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By Julia Reed | October 14, 2013
“If you can walk, you can jump,” says Danny Serpico, whose new business venture relies on the fun (and vigor) of bouncing. The 31,000-square-foot Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park -- more trampoline than flooring -- has a lineup of activities for a variety of ages. Dodgeball, basketball and a foam pit appeal to teens and tweens for special events on Friday and Saturday nights, while toddlers get their own special jump time on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. “It's a safe environment that you can bring your family and friends,” says manager Serpico, a Columbia native.
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BUSINESS
By Luke Broadwater and Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
After decades of manufacturing decline in Baltimore, city officials say they believe industry is poised to bounce back — and they want to promote a new education track in city schools to train students for the field. The Computer Numerical Control Manufacturing program, being offered this year at Carver Vocational-Technical High School, will train high school students for hard-to-fill skilled machinist jobs. Despite years of job losses, more than 12,000 people worked at more than 440 manufacturing companies last year in Baltimore.
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NEWS
August 29, 2011
Kudos to all the programs that have contributed to the reduction in infant mortality in Baltimore. ("Md. infant mortality hits record low," August 24). I would like to mention two highly effective programs: Family Support Centers and Home Visiting programs, both of which build trusting relationships within communities in order to effectively engage women in prenatal care and partner with new mothers to ensure that their infants thrive. Located in five Baltimore neighborhoods with high rates of teen parenting and poverty, Family Support Centers reach out to pregnant women and new parents, engaging them in programs/services that increase the odds for child health and well-being.
NEWS
October 5, 2014
The problem of feral cat overpopulation cannot be solved with trap, neuter and release programs ( "Cat that closed Glen Burnie school moved to animal rescue shelter," Sept. 5). Such initiatives merely repeat the irresponsible human behavior of dumping and abandonment that caused the problem in the first place. Municipalities that embrace TNR are encouraging more dumping and abandonment. Unfortunately, with approximately 80 million free-ranging cats in the U.S., no one will ever be able to sterilize enough of them to have any significant impact on cat populations.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2013
The history, current state and future of oyster production in the Chesapeake region are the subject of a four-part Sunday afternoon discussion series at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels . State of the Oyster , the first in a planned annual series of public programming initiatives called Community Conversations, is being presented by the museum in conjunction with the Maryland Humanities Council. The program is accompanied by an art exhibition featuring work by Chesapeake artist Marc Catelli and photographer Heather Davidson.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
Two top Democrats vying to become governor on Friday pitched competing proposals to curb domestic violence, telling legislators current laws do not go far enough to protect children. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, pitched three bills backed by the O'Malley administration, including one that would make it a crime to commit an act of domestic violence in front of a child. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler testified on a similar proposal that would make it a crime to commit any act of violence in front of children who are at least two-years-old.
NEWS
Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
With the federal shutdown, Maryland can only pay to feed low-income women and children for a "limited period of time," the state's budget secretary said Wednesday. The state can cover the cost of food stamps and energy programs until the end of October, the secretary said. But she is still talking with the White House and its budget office on how to pay for the federal Women, Infant and Children nutrition program that helps feed about 150,000 people in Maryland each year. "That is one program that the government has said they're not going to provide funding for," Department of Budget and Management Sec. T. Eloise Foster said at a Board of Public Works meeting.
NEWS
August 13, 2013
A failing Baltimore City Public School system, and lack of both after school programs and recreation centers will continue to increase gang recruitment unless the city acts now. It's not a coincidence that Quintin Poindexter was led behind Windsor Hill Elementary School and killed ( "Family watched, helpless, as gang took their son," Aug. 6). The Baltimore City Schools are becoming gang recruiting institutions and their playgrounds are becoming the killing fields. The city has closed down most recreation centers, and many after school programs are non-existent.
EXPLORE
March 19, 2013
The vast majority of people who participate in gun buy back programs are like me. Law abiding people who are looking to unload worthless, unsafe firearms. Criminals do not turn in their illegally obtained and illegally possessed weapons. These are nothing more than feel good programs. I turned in my worthless firearm that was unsafe to fire and received a $100 dollar bill. I used this $100 to purchase so called "high capacity" magazines that are currently in the process of being banned in this state.
SPORTS
The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2013
Several top programs from around the country will be in Baltimore this weekend for the Gilman Duals wrestling tournament. The meet, which will take place Saturday at the school, also features local teams No. 1 McDonogh and No. 4 Archbishop Spalding -- in addition to the host Greyhounds. Notable schools from out of the area in the one-day event include: Wyoming Seminary (Pa.), Germantown Academy (Pa.), St. Christopher's (Va.), St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.) and Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.)
