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February 14, 2014
I find it hard to believe no one in the military, the U.S. State Department or the White House was aware with what was going in Benghazi. It's either an out right cover-up due to some political expediency or outright incompetence. Therefore, I don't think this is something that anyone can say, "What difference does it make?" as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Congress. It makes a world of difference to the families who lost their brave sons and it make a world of difference to our American image and the honor of our military that has always advocated that Americans service men never abandon a fallen soldier or foreign diplomats in harm's way. If those who died in the attack had been the sons or daughters of some of our government's high ranking military leaders, State Department leaders or White House leaders, I am sure there would have been an outpouring of protest, a mega outcry for accountability and justice, as it should be. So let the GOP panel that has investigated the incident and any brave Democratic supporter who has the courage to take a stand and join with his or her fellow patriotic Americans and together call for absolute responsibility and accountability on Benghazi.
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NEWS
October 12, 2014
The op-ed "Joint custody should be the rule, not the exception" (Oct. 8) trots out the tried and true myths about joint custody and about court adjudications. The statistics on families with joint custody include the 95 percent of all divorcing parents who settle out of court. Unless author Ned Holstein is proposing to mandate joint custody against the will of both parents, that statistic will remain. Of the remaining 5-10 percent of cases that go to court, 75 percent have a history of domestic violence.
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NEWS
January 8, 2010
(Because questions weren't always audible, they are paraphrased. The answers are verbatim.) Question: Will you take any of the mayor's staff? Answer: I just want to emphasize what's been done right now. Those types of personnel decisions will come later. What's important is that we have a smooth transition and that means an assessment. As I said, I've asked for the department heads, agency heads to provide the status reports so we can do an assessment and have an orderly transition.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Offering an emphatic response to what he perceived as an attack on his organization's integrity, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on Monday rebutted a recent report saying that the organization engaged in a “pattern of misinformation and misdirection” following Ray Rice's arrest in February. In an unusual, nearly 50-minute news conference that brought the national media to the team's Owings Mills training facility, Bisciotti again acknowledged the organization's faults in how it handled the fallout of the former running back's assault on his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an Atlantic City, N.J., casino elevator.
FEATURES
February 3, 2014
A new app from the publishers of "The Handy Answer Book for Kids" is a great resource for curious kids (and their parents, who - gasp - actually don't know everything). Why do dogs bark? Why is the sky blue? Why do people have to grow old? Answers to these and about 800 other questions are now at your fingertips. And it's also kid-friendly, so you can feel good about letting children explore instead of just turning them loose on Google. There's also a “surprise me” button to find answers to questions that hadn't even been asked yet. $1.99 on iTunes, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
EXPLORE
May 24, 2011
If the gardening bug has bitten and you want to scratch that itch, here is a list of garden centers in or near North County: Bressler's Nursery & Landscape 11910 Long Green Pike, Glen Arm 410-592-7752 Brown's Orchards & Farm Market 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Loganville, Pa. 717-428-2036 http://www.brownsorchards.com Kingsdene Nurseries & Garden Center 16435 York Road, Monkton ...
SPORTS
August 10, 2012
Baltimore Sun reporter Matt Vensel talked about the Ravens' preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons during a live chat Friday. You can read some of the comments below. Have more questions for Matt? Follow him on Twitter: @mattvensel
BUSINESS
February 2, 1994
To get the ball rolling while members of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants prepare answers to reader questions, here are two frequently asked questions. Answers are provided by CPAs who belong to MACPA.Q: I understand there is a change in the Social Security tax. What is it and when is it effective?A: There is no change for 1993 taxes. But in 1994, up to 85 percent of Social Security benefits received by those with total incomes over $34,000 for singles and $44,000 for married couples will be taxable.
