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March 16, 2014
Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance has demonstrated, again, why having a superintendent with virtually no teaching experience a bad idea. His endorsement and the school board's approval of a $205 million initiative to provide a laptop for every teacher and every student in Baltimore County may be one of the most ill-conceived and poorly thought out publicity efforts in recent memory ( "Baltimore County school board OKs $205 million technology contract," March 11). In the years I was a Baltimore County teacher, I cannot recall one year when every text book handed out in August came back in June.
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NEWS
September 14, 2014
In the matter of Ray Rice, it seems like every spokesperson for the Ravens organization has lost their ability to think logically and analytically about what just happened. Let's look at a few simple facts: First, the release of the elevator video did not make things worse than they were. Second, the judicial system in New Jersey took carefully considered measures against Mr. Rice long ago and, third, the punishment then meted out by the NFL and the Ravens far exceeds the NFL's own standard for a first offense.
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NEWS
February 9, 2014
I am not a smoker, but CVS's decision to stop selling cigarettes is laughable ( "CVS goes smoke free," Feb. 5). The company has obviously done this for the publicity so it can stand out while not caring one iota about consumers' health. If they care so much about consumers' health, why not get rid of the candy, chips, alcohol products and soda pop as well? Maybe they forgot that their tobacco products are drawing customers into the store to make other purchases - such as candy, cosmetics and prescription medication - as well as visit their walk-in "clinics" (as a physician, I object to the irresponsible use of that term)
NEWS
March 16, 2014
Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance has demonstrated, again, why having a superintendent with virtually no teaching experience a bad idea. His endorsement and the school board's approval of a $205 million initiative to provide a laptop for every teacher and every student in Baltimore County may be one of the most ill-conceived and poorly thought out publicity efforts in recent memory ( "Baltimore County school board OKs $205 million technology contract," March 11). In the years I was a Baltimore County teacher, I cannot recall one year when every text book handed out in August came back in June.
FEATURES
By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,SUN ART CRITIC | December 18, 2001
In the art world as everywhere else, there's no such thing as a bad publicity stunt, even when the story involves what must be one of the dumbest ideas ever to come down the pike. Consider the recent collaboration between the Contemporary Museum and the Walters Art Museum on a piece designed to celebrate the grand reopening of the Walters' 1974 building. The museums commissioned Dennis Adams, a professor of art and architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to create a piece called Facing Museums, which consisted of a few hundred bright orange climbing grips temporarily attached to the Walters' Cathedral Street facade.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | October 9, 1997
Nearly two-thirds of the 35 Baltimore police officers who were suspended last month because they faced misconduct charges have been given back their badges and guns and returned to active duty.The 22 officers still face disciplinary hearings or remain under internal investigation on charges they used excessive force on the job or assaulted their wives or girlfriends.But top police commanders have decided their alleged infractions are not serious enough to bar them from street patrol until their hearings.
FEATURES
By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | September 9, 2000
When magician Dean Turner asked his assistant to start publicizing their act several months ago, he thought she would send ads to newspapers and magazines near their Columbia home. But Marthe Wright had other ideas. Wright, who also dates Turner, had long grown weary of seeing him wear raggedy jeans, scruffy T-shirts and cowboy boots almost everywhere he went. So she wrote to E! Entertainment's weekday show "Fashion Emergency," saying they resembled "circus people" sometimes and pleading with producers to work some magic on the couple and give them a makeover.
NEWS
By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | February 22, 1997
Riddick Bowe's lifelong dream of being a U.S. Marine lasted all of 11 days before he tossed in the towel.The former heavyweight boxing champion was granted permission yesterday to be released from boot camp in Parris Island, S.C.There was a time when Bowe, 29, was considered the world's toughest man. But he apparently found it too difficult to adjust to the rigors of military life after years of experiencing the adulation, luxuries and sweet life of a...
NEWS
October 9, 2003
Fred Tuttle, 84, a retired dairy farmer who became a movie star and 1998 Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, died Saturday in Montpelier, Vt. He had experienced heart trouble in recent years, according to his wife. After the movie A Man with a Plan aired in 1996, Mr. Tuttle became a Vermont icon. In the film, a political spoof, Mr. Tuttle runs successfully for Congress with slogans such as, "I've spent my whole life in the barn, now I just want to spend a little time in the House."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | April 15, 2011
A night after riffing on President Obama's budget plan, Jimmy Kimmel took on the easiest and most conceited target out there: The Donald, himself.  Kimmel's take: Trump isn't actually running for the presidency. It's all a publicity stunt and we're all unwitting passengers along for the ride. But he also took on some of the stupider things Trump has said.  "Trump said in a radio interview he has a good relationship with, and this is a quote, the blacks," Kimmel joked. "Well, not any more.
