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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2013
Writers stretching to limn some scene as quaint or antique will almost invariably refer to the place's cobblestone streets. Much of the time they will be wrong.  Cobblestones are rounded and irregular in size, typically rocks worn smooth in rivers. Riding over them in a wheeled vehicle is a jolting experience. What writers mistakenly refer to as cobblestones are more commonly paving stones , particularly Belgian blocks , rectangular in shape, usually shaped from granite.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
At some point, a band eyeing pop ubiquity must make a late-night stop at NBC's Studio 8H in Manhattan. In January, it was the turn of Bastille - a British rock quartet riding the success of a chart-topping single called “Pompeii” - to perform on “Saturday Night Live,” and the magnitude was not lost on drummer Chris Wood. If it had been, Wood's friends and family were there to constantly remind him anyway. “Everyone just kept saying to us, 'You realize it's a really big deal, right?
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FEATURES
By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
I recently purchased several truck loads of composted horse manure for my garden. Why are there so many rocks in it? The rocks didn't come from the horse. Ideally, the company that supplied the manure should be familiar with how it was composted. Big composting productions use large machinery to turn the manure as it composts to keep it properly aerated; sometimes this is done on a macadam or gravel surface and rocks can get mixed in. If the amount is objectionable, voice your dissatisfaction with the supplier.
ENTERTAINMENT
Jay Trucker and For The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
In its second year at Pigtown's Carroll Park, The Shindig Music Festival is a rock show in the broad tradition of the national festival movement that provides distinctly Baltimorean. A mix of local vendors like Little Havana and Mothers Grille flanked the sides of each stage alongside corporate vendors such as Jagermeister and Jack Daniels. Two opposing stages provided 11 hours of eclectic takes on rock music, and a lineup of bands that included several local acts alongside international touring groups.  Rebel Inc. Rebel Inc. was charged with getting early festival-goers going at the un-rock 'n' roll time of 12:30 p.m. It was a daunting task.
NEWS
October 7, 2004
On October 6, 2004, VERNON beloved husband of the late Shirleymae Douglas Rocks, devoted father of Denise A. Rocks, loving grandfather of Brittany R., Tessa R. Mc Elhiney, Crystal M. Collins and Nichole M. Mc Elhiney, great-grandfather of Tiffany A. Bannon and Joshua C. Collins. Friends may call at the family owned Evans Chapel of Memories-Parkville on Friday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. A Funeral Liturgy will be held at St. Ursula Church on Saturday at 10 A.M. Memorial donations in Vernon's name may be made to the Humane Society.
NEWS
August 25, 2011
So now I have to worry about earthquakes too? Aside from winter's car-covering blizzards, the mid-Atlantic area has seemed a pretty mundane place to live, weather-wise. But during Tuesday's 5.8 magnitude earthquake our entire house outside Baltimore shook. I was flummoxed. Resting in front of the TV just before 2 p.m., I thought my son was violently shaking the couch. Half-asleep, I looked around and heard a rumbling sound and glass rattling. I looked outside because I thought there was a tornado (we've had to worry about those lately, too!
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2010
From the opening electronic tickertape messages, relaying birthday greetings and instructions on audience behavior, to the deliriously multisensory finale, the Blue Man Group show at the Hippodrome Theatre packs a wallop. It's a big, loud, funny, silly, visually arresting production. There's no point in trying to classify what these performers, with their trademark blue faces and bald, earless heads, do onstage for the better part of 90 minutes. It's much easier to go with the flow — and duck down in your seat when those guys start roaming the aisles.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2013
An ice cream truck had one of its windows smashed in Annapolis on Thursday after a group of about 15 juveniles attacked it with rocks, according to Annapolis Police. Officers responded to the 400 block of Captains Circle about 4 p.m. for a report of juveniles throwing rocks at the vehicle and found it with one of its side windows shattered, police said. The driver of the truck, who was inside it at the time of the incident, was not injured, said Sgt. Eric Crane, a police spokesman.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2010
Two high school lacrosse players accused of throwing rocks from a moving vehicle at pedestrians in June apologized to the victims Monday, and Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Philip T. Caroom ordered the youths tried as juveniles. Charges against Wade Korvin of Odenton, who was on the Archbishop Spalding team, and Wesley Stryker of Millersville, who played for Severna Park, had bounced between adult and juvenile court for three months. Assistant State's Attorney Michael Bergeson said prosecutors will file juvenile petitions charging the 17-year-olds with assault and related counts stemming from throwing rocks at several people who were injured.
NEWS
By Robert Burruss | February 28, 1996
KENSINGTON -- Among the things that differentiate tigers from other creatures on this planet is the combination of big teeth, big claws and a striped body.Among the things that differentiate human beings from other creatures is the use of fire.Evidence of the earliest use of fire dates to half a million years ago in eastern Asia and parts of Europe, and to more than a million years ago in Africa.Our ancestors were not good-looking people by today's standards -- if your aesthetic judgment is based on the dioramas at the natural-history museums or the reconstructed faces shown in encyclopedias.
