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By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2013
Barrie England, writing at Caxton   on the imply/infer issue ,* quotes and comments on the entry on the matter in  Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage :  "Careful writers will still, no doubt, maintain the distinction, but criticism of the use in speech and, these days, in informal prose, of personal  infer  where others might prefer  imply  is more likely to be a sign of bigotry than of...
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October 1, 2014
I'm tired of newspaper people hiding behind the "people have the right to know" line because no, they don't - especially if the parents of a minor have requested the information not be released ( "Keeping secrets," Sept. 30). Get off your high horse and admit that you're just being nosy. There is no need for the newspaper to have this information. They only want it because they can't get it. I know. Let's release personal information about you. After all, you're in the public eye and see if you like it. I worked in the newsroom of a local paper for six years and it disgusted me the way reporters and editors believed they were entitled to personal information.
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September 13, 2011
The Prince George's County Board of Education will meet Thursday, Sept. 22, 7:05 p.m., in the Sasscer Administration Building Board Room, 14201 School Lane, in Upper Marlboro. The meeting is open to the public. Interested persons may speak for three minutes by registering with the Board Office by 4:30 p.m. the day of the meeting.
SPORTS
Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Buck Showalter does not believe he's changed. Let's get that out of the way right off. In fact, he's suspicious of anyone applying a sweeping narrative of transformation to his current success as Orioles manager. "I think I'm just perceived different," he said in a hushed moment outside the clubhouse, three days after his team clinched its first American League East title since 1997. "It's funny how that changes. " The Orioles' 2014 postseason - which begins with Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday against the Detroit Tigers - likely represents one of Showalter's last, best chances at managing in his first World Series.
NEWS
January 18, 2013
Like many of Gov. Martin O'Malley's constituents, I strongly urge him to withdraw any legislation to ban so-called "assault weapons" and "high capacity" magazines. He should stop any legislation that creates gun-free zones and not make laws that hurt law-abiding citizens and hinder commerce in this state. Paradoxically, gun control clears a path for violence and makes aggression more likely. Creating gun-free zones doesn't make a difference to a criminal who intends to do harm. If gun-free zones made a difference, why would the worst shootings consistently happen in gun-free zones such as schools, malls and theaters?
NEWS
December 14, 2013
In a recent article regarding cigarette smuggling and illegal drug imports in Pikesville, the accused are identified as persons "of Azerbaijani descent" ( "Raid targets pharmacy, restaurant Dec. 12). Of what bearing does this identification have upon the activities of the accused? Is this a new policy of The Sun to identify persons accused of criminal acts by their ethnic origins? Will The Sun also identify persons of Anglo-Saxon, French, German, etc. descent, or is such identification reserved only for Eastern Europeans, Asians, Africans, etc.?
NEWS
By Justin Fenton and Baltimore Sun reporter | May 4, 2011
From the Baltimore Crime Beat blog : An autopsy has confirmed that Phylicia Barnes was the victim of a homicide, Baltimore and state police have confirmed. The cause of death is being withheld for investigative purposes, police said: To release a cause of death at this time could jeopardize the investigation by revealing information known only to the person or persons responsible for her death. The cause of death will be made public at an appropriate time in the future.
NEWS
By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2013
Difficult as it must be to endure challenges to what the stylebook says, it must be doubly troubling to be challenged over something the stylebook doesn't  say. That's pretty much the case with the verbs  entry, in which the advice that a split is sometimes "necessary to convey the meaning" attempts to weasel out of an indefensible absolute stand . There is also something inadequate about the who, whom  entry that could be readily remedied,* and, once again, I step forward with a humbly helpful suggestion.  The entry opens, " Who  is the pronoun used for references to human beings and to animals with a name," and that is fine as far as it goes.
