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June 24, 2012
As one who has challenged the killer drone research at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, I read with great interest Jeffrey Ian Ross' commentary on the subject ("Drones are different," June 20). While he mentions the recent crash of a drone in Maryland, he provides no insight on its mission or what caused it to fail. He does, however, point out that this monstrosity cost $176 million. As the fiscal battles continue between the mayor and the Baltimore City Council, imagine what Baltimore could do with $176 million.
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NEWS
September 29, 2014
Bridget Phillips was a 22-year-old graduate student at Johns Hopkins University when she was found beaten to death on March 22, 1989 in the doorway of her off-campus apartment.  She wasn't robbed or sexually assaulted, leading police to believe she knew her attacker. But, as Matt Jablow tells you in this week's 'Crime Scene' cold case story, the police are still seeking clues to her killer 25 years later.
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NEWS
December 15, 2011
Regarding the celebration in Baltimore for Barry Levinson's movie "Diner," ("Cast members, director celebrate 'Diner's 30 t h ," Dec. 12, I trust we will not be celebrating Mr. Levinson's "Homicide: Life on the Street. " Francis J. Gorman, Baltimore
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
A California company that helps aspiring authors was moving when an editor noticed a bulky envelope from a Maryland prison in a box of unsolicited manuscripts. Inside were loose pages of a children's book about a girl who wants to celebrate her birthday by flying kites in a prison yard with her incarcerated father. The story had typos and plot problems - but also potential, recalled Ralph Scott of Too Nuts Productions. The envelope came from prisoner No. 168687, Larry Bratt, a childless man serving two life sentences in the Jessup state correctional institute for arranging a double murder in 1981.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2010
Anne Arundel County police say that on Tuesday, Arthur Tyler Felton used a box cutter to steal a cell phone and an MP3 player from a Sears in the Annapolis Mall, then briefly carjacked a woman in the parking lot in a failed bid to escape. This is the same Arthur Tyler Felton who in 1991 fatally shot 6-year-old Tiffany Smith in the head during a gunfight with a rival in West Baltimore's Walbrook neighborhood. The shooting of the elementary school student shocked a city, sparked a campaign to rebuild streets lined with vacant rowhouses, focused police attention on gangs, guns and drugs, and prompted residents to create a memorial in the girl's honor.
NEWS
May 2, 2014
Once again the bleeding hearts of this country are crying over the so-called botched execution of a man who tortured, raped, shot then buried alive a 19-year-old recent high school graduate ("Fresh execution questions," May 1). Why aren't those tears being shed over Stephanie Neiman? She was a young woman just entering into her adulthood and all the possibilities of her future. That future ended when Clayton Lockett took her life. He never gave a thought as to the pain and horror he was inflicting on his victim.
FEATURES
By Kevin Cowherd | July 22, 1999
I HAVE JUST returned from nine days on the beach at Ocean City, and have the healthy glow and ruddiness of skin which signals initial-stage melanoma to prove it.Look, tanning is a problem for those of us with that kind of waxy, semi-translucent northern European skin.So before hitting the beach I slather on the sunscreen -- thick, greasy stuff with a Sun Protection Factor so high you wouldn't pink up at ground zero of a nuclear blast.Then I sit on the beach -- oh, yes, that's a sight -- and read my newspapers and books, and within an hour I look like I've been napping inside a blast furnace.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann | April 3, 2012
The Sun's Tricia Bishop reports: Dante Parrish, a convicted killer who was freed from prison 20 years early with the help of the Innocence Project, was sentenced to life without parole Tuesday for brutally murdering a 15-year-old Baltimore boy in 2009, less than a year after his premature release. The brutal killing of Jason Mattison Jr., whose troubled life as a gay teenager drove him from house to house, only to take refuge in the very place he'd be killed as his heroin-laden aunt passed out, left the judge with a loss of words.
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By Wiley A. Hall 3rd | November 29, 1990
There are far too many punks in this city.So far this year, there have been 269 murders in this dark, dark city of ours and each murder has been sadder than the last.One of the saddest occurred Sunday night when a man with a gun shot and killed a teen-ager during an attempted robbery in East Baltimore.Police say Charles Feaster, 17, was murdered because he refused to surrender his leather Chicago Bulls team jacket to some crook who had waylaid him in an alley.And if nobody else will say it, I will: The killer is a punk.
NEWS
By Arthur Caplan | April 16, 1993
GOT any idea what is the biggest killer of children in the world today? It is not AIDS. Nor is it whooping cough or typhus. Accidents are not the culprit, either.It is a medical problem that is almost never mentioned in polite company -- diarrhea.Sixty thousand kids die every day from this ailment. Five million babies and young children will die this year as a result of dehydration caused by diarrhea.What you and I know about diarrhea is almost entirely a function of the tidal wave of commercials on TV and radio aimed at getting us to buy stuff at the drugstore to treat what the ads often tactfully call "indigestion" or "upset stomach."
