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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
Sol Kramer, who turned a Depression-era 15-cent balsa toy airplane business into a leading wholesale hobby empire, died of pneumonia April 24 at Hospice by the Sea in Pompano Beach, Fla. The former Pikesville resident was 96. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Lithuanian immigrants. His father, Morris, was a Saratoga Street tailor. His mother, Dora, was a homemaker. Mr. Kramer was a graduate of the old Robert E. Lee School and received his diploma from City College at age 14. "He and his brother, Lou, belonged to the Junior Birdmen of America, a model airplane club promoted by the Hearst newspapers," said his son, Dr. Karl Kramer of Coral Gables, Fla. "His brother was really the airplane builder.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
Baltimore, home to the first received telegraph message (Samuel Morse, 1844, sent from Washington), the first umbrella factory in America (1828), the first Ouija board (1892) and - to note what really matters - the first baseball player to win MVP awards in both leagues (Frank Robinson, 1966) and the first Olympian to win eight gold medals in a single games ( Michael Phelps , 2008). As if that doesn't engender enough civic pride for any municipality, it seems Charm City, according to the Maryland Historical Society, can add another first to its list: birthplace of the American bicycle.
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NEWS
May 14, 2007
On May 10, 2007, LEROY HOBBY; devoted husband of Lucinda Hayes. Friends may call at the family owned MARCH FUNERAL HOME WEST, INC., 4300 Wabash Avenue, on Tuesday after 8:30 A.M. The family will receive friends on Wednesday at Forest Park Community Church, 3805 Fairview Avenue, at 11:30 followed by funeral services at 12 noon.
NEWS
July 22, 2014
I would like to clarify some issues around the Hobby Lobby case that have been misrepresented in the extreme. Under the ruling it may be true that an employer may opt not to provide coverage for four specific types of birth control. But the employer has no control over what doctor you see or what you discuss, and doctor visits are covered by insurance regardless of what an employer says. All of these drugs are available at all pharmacies. You may have to pay full price for it as it will not be an option for co-pay.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2010
If Mike Juskelis had money and Hollywood juice, he'd make a commercial about hiking complete with raging waterfalls and rocky precipices and starring Sean Connery or Catherine Zeta-Jones. Instead, the 61-year-old Pasadena man tries to coax folks outside and onto the region's trails with his website, midatlantichikes.com. A labor of love since May 2004, the hiking site has the feel of a bunch of like-minded souls sitting in a shelter and talking shop while waiting out a passing thunderstorm.
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By Orange County Register | April 7, 1999
What began 20 years ago as a hobby -- a bunch of friends praising or pooh-poohing restaurants -- has turned into a series of popular guidebooks often indispensable to eaters across the country.Published by Tim and Nina Zagat, the Zagat Survey, which began as two typed pages rating New York restaurants, now covers 45 cities.The Zagats also are planning to expand their Web site this month. The address is www.zagat.com.
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By Luaine Lee and Luaine Lee,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | April 23, 2003
PASADENA, Calif. - When he was 10 years old he used to do the cooking. It was no big deal to actor Hugh Jackman because his four brothers and sisters had to take their turns, too. Their parents had split up when Jackman was 8 and their father raised them. Each child had to cook one night a week. The independent spirit he developed as a child may have helped Jackman when it came to handling the turbulence of show business because, as one of the major stars of X2: X-Men United, Jackman has definitely arrived.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | April 25, 2004
ST. LOUIS - Beer can collecting has gone stale. Oh, there are still many serious collectors, people such as Jeff Lebo of York Haven, Pa., whose 50,000 cans (the world's second-largest collection) fill a two-story house. The annual canvention is still well attended. This year's 34th gathering in Dearborn, Mich., in September will pretty much take over a 700-room Hyatt. There'll be plenty of room-to-room trading, ample display space and lounges for official and unofficial product sampling.
BUSINESS
By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,SUN STAFF | July 15, 2005
The crash of the American baseball card industry became official yesterday in a lawyer's office in New Jersey. Twenty-five years after breaking the Topps Co. Inc.'s monopoly on the industry, Fleer Corp. - bankrupt and $33 million in debt to a list of creditors, including $12,800 to Cal Ripken Jr. - was expected to be sold at auction last night, the most visible casualty of a pastime that has suffered sharp declines and a significant demographic shift over the past decade. What was once a hobby for boys, who stuck cards in the spokes of their bikes or flipped them on neighborhood playgrounds, has become an exclusive marketplace for adults.
