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By Sloane Brown, Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2011
Remember when a walk-in closet was considered a luxury item in a home? Now, what makes any fashion fan salivate is the idea of a closet room. Baltimore interior designer Amanda Austin says more and more homeowners are converting a room to a closet. "No one likes to dig for things; having things stashed underneath the bed," says Austin, who has created her own closet room. "I do think people are willing to have a smaller bedroom for a larger closet. ... I think everybody wishes to live in a state of convenience and bliss.
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By Donna M. Owens and For The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
When models strut down the outdoor catwalk at The Village of Cross Keys' annual One Great Fall fashion show on Sept. 20, the sartorial showcase will be about more than hemlines and high heels. Cross Keys, an upscale enclave of residences, boutiques and cafes in North Baltimore, will utilize the occasion to benefit the House of Ruth Maryland Inc., which provides services aimed at domestic violence victims. While the glamour and beauty of fashion may seem incompatible with the ugly and violent behavior of domestic abuse, organizers are billing the event as one that, ultimately, empowers women.
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By Jeannette Kendall | August 31, 2011
One may think that a favorite pastime of a fashion consultant is shopping - au contraire, mon ami! Don't get me wrong, it's a close second, but de-cluttering is what really warms my heart. Most Americans have far too many clothes, and of course what is the frequent complaint? “I have nothing to wear!” A closet can be cleaned, but if you are unaware of how it turned into a jungle in the first place, it's likely to reforest over and over.    Why is my closet cluttered?
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By Cathy Drinkwater Better | April 15, 2014
"This is crazy!" declared Doug as he turned in a circle to consider his surroundings. "I'm nominating you for an episode of 'Hoarders'!" We were in my walk-in closet, and Doug's facial expression was part amazement, part horror, and part acid indigestion. Usually, I do a closet clean-out by myself. I'd rather chew tinfoil than let somebody into the bottomless pit of wretchedness and despair that is the place where my sweat pants go to die. Unfortunately, I'm not very good at it. No matter how many trips I make to the donation center, somehow I never manage to liberate even two hangers worth of wardrobe space.
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By Luke Broadwater | June 30, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. Articles  • Imagine no possessions : Report says John Lennon was a closet Republican. ( Toronto Sun )  • Pot, meet kettle: Obama scolds Congress for taking too many vacations. ( ABC )  • Somebody get Ban Ki-moon a straitjacket : United Nations appoints North Korea head of conference on disarmament.
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By Luke Broadwater | March 28, 2011
Perhaps you saw the report on Drudge about "closet-gate,"  which broke this weekend , in which staffers for Vice President Joe Biden constrained a Florida journalist to closet during a fundraiser at a wealthy developer's house. But what you haven't heard about -- until now -- is the 4-minute phone call that preceded that deprivation of freedom. Through our well-placed sources at the White House, we present to you the entire transcript of that phone call between party host Alan Ginsburg and the vice president.
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By Luke Broadwater | March 28, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. National • Shocking: Rolling Stone publishes "Kill Team" photos from Afghanistan . (Rolling Stone) Warning: These are truly horrifying. Do not look if you are disturbed easily.  • Just following orders: Vice President Joe Biden's s taffers apologize for confining reporter to closet during fundraiser.
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By PHIL JACKMAN | October 3, 1994
Everybody has a deep but not necessarily dark secret fantasy they carry with them, sometimes for a lifetime, sometimes for a shorter period like 15 minutes.For instance, after an eon in the newspaper business, not once have I aspired to be a publisher/CEO, editor or anything else that isn't accompanied by an expense account.Play big-league ball? Sure, but only if you cut that season down to a manageable 120 games, including the postseason. Same goes for managing. I'd do it for one season at a time, same as Smokey Alston did with the Dodgers.
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By JACQUES KELLY | November 12, 2005
The other night I gave three short doorbell blasts at my old family Guilford Avenue home. Soon my two twin nieces, Mary and Katie, were working the locks to admit their uncle, whom they informed was late for dinner. I was. I had missed a bus. My sister Ann ushered me into the kitchen and offered a chair at the table. As she put it, it was Pop's chair, meaning the seat and place normally reserved for my grandfather, Edward Jacques Monaghan Sr., who died in 1963. After all these years, it's still Pop's chair, except for the days when Father Al Mack, a Jesuit priest, occasionally visited and took the honored seat.
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By Mia McNeil and Mia McNeil,SUN STAFF | July 5, 2000
Baltimore County police are investigating the death of a newborn baby found in a closet yesterday in the 900 block of Beaver Bank Circle in Towson. A resident in the house called 911 about 6:30 a.m. to report that a 29-year-old woman was bleeding internally. The woman was taken by ambulance to Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where doctors discovered that the woman had given birth. While being questioned at the hospital, the woman told police that she placed the baby in a closet at the home.
