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March 30, 2010
Michael DeCicco refers to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as "arrogant," "power hungry," and incompetent ("Democrats are to blame for the nation's unrest," March 30). I disagree, but then Republicans know a good bit about arrogance and power hunger, and even more about incompetence. But it is apparent that Mr De Cicco needs to send his "truthometer" in for its overdue 10,000 mile checkup. In truth, the "despicable behavior" of which Mr. DeCicco speaks occurred not in Congress but in the ranks of the tea party mob. In truth, the "acts of vandalism" to which he refers are crimes.
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March 1, 2014
How do you mark the impending closure of a beloved book store, art gallery and performance space? A flash mob through the streets of Hampden. Friends of the Minas Gallery surprised owners Minas Konsolas and Peggy Hoffman by singing "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" last Sunday. The store will soon close after 22 years so Konsolas can spend more time on his artwork. They tooted kazoos, shook tambourines and beat a drum made out of a water cooler, much to the surprise and delight of Konsolas and Hoffman.
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By Peter Hermann | May 15, 2012
There is a disconnect sometimes between what police see as normal and routine and what others view as scary. When Denise Kostka and her husband saw a mob forming outside her downtown hotel, she became frightened. She didn't see a lot of police, the young teens were massing at the corners, and all the images of Baltimore that people have -- The Wire, the murder count, the drugs, instantly filled her head. For the police, it was just another group of kids they had to push out of downtown.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Derek Waters, creator and host of Comedy Central's "Drunk History," says his "dream for any city" is to find stories that are "true" and that make viewers wonder: "Why weren't we taught that in school?" The Lutherville native is back in Baltimore this week filming for Season 2 of the cable series that was watched by more than a million viewers a week last year in its rookie run. Thursday night, he was at Mother's Federal Hill Grille filming part of the episode that will be devoted to Baltimore stories.
NEWS
August 7, 1991
For the first time in the history of the country, the United States government has officially come down on the side of a mob determined to prevent American citizens from exercising constitutional rights.That is the only conclusion one can draw from the action of the Department of Justice late yesterday in seeking to evade a federal judge's order in Wichita, Kan., enjoining anti-abortion groups from forcibly shutting down abortion clinics which are operating fully within the law.Make no mistake, the issue here is not abortion, nor is it the legitimate exercise of First Amendment rights of free speech or peaceable assembly.
NEWS
By THOMAS SOWELL | September 26, 2007
It is painful - and dangerous - how little we learn from history, even when it is recent history. Just a year ago, rape charges spread lynch-mob hysteria on the campus of Duke University and in much of the liberal media, while professional race hustlers descended on Durham, N.C., and mindless tribalism was stirred up by extremists in the black community. This year, we have all learned what a total fraud that case was, from beginning to end. Yet now we see a similar outburst of mindless tribalism and another attempt at mob rule, promoted by such veterans of last year's hysteria as the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson.
NEWS
March 1, 2014
How do you mark the impending closure of a beloved book store, art gallery and performance space? A flash mob through the streets of Hampden. Friends of the Minas Gallery surprised owners Minas Konsolas and Peggy Hoffman by singing "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" last Sunday. The store will soon close after 22 years so Konsolas can spend more time on his artwork. They tooted kazoos, shook tambourines and beat a drum made out of a water cooler, much to the surprise and delight of Konsolas and Hoffman.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann | May 24, 2012
Baltimore police are reviewing surveillance tapes to identify what appears to be middle-school youngster who mobbed a 7-Eleven store Wednesday afternoon on Light Street near the Inner Harbor. About 35 to 40 youngsters converged on the store shortly after 1:30 p.m., attracted by a free "Slurpee" promotion, and reportedly stole candy and then became angry with the manager when he confronted him. Police said some youths hit him on the back and arms. Read story from today's paper describing the attack . Police released the offense report this morning in which the manager reported that after the kids left, he noticed an envelope containing daily receipts -- $6,600 in cash -- was missing from his pocket.
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Dan Rodricks | October 8, 2012
Jim Brochin, a state senator from Baltimore County, had a letter to the editor published in this newspaper last week. In it, he complained about a lack of facts in my recent column on the mob scene and brawl outside the Recher Theatre in Towson on Sept. 23. "Had Mr. Rodricks done his homework," Brochin wrote, "he would have found out that in fact, the overwhelming majority of the crowd and the violence that ensued came from Baltimore City. " This was Brochin's response to a comment I'd made about him. Last summer, he said his constituents "don't want to go to the city anymore" and called for the Maryland State Police to patrol downtown streets.
