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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
It was in June 2010 that I inaugurated a weekly video joke at this blog, and you have since been favored with scores of groaners. Now comes a hiatus, which may be permanent.  It has become increasingly troublesome and laborious to find jokes that possess even a remote claim to being funny and are also clean enough to be published here. Besides, Hollywood never called. So I am taking a break, without having decided whether to resurrect the weekly joke or turn to some other feature yet to be devised.
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August 22, 2014
Here's a question: Why do reporters continue to call what is happening in Ferguson, Mo., a demonstration? A demonstration is peaceful, which the daytime actions are. What is happening at night is a riot, with theft, vandalism and arson. That most certainly is not a demonstration. It is criminal behavior and should be called what it is. David Posner - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By LARRY CARSON | April 19, 2007
An 18-year-old Columbia man was indicted on murder and riot charges yesterday by a Howard County grand jury. The charges stem from a Feb. 24 melee on the football field at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City. Kevin Francis Klink, a former wrestler at Oakland Mills High School, was charged in February with killing Robert Brazell, also 18, by hitting him in the head with a baseball bat during the fight that involved dozens of youths. Police were alerted about 12:30 a.m. Brazell was taken by helicopter to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died the next day. The common-law riot charge is new, said Wayne Kirwan, a spokesman for Howard County state's attorney Timothy J. McCrone.
NEWS
August 21, 2014
As an Army officer in the late 1960s, I was trained in riot control, responding to the race riots in Washington, D.C. after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and just before my departure to Vietnam. I have a simple solution. You see the use of tear gas frequently. Did you know that you can mix with tear gas an element called DM, which is a vomiting agent? No need for bullets. No need for heavy armament. Just deploy a few canisters of a mixture of CS and DM. No one will die, but it won't be a pretty sight.
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By William F. Zorzi Jr | May 31, 1991
Damage to the Maryland Correctional Institution at Hagerstown from Saturday's 2 1/2 -hour riot in which 58 inmates and correctional officers were injured is now estimated at more than $1 million, prison officials said yesterday.Although engineers and maintenance staff were still reviewing the extent of the damage, the preliminary estimate was between $1.2 million and $1.5 million, said Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley, spokesman for the Division of Correction. Just after the riot, officials estimated the damage at only about $50,000.
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Staff Writer | July 10, 1993
Eighty inmates in two sections of the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson set fires and pelted a guard booth with debris during a 15 minute noontime riot yesterday.Correctional Officer Leonard Foy was injured when glass from the window of an elevated control booth shattered and a sliver hit his eye. He was treated and released at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.No inmates were injured, jail officials said.The prisoners set fire to trash and a shower curtain, destroyed several wall telephones and ripped down sprinkler pipes, which caused water leakage.
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By David Simon | November 20, 1991
Federal agents are monitoring the progress of a state investigation into the May 25 riot at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown but are not currently conducting their own civil rights probe, officials confirmed yesterday.At the same time, prison officials acknowledge that six months after the riot, they are still trying to discover which correctional officersfired shotguns at the Hagerstown inmates. Several shotgun rounds fired at inmates -- none of them resulting in serious wounds -- were not reported by the officers who discharged their weapons.
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By Robert Benjamin and Robert Benjamin,Beijing Bureau | August 12, 1992
BEIJING -- Authorities suspended trading on one of China's two fledgling stock markets yesterday in the wake of a riot by tens of thousands of frustrated speculators in the booming Shenzhen Special Economic Zone near Hong Kong.The stock exchange is expected to reopen quickly, but the political fallout from the incident -- the most severe social disorder in China since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests -- could be far-reaching.Hundreds of thousands of would-be speculators -- perhaps as many as a million, according to one account -- poured into the southern Chinese city over the weekend to stand in long lines to enter a lottery to gain the chance to buy new issues on the exploding exchange.
SPORTS
By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | July 12, 1996
NEW YORK -- One of the ugliest, most violent riots in boxing history erupted at Madison Square Garden last night after former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe won by disqualification at 2: 33 of the seventh round over previously unbeaten Andrew Golota.The Polish native had points deducted for low blows in the fourth and sixth rounds and another in the seventh before the fight was stopped after a fourth low blow.A 10-1 underdog, Golota had out-fought Bowe in every round before the shocking ending ignited a series of fights in and out of the ring.
NEWS
November 11, 1991
The former warden at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown has been fired from the job he was transferred to after a riot at MCI last spring, a state prison official said.Mason W. Waters Jr., warden at the prison when the riot occurred there in May, was told last week that he had been terminated from his new job at the prison system headquarters in Baltimore, effective Nov. 19, said Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley, a spokesman for the state Division of Correction.Waters was transferred from MCI last July.
