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By JACQUES KELLY | September 27, 1994
It was the long tail sticking out of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. cookbook that triggered my mental alarm bell.I didn't really want to believe that a live rat had moved into my kitchen. It was easier not to admit it.The first signs of upheaval in the kitchen appeared Friday morning. I brushed it off as something that would just go away and went to work.Couldn't it have been a frolicsome squirrel that knocked over the stack of Tupperware bowls and messed up the cereal boxes. Of course.
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By Debra Warner and Debra Warner,Orange County Register | December 26, 1990
FOUR SCIENTISTS inject a genius serum into a rat. They gather around the brown, furry creature to see the effect. Suddenly the rat quivers and falls down -- dead.They chuck the rat out in the alley and head back to the lab to start over. Moments later, the rat shakes itself off and runs away.Now that's a genius.Animal behaviorists love this story because the last laugh is on the scientists who tried to measure brain power. We tend to judge animals by how they perform for us. But is that fair?
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September 16, 1994
Charles Drake, 76, an actor who co-starred in movies with Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Humphrey Bogart and James Stewart, died Saturday in East Lyme, Conn., after a long illness.Patrick O'Neal, 66, a stage and screen actor and restaurateur, died of respiratory arrest Friday in New York. His films included "King Rat," "The Way We Were" and "The Stepford Wives."Dr. Arthur Adel, 85, professor emeritus of science and mathematics for whom Northern Arizona University's math building is named, died Tuesday in Flagstaff, Ariz.
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By Compiled from the archives of the Historical Society of Carroll County | August 10, 1997
25 years agoThe Taneytown Council took no action Monday on complaints about "nickel meters." Mayor Powell read off a sample of adverse public comment, most of them from businessmen: "They're destroying the impulse business." Prospective buyers are "driving through and won't stop." It is "driving people out of town." Commenting on these complaints, one city father commented, "People give me a pain where a pill won't reach." The council generally agreed that "this always happens when there's a change."
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By David Grimes | November 18, 1997
TIRED OF turkey? Looking for something a little different to serve up this Thanksgiving?How about a 12-pound water rat that culinary experts say tastes somewhat like a beaver, is less greasy than a 'coon but is not quite as good as possum?Hold the green bean casserole, ma, I'm comin' home!America's latest taste treat is called nutria and comes to us courtesy of the good citizens of Louisiana, who, apparently, will eat almost anything.The decision to market nutria as a food source is not due to its wonderful taste (the smell of cooking nutria has been compared to that of Sarin gas)
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By DAN RODRICKS | October 13, 1997
Joey Amalfitano reports: "Baltimore yet lives, Danny boy! I saw a man sitting on his white marble stoop on Fleet Street in Highlandtown the other day, and he was actually drinking a National Boh. And then a few minutes later, I heard a guy on the No. 10 bus talking about Davey Johnson's strategy in the 'World Serious.' I swear ta gaahd!" . . . Jackie Watts, editor of the East Baltimore Guide, passed along a news release from the Maryland Army National Guard that refers to Oldham Street as "Oldhon" Street.
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By Sherry Graham and Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 8, 1999
"WHATEVER YOU do, choose wisely and have the best intentions in mind. Be considerate of others and live life to the fullest" is the advice Joann Wheatley offered to her fellow graduates during Liberty High School's commencement exercises Sunday afternoon at Western Maryland College, where she was one of two student speakers.A series of books popular with middle school students was the inspiration for her address. "Choose Your Own Adventure" was her advice as she reflected on the choices one makes in life and the paths where those choices lead.
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By JACQUES KELLY | June 24, 2006
It was the sighting of heirloom hydrangeas that knocked me into the realization that an old-fashioned Baltimore summer has arrived. Their hot blueberry and purple blossoms, which resemble the shades of snowball flavorings, remind me of canvas awnings and summer hotels. These hydrangeas are tough city survivors. They are tucked into the areaway of some old apartment houses near my home. They seem to thrive on utter inattention and soil conditions only a little removed from a clay pit. I can never recall their not being there; there is something comforting about the annual return of these June veterans.
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By Robert Reno | November 4, 1993
WITHIN a few days, the United States has become the first nation to orbit a veterinarian, to dissect a rat in space and to spend $2 billion on a hole in the ground that is now useless.If a scientist arrived from Mars and was told these feats were part of two of the most expensive research projects ever undertaken by humans, he'd imagine Earth was inhabited by idiots. Either that or, having met with human leaders, he'd politely ask to see the planet's more intelligent species.There were, of course, intelligent arguments why the United States should not have committed $11 billion to build a superconducting supercollider, most of them having to do with the amount of socially useful science that could have been purchased by a similar expenditure in other research where such a huge portion of the investment wouldn't be eaten up by the earth-moving budget, using technologies not all that far removed from the excavating methods of ancient Rome.
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By Frank D. Roylance | January 24, 1992
Johns Hopkins Hospital is assembling a team of scientists that will work to perfect a kind of biological alchemy that has already succeeded in turning muscle tissue into bone.Experiments with manipulation of the body's own repair mechanisms suggest human beings may soon be able to generate their own skeletal replacement parts right inside their own bodies.Hip joints worn down by age or disease, facial bones damaged by accident or congenital deformity, and slow-healing fractures might all be repaired or replaced with the patient's own bone tissue, manufactured to precise specifications inside his own body.
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