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By Glenn Foden | June 2, 2011
Glenn's cartoon needs a caption. That's where you come in. Send us your wryest one-liner for a chance to win a gift certificate to a Howard County restaurant and a signed copy of the cartoon. E-mail your submission to lastlaugh@patuxent.com by June 17. Remember to include your name, address and phone number. On June 20, finalists will be posted on our website, www.HowardMagazine.com, where readers can cast a vote for their favorite until July 1. A winner will be named in the August issue.
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September 2, 2014
I found it very interesting that in an edition of your newspaper reporting the NFL's very strong domestic violence policy and the Baltimore Ravens' very generous contribution to the House of Ruth in support of victims of domestic violence, the comics reveal a different point of view. In the comic strip, "The Middletons," the husband makes a less than sensitive comment about his wife and her response is violence! It is not OK for a person (male or female) to hit another person over words or other non-life threatening events.
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By Glenn Foden | December 12, 2011
Glenn's cartoon needs a caption. That's where you come in. Send us your wryest one-liner for a chance to win a copy of the cartoon and see your caption printed in a future edition. E-mail your submission to lastlaugh@patuxent.com by Dec. 22. Remember to include your name, address and phone number. On Dec. 26, finalists will be posted on our website, www.HowardMagazine.com, where readers can cast a vote for their favorite until Dec. 30. A winner will be named in the February issue.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has set his rotation for the upcoming Tampa Bay series. Well, kind of. The way it looks now, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start Monday, Miguel Gonzalez, currently on the disabled list with an oblique strain, will start Tuesday and rookie Kevin Gausman will pitch the rubber game Wednesday against the Rays. But these are the Orioles, so changes could easily occur between now and the middle of the week. It's possible Gonzalez, who can be activated from the DL as early as Sunday, is needed in the bullpen.
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By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
Eighty-eight years ago H.W. Fowler gave a poke at bogus rules of English usage, writing in the "Superstitions" entry in A Dictionary of Modern English Usage  about the baseless prohibitions against beginning a sentence with But  and against the split infinitive.  Bryan Garner's "Superstitions" entry in Garner's Modern American Usage  covers much of the same territory, to little avail. Peeves are so firmly ingrained in bad pedagogy and usage folklore that reasonable explanations just bounce off the walls of ignorance.  Now Mignon Fogarty has taken a different approach.
SPORTS
December 3, 2009
By the time Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun boarded the team plane with his head wrapped and left ear stitched up, the shock and confusion of defenseman Keith Ballard's ill-advised actions had worn off. The Panthers could laugh again. "It looked a lot more scary than it really was," Vokoun said Wednesday morning, wearing a black ski cap and a white bandage over his ear that was cut in the middle and required more than 10 stitches. "I do have a nasty cut on my ear, but it's not usual for goalies, but players get cut all the time.
NEWS
September 29, 2010
I received mail from the people against slots at the Arundel Mills this weekend showing a picture of a mother with the headline, "I may never leave my kids at the mall again. " I laughed out loud at the absurdity of the idea and then came to realize that there might really be people in our county who view a mall as a babysitter — which isn't laughable at all. A mall is not intended to be a babysitter, and the fact that this idea is being pushed by the against-slots people is mind-blowing.
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By Matt Vensel | June 30, 2011
We have countless awesome sports photos in the archives here at The Baltimore Sun , and I have decided to share one with you each week in a regular feature called "Throwback Thursday. " Since I fantasized about Peter Angelos -- let me finish this sentence -- using his Exxon money to sign slugger Prince Fielder in this Thursday morning post , I decided to do an extensive search of Mr. Mesothelioma in our photo archives. God, did I find an amazing photo of Angelos and Governor William Donald Schaefer back in 1993.
NEWS
July 15, 2013
I'd like to thank Colleen Kelley, national president of the National Treasury Employees Union for the best laugh of my day ("Unionized employees don't run the IRS," July 12). Claiming that our nation is fortunate to have one of the most efficient tax collection systems in the world, staffed by trained, dedicated public servants, was absolutely hilarious! I'm sure the taxpayers feel very "fortunate" paying unfair, exorbitant taxes every year, and the many conservative groups that were targeted by these "dedicated" servants were equally happy to be delayed or denied their tax-exempt status.
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December 12, 2013
I thought I was on the Joke of the Day website when I saw The Sun's recommendation that the legislature investigate the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act ("Maryland's ACA debacle," Dec. 10). Gov. Martin O'Malley has probably already called his friends - House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller - and told them to do it, but make sure the fault does not lie with himself or Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. They likely bowed to him as they hung up. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Producers and artists are quick to mythologize their roles in history.  J. Robbins would rather work.  As the frontman of the '90s post-punk band Jawbox, J. Robbins was a self-described “gung-ho touring maniac.” To the Silver Spring native, signing to the major label Atlantic Records and having the group's video for “Savory” played on MTV were accomplishments, but none were as rewarding as seeing the world. “I just loved to tour because I'd be like, 'Look where the band took me - we made it to the West Coast!