NEWS
August 14, 2014
A riot can be many things. It can be an act of communal madness, reflecting the emotional imbecility of those who believe the best way to express joy at their ball team's win is to overturn a car. It can be an act of opportunism, a chance, under cover of darkness, influence of chaos, suspension of order, to smash and grab and run away, arms heavy with loot. And it can be an act of outcry, a scream of inchoate rage. That's what happened this week in Ferguson, Missouri.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin met with members of the protest group Pussy Riot on Tuesday to bring attention to human rights abuses in Russia as well as his efforts to expand economic sanctions against top officials in the country. The Maryland Democrat, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the U.S. Helsinki Commission on human rights said that Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina put a face on abuses that he said have taken place under the government of Vladimir Putin "Unless you can put a face on it, it's difficult to get attention or action," Cardin said.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
It was in June 2010 that I inaugurated a weekly video joke at this blog, and you have since been favored with scores of groaners. Now comes a hiatus, which may be permanent.  It has become increasingly troublesome and laborious to find jokes that possess even a remote claim to being funny and are also clean enough to be published here. Besides, Hollywood never called. So I am taking a break, without having decided whether to resurrect the weekly joke or turn to some other feature yet to be devised.
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By Cal Thomas | November 23, 2013
My parents voted for Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential election. I had not yet developed a political worldview, but as a freshman at American University in Washington, D.C., I stayed up late to watch the election returns slowly trickle in before going to bed at 2 a.m. with the outcome still undecided. The following year I was hired as a copyboy at NBC News, delivering wire service "copy" to news reporters in the network's Washington bureau. White House correspondent Sander Vanocur invited me to accompany him to observe the swearing-in of Adlai Stevenson as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2013
One of the delights of summer is the HBO documentary series executive producer Sheila Nevins delivers. I have only seen the first two films this year, but I like them both. I love "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," which launches the series at 9 tonight. It's a look inside the feminist Russian art collective, its "Punk Prayer" protest in a Moscow cathedral and the trial that followed. The film reminded me as nothing else has in the last 40 some years what it felt like to be 18 years old in 1968 and hear the siren call of a cultural revolution.
NEWS
August 21, 2012
I applaud Russian authorities for convicting "Pussy Riot" - the very name suggesting sex and violence - of committing a hate crime against religion. The all girl punk band willfully, maliciously and blasphemously desecrated a Russian Orthodox Church. Everyone has a right to freedom of expression. This includes those who were attending the religious service in question. These people's rights were obviously denied and violated by the surprise guerrilla invasion. Many of them - especially the older and religiously devout - may actually have been seriously traumatized for life by the devilish antics of these young, radical feminists.
NEWS
By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,sun reporter | March 19, 2007
ELKTON -- Out-of-state police were called to help with a riot that broke out at a maximum-security tier of the Cecil County Detention Center early yesterday, officials said. The incident began about 4 a.m. when a correctional officer discovered a 26-year-old inmate bleeding from two wounds, said Capt. Linda S. Lannen, deputy director of the detention center, in an e-mail statement. After medics were called, 16 or so other inmates in the maximum-security tier "began destroying property and refused to be placed back in the cells," Lannen said.
NEWS
By John W. Frece and Thom Loverro | June 16, 1991
The date of the riot at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown in which 44 inmates and 14 officers were injured was incorrectly reported in yesterday's editions of The Sun. The riot occurred on May 25.The Sun regrets the error.Inmates at a racially tense Hagerstown prison have claimed in a series of letters obtained by The Sun that the riot that rocked the prison three weeks ago was sparked by the systematic beating of 20 to 30 black inmates by white prison guards several hours earlier.
NEWS
June 29, 2012
I am in total agreement with writer Julius Colon's letter about the problem of nonconforming liquor stores in Baltimore ("Park Heights wants fewer liquor stores," June 26). His warning about the proliferation of liquor stores in his community and the perception that they contribute to the erosion of the quality of life, increased drug activity and crime is reminiscent of the handwriting on the wall in South Central Los Angeles 20 years ago that lead to the worst riots in the city's history.
NEWS
June 5, 2012
A recent letter to the editor badly clouds the issues surrounding the disturbances that occurred onSt. Patrick's Day("What about the rioting white suburbanites?" May 31). The writer was furious that white suburbanites spill out of bars in Canton and Federal Hill drunk out of their minds and then urinate on his lawn, threaten passersby and so on. He suggests that bar owners encourage such conduct. He may be right. Clearly such obnoxious behavior is unacceptable. However, to confuse it with the mass disturbances at the Inner Harbor involving hundreds of people is comparing apples to oranges.
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