April 5, 2010
I am befuddled and confused about the the responses to Police Commissioner Federick H. Bealefeld III's referring to criminal as "idiots" and "morons." What is the problem with being honest? What would you have him call the people who commit crimes, use guns and destroy property and lives? "Idiot" and "moron" are not racially inflamatory words, nor are they politically incorrect. They are the descriptive adjectives one uses when you are fed up with ridiculous behaviors. Rest assured that if one of Bealefeld's detractors was the victim of a crime, the perpetrators would not be called "idiots and morons" but rather something much more obscene.
By Jacques Kelly | April 8, 2008
Herbert W. Ambrose, a retired auto mechanic, musician and powerboat racing enthusiast, died of cancer Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Northwood resident was 65. Born in Baltimore and raised in Gardenville, he was a 1962 Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School graduate. As a young man, he worked as an automobile mechanic before joining the Army and being stationed in Germany and at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He completed his military service in 1970 as an ordnance specialist.
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2013
I'm tempted to send a mash note to George Stanley, the managing editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , who, Jim Romenesko tells us , has circulated a memo to the staff saying that they have been overusing iconic and it's time to stop. Bless his heart. Iconic is like legendary , dramatic , prestigious , and the other empty adjectives that are no more than upholstery. It's not only the writers of features sections who go in for this, though they are prime repeat offenders, but any writer trying to puff up the importance of a story by telling rather than showing will be prone to resort to such words.
By Victor Paul Alvarez and Victor Paul Alvarez,Contributing Writer | January 10, 1995
Walt Whitman would be surprised to know it came to this: Nancy Miller used his poems to name streets in Columbia's River Hill village.Alone in a library, with a stack of poetry books and a note pad, the Rouse Co. development representative pulled the names from the works of Whitman and other American greats.Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Carl Sandburg and Nathaniel Hawthorne all have had a hand in creating the bookish blocks of Columbia.You think the Rouse Co. just invented names such as Liquid Laughter Lane, Apple Blossom Ride and Barley Corn Row?
Yvonne Wenger | May 29, 2012
If you're considering a move to Baltimore, figuring out where, exactly, can be daunting. The city has more than 225 neighborhoods. One place you can start: the nonprofit Live Baltimore . The group, founded in 1997 to market the city, offers online tools and welcome kits stuffed with glossy brochures and colorful fact sheets. You can order one of the $15 relocation kits here . As a newcomer myself , I would recommend checking out Live Baltimore's site to discover what neighborhoods fit your needs.
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2012
You see jam; Geoffrey Pullum sees syntax.  Professor Pullum is teaching at Brown this year, and heading off to the store to buy some organic preserves, he picked up a jar of Nature's Promise Organic Raspberry Fruit Spread. Then he discovered that the product is not purely organic, and his analysis of the syntax of the label  at Lingua Franca explains some of the treacherous aspects of English. English, you will have noticed, is given to transvestism.
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter | January 18, 2008
Predictable but utterly engaging, 27 Dresses will likely be remembered as the film that made Katherine Heigl an A-list star. At the very least, it's the film that places her in the forefront of a long line of actresses who have enjoyed quite the career playing America's Sweetheart. As Jane, the living embodiment of the old adage "always a bridesmaid, never a bride," Heigl gets to play pure, selfless, smart, funny and - although everything about the film, from the script to the cinematography to the costuming, tries to play it down - beautiful.
May 2, 2012
In your recent article about the incredibly low assessments and taxes on unsold luxury harbor condos in Baltimore City, Owen C. Charles, the deputy director for Maryland's Department of Assessments and Taxation, defended the assessments on some condos ("Millions slip away from city," April 29). After reading the details of the issue, the kindest assumption one can make is that Mr. Charles is incompetent to fill the position he holds. If he is not being completely accurate in his statements, then perhaps other adjectives would be more fitting.
July 22, 1999
David Ogilvy,88, the advertising man who put the eye patch on the Man in the Hathaway Shirt and created the distinguished Commander Whitehead to sell Schweppes tonic water and club soda, died yesterday at home in Bonnes, France.His death was announced in New York by Ogilvy & Mather, the agency he started in 1948 with two staffers and no clients.While his advertising ideas have become American icons, his greatest legacy was an approach to his business that assumed the intelligence of the consumer.
By Sloane Brown | November 19, 2000
A sellout crowd packed the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall lobby for the Chimes' "Hall of Fame 10" night, sipping cocktails, browsing a dinner buffet and socializing. But the crackle of excitement in the air had more to do with what the night held next -- a concert by a 14-year-old Welsh singing sensation, Charlotte Church. The most frequently asked question overheard at the get-together? Forget "Hi, how are you?" Rather, it was "Have you heard her before?" Adjectives like "incredible," "unbelievable" and "fabulous" also seemed to get quite a conversational workout in this gathering.
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