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By Jonathan Zimmerman | May 20, 2014
In the United States, weathercasters serve as our goofy national soothsayers - screwballs who don ridiculous hats and deliver wacky one-liners. But they're also trusted oracles who employ the latest scientific wizardry to divine the mysteries of the skies. So why won't they discuss the science of climate change? According to the American Meteorological Society, we have "unequivocal evidence" that "human activities" - especially the burning of fossil fuels - have changed the earth's climate since the 1950s.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
When Ken Ludwig's golf farce, "The Fox on the Fairway" premiered at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va., in 2010, the prolific playwright described his work as "a tribute to the classic English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. " In Prince George's Little Theatre's current production at Bowie Playhouse, Ludwig's goal is realized, exposing insanity on the golf course and in the clubhouse - at least by enthusiasts with their outrageous costumes. The show finds the heads of two rival golf clubs - Dickie Bell of the Crouching Squirrel and Henry Bingham of the Quail Valley Club -- plotting strategies to defeat the other in an imminent tournament.
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By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
Eighty-eight years ago H.W. Fowler gave a poke at bogus rules of English usage, writing in the "Superstitions" entry in A Dictionary of Modern English Usage  about the baseless prohibitions against beginning a sentence with But  and against the split infinitive.  Bryan Garner's "Superstitions" entry in Garner's Modern American Usage  covers much of the same territory, to little avail. Peeves are so firmly ingrained in bad pedagogy and usage folklore that reasonable explanations just bounce off the walls of ignorance.  Now Mignon Fogarty has taken a different approach.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
And as they wind down a successful run of one of their most ambitious projects yet - "Unscripted," which takes impromptu sketch comedy to another level by putting on entirely impromptu plays that can last upward of 90 minutes - BIG is showing no signs of slowing down. "Improv is one of the best creative outlets I've ever had," says Heather Moyer, a founding member of the group and the only one who was there at the beginning and still performing. "I love hearing the audience laugh.
NEWS
December 12, 2013
I thought I was on the Joke of the Day website when I saw The Sun's recommendation that the legislature investigate the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act ("Maryland's ACA debacle," Dec. 10). Gov. Martin O'Malley has probably already called his friends - House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller - and told them to do it, but make sure the fault does not lie with himself or Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. They likely bowed to him as they hung up. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
FEATURES
By Nancy Jones Bonbrest, Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2011
Baltimore celebrities will take their best shot at comedy, all in the name of giving back. The first Chimes Charity Chuckle seeks to raise funds for the Chimes, a Baltimore-based nonprofit group that provides services for the disabled, on Oct. 29 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. "We're looking to provide the town with a good night out," said Marty Lampner, president and CEO of Chimes. "I think we'll have a very good time and it will be a lot of fun. " When Lampner took over as president and CEO last year, organizers decided to put a fresh face on the annual Chimes fundraising event that for the past 20 years consisted mostly of concerts or dinner-dance receptions.
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By Childs Walker | childs.walker@baltsun.com | April 11, 2010
The portraits cast stern gazes over the hallway. These titans of philosophy - Hegel, Kant, Nietzsche - look every bit as complex and daunting as the works they produced. Jim Thomas shuffles into view. Clad in red Converse All-Stars, worn jeans and an unbuttoned, untucked flannel shirt, he appears no match for the guys on the wall. The words spill out of his mouth in an Arkansas drawl that just might be his secret weapon. "Some people may think I'm stupid," says the University of Maryland, Baltimore County philosophy professor.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | October 28, 2013
Last week, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski tried to call the HealthCare.gov helpline and got an operator. That's right: an operator! The call went through! MSNBC, the unofficial AV department of the Democratic Party, had a scoop. The network tweeted out the big news along with a link to the video: "Mika called the Obamacare hotline and got through with no problems -- right on air. WATCH. " It's a sure sign that the bar has been lowered to curb height when spinners are touting the exciting news that phone calls actually go through.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | October 9, 2013
During the first quarter of Sunday's win over the Dolphins, safety James Ihedigbo displayed great awareness when he raced to the sideline to pick off a pass from Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill. But after the interception, which would later be overturned by a video review, Ihedigbo had tunnel vision. As he raced to celebrate with teammates, he didn't see coach John Harbaugh coming in for a chest bump. The end result was a hilarious video being posted to YouTube entitled “ John Harbaugh Chest Bump Fail .” Harbaugh has a sense of humor, though.
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