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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | May 22, 2012
The Al Cesky Scholarship has become one of the most coveted awards a high school senior can receive in Harford County and for good reason. Since its inception in 1985, the program has recognized the balance between academics and extracurricular activities, and those who have received Cesky Scholarships have not only embodied that balance, they have excelled in academics and athletics. Every one of them has truly been a scholar-athlete. The Cesky Scholarship is for young people who attend Harford County schools and who have demonstrated at a young age they are gratified to be members of the Harford County community.
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Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
EMMITSBURG - Family after family took the solemn walk Sunday to receive an American flag and red rose, each pausing for a moment to feel the nation's gratitude for their loved ones, fallen firefighters who died in the line of duty. Among the 107 first responders honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service were two from Maryland: Gene Meir Kirchner, 25, of Reisterstown and David R. Barr Jr., 64, of Port Deposit. "For us, it's just another step in our journey of mourning," said Kirchner's sister, Shelly Brezicki of Hampstead.
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November 10, 2010
For this Muslim, the spirit of Veterans Day brings back an early childhood memory. When I was a boy I entered an Islamic prayers competition at my mosque and was awarded a medal. On it read the words, "I shall be ready to sacrifice my life, wealth, time and honor … for the sake of my country. " This is a pledge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, America's first Muslim ,organization established in 1920. There was no discrepancy between the loyalty I was taught in my mosque and the loyalty I was taught in my elementary school classroom, where each day started with the Pledge of Allegiance.
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Sports Digest | October 2, 2014
UMBC will be one of six teams in the third annual Capital Lacrosse Invitational on Oct. 12 at Landon School in Bethesda. Cornell, Lehigh, Penn State, Georgetown and Richmond also will participate in six games of round-robin play on two fields. Proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation honoring former Cornell player George Boiardi , who died after being struck in the chest by a shot during a 2004 game. More men's college lacrosse: For the fourth straight year, Stevenson will host the Meghan Puls Lacrosse Classic to help raise funds for the Meghan Puls Foundation.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2012
"It is better to be cruel than weak. " - Theon Greyjoy Whoa. Did Theon Greyjoy really just kill Bran and Rickon Stark?! Moreover: Why is this show so insanely cruel to its only honorable family? The seventh episode in the second season of"Game of Thrones"ended with Greyjoy's soliders hanging the tarred bodies of two young boys, leading the people of Winterfell (and viewers) to presume that he had killed Bran and Rickon (who I believe are only 9 and 4 years old, respectively)
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June 17, 2013
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's trip with her family to the beach house of lobbyist Lisa Harris Jones during Memorial Day weekend may have been exactly what she claims - two friends getting together ("Friends in high places," June 14). However, as an elected official, the mayor needs to understand that appearances matter, and spending a weekend with one of the biggest lobbyists in the city, no matter how long you have been friends, just does not appear correct. An elected official makes the choice to run for office.
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May 30, 2013
In his recent commentary ("Punishing honesty at the Naval Academy," May 28), Professor Randall Leonard has missed the point of the honor system but has, perhaps inadvertently, raised a different but valid point. Midshipmen are, or should be, taught to tell the truth at all times. The honor system applies to all midshipmen, regardless of their class standings. Only a pathological liar speaks untruthfully when he or she has nothing at stake. The U.S. Naval Academy honor system requires honesty in spite of personal cost.
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January 13, 2014
Vi Ripken, instrumental in founding the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County in 1989, was presented with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America 25-year pin and National Service Award at the annual board dinner on Jan. 9. George Englesson and Ripken are the longest serving board members.
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By Edward Lee | November 18, 2011
Matt Stover's accomplishments in his 13-season tenure with the Ravens and 20-year career in the NFL are too many to list. The highlights include ranking fourth in NFL history in career points (2,004) and field goals made (471), seventh in field-goal accuracy (83.7 percent on 471-for-563 kicking) and first in field goals made outdoors (445) and field-goal accuracy outdoors (84.9 percent). But for Stover, who retired after the 2009 season and will be inducted into the Ravens' Ring of Honor during halftime of Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium, the achievements pale in comparison to what he viewed as his true objective.
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December 5, 2011
The Sun's honoring of FutureCare Health and Management as the No. 1 large company on its Top 75 Workplaces is well-deserved. The FutureCare team works hard each day helping Marylanders in their care return to good health. Working in long-term and rehabilitative care is a stressful, 24-hour, seven day a week job. Care giving is more a calling than a career choice. This honor is a testament to the success of the Attman family and their team's way of putting family first. This honor also is a reflection on the entire long-term care provider community in Maryland — some 36,000 men and women strong who care for more than 25,000 older, disabled and recovering patients each and every day. With more than $1.5 billion in payroll annually, the long-term and rehabilitative care providers are significant employers in Maryland.
