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By Pat Farmer | July 1, 2014
Looking for something different to write about, I decided to attend an event June 26 at the Bain Center, in Columbia, sponsored by Karen Hull, the mental health coordinator for the Howard County Department on Aging. The Mental Health Players' performance "Keys on the Road to Better Aging" highlighted conflicts between individuals and used a narrator to facilitate audience responses. The volunteer actors, part of the Mental Health Association of Maryland, have provided presentations to audiences for over 20 years.
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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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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2012
The boat crash involving an admittedly drunk Del. Donald H. Dwyer has been investigated by a Howard County prosecutor in order to avoid a conflict of interest, officials said Monday. The Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Office referred the case to another jurisdiction more than two months ago, not long after the August crash that seriously injured Dwyer and five other people, including four children. No charges have been filed and the investigation is not complete, officials said.
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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.
NEWS
January 2, 2012
The overuse of suspension in some schools is largely a function of the need for greater teacher and staff training in conflict management techniques ("Punishment of last resort," Dec. 29). Frequently, teachers, staff and even some administrators lack an understanding of cooperative discipline techniques and restorative practices tools, relying solely on punishment models for misbehavior. Positive behavior intervention programs can be effective in encouraging students who have the skills to self-manage.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2012
An investigation by the city's inspector general into the Rawlings-Blake administration's purchase of nearly $675,000 in phone and computer equipment found possible conflicts of interest and missed opportunities for "significant cost savings. " Inspector General David N. McClintock also found that the Mayor's Office of Information Technology withheld information from other city officials about the project. For example, a former deputy mayor directed another city employee to mislead City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young by denying that the mayor's office was taking steps to upgrade the city's phone system.
NEWS
October 27, 1993
An article in Monday's editions of The Sun said that Baltimore Democrat Rep. Kweisi Mfume "did not show up" for a scheduled appearance at the weekend gang summit in Chicago. The congressman said he told summit organizers Thursday he had to cancel his appearance because of scheduling conflicts.
NEWS
April 24, 2013
Mr. Thompson, I noticed you led your article with your credentials as a Naval Reserve Officer during WWII and Korea. For that I thank you for your service. I too served in the military. My service includes 20-plus years as an active duty Air Force officer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. During my time on active duty, I was a KC-135 and C-17 pilot, where I carried many of the fallen and wounded back from the combat zone, flying over 568 combat sorties in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
NEWS
November 10, 2000
THINGS LOOK like they're going from bad to worse for Baltimore County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. Let's hope he's not involved in more conflicts of interest than those that are already known. Despite earlier vehement denials that any conflicts existed between his public duties and his private business interests, Mr. Ruppersberger admitted this week that there have been $5,161 in payments of public money to a collection agency he owns. A Sun story two weeks ago outlined the extent to which Mr. Ruppersberger had left himself open to such conflicts by not adequately distancing himself from his private interests, and not disclosing the full extent of those interests.
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By Jules Witcover | August 12, 2005
WASHINGTON - President Bush seems to be having trouble with the military line of command in Iraq. Two weeks ago, the American military commander in Iraq, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., volunteered that with elections approaching this fall on a new constitution, there might be "some fairly substantial reductions after these elections in the spring and summer" of 2006 if the training of Iraqi security forces "continues to go as it is going." General Casey seemed to be conveying the idea that progress has been made when he said a reading of the insurgent forces showed that "the level they've been able to generate has not increased substantially" over the year before.
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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | August 9, 2001
LONDON -- With its troubled past, complex issues and combative leaders, Northern Ireland often leaves outsiders perplexed. The British province once again faces a turning point as its leaders try to forestall the collapse of a local government and end a stalemate over disarming paramilitary forces, reforming the local police, and scaling back Britain's military presence. Part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland's six counties share a 303-mile border with the southern Irish republic.
NEWS
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.
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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...
NEWS
July 15, 2014
Letter writer Eric Rozenman concludes that the Palestinian "celebration" of the killing of three Israeli teenagers last month is noteworthy because Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly announced his regrets and said the perpetrators would be brought to justice ( "Sun offers false equivalence between Israelis and Palestinians," July 11). Further, Mr. Rozenman concludes that the Arab rejection of a "two-state solution" over the last several years is evidence that the Palestinians would rather engage in conflict than have peace.
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