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By Childs Walker | February 28, 2010
Nine Maryland high school students gathered Saturday at the Enoch Pratt Free Library to compete for the state championship in the national Poetry Out Loud competition. The students recited memorized selections by Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Frost, Alfred, Lord Tennyson and other giants. They clenched their fists and clutched their hearts to accentuate dramatic passages. Competitors were judged on presence, articulation, understanding of the poem and the difficulty of their selections. The winner, Nora Sand- ler, a senior at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, received a $200 prize and advanced to the national finals in Washington at the end of April.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2014
There was no easing into the first UFC event in Baltimore. Chris Beal jolted the sold-out crowd to attention with a flying-knee knockout of Patrick Williams in the second round of the night's first fight. Danny Castillo then flattened Charlie Brenneman with a punch to win the second fight of the card by knockout. In many places where the UFC holds its pay-per-views, the fans file in throughout the preliminary card. Not in Baltimore. Fight fans hungry to welcome mixed martial arts' biggest promotion had Baltimore Arena looking almost full by the opening bell.
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By KEVIN COWHERD and KEVIN COWHERD,SUN REPORTER | March 17, 2006
Is it me, or is it loud in here? I SAID IS IT ME, OR IS IT LOUD IN HERE? YES, IN HERE! IN THE MOVIE THEATER! WHAT? YES, I KNOW IT'S ONLY THE TRAILERS. I SAID, I KNOW IT'S ONLY THE ... Whew. Do you have conversations like this at the movies? I have them all the time. At the risk of lapsing into cranky-old-guy musing, when did it get so loud at the local cineplex or multiplex or megaplex, or whatever they're calling themselves these days? When did they start jacking the volume to eardrum-shattering levels, so that every car crash, helicopter explosion and Semtex blast makes me jump out of my seat?
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Mike Preston | March 14, 2014
While free-agent wide receiver Steve Smith was in town visiting the Ravens, they rolled out the red carpet. He had a nice dinner, an evening on the town, and private meetings with general manager Ozzie Newsome, coach John Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Apparently, Smith was impressed, as he signed with the Ravens and canceled visits or negotiations with the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers. The Ravens are in Phase III of trying to rebuild a serious playoff contender, and Smith, despite being 34, has filled a major need.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | March 2, 2008
Food *** (3 stars) Service *** (3 stars) Atmosphere ** (2 stars) There are two kinds of people who shouldn't even consider eating at the new RA Sushi in Harbor East: Those who take their sushi seriously, and those who don't like really loud, throbbing rock 'n' roll music while they eat. In fact, if you fall into either of those two categories, don't even read any farther. That's how enraged this Arizona-based chain will make you. Poor:]
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By Kevin Cowherd | March 25, 2002
APPARENTLY, we have now reached the point in this country where everyone above the age of 8 is being issued a cell phone and told: "OK, get out there and have real LOUD, personal conversations in public." In the dairy aisle of my local Mars supermarket the other day, a woman -- dark hair, intense, in her early 30s -- was doing just that. Pushing her shopping cart with one hand and holding her Nokia with the other, she conducted an incredibly intimate conversation with someone named Ernie that could only be overheard by, oh, 300 other people.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | January 9, 2001
URBANA - Everyone loves a parade, but who can stand all the practicing? Not Paul and Brenda Geisbert. The couple's brick rancher is next door to Urbana High School, and they say they can't eat, sleep or talk in peace while the award-winning Mighty Hawks marching band drills for hours on end in a parking lot barely 25 yards away. The booming drums and blaring horns even make the trinkets rattle on their bedroom shelves. "When I was in the Army, my heart swelled when they played the `Star-Spangled Banner,'" says Paul Geisbert.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | August 11, 1991
Ever wonder why rock concerts are so loud?Sure you have -- especially on those mornings after, when you wake up and your ears are still buzzing from the night before. It probably doesn't bother you in the parking lot after the show; heck, everybody expects ringing ears after a rock concert. But when it's still there 18 hours later, even dedicated rock fans begin to wonder about the value of too much volume.Even in the music business, most people agree that rock concerts are often ear-crushingly loud.
