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September 12, 2011
The simplest way to encourage use of the dollar coins is to retire the paper bills ("Spare change," Sept. 7). My family has vacationed in Canada for 40 years, and during that time that country introduced the dollar coin (called a "Loonie" because of the imprint of a loon on its reverse side) and at the same time retired the bills. People soon stopped complaining, and soon the "Toonie" came along, and all two-dollar paper bills were retired. We kept a little change purse for just these coins and found the whole situation no inconvenience at all. I say if the move will really save the U.S. a lot of money, it is something that should be done.
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By Jonah Goldberg | May 26, 2014
Hillary Clinton is in a pickle. She's a shoe-in for her party's presidential nomination because of Barack Obama's failures. But those failures might keep her from getting the job. Her husband's "law of politics" is that elections are always about the future, but she's stuck in the past. In 2008, Mr. Obama pandered to liberal hopes while Ms. Clinton appealed to their good sense. Mr. Obama promised miracles and magic. Ms. Clinton promised more homework. "Cynicism" was Mr. Obama's real opponent, he explained.
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By Stanley C. Dillon | August 2, 1992
More and more women like Lisa Peddicord of Westminster are competing in motor sports. It is not unusual to find several women racing each week at area dragways. They become hooked on the sport as much as men do. Lisa Peddicord did not start going to the drag strip until early last year. Her brother, Jim Peddicord, a regular at 75-80 Dragway in Monrovia, had been asking her to go with him to the races for some time. But Lisa, 26, wasn't interested; she was spending most of her time playing right field for Woodbine AC in the women's softball league.
NEWS
By Caroline Brennan | April 6, 2014
We have reached a solemn milestone in Syria: It has been three years since the beginning of the war that has uprooted the lives of millions of people. From a distance, this conflict can seem overwhelming or even hopeless. Up close, it feels personal - with hope just about the only thing people have to hold onto. What is striking are the masses of women and children who make up nearly 75 percent of the estimated 2.5 million Syrian refugees. While we don't see them as much because many women in the region are not comfortable being photographed, they shoulder some of the greatest burdens of this crisis as they struggle to find help and to care for their children, who are too-often severely traumatized.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | July 16, 2004
Lawrence "Larry" Albert Kopp, a national drag racing champion who began as a Rosedale tow-truck operator and mechanic, died of pancreatic cancer Monday at his Rosedale home. He was 56. For the past three decades, he rebuilt Chevrolets for racing, including Corvettes, and drove a quarter-mile in 7.594 seconds. He won the 1976 National Hot Rod Association Modified Eliminator Championship in Ontario, Calif., and the 1998 Pro Stock Truck title in Pomona, Calif. Mr. Kopp also appeared in Chevrolet advertising for its 1999 S-10, a small version of a pickup truck.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Scott Hettrick | September 25, 1992
PARIS IS BURNING(Academy Entertainment, 1991)"I remember my dad saying you have three strikes against you: being black, male and gay," says an unseen subject of this critically acclaimed documentary directed by Jennie Livingston. The film, produced in 1990 and released last year, examines the phenomenon of Harlem's circuit of homosexual drag balls from 1987 to 1989 and the fascinating personalities of its participants.For these men, whose desire it is to be something other than what they are -- in one case, "a rich white girl" -- the drag balls represent a rare opportunity to feel "normal" and accepted.
FEATURES
By New York Times News Service | May 6, 1992
It's the other kind of drag. Women in pin stripes, starched shirts and neckties ruled the runways from Paris to New York this season.But like Madonna in "Express Yourself" or Marlene Dietrich in black tie, this is men's wear with an edge, Savile Row with an undercurrent of some new sexual dynamic."
FEATURES
By Abigail Tucker and Abigail Tucker,SUN STAFF | June 18, 2005
Headlining tonight's Baltimore Pride Block Party is RuPaul Charles, perhaps the world's most famous drag queen. The 44-year-old Charles, who is best-known for the 1992 dance hit, "Supermodel/You Better Work," has lain low for the past few years - or rather, as low as a 6-foot-4-inch diva can lie. But now he's back in the spotlight, touring to promote a new album, RuPaul RedHot, as well as a line of anatomically correct RuPaul dolls. The performer will take the stage last at the party on Eager Street in Mount Vernon, which runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. First, though, he took a few minutes to discuss good music, aging gracefully and blogging.
NEWS
By VICKI WELLFORD | January 24, 1995
The checkered flag has been waved, marking the end of the first drag racing season at Arundel High School.Students established several marks this semester in the Metric 500 Dragster Competition, a part of the new Introduction to Technology class.These potential engineers and technicians were challenged to design and build the fastest dragster while adhering to a set of engineering specifications.Students used computers to design and test their vehicles for efficiency and speed, and several designs reached well over 180 mph.The budding racers modified their dragsters to achieve the lowest possible drag coefficient after testing them in a wind tunnel.
