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By From staff reports | July 9, 1999
Taylor Branch's second narrative of the civil rights era, "Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-1965," has won the 1999 Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association.The book, published last year, is the second in a planned trilogy by the Baltimore historian. Branch has said that he "hopes to sustain his thesis that [Martin Luther] King's life is the best and most important metaphor for American history in the watershed post-war years."The ABA award goes annually to writers who best illustrate the legal system.
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By Gregory E. Thornton | August 25, 2014
Editor's note: This op-ed has been updated to correct the number of chronically absent city students.  As the new school year starts in Baltimore City, I want to express my gratitude for the opportunity to build on the work that has been done in the past, and lead the school district and its students and families on the journey to excellence. I applaud the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, elected officials at every level of government, and our school families and communities for their staunch support of city schools throughout the education reform process in Baltimore.
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July 14, 1994
An 18-year-old Keymar woman was injured yesterday when the 1985 Ford Tempo she was driving ran off Clear Ridge Road in Uniontown and struck a stone pillar and two trees.Amber Nicole Grimes was driving north on Clear Ridge Road near its intersection with Pipe Creek Road when the wheels on the right side of her car slipped off the pavement, according to First Sgt. Steve Reynolds, a state police spokesman.The car was registered to her father, Clarence Allen Grimes of the 7000 block of Keysville Road in Keymar, police said.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
While junior Joe Fletcher has emerged as Loyola's shutdown defenseman and seniors Scott Ratliff and Josh Hawkins have headlined one of the more prolific Rope units in Division I, Reid Acton has stood in the background. But that's not how coach Charley Toomey feels about the senior defenseman. Acton, a three-year starter, is a security blanket for the No. 5 Greyhounds (11-3), who will meet No. 8 Ohio State (10-3) in a semifinal of the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament at Hobart on Thursday night.
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By Robert Ruby and Robert Ruby,Jerusalem Bureau of The Sun | December 18, 1991
An article in The Sun yesterday incorrectly identified Lot as the son of Abraham. He was Abraham's nephew.The Sun regrets the errors.MOUNT SODOM, Israel -- Pity the most famous woman of Sodom, for whom the end may be near.She is known by the name of her husband, the man called Lot. She is said to have been disobedient and was severely punished. The punishment never ends since she was turned into a pillar of salt.That is the Old Testament version, a part of the book of Genesis with lessons about obedience and trust.
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May 22, 1996
FireWinfield: Firefighters from Sykesville and Gamber assisted Winfield at 8: 52 p.m. Friday, responding to an electrical fire in the 700 block of W. Old Liberty Road. Units were out 16 minutes.Mount Airy: Firefighters assisted Montgomery County at 5: 42 p.m. Sunday, responding to a house fire on White Pillar Terrace. Units were out 20 minutes.Pub Date: 5/22/96
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October 2, 1991
The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance yesterday in an attempt to block the Houston Astros' 26-game road trip next season caused by the Republican National Convention.The Houston Sports Association, which owns the Astrodome and the Astros, rented the stadium to the Republican National Committee for four weeks. HSA chairman John McMullen did not ask for permission from the National League before renting out the stadium.The Republican convention is scheduled for Aug. 17-20, but organizers say they needed additional time to set up facilities.
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By CAM SIMPSON and CAM SIMPSON,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | February 11, 2006
WASHINGTON -- The former CIA official assigned to manage the U.S. government's secret intelligence assessments on Iraq says the Bush administration chose war first and then misleadingly used raw data to assemble a public case for its decision to invade. Paul Pillar, the CIA's national intelligence officer for the Middle East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005, said the Bush administration also played on the nation's fears after the 2001 terrorist attacks, falsely linking al-Qaida to Saddam Hussein's government even though intelligence agencies had not produced any analysis supporting "the notion of an alliance" between the two. Instead, Pillar writes in the next issue of the journal Foreign Affairs, connections were drawn between the terrorists and Iraq because "the administration wanted to hitch the Iraq expedition to the `war on terror' and the threat the American public feared most, thereby capitalizing on the country's militant post-9/11 mood."
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May 14, 1991
Indians outfielder Albert Belle was suspended for one week yesterday by American League president Bobby Brown for intentionally hitting a spectator with a baseball. Belle immediately appealed. He can continue playing while the appeal is pending."I regret that I lost my spirituality for an instance," Belle said, reading from a prepared statement after the suspension was announced. "It will not happen again."He declined to comment on his appeal and would not answer any questions.Belle threw a ball at spectator Jeff Pillar of Cleveland during the seventh inning of Saturday's game against California, after Pillar heckled him about his problems with alcoholism.
