November 18, 2012
OK The Walking Dead , I see you, doing your thing. This Sunday night's episode was by no means earth shattering, but in keeping with the style of season three, there was plenty to satisfy us fans and keep us coming back next week: humans were killed (albeit inconsequential humans), questions were answered (Where is Carol? Who was on the phone?) and the plot was advanced. We were left with Michonne strolling up to the prison fence, injured and covered with a camouflage of zombie entrails, and carrying a supermarket basket full of powdered baby formula.
November 6, 2012
The Sun has published a number of letters and commentaries that illustrate a degree of confusion about marriage, family and the nuclear family in particular. The word family comes from the Latin word familias, which originally meant the household property of a man, including his wife, his children and his domestic servants and slaves. Throughout the world there have always been multiple, culturally defined norms of what both families and marriages are. A few have been matriarchal, but the majority, particularly in modern times, have been patriarchal.
September 27, 2012
Other than paint, what are some things that I can do to give my home a fall makeover? Throws are a wonderful way of making your home cozy and warm for the fall. We are loving chunky woven knits and amazing faux fur throws from Fabulous Furs — we have several in the store plus all of the samples. Along with the chilly fall weather I look forward to adding extra layers to my beds. Stuffing your duvet covers with heavier weight down inserts and adding a soft matelasse over your sheet makes it hard to get out of bed in the morning.
September 13, 2012
A man was struck and killed on an elevated Metro track near the West Coldspring Lane overpass about 3 p.m. Thursday, suspending train service through the area, according to the Baltimore City Fire Department. The man's body was in "visible sight to the public" before being covered by a sheet by a responding emergency crew, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a department spokesman. Maryland Transit Administration Police were still working to determine how and why the man entered the tracks Thursday night, said Terry Owens, a MTA spokesman.
August 22, 2012
Most weeks for the past year, Rachel Taft has headed to the Canton Safeway or Middle River Costco to pick up several pounds of steak or tofu for dinner. Unlike most bulk shoppers, Taft wasn't cooking for several children - she was feeding a loose-knit family of punk-rock bands at her Highlandtown home. Last year, Taft founded Feed the Scene, a "band and breakfast" which provides room and board to artists with small (or no) budgets. Since then, she's cooked for ska punks Less Than Jake, punk-rocker Joey Cape from Lagwagon and more than 170 other groups.
July 27, 2012
State health officials are reviewing Maryland's tanning bed regulations. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Friday it wants public input on the regulations, which require anyone under 18 to have permission from a parent or guardian before using a tanning bed. A consent form must be signed in the presence of a tanning bed owner or operator. The regulations were created in response to a 2008 law. DHMH didn't say whether it was seeking to strengthen or weaken the law, only whether it should be "updated.
July 25, 2012
When Katie Byram and her family moved to a 1920s farmhouse in Baltimore County, they were charmed by its old-fashioned wraparound porch. Only one thing would make it even better: a porch swing. "I knew our kids would enjoy it," said Byram, who tapped interior designer Katherine Crosby to sketch plans for a "bohemian" seating area. They envisioned teak furniture from Thailand, outdoor rugs, potted plants — and a dark wooden swing. While the project is still in the early stages, Byram is already dreaming of relaxing in the swing as it sways in the summer breeze.
July 16, 2012
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar - another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: TRUCKLE There are multiple ways to bend to superior power or influence, and truckle (pronounced TRUK-uhl) encompasses much of the spectrum. It can mean simply to take a subordinate position. It can mean to give way timidly. Worse, it can mean to submit from an unworthy motive.
June 13, 2012
The American Legion Riders, Slate Ridge Post 182, in conjunction with fallen Marine Sgt. Michael Heede's family and friends, have undertaken the task of maintaining and planting a flower bed around the memorial sign honoring the fallen Marine at the intersection of Routes 136 and 165. Assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sgt. Heede was killed in action July 13,...
May 29, 2012
For years, lawmakers and child advocates have been urging Maryland's Department of Juvenile Services to speed up the process of getting troubled youths out of the state's overcrowded juvenile lockups and into residential treatment facilities where they can get help. And year after year, the answer is always the same: There aren't enough treatment slots for all the kids who need them. So it was already more than a twice-told tale when DJS Secretary Sam Abed appeared before the state Board of Public Works recently and said he is considering expanding the size of some privately run residential treatment programs because of the shortage of beds at state facilities.