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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2011
A Baltimore pastor who paid a hit man $50,000 in church funds to kill someone for life insurance payouts bought similar indemnity policies on his boyfriend when the pair were fighting, along with contracts on the man's mother and daughter, he testified Friday in city Circuit Court. He canceled them after time, however, "because we were getting along," he said. The admission was one of many confessions Kevin Pushia offered from the witness stand during the trial of his alleged accomplices, brothers James "Omar" Clea and Kareem Clea.
NEWS
By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,SUN STAFF | February 3, 2005
An owner of a popular city restaurant and a man who brandished a handgun in a DVD that threatened informers with death were among 13 people indicted yesterday for their alleged roles in a violent Northwest Baltimore drug gang. A federal grand jury handed up the 20-count indictment. It charges that from 1995 to 2004, the gang, known as the Rice Organization, distributed 1,500 kilograms of cocaine and heroin. The indictment seeks forfeiture of $27 million in criminal proceeds in addition to houses and luxury vehicles.
NEWS
By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,sam.sessa@baltsun.com | August 31, 2008
Step aside, New York City. These days, Baltimore is a hotbed for new bands. This city has some of the most exciting and innovative performers in the country, according to a slew of music magazines such as Rolling Stone and Blender. Rolling Stone even gave the city the Best Scene award for 2008. Though much of the attention is focused on the experimental arts and music collective Wham City and hip-hop beat makers Darkroom Productions, performers from all corners of the city's scene are getting national exposure.
FEATURES
By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | September 4, 1993
Remember back in grade school when you were first learning to multiply and divide? Even though the problems all dealt with colliding trains and people who seemed to have a lot of fruit on their hands, the teacher promised this was real practical stuff that you'd need later on.Well, the teacher was right -- at least, if there's a stair-building project in your future.Building stairs is an art form perfected by carpenters over the centuries. There is a lot of conventional wisdom about what makes stairs comfortable and practical.
NEWS
By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | April 10, 1994
A photo accompanying an article in Sunday's Sun about th murder of an ex-Marine whose experiences were the basis for the movie "A Few Good Men" misidentified the man's attorney. )) His name is Don Marcari.The Sun regrets the errors.NEEDHAM, Mass. -- They are apparently unrelated flashes of violence, framing the final eight years of David Cox's life, from the front lines of the Cold War in Cuba to a muddy river bank in suburban Boston.The most traumatic incident of his military tour in Cuba would inspire a movie that left him indignant, his and his comrades' service careers altered to quench Hollywood's desire for drama.
NEWS
By Douglas Birch and Douglas Birch,Staff Writer | April 28, 1993
Taking the role of C. Auguste Dupin, the fictional detective who solved "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," a Johns Hopkins medical school psychologist has focused her deductive powers on the mystery of Edgar Allan Poe's melancholy and madness.Her solution seems both elegant and obvious: the writer, she says, was probably manic-depressive. And, she says, illness probably inspired his croaking raven, razor-edged pendulum and other gloomy tales of death and mourning.Dr. Kay R. Jamison, speaking yesterday at a Hopkins symposium on mood disorders, argued that Poe is probably one of many writers and artists who have suffered from the ailment, which is marked by wild swings between frenzied, compulsive activity and crippling despair.
FEATURES
By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | May 3, 1999
BEIJING -- At first glance, it seemed like a terrific formula: a Chinese folk tale filled with adventure, Disney's masterful animation and tens of millions of Chinese children raised on Western movies.But instead of cashing in at the box office, Walt Disney's "Mulan" has bombed in her ancestral homeland."Mulan," which has grossed about $300 million worldwide, is the legendary story of a brave young Chinese woman who joins the army during the Sui Dynasty (589-618 A.D.) in place of her sick, elderly father.
