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By Doug Miller | April 12, 2011
More venom dripping from the fangs of many of the usual suspects today in the reader comments attached to the story of the midday armed robbery of a jewelry store in the Columbia mall. Much of the banter centers on the idea that bringing mass transit into Columbia from Baltimore and Washington will make such incidents more frequent. One commenter got blasted by others for suggesting that this premise constitutes thinly veiled racism. OK, for the sake of civility, I’ll take that protestation at face value.
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September 17, 2014
As a retired speech professor who has taught many elements of argument for a very long time, maybe I can help you. I read your recent piece associating the NFL with a responsibility for disciplining players for activities that I don't believe have anything directly to do with what they actually get paid for, which is playing football ( "NFL now must tackle child abuse," Sept. 15). Unless there is something that I obviously wouldn't know about in the player's contract requiring such intervention - not given in your editorial - we have a major link missing in your advocacy.
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By Dave Rosenthal | January 17, 2013
Lance Armstrong's well-orchestrated apology tour has brought back a bad memory: all the wasted hours I spent reading his book, "It's Not About the Bike. " I was one of many readers captivated by his dramatic tale: hot-headed young rider gets felled by testicular cancer, and battles back -- against disease and doubters -- to win the Tour de France. It made me a huge fan of Armstrong and the grueling race that takes cyclists around France.  But in light of the overwhelming evidence that Armstrong was not clean when he won the tour a record seven times (and seven straight)
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September 2, 2014
Mary MacVean of Tribune Newspapers must be a smoker ("Are we sitting ourselves to death?" Aug. 28). Her article about sitting being as dangerous as smoking cigarettes has just given the remaining selfish smokers another fallacious argument to add to, "Why don't they make potato chips and ice cream illegal?" Now they can add, "why don't they make sitting illegal?" No one reasonable person concerned about health can accept the argument that sitting is more dangerous than smoking.
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By Molly Ivins | July 3, 2003
AUSTIN, Texas - Congratulations to the Supreme Court on its 6-3 decision in the Texas sodomy law case and to all those, including the gay rights groups and the American Civil Liberties Union, who have fought so long and hard to rid the legal system of this manifest injustice. The Sunday chat shows featured a number of curious contentions over this legal decision: It was interesting to see rank bigotry against gays trying to disguise itself as a legal argument. Justice Antonin Scalia was foremost in this camp, throwing a public tantrum devoid of legal reasoning over the decision.
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March 2, 2013
Thank you for publishing "My word" by Maria Santo titled "Murder is not condoned by civilized societies; abortion should be illegal. "  Her article is a well-expressed argument of the biological facts  concerning conception and the terrible toll that abortion brings to the individual and our country.  There are life-affirming solutions to unplanned pregnancies which should be stressed to the mother.  She then will not have to live with...
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
Two men were stabbed in a North Baltimore home after an argument Wednesday night, police said. Officers were called around 10 p.m. to the 2600 block of Park Heights Terrace in the Greenspring neighborhood, where they found the victims, one stabbed in the hand and the other in the back, police said. Both were taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injures, police said. An unknown suspect was arguing with the victims before stabbing them and leaving the home, police said.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
A man was stabbed multiple times and injured after an argument at a bar in Middle River on Friday night, according to Baltimore County police. Police said the victim, who was not identified and expected to survive, got into an argument with his suspected attacker at the Bonfire bar at 601 Bowleys Quarters Road. The victim and the suspect went outside the bar, where the man was stabbed multiple times in his upper body. Police found the victim around 9:20 p.m., and he was taken to a hospital.
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By Nick Madigan and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2010
A 68-year-old Baltimore man was in custody Friday, accused of killing his brother in a Thanksgiving Day argument. Harry Patterson Jr., who turns 69 Saturday, has been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, two assault counts and a weapons charge after the stabbing death of his younger sibling, Robin Patterson, 51. Police said the incident occurred Thursday in the 4400 block of Belvieu Ave., and stemmed from an argument between...
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
A man was fatally stabbed early Saturday morning after getting into an argument with two men on a street in West Baltimore, police said. The man was found in the 200 block of N. Payson St. in the Penrose area at around 1 a.m. with multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital about half an hour later, police said. Baltimore went a week without a homicide until Saturday after a rash of slayings in the first couple of weeks in the year. Saturday's fatal stabbing is the 19th homicide in Baltimore in 2014.
