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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,Evening Sun Staff Marina Sarris contributed to this story | October 8, 1991
They've been unlikely allies fighting the Schaefer administration's budget cuts -- uniformed state police and an eclectic band of drug addicts and alcoholics.For a few days last week, they stood shoulder to shoulder in front of the State House in Annapolis, hoping to catch the conscience of legislators.While the troopers' plight -- layoffs, barracks closings and reduced Med-Evac helicopter service -- has caught the public's attention, many officials say the massive cuts to drug- and alcohol-treatment programs pose the greater threat to public safety.
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By Mike Bowler | July 27, 1997
VERY LITTLE has been written in a humorous vein about urban education. Perhaps that's because few authors can see anything funny amid all the pathos.So take two wonderfully humorous education novels with you when you go "down the ocean" next month. You're likely to be rereading one, a 1960s best seller. You haven't heard of the other.In 1964, Bel Kaufman was an obscure high school English teacher "struggling with poverty and loneliness," as she put it. She turned a 3 1/2 -page short story she'd written about the madness of a mythical metropolitan high school into one of the best-selling novels this side of midcentury.
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By LAURA VECSEY | July 22, 2003
FOR THOSE who think Sidney Ponson has (in four good months) morphed into the second coming of Mike Mussina, let's remember: Things could be worse in terms of contractual conundrums. The Orioles could have the fleet-footed, home run-robbing Carlos Beltran playing center field for them and not be able to sign him to a long-term contract, just like the American League Central-leading Kansas City Royals can't do. At least Ponson is not represented by baseball super-agent Scott Boras, whose main client, Alex Rodriguez, is currently in town.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,Sun foreign reporter | August 5, 2007
Lifelekoaneng, Lesotho-- --She sat staring at me, her gaze more vacant than hard. Numb, maybe. Her feet were a dirty whitish, as if caked in chalk. A breeze rushed through the broken windows of her little house, billowing the tattered curtains. Her last meal, a bowl of porridge eaten the previous afternoon, was but a memory. It was almost noon. "Are you hungry?" I asked Itumeleng Ntsane, an AIDS orphan who had just turned 13. The answer was obvious before she nodded and quietly said yes. How could this happen, I wondered.
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By From staff reports Monica Norton, Bruce Reid, Norris P. West, Meredith Schlow and Jay Merwin contributed to this story | March 6, 1991
After a few years of making strides in improving their pay, members of area teacher unions may not get pay raises this year.Even the rhetoric typically waged during spring negotiations has been somewhat muted. Baltimore's mayor and the suburban leaders have asked teachers and other employees to forgo raises, including some already negotiated, to forestall layoffs. In turn, the teacher union representatives have acknowledged a local government's plight -- in some, but not all, cases.Teachers and other local government employees also were taken aback yesterday by news of a move in the state legislature to penalize any jurisdiction that increases its workers' pay, on the theory that state workers aren't getting pay raises next year.
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June 30, 1991
The National Commission on Children has come to the unanimous conclusion that this nation is collectively guilty of child abuse.Not child abuse in the usual sense of physical or sexual assault, although that is bad enough, but child abuse through parental neglect, poverty, poor health care, homelessness, divorce, child birth out of wedlock, inadequate pre-schooling, violence-oriented entertainment and, implicitly, the diversion of resources from the youngest...
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August 30, 1994
With the final results of Mexico's Aug. 21 election now a matter of record, it is increasingly clear that the political left suffered a devastating defeat not only in the numbers but even more in expectations. Its candidate, Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, won only 16.6 percent of the large turnout vote, compared with the 30.90 percent he received in the highly tainted elections of 1988. All this in spite of a rebellion in Chiapas, the assassination of the ruling party's first candidate and what was perhaps the cleanest vote count in Mexican history.
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April 30, 1991
Americans should hardly be surprised that Germany and Japan rebuffed President Bush's personal appeal for a concerted worldwide reduction in interest rates. That's just how creditor nations habitually deal with debtor nations.Not so long ago the United States was the biggest creditor nation. Now it is the biggest debtor due to the profligacy of the Reagan era. So we had better get used to all kinds of slights from better managed countries that like tight money, not easy money.Mr. Bush has good reason to appeal for help from U.S. trading partners, especially if soft demand in foreign countries short-circuits the current rise in exports.
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By Jody K. Vilschick and Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 30, 2003
BICYCLISTS DON'T have an easy time of it on Howard County roads, usually because of impatient motorists. And now, as Joe Amato pointed out, the roads themselves are becoming problematic. "It is distressing to see the county ... putting down a tar and chip surface on many of the roads popular with bicycle riders. This creates terrible conditions for riders," he said, noting that among the roads affected are Linthicum, Greenbridge and Dorsey Mill roads. "For the weeks it takes for the loose stones to wear off, it is very dangerous.
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December 1, 2011
Homelessness among children is a serious issue in today's society. Over 2 million children are suffering from lack of food and shelter. Children are commonly born into this situation and have no control over their living arrangements. Most of these children go through life living on the streets or in homeless shelters. Health care is very limited or even nonexistent for these children. Physical, psychological, and emotional damage is very frequent in homeless cases. Also, it is common for a child to leave their home because of abuse and violence.
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