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By NICK MADIGAN and NICK MADIGAN,SUN REPORTER | July 26, 2006
The conflict is as close as the touch of a keyboard -- particularly for relatives and friends of young Americans in the Middle East. Many exchange students and visitors in Israel and Lebanon have been blogging, posting online and e-mailing to tell people back home they are all right and to express fear of the bombing and shelling. "I am very scared," Stephanie Kallab, a 20-year-old Johns Hopkins University student, wrote a few days after the conflict began. She and more than a dozen relatives attending a family wedding were stranded in Hadath, a town south of Beirut, Lebanon, as missiles rained within earshot.
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Chris Kaltenbach, Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Faced with Friday's early afternoon playoff game, school officials and business owners in the Baltimore area are preparing for a day of empty classrooms and vacant work spaces. Sort of. "I don't know how big the number is, but there will definitely be some kids out," predicted Gilman School Headmaster Henry Smyth, himself an Orioles fan with tickets for Friday's game who faced the quandary of what to do. He and his two boys will not be going to the game, Smyth said. But he understands if some parents decide to make baseball the priority.
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September 21, 2012
It is about time that Americans stop trying to appease a religion and people who simply will not accept any alternative to Islam ("Understanding Arab anger," Sept. 19). The Muslim holy book, the Quran, and the teachings of Islam are very clear: If you are not with them, you are an infidel. The goal of the Islamic faith is to spread Sharia law to the ends of the earth at all costs. If we get in the way we are expendable. The American way is not compatible with Islam. Freedom of speech, no matter how offensive, is not part of its tradition.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
When a high-ranking O'Malley administration official was fired after allegedly steering about $774,000 in federal grant money to a company to which the official had close ties, no announcement was made. Only this week was the dismissal two years ago made public by legislative auditors. Auditors revealed that an inspector general had completed a report in 2013 that found misuse of government funds and a "serious conflict of interest" on the part of the top official of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's Division of Workforce Development.
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February 5, 2013
In 2012, the Maryland General Assembly considered legislation reauthorizing the state Real Estate Commission, including a series of amendments related to an obscure function of that agency, a fund that compensates victims of bad actions by licensed real estate professionals. Those who have suffered a loss due to fraud, theft, embezzlement or other offenses by a licensee can get compensation from a state fund, which the offending party must pay back, with interest and fees. The amendments to the bill would have reduced the maximum interest rate, provided for the elimination of fees under some circumstances and allowed for the reinstatement of the offender's a real estate license during the repayment period.
NEWS
December 16, 2013
Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance's decision to quit a consulting job with a company that does business with the county schools was the right one. His explanation for why he's quitting, though, is all wrong, and it underscores the importance of the school board's plan to have a private talking-to with him on Tuesday night. Here's what the board members need to tell him: Whether he meant it this way or not, saying that he's quitting his $15,000 consulting job with the Illinois-based SUPES Academy because the issue had become "a distraction" conveys the message that the problem was not with anything he had done, but with those who would question it. The board needs to make clear to Mr. Dance that the issues involved are not trivial and that he did not exercise good judgment in how he handled the matter.
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July 10, 2014
The Sun's concern that "what has been a conflict between the Jewish state and aspirations for a Palestinian one is turning into a war between the Israeli and Palestinian people" wrongly presumes that the core of the Israeli-Arab conflict has been the Palestinian struggle for statehood ( "A dangerous turning point in Israel," July 8). If that truly was the case, the Palestinians would have accepted the 1948 partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states or would have created a state in the West Bank and Gaza prior to Israel's occupation of those areas in 1967 or would have accepted the opportunities for statehood offered by recent Israeli governments.
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August 11, 2014
Wonderful article by Caroline Poplin ( "A costly victory for Israel," Aug. 7). As a Palestinian American - one of the "moderates" she mentions - I know that it is vital for Palestinians and Israelis to live side-by-side in peace. Many people I speak to express hopelessness about the situation, but I believe peace is not only achievable but inevitable. Leaders on both sides must take a hard look at how this continuing unresolved conflict is destroying a generation of young people on both sides and do what is needed to end it. It's not too late for peace.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2013
Navy's annual spring football game has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict, coach Ken Niumatalolo said Wednesday. The game had been scheduled for April 12 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Niumatalolo said in a news release that the team will add one practice to get to the full allotment of 15 workouts allowed by the NCAA in the spring. Two of the practices -- scrimmages on March 30 and April 6, both starting at 9 a.m. at the stadium -- will be open to the general public.
