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December 21, 2012
What a perverse country we live in. We spend $2 billion on an election where people in this country actually think we are better off with a huge percentage of our population not having health care. Mental health issues are swept under the rug and underfunded and people who make over a million dollars a year in income assert they cannot afford to pay higher taxes. We argue whether or not gay marriage is acceptable and people spend millions still arguing where our president was born - not to mention the plethora of social and religious issues that rip our nation apart and waste our collective time and energy while therealissues that cripple our great country are never discussed due to a fear that campaign donors' checkbooks will close.
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NEWS
May 28, 2014
Here we go again, blaming everyone but the family. Maybe family members called the sheriff's department "expressing concern about the young man's health," but it's not the job of the sheriff's job to act in loco parentis ( "U.C. Santa Barbara begins 'day of mourning' for shooting victims," May 27). Why don't people pay attention today? This sick kid had a therapist, posted crazy stuff on YouTube (no doubt elsewhere) and clearly seethed with hatred. Didn't anyone, anywhere notice he was dangerous?
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BUSINESS
By Steve Earley, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
When Sandy Hook Elementary students resumed classes today in a repurposed school in a neighboring town, craft snowflakes from around the globe greeted them, adorning hallways, staircases and classrooms . The Connecticut PTSA wrote on its website that people sent enough snowflake greetings to "blanket the community of Newtown" and pointed well-wishers to other means of showing support. The creators of Sykesville-based children's games site Kneebouncers , who each grew up within about a half hour of Newtown, are offering their own way with an interactive website where users can create and view virtual snowflakes with personalized messages.
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Dan Rodricks | April 9, 2014
I declare myself underwhelmed by the "accomplishments" of the 2014 Maryland General Assembly - a minimum wage increase so gradual it will have no effect on the standard of living for the working poor, a $431 million tax break for the heirs of millionaires, marijuana "decriminalization" that is hardly that, a paltry $4.3 million for pre-kindergarten education, and a broken promise on fully funding public employee pensions. I hate to be the party pooper, but what's all the celebrating and confetti about?
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2012
We had a lively debate on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday about the media's performance in covering the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre that left 20 elementary school children dead. There was some genuine disagreement, especially between me and former CNN Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno about what is acceptable and what isn't when it comes to verification and fact-checking in such breaking news coverage. In a piece I wrote Friday, I said that I feared we would act like we didn't have time for such gut-check conversations in this let's-just-move-on era of instant media -- as badly as that dialogue is needed.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | March 6, 2013
From Washington to Annapolis to Hartford, Conn., wherever new gun restrictions are being debated, it's important to remember Sandy Hook. That's not a plea to the emotions. That's a plea to human decency and common sense - a reminder of the personal pledges we made to do something about the dangerously easy availability of assault weapons in a society that claims to be civilized. On that Friday in December, the nation howled, "Enough," and after years of doing nothing, elected officials are trying to do something to turn back the violence that rages due to the mixture of guns, criminality and madness.
BUSINESS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2012
Days after the deadly  Sandy Hook school shooting, the tragedy is still dominating news sites, social media and search traffic. The coverage is splintering a bit, but major trends include: last night's emotional speech by President Obama, the Westboro Baptist Church 's plans to protest the funerals of the victims, and more details about the ammunition and weapons that Adam Lanza used. Meanwhile, many other Americans sought to escape the grisly news and took refugee in escapist TV fare.
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2012
Calvert Hall College High School is mourning the loss of Josephine Grace Gay, 7, a victim in the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting whose father attended the Catholic preparatory school in Towson. Robert Gay graduated from Calvert Hall in 1978. In an email to alumni and others, school President Thomas Zoppo said Josephine died in Friday's massacre, three days after her seventh birthday. "Our particular thoughts and prayers go out to the Newtown ... community, most especially Bob, his wife Michele, and daughters Sophia and Marie," Zoppo said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2013
No network midseason show has generated more buzz than "The Following," which premieres Monday night on Fox. There are three reasons for that: First, Kevin Bacon is the star, and he's better than most network television actors. Here he plays an angry, burned-out ex-F.B.I. agent with a drinking problem who is called out of retirement when a serial killer escapes from prison. Second, because the serial killer worships Edgar Allan Poe, the series is drenched in all things Poe. Baltimore, being filled with Poe Lovers, is a prime target for the Fox publicity campaign.
NEWS
By Andrew Jacobs and Andrew Jacobs,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 17, 2002
FORT HANCOCK, N.J. - Like a column of tired old soldiers eager to brag of faded glories, the brick centurions that housed generations of military men here are proud, imposing, but withered by time, their sagging rooflines and rotting porches hinting of a more regal past. Built at the mouth of New York Harbor as a bulwark against maritime invaders, Fort Hancock was the premier fortification for the nation's premier city and port. The British found this sandy spit invaluable when they seized Manhattan in 1776.
