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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 20, 2009
At the Baltimore premiere of "Precious," Jacqueline Robarge, the founder of Power Inside, a support group for women in jail or at risk outside, and Adam Rosenberg, executive director of Baltimore Child Abuse Center, declared that the domestic atrocities depicted in the film occur every day - and that facing them squarely provides hope as well as release. This movie proves them right. In the end, it's cathartic and exhilarating. Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe is an emotional lodestone as Precious, an obese teenager whose life is filled with horror.
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By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2014
As a 5-year-old sitting on his great-grandmother's knee in the 1950s in Philadelphia, Marc Young listened patiently as she whispered in broken English the same two sentences she would come to repeat in a weekly ritual for years. "God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai. Ever since, the Jews are a special people to God," Grandma Rose would tell him in her thick Ukrainian accent while gently rubbing his forearm with hands gnarled by years of menial labor. "She wasn't so much stroking my arm as she was trying to grind her message into my chromosomes," recalled Young, a longtime Columbia resident who is now 62. The outcome of her wish - that her great-grandson take her place in passing along stories of Jewish history, culture and folklore - will be on display when he takes part in "Tales of Nature: An Afternoon of Professional Storytelling.
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February 6, 1998
HIGHWAY SAFETY advocates often say the toll on roadways -- equivalent to a jet crash a day -- is given short shrift compared with the more dramatic collisions in the air. There are times, however, when horrific car crashes do generate headlines and capture the public's attention.The triple fatality in Westminster amid this week's seething northeaster was such an accident. Oudom and Chanh Keosombath had fled their native, war-ravaged Laos in the 1970s, but freakish misfortune followed them to Carroll County: A teen-age daughter fell through ice while chasing a duck on a pond and drowned four years ago. Wednesday, the couple died and two grown daughters were badly injured when their car was struck by another that had hydroplaned.
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April 26, 2013
I think people should try to conserve water and not pollute it. Water is the primary resource people and animals need to live. Only about three percent of the water on Earth is fresh and there are about seven billion people. If we're not careful, the water could go down the drain. Everyone has seen pictures of oil and other pollutants in water, but I don't think they take them seriously. In the past, DDT was a pollutant that damaged the food chain. It kept working its way upward, starting with small animals, then getting to bigger ones.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | March 8, 2010
- In her most memorable line from "Precious," Mo'Nique's character plaintively asks, "Who is going to love me?" But that's a question the Baltimore County-born actress may never have to ask again, not after receiving a standing ovation for winning the best supporting actress Oscar at Sunday night's 82nd annual Academy Awards. "God bless us all," said the composed, but clearly emotional, actress, whose star turn in "Precious" has garnered widespread, critical acclaim and numerous awards.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 15, 2009
Describing how her character brutalizes her daughter in "Precious" and at one point endangers the life of her infant granddaughter, Mo'Nique says, "That was rough for me. But the moment the director says 'cut,' you leave it right on the floor." In this break-out year for the popular Baltimore County-born comedian and instant BET talk-show star, Mo'Nique's fearlessness in the movie, as well as her professional equilibrium, should make her a sought-after dramatic actress - and maybe an Academy Award nominee, along with her surprising co-stars, pop diva Mariah Carey (as a social worker)
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January 11, 2007
On January 4, 2007, ADEV COE OATES; beloved son of Veda Ragler and William Oates; precious grandson of DeVera Ragler and James Ragler, Sr.; precious great-grandson of Delia and Samuel Hall; loving nephew of James Jr., and Lyle Ragler. Visitation at THE DERRICK C. JONES FUNERAL HOME, P.A., 4611 Park Heights Avenue on Friday January 12, 1 until 7 PM. On Saturday, January 13, Adev will lie instate at Grace A.M.E. Church, 67 1/2 Winters Lane at 9:30 AM. Family will receive friends at 10:30 with funeral service to follow at 11 AM.
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January 29, 2004
"It's time to move on. I want to experience other things, I spent so long on this film, and it will always be a part of me, precious." -- Andy Serkis on playing Gollum, his creepy computerized character in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | September 3, 1998
In the changing world of politics -- increasingly dominated by highly paid consultants and their cell phones, sound bites and power neckties -- Donald Raymond Crockett is a quirky campaign constant and a splash of welcome color.For years, he has toiled for Democrats and Republicans, county executives and state legislators. And with his bright polo shirts and teal Corvette convertible, the east side volunteer is hard to miss, especially when he's pulling his skateboarding dog, Precious.But personalities such as Crockett, 52, whose political birthright traces back to the days of smoky back rooms and kingmakers, are slowly becoming anachronisms.
