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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2011
Howard Community College's Marie Jean came to New York in 1984 as an 8-year-old Haitian immigrant, lost both parents within a year of arrival, and after frequently being denied food by foster parents, she relished attending school because, as she says, "That was the only place you knew you were going to eat. " Her life story reads like a stroke of misfortune. In 1992, Jean was involved in an automobile accident that left her in need of more than three dozen surgeries. She required rehabilitation and needed to relearn how to read and write.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2011
We've arrived, I think. The Baltimore area has long been used by Washington politicians seeking outside-the-Beltway backdrops and beating well-worn paths to the GM plant in White Marsh or Jimmy's in Fells Point. But now, Baltimore itself has been cast in something of a role reversal — playing Washington. That's right: Baltimore has become Washington's body double. Just as Julia Louis-Dreyfus wrapped up filming the HBO pilot and political satire "Veep" in these parts, another HBO crew is headed here to film "Game Change," based on the wonderfully dishy book of the same name about the 2008 presidential campaign.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2011
Jean Marie Zawitoski, a former registered nurse who was active in Southwestern Baltimore County Democratic politics for years, died March 2 at a hospital in Englewood, Fla., from complications of a fall. The longtime Relay resident was 84. Jean Marie Given, the daughter of a glass worker and a school teacher, was born in Baltimore and raised in Morrell Park. Graduating in 1944 from Western High School, she earned her nursing degree three years later from St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2011
Dear Michael Steele, Don't do it, Mike! Sorry for the familiarity, but given that you're our former lieut-guv and all, I thought it would be OK. Plus, this is urgent, and there's simply no time for formalities. I saw in the New York Post last week that you're back in the job market, now that the Republican National Committee has shown you the door, and you're already talking to both Fox News and CNN about becoming a paid commentator. No big shock there, given that you were previously a Fox talker and barely broke your media stride during the couple of years that you chaired the RNC. And no surprise because TV is obviously your natural habitat — you look good, you schmooze well and, probably most important in this medium, at any point in time you are likely to say something crazy.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2010
I know how much you make, whether you really have that advanced degree you claim and if you are spending too much of your paycheck on your mortgage. Well, not exactly. But I do know as a group and on average what you and your neighbors earn, how much you and your neighbor group make, what level of education you've attained and what percentage of your income goes to paying your mortgage.As well as your race, if you send your kids to private school and whether there are gay couples, the foreign-born or - no!
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | November 3, 2010
I like the whole ritual of voting. I get attached to "my" polling place, whether it's a school, a firehouse or, as when I lived in Fort Lauderdale, the International Swimming Hall of Fame. (You may have your own idea about what patriotism smells like — maybe a barbecue on the Fourth of July, or even napalm in the morning — but for me it'll always be the scent of chlorine.) I like the cheery efficiency of the poll workers. I like chatting with neighbors I know and trying to place the ones I don't.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2010
What a difference four years doesn't make. Maybe it's a natural offshoot of the state's having two alpha personalities, Martin O'Malley and Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., with a long shared history and equally long memories. But when these two get together, there's always this sense of unfinished business, of old scores to be settled. On Monday, they took to a WJZ Channel 13 studio for the first gubernatorial debate of this election, but, like old generals, somehow found themselves re-fighting their last campaign.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2010
The Chesapeake Film Festival's artistic director, Doug Sadler, is also a gifted feature-film director who came of age on Maryland's Eastern Shore and has gone on to make movies there. You could say that Sadler is to CFF what Michael Moore is to Michigan's Traverse Film Festival. But Sadler's sensibility is infinitely more complex. Sadler's "Swimmers," the closing night film at 2005's Maryland Film Festival, put the unexpected humor and intimate emotionality of Carson McCullers — and the lived-in working-class detail of director Mike Leigh — into a quintessential Eastern Shore story about a young competitive swimmer (Tara Devon Gallagher)
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2010
A 24-year-old woman was found guilty Tuesday of stabbing to death a stripper outside Norma Jean's Gentleman's Club in Baltimore in November 2008. Shontay Lane, 24, of the 3100 block of Westmont Court was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and carrying a deadly weapon with the intent to cause serious injury in the stabbing death Takira Leray Johnson-Bey, 27, outside The Block strip club. The incident began inside Norma Jean's on Custom House Avenue, spilling out between the club and the neighboring Glass Slipper, according to city state's attorney's office.
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