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The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2013
Two-time Women's World Cup gold medalist Devon Wills was claimed by the New York Lizards today, making her the first woman to sign with a Major League Lacrosse team, the league announced. "It was an honor to be considered, and I have a lot of respect for all the guys in the supplemental draft," said Wills, who was not selected in last week's event. "Now comes the time for me to compete and take my chance to fight for a spot on the first team. " Wills will have a chance to earn a roster spot at the beginning of April when the Lizards begin training camp.
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By Joe Burris and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2014
When your father, two uncles and both grandfathers served as pilots, your career seems destined to take flight. Marine Capt. Katie Higgins not only followed in the footsteps of her family members, but this week she was named to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, also known as the Blue Angels. With her first show flight sometime next spring, the 2008 Naval Academy graduate said she could become first woman to perform in Blue Angels history. The Blue Angels are considered one of the most elite outfits in U.S. military aviation, and the addition of a female pilot to its ranks is both historically significant and no small feat, said Robert Thomas, the curator of the National Military History Center in Indiana.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The red-headed girl who shocked Maryland horse racing with her daring debut in 2005 was coronated as an elite jockey Friday at Churchill Downs. Rosie Napravnik won the Kentucky Oaks on Believe You Can. She is the first woman to win the most important race for 3-year-old fillies in its 138-year history, and she did so in front of a crowd of 112,552. "This is how it feels to have your dreams come true," Napravnik said. Believe You Can convincingly won a late duel with Napravnik, a former Hereford student and top jockey in Maryland, extending her fist in celebration as she crossed the finish line.
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Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland elected its first woman bishop Friday, narrowly voting for the Rev. Canon Heather Cook to hold the post of bishop suffragan. Cook was among four candidates for the position - all of whom were women - and was elected after four rounds of voting among clergy and laymen at the diocese's convention in Ellicott City, according to a news release. A bishop suffragan is akin to a vice-president and helps run the diocese with its bishop diocesan. The rest of the Episcopal Church's dioceses must consent to the election before Cook is consecrated.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 30, 2011
Suzanne Ruth Sherwood, the first woman appointed to the Maryland Tax Court, died Thursday at Roland Park Place. She was 85. "In her understated way, my aunt was an early feminist before that word came into existence," said Mrs. Sherwood's niece, Laure Ruth. "She enjoyed being a lawyer, but neither she nor her husband chose the traditional route of joining a law firm, becoming partner and making a lot of money," Ms. Ruth said. "Much of what she did was pro bono. She dedicated her life to public service and charitable works and helping others.
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By Erika Falk | February 20, 2008
I was surprised to read in The New York Times that Sen. Hillary Clinton was the "first woman with a real shot at the presidency." I thought that honor had gone to Sen. Elizabeth Dole in 2000. In that year, the Times described Mrs. Dole as "the first woman to become a really serious candidate for president of the United States." Of course, back in 1972, the Seattle Times penned, "Representative Shirley Chisholm today became the first black woman to begin a serious bid for the presidency of the United States."
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2013
Defying the odds against a legislator's making the leap to the state's top job, Del. Heather R. Mizeur plans to announce her candidacy Wednesday for the Democratic nomination for governor. The 40-year-old Montgomery County lawmaker would join Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown as an official candidate on the Democratic side in the June 2014 primary. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is expected to formally jump into the race in September. Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Baltimore County Democrat, has said he is considering a run. If elected, Mizeur would become the first woman in Maryland to serve as governor and the first openly gay governor in the nation.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
A Colorado library administrator has been named director of the Baltimore County Public Library system, making her the first woman to serve in that role. Paula Miller, head of the Pikes Peak Library District in El Paso County, Colo., is set to begin the Baltimore County job this summer, the county Board of Library Trustees announced Friday. She will take over for Jim Fish, who is retiring after nearly 18 years. In a statement, Miller said she was looking forward to returning to Maryland, where she once studied and worked.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2012
Sally Ride had the coolest name. Perfect for the first American woman in space. On that day in 1983 when she shattered the ultimate glass ceiling aboard the shuttle Challenger, many in the crowd of a quarter-million people watching the launch — a group that included feminist icons Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem — were wearing T-shirts that read "Ride, Sally, Ride. " Her journey was the ultimate cover for Wilson Pickett's rock 'n' roll lyrics. Dr. Ride, who died Monday at 61 in La Jolla, Calif., after a very private battle with pancreatic cancer, was cool, too. She was chosen for the shuttle crew by NASA administrator Chris Kraft because he thought she could handle the pressure.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2012
Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley, the first woman appointed to serve in that role, said Monday she would step down July 1. Swaim-Staley, 55, informed Gov. Martin O'Malley's office Friday of her decision, which she said she made after 25 years of working for the state in order to pursue opportunities in the private sector. "I'm just at a place in my life where I think it might be nice to do something different," said Swaim-Staley, who was named to the role in September 2009.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
A Colorado library administrator has been named director of the Baltimore County Public Library system, making her the first woman to serve in that role. Paula Miller, head of the Pikes Peak Library District in El Paso County, Colo., is set to begin the Baltimore County job this summer, the county Board of Library Trustees announced Friday. She will take over for Jim Fish, who is retiring after nearly 18 years. In a statement, Miller said she was looking forward to returning to Maryland, where she once studied and worked.
