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October 22, 2013
Like the mayor, I'm no grocer, but I am nonetheless skeptical of owner Rob Santoni Jr.'s explanation of why he is closing his Highlandtown supermarket ( "Santoni's closing Highlandtown store," Oct. 13). To claim that the city's bottle tax is the sole reason for this decision raises a few questions: If beverage sales are such a big piece of the business, why didn't he grow volume in other areas, like real, healthy food, maybe even peas? Why did his family sell off the other 11 grocery stores over the last 80-some years and retain only one store, which apparently is over-dependent on a single product line (beverages)
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NEWS
October 22, 2013
Like the mayor, I'm no grocer, but I am nonetheless skeptical of owner Rob Santoni Jr.'s explanation of why he is closing his Highlandtown supermarket ( "Santoni's closing Highlandtown store," Oct. 13). To claim that the city's bottle tax is the sole reason for this decision raises a few questions: If beverage sales are such a big piece of the business, why didn't he grow volume in other areas, like real, healthy food, maybe even peas? Why did his family sell off the other 11 grocery stores over the last 80-some years and retain only one store, which apparently is over-dependent on a single product line (beverages)
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NEWS
July 15, 2013
The July 9 letter by a group of food executives attacking Maryland's sugar industry ("Farm bill must include reform to sugar subsidies") is both disingenuous and full of misinformation. Here's the full story. Food makers have poured millions into a lobbying campaign to outsource Baltimore sugar jobs to Brazil and Mexico - countries known for subsidies, poor worker rights and environmental atrocities. Unfortunately, cheap political shots have become commonplace in their quest for subsidized foreign sugar.
NEWS
July 15, 2013
The July 9 letter by a group of food executives attacking Maryland's sugar industry ("Farm bill must include reform to sugar subsidies") is both disingenuous and full of misinformation. Here's the full story. Food makers have poured millions into a lobbying campaign to outsource Baltimore sugar jobs to Brazil and Mexico - countries known for subsidies, poor worker rights and environmental atrocities. Unfortunately, cheap political shots have become commonplace in their quest for subsidized foreign sugar.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | December 3, 1992
CBS News will broadcast a special report tonight called "Malcolm X: The Real Story." Calling this show "the real story" might be the most outrageous TV claim of the year.The show itself is a superficial archival-clips-and-quickie-interview job with Dan Rather as host. As such, it probably wouldn't be worth too much attention.But the fact that it will be seen by about 20 million people tonight and that CBS is telling those viewers that they are seeing "the real story" opens the door for a look at how TV has dealt with Malcolm X over the years.
SPORTS
By RICK MAESE and RICK MAESE,rick.maese@baltsun.com | February 20, 2009
He's 75 years old, so his gait is understandably slowed. His energy and his message are not. Lenny Moore held the microphone a bit too close to his mouth as he began: "I'm very pleased I've been given the invite to come here. You need to know the real story." His words are measured, and his cadence slow and rhythmic, each pause hinting that something big might be coming next. I'm not sure there has ever been a group of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders that sat so quietly. You could've told them the Xbox factory closed, that Disney World had permanently chained its gates, that their birthdays had been canceled because of the struggling economy.
NEWS
By Gady A. Epstein and Gady A. Epstein,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | July 28, 2005
BEIJING - After a flood last month in northeast China killed more than 100 children, a Chinese reporter trying to unearth details about the tragedy ran into a familiar skepticism: Locals suspected he would never report that officials had covered up the government incompetence that led to many of the deaths. The journalist persuaded the locals to talk, and then found that they had been right to be skeptical. Even in carefully worded form, his dispatch for a government-owned newspaper was deemed too controversial.
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By CANDACE RENALLS and CANDACE RENALLS,KNIGHT RIDDER TRIBUNE | June 10, 2006
While testing homespun garden remedies, Jeff Gillman admits he was most disappointed by discovering eggshells don't deter slugs. "I really expected eggshells to be the best thing ever," said the associate professor of horticultural science at the University of Minnesota. In his book, The Truth About Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn't and Why, Gillman shares his own experiments and other research. Even after his book was published, Gillman has continued to try to stop slugs in their tracks.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | March 2, 1992
It's a wonderful life out in the 'burbs. Mom and Dad own a real estate agency, and business is booming. The two boys are in the Little League, and the Saturday afternoon game just ended. Dad has dropped everybody off and is on his way to pick up a pizza for dinner.That's when all the squad cars arrive and forcibly arrest Mom. That's when the boys find out she is a fugitive, convicted of armed robbery 10 years ago.It happened in real life that way, more or less, in Severn in 1988 in the widely publicized case of Kay Smith.
NEWS
By Paul Greenberg | February 11, 1991
IN THE TREASURE trove called the Federal Writers Project in Washington, one section is devoted to the recollections of ex-slaves who were interviewed during the 1930s. Again and again a similar story surfaces, like a myth common to the species. Here is how it appears in the words of Fanny Burdock of Valdosta, Ga., age 91 when the interview was conducted: "We been picking in the field when my brother he point to the road and then we see Marse Abe coming all dusty and on foot. We run right to the fence and had the oak bucket and the dipper.