FEATURES
By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
The Republican lobbyist who was seemingly grandstanding all week about introducing legislation to ban out players from the NFL has released the text of the proposed bill. "The American Decency Act of 2014" - which has, let's be clear, almost zero chance of becoming law - would make it illegal for "self-declared homosexual football players" to be employed by NFL teams. Unless teams provide "separate and distinct" facilities for gay athletes. So good news, closeted wide receivers and bisexual linemen: You can keep on, keeping on. Sorry, Michael Sam. Despite lobbyist Jack Burkman's insistence he means business , it's tough (though not impossible)
NEWS
February 13, 2014
I am responding to John Starr's letter, "CVS halt of tobacco sales is a publicity stunt" (Feb 8). Like Dr. Starr, I wondered if CVS' next step would be to take all unhealthy snacks off their shelves as well. Small steps, Dr. Starr. In 1985, there were cigarette machines in my workplace; by 1990, they were gone, and smoking was banned in the building. Over the years, I have seen a definite decline in the number of smokers among my own family members and co-workers. Many of them quit smoking, and good for them.
NEWS
February 9, 2014
I am not a smoker, but CVS's decision to stop selling cigarettes is laughable ( "CVS goes smoke free," Feb. 5). The company has obviously done this for the publicity so it can stand out while not caring one iota about consumers' health. If they care so much about consumers' health, why not get rid of the candy, chips, alcohol products and soda pop as well? Maybe they forgot that their tobacco products are drawing customers into the store to make other purchases - such as candy, cosmetics and prescription medication - as well as visit their walk-in "clinics" (as a physician, I object to the irresponsible use of that term)
NEWS
December 4, 2013
I have been following the Horizon Foundation's HoCo Unsweetened initiative since its inception. As a parent and teacher, I see daily evidence of how sugary drinks affect children and adults. I have serious reservations about high fructose corn syrup, a staple in these highly advertised beverages. I applaud the Horizon Foundation's willingness to stand up to "Big Soda" and champion our kids. All summer long, I have been following HoCo Unsweetened through social media as they dispatched road teams to many outdoor venues to educate parents and children about better beverages.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2012
Christopher C. Hartman, known as Baltimore's P.T. Barnum when he staged flamboyant media events as press spokesman for Mayor William Donald Schaefer, died of heart failure Thursday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 67 and lived in Cockeysville. A founder and first chairman of the 1970 Baltimore City Fair, he was recalled as a promoter of city neighborhoods, sports teams and businesses. His best-known stunt was dressing the mayor in an old-style swimming suit and posing him in a pool with a rubber duck alongside a comely mermaid outside the National Aquarium in 1981.
NEWS
January 17, 2012
Yesterday, winter arrived in Baltimore, with the sun shining and temperatures in the middle sixties. I really should have gone outside to rake up the remaining oak leaves from our neighbor's trees and do something about all those damned Higgs bosons, but I had holiday preparations to do. And today dawns Festivus. The aluminum pole is up in the living room. I am putting off the Feats of Strength, because later I will go to the paragraph factory to sit as the supervising editor on the news desk and shepherd through (and do a goodly amount of primary copy editing on)
NEWS
February 13, 2014
I am responding to John Starr's letter, "CVS halt of tobacco sales is a publicity stunt" (Feb 8). Like Dr. Starr, I wondered if CVS' next step would be to take all unhealthy snacks off their shelves as well. Small steps, Dr. Starr. In 1985, there were cigarette machines in my workplace; by 1990, they were gone, and smoking was banned in the building. Over the years, I have seen a definite decline in the number of smokers among my own family members and co-workers. Many of them quit smoking, and good for them.
NEWS
December 4, 2013
I have been following the Horizon Foundation's HoCo Unsweetened initiative since its inception. As a parent and teacher, I see daily evidence of how sugary drinks affect children and adults. I have serious reservations about high fructose corn syrup, a staple in these highly advertised beverages. I applaud the Horizon Foundation's willingness to stand up to "Big Soda" and champion our kids. All summer long, I have been following HoCo Unsweetened through social media as they dispatched road teams to many outdoor venues to educate parents and children about better beverages.
SPORTS
By Jeff Shain, Tribune newspapers | April 28, 2011
John Smoltz understands the stigma he's facing when he tees it up on the Nationwide Tour this week. Hall of Fame talent in other sports often doesn't mean a whit on the golf course — sometimes glaringly so. Then again, the onetime Atlanta Braves ace brings more fairway cred to the South Georgia Classic than past athlete-turned-sponsor-exemptions. Just ask Tiger Woods . "Smoltzy? I had not played with an amateur that had shot the scores he shot," Woods said recently.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | April 15, 2011
A night after riffing on President Obama's budget plan, Jimmy Kimmel took on the easiest and most conceited target out there: The Donald, himself.  Kimmel's take: Trump isn't actually running for the presidency. It's all a publicity stunt and we're all unwitting passengers along for the ride. But he also took on some of the stupider things Trump has said.  "Trump said in a radio interview he has a good relationship with, and this is a quote, the blacks," Kimmel joked. "Well, not any more.
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