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By SUSAN REIMER | April 2, 2006
I WAS HAVING LUNCH with my husband and son, in a rare aligning of the planets, when I excused myself early. "I have to run some errands," I said. They exchanged glances and then turned their high beams on me. "Wha-a-at?" I said, defensive. "You know," said my husband, stroking his chin, "ever since the kids were little, you've been running these so-called errands. What are these errands? And when will you be done running them?" "Yeah," said my son. "What errands?" They were not suspicious that I had some kind of secret life and used the vague excuse of "errands" to go and live it. These men -- honest-to-god -- had no idea what a woman is doing when she is running errands.
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By Jonathan Zimmerman | September 2, 2014
Editor's note: This op-ed has been updated to reflect the correct title of Austin Sarat's new book.  Did Joseph Wood suffer when he was executed in Arizona this summer? Some witnesses reported that Wood gasped over 600 times during his July 23 execution by lethal injection, which took nearly two hours. But one official said that Wood "appeared to be snoring," while another stated flatly that the inmate "did not endure pain. " We'll never know. But here's what we do know: The quest for a pain-free mechanism of capital punishment is a fool's errand.
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By SUSAN REIMER | October 23, 1994
For years, my husband and I covered sports, and, like the athletes we wrote about, we worked weekends. Our job descriptions have changed, and for the first time in our professional careers and the first time in our married life, we have weekends off.And we can't handle it.Two children who grew up with tag-team parenting ("Is it a Mommy Day or a Daddy Day?") suddenly have more adult supervision than they want.And two people who could go through an entire NFL season without sharing a meal suddenly find themselves with two days of togetherness in front of them -- and with two sets of priorities to be negotiated into one.We have joined the mainstream of American life, and we are swimming much too fast.
NEWS
June 23, 2013
Frederick County authorities on Sunday were continuing to search for a woman who left home to run errands Wednesday and hadn't been seen since. Police said the family of Teresa Lynn Coie Lentz, 49, reported that they last saw her at her home around noon Wednesday, when she said she was leaving to run errands in Frederick. Her husband last spoke with her on her cell phone around 1:30 p.m., according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. Her daughter found her mother's car that evening parked along the shoulder of Reels Mill Road, and it contained items that include her cell phone and keys, officials said.
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By DAN RODRICKS | March 24, 1995
Given the contents of Bob Sheckler's car that morning, we can assume this: The man had errands to run. He had to mail a bunch of letters, take a down comforter to the cleaners and return three books-on-tape to the Baltimore County library. The best way for some people to remember errands is to load pertinent items into the car beforehand. That's what Sheckler and his wife, Connee, did.And everything would have been cool had their car not been stolen -- right out of the driveway -- along with the letters, comforter and the soon-to-be-overdue books-on-tape.
NEWS
June 23, 2013
Frederick County authorities on Sunday were continuing to search for a woman who left home to run errands Wednesday and hadn't been seen since. Police said the family of Teresa Lynn Coie Lentz, 49, reported that they last saw her at her home around noon Wednesday, when she said she was leaving to run errands in Frederick. Her husband last spoke with her on her cell phone around 1:30 p.m., according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. Her daughter found her mother's car that evening parked along the shoulder of Reels Mill Road, and it contained items that include her cell phone and keys, officials said.
NEWS
By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | November 22, 1995
In his retrial on murder charges, former Baltimore police Sgt. James Allan Kulbicki denied yesterday any role in the slaying of a Royal Farm Store employee with whom he had a three-year affair and a son.Mr. Kulbicki, 39, testified in Baltimore County Circuit Court that he had a list of errands to run Jan. 9, 1993 -- the afternoon when prosecutors say he shot Gina Marie Nueslein, 22, at close range in his Ford pickup truck, then dumped her body in Gunpowder Falls State Park.But the prosecution pointed out inconsistencies between Mr. Kulbicki's account and those of a half-dozen state witnesses, getting him to suggest that the others were "mistaken" in their recollection of events.
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By STACEY HIRSH and STACEY HIRSH,SUN REPORTER | October 5, 2005
Eric Watson is a busy man. A financial adviser at Merrill Lynch in Baltimore and a father of four, he tries to make the most of his time at the office. So, if during his busy workday he needs his dry cleaning picked up or tickets to a show, Watson simply calls his concierge. "I'm willing to pay a premium to get something done for me," he said. "I'm better off doing what I do for a living than chasing around tickets." Watson is taking advantage of a growing number of concierge services delivered right to workers' offices, from having their shoes resoled to getting their cars washed.
NEWS
September 4, 2005
Partners In Care in need of drivers Thank you for printing the article about the valuable work that Partners In Care provides in the community ("Volunteers Go Extra Mile," Aug. 26). I commend the writer for capturing the scope and the heart of our endeavors, and hope to clarify one aspect of the program. Although members of the program help each other daily with transportation, handyman repairs, errands, and other neighborly tasks, assistance with transportation is certainly the most requested service.
