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By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | January 22, 2003
WASHINGTON - Social worker Susan Hill started running an abortion clinic in Orlando, Fla., a week after the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in its Roe vs. Wade decision 30 years ago today. Hill, who now runs six clinics in six states, was there during the mid- to late 1970s as the abortion rate rose and doctors flocked to the field. She was there during the 1980s, as the rate of abortions peaked and then leveled off. Wearing a bulletproof vest to and from work, she was there through the 1990s when abortion providers became the target of violence - even murders - and it was nearly impossible to attract doctors.
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August 26, 2014
Kudos to letter writer Patricia M. Davidson of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing for raising awareness about the role of nursing in the Ebola outbreak ( "This is not crazy; this is nursing," Aug. 18). Nurses, particularly African nurses, are on the frontline against Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria, the countries most impacted by the recent outbreak. They are looking fear in the face as they try to do what they do best - care for individuals, families and communities.
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By Tom Bowman and Mark Matthews and Tom Bowman and Mark Matthews,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | October 23, 2001
WASHINGTON - The United States has begun to concentrate its air attacks on front-line Taliban troops in northern Afghanistan, an effort that could allow the opposition Northern Alliance to gain further ground, perhaps toward the capital city of Kabul, Pentagon officials said yesterday. "Our efforts in the air clearly are to assist those forces on the ground in being able to occupy more ground," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said at a Pentagon news conference. Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, added, "We're starting to work on some Taliban targets that are arrayed out in the field against folks that we are trying to help."
NEWS
August 18, 2014
The nurses at Emory Hospital who are caring for the two U.S. Ebola patients around the clock are not immune from fear. No nurses are. The truth stares us in the face every time an indiscriminate killer like Ebola or any horrific strain goes viral. Nurses are so often the first to reach the front lines of an epidemic, the first to recognize and try to relieve patient pain and the first to get to work healing the sick regardless of the challenges and obstacles. Whether it's in Atlanta or Africa, nurses are right now at the bedside dealing with the danger of a disease spread through contact with blood, vomit, saliva and diarrhea.
NEWS
August 11, 2011
As George Orwell once observed, "We sleep safe in our beds at night because rough men are ready to visit violence on those who seek to do us harm. " This past weekend, 30 brave soldiers including 22 Navy SEALs were killed in Afghanistan. All the 401(k)'s, debt ceilings, health plans, and the gyrations of Wall Street don't mean a thing to the Taliban. It is our men in uniform that stand on the front lines for our protection. Do not forget them. Sherlynn Matesky, Owings Mills
NEWS
December 24, 1992
Beulah Burkhardt is ill. Cancer has cost her a breast and sh is currently at home and undergoing chemotherapy.This is sad news under any circumstances. It is even more so because Beulah Burkhardt, along with her husband, Tom, is a giver.More than a year ago, faced with the possibility of losing their county government jobs, the Burkhardts pledged to do something for the needy if they could only hold on to their own livelihoods. Their wish came true -- they didn't lose their jobs to county cuts -- and they delivered on their promise in a big way.Every Sunday, the Burkhardts and a small group of volunteers make their way to Baltimore City Hall, where they stand out front and distribute free meals and clothing to the poor and homeless.
NEWS
December 19, 2012
I find Rep. Chris Van Hollen's comments very ironic about Rep. John Boehner wanting to delay on the fiscal cliff until he is re-elected Speaker of the House ("Conservatives battle Obama," Dec. 13). Isn't this the same Rep. Van Hollen, the super-committee member, who had an opportunity to craft a deal more than one year ago? What did he do during negotiations? How was he compromising in the process last year? I think he didn't. Asking a Maryland Democrat to compromise is unheard of, after all. Can he give insight as to what would be a fair and equitable solution?
NEWS
August 18, 2014
The nurses at Emory Hospital who are caring for the two U.S. Ebola patients around the clock are not immune from fear. No nurses are. The truth stares us in the face every time an indiscriminate killer like Ebola or any horrific strain goes viral. Nurses are so often the first to reach the front lines of an epidemic, the first to recognize and try to relieve patient pain and the first to get to work healing the sick regardless of the challenges and obstacles. Whether it's in Atlanta or Africa, nurses are right now at the bedside dealing with the danger of a disease spread through contact with blood, vomit, saliva and diarrhea.
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By NEAL R. PEIRCE | February 18, 1991
Philadelphia.SAM SMITH recalls the shock he received when he came back after his military service in Vietnam.The North Philadelphia neighborhoods he'd known as a boy were in shambles, pocked with refuse-strewn empty lots left by riots or demolition. Banks and insurance firms engaged in rampant ''redlining.'' The city government was withdrawing services. Lots his fellow vets got cold-shouldered when they looked for jobs.''We'd been abroad fighting for others' freedom. We came home to find our own people didn't have it,'' he says.
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By Lisbeth B. Schorr | October 26, 1997
Why, in the midst of a vibrant economy, are so many Americans still mired in concentrated poverty?For Americans turned off on government, the answer long has been that nobody knows what to do about the great underclass maladies of joblessness, single-parent families, school failure, substance abuse and violence.In fact, we do know what to do on a small scale. Here and there, innovative programs have succeeded in changing life trajectories and setting children and families on the road to success.
