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NEWS
By Kathy Lally and Kathy Lally,SUN STAFF | April 13, 2003
When the strong and feared seize power, those eager to prove their allegiance are quick to glorify the leader with statues on every square and portraits in every office. When the strongman falls, so do his statues. The giant statue of President Saddam Hussein in the center of Baghdad, Iraq, was toppled Wednesday. It was hollow inside, somehow symbolic even though such a large statue, made out of metal, would be too heavy to erect if it were not. Still, as one Russian writer has observed, when the Soviet Union was collapsing, it took hours for a Moscow crowd equipped with heavy-duty cranes to pull down the statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky, founder of the secret police.
FEATURES
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will preside over a mass wedding of same-sex couples at this year's Baltimore Pride Celebration, with the event drawing interest from couples as far away as Atlanta, according to organizers. In November, Maryland became one of the first states to have same-sex marriage approved by voters in a referendum. "After doing so much work on this - on the ballot initiative - we thought, how do we really celebrate this?" said organizer Carrietta Hiers, who plans to marry her partner of nearly 13 years, Tonya Cook, at the ceremony.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann and Joel Obermayer and Peter Hermann and Joel Obermayer,Sun Staff Writers | November 17, 1994
An East Baltimore man was charged this morning with decapitating a fortune teller who was the matriarch of a powerful Gypsy family in Baltimore and whose advice he had sought in the past.Douglas Thomas Clark, 28, of the 2200 block of E. Lombard St., was charged with first-degree murder in connection with yesterday's slaying of Deborah Stevens, which jolted a clan that traces its Baltimore heritage to the turn of the century.Officer Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman, said investigators had not recovered a weapon and knew of no motive.
NEWS
By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | February 28, 1998
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton's private eye is no trench-coat-toting gumshoe with his feet propped on a cluttered desk and a whiskey bottle in his bottom drawer.No, Terry F. Lenzner, the aggressive lawyer-turned-sleuth who was hauled before a grand jury this week by the Whitewater independent counsel, heads one of the nation's top investigative outfits. It's a firm that has held up its magnifying glass for Fortune 500 companies, Mike Tyson, political candidates of all -- stripes, and now, the embattled Clinton White House.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2012
Baltimore police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man they say fatally shot another man in the city's Reservoir Hill neighborhood on July 5. Police say the suspect, of whom they released a composite sketch Thursday, is a black man likely between the ages of 18 and 22. He is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 140 pounds, with a thin build, police said. Police say he fatally shot Lance Johnson, 40, about 1:25 a.m. in the 2300 block of North Eutaw Place. Police identified Johnson as being transgender, but said there was no indication that the shooting was a hate crime.
FEATURES
By Dennis McDougal and Dennis McDougal,Los Angeles Times | April 2, 1991
HOLLYWOOD Tears will flow, hearts will rend and noses will sniffle all over America tonight as CBS airs the made-for-TV movie "Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story."The title notwithstanding, it will only be a small, somewhat fictive slice of the real Ricky Bell story. (It will be on Channel 11-WBAL at 9 p.m.)"We weren't doing the complete Ricky Bell story," said screenwriter Jeff Andrus, who spent a month last year researching the former USC football hero's life and tragic early death.
NEWS
By Michelle Obama | July 2, 2012
Shelly Snell is a registered nurse. She's been married to Navy Commander Ben Snell for 16 years. They have two boys. And as a Navy family, the Snells have moved nine times, including a stint in Maryland. It's a fact of life for military spouses - when the country calls, they step up to answer. When their loved ones are sent overseas for months on end, they're holding everything together back home. When the PTA, the parish council, the Little League or the Girl Scouts need a volunteer, they're the first ones to raise their hands.
