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June 14, 2011
Editor: I am responding to the news of yet another drowning in Deer Creek. Many such deaths can be avoided by an awareness of how they occur and of what to do. A person standing on rocks in moving water that is only as high as their knees can easily lose their balance and as their foot slips it can wedge into a crevice in the rocks. The enormous power of the moving water will push them down and hold them down, resulting in a drowning death. To avoid foot entrapment, one can fall backwards into an imaginary inner tube, drawing up the knees and feet out of harms way. Then the hands and arms swing the feet downstream to meet obstacles, protecting the head.
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October 6, 2014
In 2013, I retired as the Commander of the Maryland State Police Licensing Division. Before that, I ran the Maryland State Police Firearms Enforcement Section and the Gang Enforcement Unit. I was also a homicide investigator, drug investigator and criminal investigator for most of my career. I understand crime and I understand violence. I strongly support efforts to reduce violence in the state of Maryland. But the fact is that we are not focusing on real solutions. I can assure you that bad laws do not make us any safer.
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SPORTS
By Edward Lee | September 8, 2011
Tom Zbikowski has outlasted Bernard Pollard and is primed to start at strong safety in the Ravens' season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.  Zbikowski, the organization's third-round pick in 2008, is listed to start alongside free safety Ed Reed on the team's depth chart, and both Zbikowski and Pollard confirmed the hierarchy Thursday. “That's what we're looking to see,” Zbikowski said, carefully choosing his words. “We've got plenty of packages. We'll be rolling in and out. That's not necessarily what's going to be happening the entire game or the entire season.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
A week after he was critical of the Ravens' coverage breakdowns, defensive coordinator Dean Pees defended the play of starting safeties Matt Elam and Darian Stewart, saying he thought the team's secondary played well in the victory over the Carolina Panthers. “I think they're doing real well,” said Pees when asked specifically about the two safeties. “I'll admit that I don't think we played very well on the back end in the Cleveland game, and that was a lot of guys. It's never one guy. There are a lot of things that happen there and it wasn't just Matt and it wasn't just Stew.
NEWS
June 7, 2014
I found your article "Rawlings-Blake, Batts stroll to show safe harbor" (June 4) pretty amusing. I am fairly sure that any of us would feel safe walking around downtown with an armed police commissioner and what appear to be several other armed officers as well as several patrol cars. I think I would have been more impressed if the mayor had been alone and watched over discretely from afar by that heavy police presence. David Gosey, Towson - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
July 2, 2010
With the 2010 campaign season getting underway, I wish to comment on those who stand on the side of the roads--on highway on-ramps and busy intersections--holding signs and waving to cars as they go by. This is a dangerous practice, for the drivers and those doing the waving. Waving distracts drivers from paying attention to watching the road ahead. And what makes the campaigners believe I would vote for someone just because they waved at me? I urge all to stop this dangerous activity before someone gets hurt or killed.
SPORTS
By Jamison Hensley and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2010
When the Ravens are on the clock Thursday night, team officials truly don't know whether safety is a position of need. No one — from owner Steve Bisciotti to general manager Ozzie Newsome — has asked Ed Reed whether he is returning or retiring. The Ravens are working under the assumption that the Pro Bowl safety is coming back, but Reed has never given a definitive answer. Eric DeCosta, the Ravens' director of player personnel, said Reed's decision can't factor into the team's decision on draft day. "What we found is your needs change from day to day, week to week," DeCosta said.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
Spice makers in Baltimore defended their food handling practices after a Food and Drug Administration report said that 12 percent of imported spices were contaminated with insects, animal hair and other things over a two-year period. While acknowledging that many spices are grown in developing countries with poor food-handling practices, they said imported spices typically undergo extensive cleaning, processing and treatment for pathogens after entering the United States. The FDA's findings "shouldn't scare people from ever buying a spice again," said Mick Whitlock, president of Baltimore-based Vanns Spices, a more than 30-year-old family-owned company with a spice plant in Woodlawn.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | April 28, 2012
With the 130th pick (fourth round) in the 2012 NFL draft, the Ravens selected South Carolina State safety Christian Thompson. He moved to free safety in his senior year there after playing strong safety as a junior. An Auburn transfer, Thompson started all 11 games in his senior season at South Carolina State, recording a career-high 66 tackles, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pair of passes. He also averaged 20.5 yards on four kickoff returns. Thompson garnered All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference honors after his senior season.
HEALTH
February 17, 2010
WASHINGTON - Physicians who want to prescribe anti-anemia drugs for cancer patients will have to register and undergo training or risk losing access to the drugs, under a long-awaited risk-management plan unveiled Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration. The company also will require physicians to collect signed statements from patients attesting that they have been informed about the dangers of the drugs, which can cause tumors to grow faster and have shortened the lives of some cancer patients.
