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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF | January 31, 2004
Maria Cristina Gutierrez, a criminal defense lawyer known in Maryland's legal community for her passionate and pugnacious style, died of a heart attack yesterday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. The 52-year-old woman's ailment was exacerbated by multiple sclerosis. Throughout the 1990s, Ms. Gutierrez argued cases with a tenacity that earned the respect of her peers. Upon graduating from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1980, she began her career as an assistant public defender in Baltimore.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | October 12, 2014
"[O]ne man appears to be a more eligible dispenser of the mercy of government, than a body of men. " - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 74 Every politician wants a legacy - an issue or institution that evolves far beyond the official's time in public office. Sometimes, unexpected events intervene and the intended legacy items do not go according to plan. My experience is a good example of such an unplanned legacy. Some of you will recall our administration's steadfast support for charter schools - public schools that enjoy a greater degree of autonomy than the standard public school.
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Letter to The Aegis | June 28, 2012
Editor: My heart just broke when I read the letter from Barbara Meadows about the total lack of respect that was shown to her family during the funeral procession for her father. As I was reading the letter, I was reminded of my fathers' funeral procession in 2003. As the procession made its way the 12 miles from the funeral home to his burial in my hometown, Fancy Farm, Kentucky, vehicles pulled off onto the shoulder of the road going in both directions on the two lane highway and some men even got out of their vehicles, took off their hats and put their hands over their hearts.
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By Jonathan Zimmerman | October 6, 2014
For the past 30 years, I've been urging my students to put themselves in the shoes of people who lived in the past. So why do we make fun of Americans who do that as a hobby? I'm talking about military re-enactors like Eric Frein, the 31-year-old man suspected of killing a police officer and wounding another at a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania last month. A few weeks into the manhunt for Mr. Frein, news organizations reported that he played a Serbian soldier - "Istocni Vuk," he called himself - in a unit that re-creates Eastern European armies from the Cold War era. Mr. Frein studied Serbian and Russian languages and even smoked Serbian cigarettes, as investigators discovered when they searched his home.
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March 8, 2012
As I entered the Mars grocery store parking lot in Aberdeen, I observed a gentleman having a very difficult time managing the flag because of the wind and the size of the flag. He was attempting to raise the flag. As a Veteran of Desert Storm and Patriot, I was disconcerted as I saw the flag touch the ground on three different occasions. I went to the customer service desk and requested to speak to a manager. I was so angry and almost in tears as I relayed the situation to him. I explained to the manager that there should have been two people raising the flag because of the wind.
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September 5, 2011
If not for the tone of the answer from Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, I would not have taken time to write. However, during a recent interview on WBAL radio, Mr. Kamenetz was questioned about his conversation with Constellation Energy Group Chief Executive OfficerMayo Shattuck. He was asked by the interviewer, "What did Mr. Shattuck tell you?" Mr. Kamenetz responded, "It's not what he told me, it is what I told him. " So now we have another elected official trying to call the shots for restoring electrical service.
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July 30, 2013
I am writing in response to a letter published by reader Ingrid Krause ( "Pregnancy centers should not hide agenda," July 29). Ms. Krause's letter illustrates the disturbing nature of the crisis pregnancy center sign legislation - the assumption that all pregnancy centers that do not offer abortion services must have the nefarious purpose of derailing an individual's choice to seek an abortion. Indeed, this assumption is so deep that it is not enough for a woman who enters a clinic to be verbally informed that she will not receive an abortion there.
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May 3, 2012
It looks like even The Sun has caught the Orioles malaise. When the Ravens win, they make the front page. When the Orioles win, they're only covered at the bottom of the Sports page, under the bold headlines about the latest Ravens draft acquisition. This is a team that shows a lot of promise, and it is baseball season. Come on guys, show a little respect! Jim Apgar
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August 23, 2010
I read about state Sen. Andy Harris' decision to oppose the construction of the mosque in New York. Mr. Harris is simply siding with the American public, who seem to have been silenced recently on issues such as this and the Arizona immigration law. This country lacks leadership; the president continually takes positions that are the opposite of the citizens of the United States and expects us to follow suit. The Muslims do have the right to build the mosque. However, in defense of the families who lost their loved ones on 9/11, is it really a good idea to place a mosque, a religious space in which many of the terrorists held meetings before that horrible morning in 2001, so close to that graveyard?