SPORTS
By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | April 18, 1995
The recuperative powers of the Canadian Football League were called into play last week when it waved off the search for a new home for the Las Vegas Posse.On Friday, for the second time in 11 days, commissioner Larry Smith suspended the franchise and dismissed Jackson, Miss., as a relocation site. Yet, despite his announcement, there was a report in a Calgary, Alberta, newspaper over the weekend about continued efforts to revive the Jackson deal.Based on the CFL's record, it was not hard to imagine.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | January 31, 2011
Childhood immunizations are victims of their own success. The dreadful diseases against which they protect our children are distant memories. We have forgotten polio, or that measles, mumps and rubella — the MMR of vaccine language — could cause deafness, blindness, brain damage or seizures. So, in 1998, when a British study purported to link the mysterious condition known as autism to those vaccinations, it was easy for parents to decide to err on the side of caution. More recently, as we became obsessed with the pesticides used to grow our food and the additives used to preserve its flavors, the unknown concoction of drugs injected into our newborns was one more thing to be suspicious of, to be fearful of. One more thing we believe we can safely live without.
NEWS
By E.J. Fagan | November 25, 2013
U.S. law enforcement officials have been shutting down giant illegal marketplaces that do business in "bitcoin" and are beginning to lay out plans to regulate such digital currencies - like we do any other kind of money - by requiring that money laundering controls be applied to the transactions. The virtual bitcoin currency is not backed by any central bank or government and can be transferred "peer to peer" between any two people anywhere. It is created through a complex computer mining process that allows people to earn new bitcoins by solving certain mathematical problems.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, Jessica Anderson and Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2012
The teens were throwing rocks and ringing doorbells at random houses in their Randallstown neighborhood — mischief so common they borrowed a name long linked to pranksters' shenanigans: "knicker-knocking. " Christopher Brown had expressed disapproval of the vandalism that had residents complaining to police. But a friend said the high school junior and church usher — dubbed "Mr. Congeniality" by his teachers — reluctantly agreed to join the prowl late Wednesday. They approached a house on Susanna Road, according to a friend, who said he accompanied a separate group trailing behind Brown.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover and Jules Witcover,Staff Writer | March 14, 1992
DEARBORN, Mich. -- President Bush and Republican challenger Patrick J. Buchanan came about as close to each other as they're likely to get in the 1992 campaign season yesterday as Mr. Bush defended his anti-recession package before the Economic Club of Detroit and Mr. Buchanan criticized it at a news conference nearby.Mr. Buchanan, at the Ritz Carlton hotel, repeated his appeal for a face-to-face debate with the president. But Mr. Bush, at the Fairlane Manor down the road, continued to spurn the idea, preferring to tell a friendly business audience that his recovery program would help the sagging U.S. auto industry.
NEWS
By Robbie Whelan, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2010
The vacant, run-down rowhouse at 1615 N. Smallwood St. has for years been a stain on an otherwise lively, well-kept West Baltimore block. Its green awning collapsed from the winter snow and still hangs crumpled from the house's façade. In the summertime, transients gather on the front porch to play cards and smoke marijuana, neighbors say. Baltimore's top city lawyers want someone to answer for blighted properties like this one, and to pay for the specific damages they inflict on communities, including the cost of emergency services, cleaning and boarding up the houses, and lost property tax revenues.
FEATURES
By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,SUN ARTS WRITER | February 28, 2002
The question, as it always is, is this: What about the bear? At Baltimore's Center Stage, it gallumphs into view, roaring and huffing, a great, blue manifestation of what must be Shakespeare's most bizarre stage direction. Blue? Yes, blue. "Exit, pursued by a bear," instructed Shakespeare in Act III, Scene 3 of The Winter's Tale. What was the Bard thinking? Did he intend for a real bear - or perhaps a man in a costume - to appear on stage? Should it be scary or amusing? Was the playwright who would become the most revered writer in the English language toying with the directors of his day, or toying with us?
HEALTH
By Christi Parsons, Kathleen Hennessey and Noam Levey and Washington Bureau | February 10, 2012
– For days President Obama had been hammered by critics — including Cardinal-designate Edwin F. O'Brien of the Archdiocese of Baltimore — over a regulation in the healthcare law that required religiously affiliated hospitals, charities and universities to provide birth control coverage for female employees even if that conflicted with church teachings. On Friday Obama tried to end the debate with what he called an "accommodation. " The employees still will be offered free birth control coverage.
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