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By J. Wynn Rousuck | April 11, 1996
Never one to shy away from a challenge, the Spotlighters opens a production of David Henry Hwang's difficult-to-stage drama, "M. Butterfly," tomorrow. The seemingly bizarre plot is based on an actual event -- a 20-year love affair between a French diplomat and a Chinese opera star, who deceived him and his country in a most unusual manner.John Decker portrays the diplomat and Lee Baliton, the opera singer, reprising roles they recently played in Silver Spring. Direction is by Joseph Senatore.
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By Stephen Waldron and Capital News Service | October 9, 2014
State and federal officials visited Folger McKinsey Elementary School in Severna Park this week to review the school's efforts to teach students about the environment - and reduce its own environmental impact. Folger McKinsey was recognized as a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2012. The award is given to schools working to reduce their environmental impact and provide effective environmental education for students. The visit, part of the Department of Education's annual nationwide tour of current and former Green Ribbon Schools, included officials from the education department, the state Board of Education and the Maryland House of Delegates.
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FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | September 6, 2000
A movie of unforced nobility and quiet pleasures, "Butterfly" works on all sorts of levels: as a rationale for why good people do bad things, as a condemnation of political movements that forget about the people they're leading, and as a testimony to the value of a good teacher. Set in the days just before the Spanish Civil War, "Butterfly" unfolds through the eyes of Moncho (Manuel Lozano), a young boy deathly afraid of starting school because he's heard the teacher hits people. One look at Don Gregorio (Spanish actor Fernando FernM-an Gomez)
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - Michael Phelps has passed so many tests in his swimming career that it's easy to assume he'll always surmount the next one. But he faced an unfamiliar predicament Friday, trying to overcome a clumsy start to the Phillips 66 National Championships amid questions about the progress of his 4-month-old comeback. As it turned out, Phelps answered the way he always has, by swimming really, really fast - the fastest anyone in the world has swum the 100-meter butterfly in 2014.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | December 2, 1990
David Henry Hwang is a busy man. Even his hair looks busy; it stands up in prickly bristles as if it could conduct electricity.Yet, like his plays, Mr. Hwang gives off contradictory signals.This is the man Time magazine described as having "the potential to become the first important dramatist of American public life since Arthur Miller, and maybe the best of them all." But there's nothing pretentious about him.In the lounge at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre -- where his Tony Award-winning play, "M. Butterfly," begins a one-month run Tuesday -- he sits with a leg casually draped over a neighboring chair.
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By Kevin Cowherd | May 22, 1991
THUS FAR it's safe to say that our Little League team, the Cubs, is having one hell of a fine season, especially if you don't count the time our catcher Matt got clocked in the nose with a relay throw, or the time our third baseman Sean R. took a one-hop grounder to the jaw, or the time one of our dads took a screaming foul ball to the forehead and needed stitches to close a gash the size of the Grand Canyon.The problem is, they won't let us play with hockey masks in this league. So we've had to shake off these various injuries (easy for me to say; I haven't been hit -- yet)
SPORTS
June 26, 2013
Chase Kalisz, a 19-year-old from Bel Air, took eighth Tuesday in the men's 200-meter butterfly final in Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis. Kalisz, one of five swimmers from the North Baltimore Aquatic Club to compete, finished in 1minute, 58.06 seconds. William Buese, 16, took the 19th spot in the event (2:01.56). Kalisz will compete in the 200 breaststroke today; his specialty is the 400 individual medley, which is Thursday. NBAC's Allison Schmitt, a six-time Olympic medalist from Pittsburgh, got second in the "B" final of the women's 100 freestyle.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | March 24, 1996
ATLANTA - Matt Johnson of Johns Hopkins defended his NCAA title in the 100-yard butterfly Friday with a meet-record time of 48.67 seconds, breaking the record that he had set in the morning preliminary during the Division III Swimming and Diving Championships at Emory University.The previous record was 49.02, which was set at last year's meet by Tom Richner of Denison.Johnson, who was swimming in the 200 butterfly finals last night, also earned All-America honors in the 200 freestyle relay (second place)
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | June 10, 2005
A breeding effort aimed at increasing the population of the Baltimore checkerspot butterfly - the official state insect - has suffered a setback, in part because of some unruly Montgomery County geese. Dozens of checkerspot caterpillars that successfully wintered at a Montgomery County farm escaped into the wild when pet geese apparently poked holes in the cages that confined the insects to the turtlehead plants on which they breed. Meanwhile, 23 caterpillars that had been growing in a tent at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore under the supervision of volunteers are down to just 14 insects.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,Evening Sun Staff | April 18, 1991
The Baltimore Opera Company ends its season with two critically acclaimed singers, soprano Yoko Watanabe as Cio-Cio-San and tenor Richard Estes as Pinkerton, in Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," opening at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at The Lyric Opera House.Love, faithfulness, faithlessness, honor, death and other operatic staples are bound up in the popular 1904 opera. The story was loosely adopted for "Miss Saigon," the current Vietnam War-era hit now on Broadway.Watanabe has become for many the Butterfly.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
MESA, ARIZ. - Michael Phelps did not forget how to win races in his 20 months away from competitive swimming. In the first swim of his comeback at the Mesa Grand Prix, Phelps posted the fastest qualifying time in the 100-meter butterfly at 52.84 seconds. “I was just so excited to swim,” Phelps said. “I literally was just so excited to get in and to race. You're going to hear this word a lot, but it was fun.” His longtime rival, Ryan Lochte, finished just behind at 52.94 seconds.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
MESA, Ariz. - There was a time, before the 2012 Olympics, when swimming became a grim exercise for its greatest practitioner, Michael Phelps.  The pool felt like a place of obligation, not joy, and thus Phelps walked away from the sport after bringing his record gold-medal total to 18 in London. That dread was nowhere in evidence Thursday when Phelps made his triumphant return to competitive swimming after a 20-month retirement. Phelps beamed on the starting block before his first race, acknowledging the effusive roar he'd received from a sellout crowd at the Mesa Grand Prix.  Then, he showed he could still swim a little bit. In a performance that wiped away any doubts about his form, Phelps posted the day's fastest qualifying time in the 100-meter butterfly at 52.84 seconds.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
MESA, ARIZ. - Michael Phelps couldn't say it enough times, even joking that he would bore questioners with his repetitive explanation for returning to competitive swimming. “I'm having fun,” he answered over and over Wednesday in his first public remarks since his comeback became official last week. Phelps, 28, will swim at the Mesa Grand Prix Thursday, his first race since he won his record-setting 18th gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. He said then he'd never be back, that he'd be relieved to live away from the pool for the first time in his life.
