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December 16, 2010
I have lived here all of my life. I am fully aware that I did not invent the word "hon," but I did name my first restaurant in 1992 "It's a Café, Hon," which easily shortened to Café Hon. We organized and identified elements of "Hon culture" in Hampden, and others joined us to make "The Avenue" a popular commercial, artsy area. All my company was trying to do by trademarking the commercial use of "Hon" was to protect it from merchandise knock-offs and poachers who wanted to capitalize on the commercial side of the concept enhancement work we had done.
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NEWS
September 15, 2014
Speech is designed to convey a message which carries with it an intended tone, purpose and meaning by the speaker. The recent incident in which a Confederate flag was raised at a high school football game in Howard County has quickly turned into a First Amendment argument, followed quickly by volleys of opposing opinions and arguments about the symbolism of this particular flag ( "Glenelg High student disciplined for displaying Confederate flag at...
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By Mike Giuliano | June 22, 2011
Natural materials are put to a new sculptural use in Marcia Wolfson Ray 's aptly titled exhibit "Out of Context" at Howard Community College's Rouse Company Foundation Gallery. The exhibit is completely in context in one regard: It is being spotlighted to coincide with the ongoing Columbia Festival of the Arts. Visitors attending such recent festival attractions as the concert by soul singer Bettye LaVette or the upcoming June 25 show by comedian Paula Poundstone are invited to visit the Ray gallery between acts.
NEWS
July 22, 2014
The Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation is out with its 25th Kids Count data book, measuring the wellbeing of children nationwide across a variety of health, economic, educational and community measures. In some ways, kids are much better off than they were in 1990, when the first book was published, and in some ways they are faring worse. For the good, we can credit a number of wise public policy efforts over the last generation, and for the ill, we can blame macroeconomic and social changes for which we have been unable - or unwilling - to mount a policy response.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2011
CNN was the place to be on cable TV Wednesday night if you wanted context and perspective on President Barack Obama's prime-time address on how and when American troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan. In the wake of the speech, anchor Wolf Blitzer and the CNN producers were whipping around the globe for reaction and context on the president's words from Nick Paton Walsh in Afghanistan and Nic Robertson in London. Candy Crowley, Gloria Borger, Chris Lawrence, Peter Bergen and David Gergen were offering coverage and analysis from the DC bureau, with Dana Bash on Capitol Hill and Brianna Keilar at the White House.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | July 11, 2011
There's this thing called "The Running of the Bulls" in Spain. And there's this thing called "streaking. " And sometimes they meet.   
EXPLORE
September 18, 2012
My daughter Maya — a senior in high school — wrote a letter recently in favor of marriage equality. The letter has apparently spawned several responses, but I wanted to respond to the one from Andrew Cook Jr. last week ("People should not use Bible to justify same-sex marriage," Sept. 13). I believe Mr. Cook is mistaken that Maya was using the Bible "to justify gay marriage. " Rather, Maya was using the Bible to justify decency, compassion and kindness. If she used the Golden Rule from Matthew 7:12 "out of context" as Mr. Cook alleges, it is because that rule should require no context whatsoever, it should apply to every single human situation, no exceptions.
EXPLORE
September 18, 2012
Your reader Debbie Yeagley replied in your issue of Sept. 13 to my earlier letter about a sign posted in North Laurel that claims that government-free enterprise is being practiced there. I beg to clarify one issue. The headline on my published letter was not supplied by me, but by the Leader, as is usually the case with letters to the editor. That headline used two freighted words, "misguided" and "boasting," that I would probably not have used myself. In answer to Ms. Yeagley's questions and assertions, I have never owned or run a business, and that's fortunate, because I would probably be terrible at it, especially one "literally" built out of blood, sweat and tears.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
I can't believe how much talk about the Texas border crisis I've heard on cable news the last two weeks without any mention of the Mariel boatlift of 1980. This is textbook for what I mean about TV news -- from the network and cable level on down -- being hopelessly short on context and any sense of even recent American history. No wonder we are such an addled nation that thinks everything that comes along is the biggest, newest, baddest or best thing ever. No wonder we are such an easily confused and jangled bunch.
