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By MIKE ROYKO | March 31, 1993
The most frustrating part of this job is being unable to do something for a troubled soul who has a problem and cries out to a newspaper for help. The harsh fact of life is that there are some problems for which there are no easy solutions. And the most we can do is offer comforting words.And I felt this frustration in reading a poignant letter sent to me by Susan Waitkus, of Chicago's Morgan Park neighborhood.I hope I don't ruin your day with this tale of woe. But her story should be shared because it could happen to others.
By Brian Sullam | October 25, 1991
"Happy birthday Terrrrr-rance -- Happy birthday to you."Terrance Perry, slumped over the hood of a police car with his hands cuffed behind his back, was not enjoying his party. Not at 6 a.m. Not while standing out on the street in his stocking feet in the 2300 block of Druid Hill Avenue as passing motorists gawked at him. Not even after Baltimore County Police Detective Robert J. Castagnetti began to sing him a special birthday greeting.Perry -- who was wanted for assault with the intent to murder -- had just been pulled roughly from his hiding place beneath a sofa in the living room of an apartment in a two-story row house where he had been staying.
By Karol V. Menzie | October 23, 1994
The theme of festivities will be "made in Maryland" at the third annual Bounty on the Bay celebration Nov. 6 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.The indoor and outdoor waterfront celebration features made-in-Maryland food items, such as Thrasher's french fries and Tulkoff's horseradish and sauces, and Maryland beers and wines. There will be bluegrass music, and a men's chorus, plus prizes, games and face-painting for children.The event lasts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum, 1415 Key Highway.
By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,sun reporter | November 14, 2006
Just after dusk yesterday, Shawn Tiller's mother arrived at an East Baltimore street corner with bundles of colorful balloons and teddy bears for her boy. Friends embraced her and passed out candles. In hushed tones, they asked if it would be appropriate to sing "Happy Birthday." Tiller would have turned 17 yesterday. Instead of celebrating, his parents and about 50 of his friends stood on the cracked pavement where he was gunned down over the weekend for a candlelight vigil. They tied the balloons and toys to a signpost.
By Karin Remesch | March 25, 1999
Happy birthday, Maryland Celebrate Maryland's 365th birthday with pageantry, ceremonies and living history Sunday at Historic St. Mary's City, the site of Maryland's first capital. The annual celebration also kicks off the outdoor museum's seasonal opening. The official birthday ceremony starts at 2 p.m. with fourth-grade students from every county in Maryland and Baltimore City participating in the Ceremony of Flags at the State House of 1676. The St. Maries Citty Militia, a Colonial military re-enactment group, participates in the pageantry.
By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
My sweet baby boy Aaron turned 1 on Saturday. I still can't quite wrap my head around how fast this year has gone by. I knew it would be fleeting. This isn't my first rodeo, after all, and I'm stunned every day by just how grown-up my 4 1/2-year-old is. And with Aaron being born before my husband returned from his deployment to Afghanistan, I knew that first few weeks would fly. But knowing that, and knowing that we're a two-and-through family and that I wouldn't be doing this again, made me think that if I held on a little tighter to every moment, maybe time would slow down.
July 21, 2011
The Laurel Mill Playhouse presents "Les Miserables" School Edition as its 2011 Summer Youth Production. Young West Laurel thespians Michael Baeder, Tim Baeder, Jeanette Brown and Jocelyn Knazik shine in this well-known musical. The show runs from July 29 through Aug. 21. For information, go to and for reservations, call 301-617-9906 and press 2. This is the last year Caitlin Raynor can compete as a West Laurel Swim Team Wahoo because she has turned 18. Raynor, a former Laurel High School Spartan star swimmer, just finished her first year at Coastal Carolina University, in Conway, S.C. Raynor has developed as a swimmer since she was a wee little Wahoo, and progressively placed in - and won - races for her team while leading with spirit, energy and skill.
By Russell Baker | August 18, 1993
EVERY year I have a birthday, and this year was no exception. For a long time I was afraid to admit that I was experiencing birthdays because in those days Americans hated for people to get older, which is what happens on birthdays.Nowadays, though, it's all right to have birthdays and maybe even a smart idea to lie by claiming more birthdays than you really have under your belt because nowadays practically everybody is not just old, but downright cheeky about it.That's because being old makes you part of the biggest, toughest lobby the U.S. government has ever faced: the old people's lobby.
For years the sign outside Odenton Florist had a simple, rarely changing message: A dozen roses, $15; a dozen carnations, $5.98. Now it changes nearly every day, and flowers rarely have anything to do with it. WENDY LOVE 4EVR MINUS A DAY. CONGRATULATIONS JESSIE ITS A GIRL GOD BLESS. HAPPY BIRTHDAY POOH BEAR LOVE SNUGGLES. In the 10 months or so since someone asked whether he could rent the sign to say something sweet to his girlfriend, this illuminated landmark on Route 175 in western Anne Arundel County has been transformed into the community message board - the spot where people broadcast all sorts of wonderfully sappy sentiments to their loved ones, not to mention the 23,000 drivers who pass by daily.
By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | September 3, 1992
NEW YORK -- He marched into the stadium surrounded by six security guards, the light of a television minicam bouncing off his face, kids and parents trying to keep up with him, screaming "Happy Birthday" every step of the way.It was another U.S. Open, another prime-time show when New York stopped for a couple of hours, and took notice of a limping old man running down tennis balls, chasing after dreams that should have long since been extinguished.Jimmy...
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