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By Derek Chavis and For The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
(First, I'd like to apologize for not writing a blog last week. My DirectTV messed up in the last 10 minutes of the episode and when I called around, it seemed to have happened to a lot of people. Not sure about you, but I missed an entire song during tonight's episode for the same reason!) Tonight's episode was all about Rachel. This was her culminating moment and it felt so important to be right there with her.  We relive her younger, awkward days, as she sings “Lovefool” in that infamous reindeer sweater, hair barrettes and knee high socks.
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Two Maryland casino operators are teaming up in hopes of opening a casino and resort in the Hudson Valley-Catskills area of New York, and are considering other projects in that state, the companies announced. The Cordish Cos., which runs Maryland Live in Hanover, the state's largest casino, and Penn National Gaming, which runs the second-largest, the Hollywood Casino in Perryville, hope to build the project in the Village of South Blooming Grove in Orange County, less than a 90-minute drive from Manhattan.
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
Philip C. Cooper, a retired design executive who had been president of a New York fabric and furniture house, ended his life in Baltimore on April 3. He was 78 and had lived on Mount Royal Avenue. Born in Denton, he was the son of Gail F. Cooper, a furniture merchant, and Margaret C. Cooper, an artist and musician. A 1953 graduate of Caroline High School, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College. He also attended the University of Oslo in Norway for a summer. He served in the Army from 1957 to 1959.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Wendy S. Levy, director of procurement and administrative services for Publishers' Circulation Fulfillment Inc. for two decades, died Tuesday of breast cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 57. The daughter of Arnold Kleinfeld, a packaging salesman, and Helena Dressner Kleinfeld, a New York City public schools social worker, Wendy Susan Kleinfeld was born in New York City and raised in Great Neck, N.Y. She graduated in 1975 from Great Neck North High School. She attended Syracuse University.
By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
Jacoby Jones was in the middle of his free agent visit with the New York Giants Wednesday when he had an epiphany. “Honestly, when I was up in New York, I was walking around and I think I came to my senses really,” Jones said Thursday after signing a four-year contract with the Ravens that could be worth as much as $14 million. “It wasn't about money. It was the fact that this is probably the one place that would let me be myself, the city, the state, the organization, the coaches.
March 7, 2014
Horses don't belong in traffic or anywhere in the city ( "Baltimore Arabbers on edge after rash of run-ins with cars," March 5). It is a horrible life for them. They are scared, nervous, bored all denied all their ordinary social needs. I would have thought we had advanced further than this as a society and had left behind us the forced toil of innocent, speechless sentient creatures in an alien environment. These periodic debates about Arabbers never acknowledge the plainly obvious fact that these horses have terrible lives working in the busy streets with traffic and noise all around them.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
George B. Brosan, a career law enforcement officer who had served as Maryland State Police superintendent, died Thursday of cancer at his Annapolis home. He was 78. "He was a titan in both attitude and influence, and had a splendid career in law enforcement," said Cornelius J. Behan, retired Baltimore County police chief. "He was devoted to his family and he was devoted to the job. He brought integrity to his work and the agency by respecting the rules and the rule of law. " "George was as honest as can be and his integrity was never questioned," said Frank Panessa of Annapolis, who had worked with Mr. Brosan at the U.S. Customs Service as well as the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, which became the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
Jane V.P. Benesch, a homemaker who was active with several museums, died Feb. 12 of heart failure at Roland Park Place. She was 95. The daughter of Henry Van Praag, a lingerie manufacturer, and Marie Goldsmith Van Praag, Jane Van Praag was born in New York City and raised at Meadow Hill, the family home in Chappaqua, N.Y. After graduating from the Knox School, she earned a bachelor's degree from Smith College. She then moved to New York City, where she worked for Israel Sack, a well-known antiques dealer who founded Israel Sack Inc. While working in New York, she met and fell in love with Isaac Benesch, a Yale School of Drama graduate, who at the time was an assistant to Donald Oenslager, the noted Broadway set designer.
Dan Rodricks | February 20, 2014
"O'Malley smiled and read his mail," David Kennedy, the widely respected criminologist, recalls of a December 1999 meeting with the new mayor of Baltimore. Martin O'Malley sat by while Jack Maple, his crime-fighting consultant from New York City, browbeat Kennedy, peppered him with questions, cut off his answers and either betrayed or feigned ignorance of Kennedy's violence-reducing strategy called Ceasefire. Kennedy recalls the exchange in his 2012 book, "Don't Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America.
February 5, 2014
During the last decade, local, state and federal governments have sought to make smoking inconvenient by restricting where and when people can light up. They have made it more expensive by increasing taxes - to the point that a pack of cigarettes costs at least $10.50 in New York City. They have tried to make it scary by requiring ever larger and blunter warnings about the health risks of smoking on cigarette packaging. And they have worked to make it un-cool, most recently with a new advertising and social media campaign this week aimed at teens.
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