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By Jonathan Pitts | January 1, 2010
It was nearly noon, not midnight, and the ball that hung three stories high looked more like a cross between a pinata and a helium balloon than the giant one in Times Square that grown-ups have come to know and love. But to a crowd of more than 1,900 - many sporting tutus, face glitter and brightly colored party hats - the setting at the Maryland Science Center could not have been more perfect for ringing in the New Year, kid-style. It was the second annual Midnight Noon, a bash the museum calls a New Year's celebration for those whose bedtime happens long before the ball in Times Square makes its descent, and all the right people were excited.
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By Kathleen Sebelius | January 1, 2014
As we wish our friends and family a happy, healthy New Year, these words have renewed meaning in 2014. January 1st is a new day in health care for millions of families and individuals in the Baltimore area and throughout Maryland. It's now against the law for insurance companies to deny you coverage or charge you more because of a pre-existing medical condition like diabetes, high-blood pressure or asthma. And they can no longer drop you from coverage just because you get sick or get into an accident.
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By Fred Rasmussen | December 28, 1997
150 years ago in The SunDec. 29: The Telegraph to York -- The work of putting up the wires on this new line of telegraph was commenced on Monday. The wire is a twisted cord, of iron, and will, no doubt, be most durable.Jan. 1: NEW YEAR'S DAY -- A happy new year to the readers of the Sun. And let not our salutation enter thy household most courteous reader as a thing of course, a mere customary expression; nor imagine for a moment that we bid thee a happy new year, because we could hardly do no less and be decently polite.
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By Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | January 6, 2013
Author's disclaimer: Today's piece may cause my center/right readers severe irritability, sleeplessness, and a strong desire to limit your cable television options to Fox. The antidote may not arrive until the midterm elections of 2014. Fiscal cliff negotiations: a real bummer. An empowered president intent on fulfilling his progressive inclination to raise taxes. An emboldened Harry Reid strangely silent about his inability to pass a budget through a Democratic Senate over the past three years.
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December 29, 2011
With the coming of each new year, many people get predictably festive and offer "Happy New Year" salutations to everyone they encounter. In Havre de Grace, folks have real reasons to be festive, not the least of which is the annual New Year's Eve Duck Drop that welcomes the next upward digit in the annual chronology. Traditionally, some folks get lit up on New Year's Eve and not in the way that the fireworks cascading over the Havre de Grace Middle School do. Like it not, their spark is too much alcohol or other forms of partying.
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December 29, 2011
Editor: I read The Aegis of Dec. 21, and came across a letter written by Clarke Bowie, of Bel Air, in the Open Forum. I concur with him 100 percent because of the way Christmas is being distorted by political correctness. When I was a child, and while an adult, Christmas was the most beautiful time of the year for my family and friends. People would greet you every where you went and would wish everyone a "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. " Wishing people "Happy Holidays" is a sore spot with me. It is Christmas, plain and simple, and it is a day that is treasured by 80 percent to 85 percent of this nation.
ENTERTAINMENT
Susan Reimer | August 12, 2010
For the parents of children, September, not January, will be always be the start of the new year. And that will be true long after the last child has left the classroom. September is the month of a new teacher and a new grade, new shoes and new school supplies. A fresh start for mother and child, who might have ended the previous school year at wit's end with each other. All January is good for is taking down holiday decorations and looking for your tax stuff. Who wouldn't want the clean slate September gives, year after year?
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By DAVID ZURAWIK | December 31, 2008
Chalk up yet another holiday that has become defined and dominated by television. There is a New Year's Eve TV show for just about every demographic and taste, including one featuring Miley Cyrus on MTV and the eternal Dick Clark on ABC. Given the economy, I suspect more Americans than ever will be ringing in the new year in front of their television sets. In addition to Cyrus, A Miley-Sized Surprise includes performances by Kevin Rudolph, the Veronicas and the Academy Is. (8 p.m., MTV)
NEWS
January 3, 1992
El Salvador's long-awaited peace accord puts extraordinary pressure on the United States to put extraordinary pressure on the militants who have brought 12 years of death and destruction to that poor little country. While the collapse of Marxist-Leninist mythology has already isolated leftist extremists and forced them to the negotiating table, right-wing ultras in the Salvadoran military remain a potent obstacle to peace. They must now be isolated and cut off from money and armaments -- a task only Washington can fulfill.
