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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | April 12, 1996
"Fear" is efficient but limited. It's fundamentally an expression of every baby-boomer father's worst nightmare: His perfect princess of a teen-age daughter is swept up by a dark, beautiful and sexy stranger, and the father has to determine if there's real danger here or if only secret Freudian jealousies and fears of replacement are being twitted.Of course in the world of crass thrillers, there has to be real danger so the more interesting of the two possibilities is soon abandoned. Mark Wahlberg plays a buff Seattle club cruiser who picks up bad girl wannabe Reese Witherspoon and comes on as Mr. Perfect to her father, wealthy architect William Petersen.
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By Kevin Rector and Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Federal officials announced Wednesday that they plan to screen international passengers for Ebola at five major U.S. airports, while hospitals around the country continue to isolate patients showing Ebola-like symptoms. At least four Baltimore-area hospitals recently segregated patients with travel histories and other possible indications of Ebola, though the virus was ruled out in each case. Other cases were suspected and ruled out at two Washington-area hospitals last week. Meanwhile, the first U.S. patient diagnosed with the virus died Wednesday in Dallas.
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December 1, 2011
Regarding your report of the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl in Baltimore: As a 16-year-old girl myself, I feel the city is not getting much better dealing with crime ("DNA links man to rape of girl, 13, in October," Nov. 29). Day after day, I see headlines about some young girl or boy being kidnapped or raped and it makes me feel that nowhere is safe. The girl that was raped was just coming from a friend's house and going to the store, minding her own business, and then some disgusting man comes and decides to push her into a vacant dwelling and rape her. I just do not understand why men can't leave little kids alone and stop instilling fear and emotional pain on their lives.
NEWS
By Julie Stanik-Hutt, Janet Selway and Andrea Schram | October 5, 2014
In the last few weeks we've heard a lot about the Ebola epidemic and work to contain its spread and potentially tragic consequences. But influenza is a preventable infectious disease that represents a much greater risk to the health of Marylanders. Influenza (flu) is a seasonal disease that is most common in the winter and spring. Last year, almost 25,000 Marylanders sought care for flu symptoms. Anyone can get sick from the flu, but preschool age children (under 5 years of age), pregnant women and senior citizens are especially vulnerable to getting sick from influenza.
NEWS
August 16, 2012
Letter writer John Holter ("Most people are better off not owning guns," Aug. 13) expressed the notion that most people are better off not owning firearms. His opinion, along with the decision on whether or not to own a gun, is one of the many rights that we enjoy in this country. I, for one, like to keep the burglars guessing whether it is my neighbor or me who might give them trouble. And, as history has shown, an unarmed populace has far more to fear than just burglars. April I. Smith, Baltimore
NEWS
August 4, 2010
I have never commented on any article in your paper before, but this article ("Nothing new about fear-of-crime complaints," Aug. 4) upset me so much that I had to say something. In what way do these stats "counter" city residents' fears about crime? I cannot imagine how hard a policeman's job in Baltimore must be, but the scrutiny that the department receives for the continued state of crime in this city is in no way unfair. I live in Mount Vernon and generally feel very safe in my neighborhood.
NEWS
January 29, 2014
Thanks to Dan Roderick for his forthright and analytical column on the Columbia Mall shooting ( "Expecting the horrible is the American way," Jan. 25). As the death rate shows, the U.S. is truly exceptional. I would gladly exchange my freedom to bear arms for the freedom of knowing that my children are free from firearms' violence in their schools and to know that I can go to a movie or shop in a mall with the same freedom. I applaud the quotation of Dr. Gordon Livingston's statement: "Anyone who believes that they need to go about the world while armed has proven their cowardice.
NEWS
July 22, 2013
In the U.S. we are immersed in a culture of fear, especially since the attacks of Sept. 11. The government's bottom line of all policy is national security. As citizens we are to report seemingly peculiar behavior and scary looking individuals. We lock everything that is possible to lock, including our auto tires. Our houses and yards are fortresses. There are "no-trespassing" signs and lights, alarms, gated communities and vigilante patrols everywhere. We distrust anyone who doesn't dress or look like us. Everything and everyone is suspect.
NEWS
November 1, 2012
I think after Hurricane Sandy and then the election, I'm going to be OK. Many are stressed out right now and I think these two events are the cause. My wish is that when the election is over, regardless of the results, we may learn from the past two years of negative campaigning and our country return to the process of government in cooperation, community and trust. We have become a society of "I win, you lose" or a bloodbath to the finish line with an application of hate. The division and austere language, the bickering and lame-duck results of our Congress did not exist "then" to the degree as it does "now," neither were citizens of the United States taught to hate fellow countrymen because of their political affiliation.