NEWS
By David W. Marston and David W. Marston,Special to the sun | January 7, 1996
"The Good Guys: How We Turned the FBI 'Round and Finally Broke the Mob," by Judes Bonavolonta and Brian Duffy. Simon & Schuster. 384 pages. $24 Virtue virtuoso William Bennett may not have noticed yet, but among the family values in decline is omerta, the Mafia's legendary lips-sealed-or-you-die code of silence. Garrulous gangsters have been ratting out each other regularly, trading testimony for reduced time or the Witness Protection Program, putting organized crime generally, and New York's five Cosa Nostra families particularly, into historic disarray.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | December 29, 2013
Just when it seems that the high-speed connective power of social media has been harnessed mainly to bully and harass and to coalesce hate, there comes the evolved flash mob. What began a decade ago as a sudden public gathering to perform a pointless and silly act - and what turned ugly in urban areas when angry young people used it as a way to intimidate and vandalize - has become a random act of beauty. And with the aid of other social media, like Facebook and YouTube, these gone-in-a-moment events can be enjoyed over and over again by people who will wish they had been there.
NEWS
March 22, 2013
Taxpayers in Maryland must pay to the MOB - Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch. Their expertise is the legal extortion of the state's taxpayers. Since Governor O'Malley took office, taxes and fees have been raised $2.5 billion. Their appetite for more revenue is insatiable. They run the monster, state government, and the monster must be fed. Whatever is left over is for taxpayers to feed and provide housing for themselves and their family.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is telling Ravens fans who had planned to greet the team after their AFC championship win to stay away from the terminal early Monday morning. "We're thrilled with the Ravens *BIG* win tonight," according to BWI's official account on the social media website Twitter. "But there won't be chance to meet team tonight at BWI. Thanks for understanding. " The Ravens beat the New England Patriots, 28-13, in the AFC championship Sunday night, and the team is expected to return shortly from Foxborough, Mass.
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Dan Rodricks | October 8, 2012
Jim Brochin, a state senator from Baltimore County, had a letter to the editor published in this newspaper last week. In it, he complained about a lack of facts in my recent column on the mob scene and brawl outside the Recher Theatre in Towson on Sept. 23. "Had Mr. Rodricks done his homework," Brochin wrote, "he would have found out that in fact, the overwhelming majority of the crowd and the violence that ensued came from Baltimore City. " This was Brochin's response to a comment I'd made about him. Last summer, he said his constituents "don't want to go to the city anymore" and called for the Maryland State Police to patrol downtown streets.
NEWS
September 26, 2012
I read with interest your article about the mob scene in Towson over the weekend ("Crowd of thousands erupts in Towson," Sept. 24). I'm sorry I missed it, but I was out of town. Yet I can hardly wait for Del. Patrick McDonough, a Republican who represents Baltimore and Harford counties, to issue a warning about "roving mobs" who are "terrorizing" tourists there. I assume he will be calling on the governor to send in the state police to protect us, while issuing warnings to the citizens from Maryland to stay safe and avoid Baltimore County at all costs.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Alice Fallon Yeskey | September 13, 2012
Kerry, Chris, Lorena and Patricia remain. The Quickfire takes advantage of our even number of chefs left -- the kitchen is divided in half by a long line of red gaffer tape. The chefs are paired off and tasked with creating a dish each, but one must remain on the pantry side, one must stay on the hot line. The guest judge is Johnny Avello, who runs the only sports book in Vegas that holds odds on entertainment -- he's previously held odds on "Top Chef. " He wins as the least interesting and most forgettable guest judge of the season.
NEWS
By Paul R. Grenier | August 12, 2009
According to press reports, certain demonstrators, enraged that Congress wants to reform America's dysfunctional health insurance system, have adopted the tactics of the mob. These tactics have taken the form of brawls at town hall meetings, the hanging of a congressman in effigy, even threats. It would be easy to simply dismiss the perpetrators of these ugly incidents, to label them fools and scoundrels manipulated by corporate elites and right-wing lobby groups. But that would only prompt those who label these same groups "heroes" and "freedom fighters" to slam the door and walk away.
FEATURES
By KEVIN COWHERD | April 29, 2004
UNDERSTAND, it hurts to say what I'm about to say. It hurts more than an alley-beating from Paulie Walnuts or a visit from Johnny Sack's leg-breakers. It hurts more than picking up the check after Tony Soprano and a dozen of his associates feast on steak, lobster and champagne. But it has to be said: The Sopranos has lost some of its edge. In fact, halfway through its fifth season, there are times when the popular HBO series about a Jersey mob family feels - I can't believe I'm about to type this word - ordinary.
NEWS
July 3, 2012
With thousands of people expected to converge on downtown Baltimore tomorrow to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, city police will be out in force to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to the area. Baltimore officials have made securing the Inner Harbor and its environs a top priority, and with any luck, by the time the crowds finally head home tomorrow night everyone will have had the opportunity to enjoy a safe and memorable Independence Day . The event is a crucial one for the city, as it comes after months of news reports about youth mobs in the area onSt.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | June 18, 2012
It was a big, beautiful weekend for Sailabration in the city of Baltimore, with superb weather, tall ships, Blue Angels, sailboats in the Inner Harbor (and at least one canoe), even a reason for the party (War of 1812 commemoration). And while I'm sure the opening of the new Wegman's in Columbia was exciting, it couldn't compete with Sailabration. ••• But all those people - gobs of people, mobs of people in downtown Baltimore! They were absolutely everywhere during Sailabration, crowding the promenade and the bridges connecting the piers.
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