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By Jon Meoli, Baltimore Sun Media Group | March 9, 2013
In each of the past four springs, Annapolis schoolteacher Kelly Rampmeyer has come up short in her attempt to join the team of six Orioles ballboys and ballgirls. But buoyed by the optimism that carried the Orioles on a surprise playoff run last season, the 28-year-old returned to Camden Yards for a fifth straight tryout Saturday with hopes that she could be part of this year's magic. "This would be the best job ever," said Rampmeyer, one of 87 who tried out. "I tried out even when they weren't good.
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By Jon Meoli, Baltimore Sun Media Group | March 9, 2013
In each of the past four springs, Annapolis schoolteacher Kelly Rampmeyer has come up short in her attempt to join the team of six Orioles ballboys and ballgirls. But buoyed by the optimism that carried the Orioles on a surprise playoff run last season, the 28-year-old returned to Camden Yards for a fifth straight tryout Saturday with hopes that she could be part of this year's magic. "This would be the best job ever," said Rampmeyer, one of 87 who tried out. "I tried out even when they weren't good.
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By Mary Forgione and Mary Forgione,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 27, 2008
HOLLYWOOD -- Screenwriter Justin Zackham admits he put a bit of his own travel ambition in The Bucket List. "The truth is that the locations in the film - the pyramids, the Taj Mahal, Everest and the Great Wall of China - are all destinations on my own personal bucket list," he writes in an e-mail. The Bucket List, which opened in theaters recently, brings actors Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman together as cancer patients who become buddies and undertake "the road trip of a lifetime."
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
Some came with their kids, not wanting to miss the opportunity to impart a message of political leadership in a live civics classroom hundreds of thousands of people strong. Others arrived with their own place in history in mind, considering President Barack Obama's second inauguration a second shot to celebrate the significance of the nation's first black president and be a part of it themselves. Whatever the reason, Maryland residents joined people from all across the country on Monday who braved the cold weather and long security lines to be on the National Mall for Obama's ceremonial swearing in. 'A piece of history' Matt Jacobson, 30, and friends Chris Franzoni, 31, and Stan Kimmel, 32, were on the mall early after celebrating the Ravens' win the night before at a D.C. bar, where they'd put a Ray Lewis jersey on an Obama cut-out.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter | January 11, 2008
The Bucket List is 98 minutes of mawkish sentiment, a stream of greeting-card moments made palatable only because they come out of the mouths of Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Of course, a plumber's manual would sound interesting if recited by these two men; Nicholson would make it seem subversive, while Freeman would make it seem comforting. But in the end, it would still do nothing more than tell you how to fix a leaky pipe. So it is with this movie; even with all this Hollywood star power, it's still a series of "Happiness is ... " cliches and cuddly moments.
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By FRANK ROYLANCE and FRANK ROYLANCE,frank.roylance@baltsun.com | September 12, 2009
Verbraunia Rhodes of Baltimore is working on her "bucket list" and plans an Alaskan cruise to see the Northern Lights "before I pass on." She asks what time of year is best for aurora viewing. Good choice. Alaska is the best place in the U.S. to see the Northern Lights. Plan to go in September or March. Skies are dark, it's not too frigid and Earth's orbit is most likely to carry us through solar storms.
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January 11, 2008
The Bucket List Rating -- PG-13 What it's about -- A pair of terminally ill old men set out to have a few peak experiences, things they've always wanted to do, places they've always wanted to visit, before they "kick the bucket." The Kid Attractor Factor -- Curmudgeonly Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman act like overgrown kids as they sky-dive, race cars and live it up. Good lessons/bad lessons -- Everybody ought to have a "bucket list," but not everything on it should be indulgent.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2011
Watching every match of the Rugby World Cup, is it on your bucket list? Well, get ready to scratch it off. Slainte, which has become a destination for English Premier League fans, is showing every RWC match from New Zealand including with the Oct. 23 final. Well, you may have missed a few already, but who's counting. All matches played between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m. ET will be shown live and replays will be shown on weekends at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and on weekdays at 6 p.m. Slainte serves breakfast every day beginning at 7 a.m. And you never need to wonder what sporting event Slainte is showing at any given time.
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By Rachel Abramowitz | January 11, 2008
The miraculous thing about Jack Nicholson is that he can make even schmaltz entertaining. Perhaps it's the deep-in-the-bone sense of mischief that courses through many of his performances. Some screw is permanently loose, leading to such whacked-out delights as The Shining, the nastiness in Five Easy Pieces, the raunchy rebelliousness of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Terms of Endearment, even the surly focus of Chinatown. He has the gift of being ironic and totally present at the same time.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
Some came with their kids, not wanting to miss the opportunity to impart a message of political leadership in a live civics classroom hundreds of thousands of people strong. Others arrived with their own place in history in mind, considering President Barack Obama's second inauguration a second shot to celebrate the significance of the nation's first black president and be a part of it themselves. Whatever the reason, Maryland residents joined people from all across the country on Monday who braved the cold weather and long security lines to be on the National Mall for Obama's ceremonial swearing in. 'A piece of history' Matt Jacobson, 30, and friends Chris Franzoni, 31, and Stan Kimmel, 32, were on the mall early after celebrating the Ravens' win the night before at a D.C. bar, where they'd put a Ray Lewis jersey on an Obama cut-out.
