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April 16, 2010
I will be assiduously praying for my Orioles to turn their recent fate around while they are off on their current road trip. There are many reasons why: They are our hometown team, we know they have talent, and they have their leader back in Miguel Tejada. Most importantly, though, is that I do not want to see the anonymous "bags" over fans' heads as optional clothing accoutrements when they return to Camden Yards. Patrick R. Lynch, Baltimore
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NEWS
May 16, 2014
I'm a firm believer that no government body should engage in public prayer ( "Carroll commissioners resume practice of sectarian prayer," May 13). A moment of silence for personal reflection is appropriate; invoking a deity is not. If city, county, state or federal officials feel the overwhelming need to publicly pray, there is a better way to do it, and that is to follow the example set by Richard Monterrey, jockey and youth minister. "Lord, take care of all those here who are risking their lives today - jockeys and gallop boys, the gate crews and trainers...
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2012
Note: The music video above contains explicit language. Although it dropped in September, this loose track from Baltimore rapper Al Great recently got the video treatment, and it excels without much flash. "Pray I Make It" finds Al rapping in a stairwell without bodacious vixens, blinding jewelry (he brags about his Nixon watch) or any other accents. It's a fitting look for a no-nonsense rapper who spends the song decrying phonies, lamenting locked-up friends, showing respect to Baltimore rappers (Mullyman for getting on MTV and frequent collaborator Greenspan)
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
A divided U.S. Supreme Court upheld Monday the right of local governments to offer sectarian prayers at public meetings, a decision that clears the way for the Carroll County board of commissioners to restore their Christian observances. In a 5-4 decision, the high court held that the town of Greece in upstate New York did not violate the Constitution's ban on government endorsement of religion when the town board offered prayers before its monthly meetings - even though the prayers often invoked the name of Jesus and focused on other inherently Christian themes.
NEWS
March 24, 1991
Private services will take place tomorrow for Marilyn M. Pray, retired director of program planning and economic development for Prince George's County.Mrs. Pray, of Carney, died yesterday morning at Good Samaritan Hospital after an apparent heart attack. She was 65.A native of Iowa, the former Marilyn Madden moved to Burbank, Calif., as a child. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at Berkeley in 1956 and obtained a master's degree in city and regional planning in 1958 from the same institution.
NEWS
By Tom Bisset | June 22, 1995
I AM SITTING in church looking at the minister, but I am not listening. My mind has temporarily surrendered its spiritual responsibilities; I muse on the subject of verbal violence in our land.Liberal or conservative, small town or big city, powerless or powerful, we are after one another in a rhetorical war that is unprecedented in American history. Kindness and gentleness are absent. Tolerance is unknown.I ponder the role of the evangelical church in all of this. We meet weekly for worship as members of a local body of believers.
NEWS
By Holly Selby Rafael Alvarez of The Sun's Metropolitan staff contributed to this article | February 25, 1991
On the morning after the ground war began, the Rev. Edwin Ankeny stood before an altar adorned in purple, the symbol of Lent, and yellow, the symbol of support for American troops, and asked his congregation to pray "for our people and our troops as well as those on the other side."Then he asked, "If I pray for God to be on our side, what about all those others? If I pray for God to be on their side, what about us? If I pray for God to be on all our sides then such confusion ensues."Those questions were echoed yesterday in churches throughout the city as church leaders called upon members of their congregations not only to pray for peace and for guidance in a complex and emotional time, but also to consider the ramifications and paradoxes of war."
NEWS
By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF | September 29, 1997
The members of the Rev. John Layton's country parish near Shelltown are mostly retirees who, unlike the area's watermen, fish merchants and chicken farmers, have been little affected by the problem of Pfiesteria piscicida.It is a hard-to-miss problem, nevertheless.Just down the road is the Fred Maddox family seafood business, which sounded the first alarms that something in the Pocomoke River seemed to be harming people and fish. Television news trucks and a stream of scientists and public health officers pass tiny Rehoboth Baptist Church on their way to the site where thousands of fish have died.
NEWS
By Sun Staff Writer | September 19, 1994
Baltimore Archbishop William H. Keeler asked a gathering of area Catholics yesterday to pray in preparation for the visit of Pope John Paul II.The archbishop celebrated Mass at the Baltimore Arena to wrap up a three-day conference designed to prepare area Catholics for the pontiff's scheduled visit to Baltimore next month."
NEWS
By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | February 6, 1997
Every Tuesday morning, eight women -- unrelated and yet sharing a bond -- sit in the living room of Ann Hessey's North Cape Arthur home and pray.They pray for their children, their children's teachers and the rest of the staff at Severna Park and Chesapeake Bay middle schools.They are members of Moms In Touch International, a nonprofit ministry based in Poway, Calif., that links mothers who believe that prayer makes a difference."It's great knowing that other moms are praying with me," said Hessey, mother of sixth-grader Elisabeth and coordinator of the Severna Park group.