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March 1, 1992
Dear Doctor Stadium:My question is a simple one. At Memorial Stadium I had upper box seats. There was no obstruction from the railing in front. My new seats at Oriole Park are four rows lower. Will there be an obstruction because of the lower seats?# Please let me know.J.E. HallBaltimoreDear J.E. Hall:Here's what I found out: Your seats apparently will have a clear view of the entire field, although I'd prefer you did not sue me if it turns out otherwise.Here's something else I discovered, which I bet a lot of people don't know.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
Two weeks after Beverly Poyer married her husband in 2007, he was deployed to Afghanistan. When he came home a year later, she was thrust into a role she hadn't expected: caregiver. Army Spc. Max Poyer, exposed to frequent mortar blasts in Afghanistan, suffered brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. Now the life the Southern Maryland couple had planned - to finish college, buy a house and have more children - had to be redefined. That's when Beverly Poyer, 32, found a new calling: helping military families overcome emotional battle scars and transition back to civilian life.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2011
Pillar Hotels & Resorts warned state regulators Tuesday that it would lay off more than 150 employees in Frederick and Cumberland as it ends a management contract with Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express locations. The workers could be hired by the Texas company's successor, however. Pillar told the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation that it expected the new managers would ask employees to apply to stay on. Neither Pillar nor Holiday Inn's parent, InterContinental Hotels Group, returned calls seeking comment.
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August 11, 2011
I was dismayed by our county executive's comments regarding the proposed Clarksville Commons project . A few observations are foremost in the mind of this citizen and longtime resident of this area. The Kendalls have been a part of our community longer than our young county executive has been alive. This family hardware business has been the linchpin of Clarksville. The loyalty of their customers is evidenced by the fact that their small, World War II-era-quonset-hut-based store survived a competitive battle with another operator who opened a short distance away in a much larger newer building.
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By Kathy Hudson | July 10, 2011
About a month ago, I said I was finished planting annuals for the season. Wrong.  I just planted six more on Sunday morning.   I think seeing Monet’s garden at Giverny made me long for more color in our garden, when I returned from Paris 10 days ago. First, some straightening up and weeding had to happen. And some pruning. I bought some big pink begonias on sale at Green Fields Saturday morning, after my husband and I had spent two hours pruning an aucuba bush that had become a giant.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2010
It has been years now, but Valerie Mills-Cooper remembers her father working the front gate at Carr's Beach, one of the few Maryland resorts open to African-Americans during segregation. Walter Mills, the popular longtime principal of Parole Elementary School near Annapolis, worked many summers as a ticket-taker at the popular attraction to supplement his income, and to little Valerie, he might as well have been a king. "I thought my dad owned the beach," says Mills-Cooper, 59, a retired county teacher and administrator.
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By LAURA VOZZELLA | May 18, 2008
Sometimes a pillar is just a pillar. And sometimes it's the death knell for a municipal slogan. On the corner of Lombard and Central, at one end of Baltimore's Corned Beef Row, Martin O'Malley's black-and-white BELIEVE motto has gone out in a blaze of beige. There are two big pillars at that intersection, put up years ago to create a gateway to a district then teeming with Jewish delis, butchers and bakeries. One, standing on the Lenny's Deli parking lot, says - surprise, surprise - "Lenny's Deli."
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By Kathy Hudson | July 10, 2011
About a month ago, I said I was finished planting annuals for the season. Wrong.  I just planted six more on Sunday morning.   I think seeing Monet’s garden at Giverny made me long for more color in our garden, when I returned from Paris 10 days ago. First, some straightening up and weeding had to happen. And some pruning. I bought some big pink begonias on sale at Green Fields Saturday morning, after my husband and I had spent two hours pruning an aucuba bush that had become a giant.
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By Joan Mellen and Joan Mellen,Special to The Sun | June 18, 1995
"The City And The Pillar and Seven Early Stories," by Gore Vidal. 336 pages. New York: Random House. $24When "The City And The Pillar" was first published in 1948, it was called "obscene." The New York Times refused to advertise it. What was reasonably certain to be the brilliant political career of its 20-year-old author, Gore Vidal, came to an end, to his senator grandfather's sorrow. In a new preface to this novel, which has been in print for 50 years, Mr. Vidal explains: "in certain notorious lives there is sometimes an abrupt moment of choice."
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By Algerina Perna and Algerina Perna,Sun Photographer | October 14, 2007
At 7:30 last Sunday morning, the 10-story Mercy Medical Center parking garage that filled nearly a block at the northwest corner of Calvert and Pleasant Streets in downtown Baltimore vanished behind great billowing clouds of ivory dust to the accompaniment of a jarring series of percussive blasts. A few minutes later, when the air had cleared, the garage was gone, reduced to a massive heap of broken concrete, twisted steel and mangled wire destined to be cleared to make way for construction of a new hospital building.
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