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By Daniel S. Greenberg | October 16, 1995
WASHINGTON -- The latest Nobel Prize in chemistry confirms that 1995 is shaping up as a vintage year on Capitol Hill for the denigration of knowledge.Prior to the Nobel, announced last Wednesday, the legislators killed their own think tank, the Office of Technology Assessment, and also voted to terminate or financially cripple several government agencies that collect information about environment and health. Now still playing out is the latest episode, the ozone follies, starring an improbable legislative foray into the triumph of chemistry that won the big prize this year.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
As the school year in Howard County came to a close last week, the Folly Quarter Middle School community was celebrating its National Blue Ribbon honor when school officials announced another recent accolade - an online education resource named Folly Quarter the 12th-best middle school in the nation. TheBestSchools.org praised the Ellicott City school for its requirement that each class participate in a community project to reinforce academic course objectives, while also instilling a sense of community service in the students.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 16, 1999
Talent Machine Company's 11th annual holiday show, "Santa's Frosty Follies," opens tonight for a six-day run at St. John's College in Annapolis with a 66-member cast that probably could generate enough electricity to power half the Christmas lights in Annapolis.High energy, always a hallmark of the 11-year-old company's shows, abounds among dancers and singers ranging in age from 5 through 17 as they perform old favorites and several new numbers, all choreographed by company founder Bobbi Smith.
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By Cal Thomas | April 12, 2014
After his spectacular, but predictable, failure to move forward the "peace process" between Israel and the Palestinian side, Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States will now "evaluate" its role in the Middle East. Let me help: The peace process in the Middle East isn't working and it can't work when one side -- that would be the Palestinian leadership -- has no intention of settling for anything less than their ultimate goal of removing the Jewish people from the region.
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April 9, 2003
Some Howard Community College faculty, staff and administrators will show off their finely honed artistic talents, and others will display their lack of embarrassment at the HCC Follies on Thursday night. Employees of the college will offer an eclectic selection of entertainment during the event, which has been staged every few years since 1983. This year, the follies will raise money for the college's Virginia Worthington Schardt, Ph.D. Educational Foundation Endowment. "Every group in our college is represented," said economics professor and follies coordinator John Bouman.
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By Nelson Pressley and Nelson Pressley,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 23, 1999
Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" is much admired but seldom revived, and the production at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia gives you a good idea of just how wonderful and difficult this 1971 musical can be."Follies" is nothing if not theatrical: Old Follies stars reunite at a decaying theater as younger versions of themselves pop in and out of the action.The storytelling is unusually complex, at least by the standards of Broadway musicals, but it's an effective way to attack the themes of memory and regret.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | December 19, 1995
The season's jazziest, fizziest, show-bizziest Christmas show, "Santa's Frosty Follies," is being presented by choreographer Bobbi Smith's Talent Machine Co. this week in Annapolis.As with all Bobbi Smith shows, this Yuletide revue features strong dancing and prodigious stage presence from the young and very young, plus lots and lots of shtick, color and pizazz.Elegant tuxedos, full-length gowns, ornately dressed toy soldiers, cuddly little pandas, human Christmas trees, a major snowfall, and a certain red-nosed reindeer who shall remain nameless were just a few of the things eliciting non-stop oohs and aahs from Sunday afternoon's large Key Auditorium audience.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Evening Sun Staff | March 15, 1991
GOV. WILLIAM Donald Schaefer, in absentia, handed Maryland lawmakers their best lines at last night's Legislative Follies, this year called "The Best Little Outhouse in Maryland" or "The Mother of All Follies," depending on whether one believed the poster or the printed program.Schaefer has not attended the General Assembly's annual joke fest since Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. skewered him in a 1987 Follies skit. But, as several hastily crafted skits proved, his sudden departure to the Middle East, where Schaefer is one of an official party escorting Kuwait's emir back to his homeland, gave legislators extra license to savage the governor for his recent streak of cranky behavior, geographic insults, vague presidential aspirations, sinking polls, proposed welfare cuts and personal letters and visits to disgruntled constituents.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 6, 2001
We haven't seen any snow yet and very little frost so far this season, but it's time to think cool thoughts. The latest version of the Talent Machine Company's annual variety show, "Frosty Follies 2001," should help. An established Anne Arundel County holiday tradition, the show features a large cast of talented 6- to 17-year-olds performing holidays songs and dances. But for only the second time in its history, the Talent Machine will run without founder and director Bobbi Smith, who died in January.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | May 8, 2003
Director Eric Schaeffer has said he was going for a haunting effect in his production of the James Goldman-Stephen Sondheim musical, Follies, at Signature Theatre, and there's no question that he has achieved it. This is an interpretation that's spooky from start to finish. Set designer Lou Stancari's environmental approach, replete with blackened walls and fallen beams, makes it look as if the Arlington, Va., theater is about to cave in around you. The production begins with the ghost light for illumination (the lighting is by Chris Lee)
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January 3, 2014
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December 21, 2013
Gregory Kline answers his own retorts in "The folly of marijuana legalization" (Dec. 13). He thinks it is the business of government to control what citizens do behind closed doors. We better prohibit private wine, beer and spirit consumption in our homes; turn the clock back and reinstate anti-gay laws; and send several of our recent presidents to prison for smoking pot. What century does Mr. Kline live in? He equates prohibition laws with laws against murder. Does he really not see the difference between so-called offenses which have no victim and actually killing another person?