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps plans to enter a six-week in-patient treatment program after his recent drunken-driving arrest, he and his agent said Sunday. The move should help his legal case and boost his public image as he seeks to keep a swimming comeback alive, legal and sports experts said. In statements on social media Sunday morning, Phelps told his fans that he plans to take time off to "attend a program" and focus on his personal life. "I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself," said Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history.
NEWS
October 3, 2014
A reader argues that overspending is the problem in Annapolis ( "Maryland's spending problem ," Sept. 29). This is a constant refrain, but then the inevitable question arises: Exactly what programs should be cut? Education? Then your kids will attend overcrowded classrooms. Transportation? Then roads will have more potholes and your commute will take longer. State inspectors? Then your food is more likely to be spoiled and your parents will be living in unsupervised retirement communities.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
They are as well-versed in 3-D printing, weaving and the anthropology of fashion as they are in classic looks from Chanel and Dior. Students in the Maryland Institute College of Art s fibers program approach fashion from an unusual perspective. Although the college does not offer a traditional fashion design curriculum, graduates are creating inventive garments informed by education rooted in a sensual - and intellectual - understanding of textiles. "Fashion is a cultural force that relates to how we communicate ideas, values, fears and aspirations, our sense of belonging, and our ideas around gender and class," said fibers department chair Valeska Populoh.
HEALTH
By Karen Nitkin and For The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The double mastectomy took her breasts and the cancer they contained. Elissa Bantug was just 25. She was used to a satisfying, uncomplicated sex life with her live-in boyfriend, and she craved that intimacy as she looked ahead to her post-cancer life. Three days after the surgery, "grabbing at straws and wanting to feel normal," she gave her boyfriend, AJ, the come-hither look that had always worked in the past. This time, however, he balked, afraid of hurting her.  "We had a huge fight," recalled Bantug, now 33. Though she is now married to AJ and living in Columbia with their children, finding their way back to intimacy was a struggle.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - As a disappointing season gave way to a tumultuous offseason earlier this year, Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon waited anxiously for the start of preseason practice. With an overhauled roster and a new offense, the Terps are scheduled to begin practice Friday as they get ready for their first season in the Big Ten Conference. Maryland, which finished 17-15 in its Atlantic Coast Conference farewell and failed for the fourth straight year to make the NCAA tournament, opens the 2014-15 season Nov. 14 against Wagner.
NEWS
By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
The University of Baltimore said Wednesday it will continue admitting underclassmen, rejecting a recent proposal to scrap the freshman and sophomore classes altogether and opting instead to strengthen its first-year program. Last month, the university's new president, Kurt L. Schmoke, said the school was considering discontinuing the freshman and sophomore classes and again becoming an upper-division college that enrolled only juniors and seniors. Since the first freshmen were admitted in 2007, the school's enrollment growth has waned.
NEWS
March 29, 2011
You recently carried an article describing the hardship that will be encountered by Maryland residents as a result of alcohol and gasoline tax increases and fee increases contemplated by the General Assembly ("With the state facing a $1.6 billion deficit, Marylanders are likely to feel the pinch," March 27). You failed however to discuss the much greater hardship and hazards encountered by our most vulnerable citizens as a result of budget cuts contemplated this session and enacted in recent years.
SPORTS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2012
Maryland said Friday that it is extending the fundraising timeline in its effort to try to save at least a portion of the men's track program. The men's indoor, outdoor and cross country teams were among eight teams recommended for elimination by a university commission last year due to severe budget issues. Athletic director Kevin Anderson said in November that teams would be given the opportunity to raise money — eight years worth of total costs — by June 30 to remain in existence.
NEWS
By Ivan Leshinsky | October 1, 2014
The number of young people arrested and brought to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) is down drastically over the past 10 years. Fewer juveniles are being placed in secure detention facilities, and plans for construction of a new juvenile jail in Baltimore City have been shelved, at least temporarily. Some contend that the reduction in the numbers of youth charged and detained is more about revised policing policies than anything else. We've seen the end of zero tolerance, and "youth connection centers" (YCCs)
NEWS
Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
When it comes to potential bone marrow donors, midshipmen at the Naval Academy are just the right candidates. They're a young, healthy and ethnically diverse bunch. And more than 2,000 of them have now joined a program, supported by the Pentagon, to enroll members of the military in a bone marrow donor registry. Midshipmen lined up this month to fill out paperwork and have the inside of a cheek swabbed - necessary steps to join the Salute to Life bone marrow registry, based in Rockville.
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