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By Ericka Alston | January 25, 2013
Tonight's "American Idol" in Baton Rouge was the best episode thus far. We actually got to see more authentic talent than squabbles between the lady judges and misfits. It was awesome.  In the very beginning, we were introduced to Miss Baton Rouge herself, Megan Miller, who opted to postpone surgery on her leg to not miss her audition. Megan did us all a huge favor, siding with singing versus going under the knife. "I would let my leg fall off before I missed this audition," Megan said.
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By Ericka Alston | January 25, 2013
Tonight's "American Idol" in Baton Rouge was the best episode thus far. We actually got to see more authentic talent than squabbles between the lady judges and misfits. It was awesome.  In the very beginning, we were introduced to Miss Baton Rouge herself, Megan Miller, who opted to postpone surgery on her leg to not miss her audition. Megan did us all a huge favor, siding with singing versus going under the knife. "I would let my leg fall off before I missed this audition," Megan said.
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By Rob Hiaasen | January 20, 1999
Will someone now leave roses and cognac at his grave?A mystery man who for nearly 50 years left roses and cognac at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe died in December, according to a computer-written note found early yesterday morning at Poe's grave.The note was tucked among three roses and a bottle of Martell's cognac hand-delivered by another mystery man at Poe's grave on his 190th birthday."The gentleman who started the tradition in 1949 died from a prolonged illness this December," says Jeff Jerome, curator of the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum.
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August 17, 2011
An article in the Aug. 19, 1911 edition of The Argus reported a local man's punishment for hosting cock fights on a Sunday. Herbert Backus, of Backus' Park, pleaded guilty Tuesday in the Circuit Court at Towson to the charge of allowing gambling on his premises, selling liquor on Sunday and cruelty to animals by conducting a cock fight. He was fined $500 and costs by Judge Frank I. Duncan. ***** Frederick Peregoy, the 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs.John W. Peregoy, who was slightly bitten in the right arm by a rabid dog about a month ago, and who took the Pasteur treatment at the Mercy Hospital, Baltimore, was discharged as cured last Monday.
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By Bill Reynolds and Bill Reynolds,PROVIDENCE JOURNAL-BULLETIN | December 20, 1995
BOSTON -- It is an hour and a half before the Chicago Bulls' first appearance in the FleetCenter and I am in search of the Boston Celtics' mystery man.Thomas Hamilton.The 7-foot-2 mountain of a man who supposedly weighs in the vicinity of 375 pounds and sits at the end of the Celtics' bench in sweaters large enough to double as tents.The same Thomas Hamilton the Celts signed about a month ago and immediately placed on the injured list with a case of strep throat. The same strep throat that never seems to go away, penicillin or no penicillin, a Celtics version of a medical miracle.
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August 17, 2011
An article in the Aug. 19, 1911 edition of The Argus reported a local man's punishment for hosting cock fights on a Sunday. Herbert Backus, of Backus' Park, pleaded guilty Tuesday in the Circuit Court at Towson to the charge of allowing gambling on his premises, selling liquor on Sunday and cruelty to animals by conducting a cock fight. He was fined $500 and costs by Judge Frank I. Duncan. ***** Frederick Peregoy, the 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs.John W. Peregoy, who was slightly bitten in the right arm by a rabid dog about a month ago, and who took the Pasteur treatment at the Mercy Hospital, Baltimore, was discharged as cured last Monday.
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By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | September 10, 1992
MIAMI -- He's young. He's scared. And he has no idea who he is.The mystery man with amnesia is the latest twist in Hurricane Andrew's indiscriminate trail of misery.Nails bitten to the nub, he picks some more. Eyes to the ground, he chain-smokes and says quietly, "I want to know who I am."The GIs with the 82nd Airborne called him Joe. They've been his buddies since Tuesday, when he showed up in a daze at their encampment on Krome Avenue in Homestead, Fla."Strange," he said, still talking to the ground.
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By Helene Stapinski and Helene Stapinski,Special to the Sun | June 29, 2003
Lucia, Lucia, by Adriana Trigiani. Random House. 272 pages. $24.95. Back in 1963, Mary McCarthy changed the world of women's literature with her groundbreaking novel, The Group, about a bunch of smart Vassar girls who are not afraid to discuss their sex lives, birth control and menstruation. Class issues and doubts about marriage were finally put on the kitchen table. Polite girls who kept their terrible secrets to themselves were stuffed in the literary closet where they belonged. Well, times change.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | September 4, 2003
Notes were flying faster among Howard County school board members at their meeting last week than in most classrooms. Just what was in those letters? Was the board keeping secrets? Were there any boxes to check off if you liked one member better than the other? An exchange between board members Courtney Watson and James P. O'Donnell, who has a reputation for being slightly long-winded, sheds some light on the clandestine communication. The pair refer to Joshua M. Kaufman, the county executive's proposed pick to fill the vacant board seat, by a code name Watson developed: the "mystery man."