NEWS
By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | February 24, 2014
After the success of last year's fundraiser in memory of her daughter, Josephine "Joey" Gay, who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, Michele Gay wants to continue the momentum with a second fundraiser to fuel a safe schools initiative. So the Columbia native was in the area last week to meet with volunteers to work on Joey's Second Annual Purple Ball and visit the offices of Vice President Joe Biden and Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal on behalf of Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative - the pending nonprofit formed by six Sandy Hook mothers that has grown into a national advocate for school safety and security.
NEWS
February 2, 2014
As much as I would love to see monster Dzhokhar Tsarnaev executed, one consideration holds me back and is missing from your report. Namely, if he were put to death, it would make him a martyr in the eyes of radical Islamic terrorists ("Death penalty sought for alleged Boston bomber Tsarnaev," Jan. 30). After the horror of 9/11, I've studied this diabolical mindset and came away sickened to learn dying for a cause creates a man or woman to be venerated. It also assures the deceased will gain magnificent afterlife rewards.
NEWS
December 18, 2013
It has been just over a year since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school where 20 young children were murdered in seconds by a disturbed person with a grotesque weapon. There have been over a hundred children killed with guns and a number of mass shootings in this country since that date. There is a question I would pose to my own elected officials and others around the country: What have you done to prevent this from happening again? I am sure there are many who would answer by saying that we need more guns in society to protect us from gun violence.
NEWS
December 14, 2013
I support the concept of gun control within the bounds of the Second Amendment. However, your recent editorial on the subject has several flaws ( "Reducing gun deaths," Dec. 10). First, you argue that the states with the most restrictive laws will have the fewest gun deaths and gun-related crimes. But neither you or anyone else has provided any evidence that this is true. Second, talking about mass murders with assault type weapons should be discussed separately from crimes like armed robbery because they are clearly the results of very different motives.
NEWS
September 19, 2013
If there was any doubt about how cowed America is by the gun lobby, it was erased today by Howard Schultz, the president, chairman and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company. After months of controversy over whether patrons should openly be allowed to carry firearms in the company's stores, Mr. Schultz issued an open letter to his fellow Americans announcing that he would not adopt a no-weapons policy but would kindly request that customers keep their guns at home. The letter appeared (among other places)
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2013
City officials and a local non-profit are offering residents a chance to turn in guns and exchange them for laptop computers Saturday. The swaps are set to take place at the Downtown Cultural Arts Center on N. Howard Street between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. this afternoon. The event is another take on the kind of gun buyback events that have become increasingly popular since the shootings last year at Sandy Hook elementary school. A previous event in Baltimore offered grocery giftcards for firearms and Howard County residents were given cash.
NEWS
By Robert Hanley and Robert Hanley,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 10, 2003
FORT HANCOCK, N.J. - For most underwater archaeologists, the big dream these days is finding a shipwreck full of gold and antique treasures. But for Daria E. Merwin, the goal has a bit less glitter: discovering a 10,000-year-old heap of shells and some ancient arrowheads, spear points and cutting tools in the waters off New Jersey. Merwin, a 33-year-old doctoral student in anthropology, says such artifacts would help prove her thesis that prehistoric Indians lived 6,000 to 10,000 years ago on the exposed continental shelf before it was inundated by water from melting glaciers.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2012
Remember all the big, high-sounding media talk right after the massacre at Sandy Hook about how maybe now we will have a "national dialogue" about guns? Remember how many members of the media vowed to put aside their own little, selfish, partisan agendas and get serious about making this a safer and saner country for our children? Well, here we are 12 days out, and what's that big media conversation on guns about? Whether or not "Meet the Press" host David Gregory broke a law by waving an empty ammunition clip on the air Sunday during an interview with the NRA's Wayne LaPierre and how many people have signed petitions to deport CNN talkshow host Piers Morgan for verbally insulting any gun advocate foolish enough to come on his joke of an interview show.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2013
Vice President Joe Biden, speaking Tuesday at an event in Baltimore, said he was unsure whether there is enough support in the Senate for what would be the biggest change to federal gun laws in decades. "We may not get it this week, but we will prevail," Biden said of the bill, which senators will vote on Wednesday. Sixty votes are needed to pass the measure. Police closed city streets and increased security at nearby Penn Station in anticipation of Biden's arrival at an event to preview the University of Baltimore's new law center.
NEWS
April 11, 2013
I watched 60 Minutes on Sunday and saw the anguish still being experienced by the Sandy Hook parents. Their grief has caused them to turn to action, and they are in Washington to lobby Congress to pass legislation that might prevent other gun tragedies. On Monday, I read "Johns Hopkins graduate dies in bomb explosion in Afghanistan," (April 8). Anne Smedinghoff's father Tom was quoted, "She was 'always trying to get out and do things for the population.'" I wondered if she ever noticed our Friday War Is Not the Answer vigils outside Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, across from the Hopkins campus, ongoing since 2001.
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