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By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2011
A perennial jokester known for his tendency to break into song, Sean Gamble was the one his friends turned to when they needed cheering up or had an occasion to celebrate. With his two brothers and two sisters, he filled his parents' home with church songs and improvised melodies, making friends and family laugh with his tunes about cold-cut sandwiches and feta cheese. So it was only natural that Sean Gamble would accompany his cousin, Martin Gamble, and their friends during Martin's 23rd birthday celebration last Saturday at Select Lounge.
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By William E. Lori | October 12, 2014
Last Monday, the extraordinary Synod of Bishops to discuss the "Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization" began in Rome. The synod represents a key moment in the papacy of Pope Francis and in the life of the Roman Catholic Church, which is looking for more effective ways of communicating what it believes and teaches about marriage and family life and of supporting those who wish to live according to church teaching and are struggling to do so in the face of contemporary challenges.
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April 8, 2013
Four generations of Nellie Plott's family got together recently. Plott is great-grandmother to Kylie Riha and Aiden Riha, grandmother to Jay Riha, and mother to Donna Riha. All reside in Abingdon.
FEATURES
By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Ann and Dominic Wiker loved life in their Federal Hill home. As a professional couple in their 30s, the neighborhood was ideal - they could walk to most attractions, shops and restaurants. It seemed there was always something fun going on outside their door. Then parenthood happened, and with it came the idea of moving to the suburbs. They would move, but they wouldn't leave Federal Hill. Nine years later, the Wikers - mom, dad, 9-year old Alex and 7-year old Tommy - have, to their delight, become a poster family for raising children in an urban environment.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2012
Wearing just their T-shirts and underwear, Christina Means and her family escaped from a house fire that struck in the middle of the night. They watched the Rosedale house burn in the cold December air and waited for the firetrucks, wrapped in the one blanket Means had grabbed when the smoke detectors had sounded and her boyfriend had shouted that he saw flames out the window. "We were so scared, we just ran out," Means said. "No shoes, no socks. " In the next 48 hours one thing became clear: All their possessions were burned or water-damaged, and a lapsed renters' insurance policy meant they were going to have to start over.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2010
Several times a day, Monetta Dennis leaves her tiny home in Shady Side and walks down the road to her father's house. There, she fills a bucket with water from his faucet for drinking and cooking. Dennis' little house has no running water. There's an outhouse in the back. But the dilapidated home has been in her family of farmers and watermen for more than 100 years, and though she had little money to fix it up, it earned her loyalty. Her uncle lived there, and then her mom. When her mother died six years ago, the lifelong Shady Side resident and caretaker for the elderly moved there with her 16-year-old twin sons.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2011
A mother and two infants escaped without injury after a tree fell on a building in Greektown late Saturday night, a city fire spokesman said. Firefighters responded to the 5100 block of Fait Avenue just after 11:15 p.m., said Chief Kevin Cartwright. The family was staying at a neighbor's house, he said. liz.kay@baltsun.com
NEWS
December 29, 2010
A longtime friend says Agathe von Trapp, whose family's story became the basis for "The Sound of Music," has died. She was 97. Mary Louise Kane said Wednesday that von Trapp died Tuesday at a hospice in Towson after suffering congestive heart failure in November. Von Trapp was the oldest daughter of Capt. Georg Ritter von Trapp, a U-boat commander whose seven children by his first wife were the basis for the singing family in the 1965 film. Kane lived with Agathe von Trapp for five decades and ran a kindergarten with her at the Sacred Heart Catholic parish in Glyndon.
NEWS
December 29, 2010
A golden retriever named "Jazzy" is back with her family after a Christmas Day escape. Andi Vanko says on Christmas Day she was in the car with her boyfriend and mom when she saw the dog dash out into traffic on a Carroll County road. The group rescued the dog and continued driving to Vanko's sister's house where they were having Christmas dinner. The family found a tag on the dog that said "GRREAT," an acronym for Golden Retriever Rescue Education And Training. A call to the organization turned up the dog's owners in a database.