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By Charlyne Varkonyi | February 3, 1991
Next week Tsao Wang, the Kitchen God who hangs near the stove in traditional Chinese households all year, will symbolically leave for heaven to make a report to the Jade Emperor.Purists will place incense, candles and food in front of his image in reverence. They may smear his mouth with honey in the hope that he will say sweet things about the family's behavior or dot his lips with wine so that he may forget the misdeeds of the family.Then the brightly colored image is taken to the yard and symbolically burned as he ascends to the heavens in smoke, often with a paper ladder to aid his climb.
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December 29, 2011
With the coming of each new year, many people get predictably festive and offer "Happy New Year" salutations to everyone they encounter. In Havre de Grace, folks have real reasons to be festive, not the least of which is the annual New Year's Eve Duck Drop that welcomes the next upward digit in the annual chronology. Traditionally, some folks get lit up on New Year's Eve and not in the way that the fireworks cascading over the Havre de Grace Middle School do. Like it not, their spark is too much alcohol or other forms of partying.
EXPLORE
December 29, 2011
Editor: I read The Aegis of Dec. 21, and came across a letter written by Clarke Bowie, of Bel Air, in the Open Forum. I concur with him 100 percent because of the way Christmas is being distorted by political correctness. When I was a child, and while an adult, Christmas was the most beautiful time of the year for my family and friends. People would greet you every where you went and would wish everyone a "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. " Wishing people "Happy Holidays" is a sore spot with me. It is Christmas, plain and simple, and it is a day that is treasured by 80 percent to 85 percent of this nation.
ENTERTAINMENT
Susan Reimer | August 12, 2010
For the parents of children, September, not January, will be always be the start of the new year. And that will be true long after the last child has left the classroom. September is the month of a new teacher and a new grade, new shoes and new school supplies. A fresh start for mother and child, who might have ended the previous school year at wit's end with each other. All January is good for is taking down holiday decorations and looking for your tax stuff. Who wouldn't want the clean slate September gives, year after year?
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts | January 1, 2010
It was nearly noon, not midnight, and the ball that hung three stories high looked more like a cross between a pinata and a helium balloon than the giant one in Times Square that grown-ups have come to know and love. But to a crowd of more than 1,900 - many sporting tutus, face glitter and brightly colored party hats - the setting at the Maryland Science Center could not have been more perfect for ringing in the New Year, kid-style. It was the second annual Midnight Noon, a bash the museum calls a New Year's celebration for those whose bedtime happens long before the ball in Times Square makes its descent, and all the right people were excited.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,jonathan.pitts@baltsun.com | January 1, 2010
It was nearly noon, not midnight, and the ball that hung three stories high looked more like a cross between a pinata and a helium balloon than the giant one in Times Square that grown-ups have come to know and love. But to a crowd of more than 1,900 - many sporting tutus, face glitter and brightly colored party hats - the setting at the Maryland Science Center could not have been more perfect for ringing in the New Year, kid-style. It was the second annual Midnight Noon, a bash the museum calls a New Year's celebration for those whose bedtime happens long before the ball in Times Square makes its descent, and all the right people were excited.
NEWS
January 1, 2009
Just when you thought you couldn't stand another minute of 2008, the world's timekeepers made it longer. Yesterday, in the blink of an eye, they added an extra second to place official clocks in sync with the planet's rotation. The problem is that while atomic clocks tick on with annoying precision, Earth's rotational spin is actually slowing down, extending the solar day. The last leap second was added Dec. 31, 2005. If clocks weren't reset, future generations could eventually face early morning sunsets and find themselves cheering the New Year's Eve ball dropping in the bright sunshine.
NEWS
By Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | January 6, 2013
Author's disclaimer: Today's piece may cause my center/right readers severe irritability, sleeplessness, and a strong desire to limit your cable television options to Fox. The antidote may not arrive until the midterm elections of 2014. Fiscal cliff negotiations: a real bummer. An empowered president intent on fulfilling his progressive inclination to raise taxes. An emboldened Harry Reid strangely silent about his inability to pass a budget through a Democratic Senate over the past three years.
NEWS
By DAVID ZURAWIK | December 31, 2008
Chalk up yet another holiday that has become defined and dominated by television. There is a New Year's Eve TV show for just about every demographic and taste, including one featuring Miley Cyrus on MTV and the eternal Dick Clark on ABC. Given the economy, I suspect more Americans than ever will be ringing in the new year in front of their television sets. In addition to Cyrus, A Miley-Sized Surprise includes performances by Kevin Rudolph, the Veronicas and the Academy Is. (8 p.m., MTV)
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