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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.
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FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2012
One Baltimore woman eating out for her birthday got an extra treat when one of her favorite actresses, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, sat down at the next table. "OMG," Tweeted blogger Fadra Nally, who was turning 42 and celebrating at Cinghiale in Harbor East . "I'm out for my birthday dinner in downtown Baltimore and JULIA LOUIS DREYFUS just sat at the table next to me!!!!!" The actress returned to town last weekend to resume filming her HBO show "VEEP. " Nally, who was out with her husband, watched out of the corner of her eye as Louis-Dreyfus, in a party of three, sat down and slipped on some glasses to read the menu.
FEATURES
By Mike Royko and Mike Royko,Tribune Media Services | October 28, 1991
ARE AMERICANS happy? Are we a kinder, gentler nation? Or are many of us filled with hatred for each other? And if we are seething and gnashing our teeth, how many haters are there?These are questions you don't see answered by any polls. And there's a good reason for that. A pollster can't pick a name out of a phone book and say: "Good afternoon, I am from the Brainpicker Organization, and we are taking a poll. Do you have a seething hatred for anyone because of their race, religion or ethnic origins?"
FEATURES
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
FEATURES
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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...
NEWS
By JAMIE SMITH HOPKINS and JAMIE SMITH HOPKINS,SUN REPORTER | December 14, 2005
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.
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