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By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
Emotional stories of loss and recovery choked up those who spoke from experience about being homeless and those who advocate for them at a student forum held Tuesday at Howard Community College. "Our mission is to get all of you fired up about alleviating the effects of poverty," Deepak Chadha, a volunteer with the Community Action Council of Howard County, told the gathering of 75 students. The council, a nonprofit founded in 1964, joined with three men from the Baltimore Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau to present the program.
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NEWS
November 20, 2013
It was bad enough that the Baltimore County Council created bad policy and bad precedent when it blocked construction of new affordable housing in the Rosedale community this week. What was worse was how it was done, in such transparently bad faith. This decision wasn't the result of a rational discussion about how to meet the housing needs of the county's growing population of low-income residents. Rather it was the raw expression of a universal cry among fearful homeowners: "Not in my back yard!"
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2013
Justin Tucker's proposal to his longtime girlfriend Amanda Bass had it all: a stunning view of the Inner Harbor, a performance by famous musicians and a runway flanked by scores of flickering candles. Add in shiny good looks of the Ravens kicker and the soon-to-be Mrs. Tucker, and the photos captured by team photographer Shawn Hubbard look like they could be stills from a season finale of The Bachelor. The couple was finishing dinner at Wit and Wisdom at the Four Seasons Hotel in Harbor East on Nov. 1 when Tucker slipped away, saying he needed to visit the restroom, according to The Caw blog on Ravens.com.
NEWS
Editorial from The Aegis | November 5, 2013
Hypercharged though the world of politics is, it remains a substantial honor for those of any political stripe to meet someone holding posts such as president, first lady, senator, governor or even mayor. At least in theory, we hold our elections and live with the results. The reality is while one side wins in a particular race, the opposition never goes away and within an election cycle or two, the other side will prevail. The peaceful, though more frequently rancorous, transition of civic authority from one side to the other allows our nation to progress largely without the threat of violent insurrection, at least for the past 150 years.
NEWS
November 3, 2013
If Coca-Cola really wants to prevent obesity in kids, as they say ( "Coca-Cola has taken steps to help reduce obesity," Oct. 27), they need to respect reality. The beverage giant spends two-thirds of its marketing budget inflating sales of its most sugary drinks. The reason: Advertising works. That's why they get blamed in the obesity epidemic. Coca-Cola does offer other choices - no- or low-calorie options we eagerly promote on our Better Beverage Finder (www.betterbeveragefinder.org/)
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | October 20, 2013
Yay. Yippee. Woo hoo, even. It was a nick of time rescue, like when Polly Pureheart is whisked off the railroad tracks right before the train comes barreling through, or the correct wire is snipped and the bomb timer stops counting down with just seconds left. Last week, hours before a historic default, Congress finally stopped playing chicken with the world's largest economy and ended the government shutdown. So ... hurray, right? Huzzah, right? Crisis averted, lessons learned, common sense restored.
SPORTS
By Jesse Jones, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2013
Soon after he was eliminated from "Big Break: Mexico," Chad Schulze found himself with another chance to claim the top spot on the Golf Channel's reality television show and win an exemption for a PGA Tour event. Schulze, 34, of Cockeysville, was offered the chance to participate in the 20th season of "Big Break" right after the show in Mexico concluded. This time, it would be in Puerto Rico. "It was the perfect scenario. I had nothing going on," Schulze said. Schulze's familiarity with "Big Break" allowed him to make a smooth transition between tournaments and adjust how he would approach this season.
SPORTS
October 12, 2013
Compelled to set the record straight, I'm writing in response to the article regarding the VA Office of the Inspector General review of the Emergency Department at the Baltimore VA Medical Center that cited lengthy wait times for patients ("Baltimore VA hospital faulted for lengthy emergency room stays," Sept. 27). Unfortunately, the reporter who wrote the article did not contact the VA Maryland Health Care System for a response about the OIG review or to fact-check his information.
NEWS
October 10, 2013
The GOP has thrown an ideological monkey wrench into the fiasco called the government shutdown, and some 800,000 federal employees have taken the hit ("Obama urges House to vote on ending shutdown," Oct. 8). The shutdown is costing the country a lot of lost revenue and things could get worse. The blame game is not the solution. The problem is that one side of the aisle in Congress is out of touch with reality and, with few exceptions, believes the shutdown is correct. It is not. But though one party is at fault, at this point both parties will take the blame.
NEWS
October 9, 2013
The latest out of the extreme conservative wing of the Republican party is that a failure of the U.S. government to take the steps necessary to pay all its bills on time would be no biggie. They say we could juggle things around and avoid missing any payments on the debt, which they figure is the only thing our creditors really care about. Some, such as Sen. Rand Paul, go a step further and say failure to raise the government's borrowing limit might be a blessing: "If you don't raise the debt limit," he told the New York Times, "all you're saying is, 'We're going to be balancing the budget.'" Um, no. What you're saying is that the federal government is going to start picking and choosing which bills to pay. Depending on the vagaries of cash flow, maybe today the military doesn't get paid, maybe tomorrow Social Security checks don't go out, or maybe Medicare can't cover its bills.
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