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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | November 3, 2012
I've come to think of it as the political equivalent of global warming: Election season seems to get longer and more heated every cycle. I'm not quite as distressed about this as that little girl from Colorado, melting down because she's tired of "Bronco Bama" and Mitt Romney. (Although, note to Mom: your kid is upset, however cutely, and your first thought is to grab your phone and YouTube her?) But really, the noise level this year has been close to deafening, even here in the decidedly unswingy-state of Maryland.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2013
Baltimore has always had a past, and even at its lowest points, it looks hopefully to whatever the future has in store. It's the present that seems to elude the city. But if we cling to the past, with equal parts nostalgia and desperation, if we usually end our sports seasons with an always-next-year sigh, this has been a year of living in real time. Get used to it. We're going to the Super Bowl, and we're not done yet. If you love sports, and you love Baltimore, it's been, to quote both Ray Lewis and Michael Phelps , a ride.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2012
What next? Maybe a tweet: "@GovernorOMalley en route to watermen's conference on shore. Wouldn't it be cool if the #BayBridge were #BayTunnel instead? Calling @MDTA now... " Forget all that stuff you learned in civics class about lining up your legislative ducks first, or hammering out back-room compromises, or even issuing executive orders. Last week, Gov. Martin O'Malley introduced us to government by random rumination. O'Malley took the occasion of the opening of the General Assembly to note, oh so casually, that he'd like to see a penny increase to the sales tax. How casually?
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | November 3, 2012
I've come to think of it as the political equivalent of global warming: Election season seems to get longer and more heated every cycle. I'm not quite as distressed about this as that little girl from Colorado, melting down because she's tired of "Bronco Bama" and Mitt Romney. (Although, note to Mom: your kid is upset, however cutely, and your first thought is to grab your phone and YouTube her?) But really, the noise level this year has been close to deafening, even here in the decidedly unswingy-state of Maryland.
NEWS
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2012
— Outside the courthouse, the day went from spring-like sunshine and blustery winds to a dark night of cold, hard rain. Inside, a jury plowed straight through a marathon day of deliberations Wednesday — nine hours to find George Huguely V guilty of second-degree murder and grand larceny, two more to recommend he serve 26 years in prison for the death of Yeardley Love. It was a workmanlike resolution to a case that had seemed like anything but, a compressed day of behind-the-scenes activity for a high-profile crime — the May 2010 murder of the 22-year-old Love, who grew up in Cockeysville and was fulfilling her childhood dream of playing lacrosse at the University of Virginia.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2011
This probably would have happened in just about any neighborhood, but I happened to be on the west side, trying to find the Central Rosemont Recreation Center after mistakenly walking into a nearby school. I asked some children walking by if they knew where it was, and their eyes lit up. "Want me to help you get in?" one asked, practically taking me by the hand to the center's door and rising on his toes to ring the doorbell. A kid opened the door, and a silent transaction took place: Kid One tipped his head toward me, indicating to Kid Two to let me in. I had to laugh; it was like getting past the velvet rope of a nightclub.
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By PAUL MOORE and PAUL MOORE,PUBLIC EDITOR | November 18, 2007
Columnists contribute valuable perspective and focus to the coverage of important news events. A few recent columns in The Sun bear this out. Two incisive, well-reported pieces by Metro columnist Jean Marbella about the special legislative session in Annapolis received a lot of attention from readers. In her Nov. 9 column, Marbella wrote: "For those of you keeping score at home, health clubs and real estate property managers -- they're good. No new sales tax on them. But landscapers, computer service providers and video arcades -- not so good.
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May 25, 2007
Find Jean Marbella's column archive at baltimoresun.com/marbella
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By NICK MADIGAN and NICK MADIGAN,SUN REPORTER | June 6, 2006
Jean Marbella, a 19-year veteran of The Sun, will become the paper's new metro columnist, beginning next month. Marbella, 49, joined The Sun in 1987 and worked as a feature writer and national correspondent before becoming editor of the Today section two years ago. "I've almost always been a reporter, so this is a new beast for me," Marbella said yesterday, as colleagues stopped by her office to offer congratulations. "At the core of a column, there should be the same reporting, the observations and the background.
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By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington,Sun reporter | December 5, 2006
The divisive national debate over same-sex marriage reached Maryland's highest court yesterday with pointed arguments confronting questions of civil rights and who is entitled to the legal rights and emotional benefits of marriage. Attorneys for 19 gay and lesbian plaintiffs framed their argument before the Court of Appeals in classic civil-rights terms, saying Maryland's 33-year-old statute defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman infringes upon their clients' constitutional rights.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2012
I long ago made my peace with the fact that when you call customer service, you get a machine rather than a human. It's OK, really, I've dealt with enough monosyllabic, gum-snapping staff at various service counters to welcome those polite if automated voices. But lately the machines don't seem to want to deal with me either — whenever I call a customer service line, I get a gentle but firm recorded suggestion to maybe hang up and go online for whatever help I need. No problem, but what if you're calling because your wireless connection has died?
