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By Candus Thomson | August 23, 2009
This is one of those products Gear Girl wishes she did not have to test. But although she is very careful outdoors, she sometimes misses the warning signs ("Leaves of three ... "). The lack of vigilance leads to little red bumps, a rash and the insatiable desire to scratch 24/7 - the calling card of poison ivy. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 85 percent of us will develop an allergic reaction if we touch poison ivy, oak or sumac, so finding relief ranks high on the adventure must-have list.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 7, 2014
Maryland wrestling in Big Ten is like "finding your Christmas present in June" for coach COLLEGE PARK - Maryland wrestling coach Kerry McCoy wrestled in the Big Ten and later coached in the conference. After Maryland decided in 2012 to leave the Atlantic Coast Conference and join the Big Ten, McCoy told people close to him that it was like "finding your Christmas present in June. " Now, the Terps will get a chance to show they can compete in the unquestioned premier conference in college wrestling.
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NEWS
June 26, 2005
On June 25, 2005, BARBARA BUTCHER "BOBBY" (age 63), Prince George's County School Teacher for 38 years died at the Gilchrist Hospice in Baltimore, of natural causes related to pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Alexander Martin Gear of Columbia, MD; sons and daughters in-law, Daniel Melville and K-Lynn Gear of Monroe, VA and John Martin and Mary Gear of Lansing, MI; brother Noll Butcher of Columbia, Ohio and five grandchildren. Mrs. Gear taught at Montpelier Elementary School and Buck Lodge Middle School, where she touched thousands of lives.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
It's hard to imagine what the snarling football coaches of yesteryear — think Bear Bryant or Woody Hayes — would have made of the poetry on the helmet and sleeves of the uniforms the University of Maryland played in Saturday. But the Under Armour designers of Maryland's "Star-Spangled" uniforms, which highlight the Francis Scott Key poem "Defence of Fort M'Henry" in cursive, would like to think that the old-school coaches might have approved. The uniforms, which the Terrapins wore in Saturday's home loss to West Virginia, were intended to promote the team and inspire players and fans.
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By Candus Thomson | October 21, 2007
Someday, it will feel like fall. And when it finally does, you might feel like stretching all six legs - you and your faithful pooch. A new paperback by Doug Gelbert, Doggin' Maryland ($12.95; Cruden Bay Books; hikewithyourdog.com), rates 100 places in the Free State on their views, trail quality and suitability for dog walking. It spells out, in some cases, which parks have designated areas for you and your best friend, and places where one of you isn't welcome. In addition, it covers beach regulations, what gear your pet will need on the trail and how to keep your dog safe and the trails you hike pristine.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,Sun reporter | December 13, 2006
The title on Page 54 of the Ravens' media guide is "equipment manager." But the words barely describe Ed Carroll's multitude of duties with the team. In addition to washing and drying jerseys and pants, creating budgets and ordering new gear, Carroll monitors weather forecasts and has become an expert on grass. He's responsible for meeting the team's equipment needs, which sometimes includes tracking down discontinued products. And he makes sure the Ravens receive fair treatment on the road.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,Staff Writer | September 28, 1992
With blue crabs harder to find in the Chesapeake Bay this year than in recent times, Maryland fisheries officials have proposed for the first time limiting crabbers' catches by restricting their gear and harvest times.Environmentalists say the state's move is a good first step toward protecting the bay's last healthy fishery from over-harvesting. But the proposal has set off a civil war of sorts among watermen, pitting crabbers from Southern Maryland and the lower Eastern Shore against those from the Baltimore area.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | January 18, 2012
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has taken several subtle digs at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throughout the season, but he has been on his best behavior this week. In a news conference with the media in Owings Mills today, Suggs said that he has moved on from any perceived fued with Brady. "I guess the genesis of that was the incident in '09, when I almost hit him below the waist," Suggs said. "That's when it all started, but you grow and mature. As you all can clearly see, I'm not the same guy that I was in '09. I'm definitely 20 pounds lighter.
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By Alia Malik and Alia Malik,Sun reporter | June 26, 2007
Never mind that they only had four returning players and finished with a losing record. When members of the Patterson High School lacrosse team talk about their difficult spring, it always comes back to the midseason death of their captain, senior Christopher Clarke. Clarke was fatally shot after practice March 13, an innocent bystander in a street shooting near his home in the Belair-Edison neighborhood. Patterson Principal Laura Lee D'Anna, lacrosse coach Jonathan Kehl and three of Clarke's former teammates remembered him yesterday as they accepted dozens of new and barely-used lacrosse sticks and pieces of protective gear donated to the school by AT&T.
