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By David Driver | January 29, 2014
Rabbi Daniel Plotkin was in the marching band at the University of Wisconsin and one of his highlights came when the football team took part in the Rose Bowl parade in 1994 - the school's first appearance in the game in 31 years. When Plotkin became the rabbi at Beth Shalom in Columbia less than three years ago, he soon learned of several other congregants with dormant musical backgrounds but no outlet to keep sharp or exhibit their skills. With the assistance of Steve Cohen, who joined the congregation in 2005, Plotkin created Divine Intervention, an eclectic mix of musicians who held An Evening at the Coffee House on Jan. 25 as a fundraiser for Beth Shalom.
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By David Driver | January 29, 2014
Rabbi Daniel Plotkin was in the marching band at the University of Wisconsin and one of his highlights came when the football team took part in the Rose Bowl parade in 1994 - the school's first appearance in the game in 31 years. When Plotkin became the rabbi at Beth Shalom in Columbia less than three years ago, he soon learned of several other congregants with dormant musical backgrounds but no outlet to keep sharp or exhibit their skills. With the assistance of Steve Cohen, who joined the congregation in 2005, Plotkin created Divine Intervention, an eclectic mix of musicians who held An Evening at the Coffee House on Jan. 25 as a fundraiser for Beth Shalom.
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By Ken Murray | ken.murray@baltsun.com | February 2, 2010
Matt Stover was willing to walk away last spring without regret. He was willing to pack up his memories and trophy footballs and move on with life. After 19 years of kicking in the NFL - 13 with the Ravens - he could have closed the book on a distinguished career. That he didn't walk - and now finds himself kicking for the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday's Super Bowl in South Florida - is one of this week's most compelling stories. It might also be a story of divine intervention, Stover says.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Beth Aaltonen | October 27, 2011
Someone actually does do something on Survivor that's never been done before. We jump right into the Redemption Island duel with Christine and Mikayla. I'm rooting for Mikayla. But no, Christine wins again. So do you think Upolu is maybe realizing that it was a mistake to vote someone out so early who turned out to be such a good competitor? Of course, her attitude still kind of sucks. Oohh, Ozzy is thinking waayy out of the box, in assuming that since the merge is happening soon, it might be worth it to purposefully send someone to Redemption Island just for the purpose of defeating Christine.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | February 2, 2010
Matt Stover was willing to walk away last spring without regret. He was willing to pack up his memories and trophy footballs and move on with life. After 19 years of kicking in the NFL - 13 with the Ravens - he could have closed the book on a distinguished career. That he didn't walk - and now finds himself kicking for the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday's Super Bowl in South Florida - is one of this week's most compelling stories. It might also be a story of divine intervention, Stover says.
NEWS
March 14, 2011
Baltimore principals' union president Jimmy Gittings recognizes that school prayer is unconstitutional but defends it anyway ("Prayers at city school before tests criticized," March 14). He blames the constitutional ban for a loss of respect for teachers and administrators over a 50 year period. There are many documented reasons for the problems of city schools, but Mr. Gittings adds a disregard for the rights of all students in order to advance a sectarian agenda. Prayer before tests may be common, but preparation and study should make it unnecessary.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | August 15, 1999
COLLEGE PARK -- Divine intervention.That's what Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden called the heavy thunderstorm that hit here yesterday and wiped out the last half of afternoon practice and halted the growing injury list at six after just three days of two-a-day workouts.Sophomore No. 1 quarterback Randall Jones has a sore arm and will not throw for a third straight day today. Two other injured starters: senior right guard Jamie Wu (three bulging discs in his back) and sophomore cornerback Tony Okanlawon (pulled hamstring)
NEWS
By Larry Carson | February 10, 1992
More than 400 Baltimore County employees -- nearly half those eligible -- took advantage of an early retirement program designed to save money by paring as many long-term, highly paid workers as possible.The retirement program that ended Jan. 31 was accepted by 5 percent of the county's work force of 8,000 -- or 403 of the 875 people eligible -- leaving some gaping holes in the bureaucracy, said James R. Gibson Jr., the finance director.Among those leaving were the engineer in charge of inspecting buildings and bridges, half the majors on the police force, 94 police officers, 87 firefighters, one-third the fire chiefs, a host of highway workers and 24 public health nurses, including 12 school nurses.
