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By Andrew Lam | April 21, 1997
"PLEASE, GRANDMA, blink, just blink, please," my mother says, but Grandma only smiles. Then she says, "Bye, bye," her wheelchair gleaming in the sunlight. "Bye, bye." It is all the English that she remembers."All right, Grandma," I say, taking over, "if blinking's too hard, try to nod. Nod, please, it's important. Very important."We hold our breaths and wait. Nothing. No blink, no nod. Only that constant beatific smile. My mother throws her hands up and sighs. "This is it. We are doomed."Grandma must learn to blink or nod her head at the right time.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 26, 2014
The signs were all there. This is what jumps out at you in perusing postmortems of the two greatest surprise attacks in American history. In the days and weeks leading up to Dec. 7, 1941 and Sept. 11, 2001, there were numerous clues that seem neon in hindsight, but which no one pursued. Or, as then-CIA Director George Tenet famously said of 9/11: "The system was blinking red. " In response to each attack, exhaustive probes were launched to determine whose incompetence allowed the disaster to happen.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | January 26, 1994
Thrillers come and go in the blinking of an eye, but rarely are they about the blinking of an eye. So on that count alone -- and many others as it turns out -- does "Blink," which opens today, merit a nod of appreciation.Not set in the usual landscape of the thriller -- the zone of moral ambiguity -- it takes place in a much more intriguing neighborhood: the raggedy twilight between sight and vision, between actual, not metaphorical, light and dark.Essentially, it takes us into the mind of a woman who's been blind for over 20 years but has just inherited an accident victim's eyes and is seeing the world anew.
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
My sweet baby boy Aaron turned 1 on Saturday. I still can't quite wrap my head around how fast this year has gone by. I knew it would be fleeting. This isn't my first rodeo, after all, and I'm stunned every day by just how grown-up my 4 1/2-year-old is. And with Aaron being born before my husband returned from his deployment to Afghanistan, I knew that first few weeks would fly. But knowing that, and knowing that we're a two-and-through family and that I wouldn't be doing this again, made me think that if I held on a little tighter to every moment, maybe time would slow down.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2010
At last year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge was cracking obscene jokes and copping a teenage attitude with his fans and bandmates. Now, DeLonge is on tour with Angels & Airwaves, a band that pairs atmospheric alt-rock songs with metaphysical symbolism. For DeLonge, it's a sobering about-face. Angels & Airwaves gave away its latest album, "Love," for free, and shot a feature film that could hit theaters later this year. On Monday, Angels & Airwaves will be at Rams Head Live.
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By Sandy Grady | April 27, 1993
Washington -- BLACK JACK Pershing never saw anything like it.I kept a close eye on the aloof, mustachioed statue of Gen. John Pershing, the World War I demigod who led a victorious American Expeditionary Force across Europe.Amazingly, Black Jack didn't blink.Past Pershing's statue rolled the most bizarre, flamboyant troops that ever marched up historic Pennsylvania Avenue.They wore beads and bangles and leather and see-thru bras. And that was some of the men. Some women wore nothing topside.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Elaine Tassy contributed to this article | June 17, 1994
Under pressure from Baltimore's tourism industry, the Schmoke administration has come up with a compromise to finance the city's share of the convention center expansion.The city had proposed raising the hotel occupancy tax from 7 percent to 9 percent in 1996 to fulfill its commitment to pay one-third of the $150 million project, a move that drew protests from hoteliers.Yesterday, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said he had worked out an agreement with business leaders to create a "blink-on" tax that would only take effect if the city fails to come up with the revenues necessary to cover the debt service on $63 million in revenue bonds.
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By Douglas Birch and Douglas Birch,Lisa Gahagan, University of Texas at Austin Crashing meteorites SUN STAFF | November 26, 1995
THE CHESAPEAKE region may seem like an eternal place, an endless dance of light and water, mists and grasses, swamps and forests.But as scientists learn more about the forces that shape the Earth, it's becoming clear just how accidental and transient the estuary and the land that embraces it really are.It's long been understood, of course, that this corner of the middle Atlantic has been sculpted by the rise of the Appalachians to the west, meltwater from...
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | March 20, 2010
Ethel A. Smith, a retired waitress and Highlandtown poet, died March 11 in her sleep at Bonnie Blink, the Maryland Masonic home in Hunt Valley. She was 101. Ethel Adel Swanner, the daughter of farmers, was born in Rutledge, Harford County. In 1918, she moved with her family to a rowhouse on Lombard Street in Highlandtown. She attended city public schools through the sixth grade, when she dropped out to help raise a brother after her mother became ill. In 1926, she married Robert Keller, a baker who later became a tavern owner.