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By Darren M. Allen and Sandy Banisky and Darren M. Allen and Sandy Banisky,Staff Writers | October 2, 1993
Soon after Baltimore County police charged former state health official John M. Staubitz Jr. yesterday with five more burglaries, his alleged accomplice contended that the two are being framed in an elaborate conspiracy.The account laid out by Robert Ernest Emmons Jr., in an interview at the Carroll County Detention Center, is the latest twist in the saga of Mr. Staubitz, who once sat in on state Cabinet meetings and now sits in a jail cell, charged with a dozen house-breakings in three counties.
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By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2011
Bluer than Democrat-rich Baltimore! Able to distract morning commuters with a single wave! Look! On the street corner with Jody Landers! It's actual fun in this year's mayoral campaign! Blue Man, a mysterious figure in a full-body Spandex suit, has swooped in from who-knows-where to help former City Councilman Joseph T. "Jody" Landers with his weekday morning car waves. There's no telling if the seeming superhero can help Landers in September's Democratic primary, but he has already succeeded in injecting some zip into an otherwise snoozy race.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | August 20, 2009
He was a wing-T quarterback in high school, a shortstop in minor league baseball and a special teams ace with the New England Patriots. Now Kelley Washington is trying to reinvent himself again in Baltimore. At a time when the Ravens' need at wide receiver is acute, Washington arrives with a curious but promising resume. What do you make of a guy who spent four years in the Florida Marlins' farm system, then quit to play big-time college football at the age of 21? And which player are the Ravens getting: the wide receiver who seemingly went downhill in four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals or the dedicated special-teamer who became the first Patriot to block a punt in eight years?
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By Matthew Dolan and Gina Davis and Matthew Dolan and Gina Davis,Sun reporters | March 1, 2007
And he likes horses, too! That's what Lauren Mendelsohn thought when a Baltimore man messaged her in September 2005 on Jdate.com, an online service for Jewish singles. "I ride show jumpers," the divorced mother of two in Owings Mills said yesterday. "He supposedly bred racehorses. I say `supposedly' because almost everything he ever told me was a lie." So began Mendelsohn's anything-but-fruitful relationship with a mysterious man originally from Pikesville, who Illinois authorities say conned at least 10 women from eight states out of more than $1 million through elaborate schemes.
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By CHARLES MATTHEWS and CHARLES MATTHEWS,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 13, 2006
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon Julie Phillips St. Martin's / 480 pages / $27.95 In 1921, at the age of 6, she went with her parents, who were Chicago socialites, on an African safari, and she returned to Africa with them twice before she was 16. She was educated in a Swiss boarding school and at Sarah Lawrence, got married, had an abortion, divorced, joined the Army in World War II, married a colonel, raised chickens, worked...
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | January 20, 2004
Taciturn yet opinionated, a mysterious man in black visited the gravesite of Edgar Allan Poe in yesterday's pre-dawn darkness and left a note to accompany his usual tribute of cognac and three roses to mark the author's birth nearly 200 years ago. "The sacred memory of Poe and his final resting place is no place for French cognac," the note read. "With great reluctance but for respect for family tradition the cognac is" placed at the grave. "The memory of Poe shall live evermore!" the note concluded.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | September 4, 2003
Notes were flying faster among Howard County school board members at their meeting last week than in most classrooms. Just what was in those letters? Was the board keeping secrets? Were there any boxes to check off if you liked one member better than the other? An exchange between board members Courtney Watson and James P. O'Donnell, who has a reputation for being slightly long-winded, sheds some light on the clandestine communication. The pair refer to Joshua M. Kaufman, the county executive's proposed pick to fill the vacant board seat, by a code name Watson developed: the "mystery man."
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer | July 19, 1994
Dave Fleming was on the verge of establishing himself as one of the best young left-handed starters in baseball.His 17 wins in 1992 were second only to Tom Glavine in the major leagues. Fleming set a Seattle club record that year with four shutouts and nine consecutive wins.Even last year, when he missed the first six weeks with an inflamed left elbow, Fleming still won 12 of 17 decisions. He also put together 18 straight scoreless innings from June 7 to June 18.Fleming's 30-15 career record (.667)
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Staff Writer | August 9, 1992
There is something elusive about Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina. In a clubhouse than tends to be businesslike rather than boisterous, he seems more comfortable in the background than on center stage.Mussina is as hard to read as one of his changeups: Is the 23-year-old right-hander aloof or merely quiet, a tad arrogant or rightfully confident, friendly or frosty?Even his manager has had a difficult time trying to figure him out."Mike's a tough guy to describe," says Johnny Oates."I've always been like that," says Mussina.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | August 20, 2003
While the public and the press were bandying about well-known Howard County names as candidates to fill a vacant school board seat, relative unknown Joshua M. Kaufman, a 32-year-old father of two, quietly snagged the nomination from County Executive James N. Robey. If approved by the County Council, Kaufman, who lives in Columbia, would take the seat formerly held by Virginia W. Charles, who resigned from the five-member panel in June with three years left in her tenure, noting health reasons and general frustration with board operations.
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