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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,liz.kay@baltsun.com | March 15, 2009
THE PROBLEM : The grate over a Southeast Baltimore storm inlet was broken and ajar. THE BACKSTORY : Joseph Thomas called Watchdog twice last month with his problem: A sewer plate remained ajar at the No. 20 bus stop on Boston Street at Gusryan Street in his O'Donnell Heights neighborhood. Because of the plate, "the bus could never pull right to the curb," he said. "He was always 5, 6 feet beyond that." Thomas noticed the plate six months ago and called Watchdog for help. "If they had two strong men, they could just pick it up and put it straight," he said.
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April 5, 2014
This year, Hospice of the Chesapeake is celebrating 35 years of bringing care, compassion and dignity to thousands of patients and families who are facing one of life's most challenging experiences, the journey at life's end. This milestone would not be possible without the heroic work of our hospice volunteers who give selflessly each and every day in our community. National Volunteer Week is April 6-12, and during this important time of recognition, it's fitting that we honor our nation's entire cadre of hospice volunteers for the heroic work they do to ensure patients receive the care they so richly deserve.
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By Jay Merwin | February 7, 1992
The heating grate where a few homeless people had made themselves a warm bed in the cold urban outdoors is now covered by a black cage to keep them off and to allow for the free flow of fumes from the parking garage below.A city public works crew installed the cage there yesterday, at West Fayette and Charles streets, to prevent what city officials said were hazards to health and safety.The city has offered beds in homeless shelters for the grate dwellers, but some of those who have slept there the last few weeks say they prefer to stick together rather than stay among strangers in a shelter.
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Dan Rodricks | November 27, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving 2013. Let us give thanks for the food we are about to eat, the wine we are about to drink, the football game we are about to watch - Ravens versus Steelers, NBC, 8:30 p.m. - and the couches on which we are about to snore. May we be truly grateful for a great many things ... That most of us do not have Julius Henson's chutzpah problem. It's so bad, he probably needs to see a doctor about it. Convicted of violating state laws for his role in a vote-suppressing scheme during the 2010 Maryland election, Henson is now running for the state Senate.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,liz.kay@baltsun.com | October 28, 2009
One man's stroll Tuesday morning along a downtown Baltimore sidewalk turned into a harrowing ordeal when he plunged about 15 feet underground after the metal grate he was walking over collapsed. The man was walking in the 200 block of N. Calvert St. just south of Saratoga Street about 8:16 a.m. when he fell through the opening, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a city fire spokesman. The man, identified as Baltimore resident Thomas Harrison, 29, was extricated within half an hour and taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, according to Cartwright.
FEATURES
By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | December 2, 1995
There's an old saying about the wisdom of being "off with the old love before you're on with the new," and it works for renovation projects, too: Whenever you replace an old system, it's a good idea to get rid of any inconvenient relics of the old one.Such a relic is a problem for a reader in Birmingham, Ala., who wrote to ask what to do about the register to an old gravity heater that was left in the middle of a hallway when a new heating and air-conditioning system...
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | December 29, 1991
Here he is, standing on Charles Street outside of Louie's Book Store, looking the very picture of urban poignancy: haunted winter face, cadaverous body bent into the beginnings of a question mark, hand extended hopefully.''A little money,'' he mutters.Immediately, I wish to change the subject. In my pocket, I have a couple of bucks, but in my heart I am feeling a little tapped-out.Already, on this day after Christmas, I have been stopped by people at three different locations, and this guy on Charles Street is a mirror of them all: faded overcoat with a hooded sweat shirt underneath, woolen knit cap on his head, plastic bag in his hand containing all of his possessions.
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By A.M. Rosenthal | August 19, 1991
THE DIPLOMATS from the West, Israel and the United Nations who are trying to get the hostages freed are keeping their mouths zipped about some of the basic realities underlying the negotiations process.That is fair enough. It is not the job of those diplomats to serve as educators of the public about the whole vicious story of hostage-taking, how it works, or the dangers of it happening again. Their job is to get the hostages out as soon as possible.But it is important for the rest of us to understand what is going on -- mostly for the sake of the hostages.
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By Mary Carroll and Mary Carroll,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE | February 27, 2002
Grapefruit, as a winter fruit, goes way back in my culinary memory. I see my grandmother in her kitchen, me and my younger sister on high stools beside her. In my grandmother's hands is a giant grapefruit, Indian River variety, most likely. I watch as her large hands slowly peel the grapefruit like an orange and hand sections into our small greedy ones. Even as a 5-year-old child, I loved the sweet-tart taste, the juiciness, the shocking-pink interior against the yellow peel. My grandmother was the only person in the family who could peel a whole grapefruit into one large spiral of skin, and I thought it was a marvelous accomplishment.
