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By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2010
Under a printed head scarf and the warm sun, Candice Abdal-Rahim served hundreds of strangers food and drink that she could not sample until sundown. She was observing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by fasting and performing an act of charity at the annual Day of Dignity, a national effort organized by Islamic Relief and the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Serving others "makes the day go quicker," said Abdal-Rahim, a city schools administrator. This was the fifth year the Day of Dignity, marked in 22 cities over 10 different weekends, was observed in Baltimore.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
Dignity Players' current production of John Buchan's "The 39 Steps," directed by Jim Reiter and starring Ty Cobb, Rebecca Ellis, Duncan Hood and Eric Lund, is a worthy tribute to famed suspense director Alfred Hitchcock. The show, playing in Annapolis through May 17, is a stage phenomenon, providing savvy theatergoers an unforgettable evening. The production is a testament to the skills of Reiter, who has assembled a cast of the most gifted comic actors in the Annapolis region. Rarely do audiences witness such skilled improvisational performances from an ensemble.
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December 28, 2012
Although a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference with 60 years of tradition, Maryland did not respond to a couple of phone calls from the ACC commissioner before approving the move to the Big Ten. This courtesy was owed to the commissioner and does not speak well for Maryland. An institution of our standing should not have been dictated to by the Big Ten Conference. We kowtowed to their terms by not receiving input from all those affected by this change - the students, faculty, student athletes, alumni and former athletes.
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April 29, 2014
I'm writing in response to the letter "Maryland needs Mizeur's death with dignity law" (April 27) by Alan D. Eason. Mr. Eason makes a very controversial statement when he says that "Maryland law should be changed to allow mentally competent, terminally ill adults to legally choose aid in dying when palliative and hospice care can no longer provide, for them, a satisfactory life. " The key phrase is "mentally competent. " A person can be not competent for a certain period of time and then may be competent after the situation subsides, such as any medical crisis.
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By Earl Gustkey and Earl Gustkey,Los Angeles Times | October 23, 1990
LAS VEGAS -- The horrible moment lives on, as it will for the rest of his days, in the mind of Evander Holyfield."I thought it must be a nightmare, that if I woke up, it would just go away," he once said of that moment in the summer of 1984, when he was kicked out of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.In a semifinal bout of the light-heavyweight division, Holyfield was administering a beating to New Zealander Kevin Barry when, during an exchange, the Yugoslav referee, Bligorije Novicic, yelled, "Stop!"
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By John Bartholow | June 26, 1992
MY WIFE Lydia died last June. She had been fighting cancer off and on for 10 years.During that time, Lydia fought bravely to keep living through various complex treatments and their aftermath. As her condition worsened, her last hope was for a bone marrow transplant. She badgered her doctors to "keep the faith."Finally the doctors told her that there was nothing more they could do. A transplant was no longer possible, and she should expect death soon.Since she was quite uncomfortable, she told her doctors that she was ready to die. She had already lived a full year beyond anyone's expectation.
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By Ben Mattlin | September 3, 1991
I WAS BORN with a muscular-dystrophy-related disease, and your Labor Day telethons have always turned my stomach. I actually appeared on one in the late 1960s, as the Muscular Dystrophy Association poster-child for the New York metropolitan area. t as a child: Despite your undoubtedly honorable intentions, you are sadly misinformed about disabilities. Moreover, you are misleading the able-bodied population while offending the rest of us.You and your organization have done much good, and I myself have benefited from your financial resources.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2009
Founded on belief in the inherent dignity of everyone, Dignity Players begins its fifth season at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis continuing its mission of presenting plays that focus on social justice. This season's opening production of Arab-American playwright Yussef El Guidi's Back of the Throat illustrates the effects of the U.S. Patriot Act on Arab-American citizens. In this dark, sometimes comic drama examining post 9/11 attitudes toward Muslims, protagonist Arab-American writer Khaled is visited by two initially friendly but puzzling government officials, who become menacingly probing and later abusive toward an astonished Khaled, who discovers that he is the focus of a government inquiry into his alleged terrorist ties.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,Special to The Sun | September 28, 2007
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, opening at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis next week, reminds us how social injustice destroyed the most celebrated playwright of his era. Dignity Players, whose mission is to shed light on social issues and promote individual self-worth, confronts homophobia in its production of Moises Kaufman's play. In 2004, Sue Struve, Bryan Barrett and Mickey Handwerger founded the all-volunteer theater component of the church's Arts in the Woods program.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 13, 1998
MARIETTA, Ga. -- As his colleagues in Washington debated President Clinton's fate, House Speaker Newt Gingrich played host yesterday to a farewell town hall meeting in his district that combined effusive tributes for Gingrich with seething denunciations of Clinton.At both his forum at Walton High School and at a news conference, Gingrich maintained his distance from the details of the impeachment process, which he has bequeathed to his successor, Rep. Bob Livingston, and to Rep. Henry Hyde, chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
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April 27, 2014
I disagree, strongly, with Ms. Catalfamo's letter ( "Assisted suicide is not the answer," April 21), asserting that Del. Heather Mizeur's position on allowing aid in dying in Maryland is "perverted" and inconsistent with "a decent democracy. " For me, and for many other seniors, respect for and support of an individual's end-of-life choices is absolutely central to American principles and values. I believe that most of us are unable to imagine what it is like to suffer from a terminal illness.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
Del. Heather R. Mizeur promised to push for a law allowing physician-assisted suicide in Maryland if elected governor. "If terminally ill, mentally competent adults choose to end their life, they should be able to seek a life-ending dose of medicine from their physician," Mizeur said in a policy proposal released late Tuesday. Three states - Oregon, Washington, and Vermont - have similar policies, dubbed by advocates "Death with Dignity" laws. Mizeur, a Democrat from Montgomery County, outlined her call for legalization of doctor-assisted suicide along with ideas to help seniors as they retire, age, get sick and approach death.