FEATURES
By Donna Kato and Donna Kato,Knight-Ridder | March 25, 1991
IT'S A TUESDAY morning when Bobbye Gorenberg walks into the beauty salon for her hair appointment. She's crisply dressed in a navy blue skirt and print blouse. There's a touch of freshly applied blue eye shadow and blush brightening her complexion.Already she's been to her aerobics class, filled up her gas tank and stopped by her bank's ATM. Had she had dry cleaning to pick up, she would have done that, too, she says.It's just past 7:30 a.m."I'm an early riser. I like to get things done before work," says the professor of nursing at San Jose State University, who plans to be at work by 9 a.m. With almost an hour and a half to go, that's plenty of time for a haircut and blow-dry.
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Susan Reimer | September 17, 2012
Connie and Nancy and I have been best friends since the seventh grade, and when the three of us get together, it is middle school all over again. Card games and board games are part of our mix, and I am happy to report that while I am no better at these games than I was nearly 50 years ago, I am much more mature about losing. I think the wine helps. I have to say, nothing prepared me for life better than Park and Shop, a board game of competitive errand-running. Not even The Game of Life, with its kids and college funds and insurance policies, got me in shape for adulthood any better than Park and Shop.
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By Katie Hutchinson | July 13, 2012
Ever since Snooki revealed her secrets to JWOWW, I have been waiting for her to tell the whole Jersey Shore crew -- well, almost everyone.  In this episode, the Jersey crew is invited to Snooki and JWOWW's new animal-print pad [everyone except Mike]. As Snooki explained to Jenni, they are not friends and she could not be paid to invite him to her home. This magical half an hour started with the girls running errands for furniture, drapes, paint, and animal print duct tape.
FEATURES
By Susan Reimer | May 27, 2010
My husband says I like the idea of him more than I like the reality of him and, after his week of vacation, I think that might be true. A week off with pay was a fresh experience for a guy who keeps getting slapped with furloughs, so he was a little giddy about his time off. You have to understand that this is a guy who commutes three hours a day and is often on the road. He barely has time to fill his own gas tank, let alone do his own errands. That, too, was a fresh experience for him and might explain why it took him six hours to find a pair of tennis shoes he was willing to spring for. "What do you pay for shoes?"
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel | February 14, 2010
They've been driving the snow-packed streets and shoveling for days - but not for themselves. Throughout Anne Arundel County, volunteers have been helping not only their neighbors, but strangers trapped at home behind doors blocked by snowdrifts, who needed help digging out, who needed nonemergency transportation. There was the woman who couldn't get her door open but needed her wheelchair, which was outside in her van. And the couple in their mid-80s, heart patients, who needed a path cleared.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,Sun Reporter | June 7, 2008
Caregivers at an unlicensed assisted-living facility in Northeast Baltimore left an ailing 50-year-old man unsupervised for hours shortly before his death, according to a report by state health investigators, whose findings were sent last week to the Maryland attorney general's office. On May 1, the day Donald F. Matthews died in the early morning hours, police looking into his circumstances discovered that another resident of the group home needed attention. They sent him to a hospital for treatment of an infected bedsore "after police noted an odor," state documents said.
NEWS
By SUSAN REIMER | April 2, 2006
I WAS HAVING LUNCH with my husband and son, in a rare aligning of the planets, when I excused myself early. "I have to run some errands," I said. They exchanged glances and then turned their high beams on me. "Wha-a-at?" I said, defensive. "You know," said my husband, stroking his chin, "ever since the kids were little, you've been running these so-called errands. What are these errands? And when will you be done running them?" "Yeah," said my son. "What errands?" They were not suspicious that I had some kind of secret life and used the vague excuse of "errands" to go and live it. These men -- honest-to-god -- had no idea what a woman is doing when she is running errands.
FEATURES
By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,SUN COLUMNIST | August 6, 2003
So this was the week the fabled Baltimore humidity returned like an old friend - well, like an old friend who's half nuts and likes to sneak up on you and slip a plastic bag over your head and smother you. Every day the sky looks the same: like damp plaster in the morning, then like a dark, ugly bruise right before the rain comes. And the weather forecast never changes, either. It's like we're in Panama, only without the street urchins and the chance for a major coup every 10 seconds.
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By Susan Reimer | May 27, 2010
My husband says I like the idea of him more than I like the reality of him and, after his week of vacation, I think that might be true. A week off with pay was a fresh experience for a guy who keeps getting slapped with furloughs, so he was a little giddy about his time off. You have to understand that this is a guy who commutes three hours a day and is often on the road. He barely has time to fill his own gas tank, let alone do his own errands. That, too, was a fresh experience for him and might explain why it took him six hours to find a pair of tennis shoes he was willing to spring for. "What do you pay for shoes?"
NEWS
By STACEY HIRSH and STACEY HIRSH,SUN REPORTER | October 5, 2005
Eric Watson is a busy man. A financial adviser at Merrill Lynch in Baltimore and a father of four, he tries to make the most of his time at the office. So, if during his busy workday he needs his dry cleaning picked up or tickets to a show, Watson simply calls his concierge. "I'm willing to pay a premium to get something done for me," he said. "I'm better off doing what I do for a living than chasing around tickets." Watson is taking advantage of a growing number of concierge services delivered right to workers' offices, from having their shoes resoled to getting their cars washed.
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