NEWS
April 14, 2014
Let me get this straight. It is perfectly fine for members of the Westboro Baptist Church to defile a funeral using foul chants and signs because it is their right to free speech, but a commissioner isn't allowed to mention Jesus in an opening prayer ( "Carroll commissioners vote to halt sectarian prayer," April 8)? Where is Robin Frazier's right to free speech? It may have made a few people uncomfortable, but what about the people attending the funeral who were grieving the loss of a young man serving his country.
FEATURES
By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
I found an egg case when pruning my shrub. It has light brown "Styrofoam," like a praying mantis egg case, but it's narrow with a cross hatch down the back. Will this hatch caterpillars? In the spring, your egg mass will hatch cute baby Carolina praying mantises, our native species. (The bulkier egg masses commonly seen are from Chinese or European praying mantises.) The praying mantis is a deft predator whose strategy is to remain perfectly still until its prey - such as stink bugs - comes close and then pounce.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2013
In the shadow of the McCulloh Homes, Shirley Bush watched as a crowd of worshipers poured out of cars and buses and gathered in front of Sharp St. Memorial United Methodist Church to pray in defiance of the week's violence, and remembered her own son who was killed by gunfire in April. Her son Ralph Timmons Jr. and her 11-year-old grandson were shot when two men burst into his home in a robbery attempt, according to police. The boy is doing well, Bush said, but she struggles to find meaning in all of the recent deaths.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
Ann Bartlinski placed the Eucharist and a pearl-beaded rosary blessed by the hands of the late Pope John Paul II on the chest of her 6-year-old daughter, Teresa, who lay Tuesday in a hospital bed, her tiny body rejecting a donor's heart. Teresa remained still, connected to life support at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia while her parents, Ed and Ann Bartlinski of Catonsville, their parish priest, the Rev. Christopher J. Whatley of St. Mark Church, and the community prayed for a miracle.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2013
Cherry Hill activist Cleoda Walker says she was at home Friday evening when a divine presence told her to step outside. Lying on the sidewalk outside was 16-month-old Carter Scott, shot in the leg during what police believe was a targeted attack on his father. "The baby never moaned or groaned," Walker recalled Wednesday. "As I started to pray, the baby started smiling. I looked down, and his clothes and his Pampers were full of blood. " About 40 people, mostly residents of the Cherrydale Apartments in South Baltimore, emerged after the 7 p.m. shooting and stood around Carter, praying alongside Walker, she said.
NEWS
By Melissa Otterbein | January 22, 2013
One of my favorite views of Charm City right now is entering into the downtown area from the 395 off-ramp. Our city is painted with Ravens spirit - purple lights dancing on skyscrapers, "Go Ravens!" posters taped to city windows, and my favorite: the billboard that simply said "WOW" after the Ravens' win Sunday over the Patriots. In fact, as I sit down to write this at the Towson Public Library, a woman just pointed out that the bookshelf next to me contains an entire collection of books with purple covers, complete with a border of purple stars cut out of construction paper.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | October 26, 1993
WASHINGTON -- The Rev. Bo Hammock likes to call Psalm 109:8 "Bill Clinton's Psalm.""Let his days be few and let another take his office."Mr. Hammock, pastor of Providence Village Baptist Church in Lake Butler, Fla., is galled that President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, fellow Southern Baptists, support abortion and homosexual rights.He hoped Southern Baptists would cast out Mr. Clinton and Mr. Gore.Instead, the leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, have decided to pray that the president and vice president become stronger in their faith.
NEWS
By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | March 12, 2002
Stella N. Tsourakis, a Carroll County bus driver who lost that job after leading students in the Lord's Prayer after the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to be reinstated, claiming school officials violated her constitutional rights and those of her passengers. The parents of six students have joined the suit against county school officials, saying the bus driver and passengers should have the right to pray together. They allege their rights to freedom of speech, association, assembly and exercise of religion were violated.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2012
Gather around, little ones, we're going to talk today about Church and State. Church is where you learn about God, and State, in its schools, is where you learn about reading and writing and mathematics and science. But some people get the two confused. One of them, a man named Mr. Huckabee, is seriously confused, because he said that all those children in Connecticut got killed because the State does not make us pray at school. What's that? Why would the school make you pray?
HEALTH
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2012
Nobody believed Liu Fang, born with half a heart and abandoned in a village west of Beijing, would survive long after being adopted by a Baltimore County family. Even the Bartlinskis, deeply religious Catholics, expected the girl's lungs would fail even if her heart could be repaired. Two years later, as the 5-year-old girl awaits a cardiac transplant, her parents, a Catonsville school and the family's parish are literally praying for a miracle. She is awaiting the procedure at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
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