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By Kathy Hudsonhudmud@aol.com | January 13, 2012
When Baltimore City cut the grass on the Roland Avenue median for the last time this fall, an adjacent plot of grass was skipped. The point at the intersection of Roland Avenue, Ridgewood Road and Cold Spring Lane looked like a prairie for months.  With warmer temperatures into January, the grass continued to grow.   At the end of October, I called 311.  They said the city would take action in 14 business days. We watched. We waited. Nothing happened. During November and December, the point looked increasingly shabby.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
Thoroughbred racing will resume at Pimlico Race Course on Thursday afternoon with a nine-race card to kick off the track's 35-day spring meeting. The schedule will be highlighted by the 139 t h Preakness Stakes, with a richer purse of $1.5 million, up from $1 million in 2013. Pimlico will host racing Thursday through Sunday until the May 17 Preakness and Friday through Sunday between the Preakness and the June 7 Belmont Stakes in New York. The Pimlico schedule will include 25 stakes races with purses totaling about $4.7 million.
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March 18, 2011
There is at least one alternative available to reduce the use of harmful chemicals on lawns in Maryland ("Less-toxic lawns in Md.," March 16): Grow less grass. If you drive through Baltimore County in the winter you may have noticed that many lawns and highway medians are an ugly shade of brown. Instead of growing grass, better to use a variety of ground covering plants, native shrubs and trees and a variety of mulch that requires no mowing and very little water. For example, a butterfly garden can be beneficial to a variety of wildlife and be much more attractive than grass.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
Wintry weather dragged on Tuesday, with light snow falling by midday expected to bring a slushy couple of inches of snow. The National Weather Service predicts 1-3 inches across the region, with a winter weather advisory in effect until midnight. But accumulating snow likely will stick to grassy surfaces for the most part, as the springtime sun makes accumulation difficult on pavement. Snow was expected to continue into mid-afternoon. State Highway Administration crews treated roadways ahead of the storm, expecting slick spots once snow starts falling by midmorning Tuesday and possibly lasting into the evening.
NEWS
May 30, 2012
Since Baltimore is in tight financial straits, why build a grass median in the middle of any city street ("City erected six-foot fence to protect grass," May 27)? Grass requires maintenance - mowing, watering, clearing debris. Instead, use that $20,000 to plant vegetable gardens neighborhoods can use to provide food for the hungry or create grass playgrounds for children. Anne Hackney, Parkton
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | November 13, 2013
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker doesn't miss very often, regardless of his surroundings. He has made 16 straight field goals, one of the longest active streaks in the NFL, and he has made 48 of his 53 career field-goal attempts in the regular season. His 46-yard field goal at M&T Bank Stadium last Sunday was the fifth game-winner of his career. He has missed just three kicks on his home turf in two seasons. But as good as he has been kicking on synthetic surfaces, he has been even better on grass.
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By Kevin Cowherd | April 24, 1992
It is a fine spring day. The sun is shining and birds are chirping and I am sitting here wracked with lawn anxiety.I can see the lawn through my window now. It squats out there like some kind of horrible giant toad, brown and pitted and ugly beyond all conventional description.All the other lawns in the neighborhood are green and lush. I hate the people who tend those lawns. They think they're so cool with their rotary tillers and their exotic fertilizers and their seeders and spreaders.Did it ever occur to them that some people might like a lawn with lots of bare spots and crab grass infestation?
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2012
The Baltimore Department of Transportation has a message for the residents of Tuscany-Canterbury: Do not walk on our grass. But instead of little signs, the transportation department conveys that message with a six-foot, spike-topped fence. The barrier runs down the middle of the newly seeded median it is protecting. "They say it's to protect the grass, but a light layer of hay would have remedied that," said Sandra Snow, who lives and works in the neighborhood. "A nice path, a walkway, a low hedge - there are so many things that could have been done.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2012
The style of fence is called "Barcelona," but some residents of Tuscany-Canterbury say it reminds them more of Berlin. It's the "Gorbachev fence" to the mother of neighbor Fred Chalfant, who often walks his dog past the barrier, which is six-feet tall, topped with spikes and divides West 39th Street down the middle. Last week, Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke called it “a Berlin Wall of a fence,” as she demanded justification for the fence's appearance, in a letter to the city's Department of Transportation, which erected the fence in mid-April.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 18, 2003
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Rite Aid Corp.'s former chief executive Martin L. Grass pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of conspiracy - to defraud shareholders and to obstruct justice - in one of the nation's biggest corporate accounting scandals in recent history. Grass, the son of Rite Aid's founder, agreed in a deal with federal prosecutors to serve up to eight years in prison and pay the government $3.5 million in fines and forfeitures. If approved by U.S. District Judge Sylvia H. Rambo, the sentence would be the stiffest punishment handed a former CEO for accounting fraud since corporate scandals at Enron, WorldCom and Adelphia began undermining investors' confidence, prosecutors said.
