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March 12, 2012
That Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blakewould respond to a letter from constituent Jada Pinkett Smith expressing concern about the welfare of circus elephants with a complaint that the actress had not returned the mayor's earlier calls, demonstrates an upside down understanding of public service ("SRB miffed that Pinkett Smith hasn't returned city's calls," March 8). The mayor works for Ms. Pinkett Smith and the rest of us, not vice versa. When a citizen calls the police for help, the 911 operator doesn't respond, "What have you done for us lately?"
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By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
The long diagonal run from St. Paul's senior Nate Hall started before midfield and didn't end until he got past the 18-yard mark. Most times, such an effort would finish with a goal from the All-Metro striker, but circumstances were much different this time: The Crusaders had been caught flat-footed against McDonogh earlier this season, and the No. 1 Eagles were set to cash in on a quick counter. Hall sprinted back to the defensive third to disrupt that plan. Supplying offense is Hall's primary role for No. 5 St. Paul's (7-2-1)
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NEWS
May 13, 2013
I was happy to see Steve Kilar's article on the BNote ("Baltimore's local currency, the BNote, is 2 years old," May 7). Baltimore has been an increasingly exciting place to live over the last few years for those familiar with recent grassroots projects like the BNote and other programs sponsored by the nonprofit Fusion Partnerships. Without waiting for government, citizens are organizing and embracing innovative and inspirational community approaches to contemporary challenges, and this leads to a new sense of what is possible here.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The summer may have ended, but pride season in Baltimore has not. The city's annual Baltimore Black Pride events kick off next week, including nights out on the town, parties for youth and cultural events. The week culminates on Sunday, Oct. 12 with a Fall Festival at Club Bunns on W. Lexington Avenue at 4 p.m. This year's events are the first to be thrown by The Center for Black Equity - Baltimore, the new name taken up this year by Baltimore Black Pride, Inc. The change brings the organization, which has been working in Baltimore for more than a decade, under the umbrella of the national Center for Black Equity.
NEWS
September 10, 2011
With all of the attention being given to the new uniforms of the University of Maryland football team, has anyone considered the fact that Maryland's state flag is the only one in the country based on the coat of arms of a state's founding families? The black and gold represents the Calverts, while the red and white represents the Crossland family. Leonard Calvert married Alicia Crossland. As the grandmother of two Calvert descendants, I know they are proud of their heritage, and there are many Calverts in Maryland who might also be dismayed by the criticism of the team's uniform.
NEWS
June 15, 2013
The problem in the city regarding trash is the city residents themselves ("A better bag tax," June 12). I drive the Fulton/Monroe corridor every day, and if there's a pile of trash accumulating on the street, every day it just gets larger. Car occupants dump their ashtray or will drop a McDonald's bag out the car window onto the street. What's lacking in a city is not a bag tax, its pride in your city. R.J. Stryjewski, Baltimore
NEWS
March 14, 2011
I am responding to a letter to the editor("Social Security employees deserve a pay cut or two. " March 9). I have been employed by the Social Security Administration for the past several years. Prior to that, I spent over 15 years in private industry. In both sectors I have witnessed employees who do not do their fair share of work. However, the vast majority of individuals at SSA are hard working folks who take pride in their role of public servants and know that the work they do helps make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.
NEWS
September 22, 2014
Born and raised here, a true "Son of Baltimore," I have witnessed the evolution and controversy of the "O!" sung during "The Star-Spangled Banner" since its origins in the cheap seats of Memorial Stadium some 30-plus years ago ( "Stop desecrating the anthem," Sept. 18). To those who accuse us of disrespect and desecration, I have the following to say. My family, like many, came to the docks of Locust Point poor and hopeful and never left - the immigrant working-class backbone of a young country.
EXPLORE
January 7, 2012
Baltimore County government this week unveiled a little hometown pride - and its sports preference - when it turned Towson's Historic Courthouse signature dome purple on Friday, Jan. 6. County officials said the gesture is meant to support the Baltimore Ravens march to this year's Super Bowl, and also make it clear that the county considers the Ravens its team because of the franchise's headquarters in the county. "We are very proud that the Ravens corporate headquarters are located in Owings Mills," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in a press release about the courthouse tribute.  "While we are delighted to share 'our' team with the entire region, we take special pride in knowing that the Ravens call Baltimore County home.
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2012
Twenty-six years ago this month, Roma Foti's daughter, 23-year-old Nina Schack, was one of four crew members who lost their lives when the Pride of Baltimore, a replica of a 19th century sailing vessel, sank in a sudden storm in the Bermuda Triangle. Foti has always found comfort, she says, knowing that a memorial to the lost stood in Rash Field on the Inner Harbor. That's why she felt so let down last fall when she visited the site and saw it was in disrepair. Two panels bearing the names of the dead were four inches out of alignment, a corner was chipped off the facing, and two large cracks bisected a granite base nearby.