NEWS
December 19, 2013
I am sad to read the recent commentary against legalizing marijuana ( "The folly of marijuana legalization," Dec. 12). It is an ignorant attempt to cling to outdated beliefs and lacks the vision our country deserves. The position of opponents like Gregory Kline, that the government is better suited to manage the individual than the individual himself, is an insult to the America people. The most common cry from opponents about legalization is about exposing children to marijuana.
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By Gregory Kline | December 12, 2013
Since Del. Heather Mizeur, a candidate for governor, announced a plan to legalize marijuana in Maryland, there has been a great deal of discussion of the issue. The Baltimore Sun called for a more measured approach that avoided the risk of "rushing to embrace a sweeping but untested new policy that could create as many problems as it solves. " In an op-ed in The Sun, Walter Olson, a fellow at the Cato Institute, derided conservative opposition to Ms. Mizeur's drug legalization proposal and regurgitated many of the arguments that have been made by legalization advocates for decades.
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By Robert B. Reich | November 27, 2013
Having failed to defeat the Affordable Care Act every other way, Republicans are now hell-bent on destroying it in Americans' minds. Every Republican in Washington has been programmed to use the word "disaster" whenever mentioning the Act. The idea is to make it so detestable it becomes the fearsome centerpiece of the midterm elections of 2014. Admittedly, the president provided Republicans ammunition by botching the Affordable Care Act's rollout. But the president and other Democrats should be stating and restating three larger truths that show the pettiness of the Republican attack: Our health-care system was a wreck.
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By Chris Trumbauer | September 20, 2013
I listened with curiosity to Harford County Executive (and Republican gubernatorial candidate) David Craig's broadside against clean water this week. I realize that as we close in on Maryland's 2014 election, campaign fodder often overtakes serious debate, but even so I was surprised at his rant against county stormwater legislation that he himself introduced and then signed into law. Polluted runoff is a serious problem. In Anne Arundel County, it is responsible for a blanket advisory from our health department warning our residents against water contact within 48 hours after a rainfall.
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By C. Fraser Smith and C. Fraser Smith,SUN STAFF | March 9, 1999
IT MIGHT HAVE ENDED long ago, but somehow the Legislative Follies hung on to be affirmatively killed this year. A spoof of the lawmaking process -- and lawmakers, high and low -- the end-of-session romp was a welcome interlude for many of its participants and viewers. It will not be held this year, for the first time in 20 years.The Follies were strictly inside politics -- fully fathomable only to participants and their audience of several hundred gathered in the St. John's College auditorium.
NEWS
September 9, 2013
The Sun editorial staff is of the opinion that the "U.S. must act decisively and forcefully to punish [President Bashar] Assad for his choice to unleash chemical weapons on innocent civilians in Syria - even if our allies won't" ("Where is the outrage?" Sept. 4). The editorial goes on to suggest that there were "more than 1,400 people dead, 400 of them children, from rocket attacks spreading a chemical agent. " But is President Barack Obama's belated concern over civilian casualties really about punishing Mr. Assad for using chemical weapons - or about covering up his Middle East policy disasters in Libya and Egypt, plus his ill-advised "red line" speech?
NEWS
August 1, 2013
I really identify with the contributor who compared the George Zimmerman verdict to the lynchings of the past ( "The new lynching," July 27). The "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida and other states enables people carrying a gun to be the judge, jury and executioner of anyone who appears to threaten them and to do so "legally. " In the Trayvon Martin case, President Barack Obama got to the heart of the matter when he asked if Trayvon had been of age and carried a gun, would he have been able to "stand his ground" and shoot Mr. Zimmerman if he felt threatened by this one who was following him?
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