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Tim Wheeler | October 1, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley drew praise and protesters in Baltimore Tuesday night for his handling of environmental issues. The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Scienc e gave the two-term Democrat an award for his leadership in the long-running effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay and in committing the state to reducing climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. "Governor O'Malley has listened to science in striving for Chesapeake Bay restoration and sustainable growth in Maryland," Donald F. Boesch, the center's president, said in a release announcing the award.  "His leadership in responding to climate change through energy conservation and transformation has set a national standard.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 30, 2014
The University of Connecticut has completed fundraising for a memorial in honor of former Huskies cornerback Jasper Howard, who was killed at an on-campus dance in 2009. The “lead gift” for the memorial came from Maryland's Randy Edsall, who was Howard's coach at Connecticut. “Jasper Howard represented everything that is good about college athletics,” Edsall said in a statement released by Connecticut. “He loved being a student-athlete at UConn. His tragic death had a bonding reaction with the entire UConn community that none of us will ever forget for the rest of our lives.” Former Connecticut players, as well as Huskies fans from around the country, contributed towards constructing the statue as well.
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By Liz Bowie and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Six public schools and three Catholic schools in Maryland were named Tuesday as National Blue Ribbon Schools, a designation given to the most successful schools in the country. The public schools honored this year included Western School of Technology and Environmental Science, a magnet school in Baltimore County, and Linthicum Elementary School in Anne Arundel County. Three Baltimore-area Catholic schools also were given the award: The School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, Immaculate Conception School in Towson and Our Lady of Grace School in Parkton.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 29, 2014
Maryland senior inside linebacker Cole Farrand and junior kicker Brad Craddock were both selected for weekly honors Monday. Farrand became the second Terp in as many weeks to be named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. (Cornerback Will Likely won the award last week.) Craddock was the choice for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Top Star of the Week. Farrand had 19 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss and a pass deflection during Maryland's 37-15 win over Indiana and helped the Terps limit a high-scoring Hoosiers offense to just 332 yards of total offense.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Loyola Maryland announced Thursday morning that it received a $3.2 million gift from an anonymous donor for the construction of a new tennis facility at Ridley Athletic Complex in honor of the university's longtime tennis coach. The center -- which will be named after Rick McClure, who has coached the men's and women's teams since 1979 and is a member of the school's Hall of Fame -- will feature eight lighted courts, a locker room, seating for fans, and a parking lot. The complex will give the institution the opportunity to play host to Patriot League championships and other tournaments.
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By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
It was the first day of camp, a busy day at the swimming pool of the Baltimore Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills. Amid the happy splashing, lifeguard Jalina Ray spotted something that didn't look right. She got the attention of fellow lifeguard Andrew Minkin, and pointed to an 8-year-old thrashing underwater. "I originally thought it was just a kid messing around at the bottom of the pool," said Minkin, 18, a senior at the McDonogh School. "When he didn't surface after 10 seconds, I became really concerned.
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July 30, 2013
As I was looking through the latest Sun Magazine and reading "50 women to watch in Baltimore" (July 28), I came across a stunning choice: Sheila Dixon. I was completely upset that a woman who had been convicted on embezzlement and faced perjury charges (but avoided them under a plea agreement) was included in this group of women who are upstanding individuals in the local community. Are our values so skewed that we neglect the fact that this woman was scolded for "leaving office in total disgrace" and that she would "carry a badge of dishonor for the rest of her life" for stealing gift cards earmarked for needy families?
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November 8, 2011
Recently, I was fortunate to be able to join my father on the WWII Liberty Ship, S.S. John W. Brown, on a two-hour cruise to honor America's veterans. The ship was teeming with people from all walks of life who were either veterans themselves or who, like me, were there with a veteran. Robert E. Lee once said, "It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it. " His words certainly rang true as I soon found myself talking to veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and Iraq, wars where so many lives were lost.
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By Liz Bowie and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
It began with a bathroom renovation and ended with a toilet race Saturday at Hampdenfest. Lisa Harbin and Bob Atkinson redid a bathroom in their Baltimore house this year, and what else could they do with their old toilet but mount it on a board between two bikes and roll it down Chestnut Street with crowds cheering and the toilet paper rolls on their bike swirling. With perfect late September weather and crowds that filled The Avenue for blocks, Hampdenfest went on a week later than usual but with fun, food and everything quintessentially Hampden.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Ravens veteran Steve Smith will be honored Sept. 30 by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. The five-time Pro Bowl wide receier will be honored at the 16th annual McKinney-Vento Awards in Washington, D.C. Smith will receive the Stewart B. McKinney Award. Smith and his wife, Angie, established the Steve Smith Family Foundation to champion the cause of the homeless, advocate against domestic violence and help families in need. awilson@baltsun.com twitter.com/RavensInsider    
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