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By Knight-Ridder | July 3, 1991
The Grateful Dead will make a rare network TV shot Friday on ABC's "In Concert '91." Also included: performances by Indigo Girls, Lyle Lovett and Suzanne Vega. Although ABC bills "In Concert" as a live series, all the performances will be taped.
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By Duncan L. Hunter | November 25, 2013
The place was the U.S. House of Representatives. The time was the mid-1980s. I was a relative newcomer to Congress from California, and the Republican conference was hosting President Ronald Reagan. The president, beloved by the members, was coasting through a question-and-answer session, fielding the mostly "softball" questions with his legendary charm. Then Helen Delich Bentley, even more of a newcomer than I, stepped to the microphone. Her question was typical Bentley - blunt and reflective of the interests of the blue collar folks she represented.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2013
Terrance West fumbled twice in the first quarter of Towson's home game against New Hampshire, but the junior running back bounced back nicely to finish with 238 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries in the No. 3 Tigers' eventual 44-28 victory over the then-No. 19 Wildcats last Saturday. For his effort, the Baltimore native and Northwestern graduate shared with Fordham junior quarterback Michael Nebrich the National Football Championship Subdivision Offensive Player of the Week by The Sports Network.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
Local bands Aligning Minds, Blonde Armadillo, Shodekeh Talifero and The Last Year will combine forces for a concert to benefit Zeb Drinkwater, who was wounded during a robbery attempt in Roland Park on Aug. 14. The "Grateful Zeb" show is set for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St. Tickets are $10. Drinkwater, 36, was shot during an early-morning robbery attempt while escorting a friend to her car. The incident was one of a string of robberies that were reported in the Roland Park, Hampden and Remington areas.
NEWS
July 15, 2013
I'd like to thank Colleen Kelley, national president of the National Treasury Employees Union for the best laugh of my day ("Unionized employees don't run the IRS," July 12). Claiming that our nation is fortunate to have one of the most efficient tax collection systems in the world, staffed by trained, dedicated public servants, was absolutely hilarious! I'm sure the taxpayers feel very "fortunate" paying unfair, exorbitant taxes every year, and the many conservative groups that were targeted by these "dedicated" servants were equally happy to be delayed or denied their tax-exempt status.
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By Aaron Kasinitz, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2013
When Matt Striebel stepped onto Denver's Invesco Field at Mile High in July 2005 for the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game, he was a bit taken aback. Sure, he had won two NCAA championships at Princeton and played four seasons in MLL, but he was still in awe of his teammates in the "Old School vs. Young Guns" matchup. "It was my first All-Star Game, and I had only been in the league a couple years, but they put me on the Old School team," said Striebel, then a member of the now-defunct Philadelphia Barrage.
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Editorial from The Aegis | May 14, 2013
It's been cause for celebration for some in the Joppa area for a couple of weeks, or least since the Harford County government announced that it had abandoned its controversial plans to build a trash transfer station in the community. At the most recent Joppa Community Council meeting, there were congratulations all around after the county government announced it had reached an agreement with Baltimore County to allow Harford County trash to be taken to White Marsh. That agreement eliminates the need for a trash transfer station to be built on the former 22-acre Plecker property on Route 7 near its intersection with Route 152. Harford County Councilman Dion Guthrie received the most praise from the group for the work he did on behalf of his home community to fight the proposal.
NEWS
September 15, 1991
From: Rudy TidwellAssociate pastorGary W. BauerChairman, DeaconsJoe CoverCharles FogleSkip RiglerDeaconsFaith Baptist ChurchHampsteadOn behalf of the Benz family and the family of Christ at Faith Baptist Church, we wish to thank you for the Christian manner in which you covered the illness and subsequent death of our pastor and friend Bert Benz.In this time of sensationalizing news events, it was comforting to know that this situation was being reported with concern and compassion for those involved.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | November 5, 1993
MALIBU, Calif. -- Grateful Malibu residents gave weary firefighters free showers, steak dinners and lots of gratitude yesterday.Hand-painted signs on bedsheets billowed "thanks" on the day 900 crews from around the state got their first rest after a week fighting Southern California fires."
SPORTS
By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2013
The only time Daquein McNeil has ever set foot in the state of Minnesota was for an AAU tournament in suburban Minneapolis one year ago. Outside of a trip to the Mall of America, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound combo guard says he doesn't remember much about visiting the North Star State. But despite his lack of familiarity with Minnesota, McNeil is “really excited” to spend the next four years of his life there. The East Baltimore native and Vermont Academy senior committed to the Golden Gophers on Wednesday, becoming the first commitment of the Richard Pitino era. “It feels really good,” McNeil said.
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