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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
After the Counting Crows released their fifth album, 2008's “Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings,” singer Adam Duritz had had enough - not of the spotlight or the road, but of himself. “I got kind of sick of myself at that point,” Duritz said on the phone from his home in New York recently. “I got tired of just emptying [my] guts onto the page every few years for people. I think I needed a break from it.” So the 49-year-old Baltimore native - who will return on Friday with the Crows to headline the Black-Eyed Susan Day concert at Pimlico Race Course - shifted his focus creatively.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
Take vodka, rum, whiskey, bourbon, peach schnapps, orange juice, pineapple juice, sour mix, orange-flavored liqueur, elderflower-flavored liqueur, shake, pour into a souvenir glass and garnish with an orange slice, cherry and mint sprig. Then dump it on the infield grass and get a real drink. It's the poor old black-eyed Susan, the official cocktail of the Preakness. It has been mocked, derided and dismissed as a publicity stunt. Campaigns have been waged to replace it. Its history has been mangled and misunderstood.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. said its CEO and president, R. Neal Black, earned $2.92 million last year, up slightly from 2012. Black's compensation included $791,275 in salary and $2 million in stock awards. Bank's top executive also earned another $126,000 through a change in pension value and other compensation, the men's apparel retailer reported Friday in an amendment to its annual report. Black earned $2.9 million in 2012. In March, the Hampstead-based store chain agreed to a $1.8 billion merger with larger rival Men's Wearhouse.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | May 9, 2014
The outrageously bigoted remarks attributed to the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team mock the positive role black athletes have played in professional sports, even as those sports have served as an exit ramp from poverty. Perhaps the most incredible of Clippers owner Donald Sterling's taped remarks came when his former girlfriend reminded him that he had a whole team made up of black players. His response was: "I support them and give them food and clothes and cars and houses.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
In support of their new album, "Turn Blue" (out Tuesday), The Black Keys will embark on a worldwide tour that will last almost to Christmas, and Baltimore is on the itinerary. The Grammy-winning Ohio rock act will headline Baltimore Arena on Dec. 4. Singer-songwriter St. Vincent will open the show. (Watch the silly tour announcement video above; extra points for clowning on the drummer, Patrick Carney -- a rock 'n' roll joke that still has legs.) Tickets go on sale May 16 at 10 a.m. For a quick preview, watch "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, as The Black Keys are the scheduled musical guest.  And for those in need of a Black Keys fix before the winter, the band will play Washington's Verizon Center on Sept.
NEWS
By Betsey Swingle Hobelmann, Kimberly R. Moffitt and Jack J. Pannell Jr | May 2, 2014
Some of the most esteemed Baltimoreans attended or graduated from Baltimore City high schools: Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and U.S. Congressman Parren Mitchell (Douglass), Wall Street financier Reginald Lewis (Dunbar), and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates (Poly). These revered men remind us of a yesteryear when black males, in particular, had opportunities to thrive and succeed while attending city schools. But that Baltimore of old is very different from the one many black males experience today.
NEWS
April 15, 2014
I found your recent story about the fight between an aide to Del. Mary-Dulany James and his brother both alarming and painful ( "After claiming he was assaulted by 'a black man,' aide to Harford legislator James, brother charged in Annapolis fight," April 10). According to the Capitol Police report, Luke Horah stated that a large African-American male assaulted him and fled the scene. Here you have a sibling altercation that resulted in injury, but rather than tell the truth about his brother, Mr. Horah decided to implicate a fictitious "black man. " What if the truth hadn't been discovered so quickly?
NEWS
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
Ralph Dawson Matthews Jr., a former managing editor of the Baltimore Afro-American who worked closely with Malcolm X in the early 1960s and once shared a house with a young Miles Davis, died April 3 at the Adelphi House assisted living facility in Adelphi, Prince George's County. Mr. Dawson died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, or COPD. He was 86. "Ralph was always very inquisitive," remembered Harry Peaker, a retired mathematician who grew up with Mr. Matthews in Northwest Baltimore.
NEWS
April 3, 2014
The Senate Intelligence Committee voted today to declassify portions of its report on the CIA's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" to extract information from terrorist detainees, but portions of the work that have been leaked appear to confirm Americans' worst fears about the secret program. Committee investigators found that the brutal treatment of prisoners was far more widespread than the agency has admitted and that CIA officials deliberately misled Congress about the effectiveness of methods that brought shame on the nation and amounted to little more than torture by another name.
NEWS
Leonard Pitts Jr and Leonard Pitts Jr | March 27, 2014
What excuses will they make this time? Meaning that cadre of letters-to-the-editor writers and conservative pundits who so reliably say such stupid things whenever the subject is race. Indeed, race is the third rail of American conscience; to touch it is to be zapped by rationalizations, justifications and lies that defy reason, but that some must embrace to preserve for themselves the fiction of liberty and justice for all. Otherwise, they'd have to face the fact that advantage and disadvantage, health and sickness, wealth and poverty, life and death, are still parceled out according to melanin content of skin.
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