November 19, 2012
A "Celebration of Junella Spencer's Life," honoring the longtime volunteer who aided Shepherd's Staff and other nonprofits in the county, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 20, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Greene Turtle Westminster, 830 Market St., Westminster The restaurant is donating 10 percent of proceeds, and a portion will benefit Shepherd's Staff, the Westminster-based nonprofit that helps families in need with clothing, food and other necessities....
October 13, 2014
I was a Maryland Transit Administration employee when Larry Hogan was former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s appointments secretary, and in my judgment many of their appointments at the MTA were questionable at best and in some cases a disaster. For example, a professional ice dancer was hired for a high-paying position despite his lack of qualifications for a position in transit - but he did keep a Darth Vader figurine in his office. Maybe Mr. Hogan could explain his rationale for hiring that employee?
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
A man pulled out a knife as he returned from the bathroom on a Greyhound bus late Thursday and stabbed a woman, yelling that he had AIDS as he exited the Washington-bound vehicle, police said. The trip had departed from Atlantic City, N.J. and was passing through Baltimore around 9:30 p.m. The woman was seated at the back of the bus with a male friend when another passenger stabbed her in the neck, stomach and hand, according to a Baltimore City Police report. The woman's friend then began to punch the assailant, who soon fled.
October 11, 2014
Will someone please explain why former Obama cabinet members like Leon Panetta and Hillary Clinton feel they have tell the world about things that make him look incompetent? How does this do anything to improve on the image of our country around the world, and why does this kind of behavior have to occur just after such people quit or resign? Why can't they at least wait until the president is out of office, as officials formerly did? A similar problem afflicted President George W. Bush, where he was made to look like the village idiot by the liberal media.
January 9, 1994
No one expects public service announcements to stem the tide of AIDS. But at least the Clinton administration is getting aggressive about spreading what we do know to be true: Using a condom dramatically reduces the chances of contracting the AIDS virus.It's true that condoms sometimes fail, and certainly abstinence is a much safer policy. But the fact remains that condoms can save many lives that would be put at risk by unprotected sex. The administration's series of public service announcements is a bold departure from previous public education campaigns that tiptoed around the blunt truth about sexual intercourse and AIDS.
By Garey Lambert | October 18, 1990
MAYOR SCHMOKE appointed a first-rate AIDS Coordinating Council to tell him what the city was already doing about the disease -- and what it ought to do.After more than a year of work, the council has presented its report. It is a complete report, a competent and reasonable one and one that paints a grim picture. Implicit throughout is the sad conclusion that Baltimore has failed to respond adequately to the challenges posed by AIDS.Statistically, the report is discouragingly bleak. Baltimore accounts for 44 percent of all AIDS cases in Maryland.
August 7, 1991
The chances of contracting AIDS from an infected physician or dentist are 1 in 41,000. Add to that the chance of even being treated by an infected doctor, and the odds of getting AIDS from any given medical encounter are pretty slim. Nonetheless, the public is understandably panicked when it confronts even the remotest possibility of contracting AIDS. The disease is lingering and lethal, and despite a decade of information about AIDS, victims are still stigmatized by prejudice toward homosexuals.
By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Sun Staff Writer | May 29, 1994
Nineteen people in Harford County died of AIDS in the year that ended March 31, 1994, nearly doubling the number who died of the disease the previous year.The statistics were included in a communicable disease update presented to the County Council Tuesday by county Health Officer Thomas M. Thomas and his staff.Mr. Thomas also noted that 96 cases of AIDS have been reported in Harford County. That figure has more than doubled since 1991, he told the council, which also sits as the Board of Health.
March 7, 1991
Something is certainly wrong with our public health system when AIDS leaps ahead of all other tragedies and maladies to become the No. 1 killer of Baltimore's young adults.City Health Department statistics show that in 1989, AIDS accounted for more deaths among residents 25 to 44 than homicides, heart attacks or cancer. Equally startling is that the virus has finally crossed race and gender lines; it is now the leading cause of death among blacks and whites, men and women.Two things are obvious from these statistics.
By John Fairhall and John Fairhall,Evening Sun Staff | December 18, 1990
Black experts on AIDS are calling for new prevention and treatment programs tailored to minority communities in a refocused effort that they say is needed because of a distrust of government by many blacks.At a conference in Baltimore yesterday, experts told the National Commission on AIDS that black community leaders have responded slowly to the epidemic, which has hit blacks in large ** numbers.Of 3,099 AIDS cases in Maryland since 1981, more than half, 1,864, involve blacks.Among the reasons cited for the slow response are that existing programs in black communities often aren't led by blacks and that they don't adequately address black concerns and skepticism toward government.