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By Joe Burris and Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2014
Eighth grader Danyelle Taylor has learned about Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in school, but she got an up-close peek at King-era mementos Sunday - including a 1957 letter the civil rights leader wrote his literary agent and a program from the 1962 March on Washington. Math teacher Rachel McGrain, as a reward from the Knowledge and Success Academy School in Baltimore, took Taylor and seventh-grader Tiary Johnson to visit to a special exhibition at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, The trip helped bring alive King's message.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
The term "Al Jazeera effect" was coined to describe the way the Qatar-based channel and new media were changing politics and power dynamics in the Middle East the last decade. But I believe we have been seeing a variation of it in Ferguson, Mo., the past week with a similar shift in American perception as a result. The first images of nighttime clashes between police and protesters out of Ferguson struck me by how much they looked like images of Intifada and Arab Spring in the Middle East that had been burned into my brain.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Word of an attack in Federal Hill appeared Monday on a neighborhood Facebook page, warning that a man had been stabbed early Sunday after being chased for his wallet. As news spread, different accounts emerged. A posting on the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association page said that, according to Baltimore police, the victim had been seen "staggering around" the 1200 block of Wall St. and had gotten into an "altercation" with a group of people. Then another posting reported additional information — that turned out to be wrong and led some to believe another man had been stabbed Monday outside the bars on Charles Street.
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August 11, 2014
Wonderful article by Caroline Poplin ( "A costly victory for Israel," Aug. 7). As a Palestinian American - one of the "moderates" she mentions - I know that it is vital for Palestinians and Israelis to live side-by-side in peace. Many people I speak to express hopelessness about the situation, but I believe peace is not only achievable but inevitable. Leaders on both sides must take a hard look at how this continuing unresolved conflict is destroying a generation of young people on both sides and do what is needed to end it. It's not too late for peace.
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
A new November date for the SAT will conflict this fall with some state championships and the last regular-season football games in the MIAA A Conference, including the Gilman-McDonogh rivalry game. The athletes, however, still will have plenty of time to take the test in the fall if they plan ahead. The College Board moved the SAT date this year from the first Saturday of November to the second Saturday, Nov. 8 -- the date of state championships in cross country, field hockey and boys and girls soccer.
NEWS
July 28, 2014
How nice to learn that thanks to its "Iron Dome" air defense system, Israel has been spared civilian deaths and all but "minimal damage" by Hamas rockets ("'Iron Dome' worth the aid," July 22). Also heartwarming is the information that since 2011, with both American parties rallying around Israel, our Congress has approved $700 million to bolster that nation's defense shield. The icing on the cake, as commentator Robert Pines points out, is that our investment has paid off in another way: Much of the U.S. money going toward Israel's defense will now come back to this country because Israel has agreed to let American firms manufacture the Israeli Dome.
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July 19, 2014
I live in Israel and basically agree with what letter writer Bruce Knauff says regarding the Israeli offensive against Gaza ( "Conflict over Gaza is one-sided," July 16). However, I also feel that the issues at stake here are far more complex than the rather simplistic tone he takes. If we relate to ordinary Palestinian citizens and the taking of Palestinian land by settlers and general aggression of settlers against Palestinians (often women and children), the fear and trauma inspired in children and families when IDF soldiers do routine searches of homes - all the ills that are part of an occupation - it seems horrendous.
NEWS
March 5, 2014
Whatever the outcome in Ukraine, I'll bet most Americans want us to keep hands off. I'm sorry for everyone in that beleaguered country, but dragging the United States into a military confrontation with Russia would be reckless ( "Obama, Kerry condemn Russian 'aggression' in Ukraine as U.S. readies aid," March 4). Right now, it looks like President Barack Obama is the only one standing up to President Vladimir Putin. Instead, I think we should "lead from behind" since the Ukraine conflict is in Europe's neighborhood, not ours.
NEWS
July 19, 2014
Thanks for publishing Bruce Knauff's letter on the conflict in Gaza ( "Conflict over Gaza is one-sided," July 16). As a U.S. citizen, I am ashamed of our government's one-sided response to this conflict. The message the people around the world get from the U.S. government is that we support Israel no matter how racist and brutal its government is. Mr. Knauff's letter was just a drop in the ocean of pro-Israeli media in this country, but thanks again. Hoss Parandeh - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
NBC News is sending correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin back to Gaza this weekend, it said in a statement Friday night. "Ayman Mohyeldin has done extraordinary reporting throughout the escalation of the conflict in Gaza, filing 25+ reports over the past 17 days, including his invaluable and well-documented contribution to the story on the deaths of the four Palestinian children on Wednesday," an NBC spokesperson wrote in an email response to The Sun...
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