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January 27, 2012
I would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to all the considerate drivers in my Catonsville neighborhood of Oak Forest. Years ago, when I was able, I rode my bike with my then two small children. Thank God for the drivers who would slow down and make a wide arc around our small group. They obviously realized that, even with our caution, an extra amount of safety was needed. It would be easy for a young biker to drift into traffic. Now, after my stroke, I walk on Montrose Avenue for exercise and rehabilitation.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
For many of us, Leonard Bernstein will always loom large. The conductor/composer/mentor/mensch left an enormous mark not just on the classical music and theater worlds, but on the world, period. I owe a lot of my own views about music and, especially, music-making to Bernstein. Although I only met him once, and all too briefly, during a crazy evening that started at the Kennedy Center and ended up at the Watergate Hotel (no, silly, not that kind of evening), I came to feel that he was a part of my life somehow.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2010
By now, just about every Marylander who hasn't been hiding under a rock since spring knows that it is now illegal to drive while chatting away on a hand-held cell phone. But that wasn't the only new rule of the road to take effect this month. Advocates for bicyclists scored a big win this year when they persuaded the Maryland General Assembly to adopt a measure requiring drivers to leave a 3-foot buffer when passing a bicycle. It's a law that's been in effect in other states for many years, so there's no reason Marylanders can't get used to it. Largely, it's a codification of common sense and simple courtesy.
HEALTH
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2013
When physician Lenny Feldman visits a hospitalized patient, he said, he does what he can to infuse the encounter with a personal touch. One favorite technique: sitting at the edge of the bed so he can address his client eye-to-eye. Their reaction often takes him aback. "It's not uncommon for a patient to get this panicked look and ask, 'What's wrong, Doc? Is it bad news?'" said Feldman, an internist who also directs the training of medical residents at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
OK, Midweek Madness fans, I thought a little something related to Easter would be in order (I'll find something for Passover next year).  So here is one of the cutest 60 seconds or so in the delectable movie "Easter Parade" with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. This particular scene has nothing to do with Easter, but who cares? This is Midweek Madness, not Midweek Relevance. 
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
For many of us, Leonard Bernstein will always loom large. The conductor/composer/mentor/mensch left an enormous mark not just on the classical music and theater worlds, but on the world, period. I owe a lot of my own views about music and, especially, music-making to Bernstein. Although I only met him once, and all too briefly, during a crazy evening that started at the Kennedy Center and ended up at the Watergate Hotel (no, silly, not that kind of evening), I came to feel that he was a part of my life somehow.
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By SAM SESSA | December 6, 2007
Hometown -- Baltimore Current members --Mark Baldwin, vocals and guitar; Mike Cheman, guitar; Wayne Ward, bass; Mike Borlik, drums Founded in --2007 Style --folk rock/power pop Influenced by --Built to Spill, Yo La Tengo, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Pedro the Lion Notable --Since the band members come from such diverse backgrounds, the easiest way for them to communicate is through music, Baldwin said. They bought a dry erase board off Craigslist and use it to help map out songs. A full-length album should see the light of day next year.
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By DAVE BARRY | June 9, 1996
I got to thinking about courtesy the other day when a woman hit me with her car. I want to stress that this was totally my fault. I was crossing a street in Miami, in a pedestrian crosswalk, and I saw the woman's car approaching, and like a total idiot I assumed she would stop. The reason I assumed this -- you are going to laugh and laugh -- is that there was a stop sign facing her, saying (this is a verbatim quote) "stop."Channel 4: A show (this is the one I ended up watching) in which five people were taste-testing various brands of canned beef gravy and ranking them on a scale of 0 through 10.(Of course we have bad TV shows, too. But thanks to cable, we have infinitely more of them.
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By Kathy Curtis and Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 23, 1997
STUDENTS AT Longfellow Elementary School have been discovering that little things -- like pennies and acts of kindness -- can add up to big results.The school held a penny drive last month and will observe Courtesy Day tomorrow."
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By Jody K. Vilschick and Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 27, 2004
LAST WEEK'S column, in which Ted Leffler offered his thoughts about flashing headlights and signaling other drivers to move to the right (on a multi-lane highway) to allow faster drivers to pass, revved your motors more than the original column about the topic did in November. Here's what you had to say. From Wendy Woods, who e-mailed: "We used to use those signals for such things as `You still have your high beams on,' `There is danger ahead,' `May I please pass?' and `Please, go in ahead of me' - issues you mentioned.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | September 13, 2013
A dozen years ago, as President George W. Bush was beginning to build his case for invading Iraq, a key Justice Department lawyer argued forcefully before a Senate subcommittee that the president had the power as commander-in-chief to wage war without going to Congress. John Yoo, a deputy assistant attorney general, declared that the president was "the sole organ of the federal government in the field of international relations," rather gratuitously adding that "we would be willing to act with congressional support.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
OK, Midweek Madness fans, I thought a little something related to Easter would be in order (I'll find something for Passover next year).  So here is one of the cutest 60 seconds or so in the delectable movie "Easter Parade" with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. This particular scene has nothing to do with Easter, but who cares? This is Midweek Madness, not Midweek Relevance. 