NEWS
By Tim Kreider | September 19, 2014
Editor's note: This op-ed has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of Billie Holiday's name. The Sun regrets the error.  I traveled back to my hometown of Baltimore last weekend to reprise my role as that important historical figure, The Devil, in a rock opera about the Battle of Baltimore. This was the long-anticipated bicentennial performance of "1814!: The War of 1812 Rock Opera," a project some old friends of mine, Dave Israel and David Dudley, conceived in the bars of Fort Avenue back in 1992, before we had anything worse to do. They'd always envisioned mounting a spectacular, all-star production of the thing on the 200th anniversary of the bombardment of Fort McHenry, in the unimaginable science-fiction year of 2014.
ENTERTAINMENT
Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
For years, Steve Whiteman considered his old band, Kix, a forgotten relic of the '80s hair-metal scene. Even when the quintet began playing one-off reunion shows about a decade ago, the Hagerstown native viewed the gigs as cashing in on nostalgia. The “stupid money” offered, he said, did not hurt either. It took a trip to the Midwest in 2008 to unexpectedly change the singer's mind. The band was in the small town of Pryor Creek, Okla., for the multiday rock 'n' roll festival Rocklahoma, and Whiteman arrived unsure of what to expect.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Baltimore Police have made an arrest in a Thursday night attack in Otterbein in which a man was struck by a rock during an attempted robbery.  The Police Department publicized the attack and the arrest, which came days after a 24-year-old man was critically wounded in a stabbing and robbery in nearby Federal Hill. Some residents criticized police for not notifying the community of the incident. Thursday night's incident occurred in the 100 block of W. Montgomery St. Police told the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association  that a life guard from the Otterbein Swim Club was walking when he said he was approached by three black males in their late teens who said, "Hey white boy!"
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2014
Adm. Charles R. Larson, the onetime commander-in-chief of military forces in the Pacific who became superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy to restore discipline and morale after his alma mater had been rocked by the largest cheating scandal in its history, died early Saturday at his home in Annapolis. He was 77. Admiral Larson's death was confirmed by his son-in-law, Cmdr. Wesley Huey, a faculty member at the academy. Commander Huey said the four-star admiral had been diagnosed with leukemia two years ago. "Admiral Larson's death is a great loss for the Navy family and the U.S. Naval Academy," said Vice Admiral Walter E. "Ted" Carter Jr., who took over as the academy's superintendent Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2014
For Wye Oak to continue as one of Baltimore's most well-established indie-rock acts, change was necessary. Sometime after the 2011 album "Civilian," singer Jenn Wasner began viewing the guitar - her instrument since she formed the duo in 2006 with drummer Andy Stack - as a liability. Before then, Wye Oak's clever songwriting and dramatic rock sound had propelled the group from the city's DIY music scene to success on a national scale that included song placements on popular TV shows and a live performance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
Names are not what they seem for the Baltimore rock quintet Vinny Vegas. Start with the band's name: It is not the alter ego of lead singer Scott Siskind, but rather an obscure reference to a professional wrestler from the early '90s. Then there's the title of the group's debut album, November's “The Big White Whale,” whose vinyl release will be celebrated at a Vinny Vegas-headlining show at Metro Gallery on Saturday. Despite cover art that depicts a diver next to a massive whale, Siskind said the title has nothing to do with Herman Melville's novel.
SPORTS
By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2012
The world's nicest NFL Player met the New York media Monday and charmed everyone in the room. And considering the room was the cavernous Jetsindoor practice facility, crammed with enough TV cameras, tape recorders and notebook-wielding reporters to cover a papal visit, this was no small feat. At probably the biggest news conference ever held for a backup quarterback, Tim Tebow said all the right things to the howling jackals of the press, as you knew he would. He was folksy and humble and open and aw-shucksy, just what you'd expect. How many times did he say he was "excited" to be a Jet?
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | August 18, 2010
Listening to Malcolm Majer's story about the kids who threw sticks and stones at him the other day, I was impressed not so much with his complaint — about the length of time it took a police officer to respond to his call for help — but with how Mr. Majer decided to confront and counsel the kids who had attacked him. He did what few adults would have had the guts or temperament to do these days: He spoke to the kids, he chastised them,...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
When O.A.R. sold out New York's Madison Square Garden in 2006, it was the culmination of years of touring for the Rockville quintet. The grass-roots approach to building a fan base worked for a rock band whose albums have never reached higher than No. 12 on the Billboard 200. But for singer Marc Roberge, the band's living-on-the-road reputation had an unsettling undercurrent to it. "I remember one poster we had that says, 'O.A.R.: Always on...
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