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October 6, 2003
Resting her paws Politicians come and go, but there is only one Precious, the bipartisan skateboarding canine who has been in more than 600 parades from Western Maryland to Ocean City. With an admitted note of regret, Precious will soon be leaving public life. Precious, a mixed cocker spaniel-Pekingese, is 18 years old, and owner Donald Crockett of Essex said she has earned the right to put up her paws on the ottoman. "She's the oldest living skateboarder in the world, when you figure dog years," Crockett said of Precious, who, while standing on a skateboard pulled by her master, has appeared among senators, governors, mayors and county executives.
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Thomas F. Schaller | April 16, 2013
Less than 24 hours ago, an apparent act of terrorism marred this year's Boston Marathon. It's too early to know many of the details about this tragic event. Late last night, officials were reporting three deaths and well over 100 injuries; soon we will have a clearer sense of how many were killed and wounded. Their families, friends and co-workers will pay tribute to and then bury their loved ones. When they are ready, some of the wounded survivors and spectators will come forward to recount the horrors they experienced.
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By Sara Toth | September 26, 2012
After tonight, we only have one night left of blind auditions left on NBC's "The Voice. " Can you believe it?! Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton have precious few spots left on their teams, and there's still so much talent to go around. Sylvia Yacoub, 19, of Michigan/Egypt, with Rihanna's "Only Girl (In the World)" Sylvia basically attacked this song, and handled it with power and mastery. She caught Christina's attention pretty quickly, and Cee Lo and Blake pushed their buttons soon after.
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March 3, 2012
Your recent editorial stated that there is little reason to require a photo ID to vote ("The phantom menace," Feb. 27). But there is another way to look at this. Two of my children have been away from home for several years, yet they still show up as active voters on the rolls at our precinct, despite my telling officials there that my children have left home. The elections judge writes this down at every election. But when that information gets back to election headquarters, anyone with access could copy those names and use them to cast ballots elsewhere during early voting.
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By Nina Beth Cardin | September 18, 2011
During a break in the action, my son's friend came into the kitchen, glass in hand, seeking some water to drink. He looked at the refrigerator door - but saw no dispenser there. He turned toward a corner where a water cooler might be, but saw no dispenser there. A bit confused, he scanned the room, glass still in hand, looking for something, anything, that resembled a spigot from which drinking water might flow. Finally, defeated, he asked me where, please, he might find some water.
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July 12, 2011
I'm sorry to disagree with Sean Parnell of the Center for Competitive Politics ("Court's campaign finance ruling a free speech victory," July 8), but I cannot see any practical democracy in the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" ruling. Elective offices are now for sale to the highest bidder, which puts the richest Americans firmly and permanently in the driver's seat. As long as this pernicious decision remains unchallenged in the legislature, the United States is and will remain plutocratic, and ordinary citizens' voices are effectively silenced by the shouts of organizations and candidates with limitless budgets for the purchase of air time.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2011
In this house of variegated Butler stone and stained pine, the eye is constantly drawn beyond each room's floor-to-ceiling windows and out among the trees and sky. The effect evokes the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and with good reason. It was designed and built in the mid-1960s by architect — and Wright protege — Robert Fryer. His wife, Dr. Adele Fryer, lived there with him from 1980 until his death in 1995. In 2000, she married William Gammon, a certified financial planner with Ameriprise.
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By Heather Dewar and Heather Dewar,SUN STAFF | May 9, 1999
With sequins and spangles, steel drums and jump ropes, Baltimore celebrated its glorious goofiness yesterday at the Preakness Parade.Let other parades enforce their rigid regulations, with flowers-only floats and lock-step lines of march. "This is Baltimore's parade," said Bill Gilmore, director of the city's Office of Promotions. "We're inclusive, not exclusive."A crowd that Gilmore estimated at 50,000 lined downtown streets for the 26th annual parade, a celebration that included just about everyone who wanted to participate.
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By Lisa Kawata | April 1, 2011
It all started with John Pacylowski's six grandkids vying for space in the hammock with Grandpa. His dilemma? How do you get half a dozen wriggling, giggling little ones to settle down on a summer afternoon? Tell them a story, of course. He started with a friendly dragon that lived in the tree above the hammock. Soon one tale became two, then three, until the impromptu story times grew into something altogether surprising - a best-selling collectible figure that captures a moment in time with his grandchildren (Sophia, Livvie, Gracie, Dylan, Nico and Jackson)
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By Frances Verter | October 20, 2010
The news about the opening of a cord blood bank at Mercy Medical Center is very exciting. I applaud all of those involved who have provided expectant parents in Baltimore with an option for donating cord blood stem cells. But our work is not done, as the important job ahead is continued education on all options for cord blood stem cells. As a scientist — but more importantly, as the mother of a child who passed away after a long search for a stem cell donor — I know the difference this can make for those suffering with life-threatening illnesses.
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