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By Jonah Goldberg | January 31, 2013
What if, during the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney had accused President Barack Obama of wanting to let servicewomen serve in combat? After all, Mr. Obama had hinted as much in 2008. What would Mr. Obama's response have been? My hunch is that he would have accused Mr. Romney of practicing the "politics of division" or some such and denied it. In any case, wouldn't an open debate have been better than putting women into combat by fiat? You'd think the folks who are always clamoring for a "national conversation" on this, that and the other thing would prefer to make a sweeping change after, you know, a national conversation.
NEWS
December 19, 2012
I find Rep. Chris Van Hollen's comments very ironic about Rep. John Boehner wanting to delay on the fiscal cliff until he is re-elected Speaker of the House ("Conservatives battle Obama," Dec. 13). Isn't this the same Rep. Van Hollen, the super-committee member, who had an opportunity to craft a deal more than one year ago? What did he do during negotiations? How was he compromising in the process last year? I think he didn't. Asking a Maryland Democrat to compromise is unheard of, after all. Can he give insight as to what would be a fair and equitable solution?
NEWS
August 11, 2011
As George Orwell once observed, "We sleep safe in our beds at night because rough men are ready to visit violence on those who seek to do us harm. " This past weekend, 30 brave soldiers including 22 Navy SEALs were killed in Afghanistan. All the 401(k)'s, debt ceilings, health plans, and the gyrations of Wall Street don't mean a thing to the Taliban. It is our men in uniform that stand on the front lines for our protection. Do not forget them. Sherlynn Matesky, Owings Mills
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By Diane Brown, dmbrown@comcast.net | June 1, 2011
I hardly have words for the beauty of the names I tasted last week in Puntarenas, on Costa Rica's pleasing Pacific coast, where surf touches the sun and the sea rushes to sand. To my ear, Spanish names are like music harkening from the heavens, blessed sounds that parents give their newborns, names singing to the ear. Just don't translate them into English, please. The operatic Placido Domingo roughly means "placid Sunday," Guillermo is simply William, but feel free to call me Diana, because I do like that.
SPORTS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2011
ABOARD NRP 139 — The fight against striped bass poaching is being fought on the ice-covered deck of a small patrol boat being buffeted by three-foot waves and winds that make you shout to be heard. Natural Resources Police Officer First Class Drew Wilson drops a grappling hook over the side to begin the blind search for illegal fishing nets — mesh death traps — like the type that caught 10 tons of striped bass this week, fish that were destined for Maryland's black market and perhaps beyond.
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2011
One harsh winter long ago, as he led an encampment of soldiers near a European forest, it never occurred to Alfred H.M. Shehab, then a brash young Army lieutenant, that he and his 30-man unit were a part of military history. "A platoon leader is so busy thinking about what might happen and how to make things go right" that it's hard to grasp much of a broader perspective, says Shehab, a 91-year-old retired lieutenant colonel who lives near Fort Meade. As it was, the 3rd Platoon of B Troop in the 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized)
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By Jonah Goldberg | January 31, 2013
What if, during the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney had accused President Barack Obama of wanting to let servicewomen serve in combat? After all, Mr. Obama had hinted as much in 2008. What would Mr. Obama's response have been? My hunch is that he would have accused Mr. Romney of practicing the "politics of division" or some such and denied it. In any case, wouldn't an open debate have been better than putting women into combat by fiat? You'd think the folks who are always clamoring for a "national conversation" on this, that and the other thing would prefer to make a sweeping change after, you know, a national conversation.
EXPLORE
By Diane Brown, dmbrown@comcast.net | June 1, 2011
I hardly have words for the beauty of the names I tasted last week in Puntarenas, on Costa Rica's pleasing Pacific coast, where surf touches the sun and the sea rushes to sand. To my ear, Spanish names are like music harkening from the heavens, blessed sounds that parents give their newborns, names singing to the ear. Just don't translate them into English, please. The operatic Placido Domingo roughly means "placid Sunday," Guillermo is simply William, but feel free to call me Diana, because I do like that.
FEATURES
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2010
The past few weeks have been rough on riders of MARC commuter trains, so it's understandable that some of them get upset. People want to get home from work and see their families at the end of a long day, and it's frustrating when a train is canceled or delayed. But hot weather and the inefficiencies of an antiquated system have taken a toll on civility at Union Station in Washington — and there have been increasing reports of ugly behavior toward staff members trying to do their jobs.
SPORTS
By Grahame L. Jones, Tribune Newspapers | June 27, 2010
Bob Bradley did not get a good night's rest. The coach of the U.S. national team and his players did not get back to their rural base until the wee hours of Sunday morning, but it wasn't the roosters or the dogs or even the cows that kept Bradley awake. Instead, unable to drop off, he played and replayed the 2-1 loss to Ghana that knocked the U.S. out of the World Cup. "I never sleep well after games," he said. "Wins, losses, it's never easy after a game. I usually watch the game over and over a few times."
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