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Susan Reimer | June 11, 2012
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, enjoying the freedom that only a final term in office can bring, has proposed banning the sale of soda and other sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, sports venues, delis and food carts, effective next March. If you want your drink super-sized, you will have to buy two - or go back for a refill. And New Yorkers, who never harbor an unexpressed thought for very long, are outraged. Some see this as the nanny state gone wild, and another liberty, like the right to consume trans fats in restaurants, trampled by the health-nut mayor (who has built an edifice to his passion here in Baltimore)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2011
Watching every match of the Rugby World Cup, is it on your bucket list? Well, get ready to scratch it off. Slainte, which has become a destination for English Premier League fans, is showing every RWC match from New Zealand including with the Oct. 23 final. Well, you may have missed a few already, but who's counting. All matches played between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m. ET will be shown live and replays will be shown on weekends at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and on weekdays at 6 p.m. Slainte serves breakfast every day beginning at 7 a.m. And you never need to wonder what sporting event Slainte is showing at any given time.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes | gus.sentementes@baltsun.com | April 11, 2010
Colin Drane is a serial entrepreneur. He pitches his latest venture, SpotCrime.com, as a way to meet the public's need for freely available crime statistics. His past, more prosaic enterprises include selling car trunk organizers, which he pitched as a way to keep groceries from being jostled and crushed. Drane, a 39-year-old Baltimorean, also has invested in other inventions, such as the Invisilift strapless bra and Bendaroos, a popular toy. He got the idea for the Trunkanizer several years ago, patented it and then launched a moderately successful campaign to sell it through an infomercial.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | February 28, 2010
Sewall W. "Susie" Mann, a lifelong athlete who was known as the "Daredevil Granny" and who embarked on an odyssey of adventures that included sky diving and swimming with dolphins after receiving a diagnosis of terminal cancer last summer, died of the disease Feb. 15 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Mercy Ridge resident was 79. After a long history of cardiac disease, Mrs. Mann, who was known as "Susie," had successful bypass surgery last March, only to find out four months later that she had terminal stomach cancer.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | January 27, 2010
When Dina Perouty Leone spread the word a couple of years ago that she was dying of cancer, her friends from the Dundalk High School class of 1990 rallied to help. The 37-year-old real estate agent had reconnected with her classmates on Facebook, told them she had been diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer and asked for help paying for chemotherapy, some of the women recalled this week. Leone told them she did not want to leave this world without completing her "bucket list" - a summary of things she wanted to do before she died.
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By FRANK ROYLANCE and FRANK ROYLANCE,frank.roylance@baltsun.com | September 12, 2009
Verbraunia Rhodes of Baltimore is working on her "bucket list" and plans an Alaskan cruise to see the Northern Lights "before I pass on." She asks what time of year is best for aurora viewing. Good choice. Alaska is the best place in the U.S. to see the Northern Lights. Plan to go in September or March. Skies are dark, it's not too frigid and Earth's orbit is most likely to carry us through solar storms.
FEATURES
By Capsules by Michael Sragow or Chris Kaltenbach, unless noted. Full reviews are at baltimore sun.com/movies | February 8, 2008
Atonement -- The crush of an upper-class teen on her housekeeper's son (James McAvoy) catalyzes a devastating accusation that ruins his life and that of the girl's older sister (Keira Knightley). This beautifully acted, remarkably visualized adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel sums up the need for charity and generosity in art and life. (M.S.) R 123 minutes A The Bucket List -- A pair of dying cancer patients (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) draw up a list of things to do before they kick the bucket.
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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,john-john.williams@baltsun.com | June 1, 2009
Sue Pankow looked like a pro Sunday afternoon as she grabbed the thin metal bar and shot through the air. With the Inner Harbor skyline as a backdrop, she reached out and grabbed the waiting arms of her trapeze instructor. After a huge swing, pointed toes kicking out into the cloudy sky, she released and fell to the safety net below. "I'm psyched!" the 44-year-old mother of two yelled as she bounced up and down on the net. "I don't believe I did that." But Sunday was bittersweet for the Trapeze School NY. The school, which has operated in Baltimore from April to November since 2004, is moving to Washington, where it can open year-round in a more affordable location, according to employees.
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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,john-john.williams@baltsun.com | June 1, 2009
Sue Pankow looked like a pro Sunday afternoon as she grabbed the thin metal bar and shot through the air. With the Inner Harbor skyline as a backdrop, she reached out and grabbed the waiting arms of her trapeze instructor. After a huge swing, pointed toes kicking out into the cloudy sky, she released and fell to the safety net below. "I'm psyched!" the 44-year-old mother of two yelled as she bounced up and down on the net. "I don't believe I did that." But Sunday was bittersweet for the Trapeze School NY. The school, which has operated in Baltimore from April to November since 2004, is moving to Washington, where it can open year-round in a more affordable location, according to employees.
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