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By Larry Carson | February 10, 1992
More than 400 Baltimore County employees -- nearly half those eligible -- have taken advantage of an early retirement program designed to save money by paring as many long-term, highly paid workers as possible.The retirement program that ended Jan. 31 was accepted by 5 percent of the county's work force of 8,000 -- or 403 of the 875 people eligible -- leaving some gaping holes in the bureaucracy, said James R. Gibson Jr., the finance director.Among those leaving were the engineer in charge of inspecting buildings and bridges, half the majors on the police force, 94 police officers, 87 firefighters, one-third of the fire chiefs, a host of highway workers and 24 public health nurses, including 12 school nurses.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | September 30, 1994
NOTHING GOOD COMES EASYRoger Clinton (Pyramid 71826)If nothing else, Roger Clinton certainly has courage. After all, how many other semi-talented singers would dare put the words Nothing Good" in the title of their first album? To be honest, though, "Nothing Good Comes Easy" isn't all that bad an effort. Not only does he stay on pitch throughout, but he actually manages to navigate the album's super-slick arrangements with some semblance of style. Granted, his voice doesn't have much character to it, and there's little that's memorable about his material -- which ranges from the Eddie Money-ish "Brother Brother" to the pallid soul of "Different Man" -- but that just makes him bland, not bad. As for whether anyone will actually buy the album for its musical value, ask yourself: Did anyone drink Billy Beer for the taste?
NEWS
March 14, 2011
Baltimore principals' union president Jimmy Gittings recognizes that school prayer is unconstitutional but defends it anyway ("Prayers at city school before tests criticized," March 14). He blames the constitutional ban for a loss of respect for teachers and administrators over a 50 year period. There are many documented reasons for the problems of city schools, but Mr. Gittings adds a disregard for the rights of all students in order to advance a sectarian agenda. Prayer before tests may be common, but preparation and study should make it unnecessary.
SPORTS
By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2010
— These are the reasons for Maryland kicker Nick Ferrara's success: a strong leg, a sharp focus and an angel on his shoulder. The first two are his doing. The third is the spirit of his best friend. Ferrara, a freshman, surprised coaches with his kicking last season. The Terps' foot of the future, he hit 18 of 25 field-goal attempts, including the game-winner in overtime against James Madison, and a 50-yarder at Wake Forest. Extra points? Perfect. He even filled in at punter for a spell.
SPORTS
By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | February 2, 2010
Matt Stover was willing to walk away last spring without regret. He was willing to pack up his memories and trophy footballs and move on with life. After 19 years of kicking in the NFL - 13 with the Ravens - he could have closed the book on a distinguished career. That he didn't walk - and now finds himself kicking for the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday's Super Bowl in South Florida - is one of this week's most compelling stories. It might also be a story of divine intervention, Stover says.
SPORTS
By Ken Murray | ken.murray@baltsun.com | February 2, 2010
Matt Stover was willing to walk away last spring without regret. He was willing to pack up his memories and trophy footballs and move on with life. After 19 years of kicking in the NFL - 13 with the Ravens - he could have closed the book on a distinguished career. That he didn't walk - and now finds himself kicking for the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday's Super Bowl in South Florida - is one of this week's most compelling stories. It might also be a story of divine intervention, Stover says.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | February 7, 2003
A FRIEND told me this story. It involves his wife, a mugger, grand irony and maybe divine intervention - we don't know yet. You won't see any full names because the story was told with the condition that the victim, my friend's wife, not be identified. There's a definite fear factor here - police told my friend that the man arrested for robbing the love of his life once had served time for attempted murder. So, for the purposes of this story, we'll just refer to the victim as Diana. She went shopping on the evening of Sunday, Jan. 19, for snacks to take the next day - the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday - to a job fair at a Catholic school.
NEWS
By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | January 20, 2001
WASHINGTON - The Texans are coming. And as they would say, that news is good enough to make a rabbit spit in a bulldog's face. George W. Bush invited his fellow Texans to feel at home in the nation's capital for his inaugural, and yesterday they wasted no time making his casa their casa. Y'alling each other across town yesterday, they made it clear the next four years will resemble a Lone Star occupation. Ground zero: The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, where the Texas State Society staged its "Texas Fair."
SPORTS
By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Correspondent | September 23, 1990
COLLEGE PARK -- University of Maryland place-kicker Dan DeArmas was on one knee, praying, when he heard the roar from the crowd."That was my signal from the Lord," said DeArmas. "He was giving me another chance, and I was going to do it for him."Soon after, DeArmas kicked a 25-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining to lift Maryland past North Carolina State, 13-12, yesterday before 25,371 at Byrd Stadium.Maryland (3-1 overall, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) is off to its best start since 1986, and the win set off euphoria not seen in College Park since the Terps beat North Carolina, 28-26, in 1983 on their way to the conference title.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | February 7, 2003
A FRIEND told me this story. It involves his wife, a mugger, grand irony and maybe divine intervention - we don't know yet. You won't see any full names because the story was told with the condition that the victim, my friend's wife, not be identified. There's a definite fear factor here - police told my friend that the man arrested for robbing the love of his life once had served time for attempted murder. So, for the purposes of this story, we'll just refer to the victim as Diana. She went shopping on the evening of Sunday, Jan. 19, for snacks to take the next day - the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday - to a job fair at a Catholic school.
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