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By Rita St. Clair | July 13, 2008
Our 60-year-old house, which we've been slowly renovating, contains a guest bathroom that's in need of new wall tiles. The original floor, still in place, consists of the small black-and-white tiles that were the norm back in the '40s. And you can guess what color all the fixtures are. We'd like to retain the style that the homebuilders chose for this small but functional bathroom, even though it's kind of dull. Can you suggest ways of introducing a bit of visual fizz without altering the basic design?
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By Tricia Bishop and Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2013
Martin Ngwa, a student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, plans to go into social work after graduation — though his school doesn't offer the major. Thanks to an unusual partnership between UMES, an historically black institution, and Salisbury University, its traditionally white neighbor, Ngwa is earning dual degrees in sociology and social work. The opportunity to take classes on both Eastern Shore campuses is the result of several decades of collaboration — a partnership that was praised this week in a federal court opinion that found some Maryland policies still promote "separate but equal" colleges and universities.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | December 9, 1996
True story: In the early '70s, this newspaper's most incompetent copyreader was in career trouble. It seemed his employers expected him to spell words correctly, even the hard ones, like sheriff and caricature. He also wanted to write, but in the phrase of Peter De Vries, hated the paperwork. His prospects in either endeavor were limited.Add the fact that it was Christmas Eve, the mega-depressive spoonful-of-arsenic night of the year. Add the fact that he had been so busy thinking about his own problems that it suddenly dawned on him he had not bothered to buy his poor, hard-working wife a Christmas present.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
Just as temperatures began to reflect autumn's imminent arrival on the East Coast, designers in New York City showed their visions for spring 2014 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. While many of the collections this go-round seemed to focus on safe, predictable choices, other designers took risks and attacked trends head-on. For those ready to get a jump on next year's styles, here's a primer on the top trends and the best labels of the season. Top trends Sassy skirts: From textured feather numbers in assorted colors to mesh flared skirts from Milly, spring is all about skirts with attitude.
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | July 17, 1997
I'm having a ridiculous argument with my husband, who insists that my new job means more to me than our marriage. This is the story: When I married five years ago, I wore only minis. I have great legs, and I admit that I used them to the best advantage.Then I got a promotion, and because I wanted to look professional, I started wearing pantsuits. Now my husband is complaining. He says he fell in love with my legs, but now all he sees are pants. He wants me to get out my old dresses and wear them.
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By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,SUN ART CRITIC | January 29, 2002
The invention of photography radically changed people's relationship to images because it revolutionized their ideas about what pictures could look like and mean. Two shows currently at area galleries demonstrate that the camera can describe the world in characteristically minute detail, even when the images it produces are not photographs at all in the conventional sense. Laurie Snyder's exquisite black-and-white images of trees at Goucher College's Rosenberg Gallery, and Philip Bogdan's large color prints of woods at the Maryland Federation of Art's City Gallery, revisit the idea of landscape by calling into question the nature of photographic representation.
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By ANDREW LAM | May 10, 1992
The old black-white dialogues explaining American racial tension in Los Angeles are sadly inadequate. The truer racial landscape is self evident at the Los Angeles morgue in the wake of the riots: Latino and Asian bodies lying next to dead black and whites.We remain wedded, however, to the romantic notion that the American identity is being forged out of the tumultuous black-white embrace. American movies such as "48 Hours" offer us images of black-white bonding stories. But watching Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte brawling it out in San Francisco, I am more intrigued by what's not told.
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By ELSA KLENSCH and ELSA KLENSCH,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | February 29, 1996
When I was in my early 20s I had a black-and-white pantsuit that I just loved. Then I married, had two children and put on weight. Now after six months of dieting I am back to my original 130 pounds. As a reward I want to get myself another striped pantsuit. But every time I try one on my husband says I look like a jailbird. Should I give up?Of course not. A striped pantsuit is young, dashing and always looks modern. That's why so many designers like stripes and keep using them in different width and color combinations.
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December 20, 1994
School officials in Baltimore County are unnerved by it; in Howard County, they're studying it. In Anne Arundel, they're under a federal agreement to fix it. The problem they and many other school systems share is a huge disparity in the levels of school disciplinary actions against black and white students. Black students are suspended at triple the rate of whites nationally.To say this is a volatile issue is to understate the case. Some observers, particularly black parents and scholars, believe the schools have difficulty communicating with black youths.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer | January 2, 1994
Basketball fans with a nostalgic bent or who are interested in the history of the game might enjoy Action Packed's second series of Basketball Hall of Fame cards.Action Packed's embossing seems to be more effective on the black and white photos, reproduced in a tintype-style, in the 42-card set than on the full-color ones. Backs have enough stats to be interesting but are not overloaded.There's Paul Arizin dribbling -- in black and white -- the way he looked on TV in the '50s. For postwar fans, Harry Galltin and Ed Macauly are included.