BUSINESS
September 15, 1995
L.A. Gear plans layoffs, closingsAfter more than four years of losses and attempts to restructure the company, L.A. Gear Inc. says it is laying off about 30 percent of its workers and closing some or all of its seven outlet stores.About 160 people were notified of the cuts this week and jobs were eliminated across the board.The Santa Monica, Calif.-based athletic footwear company will decide by the end of November as to which outlets will be targeted. L.A. Gear has stores in California, Texas, Arizona and Florida.
NEWS
August 28, 2014
Nothing can justify the looting and violence by those who used the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer as an opportunity to destroy the businesses and property of residents who had no hand in what happened and we should condemn the actions that have overshadowed the rights of citizens to peacefully protest. Yet the presence of military-style equipment in response to such demonstrations of civil disobedience should also be scrutinized. I spent more than 30 years in law enforcement, first as a Maryland state trooper, then as the public safety director in Prince George's County.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2014
Local police departments in Maryland have received more than $12 million in excess equipment from the U.S. military - from a $400,000 "mine-resistant vehicle" to a set of a dozen spoons valued at $3.06 apiece - through a federal program that has come under bipartisan scrutiny. In all, local law enforcement agencies in the state have received more than 2,000 assault rifles, 873 semi-automatic handguns and 220 12-gauge shotguns from the Department of Defense Excess Property Program since 2006, according to Pentagon data made public Friday.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Linda Ogwuazor, a Howard University student from Elkridge, packed her bags and boarded a flight to summer school this month. Her destination: Thailand, where she and other students from around the world are taking part in an international science mission. Ogwuazor, 19, is one of the students in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines in Howard's Global Education, Awareness and Research Undergraduate Program - or GEAR-UP. Funded with a $5 million National Science Foundation grant, the program began four years ago and gives students at the historically black college in Washington opportunities to conduct original research abroad.
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By Cody Goodwin and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
The X Games are set to kick off Thursday in Austin, Texas, the 20th year of the summer action-sports event. Of all the athletes who will be competing through Sunday, two hail from the Baltimore area: Bucky Lasek (Dundalk) and Travis Pastrana (Annapolis). The Baltimore Sun recently caught up by phone with the 41-year-old Lasek, who will be competing in his 21st X Games (a total that includes trips to international X Games competitions in Europe and South America). Lasek will compete in the men's skateboard vert and rallycross events.
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By Matt Schnabel and Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
For years, those fishing in East Coast waterways have faced bans on felt-soled boots and urgings that they scrub their gear to combat the spread of a pervasive algae. But a recent Dartmouth College study could turn such thinking on its head. Didymo, a species of diatom that produces threadlike stalks called "rock snot" blooms, long has been believed to represent an invasive threat to bodies of water across the nation, but the algae is largely native to those areas, according to the study.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
The Baltimore County Police Department has announced that it's now hiring for both police cadets and officers. According to a release, applications will be accepted online at http://www.joinbaltimorecountypd.com or http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov until May 2. Cadet candidates must be between 17.5 and 20.5 years old, and officer candidates must be 21 at the time of graduation. The department is offering information sessions for those interested in learning more about the position.
NEWS
June 13, 2008
SARA GEAR BOYD, 67 Vermont lawmaker Sara Gear Boyd, a former Republican leader in the Vermont Legislature and secretary of the Republican National Committee, has died. She was 67. Ms. Gear Boyd died Tuesday of cancer, her family said. The Burlington native and University of Vermont graduate rose to prominence at a time when her home city was moving to the left and had elected socialist Bernie Sanders as mayor. Ms. Gear Boyd was elected to the Vermont House in 1984, serving from 1985 to 1992, the last four years as majority leader.
SPORTS
May 4, 2002
On deck Kazuhisa Ishii of the Dodgers tries to improve to 6-0 to night, facing the Cubs. He said it "I'm definitely going. Knowing you have something in there, it will be different." Derek Lowe, who plans to go back to Cooperstown now that some of the gear from his no-hitter is displayed there
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
Standing in a pile of construction rubble on a cold and dirty location set at the Lord Baltimore Hotel here in January, I didn't know what to expect from Season 3 of HBO's "Veep. " Everyone in the cast and crew, including star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, seemed to be suffering from a chest-busting virus that was signaled by the most awful-sounding cough. Grim doesn't start to describe the mood as they prepped for the filming of a scene featuring a make-believe employment conference. Director Chris Addington suddenly found himself after a post-lunch conversation with Louis-Dreyfus confronted with the need for a serious rewrite of the scene he was about to shoot.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
Monday marks the end of a six-month enrollment push for Maryland's troubled health exchange, and despite a surge in the past week, it is unclear whether the state can overcome technical problems that have persisted since the Oct. 1 debut and meet its goals. As a flurry of consumers signed up for health insurance Saturday during an enrollment fair, Gov. Martin O'Malley said that he expected the next enrollment period to run more smoothly on a new platform built by Deloitte Consulting LLC, replacing the troubled existing website.
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