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May 30, 2013
Does the Boy Scouts of America realize that the gay youths they are now "allowing" in are going to grow up to be gay adults ("After months of debate, Boy Scouts' ban on openly gay youth lifted," May 23)? They're not going to switch orientations once they reach adulthood. What happens to them then if they want to continue their life in Scouts - possibly as a leader? They call this a step in the right direction? Wow. So, if I understand this resolution correctly, they are no longer discriminating against "openly gay youths" but continue to discriminate against gay adults?
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Russell R. Jones, former general manager of Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, died Wednesday of heart failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 90. The son of restaurant owners Russell Wehr Jones and Noelie Delores Richard Jones, Russell Richard Jones was born and raised in Lehighton, Pa., where he graduated in 1941 from high school. His college studies at Lehigh University were interrupted when he enlisted in the Army Air Forces, where he was trained as a bomber pilot and later trained B-29 pilots.
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By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Carrie Wells, Tribune Newspapers | May 23, 2013
In an emotionally charged vote Thursday, the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on gay youth starting in January, the latest sign of a shift in American attitudes toward gays and lesbians. After months of debate in local districts, more than 61 percent of the Boy Scouts national council approved a resolution at its annual meeting, overturning the long-standing prohibition on openly gay youth, while retaining a ban on gay adult leaders. Of 1,232 votes, 757 were in favor. Gay advocates called the vote a step in the right direction for the 103-year-old group, among the nation's largest youth organizations, with more than 2.6 million youth members.
NEWS
By Lisa Gueli Regnante | July 8, 2014
Three local Girl Scouts were recognized at the 2014 Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Precious Metal Ceremony held at the Clementine Peterson Activity Center in Ellicott City. Emily Abdow (Juliette program), McKenna Hearn (Troop 1372) and Catherine "Katie" Ogorzalek (Troop 1899) each earned Girl Scouts' highest achievement, the Gold Award. This prestigious award is bestowed on high school girls who create and execute a project that addresses a community need resulting in short and long term positive change.  For Ogorzalek's Gold Award project, she decided to inspire and educate others in the community about nature.
NEWS
February 11, 2013
The Sun's editors are the only people I know who can speak of homosexuality and morality in the same breath ("Scout's honor," Feb. 6) when, in fact, they are totally opposite. The scriptures make it plain that homosexuality is an abomination in the eyes of the Lord. Men performing indecent acts with other men is shameful. Women performing indecent acts with women is shameful. The only sexual relationship that God ordains is the relationship between a man and a woman within the confines of marriage.
EXPLORE
November 10, 2011
Mary Ann Scully , of West Friendship, has been named the 2011 recipient of the Howard County Good Scout Award presented by the Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. She is currently employed as the chairwoman, president and CEO of Howard Bank. Scully, who is chair of the Maryland Bankers Association, was one of the founding officers of Howard Bank and headed its organizing committee before the bank opened in 2004. Deborah Valenza has been hired by Visiting Angels as their Director of Marketing.
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By Lisa Gueli Regnante | July 8, 2014
Three local Girl Scouts were recognized at the 2014 Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Precious Metal Ceremony held at the Clementine Peterson Activity Center in Ellicott City. Emily Abdow (Juliette program), McKenna Hearn (Troop 1372) and Catherine "Katie" Ogorzalek (Troop 1899) each earned Girl Scouts' highest achievement, the Gold Award. This prestigious award is bestowed on high school girls who create and execute a project that addresses a community need resulting in short and long term positive change.  For Ogorzalek's Gold Award project, she decided to inspire and educate others in the community about nature.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
Pardon me if I'm encouraged -- but not enthused -- by the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to lift its century-old ban on gay scouts. I just can't get that excited about the fact that an organization that holds a deep-seated distrust in gay men is now letting gay kids join the club. The dynamic creates a puzzle in my head, and I'm still trying to find the corner pieces and determine some structure here. Given the green light by some of the organization's largest donors, including the Mormon and United Methodist churches, and facing the withdrawal of funding from many other donors, more than 60 percent of the BSA's 1,400-delegate-strong National Council voted to lift the ban yesterday.
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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2012
The 19 wooded acres in northern Harford County blend in well with the sprawling Boy Scouts campground that surrounds it. But on state tax rolls, the tract essentially doesn't exist. No owner is listed - a rarity in Maryland - and as the Boy Scouts try to add the land to their campground and be declared the official owner, they must grapple with an arcane, Colonial-era convention known as a land patent. Purchasing property by securing a land patent from the state was the way many people built wealth in the years after the Revolutionary War, but the practice mostly ended after the bulk of land in Maryland was first surveyed and sold off. The Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America is using the same method to acquire a parcel that somehow slipped through the cracks.
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By Erin Cox and Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2012
Among the thousands of "perversion files" kept by the Boy Scouts of America is a Maryland-based illustration of the system's failure. Five years after an Allegany County teacher pleaded guilty to 10 sex offenses involving 12- and 13-year-old boys in 1980, he "slipped through our system" and continued to work in the organization, a Boy Scout administrator wrote in paperwork assembled to flag Arthur D. Margulies as a danger to Scouts. The Boy Scouts had kicked Margulies out of an Allegany Scouting organization after his first criminal case, which was covered by newspapers, but he then infiltrated another, undetected until more allegations were reported to headquarters.