NEWS
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2012
It is all too common in city courts to see witnesses reluctant to testify, even under threat of imprisonment, or developing amnesia over what had happened in front of them. But this week, it was not a bystander but the alleged victim himself who clearly wanted to be anywhere but the courtroom where prosecutors were trying to get justice for him. As The Baltimore Sun's Tricia Bishop reported, Corey Ausby basically shut down on the stand, a tearful 16-year-old wanting nothing to do with the case against two brothers he accused of beating him while they were on a neighborhood watch patrol in Park Heights.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2012
When the critical vote to approve same-sex marriage in Maryland was coming down, I happened to be in Virginia — not that far geographically, really, but at the moment seemingly a world, and a time, away. There I was, in a state where legislators were trapped in a womb with no view, considering whether a microscopic, fertilized egg is a person, and whether a woman who wants an abortion must have an ultrasound first. Meanwhile, my home state was out there in the real world, dealing with a real issue involving actual people and their right to equal protection under the law. To which I can only say: Maryland, my Maryland!
NEWS
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2012
— Outside the courthouse, the day went from spring-like sunshine and blustery winds to a dark night of cold, hard rain. Inside, a jury plowed straight through a marathon day of deliberations Wednesday — nine hours to find George Huguely V guilty of second-degree murder and grand larceny, two more to recommend he serve 26 years in prison for the death of Yeardley Love. It was a workmanlike resolution to a case that had seemed like anything but, a compressed day of behind-the-scenes activity for a high-profile crime — the May 2010 murder of the 22-year-old Love, who grew up in Cockeysville and was fulfilling her childhood dream of playing lacrosse at the University of Virginia.
HEALTH
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2012
I once met a smart and delightful young woman who was making her way through a demanding college program despite being a single mother of two. From what I could tell, she was quite a loving mom and her kids seemed happy. But just watching her juggle their school schedules along with her own was exhausting enough; I couldn't imagine how she actually did it. I kept asking her, several different ways, why she hadn't just used birth control and gotten her degrees, then started a family.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2012
Sorry, psychics. I saw in The Baltimore Sun this week that you're going to try to contact Edgar Allan Poe from beyond the grave next month. Nice idea, hope it makes some money to save his house. But I beat you to it. I stopped by Westminster Hall this week, and while he sends his regards and says he'll be happy to talk to you when you call, the Poester had something to say now. After what happened a week ago, he revised his most famous poem, and asked me to share it: The Ravens Once upon last Sunday dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, Over how Cundiff could miss and Evans did not score, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my rowhouse door.
NEWS
July 21, 2006
Warming demands resovle from us all Jean Marbella was right to highlight the important documentary An Inconvenient Truth, but her column "A hot topic that can send a chill through you" (July 18) fell disappointingly short. While she does mention several important facts about global warming, Ms. Marbella undercuts the film's urgent message and perpetuates the nonchalant American notion that this is a crisis of the future, not a real concern for today. First, Ms. Marbella trivializes the film's 90 minutes of information by comparing its real-life disappearing glaciers and dried-up rivers to the special effects in Hollywood disaster flicks.
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June 2, 1996
No joy felt over Inca child's horrible deathHow quickly -- and almost joyfully -- we can gloss over the horrid ritual death of an Inca girl [whose 500-year-old, mummified body was examined recently at Johns Hopkins University].They did it for religion and we do it for "science," our current favorite religion.We read about the feelings of "honor" felt by the family (was Mother as excited as Father; was she allowed to speak?), but not the victim's possibly unspoken feelings of fear, betrayal and dread.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2012
First with the museum, now with the hotel rooms. What is the deal with NFL commissioners and their dismissive 'tude toward Baltimore? Remember the former commish, Paul Tagliabue, denying Baltimore a football team in 1993, and suggesting that the city build a museum instead? (Yes, that sound you hear is the Cone sisters and William and Henry Walters banging their heads against a celestial wall.) Now his successor, Roger Goodell, has put us in our place as well, albeit more diplomatically.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2012
What next? Maybe a tweet: "@GovernorOMalley en route to watermen's conference on shore. Wouldn't it be cool if the #BayBridge were #BayTunnel instead? Calling @MDTA now... " Forget all that stuff you learned in civics class about lining up your legislative ducks first, or hammering out back-room compromises, or even issuing executive orders. Last week, Gov. Martin O'Malley introduced us to government by random rumination. O'Malley took the occasion of the opening of the General Assembly to note, oh so casually, that he'd like to see a penny increase to the sales tax. How casually?
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