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Susan Reimer | April 23, 2014
Now there are two. Two smart, tough and articulate women who could be president. Thirty years after Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman on the presidential ticket of a major party, we have two women who could easily lead that ticket in 2016. Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren. It is almost an embarrassment of riches. Ms. Warren, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts who has made a populist name for herself fighting banks and Wall Street, just released the requisite autobiography, "A Fighting Chance.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
Mary J. Corey, the late editor of The Baltimore Sun, will be inducted this summer into the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association's Newspaper Hall of Fame. The Association announced this week that Corey is one of three Maryland journalists who will be honored during a June ceremony in College Park. The other inductees are Denise Riley, the longtime editor of The Star Democrat in Easton and Brice Stump, a reporter and editor for The Daily Times in Salisbury. Corey, a 26-year newsroom veteran, rose through the ranks, starting at the paper as a college intern.
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The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2013
Two-time Women's World Cup gold medalist Devon Wills was claimed by the New York Lizards today, making her the first woman to sign with a Major League Lacrosse team, the league announced. "It was an honor to be considered, and I have a lot of respect for all the guys in the supplemental draft," said Wills, who was not selected in last week's event. "Now comes the time for me to compete and take my chance to fight for a spot on the first team. " Wills will have a chance to earn a roster spot at the beginning of April when the Lizards begin training camp.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
Aileen W. Tobin, who worked for nearly three decades at the Aberdeen Proving Ground's Ordnance Center and School and earlier had conducted research in the field of early reading in children, died Aug. 26 of heart failure at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The longtime Canton resident was 64. "I told her all the time that she was my yardstick and the finest civilian I've ever worked with in 26 years in the Army. I thought the world of her," said Col. Daniel Riley, who had been brigade commander of the 61st Ordnance Brigade and the Army Ordnance Mechanical Maintenance School at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2013
Rebecca A. Orenstein, the first woman elected to the Westminster City Council, who was also a Carroll County political and environmental activist, died Aug. 31 of pancreatic cancer at Carroll Hospice Center's Dove House. She was 71. "Rebecca brought a strong feeling for those who might be shut out of the government process or were disenfranchised. She was an advocate for them," said Donna R. Engle, a former Baltimore Sun reporter who covered Ms. Orenstein. "And she would not hesitate to challenge authority or those in power," said Ms. Engle, who is now a retired Carroll County lawyer.
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By Verne Gay and Verne Gay,NEWSDAY | September 4, 2006
Just about midway through the past century, the guys who ran CBS decided to change the anchorman of the Evening News. Then as now, anchormen changes didn't happen with the flip of a coin, so there was a long debate about what to do. The bosses went through a long list of guys, but the news president at the time liked urbane Charles Collingwood, one of Edward R. Murrow's boys. The entertainment boss liked this slick, handsome, smart guy by the name of Mike Wallace or, if he wasn't available, a guy named Clete Roberts who was anchoring the local news in Los Angeles.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2013
The Right Rev. David Keller Leighton Sr., the former Episcopal bishop of Maryland who ordained his diocese's first woman priest and led other church reforms, died of respiratory complications Wednesday at Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville, an institution he helped found. He was 91. "He helped bring the church out of the country club," said the present Episcopal bishop, the Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton. "He aided the homeless, the poor and the marginalized, African-Americans and, of course, women.
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July 30, 2013
Although I enjoyed reading this Sunday's special issue of Sun Magazine entitled "50 Women to Watch", I was extremely disappointed at the glaring omission of Sen. Barbara Mikulski from the list. Considering all that Senator Mikulski has done for Maryland's citizens during her service since 1971 as Baltimore city councilwoman, U.S. congresswoman, and U.S. Senator, how does she not deserve a top spot on a list during which you discussed "the most intriguing, powerful and memorable personalities making an impact on the Baltimore region?"
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