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By Meghan Daum | March 11, 2013
Finally! Scientific research backs up my perennial gripe about the soul-killing, society-destroying effects of online comments. A study published last month on the website of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (which does not allow comments) shows that comments can actually sway the perceptions and opinions of otherwise objective readers. Researchers from George Mason University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison set up a fake blog with a news item on a new (and also fake)
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
Another chilly fall morning is forecast Monday, albeit not as cold as Sunday's, and a rebound in temperatures is forecast throughout the day. Temperatures dropped into the 30s for a second consecutive morning Monday, with a low of 39 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. After Sunday morning's low of 36 degrees at the airport, it is the first instance of back-to-back lows in the 30s since April 24-25. Temperatures are forecast in the 60s for most of the day, expected to hit the lower to mid-70s by the afternoon.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
Dense fog set in around the Baltimore area Wednesday, causing some school districts to delay their opening times. The National Weather Service has issued a fog advisory warning until 2 p.m. Overnight, a mixture of rain and snow is forecast, though snow accumulation is expected to be less than half an inch. Temperatures will be in the mid-30s. The weather will warm up to about 40 degrees Thursday with cloudy skies predicted for most of the day. A slight chance of snow and rain is expected Friday afternoon and snow overnight.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Mary Veiga practices the art of deception -- but only in the most respectable of ways. Since 1995, she has been plying her skills in decorative painting, which includes murals, faux finishing and trompe l'oeil for homeowners and businesses. With her, every assignment is a custom job and a new challenge that excites. “Trompe l'oeil is French for 'deceive the eye,' so it's a technique for using realistic imagery [and] shadows to create an optical illusion to make [the work] look three-dimensional,” said the Baltimore-based artist, who attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. “Faux painting, again French, means 'false' and is an old art form used to describe a paint finish replicating a real material such as marble, stone or wood.
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July 17, 2014
The recent article noting the efforts of Nathan Reid to raise the public's awareness of plant pollinators ( "Bee conscious of what you plant," July 13) reminds me that The Sun also published an article last June regarding a memorandum signed by President Barack Obama authorizing the formation of a committee to look into matter of possible loss of plant pollinators in the United States. Given that the committee has six months to accumulate findings and publish a report, one wonders how long it will take the bumbling and much-lobbied Congress to pass legislation based on this committee's findings.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | June 14, 2012
The Harford County Department of Public Works has closed Wheel Road, between Patterson Mill Road and Laurel Bush Road for at least six months. The road closure, which took effect Wednesday, is for the latest work among a number of major improvements to Wheel Road. Motorists who normally travel this area of Wheel Road should make other arrangements during the period of the road closure. The county recently repaved part of Patterson Mill Road in anticipation of it being used as a detour route.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | May 16, 2014
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Howard County and the surrounding region Friday as heavy rainfall soaks the area. The warning will be in effect until 12:15 p.m. Friday, according to the NWS.  As of 9:27 a.m. Friday, the NWS reported ongoing flooding in the Little Patuxent River and that "additional streams are likely to reach flood stage later this morning. " As of 10 a.m. Friday the NWS estimated two to three inches of rain had already fallen on the region and that little additional accumulation, up to a quarter of an inch of rain, is expected for the remainder of the day.  The Maryland State Highway Administration released the following list of warnings for motorists: Keep gas tanks full in case of unexpected and possible lengthy detours; Keep a charged cellphone handy, but don't use while driving unless hands-free; Never try to move tree branches that have been entangled in electrical wires or try to move a fallen electrical or communication cable from the travel lanes; Be on alert for animals, such as deer, crossing the roads as they flee flooded areas; Ensure that windshield wipers and all headlights, hazard lights and turn signals are in proper working order Allow extra braking distance.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2012
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect Saturday for the Baltimore region until midnight, according to meteorologist Steve Zubrick. The watch covers the city and Baltimore, Harford, Carroll, Washington, Frederick, Cecil and Kent counties along with the northern tip of the Chesapeake Bay, said Zubrick, who is the science and operations officer at the National Weather Service's regional office in Sterling, Va. The storm system is caused by...
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The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2012
The National Weather Service is calling for Tuesday to be mostly cloudy in the Baltimore area, with occasional flurries before 1 p.m., a high near 33 and northwest winds of 13 to 18 miles per hour, gusting as high as 30 miles per hour. No snow accumulation is expected. Because of the cold temperatures, Baltimore has activated its Code Blue program , which offers additional services to the homeless. A gale warning is in effect Tuesday for the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay between Sandy Point and Smith Point, including all inlets.
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March 24, 2011
A minor coastal flood advisory is in effect for the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay through Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. The advisory continues through 2 p.m., according to the weather service's Sterling, Va., office, with water levels as much as a foot and a half higher, said meteorologist Bryan Jackson. High tides are expected to hit the Baltimore area after noon today, he said. "It's pretty common for the cooler seasons" to have coastal flood advisories, which can cause some problems for sensitive areas, he said.
