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August 31, 2014
When I came to Baltimore-based Erickson Living to work as a public relations summer intern, I imagined I would enrich my professional experiences and skills but never dreamed I'd walk away with such a wealth of knowledge on memory care, memory health and memory fitness. With more than 5 million Americans now suffering from Alzheimer's disease, the timing could not have been better to help raise awareness for the Erickson Living-managed Charlestown retirement community's Memory Support Program and funds for Alzheimer's research.
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NEWS
August 12, 2014
The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis over the weekend has evoked a repeat of the turmoil that followed the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida two years ago. In both cases young African-American men just entering adulthood died violently under circumstances that fostered questions about whether they were targeted solely because of their race, and in both...
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Aqua Sphere CEO Don Rockwell says he had no idea that Michael Phelps , the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, would come out of retirement when the swimming equipment manufacturer sought earlier this year to partner with him. Talk about added value. "We would have been happy to have him" even if Phelps had not created a massive buzz in the sport by returning to competitive swimming, Rockwell said Tuesday. Phelps will compete in the U.S. Swimming Championships beginning Wednesday in Irvine, Calif.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Donna M. Owens and For The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
It's a Wednesday evening at the Pop Physique studio in downtown Baltimore, and a dozen women -- most clad in leggings, T-shirts and socks -- are rotating their hips while trying to hold an exercise ball between their thighs.   "Great job, guys!" says instructor Smithy Onattu, directing her students via a headset as a playlist with songs such as Lana Del Rey's "Florida Kilos" and "Tumblr Girls" by rapper G-Eazy pumps through the art-filled space. Over the course of an hour, the group will tackle a series of exercises: planks and push-ups, plies and other ballet moves.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2014
(To view photos from last night's show, visit the Darkroom's gallery .) True story: I was watching "American Idol" one night during the season that Adam Lambert was competing. I said to my wife - Mrs. Brown will vouch for this - “that guy should sing with Queen.” The band was casting about for a new frontman after ending its five-year partnership with former Free/Bad Company/The Firm/The Law singer Paul Rodgers, and Lambert was enlivening another dreary season of Idol with his three-octave range, upper-register confidence and flamboyant stage presence.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. - With the nonwaiver trade deadline around the corner, we have our latest rumor about veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett pitching for the Orioles. We had enough of those in the offseason before Burnett signed a one-year, $16 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. According to a Fox Sports report, the Orioles and Phillies have had “preliminary talks” about a trade. Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. The Orioles' rotation had a 3.17 ERA over the past 34 games heading into Saturday night.
SPORTS
By Paul Pierre-Louis and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
HERNDON, Va.  -  With a 155-pound barbell resting on her shoulders, Gretchen Kittelberger lifted the weight over her head, held it for a second, then brought it back down. After five repetitions, she leaned against a wall, her body upside down, and did five handstand pushups. Next came three more handstand pushups - on rings hanging roughly 3 inches above the ground. Her pace gradually slowed, and her grunts became louder after every repetition, but in less than 13 minutes, she had completed four sets of each workout.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
Under Armour might start collaborating with smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co. on wearable fitness devices, according to a South Korean news report. Yonhap News Agency cited market sources in a Wednesday report that said the de facto heir of the South Korean Samsung Group, Lee Jay-yong, met with Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank this month in Seoul. The two business leaders "reportedly discussed ways of countering impact from collaboration between Apple Inc. and Nike Inc. in the wearable devices sector," Yonhap News said.
NEWS
July 13, 2014
Oh, please. Don't call the tsunami of unaccompanied, undocumented migrants a "refugee crisis" ( "America's refugee crisis," July 9). If it were, they'd still be in Mexico. When populations flee, they seek refuge in the adjacent countries, they don't travel endless miles to a distant destination. Labeling those illegally crossing our border "refugees" is just a euphemism to soften the disaster facing this nation. I find it incredible that Mexico is never mentioned in connection with the surge.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Planet Fitness, known for a "no judgment" atmosphere, will open its first Baltimore city facility Wednesday. The gym at 5201 Belair Road is one of 800 Planet Fitness locations nationwide -- and 25 in Maryland --  all run by franchise owners and billing themselves as low-cost health club alternatives designed to promote general fitness.  "We believe no one should ever feel Gymtimidated by Lunky behavior and that everyone should feel at ease...
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