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By Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2014
Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a classmate of Charles R. Larson at the U.S. Naval Academy, says the four-star admiral and former academy superintendent was a "dear friend" and "great man" who, like McCain's father and grandfather, cast a large shadow. Admiral Larson, 77, died early Saturday at his home in Annapolis after a long illness. "As the son and grandson of four-star admirals, I have long been accustomed to living in the large shadows cast by great men," McCain said in a statement Sunday afternoon.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
A series of severe storms blew through the Baltimore region Monday evening, bringing heavy rain, lightning and strong winds that factored into at least one death, officials say. The storms are expected to last through Tuesday. Natural Resources Police found a 42-year-old woman dead Monday in the water in Anne Arundel County where she had been boating during the storm with a 40-year-old Pasadena man, who is missing, spokeswoman Candy Thomson said. The two left Sunday between 10 a.m. and noon, and their boat was found washed up on the rocks at Sparrows Point, Thomson said.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Thursday is expected to be hot and sunny with a small chance for scattered thunderstorms throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service. A flash flood warning was declared Thursday afternoon amid a downpour in the city. The warning is in effect until 6 p.m. The high is predicted to reach 86, with a low of 70 overnight. The chance for rain is about 30 percent after 11 a.m. Thunderstorm chances return on Sunday, which will likely have a high near 90 degrees, but Friday and Saturday are expected to be sunny with highs in the mid-80s.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
One more day of heat, humidity and possible storms this week are forecast Wednesday, with highs approaching 90 degrees. A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for most of central Maryland until 10 p.m. Dew points are forecast in the upper 60s, an uncomfortable level of humidity, but waning throughout the day. About a 30 percent chance of storms is expected. Lower humidity and highs in the mid-80s are forecast Thursday, with partly cloudy skies and slight storm chances. Drier air is forecast Friday and Saturday, with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-80s.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
A line of storms brought 60 mph wind gusts and heavy rain across Central Maryland on Tuesday night.  The National Weather Service received reports of a 61 mph wind gust at Martin State Airport in Middle River and a 58 mph gust in Havre de Grace. Similarly strong gusts were reported in Western Maryland. As the storms approached the Washington, D.C., area, officials postponed the start of a game between the Orioles and Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect across Central Maryland until 11 p.m. #sigshell { float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
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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.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Oppressive humidity and 90-degree temperatures had heat index values pushing 100 degrees Wednesday afternoon and posed risks of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hail in the afternoon and evening. The heat index hit 105 degrees by 2 p.m. at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, but fell to 101 degrees at 3 p.m. It was 90 degrees there, but a dew point of 76 degrees, a level of humidity only seen on the most brutal of summer days, made it feel much hotter.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
A glitch at the Baltimore 911 call center caused wait times of a minute or more for some callers reporting crimes and emergencies Monday night, city officials said. The issue was resolved shortly before 11 p.m., the city's Office of Emergency Management announced. Callers who got an answering machine were asked to stay on the line until a dispatcher picked up, while those who get a busy tone were told to hang up and call back. "We're asking for your patience," said Scott Brillman, the city's acting 911 center director.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
If you've ever said you've seen enough of Towson-born Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps for one lifetime, I submit to you evidence that you may have spoken too soon. Phelps, the record-setting Olympic swimmer, is one of 22 athletes appearing nude in ESPN The Magazine's The Body Issue, which features photo spreads of the world's top athletes, well, out of uniform. Phelps will join tennis star Venus Williams, Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch (Beast Mode indeed), Texas first baseman Prince Fielder, Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka, and Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and former Maryland soccer player and current United States national team defender Omar Gonzalez.
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Dan Rodricks | June 21, 2014
I was a little startled by something I saw Monday morning on Interstate 70, about halfway between Hagerstown and Frederick. As I approached the Appalachian Trail footbridge that passes over the highway, I looked up and saw what appeared to be a cardboard cutout of Neil Parrott, the conservative Western Maryland politician who made a name for himself with a campaign against same-sex marriage. He also tried to beat back the Dream Act, the law that grants immigrants in the country without documentation who graduate from Maryland high schools an in-state tuition discount at our colleges and universities.
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