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By Karen Nitkin and For The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The double mastectomy took her breasts and the cancer they contained. Elissa Bantug was just 25. She was used to a satisfying, uncomplicated sex life with her live-in boyfriend, and she craved that intimacy as she looked ahead to her post-cancer life. Three days after the surgery, "grabbing at straws and wanting to feel normal," she gave her boyfriend, AJ, the come-hither look that had always worked in the past. This time, however, he balked, afraid of hurting her.  "We had a huge fight," recalled Bantug, now 33. Though she is now married to AJ and living in Columbia with their children, finding their way back to intimacy was a struggle.
NEWS
September 27, 2014
Regarding your editorial "Cops and cameras" (Sept. 24), in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., many city councils and police departments across the country are considering or outfitting their officers with body cameras. Requiring officers to wear body cameras makes sense. It will make them think twice before resorting to more aggressive tactics in dealing with citizens during street stops and calls for service. And since some interactions between police and the public may lead to charges of officer misconduct, the video feed may help police department internal affairs investigators, judges and juries make more informed decisions regarding an appropriate disposition.
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September 26, 2014
More than 300,000 people marched this past weekend to demand action on climate change, and Maryland was well-represented ( "Marylanders join climate march in N.Y.C.," Sept. 22). It was not your typical rally. I marched alongside grandparents who wore their knee braces in hopes of making it the full distance. I marched alongside high-school students who were making a documentary of the movement that would define their livelihood. I marched alongside people of all ages, colors, backgrounds and experiences.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
Dozens of flights have been cancelled or delayed at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Friday morning due to a grounding of air traffic in Chicago following a fire at a nearby radar facility. By nearly 9 p.m., there had been 38 flights cancelled and 142 flights delayed at BWI, according to flight tracker FlightAware.com. Police in Illinois have said the fire at the Federal Aviation Administration facility in Aurora, which grounded hundreds of flights at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airport, was intentionally set but "is no terrorist act. " A contract employee was found in the basement of the radar facility suffering from self-inflicted wounds, police said.
FEATURES
By Tim Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2014
Ever wonder why your neighborhood streams and rivers look so muddy after a heavy rain? A recent survey of construction sites in the Baltimore area found less than a quarter of the exposed soil being worked had been properly protected from erosion. The survey, involving staff and volunteers from 22 different environmental and community groups, found widely varying but generally poor controls on mud pollution being used at building sites in Baltimore City and the five surrounding counties.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
The Ravens' already thin secondary was tested Thursday night when cornerback Asa Jackson suffered a second-quarter concussion and joined inactive cornerback Lardarius Webb on the sideline. Jackson's departure left the team with two active cornerbacks, but one was 2011 first-round pick Jimmy Smith, who locked down Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown and helped hold Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger without a touchdown for the first time in 30 games. “It was an unusual matchup, something I've never really done before in my career, even in college or high school, no matter what - just being a bigger guy on such a small, fast guy like [Brown]
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The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2011
The National Weather Service is calling for Thursday to be rainy in the Baltimore area, with a high near 47 and northwest winds of 9 to 14 miles per hour. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent. A small craft advisory is in effect Thursday and Thursday night for the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay, including all inlets, as well as the tidal Potomac River. Thursday night is expected to be mostly clear, with a low around 34 and west winds around 10 miles per hour.
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By The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2011
The National Weather Service was calling for Tuesday to be partly sunny in the Baltimore area, with a high of 84 degrees and north winds of 7 to 14 miles per hour. There is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. A small craft advisory is in effect through mid-afternoon for the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay. Tuesday night was expected to be mostly clear, with a low around 70 and light north winds. Wednesday was expected to be sunny, with a high near 88 degrees and winds of 6 miles per hour.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Because of advanced treatments, curing prostate cancer has become more common. There now are more than 2.5 million survivors in the United States. Still, many men suffer from side effects after treatment, which may be a deterrent to obtaining care or even discussing the matter with a doctor. But early diagnosis and appropriate treatment will provide the best outcomes, according to Dr. Ira E. Hantman, a urologist with Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.
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By Kalman R. Hettleman | August 29, 2014
Since at least the 1970s, there has been little for unions to celebrate on Labor Day. The giant teachers unions - the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) - have been an exception, largely retaining their size and influence. But now even teachers unions are an endangered species. This June a California judge ruled that the tenure and seniority provisions in teachers collective bargaining agreements were unconstitutional. These contractual benefits for teachers, the judge wrote, impose "a real and appreciable impact on students' fundamental right to equality of education and… a disproportionate burden on poor and minority students.
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