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By ROB KASPER | July 21, 1993
On nights when nothing is stirring, when the trees hang heavy with humidity, I seek solace in ice-cold watermelon.For some reason, when watermelon juices are running down my chin I forget about the sweat trickling down my back. The riper and colder the melon, the more pleasure it offers.The other night, a steamer, I found myself slicing a chunk of reasonably cold, relatively ripe melon for my 12-year-old son and telling him watermelon stories. Both he and his younger brother are fond of the fruit, and watching either of them eat it is always a welcome sight.
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By Lissa Rotundo | July 17, 2014
One of my favorite things about living in the Wyman Park neighborhood is that, although we're smack in the middle of the city and all it offers, the park is close by. And one of my favorite things about the park is that, for the first two weeks of July, the wild raspberries are ripe for picking. I've looked forward to this activity every summer since my now-grown sons were wee. Back then, when the children helped pick, we would take the berries (the ones they didn't eat on the spot)
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By Tracy Sahler and Tracy Sahler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 21, 1999
Who can resist the seductive sweetness and crunchy coolness of watermelon at this time of year?As a thirst-quenching snack or ingredient in dishes like Watermelon-Strawberry-Mint Salsa or Watermelon-Granita-Filled Lime Cups, the versatile, red-ripe fruit is now at its peak. It's just as likely to turn up as part of an elegant fruit tray at a wedding reception as to be the star of an outdoor, no-holds-barred, seed-spitting contest.But there's even more reason to celebrate the summer treat.
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December 5, 2013
The tele-medicine phenomenon brought about by applications such as Sickweather is changing - in some cases saving - lives across America ( "Social media can help contain illness Dec. 2). It's also creating new economic opportunities for start-up tech companies and service providers who are helping to bring these technologies into our homes. The economic and social benefits of our increasingly connected nation are the result of federal policies made at a time when divided government didn't mean non-existent governing.
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By Rob Kasper | July 25, 2001
IT IS JULY and the air is filled with the aroma of lopes. In the argot of Maryland produce stand clerks, lopes - sometimes spelled loupes - are cantaloupes. Their perfume is a regular roadside attraction of summertime produce shopping. While I revel in the bouquet of lopes, I struggle with the question of how to pick a ripe one. Do I simply give it the sniff test, looking for the familiar "buy me" scent? Should I shake it, listening for moving seeds? Or do I give it the intense eyeball, looking at the color of the skin under the melon's netting?
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By DAN BERGER | September 12, 1991
Chaos. Dislocation. Threat of starvation. Conditions in Russia are ripe for communist revolution.It's football season! And Clarence Thomas is the football.
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By John Tanasychuk and John Tanasychuk,Knight-Ridder News Service | March 22, 1992
It's a game played out at many homes with citrus fruits: Which fruits need to be refrigerated and which belong on the counter? It depends on whether the fruit is picked before it's fully ripe. Cooking Light magazine compiled this list:Do refrigerate: Apples, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, grapes, pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries, tangerines.Don't refrigerate until fully ripe: Avocados, bananas, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, mangoes, nectarines, papayas, peaches, pears, persimmons, plums.
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By DAN BERGER | January 19, 1994
Los Angeles was not meant to be a great city, geologically speaking.MARC service will be improved, now that Penn Station has been made all but inaccessible.Russia is ripe for reform but few reformers are in sight.Say it ain't so, Tonya!
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | August 2, 2006
This voluptuous, ripe, full-bodied red wine displays a smooth, silky texture and intense flavors of plums, blackberries and chocolate. It's a good amalgam of traditional Rhone Valley style and California ripeness. While good now, it will certainly develop over five to seven years. Serve with beef, lamb, chili.
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By ERICA MARCUS and ERICA MARCUS,NEWSDAY | May 31, 2006
What characteristics should I look for when selecting avocados and papayas? Avocados and papayas share a couple of crucial qualities: They are tropical fruit; they are usually purchased in an unripe state; and they will ripen happily at home. Yes, the avocado is a fruit. Like the tomato, it has become an honorary vegetable because it lends itself to savory preparations. But, botanically speaking, it is a fruit, Persea americana, a member of the Lauraceae (Laurel) family that also includes bay laurel, cinnamon and sassafras.
