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July 24, 2012
I disagree with Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s characterization that President Obama is anti-entrepreneurship or self-reliance ("Mr. President, nobody else 'made that happen,'" July 22). The GOP whines that they hate government, but they're more than happy to accept Social Security, Medicare, police and emergency services, tax subsidies, corporate welfare and earmarks. As a parent, making sacrifices for my children is part of the job description. However, it's also my responsibility to instill a sense of gratitude, not entitlement.
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September 14, 2014
Whether "Baltimore - Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner" is destined to become the city's official motto, as the City Council recently endorsed, is less important than a troubling bit of information that arose during the council's debate over the matter. Polls suggest only about one in five people living in Baltimore know of the city's link to the national anthem and even fewer are aware of it outside this state. This weekend's festivities may change that - although probably modestly so given that the PBS' Great Performances series doesn't exactly have the ratings of a "reality" TV show, let alone a major sporting event.
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NEWS
January 5, 2012
During the week after Christmas, my family and I returned to BWI on a military rotation flight after 10 days of leave in Germany. After passing through customs we were met by several hundred people enthusiastically cheering service members returning from Iraq. There were parents and grandparents and veterans and Girl Scout troops. I tried to hurry my family along as quickly as possible, feeling that this amazing welcome was not for us. But it was impossible not to smile. The gratitude and enthusiasm of that crowd of welcomers was palpable.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 25, 2014
"I want a love I can see. That's the only kind that means a thing to me. Don't want a love you have to tell me about. That kind of loving I can sure do without. " -- The Temptations, 1963 A few days ago in an airport restaurant, I saw a scene that has become commonplace in recent years. These soldiers were sitting there talking, waiting for their meal. And this guy on the way out detoured over to them. "Thank you for your service," he said. They nodded, thanked him for thanking them.
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2012
For November, I'm cultivating an attitude of gratitude. You might have seen people giving thanks for something daily on social media. I'm posting each day this month on Facebook acknowledging the things (and people) big and small that I am lucky to have in my life. Maybe it sounds hokey, but for me, it works to keep me focused on the good and away from the negative chatter and the snark that can surround us. And I've noticed that when I'm keeping my eye out for positive things to post about, I notice even more of them.
NEWS
February 19, 1991
With its extensive system of veterans cemeteries and generous eligibility guidelines, Maryland has committed many millions of dollars to providing free burial for veterans and their spouses, as well as free maintenance of the graves. That is not an inconsiderable benefit -- burial, apart from funeral expenses, can cost $2,000 or more. So it is no surprise that Maryland's veterans cemeteries are the busiest state cemetery program in the country.Inevitably, the costs of the $1.5 million-a-year program are growing -- and, not surprisingly, drawing the scrutiny of budget analysts as the state's budget crunch worsens.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2013
Marquetta Sullivan, 56, of Annapolis, sparkled like a purple jewel on Lot J on Sunday morning - metallic ribbons in her hair, nine necklaces around her neck, frosted purple eye shadow and a Ravens' tattoo on her cheek - all for the playoffs and to mark her hero's last home game. "I've been a Ravens fan for life, but the only reason I became a die-hard is because of Ray Lewis, she said. Lewis is the reason she and her husband, Jim Gerety, invested untold thousands into a purple game day bus, and he's the reason their tailgate spread includes a cake iced with the number 52. This week Lewis announced that he would be retiring at the end of this season after 17 years in the NFL, all with the Ravens.
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By Drs. Kay Judge and Maxine Barish-Wreden and Drs. Kay Judge and Maxine Barish-Wreden,McClatchy-Tribune | December 22, 2008
Research suggests that the regular cultivation of gratitude and appreciation has multiple psychological and physical benefits. Thankful people typically boast better overall health, fewer physical symptoms, higher income, more energy, larger social networks and stronger marriages. They also exercise more. They fall asleep more easily at night. They sleep longer and more soundly, and they wake up more refreshed. The practice of gratitude may increase the levels of immunoglobulin A in your throat and nose, increasing your ability to resist viral infections.
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By Janet Gilbert and Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2010
S ometimes you can look at your life almost objectively. In these rare instances, you are permitted to pause and reflect a moment about what is really important. Some people have these epiphanies when they least expect it - at baseball games or in the shower or on long nature hikes. I suppose that's just happened to me. Over the past two weekends, for the better part of both Saturdays, my husband and I have attended funerals. Ordinarily, funerals do not come to mind as an appropriate subject for my column, but I think things happen for a reason - and the reason I am writing this week's column about funerals is they have a message for the living.
NEWS
By Bill Henry | May 11, 2009
We all want Baltimore to be a safer place. But in a world of limited resources, what is the best way? One constituent who wrote to City Hall last week was pretty sure he knew. He had read an article in this newspaper and expressed great alarm that city leaders would spend money on anything else when the Police Department was, evidently, not properly staffed. So: Are we to simply spend whatever money we can find on more police, at the expense of other programs and services? A review of the history is in order.
