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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2012
The Eastern Shore's embattled Democrats, routinely outvoted in one of the redder regions of a very blue state, will have something to cheer about June 3 when Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz appears at a fundraiser for President Obama's re-election campaign. The Florida congresswoman, one of the party's rising stars, is expected to speak at an  afternoon reception at Carmichael Farm in Queenstown -- deep in the heart of Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Harris' district.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
In America, the land of strongly held opinions, a whiff of controversy about the proper way to celebrate Independence Day seems positively patriotic. So it was in Bel Air. Complaints of animal cruelty didn't stop the frog-hopping contest or turtle race at Shamrock Park on Friday morning, though organizers said that the number of contestants - 144 frogs and 105 turtles - was down from last year. A (comparatively) speedy turtle named Squirt won a trophy on behalf of 14-year-old Jessica Douglass of Whiteford, who has been coming to the derby for as long as she can remember.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley will serve as co-chair of the Democratic convention's rules committee this year, a high-profile position that comes amid rampant speculation in party circles about his potential as a presidential candidate in 2016. The assignment, which the Democratic National Committee announced Thursday, will put O'Malley at the head of a committee that oversees not only logistical issues for the party's convention in Charlotte but that would also decide any internal delegation disputes that arise.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
City officials agreed Wednesday to pay $50,000 to the family of a City College student whose teacher struck her in the face with a chair, breaking the girl's nose. The payment settles a $150,000 suit filed by a Baltimore man named Harry Singleton in 2013 on behalf of his daughter, who was a ninth-grader at the school in April of 2010 when she suffered the injury. The teacher was struggling the get the class' attention as he was returning report cards, city officials said. He began to bang a chair on the floor to get the class to pay attention, but it rebounded and struck a female student in the nose, the city said.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
Any significant Baltimore winter storm is likely to spark a spirited debate over whether your efforts to dig out your car entitles you to the spot while the snow remains. And as residents brought out their lawn chairs to preserve their handiwork this week, the acrimony flared up again. It doesn't matter if you spend hours shoveling or minutes; there's no legal right to the resulting space on a public street. But there are laws, and then there are social mores. Is it rude to try to save a spot, or ruder to steal one?
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
The local United Way has named a former CEO of Legg Mason Inc. to lead its effort to raise more than $24 million for programs to improve education, financial stability and health for central Marylanders. Mark Fetting, who left his position at the investment management firm last year, will kick off the campaign this month. "Now is the time to do more for others," Fetting said in a statement. "United Way is the best combination of effectiveness and efficiency in responding to our community's greatest needs.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2013
Kweisi Mfume was named the new chair of Morgan State University's Board of Regents on Tuesday, more than three months after his predecessor was ousted amid a public battle over university leadership. Mfume quickly signaled that university President David J. Wilson, whose contract was at the center of the board's upheaval in the last several months, will continue on at the university with the board's full support. Mfume, a university alumnus, longtime board member, former member of the Baltimore City Council and the U.S. House of Representatives and past president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will take over the position July 1 from the interim chair, Martin Resnick.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
"Lady, like I I've been trying to tell you, this ain't your gnocchi. " For the Little Italy Open Air Film Festival premiere of "The Godfather," Amicci's is offering door-to-chair service. All you gotta do is this. 1. Pick up a menu at the Film Festival, 2. Call Amiccis with your damn order. You can pre-pay with your credit card or have exact amount in cash 3. Tell Amiccis where you're seated and they will bring your order to you. The full menu is on ammici.com, and bottled soda and water will also be available.
