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SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2013
Veteran free safety Ed Reed has been a constant presence in the NFL for nearly a dozen years, instinctively patrolling the Ravens' secondary and baiting quarterbacks into miscues. Although he's not here at the NFL scouting combine, Reed's name was frequently mentioned by younger safeties that admire him and attempt to emulate his passionate brand of football. "No doubt, I try to mold my game after him," said Texas standout Kenny Vaccaro, who's regarded as the top prospect in a deep safety class.
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
A judge delivered a major blow Monday to the state's case against two men accused of fatally slashing the throats of three children nine years ago, ruling that the testimony of a key witness is inadmissible. As prosecutors try for a third time next month to convict Policarpio Espinoza Perez, 31, and Adan Canela, 26, they'll have to do so without some important evidence and witnesses they used to secure a 2006 guilty verdict that was later thrown out by Maryland's top court. Circuit Judge M. Brooke Murdock told the prosecution that it may not use the statements of the woman who said in the earlier trials that she drove the men from work to the crime scene.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
Margaret Hawkins Abbott, a retired Johns Hopkins Medical School genetics researcher who investigated families with inherited conditions for nearly five decades, died of dementia complications Feb. 1 at Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 89 and lived in Ruxton. "She was a Johns Hopkins institution," said Dr. Jason Brandt, Johns Hopkins Medical School director of medical psychology and professor of psychiatry. "She dedicated her career to nursing and genetic diseases and to ferreting out family medical histories.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
If you're in a business that seeks to influence government policies in Baltimore, chances are you've hired the lobbying firm of Harris Jones & Malone. Various companies have on file with the city ethics board a total of 56 forms stating that they are paying a lobbyist to represent them before the municipal government. Twenty-three of those - about 41 percent - come from Harris Jones & Malone, according to the most recent documents available. That's noticeably more than any other firm.
NEWS
February 26, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's suggestion that she might one day seek to raise taxes on restaurant meals in Baltimore City may be the worst idea regarding affordable dining since Marie Antoinette's injunction "then let them eat cake" ("Health costs too high, mayor says," Feb. 21). Virtually no one likes to pay tax on top of the cost of a meal in a restaurant. Price is almost always a factor for diners eating out. Because there are roughly an equal number of fine dining establishments in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, why not dine where one can save a few bucks for a comparable meal?
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2013
The driving rainstorm that chilled the crowd at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore had no impact on Justin Ward. The junior attackman set career highs in both goals and points to power No. 4 Loyola to a 21-9 thrashing of visiting UMBC on Tuesday night in front of an announced crowd of 442. The reigning national champion Greyhounds (3-1) bounced back from last Saturday's 12-10 loss to then-No. 3 Maryland, and they have Ward to thank. The Glen Burnie native and Old Mill graduate finished with a game-high10 points on seven goals and three assists.
NEWS
AEGIS STAFF REPORT | February 27, 2013
The body of a Harford County man who had been missing since early last month was recovered Tuesday from the Susquehanna River below Conowingo Dam, Maryland State Police said. The man has been identified as Scott R. Hammer, 57, of Havre de Grace. His body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, according to a news release from State Police. Shortly before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers were contacted by workers at Conowingo Dam, who reported seeing a body lying on a rock in the river after the water level was lowered, State Police said.
EXPLORE
February 28, 2013
Liberty Tax is offering free tax preparation services to those who serve, protect, educate and assist local communities in the Laurel area. The free services are for first-time customers only. The following Appreciation Weeks are scheduled at the two Liberty Tax Service offices in Laurel. Feb. 25 to March 3: Educators Appreciation Week, for teachers, day care workers, educators and all school staff. March 4 to 10: Police and Firefighter Appreciation Week, for firefighters, EMT/EMS personnel, police and law enforcement officers.
NEWS
Jacques Kelly | March 1, 2013
Mortician Erich March told me he was tired of seeing people in his East Baltimore community die of conditions like diabetes and hypertension. He blamed the lack of grocery shopping choices in the neighborhood where he grew up and where his Aisquith Street funeral home is located. He and his wife, Michele Speaks-March, were determined to bring a new style of shopping to the Oliver, South Clifton and Darley Park neighborhoods. They were not targeting the vegan or food faddist crowd.
SPORTS
Mike Preston | March 1, 2013
Every year in college lacrosse there seems to be a Delaware, Lehigh or Loyola, a team no one figured to be one of the nation's top contenders. Could Penn State be that team in 2013? There wasn't anything unusual about the Nittany Lions' 11-6 season-opening win against Michigan, but Penn State drew some attention with a 15-12 upset of No. 10 Denver on Feb.17. Then when Penn State took No. 3 Notre Dame to overtime in a 10-9 loss Sunday - a game that featured four lead changes and seven ties - the lacrosse world took notice.
NEWS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2013
Joshua Polanowski was one of the first to go. He drove south in his 15-year-old GMC pickup truck, leaving behind freezing cold and a forever-closed steel mill for a balmy winter and a choice of manufacturing jobs. Forrest and Lacey Martin followed with their two daughters and pair of cats. Goodbye, Maryland. Hello, Texas. The demise of Sparrows Point and its 2,000 jobs last year has forced many life-changing decisions. For a small but growing number of workers, that change is an out-of-state address.
NEWS
March 3, 2013
Aspects of recent debates about the value of a liberal arts education, its usefulness and its appropriateness strike a familiar and disturbing historical chord. Our nation's brightest students, contemplating the dedication of four years to the highest level of cognitive challenge, are discouraged by a contingent of their elders and asked to consider something more practical. "A liberal education won't prepare you for a job," the student is told. "What can you do with a degree in philosophy?
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2013
Venus Wiles would rather sleep in a tent stuffed with blankets and all her worldly possessions on the side of the Jones Falls Expressway with her boyfriend, Michael Spence, than stay the night in an emergency shelter. The encampment - a collection of tents on a sliver of land between the northbound roadway of the JFX and the Fallsway, where as many as 18 homeless men and women live with their cats and dogs - feels more like home. Wiles and Spence say they don't know where they'll go Friday when the city plans to clear the site, which has been used by the homeless for the past five years.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Janell Sutherland | March 4, 2013
You guys know Phil Keoghan is from Christchurch, New Zealand, right? Well, this week's episode takes place in his hometown, and no one is more excited about it than him. The tasks are all Things People Do in New Zealand Because They're Outnumbered by Sheep. Phil's friends are handing out clues. His tweets are hilarious. Let's jump right in to this hour of Phil. But first, business. Remember Father/Son racing to the Pit Stop last week, and Father cried out that he ruptured his Achilles?
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
When Princeton's 2012 campaign ended with a 6-5 loss to Virginia in the first round of the NCAA tournament, one of the biggest questions looming was how the program would replace goalkeeper Tyler Fiorito, a four-time All American who was the Ivy League Player of the Year. Matt O'Connor has provided the answer. The freshman has surrendered just 15 goals in two starts and made a game-high 10 saves in the No. 14 Tigers' 11-8 upset of No. 5 Johns Hopkins Friday night. O'Connor anchored a defense that limited the Blue Jays to their lowest output of the season.
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