NEWS
May 26, 2013
Coppin State University is a mess ("Tough love for Coppin," May 19)? The "mess" that Coppin confronts stems mainly from continuing vestiges of de jure segregation that it and the three other Maryland historically black colleges and universities still face. Add neglect to the mix. The University System of Maryland, the facilitator of the Special Committee Report examining Coppin, is part of a system that remains responsible for these vestiges. Nowhere will you find the term "disparities" or the phrase "comparable and competitive disparities" (compared with Maryland's traditionally white institutions)
NEWS
By Gibby Dean | October 26, 2011
As president of the Chesapeake Bay Commercial Fishermen's Association, I have become increasingly angered and frustrated by the news media normally leaving the general public with such a negative impression of the watermen community. Over the past year, there have been numerous stories involving illegal fishing activities, both in print and as specials on local TV. Unfortunately, some of the facts are true - through at times the presentation is misleading - and we as an industry are certainly not proud of them.
NEWS
By Richard E. Vatz | October 5, 2010
Monday will be the first — and perhaps the only — debate between Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. for the Maryland governor's race in 2010. The hour-long debate will be moderated by WJZ's Denise Koch. The format has been stated (incompletely) by the station and The Sun as including opening and closing remarks and discussing five to seven issues, and that questions will be solicited from viewers. We don't know exactly what the moderator's role is, or the rules for who may speak and when.
NEWS
By David Hornbeck | June 14, 2010
As a former city and state superintendent and the grandfather of four Baltimore City public school students, I feel compelled to note several important points in the wake of the cheating incident at George Washington Elementary School reported by the city and state last month. Cheating is wrong — on that we all agree. But let's not overlook the potential silver lining in such incidents. Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Andrés Alonso and state Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick denounced what happened at George Washington and let the world know that cheating will not be tolerated.
NEWS
May 5, 2010
The business section article about the "Get Motivated" seminar is worthy of a high-school newspaper but not a paper with the long and proud history of The Baltimore Sun ("'Losers make excuses. Get out there and take action,'" May 5). While it does, indeed, report superficially on the events of the day, it fails to ask the important questions: With only 10,000 people (at most) in attendance and a published ticket price of $5, how are they able to bring Zig Ziglar, Colin Powell, Sara Palin (via satellite)
SPORTS
By RICK MAESE and RICK MAESE,rick.maese@baltsun.com | February 20, 2009
He's 75 years old, so his gait is understandably slowed. His energy and his message are not. Lenny Moore held the microphone a bit too close to his mouth as he began: "I'm very pleased I've been given the invite to come here. You need to know the real story." His words are measured, and his cadence slow and rhythmic, each pause hinting that something big might be coming next. I'm not sure there has ever been a group of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders that sat so quietly. You could've told them the Xbox factory closed, that Disney World had permanently chained its gates, that their birthdays had been canceled because of the struggling economy.
FEATURES
By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 5, 2006
Is there really enough of a niche market for boots designed for transvestites and drag queens to keep an entire shoe factory afloat? That's just one of the many questions posed, but not answered, by Kinky Boots, a comedy based on the true story (we are assured) of a Northamptonshire shoe factory that averted being shut down by targeting just such a specialty market. Here's betting the real story is a bit more complicated than that. Kinky Boots (Miramax) Starring Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor.
NEWS
By MARY BETH REGAN | January 20, 2006
Fat Politics: The Real Story Behind America's Obesity Epidemic By J. Eric Oliver Oxford University Press/2005/$28 In his book Fat Politics: The Real Story Behind America's Obesity Epidemic, political scientist J. Eric Oliver takes a contrarian view of the U.S. obesity problem. He argues that doctors, bureaucrats and health statisticians have erroneously labeled obesity a disease, without proof that corpulence causes illness. This skewing of fact, he says, has led many people to tackle weight problems in unhealthful and unsafe ways.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | December 28, 2008
Where would we be without wacky, the fuel that runs the news business? Never a "d'oh" moment? Perish the thought. Isn't that right, Plaxico Burress, Rod Blagojevich and Roger Clemens? As we steel ourselves for the plunge into 2009, when we'll celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles "Survival of the Fittest" Darwin, here is a look back at some of the wacky outdoors acts of 2008, ripped from the pages of notebooks, cocktail napkins and newspapers around the country. * The year began with a story from Chaparral, N.M.: Two men trying to trace the outline of a loaded .357-caliber Magnum on their bodies as a pattern for a tattoo accidentally shot themselves, the Otero County Sheriff's Department reported.
NEWS
By JANET GILBERT | July 13, 2008
It's a great month to escape the Maryland heat at the movies. But real life can be far more entertaining than anything Hollywood screenwriters could dream up. So grab a glass of sun tea and enjoy the First Annual Janet's World Top Ten Summer Screenplay Ideas, or, as it is breezily known, FAJWTTSSI. After reading, I think you'll agree that I should definitely make an appointment with a major studio mogul and pitch these ideas immediately. In the trash, perhaps. * It's an airline industry retrospective, taking us back to the exciting days when airports were populated with smartly dressed people hefting voluminous molded plastic suitcases sans wheels.
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