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January 12, 2012
So far in 2012, Hampden has been a pretty crazy place. What I mean is, right before I sat down to write this column, I was outside trying to take a picture of a clown. No, I don't mean some goofball, I literally mean a clown. As in party clown. I noticed one across the street, hanging out. So I thought I'd try to get a picture of her. But then she kept staring at me and I became frightened. Clowns can be scary - just ask any child. So then, I'd go back inside and try to sneak back out, but she'd see me and keep staring at me and I'd get afraid all over again.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
I only have 2 million other better things to write about. But after 24 hours of waiting for someone else to unload on Sean Hannity, the Fox News host who defines political stooge, I have to say something. I held off when this GOP tool ran around on the Texas border in sunglasses and a baseball hat on backwards with Gov. Rick Perry. I even ignored the picture Hannity tweeted of him with his arm over a machine gun as he posed in a boat on the Rio Grande alongside Perry -- who we now know is really an intellectual giant because he has glasses with thick rims.
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By Luke Broadwater | April 11, 2011
The New York Daily News had a simple message this morning for Donald Trump, whose faux campaign for president has gotten increasingly weirder as his "Apprentice" TV ratings rise.  That message? You're a clown.  Calling him "Sideshow Don," the Daily News painted circus makeup on The Donald's face and ran a big quote from White House senior adviser David Plouffe, who said Sunday that Trump had "zero chance" of winning the presidency.  As someone who (strenuously)
NEWS
By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2014
Adults have been known to shriek and children to bawl when they spy Daisy the Clown, often before she even begins her kid-friendly act, and sometimes from across a room. When it comes to evoking a primal fear of the unknown, Santa's got nothing on clowns, says Kim Daley, who's been performing as Daisy for more than 30 years. But the Columbia resident has mastered a way of defusing children's anxiety - and avoiding meltdowns that can unnerve parents and freak out other kids. To flip audience reaction to Daisy from negative to positive, Daley transforms into her girlie circus counterpart before their eyes.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2011
It's late on a steamy August morning. Forty scholars and their lecturer have been at their studies for a couple of hours. One of the more challenging courses in the summer program at Anne Arundel Community College is already well under way. But there are no desks or chalkboard. The classroom is a gym, and six young people are walking the floor on stilts. Eight more spin plates on sticks, and one weaves his way through the commotion on a bicycle the size of a ringmaster's hat. Welcome to Circus Camp, a five-day, 40-hour expedition through the big-top arts in which comedy is king, the teacher is a clown and the students — county children between the ages of 7 and 14 — will be able to conquer the course material only if they can manage not to take themselves too seriously.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Janell Sutherland | February 20, 2012
It's "The Amazing Race" Season 20! I need a flashy hand signal, but I don't have enough fingers! Oh, wait, I figured it out. Make your own flashy hand signal at home, because this recap requires audience participation. Do you know what Phil Keoghan has been up to? Well, what he was up to a couple of years ago? He was riding his bike across America and making a documentary about it. To commemorate that ride, Phil is making all of the teams cycle to the starting line while wearing skintight "Amazing Race" jerseys.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | April 7, 1991
When Robert Dorfman was cast as Feste, the clown in Cente Stage's production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," the director asked if he could walk on a 4-foot rubber ball.To any other actor, this might have seemed an unlikely request. But Mr. Dorfman, 40, spent the early part of his career as a clown with the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus.When other aspiring actors were study- ing in conservatories or struggling through auditions, he was wearing a patched tuxedo and performing a flea circus act.So, walk on a ball?
NEWS
By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer | July 13, 1995
Residents say someone is clowning around in the Stevens Forest Apartments in East Columbia, but they don't think he's funny.Howard County police say they're working to separate fact from fiction in a series of sightings of a man -- with a face painted white, baggy clown pants, big red shoes and green hair -- who is scaring children.So far, there have been no reports of the clown touching children.While the sightings may be true, this story parallels a sporadic and unfounded rumor that has cropped up around the country.
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By Nancy Gallant and Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 13, 2001
MILLERSVILLE resident Lois Gallagher discovered her love for the art of clowning while working in a bank. Her colleagues decided to wear costumes for Halloween a couple of years back, and Gallagher dressed up as a clown. As she greeted customers, Gallagher recalls, she was entranced by the smiles her clowning brought to adults and children alike. Gallagher decided then and there that she was good at making people laugh, and she wanted to learn more about clowning. Two years later, Gallagher still works at the bank.
NEWS
By Dolly Merritt and Dolly Merritt,Special to The Sun | February 9, 1994
Though he's wiped off the greasepaint and hung up the baggy pants, John Paul Ward can't seem to stop clowning around at the Florence Bain Senior Center in Columbia.Reach for a handshake and you're likely to get a lollipop instead, as the 82-year-old Columbia resident and former amateur clown makes his daily rounds, dispensing cheer and sweets."I carry them in my pocket everywhere I go," says Mr. Ward, who goes through a box of 100 lollipops every two weeks at Florence Bain. "I've always enjoyed clowning, and people get a kick out of it."