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By Amanda Krotki and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
Regular Gay Matters blogger Kevin Rector is on vacation, so I'll be filling in on this week's Looking Out and will do my best to bring you all the important LGBT news of the week. Comment below if I've left anything out. Here's the goods (and maybe some mehs):  In what is surely the tastiest news of the week, Burger King celebrates San Francisco Pride by wrapping its Whoppers in rainbows, the message (and the words on the inside of the wrapper) being "We are all the same inside.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
Pascal Tessier, 17, of Maryland, became one of the first out Eagle Scouts in the history of the Boy Scouts of America earlier this year, after the organization lifted its ban on gay scouts. On Wednesday, the Chevy Chase resident challenged the Boy Scouts' remaining ban on gay scout leaders, delivering a Change.org petition with more than 120,000 signatures to the Seattle headquarters of Amazon, asking the online retailer to halt donations by its charitable program, AmazonSmile, to the Boy Scouts.
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By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
When Mary Agnes McCarville and Fred Lewis met as students at the University of Delaware in 1949, they naturally had no way of knowing where their courtship would lead. Today, after 63 years of marriage, the Clarksville parents of 10 recently had something special to celebrate besides their remarkable good health and their large, close-knit family. With all of their children in attendance, Mary Agnes Lewis, 86, was honored by the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America on May 1 as their first Eagle Scout Mom of the Year for helping all seven of the couple's sons become Eagle Scouts.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
The Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay leaders is losing the organization more money -- this time from Maryland. This week, Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin, one of the largest private employers in the state, announced it will no longer provide philanthropic support to the Boy Scouts because of the nonprofit organization's "policies that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and religious affiliation. " Lockheed Martin announced its decision in a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday.
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By Michael Gold, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013
Maryland connections are sprinkled through Out Magazine's 2013 Out100 list , a roll call of the year's most influential members of the LGBT community that has been gradually released online since last Tuesday. Take L.A.-based filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz , whose documentary "I Am Divine" explored the life of Baltimore-born drag queen and frequent John Waters collaborator Divine. He's joined on the list by a shirtless Robbie Rogers , the former Terp who made headlines as the first openly gay male athlete to take the field in any American professional sport.
NEWS
November 4, 2013
On Sunday, Oct. 6, Nicholas Harris was awarded the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America, the Eagle Scout. A special Court of Honor ceremony was held at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Hickory to recognize his outstanding accomplishment and efforts. Harris started his scouting years in the first grade as a member of Pack 830. As a Cub Scout he earned his Arrow of Light, Cub Scout's highest award as well as the Parvuli Dei religious medal. Harris began his Boy Scout years in 2006 as a member of Troop 238 and has held the leadership roles of assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and instructor.
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By Amanda Krotki and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
Regular Gay Matters blogger Kevin Rector is on vacation, so I'll be filling in on this week's Looking Out and will do my best to bring you all the important LGBT news of the week. Comment below if I've left anything out. Here's the goods (and maybe some mehs):  In what is surely the tastiest news of the week, Burger King celebrates San Francisco Pride by wrapping its Whoppers in rainbows, the message (and the words on the inside of the wrapper) being "We are all the same inside.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown | January 9, 2000
Boy Scouts awards dinner "Strong values, strong leaders, character counts" -- the theme of the Boy Scouts of America -- was borne out by the guest list at the Baltimore Area Council, BSA's annual Henry A. Rosenberg Sr. Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner. To begin with, Cardinal William H. Keeler, this year's award recipient, was honored for his embodiment of Boy Scout principles and dedication to improving the quality of life in the Baltimore area. Then, there were about 390 other guests who gathered at the Hyatt Regency event, including: Raymond "Chip" Mason, event chair; Mike Batza, Charlie Cole, Russ Jones, Bill Crowley and John Pearson, dinner co-chairs; Henry A. Rosenberg Jr., national BSA vice president; Ted Verdery, BSA Baltimore Council chair; Carolyn McGuire-Frenkil, president of Substance Abuse Services; Carroll Bodie, vice president and general counsel for Procter & Gamble; Kathleen Counts, financial consultant for First Union Bank; Brandon Howell, 14, Star Scout and the dinner's youth speaker; and members of Baltimore area Boy Scout troops Nos. 118, 37 and 18, who posted the colors in the evening's opening ceremony.
NEWS
By Katie V. Jones, Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 29, 2013
As Scoutmaster of Troop 432 in Elkridge, Bill Neault attends a Boy Scout meeting each week, and every month goes camping with the boys in his troop. In addition, over the summer, he'll spent at least a full week at summer camp, then another at Philmont - a high-adventure camp for Scouts in New Mexico. The 28-year-old concedes that his fiancee is putting a little heat on him these days. "I do get quite the pressure from ... being gone all the time," Neault said with a chuckle.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
Olan R. Shively, a retired mechanical engineer who collected vintage Plymouth automobiles, died Sept. 19 of liver cancer at Bonnie Blink, the Maryland Masonic Home in Hunt Valley. The former longtime Millersville resident was 88. The son of a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad telegrapher and a homemaker, Olan Roger Shively was born and raised in Minerva, Ohio, where he graduated in 1942 from Minerva High School. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1947 from Ohio State University, where he had been active in the ROTC, Mr. Shively served on active duty for four years with the Army Corps of Engineers.
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