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By Leonard Pitts | November 13, 2011
Moral clarity is one of the most seductive traits of social conservatism. Those of us outside that ideology may struggle to untie the Gordian knot of complex moral issues, may wrestle conscience in hopes of compromise, may construct arguments in tenuous terms of, "If this, then that, but if the other thing, then ... " Social conservatives countenance no such irresolution. On issue after issue -- same-sex marriage, gun control, Muslim rights -- they fly straight as a bullet to their final conclusion, usually distillable to the width of a bumper sticker.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
Almost 7 million people visited national parks in Maryland in 2012, generating some $217.2 million in spending and 2,770 jobs, according to the National Park Service. In Baltimore, Fort McHenry National Monument and Shrine drew more than 744,000 visitors, who spent about $40 million and sustained about 526 jobs. About 625,024 of the visitors were non-local, representing about $38.2 million, according to the new peer-reviewed report, which measures spending within a 60-mile radius of a park.
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April 7, 2010
The actions of the Itawamba County School District in Jackson, Mississippi, as they pertain to Constance McMillen, the lesbian high school senior, are a disgrace to everything for which this country stands. After having been sued because it would rather cancel the prom than have a lesbian appear in a tuxedo, the school district promised the court that there would be a private prom held at which there would be school officials as chaperones. But in a despicable act, the prom that Ms. McMillen was told to attend was one that basically amounted to a "separate but equal" prom held for the undesirables, while the majority of students attended another prom.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
A Mississippi-based Anheuser-Busch wholesaler has agreed to purchase Winner Distributing Co., the Anheuser-Busch distributor for Baltimore and parts of Baltimore County, and an interest in F. P. Winner Ltd., a distributor in Maryland for brands such as Corona, Pabst and Sierra Nevada. Mitchell Distributing did not disclose terms of the deal. It plans to operate both Winner and F.P. Winner from a single warehouse instead of two separate facilities. Winner had notified Maryland's labor department in late January that it was laying off 125 workers at the end of February and closing the warehouse on Canton Center Drive in eastern Baltimore County.
NEWS
June 22, 2005
IT'S A FORM of poetic justice that Edgar Ray Killen was convicted of manslaughter on the 41st anniversary of the deaths of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County, Miss. That it took the state four decades to seek justice of any kind against Mr. Killen or any of the other alleged Ku Klux Klansmen long known or thought to have been responsible for the killings shows the depth of the racial chasm in Mississippi. But the fact that, however belatedly, the state brought charges and a jury of nine whites and three blacks has found the 80-year-old ailing former preacher culpable in the murders also points to progress made in bridging the divide and the need to continue the process of reconciliation and healing - not only in Mississippi, but across the nation.
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By NORRIS WEST | December 10, 2000
IT'S A THOUSAND miles from the Maryland capital to the Mississippi capital, but I had to make the trip. I'd always felt connected to the Magnolia State. I have no relatives there -- none that I'm aware of. My father fled north to Philadelphia with his mother and sister 80 years ago. Other family members left at about the same time. Most migrated to Chicago; others landed in Detroit. Heritage is my only link. My mother's home is Maryland's Eastern Shore, and my father was born and raised in Edwards, Miss.
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By ROBERT S. MCELVAINE | October 12, 2005
CLINTON, MISS. -- In the weeks since Hurricane Katrina struck, Haley Barbour, the Mississippi governor and former Republican national chairman, has been dividing his time between dealing with the disaster and spinning a myth. He has received more assistance from the Bush administration in the latter endeavor than in the former. Much of importance about the political future of the United States is riding on whether the public accepts this fiction as fact. At the end of a Primetime program two weeks after the storm, Ted Koppel summarized the Mississippi Myth and showed that he had bought it: "We have focused tonight exclusively on New Orleans, because the system seemed to work in Mississippi."
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By Fawn Vrazo and Fawn Vrazo,Knight-Ridder News Service | October 1, 1992
JACKSON, Miss. -- In August, Mississippi became the first state in the nation to require women to wait 24 hours to get an abortion. Right away, anti-abortion activist Roy McMillan realized he had a golden opportunity to rescue the unborn.The leader of a statewide organization called the Christian Action Group, Mr. McMillan, 49, began staking out the parking lots of Jackson's two abortion clinics, writing down the license numbers young women as they drove past. Then, with addresses supplied by sympathetic police, he began visiting the women's homes -- uninvited -- to tell their parents about the planned abortions and to beg them to intercede.
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By Loretta J. Ross | April 29, 2001
MY FAMILY was shot at in Mississippi in 1963 while moving from Virginia to Texas. It was when my Jamaican-born father, newly retired from the Army, used a "whites only" bathroom at a filling station. When told he used the wrong bathroom, my father thought the white man meant the women's room. They scuffled. We left, a bullet chasing us down the highway. Why doesn't Mississippi ever seem to change? The April 17 vote to retain the state flag was that of the old Mississippi, rejecting any opportunity to join the New South.