NEWS
By Bob Marshall | August 15, 2011
As a Catholic, a 20-year member of the Virginia General Assembly, the author of Virginia's 2006 voter-approved one-man, one-woman Constitutional Marriage Amendment, and a graduate ofMaryland public schools, I take issue with Gov. Martin O'Malley's insinuation that Baltimore's archbishop should remain silent while the governor attempts to alter marriage — nature's most fundamental relationship for mankind. In his Aug. 2, 2011, letter to Baltimore Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, the governor points to areas of agreement, but then gratuitously adds that he would never presume to question the archbishop's right to define or administer the Sacraments of the Catholic Church.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2013
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: AUTODIDACT One of the most notable self-educated persons in American history is Abraham Lincoln, who had the sketchiest of formal educations in his childhood, no more than a few months. Teaching himself English prose from reading the Bible and Shakespeare, and later teaching himself logic through reading law, he became a formidable thinker and speaker.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones glides through the home clubhouse in a T-shirt and basketball shorts, razzing everyone he passes with a bellowing voice and an even louder cackle. On the other side of the room is right fielder Nick Markakis, sitting quietly at his locker, rarely looking up. Markakis' choice of nonbaseball duds is often tan and green camouflage. Earlier this season Markakis walked into Camden Yards in head-to-toe camo, looking as if he had just vacated a tree stand in the woods.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
A rabid cat bit a person at Pocomoke River State Park this week and health authorities are encouraging anyone who had contact with the animal to contact them. The Worcester County Health Department said an adult was bitten by the cat at the Milburn Landing campground area in the Snow Hill park on Monday. The cat was found, euthanized and sent for rabies testing, which was later confirmed by a state lab, health officials said. The cat was a medium adult male, dark gray in color with white under its chin and belly and four white feet.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | September 14, 2014
Dear Diary: Looks as though our folks must finally come clean on Benghazi. In my defense, the attack on our consulate occurred in the middle of my re-election campaign. Mitt Romney and the Republicans were banging me pretty good about foreign policy failures - particularly our new "leading from behind" strategy in dealing with the world's trouble spots. They seemed to forget I was elected on a platform to bring the boys and girls home, regardless of consequences! To make matters worse, Mr. Romney and his cowboy allies were alleging a retreat in the war on terror … er, our "overseas contingency operations.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
The NFL has suspended Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather for two games for an illegal hit on Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith. Meriweather was penalized for a personal foul for hitting a defenseless receiver in the head and neck area when he struck Smith in the second quarter Saturday night during the Ravens' 23-17 victory. Smith was unhurt on the play. Meriweather also hit Ravens running back Bernard Pierce in the head, causing a concussion and forcing him out of the game, but it was a legal hit. This marks Meriweather's sixth violation of unnecessary roughness rules regarding hits to defenseless players and impermissible use of the helmet.
BUSINESS
By Michael Bodley, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
When Shirlé Hale-Koslowski tells people what she does for a living, she is often greeted with a blank stare. She is the owner and sole employee of Four Corners Cuisine, a Baltimore-based private chef service Hale-Koslowski operates out of the kitchens of her 10 clients. People have heard of personal chefs for the rich and famous, she says, but she caters to the middle class, not the multimillionaire. Each meal - groceries and labor included - averages $10 to $12 and includes an entree and a side.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
A man was severely injured in a fire in South Baltimore Saturday night, according to city fire officials. Firefighters responded around 8:50 p.m. to a blaze in the 1300 block of East Clement Street in the Locust Point neighborhood, spokesman Ian Brennan said. A man approximately 50 years old was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with life-threatening injuries; officials did not release his identity. The cause of the single-alarm working fire, which was brought under control less than 45 minutes after firefighters responded, is under investigation.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2012
TV One will launch a series tonight that addresses the issue of missing Black Americans. S. Epatha Merkerson, Emmy-Award-winner and longtime member of the NBC's "Law & Order" cast, will host the 10-part reality series from the Silver-Spring-based cable channel. Here's the release from TV One: As the centerpiece of an effort to draw attention to and help find missing Black Americans, whose stories are largely ignored in national media coverage of missing persons, TV One will premiere Find Our Missing, a 10-episode, one-hour docu-drama series Wednesday, January 18 at 10 PM ET.   Hosted by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson, who for 16 years portrayed Police Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on NBC's Law & Order, Find Our Missing is designed to put names and faces to people of color who have disappeared without a trace.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2012
In a New Yorker cartoon from thirty years ago, a man turns to another in a bar and asks belligerently, " Hopefullywise ? Did I understand you to say hopefullywise ?" There you have the hopefully brouhaha encapsulated. The Wrong People, the sloppy, trendy vulgarians who tacked -wise indiscriminately onto adjectives were the same sort who would use hopefully as a sentence adverb. It's easy to identify the Wrong People: They belong to some group we like to look down on (advertising, say, or business people in general)
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Two bicyclists suffered serious injuries after a hit-and-run crash in Stevenson early Friday morning, Baltimore County police said. About 6:30 a.m., police said a Toyota Corolla headed east in the 2000 block of Old Valley Road struck two bicyclists who were headed west. Police said the car struck the bicyclists head on and the driver left the scene. Both bicyclists suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and are identified as Richard Frychel, 35, of the 400 block of Dumbarton Road in Rodgers Forge and Anthony Van Lierop, 40, of the 600 block of Overbrook Road in Stoneleigh.
NEWS
By Janet Simon Schreck | August 21, 2014
While the roles of depression and addiction in Robin William's suicide were the focus of most news stories about his death, perhaps the headlines should have focused on his recent diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, highlighting the intricate relationships between neurological diseases and mental health conditions. The U.S. health care system is woefully inadequate at addressing the overlap between the body, mind and soul in these patients. The anatomical, physiological and neurochemical changes in the brain associated with neurological disorders - such as stroke, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease - can exacerbate or worsen previously existing mental health conditions including depression and anxiety.
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