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2013
As the primary faceoff specialist for top-ranked Maryland, Charlie Raffa has the green light from the coaching staff to take a shot if the opportunity presents itself. But it comes with a caveat. “They tell me that if I have it, I can just go,” he said. “If not, just don't do anything stupid.” Raffa has been anything but that in 2013. The sophomore has won 64.3 percent (54 of 84) of his draws, including going 15 of 18 in the Terps' 13-7 victory over Stony Brook Sunday.
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Jamie Smith Hopkins | September 14, 2012
If you're sure your property is worth less than the state says it is, you might want to contest it. This heads up is brought to you by RG Steel, which struck a deal -- after several years of appeals -- that reduces its taxes on the Sparrows Point steel mill by about $830,000. Odds are, you're not in a position to save quite that much. But it's a helpful reminder nonetheless. A rundown of the Sparrows Point situation , in case you're curious: RG Steel filed for bankruptcy in May, so cash-strapped that it estimated it had more than 1,000 creditors -- Baltimore County among them.
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June 25, 2012
Nearly 200 cyclists and guests rallied together on Friday, May 18 from 7 to 9 a.m. to celebrate Bike to Work Day in downtown Bel Air. Held at the Harford County Administration Building and sponsored by Harford County Government and the Department of Community Services, Commuter Assistance Rideshare Program, the event is part of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council's Bike to Work Day held across the Baltimore metropolitan region as part of Clean...
NEWS
May 27, 2012
Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond faces the kind of decision that makes a job like hers tough. She is being asked whether to allow the rezoning of an empty industrial site in Owings Mills to allow a major retail development anchored by a Wegmans. Depending on which of the hundreds of phone calls, letters and emails she listens to, saying yes would either spark the long-awaited flowering of the less successful of the county's two designated growth areas or condemn Owings Mills to a paradoxical fate - clogged with traffic and empty stores, the suburban equivalent of Yogi Berra's complaint about a restaurant: "Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded.
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By Richard O'Mara and Richard O'Mara,London Bureau of The Sun | November 24, 1991
LONDON -- Some people think the art of courtesy in England is utterly decayed. Some think it is only in decline. Almost nobody thinks it's improving.This is something to worry about. In the Western world, at least, England is to courtesy what Russia used to be to communism, kind of a mother country.This is the land where chivalry, that elaborate code of exquisite ritual courtesy, was refined at the Court of King Arthur. (It is regarded as impolite to suggest that Arthur may have never existed.
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By Jody K. Vilschick and Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 3, 2003
MY PHILOSOPHY of driving is less about strictly obeying the law than it is about abiding by a well-considered courtesy of other drivers on the road. Common sense and safety form the core of my often-repeated mantra. You can't legislate courtesy, unfortunately (enforcement is impossible, anyway). And no amount of well-placed signage is going to do the job for us, as Nils Schroder is realizing. He e-mailed not too long ago about a problematic yield/merge area on the exit from Snowden River Parkway going northeast onto Route 175 eastbound, where the exit ramp splits to allow for entrance into Columbia Gateway.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2012
God doesn't think he's a doctor. Surely you know that ancient wheeze. It comes to mind because the Associated Press Stylebook editors at the American Copy Editors Society's national conference in New Orleans last week restated their preference to restrict the use of the term Dr. to M.D.s and osteopaths. And, I think, dentists. Oh, and veterinarians. (Chiropractors can go roll a hoop.) Why people who spend the workday probing into other people's orifices are more worthy of dignity and respect than someone who has mastered quantum mechanics or Babylonian cuneiform continues to baffle me. But then, I was ten years in universities where Doctor was a more common form of direct address than dude .* I'm fairly sure that at one point at The Baltimore Sun we established that the courtesy title could be applied to any person possessing an earned doctorate.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee | April 2, 2012
Washington is 4-0 in the Centennial Conference for the first time in four years and 7-2 overall after registering a 13-8 victory over Muhlenberg Saturday. The Shoremen are a half-game ahead of No. 8 Dickinson and No. 20 Gettysburg - who are both 3-0 in the league - and enjoying their unfamiliar spot atop the standings. “I think it's pretty big because we're all about conference play in terms of qualifying for the conference tournament,” coach Jeff Shirk said last week. “And anything can happen once you qualify for the tournament and the only way you're guaranteed to get to the NCAA Tournament is with that automatic bid. I think with our focus and emphasis on conference play, being able to get a quick start is really big so that you're not always playing from behind.
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