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January 28, 2011
Your editorial, "The smearing of Gregg Bernstein" (Jan. 26) decrying differences between the protests against State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein and the Cherry Hill rally against violence was hypocritical. The Sunpapers had the Bernstein protest above the fold on page 2 and the Cherry Hill protest below the fold. The Cherry Hill article was only 60 percent of the length of the Bernstein article. You paid more attention to the racist comments of a few than the concerns of the entire Cherry Hill community.
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NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
The sharp reduction in violent crime that occurred on Martin O'Malley's watch as mayor of Baltimore is a central theme of the speech he gives as he travels the country and lays the groundwork for a presidential campaign. But ongoing criticism from the city's current mayor could focus attention on an aspect of O'Malley's crime-fighting record he never mentions in New Hampshire or Iowa: A soaring arrest rate during his tenure in Baltimore that angered civil rights groups and locked the city into a yearslong legal dispute.
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NEWS
November 1, 2013
I have serious concerns about Douglas Gansler as a candidate for governor, but his beach-party picture scandal is not one of them ( "Gansler says he made 'a mistake,'" Oct. 24). The vitriol being spewed toward Mr. Gansler by readers is completely ridiculous. What gives these holier-than-thou individuals the right to scrutinize a public figure's personal parenting decision? The same people attacking Mr. Gansler for not shutting down a chaperoned party are probably failing as parents themselves.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
To his friends and supporters, Eric T. Costello is just what the City Council needs: a smart, hard-working community president with financial experience that could save taxpayers money. To his critics, however, Costello is just what Baltimore doesn't need: an ambitious, sometimes volatile leader more interested in pleasing the powerful than his neighborhood's residents. Costello, 33, a New York native, has been a magnet for controversy during his relatively short tenure in Baltimore.
NEWS
March 13, 2013
I can't wait for my next Sunday newspaper to see a negative response to Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s recent column ("Democrats riding high, but beware a midterm crash," March 10). As I stated in a previous e-mail, like clockwork every Sunday there's a response countering Mr. Ehrlich's previous column. Note that these letters never run in Monday's paper when there's a smaller readership. I guess the philosophy at The Sun is something to the effect of let's give Mr. Ehrlich exposure and an opportunity to give him some publicity but by golly, let's sock it to him with a consistent negative reply.
SPORTS
Kevin Cowherd | October 6, 2012
Anquan Boldin is not exactly a guy who draws attention to himself. He's the polar opposite of your stereotypical NFL wideout diva. The man blends in so well, he's practically human camouflage. Take the way he celebrated - if that's the word - his 32nd birthday this week. "Do anything fun?" he was asked the next day after practice. "No, just worked [here]," he said. "OK, how 'bout after you got home? Do anything fun with the family?" "No," he said. "We just hung out at the house.
NEWS
August 13, 2012
If Mitt Romney wants to shut Sen. Harry Reid up once and for all and prove him to be the dirty liar he claims he is, all he has to do is release his tax returns for the last 10 years ("Romney tax return battle sparks 'dirty' accusation," Aug. 6). President Barack Obama finally showed everyone his birth certificate after all, even though it was only kooks like Donald Trump who were asking to see it. So what is Mitt waiting for? He's only making himself look as if he's hiding something.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2010
"Hoo boy, are you going to have fun watching this. It bursts with great rhythm & blues, funk, and jazz music. It's got superb performances from two ‘Wire' vets, Wendell Pierce (as devilish trombone player Antoine) and Clarke Peters (as the leader of a Mardi Gras Indian tribe). There's also Steve Zahn, in his first TV series, playing a ditzy DJ; John Goodman as a righteous English professor; and Khandi Alexander (forget " CSI: Miami" — this is her best work since 2000's ‘The Corner,' another Simon project)
NEWS
March 19, 2011
I would like to respond to Ron Smith's column "Mideast burns, Japan suffers — Obama golfs" (Feb. 18). It managed to hit a lot of buttons with me. I question Mr. Smith's indignation over President Obama having "fun" — I wonder where his indignation was when his boy Bush bewailed the fact that Katrina had made it impossible for him to enjoy cocktails on Trent Lott's porch while people in New Orleans were dying because of Katrina....
SPORTS
By Arda Ocal | February 20, 2013
On Tuesday, WWE, through  Brian Flinn , WWE's senior VP of marketing and communications, issued an email statement to the Hollywood Reporter concerning WWE superstar Jack Swagger and manager Zeb Colter. Several blogs, critics and media outlets have complained that the characters Swagger and Colter are portraying on WWE TV are "right wing racists. " One paragraph of WWE's statement reads as follows: “WWE is creating drama centered on a topical subject that has varying points of view to develop a rivalry between two characters.