NEWS
March 22, 1997
SOME MEMBERS of the General Assembly are playing a game of "chicken" to see if the federal government will blink on auto emissions testing. If they're wrong -- which they almost certainly are -- Maryland could lose plenty.A faction in Annapolis wants to block the governor from implementing mandatory dynamometer testing of vehicles in June. For most Marylanders, the inspection, which lasts a few minutes and is good for two years, is no big deal.Metropolitan motorists have been taking their cars for "tailpipe" check-ups for a decade.
SPORTS
December 9, 2012
Joe Flacco may have thrown three touchdown passes in the first half, but he has turned the ball over on consecutive possessions at a time when the Ravens were in position to take control of the game. His fumble on the first of those two possessions was another case of him holding the ball too long and getting blindsided. The Redskins turned that one into a field goal. The second time he turned it over - on an interception deep in Redskins territory - he had little time to get rid of the ball and was hit just as he let it go. The Redskins also converted that opportunity into a field goal to make it a one-point game.
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By Robert B. Reich | November 14, 2012
With the election behind us, I had hoped our politicians would get beyond games of chicken. No such luck. First, you need to understand that the upcoming game of chicken isn't about how much or when we cut the budget deficit, or even whether the upcoming "fiscal cliff" poses a danger to the economy. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office warned last week that the automatic tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to start in January amount to too much deficit reduction, too soon.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2011
Bonnie I. Collins, recreational activities coordinator at Bonnie Blink, the Maryland Masonic Home in Hunt Valley, died Nov. 12 of breast cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Monkton resident was 59. Bonnie Inman was born in Baltimore and raised in Ruxton. She was a 1970 graduate of Towson High School and attended what is now Towson University. Since 2006, Ms. Collins had worked as the recreational activities coordinator at Bonnie Blink. From 2003 to 2006, she was a horticulturist at Blue Mount Nurseries in Monkton.
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By Katie V. Jones | November 12, 2011
Home owners surrounding the new Liberty Exchange office, retail and warehouse development in Eldersburg are hoping to see the traffic light at the entrance of the center at Liberty Road become operational - and sooner than later. Currently, the signal at Exchange Drive and Liberty Road (Route 26) is a blinking yellow light, but residents are concerned about possible accidents as cars attempt to get through the heavily-traveled stretch of Liberty Road. "I have witnessed several close calls during the day, especially when the high school students are dismissed around 2:30 p.m.," said Jen Hoey, president of the nearby Sumner's Hollow home owner association.
NEWS
July 18, 2011
Regrettably, Republicans will not hold to their post-2010 election convictions about reducing deficits and the national debt. Even more regrettably, President Obama will hold to his pre-election promises. While Republicans have done nothing to alter the course of the future, Mr. Obama is intent on damaging the country beyond repair, and the ultimate losers will be the American people. Tom Holmes, Lutherville
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By Wesley Case | March 31, 2011
It’s Rolling Papers Week at Louder Now. Wiz Khalifa, hip-hop’s young pothead-in-charge, dropped his highly anticipated major-label debut Tuesday. Every day this week, I’m going to analyze the tracks: what works, what doesn’t and what it means for a rap star clearly interested in crossing over to mainstream success. 9. “No Sleep” (Produced by Benny Blanco and Noel “Detail” Fischer) Who’s to blame for this monstrosity? Is it Benny Blanco, the 23-year-old Dr. Luke understudy who co-penned Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” and Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok”?
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | December 30, 1996
If it sometimes seems that life in Union Bridge is on the blink, it is.Five-hundred customers of Allegheny Power Co. in Union Bridge and the surrounding countryside have spent nearly a year dealing with brief power outages that occur as often as several times a day. The outages last no more than a minute or two, just long enough to set digital clocks all over town blinking, residents say."I'm getting so tired of resetting all my little digital clocks," said Earl Fritz, who has five clocks in his house, two miles outside Union Bridge.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2011
There's no verdict yet in the trial of the pit bull that came to be known as Phoenix, but I say: guilty. No, not Travers and Tremayne Johnson, the 18-year-old twins accused of torching the dog on a West Baltimore street in 2009. She was burned so horribly that she had to be put down several days later. I have no idea if the Johnson brothers did it, or, rather, whether the prosecutors sufficiently proved their case or fell short, as the defense contends. Anyone who has been a juror knows how hard it can be to come up with a verdict in that jury room — much harder than coming up with an opinion out here in the peanut gallery.
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