NEWS
February 19, 2014
Severe weather can tell you a lot about people. Sometimes it brings out the good and sometimes the bad. I lived in New Orleans before moving to Baltimore and have been through a hurricane. I grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., and have managed many a snow storm. I've seen neighbors sharing supplies, drinks and friendliness in times of uncertainty. In difficult times most people offer help to neighbors and strangers. Yet to my mind, in Baltimore we hold to a symbol of exactly the opposite: The chair in the shoveled parking spot.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
David C. Hodgson was appointed chairman of the boards of trustees at Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Health System Corp. and Johns Hopkins Hospital, Hopkins officials said Wednesday. He has been a member of the Hopkins Medicine board of trustees since July 2010 and has served as chair of the board's nominating committee and as a member of the international board. Hodgson is managing director of General Atlantic LLC, a global private equity investment firm where he's been for more than 30 years.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
An attorney once called the "political pope of Baltimore" will chair a search committee to find the next chancellor of the University System of Maryland, officials announced Tuesday. Rick O. Berndt, a managing partner of Gallagher Evelius and Jones LLP, a Baltimore law firm, will chair the 10-member search committee. Half of the search committee members are current or former members of the USM Board of Regents, including Berndt, a former regent. Berndt has been known as an influential behind-the-scenes adviser to a variety of Maryland congressmen, mayors and other figures throughout the decades.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
Writing at the Chronicle of Higher Education 's Lingua Franca blog, Anne Curzan wonders why the succinct, gender-neutral term chair  for head of a department or committee gets scorned or disregarded.  It has, after all, been in fairly wide use in colleges, universities, and organizations over the past forty years. But resistance persists.  The Associated Press Stylebook deplores it, along with chairperson , which we can lay to the AP Stylebook 's unthinking clinging to fusty old-fogeyism, to habit rather than thought.  A couple of responses to Professor Curzan's post are instructive: not quite with the trembling of empurpled wattles one often witnesses in these operations, but old-school peeving nonetheless.  One reader, Brian Able Ragen, remarks at some length: " Some of us object to being transformed into pieces of furniture.
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February 25, 2014
I found your article "The chair in the parking space: A symbol of incivility" (Feb. 19) ridiculous. Unless we have all moved to mother Russia, this is a capitalistic society where people reap the benefits of their labor. To think that a person can spend hours shoveling out a spot and then be willing the have the next person who did no shoveling take that space that they worked hard clearing is ridiculous. If a non-shoveling person takes your spot, where are you supposed to park?
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February 22, 2014
David Kulick ( "The chair in the parking space: A symbol of incivility," Feb. 20) sounds like the kind of guy who cannot wait to park his car in a space dug out by his neighbor. I live in a townhouse development on a public street. When a plow came through, it left a 3-foot-high wall of snow between my car and the street. Giving due care to my 67-year-old heart, I dug out my car, as did most, but not all, of my neighbors. When I left the house to run an errand, I was not about to give up to someone else, whether neighbor or visitor, the space I worked so hard to create.
NEWS
February 22, 2014
Regarding letter writer David Kulick's comment on shoveling out parking spaces after a snowstorm, one has to ask what fairy-tale world he lives on ( "The chair in the parking space: A symbol of incivility," Feb. 19). When a 77-year-old man spends three hours digging his car out of the snow on the one-way street where he has lived for 20 years in order to drive to the drugstore to pick up a needed prescription, he's entitled to have a parking space on returning. Good, civic-minded neighbors recognize that to barge into a parking space someone else has cleared is the antithesis of mutual civic duty.
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February 21, 2014
The best word to describe letter writer David Kulick's argument against people leaving chairs in freshly shoveled parking spaces is "unbelievable" ( "The chair in the parking space: A symbol of incivility," Feb. 19). It is a time-honored urban tradition to mark your space with a chair. How anyone would not react angrily to an individual acting as a "squatter" in a space someone else has dug out is simply beyond comprehension. It is a blatant act of incivility and disrespect to park in a spot after someone has expended hours of effort to remove the snow and clear the space.
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February 25, 2014
I found your article "The chair in the parking space: A symbol of incivility" (Feb. 19) ridiculous. Unless we have all moved to mother Russia, this is a capitalistic society where people reap the benefits of their labor. To think that a person can spend hours shoveling out a spot and then be willing the have the next person who did no shoveling take that space that they worked hard clearing is ridiculous. If a non-shoveling person takes your spot, where are you supposed to park?
NEWS
February 21, 2014
If letter writer David Kulick truly wishes to defend the social contract ( "The chair in the parking space: A symbol of incivility," Feb. 20), then my retort is thus: The chair in the road is just a social contract. I plowed, therefore, you do not park. To both foster some mutual humanity in this instance and to not simply allow people to go around freeloading off the hard work of others, let's modify the contract. If you have plowed a space, here or elsewhere, you may park in a plowed spot.
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