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February 3, 2014
Baltimore dad, comic book author and middle school art teacher Michael Bracco couldn't find baby clothes that fit his offbeat, artistic style when his daughter was born. So he designed his own, expanding his successful brand of illustrated T-shirts, Spaghetti Kiss, to include an infant and toddler line, thanks to a $2,000 Kickstarter campaign. The sci-fi-inspired designs include a dancing rhino and a robot printed on 100% cotton T's and onesies ($20), available at spaghettikiss.com.
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By Alexa Fraser | September 28, 2014
One of the things that delights me in the people I love is their differences.  Each of my beloved family members behaved differently in life, so naturally each of them chose to die in their own way.  My dad, Alex Fraser, wanted control over the time and place of his death.  As his Parkinson's worsened, sometime after his 90 t h birthday, he decided to take action.  His health had been declining for some time, his tremor made it hard...
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By Seth Sawyers | June 17, 2012
I just bought a little red car, and the other day, at a stoplight, I looked down at my hand on the stick shift, and suddenly I was seven years old, sitting in the back of our little red Ford Escort, and Dad was taking us fishing. My dad had a black mustache. He liked jeans and T-shirts, and he wore them until they fell apart. He kept a handkerchief in his pocket, for his nose, for our noses. He wore a heavy belt buckle he'd gotten from the Outdoor Writers Association of America.
NEWS
September 9, 2014
Years ago we had 3-digit and 4-digit gambling, and over the years Maryland has offered several ways to gamble. But now we've hit the jackpot - we have casinos ( "Horseshoe says casino drew 50,000 in opening weekend," Sept. 2). Some will spend their last dollar hoping to win big, but it's always the casino that wins. Who benefits from all the gambling we have now? Maryland state government. It can't seem to get enough of our hard-earned money. I dare say there are children going to bed hungry because mom or dad spent their money at the casino.
SPORTS
August 22, 2014
I've been wanting to write a thank-you note to the Veterans Health Administration. My father is a veteran and has macular degeneration he has been treated at the VA for over five years. Without all the care, he would be blind by now. So my blue-eyed dad still can drive and take care of his lawn and flowers and he also volunteers at the VA and drives other veterans to their doctors appointments. With all the negative talk about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, I believe there are millions out there who are thanking the VA for the care that they receive.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2011
In this week's Lunch for $10 or Less review, John Lindner visits the Southeast Anchor Library in Highlandtown WHAT?? A library?!!? I thought this was a lunch review?! It's true. You could look it up. The 1,164 square-foot cafe sells coffee, specialty drinks, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and food prepared off premises by David and  Dad's and more. How is it?  Here's that review of David and Dad's at the Southeast Anchor Library .
NEWS
By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,Special to the Sun | June 6, 2004
Dad wanted me to tell you this: He does not need any new ties for Father's Day. And stay away from golf balls and socks, too -- he's got more than enough of those, thanks. So, what to get the old man? Well, we have some ideas for a half-dozen gifts that will make Dad smile. And you'll smile too, because when Dad is happy, isn't everyone happy? Give the shirt on his back What: Relaxed-fit sun-washed shirt Why: Dad works hard. He ought to relax. And this soft cotton shirt in colorful solids or stripes is just the thing to make the head honcho sit back and watch the clouds float on by. Where: Available for $39.50 at The Gap or www.gap.
NEWS
By Charles A. Wunder | December 20, 1995
MY FATHER VISITS every year about this time.Arriving a few weeks before Christmas, he stays until a week or so after the New Year.He's his old self, a meticulous record keeper and list maker, protector and preserver of family traditions.Preparing the house for the holidays, I go upstairs to the hall closet, next to the children's empty bedrooms, and carefully take out the old cardboard box marked ''Lionel Electric Trains, No. 267 W. Streamliner with Remote Control Railroad Whistle.''It's tied with the heavy string he probably used when he first put away the box after Christmas in 1939.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2013
Actor and Maryland native Edward Norton could be ready to take on the role of father. According to US Weekly, Norton's fiancee Shauna Robertson is expecting, due "any day now. " Norton's publicist told Insider Tuesday that she couldn't comment one way or the other about the star's personal life. Robertson is a film producer who has worked on a number of Judd Apatow movies including "Knocked up" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin. " The couple, along with others, co-founded Crowdrise, a website that helps people raise money for causes.
SPORTS
By Philadelphia Inquirer | April 29, 2011
WILMINGTON, Del. — Close your eyes and you can hear the father's voice as the son speaks. Open your eyes and look beneath the son's spikes and you can recall the days when the father left a trail of tobacco juice on the outfield turf at Veterans Stadium. There is no mistaking this is Lenny Dykstra's son, and he's more than happy to admit it. Three years ago, when the Milwaukee Brewers selected Cutter Dykstra in the second round of the baseball draft, it was a feel-good story about the son trying to follow in the father's footsteps.