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By Chloe Schwenke | April 3, 2014
After Maryland passed a bill banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity last month, my job became a little easier. As a human rights activist, I work to secure progress in protecting human dignity, measured by civil and political rights. Among the people often specifically targeted for abuse are lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. And of all those under the LGBTI banner, the "T" — or transgender population — is frequently the most vulnerable to vicious attacks, stigmatization, humiliation and abuse.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
Audiences share in the evolution of a mentor-protege relationship in Dignity Players' production of Donald Margulies' 1997 play, "Collected Stories. " The play depicts the evolving relationship of two friends over a six-year period. What starts with sardonic writer-teacher Ruth Steiner's first encounter with worshipful student Lisa Morrison gradually transitions into more of a mother-daughter relationship. Then we see fledgling writer Lisa apply Ruth's lessons to spark a growing independence and distance before achieving success.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013
Sister Irene Marshiano, a nun who offered sandwiches and coffee "with respect" at the Franciscan Center she founded 45 years ago, died of complications from diabetes Oct. 31 at her order's Clare Court Convent in Northeast Baltimore. She was 70. Born in New York City's Harlem and raised in the Bronx, she was the daughter of a Hertz rental car mechanic and a homemaker. After graduating from St. Helena's High School in the Bronx, she entered a Franciscan convent, but she soon experienced health problems and was asked to leave.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
Dignity Players' current production of "Art" is a near-flawless effort - a must-see work for everyone who values friendship and realizes what art contributes to life. Yasmina Reza's 1998 Tony Award-winning play depicts how our perception of and reaction to art can test friendships and opinions, yet shows how we can learn from one another in confrontational situations. Dignity's production raises the standard of excellence for acting in local theater, as three actors portray characters who are confident, threatened and pacifistic.
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November 23, 1993
Rep. Wayne Gilchrest of the Eastern Shore was the only Republican in the House of Representatives to vote for statehood for the District of Columbia. We oppose statehood for D.C., but we sympathize with his reasoning. He says he voted that way as a gesture of support for the dignity of District residents. The way the matter was handled in Congress, he felt, was far from dignified.Some of the debate was indeed an assault upon the dignity of residents of the nation's capital. Their desire to exercise the bedrock American privilege of voting for members of the Congress who tax them and occasionally send their youth to war is wholly understandable.
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October 11, 2012
I am a practicing Catholic who supports and will vote for Question 6 and Marriage Equality in Maryland. It is my Catholic faith and understanding of Catholic social teaching that demands it. Catholic social teaching says the person is not only sacred but also social. Marriage is social. Catholic social teaching calls for dignity and says that in a healthy community every person has a fundamental right to the things required for human decency. Forbidding civil marriage to a particular group takes away that dignity for the couple and their children.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2013
Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori came to Annapolis Thursday with a simple message: Repeal of the death penalty is a matter of human dignity. In an interview with The Sun before his appearance before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee's hearing on Gov. Martin O'Malley's repeal bill, Lori said that essential dignity extend even to "human persons who do terrible things. " "Our position is there's a better way -- that life without parole is more reasonable if there's any possibility of reform and rehabilitation," he said at the Maryland Catholic Conference's office in Annapolis.
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Susan Reimer | February 13, 2013
You have to wonder what kind of fun Vatican mystery writer Dan Brown would have with the startling resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. As would be the case when any well-known CEO suddenly steps down "for health reasons," we are immediately suspicious. Was he, like the last pope to step down voluntarily more than 700 years ago, simply the wrong man for the job? A shy and aging scholar overwhelmed by the demands of guiding the church through the scandals of sex abuse and money laundering, who was happier in the library than on the balcony at St. Peter's?
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