NEWS
By Anthony G. Brown | October 2, 2014
Editor's note: The Sun also plans to run an op-ed by Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan in the coming weeks.  This week, we marked the one-year anniversary of a lifesaving law taking effect, the Firearm Safety Act. But, Marylanders still stand at a crossroads between two very different futures for our state. In 2013, in response to the tragic Newtown school shooting and the all too common acts of gun violence on our own streets, we took real action to protect our communities by passing some of the toughest gun safety laws in the nation.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will visit Baltimore Wednesday night to announce $63 million in federal grants awarded to study school safety to reduce gun violence across the nation. Baltimore County Public Schools and the University of Maryland, Baltimore will receive nearly $2 million of that money to focus research on students with emotional and behavioral health issues, according to the National Institute of Justice. Holder will also announce the expansion of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention to Baltimore; Long Beach, Calif.; Louisville, Ky.; and Seattle.
NEWS
September 30, 2014
Wednesday marks the anniversary of Maryland's tough new gun control law going into effect, and advocates are marking the occasion with a rally in Columbia. The law is getting some recognition in the governor's race, too, with Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, the Democrat, hammering at his opponent, Republican Larry Hogan, for opposing the state's assault weapons ban, the ban on sales of high-capacity ammunition magazines and "common sense background checks. " The claims are true in that Mr. Hogan opposed Senate Bill 281 of 2013, the gun control legislation Gov. Martin O'Malley pushed through (with some assistance from Mr. Brown)
SPORTS
By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 26, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - Maryland safety Denzel Conyers is ineligible to play this year. Conyers signed with the Terps after attending Butte College, a junior college in California. But the junior apparently did not have a 2.5 GPA at Butte, which is why he is ineligible. Maryland appealed the ruling on the basis that Conyers was a full qualifier when he signed with Florida International in 2012 and took classes this summer at Maryland to get the credits he needed. However, the Terps' appeal was denied.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
There's guarded optimism that Ravens veteran free safety Will Hill could potentially have his six-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy reduced, according to sources. Under a revised drug policy that's been approved in balloting by the NFL Players Association player representatives that still requires NFL approval, the threshold for testing positive for marijuana has increased from 15 ng/m to 35 ng/m. That falls below the international standard of 150 ng/m used by the World Anti-Doping agency.
NEWS
David Tayman, D.V.M and For The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Q: Now that our puppy and kitten are growing up, we'd like to take them with us on car trips and driving vacations. Any pet-travel safety tips? A: The first simple rule, whether it's a short trip to the vet or a long drive to the beach: Pets should not ride loose in any vehicle. Depending on the pet and the size of both the pet and the vehicle, our furry friends should be in an appropriate carrier or crate, or harnessed in place. Why? A few important reasons: 1. Loose pets are a major cause of driver distraction.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec | August 20, 2013
Secondary coach Teryl Austin said that the team will “probably” know after Thursday's preseason game against the Panthers whether rookie first-round pick Matt Elam or veteran James Ihedigbo will start at safety opposite veteran Michael Huff. “It's a heck of a battle for the starting safety spots between those three guys and, as always, we'll put the best people on the field, the people we feel give us the best chance to win,” he said. “And when we make that determination - probably after this weekend - we'll know who our starters are.” To this point, Ihedigbo, who started three games for the Ravens last year and 12 the previous season with the New England Patriots, has been able to hold off the rookie and start the first two preseason games.
NEWS
March 25, 2011
Using cameras to catch those who pass stopped school buses is essential for our kids' safety. According to Michael Dresser 's article ("Bills would put ticketing cameras on school buses," March 20) the General Assembly is considering a bill that would allow impatient drivers to be held accountable for their disregard for our kids' safety. Putting ticketing cameras on school buses would help improve children's safety when entering and departing their school bus. There are studies that show the law is being broken over 7,000 times per day in Maryland.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
The suspensions for Ravens running back Ray Rice and safety Will Hill officially began late Saturday afternoon when they were both placed on the reserve-suspended list. Rice is suspended for two games for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy. The punishment stems from his felony aggravated assault case involving a domestic violence incident from a physical altercation between him and his then-fiancee, whom he later married, at an Atlantic City casino. Rice will miss games against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
The NFL has upheld Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather's two-game suspension for an illegal hit on Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith during the teams' preseason matchup. Meriweather was penalized for hitting a defenseless receiver in the head-and-neck area when he struck Smith in the second quarter during the Ravens' 23-17 victory. Smith was unhurt on the play. Meriweather also legally hit Ravens running back Bernard Pierce in the head, causing a concussion and forcing him out of the game.
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