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By Michael D. Barnes | March 4, 2013
Unfortunately, our nation faces enormous challenges in virtually every region of the globe. In countries ranging from Iran to North Korea to Syria to Mali, and on issues spanning terrorism, drug trafficking, global warming and cyber warfare, each day will bring seemingly impossible problems for our nation's foreign policy leaders, especially new Secretary of State John Kerry. There is one international issue, however, on which genuine progress is not only possible but is likely - if the secretary of state and President Barack Obama are prepared to make this issue a foreign policy priority.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2012
The Cleveland Browns, the Ravens' opponent Thursday night, rank 27th in pass defense in the NFL, and one reason could be the absence of cornerback Joe Haden. Haden, drafted in the first round in 2010, is a Pro Bowl-caliber cornerback who is widely respected by opposing quarterbacks. So his absence due to a four-game suspension for failing a drug test has impacted the Browns. In the two games that Cleveland has played without Haden, the Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton and the Buffalo Bills' Ryan Fitzpatrick each threw three touchdown passes and completed more than 62 percent of their throws.
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By Shibley Telhami | September 18, 2012
With all the protests and violence in Arab and Muslim countries generated by a despicable and demeaning film about Islam, here is a sobering prediction: There will be more such films and clips, they will be even more provocative, and they will generate even more violent reaction among Arabs and Muslims. And no matter who is behind them, many will see the hands of Israel and the United States. Yet this is not time for panic but for steady and intensive diplomacy. This is an easy prediction to make.
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By Michael Dresser | April 27, 2012
From: California Price: $14 Serve with: Pasta dishes, grilled meat This lush, ripe blend of zinfandel, syrah, cabernet sauvignon and merlot is all about decadent pleasure. It's one of those smooth red wines that is so fruity it gives the impression of sweetness without being sweet. There's a lot of berry action - black, blue and wild - and hints of chocolate and coffee. There's no point in sitting on it. Drink now.  
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2012
Some 100 Joppa residents were evacuated from their homes Sunday afternoon as a brush fire burned just over 18 acres in the area of Dembytown and Trimble roads. The Joppa fire, which burned for more than five hours, came as officials spent the weekend warning Marylanders that dry, windy conditions were making much of the state ripe for such brush fires. The four-alarm blaze was largely under control by early evening, said Chief Ryan Barrow of the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department.
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By Karen Nitkin, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2011
Marc Dixon, chef and owner of Bistro Blanc in Dayton, gets his berries from a nearby farm. This year's strawberries, he said, were "hands down, the best strawberries of my life. They were like strawberry candy. " The strawberry season is just about over in Maryland, and the raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are coming in. This year, thanks to a nearly frost-free April and a relatively dry, mild spring, both wild and cultivated berries will likely be abundant and delicious, said Dave Myers, senior agent with the University of Maryland extension.
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By JON TRAUNFELD AND ELLEN NIBALI and JON TRAUNFELD AND ELLEN NIBALI,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 12, 2006
For three years, my juniper has browned on some of the new tips. It's planted beside a downspout, but usually the clay soil is extremely dry and hard to keep moist. Two twig and tip blights cause juniper branches to turn brown at the ends, one in spring (Phomopsis blight) and one in summer-winter (Kabatina blight). These fungal diseases are exacerbated by overwatering, root damage and, especially in this case, drought. It sounds as if your junipers have Phomopsis tip blight, but in essence both diseases act in a similar fashion.
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By Michael Malone and Michael Malone,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | May 30, 2001
They say spring is for lovers, and if you love strawberries your time is at hand. As the days get long and fall toward summer, the strawberry's flame ignites. Strawberries are the symbol of Venus, the goddess of love. Their heart-shaped appearance alone inspires a certain passion, but it's the flavor that seals the deal. At its best, a strawberry's perfume is irresistible: candylike and as bright as its color. Its flesh is sweet and voluptuously juicy, in that deep, alluring red. (You seldom see a movie scene with someone feeding a lover, say, broccoli.
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By Dan Rodricks | February 5, 2011
Phil Mickelson, the professional golfer, won so much money off the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl a decade ago that he was able to stuff all his cash winnings in a bag and give the bag its own seat on the flight home from Las Vegas. Mr. Mickelson shared the winnings with friends and relatives. Back in the summer of 2000, they had put up $20,000 for the Ravens to win the Super Bowl against 22-1 odds. I'll let you do the math on the payoff. While Mr. Mickelson had all that cash in the bag on his chartered flight home, he still had to deposit the moolah in a bank and write checks to the other winners in his syndicate.
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Jacques Kelly | July 30, 2010
It's peach cake time again in Baltimore, and let the debate begin. This is a peculiar season, when locals scramble in search of the perfect summertime confection made of raised dough and peaches. I lament the loss of what I consider the perfect peach cake. I believe that like so much in Baltimore, the perfect peach cake has no frills. But many devotees will give me a loud argument on this one. Just as Old Bay seasoning has no place in a crab cake recipe, apricot or raspberry jellies — or cinnamon — have no place in a proper peach cake.
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