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By HAROLD JACKSON | November 6, 1994
Two years ago, if you grew up and stayed in Gulfport, Miss., you most likely were either a fisherman or shrimper or worked at one of the nondescript stores, motels or fast-food joints along U.S. 49 that cater to the seasonal influx of tourists to the beach.Or maybe you worked at one of the piers that together handle more bananas, pineapples and other fruit than any American port except Wilmington, Del.In fact, you might have been driving one of the big Dole or Chiquita tractor-trailer rigs that haul the fruit away.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
Oh Maryland, my Maryland, why are you so rich, boring, expensive and liberal? Rich, boring, expensive and liberal? No, we're not trying to imply that Maryland is a giant Takoma Park. Those are the top results that autocorrect suggests when you type "Why is Maryland so" into Google. Perhaps the results shouldn't be such a surprise since Maryland does lead the nation in median household income .  That, of course, helps explain why things can be so expensive here.  And seeing how long Maryland politics have been dominated by Democrats, it's no great surprise that people see our state as liberal.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
The highlight of the Coppin State men's basketball team's slate of games this weekend is that it's in the Virgin Islands. The bad news is that it's not a vacation. The Eagles (4-5) will face Southern Miss (9-1) on Friday and then play either Arkansas-Little Rock (3-6) or Jacksonville State (4-8) on Saturday in the British Virgin Island Tropical Shootout at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola. It will be the program's first visit to the Caribbean since the 1993-94 season, when the Eagles took part in the San Juan Shootout in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
After splitting its past four games, the Coppin State men's basketball team will welcome the return of senior shooting guard Andre Armstrong this weekend. Armstrong is expected to play when the Eagles (4-5) participate in the British Virgin Islands Tropical Shootout this weekend. The team will meet Southern Mississippi (9-1) on Friday and then either Arkansas-Little Rock (3-6) or Jacksonville State (4-8) on Saturday. The 6-foot-3 Armstrong was hospitalized because of dehydration, according to coach Fang Mitchell.
NEWS
By George La Noue | October 27, 2013
U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Blake issued a long awaited, 60-page ruling this month in the case Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence v. Maryland Higher Education Commission. The litigation was brought by supporters of Maryland's historically black institutions (HBIs), Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The plaintiffs argued that the state of Maryland had failed in its obligation under the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause to desegregate its higher education system.
NEWS
By Tom Hucker and Jennie Forehand | August 26, 2013
When Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, ranking member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, helped Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa craft an amendment to the Farm Bill that would nullify dozens - if not hundreds - of state laws, this was his explanation, clear and simple: "I'm tired of these states doing this crap. " And apparently a narrow majority of the House of Representatives agrees, since this amendment was included in the pared-down version of the Farm Bill that passed the House, 216-208.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
On a recent sunny, picturesque Sunday morning in Owings Mills, there was a flurry of activity on the practice fields outside the Ravens' team facility. Bird songs occasionally pierced the chirping of whistles, whirring of portable generators and the grunts of large men bumping into each other. The Ravens were wrapping up their three-day rookie minicamp, and their new 10-man draft class, dozens of undrafted rookie free agents and a handful of 2012 practice squad members were buzzing as coaches conducted drills at several different stations across the practice fields.
NEWS
By Gregory Kane | April 25, 2001
THE AMERICAN Legislative Exchange Council recently issued its annual "Report Card on American Education." By a delicious irony, the report was sent out about the time those geniuses in Mississippi voted overwhelmingly to keep a Confederate logo on the state flag. The council, based in Washington, is the nation's largest bipartisan, individual-membership association of state legislators, with nearly 2,400 members. Its report ranks each state by academic achievement. Anyone care to guess where, of 50 states and the District of Columbia, Mississippi ranked?
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker and By Andrea K. Walker | March 3, 2013
A Mississippi infant born with HIV has become the first child cured of the deadly virus, leaving hope that the disease can be eliminated in the youngest patients, scientists from Johns Hopkins Children's Center and other institutions said Sunday. The infant, who was born to an HIV-infected mother, was given antiretroviral treatment beginning 30 hours after birth. Scientists believe the early intervention may have proven key to curing the child, who is now 2 1/2 years old. The infant has been determined “functionally cured,” said the scientists, some of whom are from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | August 21, 2012
I wrote today about a Johns Hopkins study that found a decline in circumcisions has cost the country $2 billion in extra medical costs in the past decade. The Hopkins scientists say they think fewer babies are getting the procedure because states aren't paying for it under Medicaid. (Maryland isn't among them.) State Medicaid plans account for two-fifths of all births. Here are the 18 states that don't cover circumcisions and the year they stopped: Colorado 2011 South Carolina 2011 Louisiana 2005 Idaho 2005 Minnesota 2005 Maine 2004 Montana 2003 Utah 2003 Florida 2003 Missouri 2002 Arizona 2002 North Carolina 2002 California before 1999 North Dakota before 1999  Oregon before 1999 Mississippi before 1999 Nevada before 1999 Washington before 1999      
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