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August 29, 2012
I wasn't fortunate enough to know Patrick "Scunny" McCusker, but I was saddened by his untimely passing ("Canton fondly remembers McCusker," Aug. 26). After reading the article about him in The Sun, I was struck by the irony that he was about the same age as Barack Obama. Mr. McCusker created more jobs and did more for the welfare of our city and state than any government programs. And yes, he did it by himself, as did many other hard-working small business people. Mr. McCusker's philanthropic efforts were the result of a generous nature.
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By Josh Vitale, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
A little more than two years ago, Corey Hirsch's older sister gave him an idea. Bridget Hirsch, a student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York, had recently seen her school participate in a charity hockey game benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. She took a few pictures at the event and sent some information to her family, thinking it might be something they could replicate back home. Corey thought it was a great idea. Then a sophomore at DeMatha, Corey approached coach Tony MacAulay about doing something similar with the Stags hockey team.
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NEWS
July 20, 2011
Since I believe Thomas Drake is a hero for blowing the whistle on incompetence and possible malfeasance at the National Security Agency, I attended his sentencing hearing ("No jail time for ex-NSA official," July 16). I appreciated the fact that U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett excoriated the government's treatment of Mr. Drake. Unfortunately, the judge did not go far enough. To prevent future government abuse of whistleblowers, he should have congratulated Mr. Drake for his efforts to expose a shoddy government program.
NEWS
August 29, 2012
I wasn't fortunate enough to know Patrick "Scunny" McCusker, but I was saddened by his untimely passing ("Canton fondly remembers McCusker," Aug. 26). After reading the article about him in The Sun, I was struck by the irony that he was about the same age as Barack Obama. Mr. McCusker created more jobs and did more for the welfare of our city and state than any government programs. And yes, he did it by himself, as did many other hard-working small business people. Mr. McCusker's philanthropic efforts were the result of a generous nature.
NEWS
July 5, 2011
The Sun owes a huge apology to Fox News' Glenn Beck for describing him as reckless, nasty, dark and tearful ("Glenn Beck, Fox end dark, nasty cable era today," June 30). Is that how you treat patriotic Americans who love this country? Glenn Beck has never done anything terrible, dark, reckless or nasty. All Glenn Beck did was report the truth that the rest of you guys are either unwilling or afraid to report. We freedom loving, patriotic Americans who watched his wonderful television show know that Glenn Beck is honest, truthful and patriotic.
NEWS
October 1, 1993
An old saw of the lore of flight says "there are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots." Lt. Gen. James H. Doolittle, the legendary Army aviator and World War II hero who died Monday at the age of 96, was the gloriously intrepid exception who proved the rule.The general's fighting spirit was shaped by a boyhood on the Alaska frontier, where his father had been drawn by gold rush fever around the turn of the century. Young Doolittle learned to mix it up on the rough streets of Nome and briefly considered a professional boxing career before enlisting in the Army Signal Corps during World War I, where he earned a commission as a pilot and instructor.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | October 28, 1998
So, PBS actually can do nonfiction television that's every bit as superficial and false as the network newsmagazines.After seeing David Sutherland's "The Farmer's Wife," Orlando Bagwell's "Africans in America" and coming biographies of Leonard Bernstein and Frank Lloyd Wright, I was starting to believe every PBS documentary was a little bit of heaven.But now comes "John Glenn: American Hero," a one-hour quickie bio that reminds you how bad public television can be when it starts making compromises.
NEWS
By ROGER SIMON | June 24, 1994
If, in your next life, you get the chance to come back either as the devoted mother of two or a cowardly thug who used to play football, I'd advise you to choose the cowardly thug.You will get a lot more sympathy that way.Even the man prosecuting you for murder will be dazzled by you."We saw, perhaps, the falling of an American hero," Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti said of O. J. Simpson.Wrong.O. J. Simpson fell from his status as an American hero not in the last few days but at 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 1989, when he beat up his wife so badly she had to call the police and ask them to save her life.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2012
I just walked out of a dark room after spending two hours with the screener for "Game Change," the HBO film about the 2008 Republican presidential campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin. Based on a best-selling, non-fiction book about the historic race, it was filmed last summer in and around Baltimore. Since this is sure to be only the first of many pieces I will write about this film between now and its March 10 premiere date on HBO, I am not going to wait for the churn of images, sounds, memories and thoughts to settle overnight.
NEWS
By ELLEN GOODMAN | July 19, 1994
Boston.-- Somewhere in the middle of the movie, Forrest Gump finally proposes to the woman he's loved since first grade. Will you marry me?'' he asks, ''I'd make a good husband, Jenny.''At that point, anyone worth the price of the popcorn wants to stand up in the theater and tell Jenny to grab him. Never mind that Forrest has an IQ of 75. In the words of countless generations of mothers, ''A good man is hard to find.''Indeed the bottom line of the movie that's become the surprise hit of the summer is exactly how few and far between good men are.In ''Forrest Gump,'' Tom Hanks acts as a baby boomer's tour guide through three decades of male roles and man-made disasters.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2012
I just walked out of a dark room after spending two hours with the screener for "Game Change," the HBO film about the 2008 Republican presidential campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin. Based on a best-selling, non-fiction book about the historic race, it was filmed last summer in and around Baltimore. Since this is sure to be only the first of many pieces I will write about this film between now and its March 10 premiere date on HBO, I am not going to wait for the churn of images, sounds, memories and thoughts to settle overnight.