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February 7, 2013
I am not a big football fan and certainly not a Baltimore Ravens fan, but I did notice, during both playoff and Super Bowl performances, how Ray Lewis would have his hand over his heart and sing along with the national anthem. He was also, unashamedly, crying. From reading, I understand Mr. Lewis is deeply religious. I can't help but think that Mr. Lewis is very thankful that he was born and raised in the greatest country in the world, was able to attend free public schools, and excel at his chosen line of work!
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Rolando Sanz did a highly important job at Thursday's Orioles playoff opener. That job just didn't involve staying for the whole game. Sanz, an operatic tenor born and raised in Rockville, belted out a raucously well-received national anthem at 5:30 p.m. Later, he dashed to Mount Vernon, where the curtain raised at 8 p.m. for his performance of "Amleto" with the Baltimore Concert Opera. "I've got enough cushion to catch a couple innings," Sanz said before ducking into a back room at Camden Yards to warm up with scales.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Peter Ginsberg, the attorney for ex-Ravens running back Ray Rice, praised former U.S. District Court Judge Barbara S. Jones, the hearing officer for Rice's appeal of an indefinite NFL suspension. Jones was appointed Thursday by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in consultation with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith to hear the appeal of Rice. Rice's two-game suspension was increased to an indefinite ban on Sept. 8 after a video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
When Gary Coleman Jr. learned that his uncle, Marvin Matthews, had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Aug. 17, Coleman thought he would have to keep up the former Dunbar and Morgan State wrestler's spirits. He quickly found out that wasn't going to be the case. "When I saw him, he said, 'I'm not going to let it beat me,'" Coleman recalled Monday of Matthews, who was a Maryland Scholastic Association champion at 105 pounds in 1972 and 112 pounds in 1973. "He was a fighter.
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September 22, 2014
Roy Valiant is totally correct about the anthem being disrespected by Orioles fans ( "Stop desecrating the anthem," Sept. 18). But I would like to go a step further. At many sporting events, unfortunately, it seems, most often at NASCAR events but others as well, the performer changes the anthem to "make it their own. " This works well on "American Idol" where the contestants are encouraged to do so. But not with "The Star Spangled Banner. " That should be left alone. "Free" and "brave" are one syllable words.
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September 20, 2014
Congratulations to letter writer Roy Valiant for saying what a lot of us think. Our National Anthem should be treated with respect, not just to honor a song, a flag and our country but also to honor all those who have given their lives protecting this country ( "Now that Baltimore has celebrated the National Anthem, perhaps we can stop desecrating it at Orioles games," Sept. 18). It is unbelievable that people can be so callous and show so much disrespect by yelling out "O!" during the playing of the anthem.
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September 15, 2014
I have been watching Orioles baseball since the 1950s, and I have seen many great players come through town. Derek Jeter is one of those players I have enjoyed watching. He has played great baseball with skill and class. He deserves a standing ovation as he goes out the door. It's too bad that Greg Abel can't show the same class and show some respect for one of the greats of the game ( "Good riddance, Jeter," Sept. 11). Braxton Andrews - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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July 20, 2011
Buzz won't last long Grahame L. Jones Los Angeles Times Consider the koi, a suitable comparison because Japan won the Women's World Cup. It now and then rises to the surface for a gulp of air, then sinks again into the depths. So it is with women's soccer every four years. The buzz of Germany 2011 will not be felt again until Canada 2015. By then, Women's Professional Soccer might have joined the dodo and WUSA, the previous attempt to make women's soccer fly in the U.S. So is there more respect than four weeks ago?
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June 12, 2014
My opinion of Manny Machado has diminished ( "Orioles third baseman Manny Machado apologizes for bat-throwing incident," June 9). I suggest he arrange a meeting with Cal Ripken to learn how the game of baseball is played, not fought, and begin to win back the respect rather than the disdain of other players. Virginia Bennett, Towson - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
CHICAGO-- Nick Markakis' catch to rob a home run in Monday's 8-2 win over the Chicago White Sox received some national attention. While Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Markakis deserves that recognition, the right fielder often shuns it. Not only did Markakis rob Conor Gillaspie of a potential two-run homer Monday, but he also had a three-hit game, including a two-run home run and a pair of hits off tough left-hander Chris Sale. Markakis entered Tuesday with a 10-game hit streak and was hitting .415/.493/.615 in the month of August.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
The Rev. Harry L. Hoffman III, a retired Episcopal rector who had been associated with churches in Maryland, Virginia and Wyoming, and was an ardent conservationist and outdoorsman, died Aug. 1 of complications from Parkinson's disease at the Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville. He was 87. "Harry was much loved by a great number of people," said the Rt. Rev. John L. Raab, retired bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, who is currently serving as bishop in residence at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City.
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