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By Lane Page | May 22, 2013
The circus has come to town! And it's the clown, jokes Greg May, who is running the business. A Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College graduate and former member of its circus troupe, May is the clown in question, and the Center Ring Circus School is his own arena. Raised in Columbia, the Hammond High School alumnus is the son of community pioneers Betty (a swim, dance and theater instructor) and the late Dr. Gerald (a theologian, psychiatrist, author and possessor of a “sense of humor every bit as wacky as his circus clown son”)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Hiaasen | July 9, 2012
We left Nancy hyperventilating through an oxygen mask while in a medically induced coma following her shooting. In this episode, we meet her awake and her old smiling self in the hospital. Nancy reminisces about past neighbors in her plush and personalized hospital bed fit for a mid-level drug dealer. After 77 days, Nancy has cultivated a mafia persona and become the belle of the hospital amongst patients and staff. Meanwhile, Scott has returned from India eager to reunite with his twins (who are so creepy they could be from The Shining )
NEWS
April 13, 2012
What is the big deal about what is going on in Annapolis ("After breakdown, what?" April 11)? We all know what's going to happen. The ringmaster ( Gov.Martin O'Malley) will call the circus back to Annapolis. They will then pass new tax laws that will hurt the people of Maryland. The clowns will pat each other on the back and adjourn. They will go home and think how to do it again next year. Ed Forsht, Glen Burnie
ENTERTAINMENT
By Janell Sutherland | February 20, 2012
It's "The Amazing Race" Season 20! I need a flashy hand signal, but I don't have enough fingers! Oh, wait, I figured it out. Make your own flashy hand signal at home, because this recap requires audience participation. Do you know what Phil Keoghan has been up to? Well, what he was up to a couple of years ago? He was riding his bike across America and making a documentary about it. To commemorate that ride, Phil is making all of the teams cycle to the starting line while wearing skintight "Amazing Race" jerseys.
EXPLORE
January 12, 2012
So far in 2012, Hampden has been a pretty crazy place. What I mean is, right before I sat down to write this column, I was outside trying to take a picture of a clown. No, I don't mean some goofball, I literally mean a clown. As in party clown. I noticed one across the street, hanging out. So I thought I'd try to get a picture of her. But then she kept staring at me and I became frightened. Clowns can be scary - just ask any child. So then, I'd go back inside and try to sneak back out, but she'd see me and keep staring at me and I'd get afraid all over again.
SPORTS
By Kevin Van Valkenburg | October 29, 2011
A group of reporters was gathered around Ravens center Matt Birk this week, asking difficult questions about the team's pitiful pass protection, when someone across the locker room turned up his stereo as loud as it would go and began to sing. You didn't even need to turn around to identify the troubadour. Anyone who has spent any significant amount of time in the Ravens' locker room over the last five years knew immediately that it was Terrell Suggs. When things get a little too tense during the season, especially after a difficult loss, there are a few things you can always count on at the team's complex in Owings Mills.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | January 9, 2002
AS THE NEW year unfurls, I am thankful for many things, including the fact that, as a paid voyeur of the Baltimore scene, I can learn something new almost every day about people, places and things. Yesterday, I learned the following: 1. "Balloonatic" is an accepted term in the entertainment industry. 2. There is an artistic difference between a "balloonatic" and a clown who merely makes animals out of balloons for children. 3. Despite their apparent composure, rabbits in magic acts generally do not perform up to standard in noisy rooms.
FEATURES
By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | September 2, 1994
Being the house band at MTV's Beach House is no, er, day at the beach.Just ask David Walker of the Annapolis band, Bovox Clown. Even though it's barely 8 p.m., Walker is beat.Bovox Clown spent nearly nine hours taping Beach House segments in the Hamptons on Long Island; and having to play songs, soak up sun and frolic with good-looking beach kids has taken its toll."I don't know if you can imagine being fatigued from being out in the sun," he says, laughing. "But after eight hours of standing there with your guitar, you're just ready to go to sleep."
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2011
It's late on a steamy August morning. Forty scholars and their lecturer have been at their studies for a couple of hours. One of the more challenging courses in the summer program at Anne Arundel Community College is already well under way. But there are no desks or chalkboard. The classroom is a gym, and six young people are walking the floor on stilts. Eight more spin plates on sticks, and one weaves his way through the commotion on a bicycle the size of a ringmaster's hat. Welcome to Circus Camp, a five-day, 40-hour expedition through the big-top arts in which comedy is king, the teacher is a clown and the students — county children between the ages of 7 and 14 — will be able to conquer the course material only if they can manage not to take themselves too seriously.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | April 11, 2011
The New York Daily News had a simple message this morning for Donald Trump, whose faux campaign for president has gotten increasingly weirder as his "Apprentice" TV ratings rise.  That message? You're a clown.  Calling him "Sideshow Don," the Daily News painted circus makeup on The Donald's face and ran a big quote from White House senior adviser David Plouffe, who said Sunday that Trump had "zero chance" of winning the presidency.  As someone who (strenuously)
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