NEWS
March 20, 2014
Maryland gubernatorial candidate Del. Heather Mizeur has decided to run a campaign based upon returning power to the people rather than caving in to the big money that dominates most elections. Ms. Mizeur became the first candidate for the office since 1994 to accept public financing for her campaign - rejecting the notion that elections must be rigged and bought by the biggest spender. Her opponents in the Democratic primary, state Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, have all gone the other direction, wooing lobbyists and corporate executives for cash and more ad time.
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Susan Reimer | February 19, 2014
If a husband takes on more chores, does a grateful wife repay his efforts with more sex? It might depend on which chores. Lori Gottlieb, a psychologist and author of "Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough," suggested in a New York Times Magazine article that partners in so-called peer marriages, or more equal marriages, report having less sex than partners in marriages where the husband and the wife perform more traditional duties....
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2014
FRISCO, Texas - Towson trailed North Dakota State, 21-7, at halftime of Saturday's Football Championship Subdivision title game, but nothing took more of a beating than the turf at Toyota Stadium. The Bermuda-grass field at the 20,500-seat facility was constantly getting dug up by players, and as many as 40 staffers from the stadium and the NCAA flooded the field in between changes of possessions to stamp down the turf. Towson running backs Terrance West and Darius Victor each tripped on separate running plays in the second and third quarter, and Bison senior quarterback Brock Jensen had to jump on one loose chunk of grass before lining up under center in the third period.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | November 13, 2013
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker doesn't miss very often, regardless of his surroundings. He has made 16 straight field goals, one of the longest active streaks in the NFL, and he has made 48 of his 53 career field-goal attempts in the regular season. His 46-yard field goal at M&T Bank Stadium last Sunday was the fifth game-winner of his career. He has missed just three kicks on his home turf in two seasons. But as good as he has been kicking on synthetic surfaces, he has been even better on grass.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2013
How much watering do I need to do after I put down grass seed? Once a day? Twice? Will dew keep it wet? Once grass seed absorbs water, it must stay wet until it germinates. If wet seed dries up, it is killed. So the aim of your watering is to keep the seed wet, and how much watering that requires depends several factors. Higher temperatures, low humidity, lack of cloud cover, breeziness and drought will all hasten evaporation and require you to water more frequently. A thin layer of an organic material, such as Leafgro or compost, will hold in some moisture.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
“Hair,” the counterculture musical that stirred the pot, so to speak, in 1968, is very much a product of its time - Vietnam, dropping out, dropping acid, free love, Hare Krishna. Dated it may be, but it's got something timeless going on, too, as the enjoyable revival by the Stillpointe Theatre Initiative reiterates. Today's young generation may have no fear of a draft and no great interest in where or why our military is fighting now, but the antiwar message in “Hair” can still hit home.
SPORTS
By Dan Appenfeller, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2013
The bites were coming for anglers on the Susquehanna Flats in a Bass Federation tournament in September 2010. But they weren't from fish. “It was so salty, they were catching crabs up in the flats,” Baltimore angler Donald Haskins said. “A lot of us were downriver fishing for bass, and we would get a bite and we'd have a crab on our line.” The September tournament came toward the end of a three-month drought, which dried up the Chesapeake watershed late that year, and the Susquehanna River was trading a great deal of water and crustaceans with the Chesapeake Bay. Dry spells and unexpected pinches are the last thing competitors, including Haskins, will anticipate in this week's EverStart Series Northern Division tournament.
NEWS
May 20, 2013
Michael Dresser got it right in describing the trajectory of the Baltimore school facilities bill as going from "non-starter to law," but the story goes far beyond the elected and appointed officials who worked hard to make the deals and shepherd the legislation to passage ("City schools bill a political showpiece," May 17). The deeper story must include the herculean efforts of the Baltimore Education Coalition (BEC), the innovative policy advocacy work done by the ACLU of Maryland and the powerful community organizing of groups like BUILD and Child First.
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