NEWS
By Martha K. Johnston | January 9, 2014
The holidays are over. The Ravens are sidelined for the season. Most of winter lies ahead. Many Marylanders are turning for warmth and hope to the gardening catalogues now arriving in their mailboxes. In 2014, it's time to think outside the boxwood. Over the decades, Americans have lost sight that our gardens and yards are living, breathing ecosystems that can contribute to or degrade our natural environment. Consequently, many of our most familiar plants have little value to wildlife, and our yards are squandered opportunities.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2013
My butterflies were magical this year, there were so many! What did I do right so I can do it again? Butterflies, especially the yellow-and-black Eastern tiger swallowtail, thrilled many Marylanders with their extremely high numbers this year. Population spikes mainly trace to food availability and pressure from predators (birds, insects and disease). Our lush spring and summer provided a plentiful and extra- nutritious diet for caterpillars (from which butterflies develop). Birds, the caterpillars' main enemy, may have been preoccupied by a plethora of other tasty insects, or some predator insect population may have crashed for some reason.
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EDITIORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | August 20, 2013
Given the nature of his writings, its funny to think Sigmund Freud once remarked, "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," but popular culture, if not history, credits him with the amusing quote. In light of the proliferation of butterflies this summer in Harford County and beyond, it's worth exploring just a bit more deeply the line credited to the father of psychoanalysis. In short, it seems the point of comment is sometimes things can be taken at face value. There's not necessarily reason to delve into the potential ulterior reasons behind certain things.
SPORTS
January 13, 1991
Melvin Stewart broke the world record in the men's 200-meter butterfly yesterday at the World Swimming Championships at Perth, Australia, and ended the eight-year reign of Michael Gross atop the event.Stewart overcame Gross' early lead with a burst in the final 50 meters and finished in 1 minute, 55.69 seconds.The come-from-behind victory clipped .55 seconds off Gross' world mark, set in 1986."When I looked up and saw 1:55 on the scoreboard, I thought, 'Wow, I did that,' " Stewart said.The next-to-last night of the meet was a highlight for the American team.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | March 7, 1994
A few details that don't work can sometimes make opera go awry, resulting in three hours of thinking, "Why didn't I go to see 'Ace Ventura, Pet Detective?' " That was the view here -- admittedly a minority opinion at Saturday night's performance -- of the Washington Opera's production of Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly."This "Butterfly" not only couldn't take off, but also continually made one aware of Puccini's sentimental machinery. When Cio-Cio-San (or Butterfly) sings to her 3-year-old son that she is killing herself for his sake, a listener shouldn't be able to realize that the reason for her suicide is simply that the composer wants to make us weep.
SPORTS
June 26, 2013
Chase Kalisz, a 19-year-old from Bel Air, took eighth Tuesday in the men's 200-meter butterfly final in Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis. Kalisz, one of five swimmers from the North Baltimore Aquatic Club to compete, finished in 1minute, 58.06 seconds. William Buese, 16, took the 19th spot in the event (2:01.56). Kalisz will compete in the 200 breaststroke today; his specialty is the 400 individual medley, which is Thursday. NBAC's Allison Schmitt, a six-time Olympic medalist from Pittsburgh, got second in the "B" final of the women's 100 freestyle.
EXPLORE
April 22, 2013
Earth Day will be a big event at Linton Springs Elementary School. In fact, the school's Earth Day activities will actually span three days: April 22, 24 and 25. The theme will be monarch butterflies. Kindergartners at Linton Springs will make stained-glass butterflies and learn about the life cycle stages of butterflies. First- and second-graders will build a butterfly feeder, and they'll plant and mulch the garden beds. Third-graders will also make a butterfly feeder and weed invasive plants from stream site and surrounding areas on the school grounds.
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