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August 29, 2014
Ever notice that wan and languid look worn by Major League Baseball players and fans this year? That is not the lingering affects of steroid withdrawal. It is the unmistakable sign that baseball is dying. The lifeblood of wonderment and argument is passing from the game with every challenge and replay. Recently, Adam Jones closed on a ground ball single with the alacrity of a cheetah on the hunt. He picked up the ball and dead aimed it at home plate where the catcher snagged it. The glove was thrust at the runner who had dared to test the arm of the outfielder: Bang, bang, out!
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August 25, 2014
As a retiree, I read William Smith's recent letter to the editor with equal parts amazement and sadness ( "Who needs those lazy retirees?" Aug. 19). Amazement at the level of vitriol displayed, and sadness because it appears that Mr. Smith's education did not include a rigorous course in English usage, during which he would have become familiar with the definitions of the words "handout" and "welfare. " Let me attempt to fill this lamentable gap. According to Oxforddictionaries.com, a handout is "something given free to a needy person," and welfare is "financial support given to people in need.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Closing arguments are expected Tuesday in the trial of an off-duty New Jersey police officer accused of murdering a Lansdowne man following a road-rage incident last summer in Anne Arundel County During the final day of testimony in Circuit Court on Monday, two law enforcement experts offered opposite opinions as to whether Joseph Lamont Walker, 41, acted reasonably in shooting Joseph Dale Harvey Jr., 36, on the side of Route 3 near Interstate 97...
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
One-fourth of the names on Maryland's sex offender registry could be removed after the state's top court expanded Monday on an earlier ruling that adding offenders from before the list was created violated the state constitution. The Court of Appeals declared last year that the state could not require the registration of people who committed their crimes before October 1995, when the database was established. State officials removed the one name in question in that case but maintained that federal law required them to keep older cases in the database.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
Two men were stabbed in a North Baltimore home after an argument Wednesday night, police said. Officers were called around 10 p.m. to the 2600 block of Park Heights Terrace in the Greenspring neighborhood, where they found the victims, one stabbed in the hand and the other in the back, police said. Both were taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injures, police said. An unknown suspect was arguing with the victims before stabbing them and leaving the home, police said.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
With the primary a week away, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Douglas F. Gansler has made what his campaign calls his “closing argument” in two new television ads. In one of the ads, Gansler addresses and spins his reputation for bluntness. Neither ad mentions the attorney general's Democratic opponents, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Del. Heather Mizeur. Voters may find that refreshing since Brown's and Gansler's campaigns have been publicly criticizing each other in recent weeks.
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February 23, 2012
So now the Republicans want to turn the debate over requiring insurance companies to cover contraceptives into a debate about religious freedom? They argue no one should be forced to support (with their tax dollars) activities that conflict with their religious views. I'll set aside for the moment the argument that insurers covering free contraceptives actually save money in the long run due to reduced health-care costs. I'll also set aside the fact that most Catholic women don't agree with the all-male bishopric that is setting the rules for them.
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April 10, 2013
Although Dr. Benjamin Carson's same-sex marriage remark was an unfortunate enthymeme, surely well-educated Hopkins students have the intellectual capacity to understand the unstated premise of his argument ("Hopkins chides Carson for gay-marriage remarks," April 6): Once you reduce the qualification for marriage to a single characteristic for the sake of inclusiveness, you can't object to the word being used for any situation that fits that characteristic. Polygamists, for example, argue that they too enter into loving, caring relationships.
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May 15, 2014
I am grateful to columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. for bringing to my attention the deplorable conditions inflicted on entrepreneurs by President Barack Obama ( "Building a business is bad under Obama," May11). I admit to being a bit surprised that such oppression of job creators persists with the stock market hitting records on a regular basis - but there you go. Of course, much of Mr. Ehrlich's discussion was hypothetical. An admirable, hypothetical entrepreneur with a good idea and hard work starts a viable business.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
Weary as you must be about the back-and-forth about the Associated Press Stylebook 's abandonment of the over/more than  distinction, I have found what may be a locus classicus  of bad argument in favor of the superstition.  At Mahsable, Alex Hazlett and Megan Hess have published a point-counterpoint exchange on the subject , and I want to invite you to look at Ms. Hess's argument in some detail. I do so because her argument illustrates the defective way in which such issues are typically addressed.   Thursday was an emotional day. It began with a gchat from a coworker - “whoa" - and a link to the  Poynter  post relaying the news that the AP had removed its distinction between “more than” and "over.” Four words in, the first flag goes up. The AP Stylebook  makes a minor change in one entry, one that the editors themselves present as being of small consequence, and it is an emotional  issue?
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