NEWS
By Karen Nitkin and For The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
J im Donaldson is 38 years old, the separated single father to 8-year-old Jacob and “5-going-on-35”-year-old Lily. Until recently, he had a good job with a large oil company. But when his son got croup that developed into pneumonia three years ago, all that changed. Donaldson asked for time off and was denied.  “I had to choose between the job and the child,” he recalls. “It was a very easy decision. You can replace a job, but you can't replace a child.” But losing that job started a downward spiral that was hard to stop.
SPORTS
August 22, 2014
I've been wanting to write a thank-you note to the Veterans Health Administration. My father is a veteran and has macular degeneration he has been treated at the VA for over five years. Without all the care, he would be blind by now. So my blue-eyed dad still can drive and take care of his lawn and flowers and he also volunteers at the VA and drives other veterans to their doctors appointments. With all the negative talk about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, I believe there are millions out there who are thanking the VA for the care that they receive.
SPORTS
By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Periodically, Mike Pringle's phone beeps with a text message from a teammate on the Baltimore Stallions' 1995 Canadian Football League champions. Check this out , the message reads, followed by a link to game-action highlights of a gifted college basketball player. The texts are from Elfrid Payton Sr., the Stallions' star defensive end. The videos are of his son, Elfrid Jr., who's expected to be a first-round selection in Thursday's NBA draft. Pringle watches the highlights in awe. "He [Elfrid Sr.]
NEWS
June 11, 2014
I agree with people who say that more people, especially men, need to step up as mentors for young boys. However, as has been said many times over the years, it is really the boys' fathers, in particular, who need to step up. Warren Sparrow, Westminster - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
SPORTS
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
The daughter of an NBA player or coach must make certain sacrifices. The league's time commitment could hardly be more demanding. Maryland freshman guard Lexie Brown is a realist. She knows that her father - Sacramento Kings assistant coach Dee Brown - would have a difficult time breaking away from his team to watch Lexie and the Terps in Sunday night's Final Four game against undefeated Notre Dame in Nashville, Tenn. But she remained hopeful. “Every year since about 10th grade he's really missed a lot of my basketball seasons, but he's always managed to make it to the state playoffs and now the Elite Eight game,” she said Thursday.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
Richard P. Healy, an environmental engineer whose career with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spanned more than three decades, died Saturday of esophageal cancer at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. The longtime Hamilton resident was 61. "Rich was a wonderful guy and a team leader for our beach team. He has been in that position since 2002, which oversees grants to coastal Great Lakes states, which helps them with beach monitoring and advising about contamination such as sewage," said John B. Wathen, who is the assistant chief of the EPA's Fish, Shellfish, Beaches and Outreach Branch.
FEATURES
May 19, 1994
Poor dad. Father's Day is coming up, and he usually has a pretty good idea of the surprises in store for him. OK, you may have come up with some Orioles tickets or new sports equipment, but on the sartorial side, chances are he's getting some new ties.Just as well, you say, because dad doesn't really know how to pull it together. He wears the same predictable stuff in a nice dad sort of way.We know better. Underneath that fatherly exterior may beat the heart of a fashion plate. He just needs some encouragement.
NEWS
May 10, 2006
You hear a lot about mothers in the kitchen, but for Father's Day, we want to know what dads have been cooking. We're looking for Maryland fathers - and their families - to talk to about a father's place in the kitchen, favorite recipes and memories of time spent cooking with the family. E-mail joseph.burris@baltsun.com with your name, phone number and a brief description of what the father likes to cook. Recipes are welcome. Please put "Dad in the kitchen" in the subject line.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
Peter R. Godbout, owner of Dad's Delivery LLC in Baltimore, died Friday of heart failure at his Caton Avenue home. He was 62. Peter Robert Godbout was born in Washington and raised in Silver Spring. He was a 1969 graduate of Archbishop John Carroll High School in Northeast Washington, and attended the University of Maryland, College Park, before going into business. From 1971 to 2001, when he established Dad's Delivery LLC, he had had been president of World Wide Delivery in College Park.
SPORTS
Paul Tierney and The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2014
The game was over for everyone, except Rodney Elliott Jr. His team down by 20 points with time quickly evaporating, Elliott Jr. came off the bench determined. He brought the crowd to its feet, sinking eight consecutive 3-pointers and sending his team home with an improbable victory, much the same way his father used to do for Gary Williams at Maryland in the late 1990s. Except this game wasn't played in College Park. It was in 2002 at a youth development center in East Baltimore, and Elliott Jr. was just 7 years old. "I just started crying on the bench for no reason," Elliott Jr. recalled.
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