December 6, 2009
A Baltimore woman has obtained a temporary restraining order against Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs after filing a domestic violence complaint, according to online court records. On Friday, a court commissioner ordered Suggs to stay away from the woman and her home, pending a hearing this Friday. The order was granted after the woman, identified as Candace Williams, 26, filed a domestic violence complaint in Baltimore District Court. "I won't have anything to say," Suggs, 27, told The Baltimore Sun on Saturday.
September 14, 2008
Night of Thunder by Stephen Hunter Simon & Schuster / 304 pages / $26 With his white hair and unsteady gait, 63-year-old Bob Lee Swagger seems like a bumbling old man, certainly no match for the armed robbers and murderers he finds in NASCAR country. But in Stephen Hunter's latest thriller, Night of Thunder (in stores Sept. 23), nothing is what it seems. Known for his cinematic language, action-packed suspense and multifaceted characters, Hunter delivers all three in his latest. Formerly of The Baltimore Sun, Hunter, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post film critic and best-selling author, writes page-turners pumped with muscular verbs as in "It was Iron Mountain, and 421 slashed crookedly up its angry hump."
December 13, 2006
Michelle Stone worries about her two children once they leave school even though they are enrolled in an after-school program. Working parents like Stone should not be the only ones concerned about what their children are doing after school. A new study calls on employers to care, and to implement programs and policies to alleviate such parental anxiety among workers. Catalyst, a nonprofit research organization that works to expand opportunities for women at work, and the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, examined what they have coined PCAST, or parental concern about after-school time.
September 18, 2005
Pity the poor florist. Amend that. Pity the poor father-to-be on a budget. These days, giving a mere bouquet to the mother of your child just won't cut it. No sirree. Hang outside many maternity wards and you'll see a high-end trend in action. Many new moms are going home with two bundles of joy -- one in a blanket, one in a little velvet box. Given traditionally after the baby is born, so-called push presents -- stacked 18K gold rings studded with birthstones; baby shoe charms drizzled with diamonds; gem-encrusted timepieces mounted on pink or blue croc-skin bands -- are increasingly the yuppie rage.
September 11, 2005
You know there is something different about this children's entertainer -- something besides the fact that he is pushing 70 -- when the Kinderman opens the act he's been perfecting for more than two decades. "We're gonna have a good time. We're gonna disturb the peace," he sings to the bright tones of a Casio keyboard as toddlers, preschoolers and parents sway before him. "And if we have too much fun, they're going to call the po-lice!" No matter how many times John "Kinderman" Taylor intones his signature line with its unique Baltimore pronunciation -- at birthday parties and malls, in senior centers and classrooms -- it never fails to draw a laugh.
September 4, 2005
Many young girls feel self-conscious and awkward about their developing bodies and aren't quite sure how to dress. For some, though, finding clothes has been particularly complicated in the last few years as America's retailers copied the trashier-than-thou fashions worn by celebrities such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera and produced sexy styles of low-rise pants, shrunken T-shirts and flimsy camisoles. Claire Maisel, 15, a sophomore at Liberty High School in Eldersburg, groaned in exasperation when asked what types of clothing are popular among her female classmates.