NEWS
August 4, 2014
The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit that officially opened today in Washington is as notable for what isn't on the agenda as for what is. The meeting between President Barack Obama and more than 40 African heads of state has been billed as forum for talks on security issues, foreign investment and economic development on the continent. But so far, at least, the recent outbreak of deadly Ebola virus in three African nations has remained absent from the official agenda. Mr. Obama needs to take this opportunity to strengthen cooperation between the U.S. and its African partners in efforts to bring the epidemic under control and provide the resources needed to prevent its spread.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | July 19, 2014
Levi Watkins, the pioneering cardiac surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, remembers the date — January 15 — because it was the anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., and because what happened that night still makes him ache. It was 1979, and Watkins, the first black chief resident in cardiac surgery at Hopkins, had just left his office after conferring with a senior medical student named Alan Trimakas. They had agreed on the subject of a research project — cardiac neoplasms, tumors of the heart or heart valves.
NEWS
June 12, 2014
Coal-fired power plants are the greatest source of greenhouse gas in America ( "Carbon rules can work," June 2). Neighboring West Virginia extracts 90 percent of its power from coal alone, and there are eight active coal units in Maryland that violate the EPA's requirements for the filtering of sulfur dioxide, smog-inducing nitrogen oxide and other toxic emissions. Maryland is in soot soup! Not surprisingly, there are 34 deaths per million asthma cases in Baltimore. Twenty-eight percent of city high school students claim diagnosis (national average was 20 percent in 2007)
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | June 2, 2014
Can we please stop holding the country hostage to crazy people? Every year a tiny number of mentally ill people go on horrific killing sprees. It just happened in California. I won't name the person because I think the media attention lavished on these horror shows encourages some of these young men -- and they are almost all young men -- to seek fame or validation through bloodshed. In an entirely human response, we get spun up into a frenzy of finger-pointing. In the aftermath of the Gabby Giffords shooting, many of the country's leading journalists and politicians suggested the former congresswoman was shot because of the "violent" political rhetoric of Sarah Palin, Rep. Michele Bachmann and other tea party-affiliated politicians.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Evan Siple and By Evan Siple | May 27, 2014
For more than a decade, Golden West Cafe has been slingin' Southwest cuisine to the denizens of Hampden and beyond, in addition to live music, comedy shows and a solid bar in the back. Primarily a whiskey bar, Golden West's cocktail list displayed on a regularly changing rotation always showcases the brown stuff, and more often than not with a Southwest twist. Bartender Charlie Long and company are ready to debut a new set of whiskey based cocktails, one of the punchiest of the lot being the Killer Bee. Despite the ominous sounding name, the Killer Bee is designed to be "a bit lighter for the spring and summer," according to Long.
NEWS
May 27, 2014
Perhaps someday in the future, forensic psychiatrists and others will analyze the circumstances of last Friday's mass shooting near Santa Barbara, Calif. from medical records, family interviews and YouTube videos and determine definitively what was going inside the mind of suspected gunman Elliot Rodger. That he hated women was obviously a significant piece of the puzzle. Was it that anger that caused him to plan the rampage, post his manifesto on the Internet and ultimately kill six people and injure 13 before killing himself, or was that simply the delusion on which a suicidal 22-year-old became obsessed?
NEWS
By David Michael Ettlin and David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writer | October 2, 1992
Ohio gas station manager Jo Lynne Gates couldn't get over her shock yesterday after a trusted employee -- a man who had lived with her family, gone bike riding with her teen-age son and played with her 3-year-old daughter -- was identified as an escaped Maryland killer."
NEWS
October 11, 1994
Health officials in India believe they have brought under control an outbreak of plague that began last month in the western city of Surat. Within days it had spread from one coast to the other.With modern medicines and sanitary methods, India appears to have been able to limit the loss of life. But already scores of people have died and hundreds have contracted the deadly disease.Throughout history plague has been one of the major killers of mankind, attacking in devastating epidemics that brought death and terror to millions.
NEWS
May 10, 2014
Why is it the convicted criminals get all the sympathy from some segments of the public? ( "Death penalty limbo," April 29.) The "hysteria" over a humane way to execute a heinous, cold blooded killer is almost hysterical. The way that was developed to humanely execute a criminal has been torn apart by liberal judicial officials. No problem, Maryland still has the gas chamber that just needs some minor repairs and inspection and could be operational. Florida and some other states have the electric chair, hanging is still on the books in some states, and in Utah the firing squad is an option.
NEWS
May 2, 2014
Once again the bleeding hearts of this country are crying over the so-called botched execution of a man who tortured, raped, shot then buried alive a 19-year-old recent high school graduate ("Fresh execution questions," May 1). Why aren't those tears being shed over Stephanie Neiman? She was a young woman just entering into her adulthood and all the possibilities of her future. That future ended when Clayton Lockett took her life. He never gave a thought as to the pain and horror he was inflicting on his victim.
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