NEWS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
As thousands of federal workers prepare to be furloughed, many are concerned about how to deal with a pay cut. Keith Everett, a chief steward with the American Federation of Government Employees, said his union held two meetings in recent weeks at Fort Meade for workers, many of whom had the same financial questions: Can I apply for unemployment benefits? Will I receive back pay if lawmakers eventually reach some agreement on budget cuts? The answers: No and no. "Everyone is hoping [lawmakers]
EXPLORE
November 11, 2012
Manchester Valley High School will host its fall musical production, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," opening Thursday, Nov. 15, and running Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17, with performances at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are available at the door at $8 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. Manchester Valley High School is located at 3300 Maple Grove Road, Manchester. For more information, call 410-386-1673. The MVHS School Class of 2013 and the school's Fine Arts Department will host a special performance of the show, with a dinner preceding, for veterans and their spouses on Saturday, Nov. 17. Students have been asked to invite parents, grandparents and other family members who have served in the armed forces to be their guests for this evening of food and entertainment.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser | September 15, 2014
Posing a challenge to Republican Larry Hogan, the Maryland chapter of the National Organization for Women has asked candidates for governor to explain their positions on a series of women's health issues. NOW made a formal request Monday that Hogan, Democratic rival Anthony G. Brown and Libertarian candidate Shawn Quinn answer five questions on abortion and contraceptive services. The questions pose little difficulty for Brown because he has already taken positions largely in accord with NOW's stands.
NEWS
September 15, 2014
On Sept. 11, 2001, I was one of the organizers at the American Friends Service Committee who set up a vigil that evening to say that war is not the answer. The following month prior to the Bush administration's invasion of Afghanistan, we organized protests. Then we tried to stop the worst foreign policy debacle in U.S. history - the invasion of Iraq. Yes, we failed to stop these invidious wars. But I never would have imagined that today U.S. warmongering continues in Afghanistan and Iraq.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
The Orioles' final homestand of the regular season was supposed to be one of celebration. With the opportunity to celebrate their first American League East title since 1997 among their hometown crowd at Camden Yards, Friday's day-night doubleheader against the New York Yankees offered a chance to take two sizable steps toward a postseason berth. But before they took the field for the first game of their seven-game stay in Baltimore, the atmosphere was subdued with news that Chris Davis had been handed a 25-game suspension, part of which will be served in the postseason should the Orioles get there, for a second failed drug test for an amphetamine.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
The Orioles take on the New York Yankees for a day-night doubleheader today in what should be the kickoff for clinch week -- assuming the Orioles can continue the momentum they built in a three-game sweep over the Boston Red Sox. I thought Thursday's day off would be a good time to do a question-and-answer session, so I asked Twitter followers to help out. Here were some of the questions -- and my replies. Hopefully, it will answer the primary questions that have been burning in your mind about the Orioles.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Not long after the Ravens sent out an email from owner Steve Bisciotti  to their season ticket and suite holders and sponsors Tuesday night apologizing for their handling of the Ray Rice situation, another message went out to team employees. It advised them of a meeting with Bisciotti on Wednesday morning where the owner explained the organization's handling of Rice's legal issues and subsequent release. Bisciotti spoke for about two minutes to the Ravens' coaching staff and all other employees at the  Under Armour  Performance Center.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
Antibiotics have saved countless lives over the years, but their overuse has lead to problems including antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Dr. Mary R. Clance, an epidemiologist at Anne Arundel Medical Center, discusses the history, troubles and appropriate uses of the drugs. How have antibiotics contributed to public health since their discovery and what is their status now? The collective memory of death from infectious disease is short-lived. Death from pneumonia, puerperal fever, post-operative infection, urinary and skin infections were commonplace just two generations ago. Pneumonia was the leading cause of death at the beginning of the 20th century.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | August 14, 2014
This is Robin Williams Week in America; we are mourning the death by suicide of an extravagantly talented man who made us laugh and think. Here are some thoughts, starting with the words of an old friend whose father killed himself: "Suicide inflicts far more pain than it relieves. " My friend said this 20-plus years ago during a long overnight drive through Virginia, after the conversation had shifted to the guy topics of middle age: depression, alcoholism, women and children, and a mutual concern that we were in the process of becoming our fathers.
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