NEWS
July 20, 2011
Since I believe Thomas Drake is a hero for blowing the whistle on incompetence and possible malfeasance at the National Security Agency, I attended his sentencing hearing ("No jail time for ex-NSA official," July 16). I appreciated the fact that U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett excoriated the government's treatment of Mr. Drake. Unfortunately, the judge did not go far enough. To prevent future government abuse of whistleblowers, he should have congratulated Mr. Drake for his efforts to expose a shoddy government program.
NEWS
July 5, 2011
The Sun owes a huge apology to Fox News' Glenn Beck for describing him as reckless, nasty, dark and tearful ("Glenn Beck, Fox end dark, nasty cable era today," June 30). Is that how you treat patriotic Americans who love this country? Glenn Beck has never done anything terrible, dark, reckless or nasty. All Glenn Beck did was report the truth that the rest of you guys are either unwilling or afraid to report. We freedom loving, patriotic Americans who watched his wonderful television show know that Glenn Beck is honest, truthful and patriotic.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,childs.walker@baltsun.com | February 17, 2009
A South Carolina sheriff has decided not to pursue criminal charges against Michael Phelps in connection with a recently published photo of the swimmer with his mouth on a marijuana pipe. "I'm glad this matter is put to rest," Phelps said yesterday in a statement. "But there are also some important lessons that I've learned. For me, it's all about recognizing that I used bad judgment, and it's a mistake I won't make again. For young people especially, be careful about the decisions you make.
NEWS
By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,sandra.mckee@baltsun.com | October 9, 2008
Oakland Mills senior kicker Nate Frimpong did not grow up dreaming about playing American football in his hometown of Brighton, England. The only thing he knew about the game was what "I saw in old movies on television," he said. But two weeks ago, Frimpong, 17, found out what it is like to be a real football hero. With his team down 7-6 and 44 seconds to go in the game against Hammond, Frimpong, using his soccer-style kick, executed a perfect onside kick, knocking the ball into an opposing player and then recovering it. About 41 seconds later, he kicked a 41-yard field goal that earned Oakland Mills its only victory so far this season.
NEWS
By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 25, 2005
If a culture is judged by its heroes, CBS, which tonight presents Martha Stewart, in Martha Behind Bars (9 p.m., WJZ Channel 13), has a lot to answer for. This crackpot hagiography launches a new season of CBS Sunday night movies, with Cybill Shepherd reprising her 2003 role from the network's made-for-TV movie, Martha, Inc. This "sequel's" message? For Martha, even a stint in prison can be transformed into a good thing. s TV season, go online to baltimoresun.com/falltv.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,childs.walker@baltsun.com | February 17, 2009
A South Carolina sheriff has decided not to pursue criminal charges against Michael Phelps in connection with a recently published photo of the swimmer with his mouth on a marijuana pipe. "I'm glad this matter is put to rest," Phelps said yesterday in a statement. "But there are also some important lessons that I've learned. For me, it's all about recognizing that I used bad judgment, and it's a mistake I won't make again. For young people especially, be careful about the decisions you make.
NEWS
By THEO LIPPMAN JR | November 7, 1990
"THERE IS but one way for a newspaperman to look at a politician, and that is down." So said Frank H. Simonds.Who he? Simonds won the first Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing for the old New York Tribune in 1917. He later became a syndicated columnist specializing in international affairs. He also wrote a five-volume history of World War I.I don't think he knew a lot of politicians. I think he spent his working life in ivory towers and dealing with the striped pants crowd in embassies and foreign ministries.
NEWS
By Chris Yakaitis and Chris Yakaitis,SUN STAFF | July 8, 2005
In the low light of the crypt beneath the Naval Academy chapel, John Paul Jones' sarcophagus gleams. The recently restored bronze-and-marble coffin shines like new. Eight marble pillars ring the centerpiece, with four triplets of American flags standing at regular intervals among them. Visitors stroll the cool interior of the circular chamber and inspect a succinct array of artifacts as uniformed midshipmen present brief histories of the Revolutionary War hero in hushed, respectful voices.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jean Thompson and Jean Thompson,Sun Staff | February 1, 2004
Few Maryland figures so enshrined in history have remained so enshrouded by myth as the woman called Moses: Harriet Tubman. Frequent distortions have exaggerated the number of slaves she freed and the size of the bounty on her head, among other details. Countless retellings of her escape from slavery and forays back to Dorchester County to liberate her family display unabashed hero worship. Indeed, while at least 40 books written in a half-century rehashed her exploits for the juvenile market, there was a dearth of scholarship on her life.
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