeled and cut the sweet potatoes prior to boiling instead of boiling the potatoes with the peels on. Instead of mashing half of the potatoes with the sauce, we left all of them in chunks."
FEATURES
By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | July 4, 1992
Installing ductwork for heating and air conditioning is a bit like putting together a huge three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle.The basic rules of the game, however, are the same, whether you're retrofitting an older house, working with new construction, or adding heating and air conditioning to a new room, attic or basement.Basic Rule No. 1: Hot air rises, cold air falls.Ducts should be installed to take maximum advantage of natural air movement. For instance, for air conditioning to work properly, air returns, the large ducts that carry air back to the central unit, need to be installed high up on the wall of each upper floor, to capture warmer air and return it for cooling.
SPORTS
By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | October 21, 1998
A junior varsity football assistant at North County High School, who coached seven games without the required background check, was banned yesterday by Anne Arundel County school officials after they began investigating his role in an altercation at a game last week.The volunteer assistant, Maurice Bowie Sr., also had been chosen by the newly appointed head basketball coach, Mike Francis, to coach the school's JV basketball team.Francis, 29, was named to the head coaching position last Friday in a move that has prompted a disgruntled applicant to contend he is a victim of age and race discrimination.
FEATURES
By DAVE BARRY | August 16, 1992
My son, who is 11, has started going to dance parties. Only minutes ago he was this little boy whose idea of looking really sharp was to have all the Kool-Aid stains on his He-Man T-shirt be the same flavor; now, suddenly, he's spending more time per day on his hair than it took to paint the Sistine Chapel.And he's going to parties where the boys dance with actual girls. This was unheard of when I was 11, during the Eisenhower administration. Oh, sure, our parents sent us to ballroom-dancing class, but it would have been equally cost-effective for them to simply set fire to their money.
NEWS
By Erica Marcus | February 14, 2007
How do I keep green beans bright green? They always turn an olive color on me. The key to cooking green beans - really, to cooking most green vegetables - is to cook them in three stages: blanch them, shock them, saute them. This is my preferred method for dealing with green beans, broccoli, asparagus and sugar snap peas. First, bring a large pot of water to boil. The more water you use, the less it will cool down when you add the vegetables, and the quicker it will come back to a boil.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dennis O'Brien and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 9, 2001
The final defendant to be sentenced in the killing of Baltimore County police Sgt. Bruce A. Prothero was given life without the possibility of parole yesterday by a judge who compared the crime to a "Wild West" shootout. Wesley Moore, 25, showed no emotion as Baltimore County Circuit Judge James T. Smith Jr. sentenced him, but the victim's widow sobbed quietly during the hearing. "You committed an act like something out of the Wild West, and you didn't even realize how outrageous it was," Smith said.
NEWS
By Joe Stumpe and Joe Stumpe,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | February 6, 2005
Sometimes only roast beef will do. You know the kind of roast we're talking about - seasoned crust, big beefy flavor and juicy center. Not a fancy steak you can cut with a butter knife, or a pot roast braised until it's falling apart, but an honest piece of meat with flavor and texture. The problem is how to achieve this ideal roast. All too often, roast beef turns out as tough, dry, stringy and flavorless as the proverbial shoe leather. In fact, I'm convinced that's why roast beef seems to turn up on a lot fewer tables these days.
NEWS
By Janet Gilbert | November 27, 2010
Everyone loves the smell of piping-hot pizza. But no one loves the smell of a burning pizza box. Turns out, this is a difficult scent to eradicate from the home, and I've tried — even frying tilapia for dinner one evening. But the scent of flaming cardboard somehow persists. Almost all of my friends use the oven, set very low, to keep their pizzas warm in the box while they wait for their guests to arrive, for the evening news to be over or for the salad to be made. No one I know has encountered a problem with this.
NEWS
By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | April 17, 1998
Sharon Fenick first heard the figure of speech "rule of thumb" cited as a sexist pejorative during her freshman year at Harvard seven years ago.The phrase was invoked in a lecture as an example of domestic abuse permitted by British common law. The rule of thumb, according to the professor, was a law that allowed a man to beat his wife so long as the rod used was no thicker than his thumb. But over the centuries, the term had evolved into vernacular for an "approximate measure.""It sounded very believable to me," says the 24-year-old Fenick, now in her third year of law school at the University of Chicago.
NEWS
By Ellen Gamerman and Melody Simmons and Ellen Gamerman and Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers Mary Maushard, Kris Antonelli, Eric Lekus and Stacey Patton contributed to this article | July 9, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Caity Mahoney ran to the phone to call her friends. Chelsea Clinton, of all people, had just walked into Starbucks but could not find enough money for coffee. Before anyone could intervene, Caity reached into her pocket for change and bought the president's daughter a drink. Could they believe it -- she had treated the president's daughter to a cup of coffee?It was such a Caity story, mainly because it was the kind of thing that just doesn't happen to ordinary people. Brimming with enthusiasm -- and 10 times the political junkie of any of her friends -- she thrilled at such encounters as a newcomer to Washington from her native Baltimore.
NEWS
By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 7, 1991
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- To see where the life of Clarence Thomas might have ended up, one must journey to where it began, out on the tidal flats of the Moon River just south of town, where marsh grasses bend gently to breezes that smell faintly of brine and mud.Here at a small community called Pinpoint, little has changed from June 1948 when the man President Bush has nominated for the Supreme Court was born. The shack of a crab house where his mother picked meat for a nickel a pound still stands by the murky water.
SPORTS
By Michael Vitez and Michael Vitez,Knight-Ridder News Service | December 1, 1991
PHILADELPHIA -- You can tell by the high-tops that this crowd is serious. As they stride onto the smooth, swept pavement, the trademarks flash like dog tags: Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Converse, Fila. As more and more players arrive, rap spills from a living-room speaker set next to an '80 Riviera parked courtside, announcing that the evening's action is about to commence. Sides are chosen, and soon the basketball is in play.The Moylan Recreation Center at 25th and Diamond is a proving ground, one of several playgrounds where Philadelphia's best players have always come to learn the game, to test themselves, to put their skills on display.
BUSINESS
By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Staff Writer | November 6, 1993
Thanksgiving's status as the quintessential American holiday is getting gobbled up in the supermarket business by competitive pressure and changing lifestyles.The latest victim is Giant Food Inc.'s policy of closing its 160 supermarkets in the Baltimore-Washington area on Thanksgiving.For years, Giant has touted the policy in newspaper advertisements, stressing the need for its 25,000 workers "to be home with their families for Thanksgiving."But that spirit is now out the automatic door, and Giant, the largest supermarket chain in the area, will open all of its stores from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25.The action has drawn protests from Giant workers and their union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 27, and left them worried that staying open Christmas may not be far behind.
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