NEWS
By Mark Puente and Justin Fenton and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
As Baltimore Police Department officials prepare for a Department of Justice probe into allegations of brutality, leaders of the local police union criticized the outside scrutiny and said it could make city streets less safe. A host of reforms, along with a strategic plan unveiled last year, shows the department is serious about improving its relationship with the community, Fraternal Order of Police President Robert Cherry said Monday. The new federal scrutinty could make city officers fearful of being second-guessed and lead to ineffective policing, he added.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
The Baltimore City Council on Monday unanimously approved Federal Hill Neighborhood Association President Eric T. Costello to fill a vacant seat, but several members expressed concern over a process they said lacked true community involvement. Costello, 33, a New York native, is an auditor in the U.S. Government Accountability Office. After the council vote, he was sworn in by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and took his seat representing the 11th District, which includes Federal Hill, Bolton Hill and downtown.
NEWS
October 3, 2014
Maryland's legislature decided to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for a few reasons. Lawmakers concluded that police and prosecutors should not be focusing their attention on what is increasingly viewed by the public as a relatively harmless vice; they expressed concern that criminal convictions related to marijuana possession were harming the employment and educational prospects of thousands of Marylanders; and they were alarmed...
SPORTS
Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
The Baltimore Sun will follow Franklin's Steven Smothers, Gilman's Ellison Jordan and McDonogh's Eric Burrell on the recruiting trail as they try to decide over the next year which college will be the best fit. This is part one in an occasional series. Steven Smothers' cell phone started dancing just a few seconds past midnight on Sept. 1. The Franklin junior had switched his phone to vibrate, but he didn't ignore it, knowing college football coaches could begin contacting Class of 2016 prospects via text message, email and social media immediately after midnight.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
A man was critically injured in a shooting in Broadway East Sunday, Baltimore police said. The victim was shot as he got out of a car just before 4 p.m. in the 2300 block of E. Oliver St. in the East Baltimore neighborhood, police said. Officers were called, but the victim had gotten back into the car and gone to a local hospital, police said. They found him there — in critical condition with life-threatening injuries — roughly a half hour later. Police mistakenly reported another victim had nonfatal injuries in the shooting.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | September 27, 2014
Even as we continued to dissect the National Football League's mishandling of the Ray Rice case and millionaires associated with the matter apologized (again) for being obtuse to domestic violence, the conversation seemed to turn toward a silver lining. To wit: Maybe good will come of this ugliness. The NFL's inadequate reaction to Rice's assault unleashed strong public backlash, heightened awareness of the everyday reality of intimate-partner abuse and forced the league and the Baltimore Ravens to make big-time amends, including a six-figure donation to the House of Ruth Maryland.
FEATURES
July 28, 2006
THE QUESTION Critics viewed the Wayans' movie Little Man as nothing more than a spinoff of a Bugs Bunny cartoon come to life. For that reason, the movie did not receive good reviews. When it comes to choosing what movie you will see, does it matter what critics say? Why or why not? WHAT YOU SAY Although critics' movie reviews are important to get an idea of whether or not the movie is what the readers are interested in seeing, it is equally important to remember that everyone has their own taste in movies.
NEWS
By Gregory Kane | June 20, 2001
LET'S BAN movie critics from reviewing historical films. That way, we'll make their lives - and ours - easier to sit through. Film criticism is a noble profession, focusing on an exciting and vibrant art form. But critics and I often are on different wavelengths. Any film universally panned by critics, I'm sure to like. Those that most critics praise, I'm sure to detest. I first became leery of critics years ago, when I went to see "Picnic at Hanging Rock" at the Charles. The plot was about three girls who mysteriously disappear on a picnic.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - The transformation took place late last season, on what started out as a dreary November afternoon at Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium. Maryland went into Blacksburg thought to be no more than road kill for the Hokies and emerged with a bit of a swagger after a 27-24 overtime victory. When the 2014 Terps make their Big Ten debut Saturday at Indiana, there is a growing confidence about playing on the road. Maryland (3-1) has won four straight true road games, including wins at South Florida on Sept.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake criticized the Police Department's handling of a high-profile police brutality investigation on Wednesday, and said she had directed the police commissioner to develop a "comprehensive" plan to address brutality in the agency. Speaking to reporters at City Hall, the mayor said top commanders should have quickly seen a video of an officer repeatedly punching a man, and should have moved immediately to take the officer off the street. "It is outrageous," Rawlings-Blake said of the conduct of the officer shown in the video, whom authorities have identified as Officer Vincent E. Cosom.
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