SPORTS
By STAN DILLON | March 21, 1993
Many athletes get better with age. Stock car racing has Harry Gant and baseball has Nolan Ryan.Locally, 75-80 Dragway has Roger Jorss, a veteran drag racer who gets better with age.Although Jorss, 50, has been racing for 33 years, he has been at his best the past decade. Last year he won the Class II championship at 75-80, about the same time he received his AARP card.It was his second consecutive title at the Monrovia dragway. And he doesn't plan on retiring any time soon.Jorss is as consistent as they come, but he refuses to take credit for it, continually praising his car instead.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
Maryland's growth in personal income last year was one of the smallest in the nation, a regionwide problem as federal furloughs and other cutbacks pinched earnings, the Department of Commerce said Tuesday. Maryland saw a 1.6 percent increase last year in personal income, which includes wages, dividends, interest and other payments. That compares to a 2.6 percent increase nationwide. Only West Virginia, with 1.5 percent, saw less growth, according to the Commerce Department. Virginia (1.7 percent)
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2014
In an effort to improve its last-place prime-time lineup, CNN is canceling Piers Morgan's nightly talk show. The cancellation, which was first reported by the New York Times, has been confirmed by CNN, though a date has yet to be set for when the former British tabloid editor will end his troubled run. Morgan was hired by Jonathan Klein, the predecessor of Jeff Zucker, who came into the top job at CNN with a mandate to improve ratings....
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
Police were approaching a drug deal in the parking lot of a downtown gas station Wednesday night when one of the suspects' cars drove off, dragging an officer "several feet" as police fired, Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said. One of the cars drove at another of the four uniformed officers outside the Exxon at the corner of West Mulberry and North Greene streets, causing him to also fire his gun in self-defense, Rodriguez said. Rodriguez would not say how many suspects were involved, in custody or at large, pending further investigation.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
A Baltimore police officer shot and seriously injured a man Wednesday night after police said he dragged the officer along with his car for two blocks. Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said officers pulled over a car in the Belair-Edison neighborhood shortly before 10 p.m. after they saw the car make a traffic violation, though Rodriguez did not specify what the violation was, saying details were still emerging. At some point while the officers were conducting the traffic stop, the driver attempted to flee in his car, dragging the officer along Mannasota Avenue from Dudley Avenue to Shannon Drive, Rodriguez said.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2013
"I Am Divine" is a welcome reminder that Baltimore's favorite-son drag queen did more than eat dog poop at the end of "Pink Flamingos. " Much more. He was, in fact, a genuine force of nature, an irrepressible and undefinable spirit who wanted two things: to be loved, and to be famous. To that end, he adopted the almost-literally larger-than-life personality of a 300-pound drag queen and found success in film, on stage and in concert. His singular accomplishments - there almost certainly will never be another Divine - emerge as a testament as much to his drive as his talent, both of which are paid their due by filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | September 23, 2013
The only real accountability for the Benghazi scandal will have to come in 2016. Reading through the competing partisan reports and listening to the congressional testimony of various officials last week, it seemed fair to say that no actual crimes were committed (though you never know what you don't know). There were, in at least a figurative sense, criminal lapses in judgment by senior officials. Many of those lapses are recounted in the Accountability Review Board report. It found "systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department" that "resulted in a special mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place.
SPORTS
By SANDRA McKEE | October 5, 2003
The last time we made a big deal about Paul Efantis, he had won what seemed to be an incredible four consecutive races in the Number One Parts Inc. Race War Series in the BFGoodrich Street Tire Class. Now he is 8-0. The last two races of the season will be contested Oct. 18-19 in the Mopar NOPI Race Wars World Finals at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Efantis, who runs an import performance shop in Frederick that specializes in Toyota Supras, has every intention of going 10-0. "We know what we've got," he said.
NEWS
June 23, 2009
If fly-by-night dragsters had the power to invent a venue for their illegal races, they'd be hard-pressed to conjure a better racetrack than I-70 near the Baltimore City-Baltimore County line. Wide, straight, designed for expressway speeds yet little traveled late at night, it's a vestige of a never-completed crosstown highway. The deaths of two young people early Sunday morning, allegedly spectators at what Maryland State Police investigators believe was a drag racing event, suggest this isolated strip - a 1 1/2 -mile dead-end spur between a park-and-ride lot and the Beltway - is more than a curiosity.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2013
Some sports bars can impress as soon as a new customer opens the door. David's 1st and 10, a new Hampden spot to watch a game, achieved this rather easily on a recent Saturday afternoon. All it took was an array of flat screen TVs, which were mounted all over the surprisingly spacious building, including a behemoth in the corner closest to the kitchen that looked to be 80 inches from corner to corner. But it was important not to give David's too much credit for its TVs, since any owner with enough money can transform a bar's walls into a high-definition display.
NEWS
June 26, 2013
Anne Arundel County Police say a Pasadena man has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly tried to drive away during an investigation for suspected drugs and a detective was dragged for about 60 feet. Police say at about 10:39 p.m., members of a narcotics unit approached a car at the Brady Recreation Area in Pasadena when detectives saw suspected marijuana in the vehicle and ordered the occupants out of the vehicle. The driver, later identified as Brian Russell Hafer, 18, of Pasadena, refused to comply, and a detective reached in the vehicle to unlock the door, according to police.
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