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By Amanda Smear and Amanda Smear,SUN STAFF | June 21, 2003
What are proud Baltimoreans to do when there's no space left on their cars' bumpers among all those "Believe" and "I City Life" stickers? Now they can make a more permanent statement by making their vehicles "rolling billboards" for the city with Live Baltimore's new "I City Life" license plates. Unveiled last week, the new vanity plates go beyond ephemeral displays of civic pride such as bumper stickers or T-shirts - but could also make a more permanent dent in your wallet. Unlike the ubiquitous "I City Life" bumper stickers, offered free to city ambassadors who support Live Baltimore and to passers-by at city events, the license plates are a fund-raising tool.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | April 17, 2003
THERE'S A NEW man pondering a run this summer for the Democratic nomination as mayor of Baltimore: William Donald Schaefer. That is not a misprint. At 81, the former four-term mayor, two-term governor and current state comptroller would love to return to the job he never wanted to leave in the first place. All that stands in his way are Martin O'Malley, and the march of time. But Schaefer has a flotilla of old loyalists urging him to run, and the earliest sketches of a campaign -- including bumper stickers reportedly being printed that swipe one of O'Malley's war cries about Baltimore.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | October 31, 2002
Comptroller William Donald Schaefer may be campaigning for fellow Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in her bid for governor, but his closest and most loyal supporters are split, with some actively backing her Republican opponent. About half of Schaefer's inner circle -- a powerful group of about a dozen Democrats who have been his friends and political advisers for decades -- are supporting Townsend. But others connected with Schaefer's office and his run for re-election are handing out campaign literature for Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., raising money for him, and have printed "Ehrlich/Schaefer" bumper stickers.
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By Dan Rodricks | October 28, 2002
A FRIEND has a love-hate thing with a maple tree. It has grown too large for the front lawn on which it stands. It is a massive umbrella blocking out the sun. I've been standing there as landscape professionals have warned gloomily that the grass on my friend's front lawn would never grow thick and luxurious, like his neighbor's, until the maple comes down. The branches need to be trimmed away from the house every couple of years. One of these days, the roots are going to burst right through the stone foundation of the house.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | September 7, 2002
Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend agreed to two televised debates with Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday, a number the Timonium congressman dismissed as too low to serve the needs of voters. Responding to Ehrlich's repeated demands, Townsend offered through a spokesman to begin negotiations after next week's primary to set the location and format of two debates between gubernatorial nominees. A third would pair the lieutenant governor candidates, Republican Michael S. Steele and Democrat Charles R. Larson.
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By C. Fraser Smith | August 18, 2002
BUMPER STICKERS and lawn signs don't vote, but they start conversations. Why are there so many more "Ehrlich for Governor" strips? Who's putting out the red and blue one that says, "Democrats work/Republicans whine"? And what about, "You're better qualified than Kathleen"? It's all part of a campaign's early phase, the one where you try to become a household word. You oil up the apparatus so it can get the converts and the base to the polls. Thus do party professionals express high anxiety about Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's campaign.
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By David Nitkin and Sarah Koenig and David Nitkin and Sarah Koenig,SUN STAFF | August 13, 2002
SURE, IT'S premature, but it's reality: If Kathleen Kennedy Townsend wins the race for governor, her name will be catapulted onto the list of possible Democratic vice-presidential candidates in 2004. Her iconic maiden name would be part of the appeal. She's also of the right gender to balance a ticket of such male aspirants as Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, John Kerry of Massachusetts or John Edwards of North Carolina. Sure, she'd be lacking in experience. And she'd be coming from a smallish, liberal-leaning state not known for launching politicians onto the national stage.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | May 2, 2002
Baltimore County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger's campaign staff has admitted that volunteers might have violated federal election finance law the day he kicked off his bid for Congress when they handed out brochures and bumper stickers paid for with state campaign funds. On the second stop of his congressional campaign Monday, volunteers distributed a six-page, full-color brochure promoting his accomplishments over the past eight years. They also handed out green and yellow bumper stickers, left from Ruppersberger's 1998 run for county executive, at a senior center in Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood.
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By Dan Rodricks | February 20, 2002
I DIDN'T READ this one in Police Blotter or see it on Animal Planet, but it's a good story anyway. Peggy Coffman, an Ohio handler of hounds, was in New York recently for the 126th Westminster Kennel Club Show. While there, she told the Associated Press of an experience with Baltimore police in October. Coffman said officers summoned her from a restaurant here to ask about the license plates on her van: "AFGHAN1." Cops had the van surrounded and the officers, Coffman told the AP, "wanted to know what that was all about."
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By Phil Perrier | August 9, 2001
LOS ANGELES - I turned 37 this month. Wow! That was fast. One minute you are in the seventh grade, pulling bra straps; the next you're barreling down on 40. The time just goes. Of course, when I was a kid I thought by now I'd be married and have kids and a house in the suburbs, just like The Brady Bunch. Nothing has turned out the way I expected. But so what? Who's life does? I've noticed a few changes: Gray hairs have popped up hither and yon, I have less energy and there is fat on my back.
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