July 7, 2012
Steve Ruiz recalls it clearly, shopping in a sporting goods store with his son, Jett, and another 13-year-old who played on Jett's baseball team. Jett rushed down the aisles, handling the bats and gloves. But his friend hung back. Ruiz approached the youngster. "Get whatever you need, Adam," Ruiz said. "Really?" Adam Jones' eyes grew wide. His choices that day were practical ones - a jockstrap and cup. Clutching his purchases, Jones turned to his benefactor. "I'm gonna pay you back, Mr. Ruiz," he said.
June 6, 2012
Nancy Lee Thompson, a homemaker who enjoyed entertaining family and friends, died Sunday of Alzheimer's disease at her Lutherville home. She was 85. Born in Baltimore, the former Nancy Lee Schenuit was the daughter of Frank G. Schenuit, the founder in 1912 of Schenuit Industries Inc., which manufactured aircraft tires, and Hilda Koester, whose family owned the E.H. Koester Bakery Co., which produced Koester's bread. Mrs. Thompson was raised in Roland Park and spent summers at a family home on Gibson Island.
February 27, 2012
The Charlottesville jury recommended a sentence of 26 years for George Huguely V for the murder of Yeardley Love. Ms. Love's village continues to mourn her death; Mr. Huguely's village is mortified and silent. The phrase "It takes a village to raise a child" has been overused to the point of triteness, but there remains an important truth in it: Our children are raised as much by our neighbors, friends, family and teachers as they are by us. When our children succeed, the village succeeds; when our children fail, the village looks left and right and wonders what it could have done differently.
February 25, 2012
When Duncan Ferrin turned 3, his family took him out for dinner and then joined him for a fun game of laser tag. Plans are still up in the air for his fourth birthday this coming Wednesday, but the Century High School sophomore knows it will be fun. "We'll do something special," Ferrin said. While it's technically only his fourth actual birth date, Ferrin will be celebrating his 16 birthday, too. Ferrin's birthday falls on Feb. 29, a day that only occurs on calendars every four years — leap year.
February 12, 2012
Did your article about MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake's guests in the city's skybox really warrant placement above the fold on the front page ("Mayor invites family, donors, allies to M&T box," Feb. 9)? So what if the mayor invited business leaders, family and friends? This has always been done at every level of government. When former Gov. Marvin Mandel was criticized once for rewarding his friends, he responded: "Who am I supposed to reward, my enemies?" The mayor is doing a superior job under extremely difficult circumstances.
January 20, 2012
The recent article about smoking is no different that 1,000 other articles written about the dangers of smoking ("Up in smoke," Jan. 19). It amazes me that this product is still legal. If anything in this world is certain, the suffering smoking is causing is preventable. Smoking should be outlawed. Usually smokers rationalize, saying it is their life and they will smoke, so the warning on cigarette packs are useless. The reason I quit was evidence that my smoking was harming others.