NEWS
October 24, 2013
The following is compiled from police reports. The Howard County Times includes descriptions of perpetrators only when the description makes identification possible. Ellicott City Upper Mill Court, 3500 block, 3:23 a.m. Oct. 17. Victim heard rear sliding door shatter and someone enter home. Victim locked herself in laundry room in basement. Police discovered door had been broken with rock. Man hiding in upstairs bedroom closet. Nikolaus Herstein, 22, of 9100 block of Helaine Hamlet Way, in Columbia, was charged with fourth-degree burglary, two counts of malicious destruction of property and trespassing.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 9, 2013
"I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. " - attributed to Mohandas Gandhi As Dan Savage tells it, it began years ago when he'd go on CNN or MSNBC to discuss LGBT issues opposite the likes of Tony Perkins. Mr. Perkins heads the Family Research Council, a leading purveyor of the fiction that homophobia and Christianity are synonymous and inextricable. "And invariably, after I would have an argument with Tony Perkins," says Mr. Savage, "I would get emails from Christians and calls reassuring me that, in these exact words, 'We're not all like that.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2012
After years of watching Lynn Weisberg purchase garment after garment, boutique manager Karen Ciurca-Weiner finally told her loyal customer a hard truth — she needed to stop buying and start looking at what she had. Ciurca-Weiner suggested that what Weisberg really needed was to organize her closet. "She kept buying all these clothes," Ciurca-Weiner said as she stood inside her client's closet, a 9-by-12-foot converted office space that now has shelving and drawers to accommodate Weisberg's clothes.
NEWS
June 26, 2012
I've read a couple of stories recently about Episcopal congregations converting to Roman Catholicism ("Anglican parish in Towson switches to Catholicism," June 25). The reasons always cited by such parishioners are the Episcopal church's willingness to ordain women and gays into the priesthood, which your paper calls "liberal positions. " But giving full civil rights to all of God's children is now a mainstream position among Catholics as well as many others. Your articles make it sound like the wild-eyed Anglicans have run-off the decent folk.
NEWS
April 10, 2012
There's a hidden jewel in Owings Mills and one that exists because of a greater good. Ruth's Closet, a resale boutique, offers women's clothing, shoes, and accessories. Every day brings a new treasure, and at bargain prices. Tired of your Jimmy Choo shoes, outgrown that cashmere sweater? No worries, donate those items to Ruth's Closet and your generosity will be far-reaching. This boutique is staffed primarily by volunteers and 100 percent of the profits go to the House of Ruth Maryland.
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By Jonah Goldberg | December 8, 2011
Newt Gingrich wants to pay poor kids to clean toilets. And all of the right people are horrified. The Nation says Mr. Gingrich is running on "a platform that seems to have been written by the unreformed Ebenezer Scrooge. " The editors of the Newark Star-Ledger proclaim Mr. Gingrich wants to "bring back the days of Oliver Twist. " The host of "Meet the Press," David Gregory, suggests Mr. Gingrich's take on the inner-city poor is a "grotesque distortion. " This controversy started last month at Harvard, when Mr. Gingrich suggested in a speech that perhaps the best way to break the cycle of poverty in inner cities is to break the culture of poverty that sustains it by, among other things, paying kids to do janitorial work.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | July 13, 2001
The 1998 comedy hit In and Out fell apart when the high school teacher played by Kevin Kline discovered he was gay. It would have been more subversive if a man who loved musical comedy and Barbra Streisand in particular - and knew how to shake his booty - turned out to be straight. Instead, the movie became genial propaganda about the charm and sheer niceness of homosexuals. Francis Veber's spiffy new comedy The Closet touches on a lot of the same issues yet is more satisfying and droll than In and Out. Its drier wit plays better for a quick 82 minutes.
BUSINESS
By Gary Dymski and Gary Dymski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 29, 2003
Reorganizing any size or shape closet is a pretty simple procedure, thanks to specially designed shelving and cabinets available at hardware stores and home centers. These organizing products, geared toward helping the do-it-yourselfer remake and reorganize laundry rooms, mud rooms, garages and basements, come in a variety of sizes and price ranges. Using a few common tools and working around any budget, it takes but a few hours to transform a closet. Two types of closet organizers dominate the do-it-yourself market: ready-to-assemble, melamine-coated cabinets and shelving, and coated-wire organizers.
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By Jeannette Kendall | October 4, 2011
Have you ever had a skirt, top or other fabulous garment that you just adored and for some reason (maybe it became shrunken or stained) you could no longer wear? Remember how hard it was to give away? Or perhaps you couldn't bear to give it away and it just took up space in your closet. Before you consider casting off something special: Rethink, repurpose and refashion. I am not suggesting keeping every cast-off, but certainly there are special pieces that just say “you.” Imagine giving life to them in the form of home furnishings!
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By Jeannette Kendall | August 31, 2011
One may think that a favorite pastime of a fashion consultant is shopping - au contraire, mon ami! Don't get me wrong, it's a close second, but de-cluttering is what really warms my heart. Most Americans have far too many clothes, and of course what is the frequent complaint? “I have nothing to wear!” A closet can be cleaned, but if you are unaware of how it turned into a jungle in the first place, it's likely to reforest over and over.    Why is my closet cluttered?
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