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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Jon B. Singer, a successful Baltimore businessman who was active in Jewish philanthropic causes that ranged from helping those suffering from drug abuse to mentoring young men and women starting businesses, died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 31 at his Pikesville home. He was 71. "His compassion and generosity knew no bounds. Even though he ran several businesses and was a devoted family man, he always found time to help those who were in need," said Jerry Sutton, who was executive director of House of Hope, a Reisterstown Road recovery facility that Mr. Singer founded for Jewish men struggling to overcome drug addiction and substance abuse.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
The conniving politician at the center of the Netflix drama "House of Cards" is named Frank, but he's anything but honest, forthright and direct. His wife was christened Claire - an ironic choice for a woman who always has an ulterior motive. Even the couple's surname, "Underwood," hints at their hypocrisy by echoing "underhanded. " It's costume designer Johanna Argan's job to subliminally convey that duplicity to the audience through the clothes the characters wear. "The other characters think they're getting one thing from Frank and Claire," Argan said in a phone interview.
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BRYNA ZUMER and MATT BUTTON | September 9, 2014
The makers of "House of Cards" don't show their hand often, but Aberdeen officials were tipped off that the hit Netflix is being filmed in their city at least part of this week. The show was expected to be filmed at the Bernard J. Tobin American Legion hall next to Aberdeen City Hall late Tuesday afternoon into the evening, according to security people who were helping with the set up earlier around the hall. During a meeting at city hall Monday afternoon, Aberdeen Police Department Lt. Fred Budnick told city council members to expect the film crew in the neighborhood the following day. Budnick said part of the street would be blocked off near the legion, city hall and Festival Park, but he didn't expect traffic to be seriously affected.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Octavia Dugan, who founded a Village of Cross Keys boutique and was considered an arbiter of traditional fashion, died in her sleep of undetermined causes Saturday at Palm City Nursing Home in Palm City, Fla. The former Cromwell Valley resident was 98. Born Octavia Whelan Chatard in Baltimore and raised on Calvert Street, she was the daughter of Dr. J. Albert Chatard, a physician, and Alice Whelan, a homemaker. She attended the Baltimore Academy of the Visitation and Notre Dame Preparatory School, where she graduated in 1934.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | September 8, 2014
A run-down uninhabited house at 506 Locksley Road that has been the subject of complaints for the last two years from West Towson neighbors has been sold, County Councilman Marks said. "We're happy to get this resolved," said Marks, who represents Towson. "It's been an eyesore. The county worked very, very hard on this. " Marks said the winning bidder was a builder with plans to raze the structure. The auction company, A.J. Billig & Co., confirmed the sale but would not identify the buyer.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | September 7, 2014
Sept. 11, 2001 changed us in many ways. Suddenly, a post-cold war America was again at war, this time with radical Islam. Many of us did not realize that our terrorist enemies had been at war with us for many years. Soon, American special forces were on the ground in Afghanistan assisting the moderates known as the "Northern Alliance. " Shortly thereafter, we were back in Iraq - this time to destroy Saddam Hussein's suspected weapons of mass destruction (WMD), a mission never accomplished.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORTS | September 2, 2014
Plans to subdivide a portion of Winters Run Golf course for a cluster of five houses off Tollgate Road in Bel Air will be reviewed by the Harford County Development Advisory Committee Wednesday morning. The committee, also called DAC, meets at 9 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the county office building at 220 S. Main St. in Bel Air. The session is open to the public and comments will be received. Also to be reviewed is a plan to subdivide 75 acres into two lots in Perryman, located southeast of Chelsea Road and west of the Aberdeen Proving Ground perimeter.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Baltimore County schools Superintendent Dallas Dance was named this week to the federal Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans by President Barack Obama. The commission was created in 2012 and is tasked with identifying ways to increase the number of black teachers and administrators, boosting their college enrollment and graduation rates, and investing in early childhood education programs. The commission is chaired by University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Freeman A. Hrabowski III. Other members include Gwendolyn E. Boyd, president of Alabama State University; Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, executive director and chief executive officer of the National Black Justice Coalition; and Michael L. Lomax, president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
As detectives were investigating a rape that had occurred in West Baltimore, the phone rang in the sex offense unit. On the line was a "concerned citizen" who said that a man named Corey Braxton had tried to help save a woman from being raped on North Avenue. The victim, however, said there had been no such intervention. Police now had a suspect. Braxton, 23, of the 1500 block of N. Carey St., is now charged with first-degree rape in connection with the Aug. 26 attack. Police said that, under questioning, he began banging his head against a wall and was taken for an emergency evaluation at a hospital.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
A month after suspending Ravens running back Ray Rice two games for domestic violence, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged he "didn't get it right" and announced significantly harsher penalties for players who commit abuse or sexual assault, including possible lifetime bans for second offenders. The league released its tougher stance the same day the House of Ruth Maryland and the Ravens revealed a three-year partnership that will include a $600,000 donation from the team, training for the players and staff and promotional work on behalf of the centers for abused women and children.
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