NEWS
September 28, 2014
In response to the letter from Susan Garber of Laurel ( "Self-serving self promotion in Howard County," Sept. 24), the new banners installed along county roads were created in the spirit of civic pride, not tourism, and were inspired by a local business man who is passionate about his community. Over the years, Howard County has accumulated many accolades and awards. Often, the citizens and businesses that call Howard County home affirm that the very reasons they choose Howard County are its top schools, top libraries, top parks and family-friendly quality of life.
NEWS
September 22, 2014
Born and raised here, a true "Son of Baltimore," I have witnessed the evolution and controversy of the "O!" sung during "The Star-Spangled Banner" since its origins in the cheap seats of Memorial Stadium some 30-plus years ago ( "Stop desecrating the anthem," Sept. 18). To those who accuse us of disrespect and desecration, I have the following to say. My family, like many, came to the docks of Locust Point poor and hopeful and never left - the immigrant working-class backbone of a young country.
NEWS
September 14, 2014
Whether "Baltimore - Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner" is destined to become the city's official motto, as the City Council recently endorsed, is less important than a troubling bit of information that arose during the council's debate over the matter. Polls suggest only about one in five people living in Baltimore know of the city's link to the national anthem and even fewer are aware of it outside this state. This weekend's festivities may change that - although probably modestly so given that the PBS' Great Performances series doesn't exactly have the ratings of a "reality" TV show, let alone a major sporting event.
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2014
Organizers of Baltimore Pride, which occurred last month in a new location for the first time in years, will host a town hall meeting to hear feedback on the changes from members of the public. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 23 in the Mason Lord Room of the Waxter Center, home of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore, which organizes and hosts Pride each year. Kelly Neel, the group's interim executive director, said in an email that the goal of the meeting is "to explain the process behind facilitating a major Pride event and its challenges, and to hear feedback from the community about what worked this time around and what didn't.
SPORTS
By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
When Kathy Zerrlaut arrived at UMBC in 1973, the women's teams didn't play in the brand new UMBC Fieldhouse, now RAC Arena, and UMBC didn't even have a stadium. The new coach's volleyball team played in the old gym, and her lacrosse team played on a field in front of the library. As Zerrlaut prepares to retire at the end of this month after 41 years as a coach and administrator at UMBC, including 24 as senior women's administrator, she has been a champion both for women's sports and for Retrievers athletics as a whole, playing a key role in the program's development.
FEATURES
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
Baltimore Pride kicked off Saturday at a new location and with new drinking rules leaving some longtime revelers like Damian Hatchett feeling a little nostalgic for the old days when he said the event was much livelier. The state's largest annual celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community moved this year from the heart of Mount Vernon farther north to the Mid-Town Belvedere neighborhood, which many people associate with Artscape. Alcohol consumption was confined to two "beer gardens" blocked off by fences.
NEWS
By Pat Montley | May 23, 2013
There were giants in those days. And some of them were only five feet tall. With her wide serge sleeves rolled brazenly beyond her elbows and a shiny baton in each hand, she stood at the edge of the St. Bernardine's School stage in West Baltimore in the spring of 1950, and - indifferent to our rehearsal fatigue - narrowed her eyes under the starched white headband and challenged us for the umpteenth time: "Again!" Once more we twirled our batons in sync three times, then threw them in the air and … up, up … down, down … thump, thump, thump, thump.
NEWS
February 9, 2006
On Friday, February 3, 2006, RALPH Mc KERNEY, JR., departed this life. Beloved and devoted husband of Priscilla Pride, loving son of Earline Pride and the late Ralph Pride, Sr., adored brother of Jennifer Stockton and the late Vicki Lynn Jackson. Services where held on Wednesday February 8, 2006 in Baltimore, MD.
FEATURES
By Meredith Cohn | June 13, 2014
Among the participants in this year's Baltimore Pride Parade will be Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur and Ken Ulman , who is gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's running mate. The politicians say they have embraced the local LGBT community, with Rawlings-Blake performing the first gay marriage in Baltimore City in 2013 and conducting the first mass gay wedding in Druid Hill Park later that year. Mizeur would be the first female and openly gay governor in Maryland if elected.
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, when nobody knew what HIV was or how it was spread, few people in Baltimore were willing to go out of their way to help those dying of the disease. Tom Patrick was one of the willing -- still is, in fact -- and will be honored for that commitment this weekend, as grand marshal of the Baltimore Pride parade. "It's going to be a hoot," said Patrick, 65, who for the last 24 years has worked to deliver free meals and other services to the sick and dying of Baltimore with the nonprofit Moveable Feast . The group is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and Patrick -- its longtime volunteer manager -- is about to retire, said Ted Blankenship, the group's development director.
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