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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2013
A 5-year-old from Lutherville, a tot who campaigns for animal rights and says animals are friends not food, is vying for the title of PETA's Cutest Vegan Kid. Maya Parker-Rollins, who's been vegan her whole short life, is competing to be the girl winner against four other cuties. There will be a boy and a girl winner who will appear in a PETA ad. She's up against some stiff competition. There's the 14-month-old Ramona from Ohio who loves potatoes and tofu. Another 5-year-old, Ciera, who's got carrot-red hair and poses in her contest shot with a pet mouse (that looks more like a pet rat)
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NEWS
April 24, 2014
I would like to add another point to L. Richmond Sparks' objection to public schools outcasting of home schooled kids ( "Don't shut out home-schoolers," April 20). I had a young lady on a number of my soccer teams. At 14 years old, Nikki would have been the best player on the local high school varsity team, by a wide margin. Nikki was better than almost all the varsity boys. She was blazing fast, had extraordinary ball control skills, and had powerful shots from either foot. She was the complete package.
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By Jonathan Pitts | January 1, 2010
It was nearly noon, not midnight, and the ball that hung three stories high looked more like a cross between a pinata and a helium balloon than the giant one in Times Square that grown-ups have come to know and love. But to a crowd of more than 1,900 - many sporting tutus, face glitter and brightly colored party hats - the setting at the Maryland Science Center could not have been more perfect for ringing in the New Year, kid-style. It was the second annual Midnight Noon, a bash the museum calls a New Year's celebration for those whose bedtime happens long before the ball in Times Square makes its descent, and all the right people were excited.
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By Liz Atwood | November 14, 2012
From Liz Atwood: I'm just not getting enough sleep and the kids are the reason why. My sons are no longer infants crying in the middle of the night to be fed or changed. They aren't toddlers running into my room when they have a bad dream. They are a tween and a teen and they just can't seem to fall asleep until very late at night. Their habit of staying up until 11 or later is taking its toll on all of us. Last week, the 16-year-old, who has to get up at 6:30 in order to make the bus on time, asked to have coffee at breakfast.
NEWS
By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2010
The usual stars of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore — the wild cats, hulking elephants and graceful cranes whose habitats are re-created on the grounds — lost some of the spotlight Tuesday to the players, cheerleaders and mascot of the Baltimore Ravens, as the team and zoo played host to about 120 local schoolchildren for an annual community service event. Tuesday was the NFL/United Way's annual "Hometown Huddle," a leaguewide day of service, which this year is focused on combating childhood obesity by getting kids to be more active.
FEATURES
By Kristine Henry,
The Baltimore Sun
| June 12, 2013
This may shock you, but a new survey shows that kids would rather play video games than read. As a parent who struggles to keep screen time to a miniumm (while also checking email on my iPhone every two minutes), it's a sad reminder of what many of us already know. According to a recent study by Sylvan Learning, reading is less popular than watching TV (75 percent of kids like this best), playing video games (68 percent) or playing outside with friends (65 percent). Sylvan and the National Summer Learning Association, a non-profit whose mission is to end summer's brain drain, have released this list of tips to get or keep kids interested in reading while school's out:  Browse your community library : More than 90 percent of students of all ages agree that they like reading books they choose themselves.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2012
Kids fighting cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital have caught the attention of one of the biggest names in pop: the band One Direction. The children along with their families and hospital staff at the Kimmel Cancer Center put together a video of the kids lip-synching to the One Direction song, "You're Beautiful. " They posted it on You Tube and it was barely up for two days before one of the band's young heart-throbs saw it, loved it -- and sang it from the rooftops today. "Just seen this amazing video from @HopkinsKids," the band's Liam Payne Tweeted.
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By Peter Hermann | peter.hermann@baltsun.com | March 28, 2010
O ne day back in the early '80s, when Leon J. Henry was 14 or 15, he tried to buy a nickel bag of pot. His friends had pooled their allowance money and an excited Leon marched to a corner near his home on Barclay Street. The dealer stared at the $5 bill and shook his head no. "Aren't you Mr. Lewis' son?" he asked. Leon returned home empty-handed. His stern father, Lewis Henry, whose reputation alone kept order in the neighborhood, never found out what his son had tried to do. Now, the father has passed and the teen is a grown man, 43 years old, a high school and college graduate, and director of outreach for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maryland.
SPORTS
By Colin Stevens, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2010
After patiently sitting along a back wall for nearly a half hour, 10-year-old Kaenetra Everett could finally test the new hockey equipment sitting neatly in the corner of the gymnasium. "This is the first time they've brought hockey to this community so that we can play," Everett said after practicing faceoffs, shooting and passing with her friends. "For practice, I think I did good." The equipment arrived at Robert C. Marshall Recreation Center in West Baltimore's Upton neighborhood Wednesday as part of NHL Street, a league-wide program which brings street hockey to children ages 6-16 in cities where ice rinks may not be available.
NEWS
October 12, 2012
As a mother of four, I agree with City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and others that young people today are under tremendous stress in dealing with criticism, peer pressure, physical and emotional abuse and other forces of negativity ("Programs, not jail cells, for teenagers," Oct. 7). Instead of building more jails to put troubled youngsters into, someone should find a way to reach out and allow them to talk through their problems. I once thought like many people that these youth were up to no good.
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