NEWS
November 4, 2003
On November 2, 2003, LEONA FEAR, loving wife of the late George Fear, beloved sister of Karl Schmidt and his wife Elaine and predeceased by her sisters Lillian Waddill, Lena Stout and Elsie Geyer. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at the family owned Evans Chapel of Memories-Parkville on Wednesday 11 A.M. Interment Meadowridge Memorial park. Visiting Tuesday 3 to 5 P.M. and 7 to 9 P.M. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | October 5, 2014
Let us give Sean Groubert every benefit of the doubt. Let us assume he is a good person. Let us assume he is kind to children, well liked by neighbors. And by all means, let's assume he has a black friend. For good measure, let's assume he has two. Now, with those assumptions in force, let's ponder why Mr. Groubert, a white South Carolina state trooper, shot an unarmed black man last month at a gas station in Columbia. The incident has received less notice than did the shooting of Michael Brown, probably because the victim, 35-year-old Levar Jones, survived.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
A recent raid at a Catonsville apartment complex has raised concerns that federal immigration agents are using Maryland motor vehicle data to locate illegal immigrants, potentially undermining a state initiative to ensure that drivers are ready for the road regardless of their citizenship status. Residents of the Melvin Park Apartments said Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents pulled over several vehicles within a few blocks of the complex last month and asked for the registered owners by name.
NEWS
August 22, 2014
Our communities have reached a tipping point. Although Ferguson is in the fishbowl at the moment, the energy of frustration is felt throughout communities large and small across the country ( "Baltimore demonstrators to protest again for Ferguson," Aug. 20). I am frightened for the innocent young men of color who wake up with the same questions each day. I am frightened for my little brother Kaleb, a 9 year-old genius. Even though his mind is curious and his eyes are full of sunshine, I know that one day he too will be forced to face this challenge.
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By Tony Brown | August 22, 2014
My sophomore year Harvard announced a cost-cutting measure that made the news. Going forward the school would continue to provide toilet paper to freshmen dorms, but upper classmen would have to provide for themselves. Almost immediately, toilet paper began disappearing from buildings all over campus. One Monday night my roommate and I discovered that we were low on supplies, so after dinner we walked up the hill to Harvard Yard to visit the freshmen dorms. In a building with communal bathrooms (where we could easily lay hands on a few rolls)
NEWS
By Marion Subah | August 19, 2014
Monrovia, Liberia - We sat in a waiting room of a health clinic here, talking about our fears. As a midwifery and nursing educator working in Liberia for Jhpiego, a Johns Hopkins University affiliate, I had been asked to help update health workers on the critical skills and interventions essential to managing Ebola cases. I was prepared to talk about the disease - what it is, how to care for patients and how to prevent it from spreading. But before I could do that, I knew we had to talk about how terrifying the job is. A nurse sitting across from me spoke candidly about his first experience with an Ebola patient - he didn't want to have any physical contact with the person, he was so terrified.
TRAVEL
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Pole dancing got a toehold on Ocean City's boardwalk over the weekend, and neither city officials nor area merchants seem too thrilled. Saturday night, an unidentified woman wearing a bikini set up a pole on the boardwalk and danced for onlookers. Police were powerless to do anything - a federal court recently ruled that street performers have a right to perform in public places like the boardwalk, apparently even if what they do is decidedly adult-oriented. And though she doesn't seem to have been back since, the dancer clearly made an impression.
NEWS
By ROBERT BURRUSS | April 13, 1994
Kensington. -- The planet Mars was named for the Roman god of war. Its moons are two of war's attendants, Phobos and Deimos, fear and terror. Greek attendants to a Roman god.Fear and terror, the words, are often used together and as synonyms, terror being extreme fear. For the ancients, the two words might also have been synonyms, though maybe not. The ante-industrial builders of Western culture lived closer to the earth, and to fear and terror, than do we soft and mostly unchallenged Americans.
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By Karen Hosler | June 12, 2004
AT AN AGE when many of his contemporaries are so afraid of falling and getting hurt they're reluctant to move, former President George H. W. Bush is celebrating his 80th birthday this weekend by jumping out of an airplane. "It's not scary," he insisted in a telephone interview last week. "The only scary part is when you're standing in the door of the plane just before you jump, looking down 13,000 feet. You get a funny little feeling in your legs. After you jump, you don't think about it because there are so many things you have to do. And once the chute opens, it's pure heaven."
NEWS
August 7, 2014
"...but we tortured some folks. " -- President Barack Obama, Aug.1, 2014 OK, in the first place: "tortured some folks?" Really? Was there not something annoyingly breezy in the president's phrasing last week as he acknowledged the abuse of suspected terrorists in the wake of Sept. 11? Was there not something off-putting in the folksy familiarity of it? "We tortured some folks. " What's next? "He raped a chick?" "They stabbed a dude?" Granted, it's a relatively minor point.
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Susan Reimer | July 2, 2014
The Greens, the evangelical Christians who own 500 craft shops called Hobby Lobby, aren't the people on whom we should be focusing our anger this week. Neither is the Mennonite Hahn family, owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties They aren't the bad guys. The five male justices on the Supreme Court who supported the companies' refusal to provide contraceptive care to their female employees on religious grounds aren't the enemy here, either, although many might dispute that point.
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