By Charles Cadwell and Mark Goldberg | October 6, 2014
Climate change has been in the news a lot lately. The United Nations held a Climate Change Summit, which was attended by more than 100 heads of state. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of New York for a "People's Climate March," the biggest such event ever. But there was a third very important climate-related development that received much less attention than it warranted: President Barack Obama issued a new executive order that may prove to be a turning point for efforts to advance climate preparedness around the world and for U.S. foreign aid planning.
By Luke Broadwater and Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
After decades of manufacturing decline in Baltimore, city officials say they believe industry is poised to bounce back — and they want to promote a new education track in city schools to train students for the field. The Computer Numerical Control Manufacturing program, being offered this year at Carver Vocational-Technical High School, will train high school students for hard-to-fill skilled machinist jobs. Despite years of job losses, more than 12,000 people worked at more than 440 manufacturing companies last year in Baltimore.
By Tim Swift and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
The Coast Guard transported a 58-year-old woman off a cruise ship on the Potomac River Friday after she was injured in a fall. The woman — who was not identified — was taken to shore by a 45-foot response boat from the Coast Guard's Station St. Inigoes and then transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore by helicopter, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasmine Mieszala, a Coast Guard spokeswoman. The Coast Guard said a crew member from the Baltimore-based Grandeur of the Seas called for assistance around 10 p.m. Friday about 10 nautical miles off Smith Point in Charles County.
September 16, 2014
President Barack Obama announced today that he will send up to 3,000 health workers and military personnel to Liberia to help stem the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa that has paralyzed the health system there and threatened the lives of millions of people in the region. It's about time. The epidemic represents a crisis of global dimensions, and the fight against it requires the U.S. to take a leadership role if the effort is to succeed. We can only wonder how many lives could have been saved if the Obama administration had taken these steps - and more - weeks ago. The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 20,000 people could be infected by the Ebola virus in the coming months, which would make it the largest outbreak in history.
August 15, 2014
I am not a supporter of President Obama, but I must applaud his support of the Kurds with supplies of humanitarian and military aid. This needs to be done for many reasons to show Russia and others that we are not a "paper tiger. " F. Cordell, Lutherville - To respond to this letter, send an email to . Please include your name and contact information.
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it has awarded $5.2 million in homeless prevention grants to six Maryland-based nonprofit organizations. The grants are intended to help 925 homeless and at-risk veterans in the state with outreach, case management and assistance obtaining VA benefits. Surveys indicate there about 300 homeless veterans in Baltimore. The number has remained steady since at least 2009.
January 10, 1991
For too long a time, there was an anti-AIDS testing mentality in this country. Part of the reason was, frankly, that there was little to offer infected men and women, save advice about how to keep from infecting others. In the last few years, however, medical technology has vastly changed those prospects. Now, people who are infected can begin treatment even if they are symptom free. AZT, for example, can prolong the time it takes for the disease to fully develop, and aerosolized pentamidine can help stave off a rare form of pneumonia that afflicts AIDS victims.
January 3, 1992
The day after basketball star Magic Johnson stunned the sports world with the news that he was infected with the HIV virus, workers at AIDS hotlines reported record numbers of calls from people wanting to be tested for the deadly disease. It appeared that Mr. Johnson's announcement might actually accomplish what years of government and private AIDS education efforts had failed to do: raise public awareness of the risks associated with unprotected heterosexual sex to the point where people changed their behavior.
August 5, 2014
A recent report on the violence in Gaza refers to Hamas' demand that Israel end its blockade of Gaza but neglects to mention that this is not a demand from Hamas alone ( "Israel says truce over after soldier apparently captured," Aug. 1). For years, the International Committee of the Red Cross has called the blockade "collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel's obligations under international humanitarian law. " Israeli human rights organizations have also spoken against Israel's closures of the Gaza Strip.
By Donna M. Owens, For The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
Dr. LeDamien Myers had just returned home after a 30-hour shift interning at a Baltimore hospital, when he happened to catch a CNN report about the challenges confronting America's schools. As the first male on the maternal side of his family to graduate from high school or college in several generations, Myers could definitely relate. "My mother had me at 16, and she pushed me to excel," says Myers, who was born in Michigan and moved to Baltimore from California in 2008. "I wanted to mentor kids and somehow help them.
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