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By Amanda Angel and Amanda Angel,SUN STAFF | October 26, 2003
THIS ISN'T your grandmother's knitting store, nor even your mother's. With fibers that range from gold lame to hand-dyed, hand-spun wool from a collective that provides economic opportunity for women, and literature with moms like actor Daryl Hannah on the cover, Ewenique Yarns is bringing what was once thought an old-fashioned hobby to a large group of women who have rediscovered it or are just beginning. "Our model knitter is professional women between the ages of 35 and 50 who has knit before, but is coming back to it again to relieve stress," said Maggie Jackovitz one of the owners of Ewenique Yarns at 130 N. Bond St. in Bel Air. Jackovitz and her partner, Marianne Davies, preach knitting as a good stress reliever and a social hobby.
NEWS
July 20, 2014
It should come as no surprise that Democrats are looking to women voters for help this fall and plan to use the Hobby Lobby decision - and an assault of women's reproductive rights generally - as part of their rallying cry. In a meeting Friday with The Sun's editorial board, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made it clear that she expects access to contraception and family planning to be a major issue in Congressional races. Equal pay, paid sick leave, raising the minimum wage and affordable child care are also part of the "When women succeed, America succeeds" mantra - as will job creation, affordable education and rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, Ms. Pelosi acknowledged.
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By Pooja Singal, Adi Rattner and Meghana Desale | July 16, 2014
As physicians in training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, we are deeply concerned about the consequences that Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. will have on our ability to provide comprehensive, quality health care to our patients. Under the Hobby Lobby ruling, coverage for four specific forms of contraception may be denied to women employed by closely held corporations, which represent thousands of American businesses employing millions of American women. The forms of birth control that can now legally be withheld from insurance plans include intrauterine devices (IUDs, both hormonal and non-hormonal)
NEWS
July 8, 2014
For Anthony Brown, the Hobby-Lobby decision seemed like manna from Heaven ( "Corporations trump people," June 30). Unable to run on Maryland's economy, jobs growth, tax rates, the health exchange rollout, his competence as an executive or the other issues central to this election, Mr. Brown and his special interest defenders are instead trying to frighten women for his own political gain. In his calculation, this is easier than, say, addressing the tens of thousands of women who have lost their jobs during his administration and, along with it, their employer-sponsored health insurance and the family planning and women's health services it covered.
NEWS
July 8, 2014
Within hours of the Supreme Court's decision last week that closely-held corporations could deny coverage for contraceptives through their employees' health insurance policies if doing so violated the owners' religious convictions, Gov. Martin O'Malley took to Twitter to decry the verdict: "No woman should have her health care decisions made by her boss. Period. This decision is wrong and a setback for women's health. " Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who is running to replace his term-limited boss, wasn't far behind with his own statement: "No one has the right to dictate personal health care decisions to a woman, certainly not her employer.
NEWS
July 5, 2014
People don't have to work at Hobby Lobby, nor do people have to shop there ( "Corporations trump people in Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision," June 30). Get off your elite high horse and leave the people alone. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
July 4, 2014
About 25 years ago, when I was a Republican, there were many responsible Republicans in Maryland whom I admired. This was about the time people with more extreme views were beginning to get involved in the party. They actually thought there was no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution. Yet many of the responsible Republicans would say to me: "Don't worry Mel, we only give those people lip service. We need them but they have no chance of directing policy.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2010
Given all the technologies available to consumers today, you might think the staid hobby of ham radio is about as relevant to modern life as rabbit-ear TV antennas. Cell phones. E-mail. Skype. People around the world have more and faster means of getting hold of each other than ever. But just six months ago, the earthquake in Haiti was another reminder that amateur radio still gives a strong signal. Ham operators sent early news reports from the shattered island, just as they've done for decades in the aftermath of every hurricane, earthquake and snowstorm that has crippled or jammed the means of communication we usually assume will work.
NEWS
July 3, 2014
Your editorial on the Hobby Lobby ruling is correct in saying that by limiting full access to contraceptives, the Supreme Court's decision likely will lead to more unwanted pregnancies and the social harms they cause ( "Corporations trump people in Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision," June 30). Furthermore, The Sun accurately stated that companies would now be able to argue other matters on the basis of "religious freedom," at the expense of freedoms the Constitution originally granted to individuals.
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