December 31, 2012
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar - another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: SOBRIQUET Adam started us in the naming business, according to Genesis, and human beings have been keen to name objects, animals, other human beings, concepts, and themselves ever since. Many of us have, in addition to our formal birth names, one or more casual names, or nicknames.
December 31, 2012
John Carroll Coolahan, a decorated Marine and former member of the Maryland Senate who acquired the reputation as the "Lion of Halethorpe" when he opposed construction of the Baltimore Metro rail system, died Sunday at St. Agnes Hospital. Family members said he fell in snow Dec. 26 and died after surgery. He was 80. After leaving the Maryland Senate he became a District Court judge and heard cases throughout the state until September 2012. "He played to win. He believed in debate and never shied away from conflict, whether it was on the Senate floor or around the family's dinner table," said his son, William D. "Bill" Coolahan of Relay.
December 21, 2012
We adopted a 12-week-old black lab from Lab Rescue shortly after our sweet 12-year-old chocolate girl passed away. Culture shock doesn't begin to cover the transition -- where Mocha was a tail-wagging, full-body-cuddling rug we fed twice a day, Molly joined our family as a Category 5 hurricane of teeth and claws and adrenaline who broke land-speed records several times an hour. A few days later, we ran into some neighbors on the street and introduced them to our puppy. Grinning broadly, they told us they were about to join the dog-parenting club.
December 9, 2012
Pelicans is just fine K.C. Johnson Chicago Tribune What's wrong with the Pelicans? As NBA commissioner David Stern said, as long as the owner is fine with it, he's fine with it. It's the state bird. It's actually a strong species, even though many are mocking the nickname for its alleged weakness or clumsiness. The thing about these team nicknames is that most negative reaction is based on unfamiliarity. Heard much Jazz lately in Utah? Seen many grizzly bears in Memphis?
November 1, 2012
When Chip Riley urges Ravens fans to get fired up, he knows whereof he speaks. A 25-year veteran of the Baltimore County Fire Department who retired in 2006, Riley spends his time at Ravens home games exhorting his fellow fans to get a little crazy. Decked out in a Ravens-emblazoned fire helmet and face paint that makes his head look like it's on fire, the fan known as "Fired Up" gets as much of a kick from the people around him as they do from him. "I'm mainly there to get everybody fired up," he says.
October 26, 2012
Baltimore's own Charles S. Dutton, star of screens big ("Gothika") and small (Fox sitcom "Roc"), Emmy winner for directing HBO's "The Corner," returns to movie theaters this weekend with "Least Among Saints. " The film, from writer-director-star Martin Papazian, centers on an emotionally scarred war veteran suddenly having to play father-figure to an orphaned boy. Dutton, who said he remembers many friends who returned from Vietnam with emotional issues they never seemed able to stare down, plays a police officer sympathetic to the vet's plight.