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December 27, 2011
I was gratified to read that Terry Reed, the panhandler sensitively portrayed by Dan Rodricks , has a roof over his head every night ("Terry Reed, that man on President Street," Dec. 21). Yet I was disturbed by the growing number of deaths among homeless people, despite Baltimore's 10-year plan to end homelessness. People become homeless for many reasons - loss of jobs, relationships and minds - but no matter what the reason, we too often avert our eyes. I'm reminded of a 2007 Sun feature about a now-defunct homeless encampment beneath the Jones Falls Expressway.
By Allison Klein, The Washington Post | December 26, 2011
A Christmas day shooting in Oxon Hill left a 23-year-old man dead, Prince George's County police said. Police said Quintin Tyrone Perry Jr., of the 3600 block of Sixth Street in Northeast Washington was slain at the intersection of Southview Drive and Southview Court, just next to the District line. Perry was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead. Police have not made any arrests and said they are investigating a motive.
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2011
As the bus rumbled through the streets of East Baltimore, Dana Seibert proudly displayed his handcrafted creation of bright green and orange paper. It read: "My homemade Christmas card to a very special mom. " Seibert, a downtown resident who was taking the No. 35 bus on the way to see his mother, was one of many Baltimoreans whose Christmas activities were made possible by the Maryland Transit Administration — whose employees were working on a morning when many Marylanders were home opening presents under the tree.
December 22, 2011
Even with all the warning, I just can't see to get up to speed with the holidays. Way back around Halloween when the first hints of Christmas decorations were sprouting like too-early crocuses poking through a February snow, I looked around and figured there was plenty of time. My kids still had uneaten candy from trick or treating. Thanksgiving, which I swear someone moved so it fell the week after Halloween this year, was fast upon me and there was a lot of cooking and cleaning to do. By now Christmas hype was, as it always is at Thanksgiving, turned up to full volume.
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2011
She lived on the Eastern Shore for 30 years and generally loved the place, but one thing Janie Meneely, an Annapolis-born folk musician, never quite got used to was that it rarely snowed on Christmas. She responded as any holiday-loving singer-songwriter might, by penning a poem (which she later turned into a song). In "Santa and the Skipjack," St. Nick gets his sleigh stuck in the mud, then borrows one of the traditional dredging boats to finish his rounds. "Everybody's entitled to some [seasonal]
Eileen Ambrose | December 12, 2011
Yes, you can order that diamond necklace from Tiffany & Co. as late as Dec. 23 rd and still get it in time to give it to your loved one on Christmas Day. put together lists - one and two - of holiday shipping deadlines for online stores. According to Dealnews,  Tiffany has one of the latest deadlines - noon on Dec. 23 rd . Meanwhile, Friday, Dec. 16 th , is Free Shipping Day for about 2,000 retailers. They promise not only to ship for free, but to get delivery to you by Christmas Eve. You can plug in the name of the store at the Free Shipping site to search for participating retailers.
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2011
Dec. 25 is still a quiet dining day. Eichenkranz (611 Fagley St., 410-563-7577) will be open again on Christmas Day, from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. The German restaurant in Brewers Hill serves what may be the currently longest-running Christmas dinner in the Baltimore area. Regi's in Federal Hill is serving a Christmas Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sotto Sopra is open on Christmas Day from noon to 10 p.m. Wit & Wisdom is serving a $105 fixed-price, three-course menu from noon to 8 p.m., and Bistro 300 (300 Light St., 410-528-1234)
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2011
When were you planning to drop the news that you'll be leaving your Thanksgiving gathering early? Or that you won't be showing up at all? And how about Christmas Eve? When were you planning to tell your spouse that you won't be spending Christmas Eve with the family? I'm talking about Ravens fans. For the first time ever, a Baltimore NFL team is playing on Thanksgiving Day. And not one of those old-fashioned afternoon games, but one of those new 9:30 p.m. games they've been playing since 2006.
December 29, 2010
A golden retriever named "Jazzy" is back with her family after a Christmas Day escape. Andi Vanko says on Christmas Day she was in the car with her boyfriend and mom when she saw the dog dash out into traffic on a Carroll County road. The group rescued the dog and continued driving to Vanko's sister's house where they were having Christmas dinner. The family found a tag on the dog that said "GRREAT," an acronym for Golden Retriever Rescue Education And Training. A call to the organization turned up the dog's owners in a database.
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2010
Before the holidays, many Naval Academy students undoubtedly spoke of going home and visiting family, but not Midshipman 3rd Class Katie Whitcombe. The sophomore had not seen her parents and two brothers since they moved from Washington state to the Philippines in June 2009. With airline tickets out of her reach, she figured home was out of the question. And it would have been, had fellow midshipmen not banded together to raise money to ensure that Whitcombe wouldn't endure another holiday without her family.
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