NEWS
February 14, 2013
I find it very difficult to compare children losing their playmates to parents being bound, gagged and stabbed to death by a neighbor ("A sister arrives at a different view," Feb. 10). Whether John Booth-El wielded the knife or not, he still participated in a vicious attack that resulted in the deaths of two people he knew, and he is therefore just as guilty of their murder. Peggy Alley, Baltimore
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By Janene Holzberg and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
On an unseasonably warm opening weekend, several visitors exited the 7-acre corn maze at Sharp's at Waterford Farm huffing and puffing, and a tad overheated. The 8-foot-tall withered cornstalks that wall in the maze's twisting pathway were the likely culprit, blocking breezes that could have offset the afternoon sun, surmised farm manager Cheryl Nodar. "The people who walk through on our first weekend are always the guinea pigs," she said. "I ask them how it went to be sure it's a good experience, and we're getting great feedback so far. " The corn maze, which debuted in 2002, is an agritourism feature that has helped attract thousands of visitors over the years to the working Glenwood farm, which dates to 1903.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Bryan Voltaggio is opening his second restaurant in Baltimore. Family Meal, a contemporary diner, will open in the old Houlihan's location at the Inner Harbor before the end of the year. "We truly feel this is going to be a great addition to the harbor,"  Voltaggio  said.  Voltaggio opened the original Family Meal in a former Frederick car dealership built in the 1960s. In June, the  "Top Chef" alumnus opened an Italian restaurant named Aggio at Power Plant Live.  In addition to his Frederick restaurants, Volt and Family Meal, Voltaggio is the owner and executive chef of two establishments in Washington: the meat-focused restaurant Range and the contemporary Italian restaurant Aggio, which share a space in the Chevy Chase Pavilion but have separate menus.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
When the new six-screen, 752-seat cinema opens in mid-November in the Sun Valley Shopping Center in Glen Burnie, it will be the second theater in the community operated by the same man. Ira Miller, president of Sun Valley Movie Theaters Inc., also owns Marley Station Movies in Glen Burnie. The Sun Valley 6, which will show first-run discounted movies, is under construction as part of the remodeling of the center at the intersection of Mountain Road and Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser | October 3, 2014
The Baltimore Sun Democrat Anthony G. Brown delivered a message about the constraints of budget pressures as he appeared Friday before a group of advocates for child and family programs. Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan also was scheduled to appear at the forum at Towson University, but organizers said Hogan canceled Thursday night because he was sick. Brown told advocates at the Maryland Family Network event that he is firmly committed to their priorities. "There will always be a role for us in the public sector, working with the nonprofit community, to see that there's a backstop" for families in need, Brown said.
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By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The city expects a flood of applications when it opens the wait list for Section 8 housing vouchers this month for the first time in more than a decade. Housing advocates say 50,000 families or more might sign up for a lottery to fill 25,000 places on the Housing Authority's wait list for the tenant-based housing choice vouchers. The coveted federal subsidies help families pay the portion of their rent that exceeds 30 percent of their income. The vouchers can be used to rent any residence, subject to a cap. In Baltimore, that is roughly $900 for a one-bedroom apartment.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Brandon Finney worked at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for only a few months, but he had quickly earned a reputation as hardworking and motivated. His hospital colleagues came Tuesday — some in pink scrubs— along with other mourners to the chapel at the Vaughn C. Greene Funeral home in Randallstown to pay their respects to the young father. Finney died last week after he was fatally shot on his way home from work as he waited at a Saratoga Street bus stop. Police said Finney was an innocent bystander who was used as a human shield amid a gang fight between the rival Black Guerrilla Family and the Bloods.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly | March 20, 2010
A friend of mine has a saying that weather changes every 15 miles. The events of March 1958 seem to prove the point. A snowstorm that brought Baltimore to just an inconvenient stop beginning March 19 was devastating to our immediate north. Baltimore, Harford and Cecil counties were inundated with wet snow that shut roads and downed electrical wires. While a dangerous storm, with accumulations of at least 2 feet, it does not seem to have made it into the record books because the depth counts were taken elsewhere, out of the storm's main path.
NEWS
By Kevin Leonard | January 3, 2014
It started as idle chatter on the beach. My family was vacationing with old friends we've known since our Laurel High School days in the early 1970s, Richard and Denise Pond. Rich was talking about his father, Clayton Pond, an American Indian and World War II veteran, who died in 1989. His father was typical of many World War II veterans, and reluctant to talk about his military service. He would occasionally drop hints and tidbits that made his children curious, but when pressed for details, he clammed up. At Rich Pond's request and after some digging, I found an amazing story of a small-town hero who was written about in newspapers across the country in the 1940s.
ENTERTAINMENT
Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
On Oct. 11, the Ottobar will host a benefit event for staff member Tom Malenski, who died last Friday after being stabbed near the Remington music venue following a punk-rock concert. Details surrounding the benefit event are not currently available, but the Ottobar has set up a page for donations to the Malenski family. To make a donation or for more information, visit this MissionTix page . There is also a GoFundMe page accepting donations to help with funeral costs.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Dealing with police can involve a delicate balance between knowing your rights and being respectful to officers. Both are crucial, seven lawyers told a church full of Baltimore's black youths and their parents. But when in doubt, attorney Douglas B. Evans said, "you have the right to shut up. " The panel of black attorneys answered questions about police brutality and racial profiling, amid other concerns during the seminar, Conscious Operations during Police Stops, or "C.O.P.S.," at the Empowerment Temple Church on Tuesday night.
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