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By Jacques Kelly | December 20, 2007
Mildred Willis Loud, who had worked in a downtown Baltimore real estate firm, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 13 at her daughter's home in Northwest Baltimore. She was 90 and lived in Mount Washington. Born Mildred Willis in Betterton, she was the daughter of Ida Willis, who ran the old Wiltshire summer hotel on the Eastern Shore, and Charles Willis, a waterman. "She often fondly remembered her years there, helping her mother in the hotel, enjoying the seafood her father caught and the fresh vegetables her mother grew, and spending time at Betterton's beach," said her daughter, Lorraine Loud Wizda of Baltimore.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | October 16, 1997
Decked out in Orioles garb, 35-year-old Garry Kvech of Catonsville, howled at the top of his lungs, cheering a strikeout by Mike Mussina and intent on one mission:"Our main goal is to make it so you can't hear cell phones ringing," said Kvech, referring to the notion that some fans at Camden Yards come with flip-phones in hand for business calls. "Everybody's got to yell loud enough to drown 'em out."For Kvech and the other fans at yesterday's game -- 49,075, the third-largest crowd in Oriole Park history -- there was a gauntlet thrown down in front of them.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
A bus driver killed in a drive-by shooting this week had called police earlier to report loud music at a nearby home, according to the victim's mother, who believes her son was attacked in retribution. It was about 11:30 p.m. and Craig Ray's 6 a.m. shift driving a Maryland Transit Administration bus was looming. He asked a neighbor to turn the music down so he could get some sleep. When that didn't happen, he and his girlfriend decided to call police, according to his mother, Deborah Ray. As he waited near the door of his girlfriend's home early Monday in the 2400 block of Wilgrey Court, a block of adjoining apartments in southern Baltimore's Westport neighborhood, a car drove up, his mother said.
NEWS
January 24, 2014
A proposal to use preserved agricultural land for mulching and composting  at first glance appears not unreasonable. Until you hear the details. These details include large, loud diesel trucks  coming down rural residential roads every few minutes from dawn until dusk, dumping loads of debris with the noise from their clanging metal gates echoing through the countryside. These details also include the continual operation of large, loud diesel equipment on site to process these dumped loads.
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By Jessica Anderson and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
Authorities were trying to determine the cause of a loud sound that emanated from a trash can outside the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse in downtown Baltimore on Thursday afternoon, leading authorities to evacuate the building and shut down city streets. Officials said nobody was hurt and nothing was damaged in the incident, which occurred about 2:30 p.m. They were unable to identify the source of the noise or find any incendiary device. "It can't really be pinpointed at this time" said Lt. Carla Lightsey, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office, told reporters at the scene.
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SPECIAL TO THE AEGIS | August 2, 2013
Like many 18-year-olds, Piper Bateman, of Fallston recently graduated from high school and is preparing to enter college in the fall, but before she starts classes, Bateman plans to shoot a music video. Working with Baltimore-based filmmaker Jane Hollon, Bateman is finalizing the selection of shooting locations, costumes and other details for the shooting of the video of her original song, "Finally a Refugee. " Bateman and Hollon set out to raise the $2,000 needed for production of the video through an online pledge campaign.
NEWS
May 29, 2013
As accidents go, few of recent memory have grabbed the region's attention like Tuesday's collision and explosion involving a CSX freight train and a trash truck in Rosedale. If Baltimoreans weren't close enough to hear the tooth-rattling blast, they likely noticed the giant plume of dark smoke that rose from the scene and lasted for hours. Yet, as severe as the crash and derailment were - and considering the potential risk of toxic chemicals that might have been on that train - the outcome was not nearly as bad as feared.
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FROM THE AEGIS | March 7, 2013
The U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground plans to conduct several large detonations beginning on or about March 11 and ending on or about March 22. These detonations are likely to generate sound and/or vibration outside the installation's boundaries. If weather conditions are not favorable in minimizing noise off of the installation, firing will be rescheduled. The U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center, a test center under the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, provides test and test support services for authorized customers, within the Department of Defense and outside the DoD, including government and non-government organizations, both foreign and domestic.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2010
A 51-year-old Eastern Shore man has been charged with building and selling improvised bombs after investigators spent four months trying to learn the source of loud noises in Queen Anne's County, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal. Dale Anthony Rocknak of Lee Road in Chester was charged in a criminal summons with five counts of manufacturing and selling explosive devices. He faces a maximum 20 years in prison if convicted of each count; his trial is scheduled for June.
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SPECIAL TO THE AEGIS | August 2, 2013
Like many 18-year-olds, Piper Bateman, of Fallston recently graduated from high school and is preparing to enter college in the fall, but before she starts classes, Bateman plans to shoot a music video. Working with Baltimore-based filmmaker Jane Hollon, Bateman is finalizing the selection of shooting locations, costumes and other details for the shooting of the video of her original song, "Finally a Refugee. " Bateman and Hollon set out to raise the $2,000 needed for production of the video through an online pledge campaign.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2013
It was not our intention, but on a recent Friday night at the quickly popular Ale House Columbia, our table of four really tested the patience of the server. As Top 40 blared overhead, our server leaned in and asked for drink orders. She was knowledgeable about the wide selection of beer (including the many types of house brand Oliver Breweries), and offered what I heard as a beer "sampler. " After choosing four beers, it was the next person's turn. "I'll have whatever he's having," the friend said.
SPORTS
By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2012
Hundreds of Baltimore Orioles fans rallied in front of City Hall on Wednesday, hoping their joyful noise would reach the team preparing to take on the Yankees in New York City in the third game of the American League Division Series. "We're sending a message up [Interstate] 95 to let our players know we are behind them all the way," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who co-hosted the midmorning gathering with the Oriole Bird mascot. "We have your back. " The crowd, awash in a sea of orange shirts and black caps, paid tribute to Orioles past and present.
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