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By L'Oreal Thompson, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
Wedding date: Feb. 9, 2013 Her story: Dana Perzynski, 28, grew up in Columbia. She is an associate planner with Ayers Saint Gross, an architectural and planning firm in Baltimore. Her mother, Karen Kurzawa, is a commercial interior representative; her father, Paul Perzynski, died in 1996. His story: Graham Johnson, 30, grew up in Davidsonville. He is a vice president and commercial relationship manager at SunTrust Banks. His father, Todd Johnson, is managing director of investor relations for National Real Estate Advisors; his mother, Gail Johnson, died in 2008.
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By Diedre A. Ware | March 29, 2013
Editor's note: Freelance writer Diedre A. Ware grew up in Havre de Grace and graduated from Havre de Grace High School. Her recollections of what it was like growing up black in an era when children's dolls were white was published recently in Dolls magazine based in Iola, Wis., http://www.dollsmagazine.com . It is republished here with permission, along with photographs that ran with the Dolls magazine version. As a child, my dolls were by best friends. When I confided in them, I knew they would never tell.
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By Michael Higginbotham | January 23, 2013
Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Baltimore-born Thurgood Marshall, the civil rights lawyer and first black Supreme Court justice who was instrumental in ending Jim Crow segregation. His representation of schoolgirl Linda Brown resulted in the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, which ended separation practiced in a wide variety of public facilities and institutions. Yet Marshall sought more than just desegregation. Explaining his vision, Marshall proclaimed that "a child born to a black mother in a state like Mississippi … has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2013
The storms of winter 2010 shut down roads, cancelled classes, closed up shops and nearly ended a signature Baltimore event before it started. On a cold January night, organizers of the Pratt Contemporaries' inaugural Black and White Party watched the uncertain forecast and the falling snow, worried that the conditions were going to keep guests away from their humble celebration. Yet several inches of snow - usually a kiss of death for the winter-wary in Maryland - did not prevent 200 or so people from attending.
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By L'Oreal Thompson, Baltimore Sun Media Group | November 24, 2012
Wedding day: Oct. 27, 2012 Her story: Marielle Alexis Newman, 27, grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y. She is a color specialist for Under Armour. Her dad, Howell Newman, works for IBM and her mother, Leona Newman, works for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. His story: Benjamin Allen Schiffman, 26, grew up in East Petersburg, Pa. He is a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent Office. His dad, Jeffrey Schiffman, is the sports director at WSBA, a radio station in York, Pa. His mother, Lynne Morrison, is the executive director of Hands-on House, a children's museum in Lancaster, Pa. Their story: The couple met at University of Delaware, when Benjamin was a freshman and Marielle was a sophomore.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 2, 2012
Lord help us, they're talking race again. "They" meaning Republicans and Democrats. Race is a critical, sensitive and sometimes painful issue with relevance to everything from environmental policy to education reform to criminal justice to media to health care. For a politician to address it requires political courage. That's why politicians do not address it. Usually. That changes during political season when a given pol calculates that breaking his customary silence might net some tactical advantage.
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April 9, 1992
They loved her; she called them mommy and daddy. So the couple decided to adopt the cute infant they had taken in 2 1/2 years earlier as a foster child. But welfare officials objected. The child was taken from the couple's home. Later they were told that a more "suitable" family had been found. The couple was emotionally devastated by the decision; the woman wept, while her husband was tormented by feelings of anger and helplessness.While the numbers are not large, such scenes have been played out with increasing frequency in recent years.
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July 15, 2012
The recent school test scores were depressing ("Stuck in place," July 11). I attended school during the Great Depression and into the early 1940s when those who did find jobs were often victims of frequent layoffs. In that environment, children had to be raised in poverty, too. There was no television and a single radio, perhaps an RCA Victor "Victrola," was in the house. Libraries were few and far between. Students walked to school in all kinds of weather or rode a streetcar to distant locations.
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By Dave Rosenthal | January 31, 2012
If you didn't get a chance to attend the recent Black and White Party, a fund-raiser for the Enoch Pratt Free Library, you can get a taste of the event at this Baltimore Sun photo gallery. The event, whose theme was "Evening in Paris," was organized by the Pratt Contemporaries, a group of young professional who support the library.  Here's another Pratt event worth attending: this Saturday's Booklovers' Breakfast with Michael Eric Dyson. It will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St., from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
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