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Susan Reimer | January 15, 2014
Economist and funny man Ben Stein, who regularly delivers his contrarian views in a grouchy monotone on "CBS Sunday Morning," can whipsaw you between furious disagreement and fist-pumping assent faster than you thought possible. He's Jewish, but has no problem with Christmas or with anyone wishing him a Merry Christmas. But he despises Darwinism and anyone who believes in evolution, and believes it was science like this that led to the Holocaust. He's conservative, but he doesn't think President Barack Obama is to blame for the recession.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2013
Erika Brannock slides to the edge of her wheelchair. She looks down at a pair of carefully selected gray New Balance athletic shoes. And stands. Her thigh slides deeper into a flexible plastic socket as she shifts her weight from her right leg to a new prosthetic limb. The bone where her left leg was amputated above the knee sends a sharp, shooting pain, and she starts to cry. Not because it hurts. Because she is about to walk again. "It's been a long time," she says to her mother, Carol Downing, among those watching at an orthotics and prosthetics supplier in Linthicum.
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By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2013
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:  CAPTIOUS Apologies for the delay with this week"s word. I returned to Baltimore late last night, having narrowly survived a family vacation in Chicago. (May you never be seated immediately in front of a voluble child with restless-leg syndrome.) And early this morning I had to prep the copy editing class for Thursday's midterm examination, poor souls.  Discussions of grammar and usage--not here, mnind you, but in less civilized venues--often attract captious personalities.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Scott Dance, Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2013
Lauren La Canfora, the wife of CBS Sports' "NFL Insider" Jason La Canfora who was hit by a car while running Friday in Towson, was released from a second trip to the hospital Sunday. She remains in "a lot of pain," with a concussion but no internal injuries, her husband said. She was released from Sinai Hospital on Friday, but went back to Greater Baltimore Medical Center on Saturday and was admitted for the night. "She's coming along much better," Jason La Canfora said. Information identifying the driver of the white sedan that struck his wife at York Road and Stevenson Lane was proving difficult to find, La Canfora said.
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By Bob Allen, For The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2013
The intertwined history of the Jewish Reches family of Mount Washington and Greenspring and the Roman Catholic Staszczak-Wrobel family of Poland is extraordinary, and extraordinarily inspiring. When family members recount it at schools, churches, synagogues - or to passengers on a sightseeing bus - it can bring tears to strangers' eyes. That history began during World War II as Germany occupied Poland and, in 1942, the Nazis resolved to make the small town of Mosciska Judenfrei - free of Jews.
EXPLORE
March 6, 2013
A juvenile Cooper's hawk with a broken wing was running along the fences backing to Windstream Drive on March 5. I made several unsuccessful attempts to rescue the youngster with the help of some neighbors I had never met and a close friend. It was very cold and getting dark but I was determined to save this beautiful bird from certain death. In desperation I hesitantly called 911, fearful of being accused of (and possibly fined for) inappropriately calling. I was surprised and elated when the woman who answered kindly offered to call Animal Control directly since they were closed.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | July 16, 2002
WASHINGTON - With Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley at his side, police Commissioner Edward T. Norris appeared at a national law enforcement conference yesterday and said he couldn't do his job without the mayor's backing. "If you don't have the support of your chief executive, you can't do this job," Norris said in a downtown hotel ballroom packed with police officers and other officials from around the country. They were gathered for a three-day conference on community policing. Norris recalled the criticism he faced after Sept.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | November 18, 2003
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Bob Meyers sat in his blue Hyundai yesterday afternoon, letting the engine run to charge his well-worn cell phone that he used as the lifeline to share the news, one call after another. "The verdict was as severe as it could be on all four counts," he calmly said into the voicemail of his oldest brother, Larry. "If you want to talk further, give me a call." More than a year after their brother Dean H. Meyers was shot as he pumped gas at a station near Manassas, Va., John Allen Muhammad stood expressionless as the jury found him guilty for his role in the shootings that claimed the lives of Meyers and 12 others.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2013
Marquetta Sullivan, 56, of Annapolis, sparkled like a purple jewel on Lot J on Sunday morning - metallic ribbons in her hair, nine necklaces around her neck, frosted purple eye shadow and a Ravens' tattoo on her cheek - all for the playoffs and to mark her hero's last home game. "I've been a Ravens fan for life, but the only reason I became a die-hard is because of Ray Lewis, she said. Lewis is the reason she and her husband, Jim Gerety, invested untold thousands into a purple game day bus, and he's the reason their tailgate spread includes a cake iced with the number 52. This week Lewis announced that he would be retiring at the end of this season after 17 years in the NFL, all with the Ravens.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | November 25, 2012
He had lost a son many years before, the boy barely more than a toddler when he died. Now another son was dead, and grief sat on him like the shawl that draped his shoulders as he rattled around the big, cold house. His wife was emotionally troubled and spent money they did not have. His subordinates were insubordinate, convinced he was out of his depth and that they could do a better job. And his country had split along a ragged seam of geography and race, boys from Maine and Vermont fighting it out against boys from Georgia and Tennessee, their bodies left broken, bloated, bloody and fly-swarmed, dead by the profligate thousands.
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