NEWS
July 5, 1994
Three years may not seem a long time to a restless young man trying to settle into adulthood. But to an infant, three years xTC is an eternity. Therein lies the problem with assigning more legal weight to the rights of biological parents in adoption cases than to the best interests of a child.A recent decision from the Maryland Court of Appeals weighed the question of nature versus nurture and issued a ruling that sends an important message: Being a parent involves more than a biological tie, more than seeing your own likeness when you look at a child.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
I can't believe how much talk about the Texas border crisis I've heard on cable news the last two weeks without any mention of the Mariel boatlift of 1980. This is textbook for what I mean about TV news -- from the network and cable level on down -- being hopelessly short on context and any sense of even recent American history. No wonder we are such an addled nation that thinks everything that comes along is the biggest, newest, baddest or best thing ever. No wonder we are such an easily confused and jangled bunch.
NEWS
By Jon Shifrin | April 22, 2014
Some things are binary. They either are or they aren't. You can't be sort of pregnant or partially certifiable; it's one or the other - like being a Yankees or a Red Sox fan. Yet when it comes to international affairs, little is so cut-and-dried. Right and wrong are measured in degrees, and all high-minded principles are compromised. This is not necessarily evident during moments of global tension, though. On such occasions, which typically feature competing claims by antagonists with long standing historical grievances, complexity is swept aside, replaced by simplistic, easy-to-digest narratives of victim versus victimizer, virtue versus villainy.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | February 24, 2014
Most Ravens fans would probably tell you that they don't need to purchase the All-22 package on NFL's Game Rewind and dust off their old T-83 graphic calculator to determine that Joe Flacco was less accurate than usual in 2013. A simple eye test could tell you that. But a couple of statistics highlighted in this recent post by the guys at Pro Football Focus, who account for dropped passes when computing a quarterback's accuracy percentage, help put Flacco's season into context.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2013
There's bad journalism, and then, there is bad online, show-biz journalism, which is in a class by itself when it comes to laziness, lack of fact-checking and flatout hack-ocity (I know that's not a word, but it speaks to my anger at the moment). Huffington Post put a report up Thursday with the headline, "'House of Cards' Season 2 Likely to Be its Last, Producer Says. " That could be of some interest not only to fans of the Netflix series, but also folks in Baltimore where the series in filmed.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2013
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore launched an incentive program this week to encourage nurses to discharge more patients by noon, prompting questions about patient safety. The program sets a goal for nursing units to discharge 20 percent of their patients by noon and offers the nurse on each unit with the most early discharges a $10 gift card. An executive with LifeBridge Health, which owns Sinai, said the goals were taken out of context. The hospital was responding to patient concerns that they wanted to leave the hospital sooner after procedures, said Debbie Hollenstein, LifeBridge vice president of marketing.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
The Stillpointe Theatre Initiative's cool production of "Hair" trims out a few things, all for justifiable reasons in the context of this particular concept for the classic '60s musical. I didn't care at all about the lack of nudity -- honest -- but I did rather miss the droll ballad "Frank Mills. " I learned that song from a now obscure 45 recording (anyone remember 45s?) by Barbra Streisand, and I thought you might get a kick out of it for your Midweek Madness diversion.
NEWS
By LEONARD PITTS JR | October 13, 2008
Dear Chris Rock: I apologize in advance for the language that will shortly follow. And yes, there is a certain irony there, given that you are one of the most profane men on the planet. Also one of the funniest. That's why I eagerly anticipated your new HBO special, Kill the Messenger, even though I knew there would inevitably come a moment that made me embarrassed for you. And sure enough, it came. During your routine, you noted how, last year, the NAACP held a symbolic "burial" of the N-word.
NEWS
By MICHAEL OLESKER | May 26, 1994
Saturday outside Pimlico Racetrack, I bump into American Joe Miedusiewski, who is simultaneously the candidate for governor from East Baltimore and the man with the unanimously misspelled last name."
NEWS
Susan Reimer | July 3, 2013
As we celebrate the birth by revolution of this country, let's take a moment to put some historical context to the actions of Edward Snowden and to consider whether he is a traitor or a patriot. Back in the 1780s, when everyone in America was by definition a traitor, a spy or an insurgent as far as England was concerned, the Founding Fathers included language in the Constitution that defined treason - the only crime so defined in the document - so that citizens could not be executed for merely speaking out against the country's leadership.
NEWS
April 10, 2013
Dr. Benjamin Carson's remarks have been taken grossly out of context by critics who refuse to acknowledge that homosexuals, who cannot procreate, have no bona fide interest in the same government protected marriage rights and responsibilities that heterosexual couples are subject to ("Hopkins chides Carson for gay-marriage remarks," April 6). Unlike the growing number of bigots at Hopkins and elsewhere who denounce all non-supporters of same-sex marriage, Dr. Carson was in no way the least bit critical of homosexuality.
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