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May 5, 2012
Well, isn't that nice. Maryland's governor and the two lackeys who lead the House and Senate report "progress" on another expensive waste of time to do what should have been in the regular legislative session ("Special session on May 14 looking likely," May 3). Are we played for fools or what? F. Cordell, Lutherville
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NEWS
September 9, 2014
The National Football League and the Baltimore Ravens have played the fans for fools ( "Reckless and callous," Sept. 9). Did anyone ever asked how Janay Palmer ended up knocked out on the floor? Are they trying to have us believe they never knew of this tape? Once again it's the high and powerful playing the general public for fools. Bob Henneman - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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NEWS
September 9, 2014
The National Football League and the Baltimore Ravens have played the fans for fools ( "Reckless and callous," Sept. 9). Did anyone ever asked how Janay Palmer ended up knocked out on the floor? Are they trying to have us believe they never knew of this tape? Once again it's the high and powerful playing the general public for fools. Bob Henneman - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
By Jonathan Zimmerman | September 2, 2014
Editor's note: This op-ed has been updated to reflect the correct title of Austin Sarat's new book.  Did Joseph Wood suffer when he was executed in Arizona this summer? Some witnesses reported that Wood gasped over 600 times during his July 23 execution by lethal injection, which took nearly two hours. But one official said that Wood "appeared to be snoring," while another stated flatly that the inmate "did not endure pain. " We'll never know. But here's what we do know: The quest for a pain-free mechanism of capital punishment is a fool's errand.
NEWS
July 19, 2014
I see in The Sun that Gov. Martin O'Malley has raised $796,000 for a presidential run ( "O'Malley raises $796,000," July 16). Further proof that P.T. Barnum was correct In his assessment of people and their wallets. F. Cordell - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | February 6, 2011
"Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future. " — The Steve Miller Band Allow me to offer you a few things to consider while you're laughing at Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel. If you were unaware that folks were poking fun at the former hosts of NBC's "Today" show, you are likely also unaware of a video making the rounds online. The clip, which dates from January 1994, shows Ms. Couric and Mr. Gumbel attempting to understand this new thing called ... the "Internet.
NEWS
By David Michael Ettlin and David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writer | April 2, 1992
Callers outnumbered visitors yesterday at the Baltimore Zoo. It was April Fools' Day."We had over 1,300 phone calls," said zoo spokeswoman Jane C. Coyle, referring only to the April Fools' pranks.She batted off a few of her favorites: "Is G. Raff in?" "I'm returning Ellie Font's call." "Returning Al Gator's call.""One asked for Mr. Wolfman," Ms. Coyle said. "I think my favorite was Harry Wolf or Ted Bayer."The callers for the most part were the prank victims -- returning what they thought were telephone calls to them.
FEATURES
By Mike Giuliano and Mike Giuliano,Contributing Writer | August 4, 1993
The Bowman Ensemble could never be accused of sticking to the straight and narrow path. Its outdoor mounting of a new play by artistic director Matthew Ramsay, "The Adventures of Old Edgar and Wilcox," is itself an adventure that frequently leaves the staging ground at McDonogh School to wander along crooked hillside paths lined with red, yellow and blue stones.Although the play quickly loses its way and audiences may well lose interest in its nonsensical turns, its premise is intriguing and the two central performances are first-rate.
FEATURES
By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | October 19, 1990
Louis Malle's ''May Fools'' doesn't seem to have much point. The film, showing at the Charles, has two plots going and doesn't do much with either.Malle, who co-wrote and directed the film, said he was trying to evoke the mood of the late '60s when students radicals were trying to start another French Revolution.The fools in this instance are members of a family whose matriarch has died. Her descendants gather at the family home where they bicker with each other and tell the dead woman's son that he should sell the house and split the money with them.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Wigler | September 27, 1991
"Deceived" won't fool you: It's a piece of trash.Goldie Hawn stars as an art restorer who's been married for five years to a curator (John Heard), by whom she has a daughter. Just when Hawn begins to suspect that her perfect husband is vTC not all she thought, he dies in an automobile accident.Her efforts to collect his insurance benefits lead her to discover that Heard had been using the Social Security number of a man who had died 16 years before. But during her search for her husband's genuine identity, someone ransacks her apartment several times, murdering her au pair girl in the process.
