By Kim Fernandez,
For The Baltimore Sun
| June 28, 2013
My dog is deathly afraid of thunder, and nothing we do seems to help. How can we keep him calm during storms? Many dogs, including my dog Charlie, suffer from fear of thunder and lightning.  Figuring out what will help your dog takes patience and some experimenting with the following suggestions: Try a ThunderShirt or another anxiety wrap to comfort your dog.  Practice using it when it is perfectly sunny outside and give your pup special...
By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2014
Inviting a friend to play on a tire swing can be difficult for autistic children, but with special kinds of playgrounds cropping up in Maryland and around the country, it may become easier. The Shafer Center, a school in Owings Mills for autistic children ages 2 to 8, recently installed a playground intended to help children with social interaction and motor skills. Specialized equipment can "foster social interaction" between autistic children, who sometimes have a more difficult time interacting socially and using social cues, experts say. "A lot of pieces on the playground require more than one person," said Kristen DeBoy, an applied behavioral analysis therapist at the Shafer Center.
By Peter Schmuck | February 24, 2010
Since I sense a certain level of trepidation among Orioles fans after the revelation that Brian Roberts has been grappling with a lower back injury, I thought I would check in with Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and ask him the question on everybody's mind. Should we be worried? I know I am. When two members of the projected starting rotation are on restricted activity and the $40 million starting second baseman arrives in camp and drops the term "small herniated disk" in his first interview, it's hard not to wonder whether the enchilada is going to hold together long enough to put it on the plate.
By Charlie Duff | July 16, 2014
The reactions triggered by the Board of Estimates' recent approval of a study of the feasibility of converting St. Paul and Calvert streets back to two-way traffic have demonstrated that this city is at a crossroads. Policies are changing and new ideas are emerging, yet there is still a significant obstacle ahead of us: challenging outdated mentalities. Forty years of car-centric urban planning have turned Baltimore into one of the most congested areas in the country, but some still argue that solutions lie in rush-hour parking restrictions and signal optimization.
By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,Sun reporter | April 28, 2007
The first day of competition of the Sperry Top-Sider National Off-Shore One Design (NOOD) regatta tore a page out of the America's Cup playbook. Like the world's most famous sailboat race, the NOOD was bedeviled by a calm that turned the water off Annapolis into a sheet of glass and sails into limp sheets. Sailors used rudders to paddle and make headway in the dead-calm conditions. Others hailed a tow from passing powerboats to get out to the four racecourses south of the Bay Bridge. Crews snacked, napped and swapped stories as their boats bobbed quietly in small clusters.
By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | October 29, 2001
There was a time when the calmness displayed by Ravens quarterback Randall Cunningham in the fourth quarter of yesterday's 18-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars would not have existed. Cunningham rallied the Ravens for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, and did so with all the coolness that comes with playing in so many similar games over a 16-year career. "You get down to the end of the game and you start to remember things you've done in other games, like when you've forced the ball in and a guy caught it for a touchdown, or you forced it in and a guy picked it off or it just bounced in the air," said Cunningham, who was 23-for-31 for 222 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
By Jenny Deam and Jenny Deam,The Denver Post | February 29, 2004
When their little darling is smack in the middle of a tantrum approaching biblical proportions, what parents wouldn't love to reach for a magic potion that could calm the wrath of toddlerhood? Chicago inventor Joe Culotta says he has the answer in a spray bottle. He calls his pungent invention Child Calm, an aromatherapy mist that promises to almost instantly peel your offspring off the wall. Made from high-potency lavender and chamomile oils, Child Calm smells vaguely like Orange Glo household cleanser and costs $15.95 (plus shipping)
WASHINGTON -- With sectarian violence exploding across Iraq, Bush administration officials grappled for ways to calm the fury and play down the bloodshed as they confronted a crisis. President Bush denounced yesterday the bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra as an "evil act" intended to create civil strife, and he praised the Iraqi leaders who have been urging calm. Bush said Americans strongly condemned Wednesday's bombing of the Golden Mosque and that he understood "the consternation and concern of Iraqi Shias when they see this most holy site wantonly destroyed."
By DAN BERGER | November 25, 1991
The Israeli-Palestinian dialogue will be moved to the calm and tranquillity of Washington, murder capital of the Western world.
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: HALCYON It starts with a bird. The ancients thought that there was a bird, the halcyon, probably a kind of kingfisher, that made its nest in the sea during the winter solstice, calming the wind and the waves. That period of calm was called the halcyon days , the fourteen days that the bird was supposedly brooding.
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
Digital Harbor High School staff and police met with parents Tuesday evening to reassure the community that they are taking steps to ensure that children are safe in the classroom and on their way home. Baltimore police are deploying officers around the Federal Hill school for the next two weeks after threats and violent attacks on Latino students. Many of the roughly 50 parents who attended were Latinos. Some asked what was being done to make sure their students could board their buses without being attacked or having their cellphones stolen - a recurring problem this year, they said.