NEWS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1999
At least three people have been killed on Maryland highways since Friday evening, including a Virginia man who was thrown from his car and struck by another driver on Interstate 95 in Prince George's County, police reported.The other fatal accidents happened in Howard and Carroll counties.About 2: 30 a.m. yesterday, two men were traveling south on I-95 near Route 5 when the driver lost control of the 1985 Nissan 300 2X, Maryland State Police said. The car flipped, tossing the driver and passenger onto the highway.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2005
Q. I am 55 years old and thinking about retiring in a year or two. Would my early retirement affect how much I receive from Social Security after I elect to take regular benefits at age 65? - B.S.K., Chicago A. Based on the way Social Security benefits are calculated and paid, you and many others should carefully reconsider your decision to retire early. Here's why. The monthly benefits you receive from Social Security depend on your average earnings over the best 35 years in your work history.
FEATURES
By Rita Calvert and Rita Calvert,Contributing Writer | January 12, 1994
Q: Jalapeno peppers seem to vary so much in their heat that I never know what result I will get with a recipe. Any suggestions?A: Fresh jalapeno peppers do have different heat levels, so I have come to rely on jarred pickled jalapenos for recipes, for both heat and convenience. No need to don gloves to cut and remove seeds. Just use the amount called for in the recipe (adding a little extra if you want it quite spicy). One medium jalapeno pepper equals one generous tablespoon of pickled, sliced jalapenos.
NEWS
By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | October 31, 2000
A convicted rapist has been linked to an attack on a 22-year-old Howard County woman who was carjacked last year while her young son sat in the back seat, authorities said. Antonio Donnell Oesby, who is facing a series of sexual assault, murder and armed robbery charges in two Maryland counties, has been charged with rape and carjacking in the Columbia incident. He is serving 25 years to life after being convicted in April of an October 1999 rape in Washington's Capitol Hill area. Oesby was indicted in Howard County last month on eight separate counts in the Columbia case.
NEWS
By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,Sun reporter | March 27, 2008
Baltimore County jurors needed less than an hour yesterday to convict a married Parkville man of killing a pregnant woman and the pair's unborn baby on a shopping center parking lot in June - the first time Maryland's fetal homicide law has been used to charge someone in the death of an unborn child. David L. Miller, 25, hung his head as guilty verdicts were read yesterday afternoon. Across the courtroom, friends and family members of Elizabeth Walters wiped away tears and quietly hugged one another.
FEATURES
By M. Dion Thompson and M. Dion Thompson,SUN STAFF | September 21, 1996
Before gangsta raps there were raps about libraries and teen-age pregnancy; before Dannemora State Prison and the killing bullets, there were pillow fights and the exuberance of youth.Tupac Amaru Shakur did not grow up in Baltimore. He was not a finished product when he left. But his years here encompassed that crucial time when childhood ends and self-discovery begins.He was 14 when he and his mother moved here from the Bronx in 1985. He called himself MC New York and won a rap contest sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | March 31, 1991
KEY LOIS, Fla. -- The once-lush shoreline of this tiny island is an eerie tangle of dead, gnarled wood. The clear blue water is fouled a muddy brown. Well-fed monkeys roam along the barren beach, past a row of red mangrove trees.It is the trees, not the monkeys, that are in cages.For deep in the Florida Keys, monkey business has given way to munching mayhem.Here, on a key of 100 acres, more than 1,500 rhesus monkeys romp and scurry and swing and chase and scream. Under the tropical sun, they hang from branches, stroll down a boarded walkway, scout the waterfront, fight, play, dally and, perhaps most notably, dine.
NEWS
July 6, 2013
Arthur Hirsch 's recent article about the Battle of Gettysburg reveals a disturbing ignorance of the political dynamics that brought this nation to a war that 150 years later remains the most cataclysmic event in our history ("A defining day relived," July 2). It accepts the shallow but unchallenged premise that the Civil War occurred because slavery was practiced in the South, and that righteous resolve to abolish the institution left the U.S. with no option other than a resort to arms.
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