NEWS
July 19, 2014
I see in The Sun that Gov. Martin O'Malley has raised $796,000 for a presidential run ( "O'Malley raises $796,000," July 16). Further proof that P.T. Barnum was correct In his assessment of people and their wallets. F. Cordell - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | May 6, 2014
Each president brings his own unique preconceptions to the job. Post-depression, FDR believed the American people deserved a "New Deal. " John Kennedy felt Americans would willingly "pay any price" to spread freedom and democracy throughout the world. Ronald Reagan thought a strong national defense would bring the "evil empire" to its knees. A post-9/11 George W. Bush saw radical Islam as the single greatest threat to western-style democracy. As a candidate and as president, Barack Obama, too, has been quite clear about the fundamentals of his foreign policy - particularly America's approach to the world's dictators and assorted miscreants.
NEWS
April 3, 2014
I read the article on the front page of Maryland Business section about the planned CineBistro at the Rotunda ( "Moviegoing adds luxury," April 1). Imagine the traffic on 41st Street that a seven-screen multiplex would bring! The dinner and a movie concept? The sounds of dishes clinking, forks stabbing, the melange of fragrances from the "chef inspired" menu assaulting the moviegoer's senses - and cocktails, a great idea for keeping the chit chat down during a screening. Leather chairs and swing away tables?
NEWS
By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University students prepare for a violent and drunken clash after Loyola's president declared the college would annex Notre Dame. University of Maryland, College Park President Wallace Loh is carted off in handcuffs after being caught selling student and faculty Social Security numbers. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County plans to build a new enclosed escalator to carry students up a large hill that will feature "free hot-and-cold beverage service.
NEWS
By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
In 1926, H.W. Fowler offered a suggestion about making the English language a little tidier. In examining the various and inconsistent manifestations of the relative pronouns that , which , and who , he wrote that "perhaps the line of improvement lies in clearer differentiation between that & which . "  That suggestion, in the first edition of Modern English Usage , has ossified into a Rule among American editors....
FEATURES
By Kit Waskom Pollard,
For The Baltimore Sun
| April 1, 2013
Forgetting what day it was and unaware of her son's new-found love of pranks, Rodgers Forge resident Kim Morton walked unsuspectingly into the kitchen one morning and found herself soaked. "I came downstairs dressed nicely for work," she says of that April 1st. "I cleaned up the breakfast dishes and walked to the sink. Using a rubber band and toothpick, [my son] had rigged it so when you turned the faucet on, the water came out right at chest level. " A change of clothes later, Morton says she and her husband, Will, were smiling.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | April 14, 2004
With headlines declaring that Columbia's Oakland Mills High was changing its colors, getting a Subway sandwich shop in the cafeteria and adding badminton to its sports lineup, the school's latest student newspaper appeared to scoop everyone, including major media. The news sent a Board of Education member into a minor panic - until she turned to Page 5 and was let in on the joke: It was an April Fools' Day edition. "You got me," Courtney Watson, the school board chairman, wrote in an e-mail to The Scroll's staff Sunday night after picking up the paper.
FEATURES
By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | October 31, 1990
''Fools of Fortune'' means to be epic but is much too choppy and murky to achieve that status.Based on the book by William Trevor, the film covers two decades in the life of a young Irishman who, as a child, sees his home burned and his father murdered by a member of the Black and Tan, a British force sent to Ireland to subdue the urge for independence.Willie (Iain Glen) and his mother (Julie Christie) move to Dublin where she eventually commits suicide and he has a night in bed with Marianne, well played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.
NEWS
March 31, 2013
I am writing to you to voice my opposition to Gov. Martin O'Malley's extremist gun bill ("O'Malley battling for gun controls," March 22). I oppose it in any and all forms. I was in Annapolis on Feb 6, March 1 and March 5, along with thousands of other lawful gun owners, to register and voice my opposition. There is no crisis of rifle violence in this state, only a crisis of fear driven by opportunistic legislators. The governor's claim that an overwhelming percentage of Marylanders support this bill is a lie. Over 1,300 people testified against this bill, and fewer than 40 were for it. Even a recent online poll in the left-leaning Sun showed that 95 percent of people thought that the AR-15 modern sporting rifle should be removed from the banned list.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2013
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar - another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: COXCOMB Some words pop into the language and then flicker out, while others fade over a long span. Given the abundance of conceited fools among us, it is a pity that a fine old word for them, coxcomb , has fallen into disuse. It was originally cockscomb (pronounced CAKHS-com)
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