From Inside Lacrosse | April 10, 2014
This time a week ago, Cornell was the lone undefeated team in Division I and was No. 2 in the nation. Consecutive 14-9 losses at home to Harvard and Syracuse have altered its national standing dramatically, but coach Matt Kerwick and his players say the team's psyche remains undamaged. "I'm not concerned," Kerwick said. "We have great leadership in that locker room. Two games don't determine a season. We're not worried about that at all. Confidence is a very important part of lacrosse, probably more so than any sport I've been around, and we have to make sure we continue to stay confident because we have all the faith in the world in this team and I don't second-guess it at all. " "Our ticket's the Ivy League," defenseman Tom Freshour said after Tuesday's loss to the Orange.
By Rich Scherr, For The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
Hoping to calm any fears about playing in front of a hostile crowd, Patterson coach Harry Martin on Friday dusted off a sweet memory - a video of the Clippers' region final win two years ago in front of a raucous crowd at Milford Mill. "I told them [the atmosphere] really wasn't a big deal," Martin said. "We just had to weather the storm. " Hours later, in front of an equally boisterous crowd at Randallstown, No. 8 Patterson weathered the storm, rallying from an early nine-point deficit to stop the No. 5 Rams, 73-63, in the Class 2A North region final.
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2013
Early Saturday morning, Officer Vinny Julio stood in the intersection of Chase and Washington streets, idly twirling a wooden police baton on his first assignment since graduating from the police academy the day before. The streets were quiet on marathon morning until the first skinny figures began to dart past around 9:30. David Berdan, well ahead of the pack with the number 1 pinned to his vest, looked at Julio's stick. "Hope you don't need that," he said, zipping on by, an early gust in the storm of runners following somewhere behind him. Julio had no occasion to use his baton and police reported no significant incidents connected to the Baltimore Running Festival.
By Shawn Gude | September 26, 2013
Last week, I got mugged. Or, quasi-mugged. My urge to imbibe thwarted by Baltimore's proscription of Sunday liquor store sales, I'd ended up in the back of Charles Village Pub with a book and a Dale's Pale Ale. After a couple hours of reading and rumination, I paid my tab. Walking the three blocks back from the bar and talking on the phone, I had just entered the alley abutting my apartment when a gun-wielding figure appeared from behind....
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2013
CHESTER, Pa. -- Living dangerously seems to appeal to the Chesapeake Bayhawks. For the second game in a row, Chesapeake overcame a fourth-quarter deficit and snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat. On Saturday, the No. 2 seed rallied from an 11-8 hole to edge the No. 3 seed Hamilton Nationals , 13-12, in a Major League Lacrosse semifinal at PPL Park . In a 16-14 win on Aug. 10 against the Charlotte Hounds - whom the Bayhawks will tangle with Sunday for the title - the reigning league champions scored the final five goals.
By Kaitlyn Carr, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2010
With just a few weeks of practice under their belt, River Hill doubles tennis players Audrey Cheng and Nathan Huber took home a state title. Now, with Huber about to graduate, Cheng and her coach are looking for another partner — and ahead to next year's championship match. Both Cheng, a junior, and Huber, a senior, played No. 2 singles for the Hawks all season. It wasn't until the Howard County championship that the pair started practicing together. Cheng spent most of this season playing singles matches until the county tournament when her coach, Rick Robb, decided to switch her to doubles.
By [MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN] | February 18, 2007
Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, 36, is serious about tackling the city's important issues like property taxes and helping neighborhoods and schools. But she's also serious about buying pointy-toed shoes on eBay, choosing the right eyeliner and making a great meal for her family. "When you spend your days dealing with problems, it's nice to have some fluff," says the 36-year-old Baltimore native, who was elected council president last month. We agree. Seriously. 1. A super-nanny "With my 3-year-old [Sophia]
By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
The No. 1 one amenity the Ritz-Carlton Residences offers its condo owners is fabulous views of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. For resident Haley Adams, the water is the star, the leading lady in her created environment, where all the furnishings surrounding her are simply supporting players. "The movement of the water is constantly captivating; the way it reflects lights and colors draws you in," she said. "There is a new view every day. On some nights, the water is so still, it looks like glass, reflecting the buildings around it like a mirror.
By Justin Fenton and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2013
The discovery by firefighters of the bodies of two men in the burned-out basement of a Mount Vernon eatery quickly turned into a murder investigation, as a weekend without any shootings in Baltimore gave way to a bloody Monday. Police were also investigating six shootings Monday that injured six and killed at least one. There hadn't been a shooting in Baltimore since late Wednesday night, a striking calm during a summer of violence that has galvanized city officials and neighborhood activists.
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