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July 19, 1992
The way Bobbie Nave figures it, she'd be on Easy Street by now if she qualified for welfare. There would be free health care, free child care and federal dollars to help pay the rent.As it is, she and her son and daughter live on child-support payments and unemployment benefits that will eventually run out. She pays $425 a month for an apartment. Unable to afford medical insurance, she pays medical costs as they crop up. There were two visits to the hospital last week to treat her children for strep throat, and she dreads the arrival of the bills, while hoping nothing catastrophic happens.
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By Evan Siple For The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Legends of the Fog 500 Carsins Run Road, Aberdeen Years open: 8 Open: Fridays through Sundays through Nov. 1 (and Oct. 30); tickets from $25; legendsofthefog.com. First impressions: Legends of the Fog stops just shy of being a full-blown festival-style amusement park situated in the middle of a massive corn field. With an entry area featuring horror-ific midway games like "Zombie Ball" and a "Coffin Ride," alongside a fire pit for warmth/teenage makeout sessions and food trucks for pre-terror sustenance, the atmosphere is pretty family friendly.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Sandy Alexander | May 30, 2002
The Eastport-Annapolis Neck Branch Library will offer all of the fun of campfire songs and stories in a cozy indoor setting at its Summertime Family Nights series, beginning Monday. Targeting preschoolers and their families, the events will feature librarians telling tales and reading books that are scary enough to be fun, but not too scary for little ones. And, they will lead the audience in singing popular children's songs such as "On Top of Spaghetti" and "Bingo." This week's program will include the reading of Go Away, Big Green Monster!
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 8, 2014
A few days ago, the NRA inadvertently said something reasonable.  This, in response to a series of protests in Texas. It seems advocates of the right to carry firearms openly have taken to showing up en masse at public places -- coffee shops, museums, restaurants, etc. -- toting shotguns and assault rifles. So say you're snapping photos at Dealey Plaza, and up sidles some guy with an AK slung over his shoulder. That sudden dryness of mouth and tightness of sphincter you feel is not reassurance.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Molly Knight | October 17, 2002
When it comes to frightening figures, mummies are right up there with Halloween staples such as witches, ghosts, goblins and ghouls. But mummies needn't be so scary, not once you learn the facts about them. A program this Tuesday at the Brooklyn Park Branch Library aims to teach kids all about mummies - and the ancient Egyptian practice of preserving the dead. Through stories and activities, kids ages 7 and up will learn about the importance of mummies, how they were made and what they can teach people today about the lives of people in the days of pyramids and pharaohs.
NEWS
By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | April 24, 2002
HERE'S AN alternative (and slightly scary) scenario for the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program: Within five years, kids will march to their schools' computer labs to take the MSPAP tests. Even essays will be scored by computer, the results sorted, matched against the state's academic standards and returned instantaneously to schools and students. Gone are the 700 human scorers who have spent these last 10 summers poring over MSPAP essays. Gone, too, is the seven-month delay in getting results to principals and the public.
SPORTS
November 27, 2007
Good morning -- Ravens fans -- It's scary to think that close game against the Eagles might make the Patriots even more intense this week.
SPORTS
October 31, 2005
"I said on the sideline, `This is scary.' Then, when they got the ball again and they get that flag, I'm saying, `We're going into OT.' " Carson Palmer, Bengals quarterback, on watching Brett Favre trying to rally the Packers with a last-minute drive
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By LAURA CHARLES | January 12, 1992
MOVING ON: I've never been good about goodbyes, but here goes. I'm leaving The Sun, so this is the last opportunity I have to tell you what a swell time I've had!A lot has happened to me in the 10 years or so since I began writing this column. I sprouted a few gray hairs -- I turned 42 yesterday -- added a little extra padding around the hips, had two marriages go kaput, studied French and learned to cook Chinese. I don't know what the future holds and, frankly, it's a little scary -- but a good kind of scary.
NEWS
By Dan Berger | October 29, 2001
Someone is taking the notion of poison pen letters entirely too literally. The time to end a recession is when everyone finally agrees that we are in one -- like now. Scientists have discovered a crocodile big as a school bus that lived in Africa 110 million years ago, which is the first suggestion that they even had school buses then. Halloween is just right for folks who don't think the times are scary enough already.
NEWS
December 21, 2013
Each year, the staff of Baltimore ad agency Planit puts together a video Christmas card, something cute to send to clients and friends. This year, the creative directors got a little more creative than usual. They ushered employees into a back room decorated with glittering trees and giant presents and told them to sing carols for the camera. A few minutes into the song, BAM! — a guy wearing a scary mask and elf costumes popped out of the box. The reactions are priceless.
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By Laura Barnhardt Cech, For The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2013
The confessions from moms on the Scary Mommy blog are often funny: the spoon kept in the glovebox for eating Ben & Jerry's in the store parking lot, letting ketchup count as a "vegetable," going to the gym to read magazines instead of work out. But as Thanksgiving approached two years ago, ScaryMommy.com founder Jill Smokler saw despair from her readers: the mother who swallowed her pride to get a food box, only to be told she made too...
NEWS
October 23, 2013
The government taking responsibility for medical insurance? The fact is that this has been around for more than half a century in the form of Medicare. And for low-income people who are not eligible for Medicare, there is Medicaid. This is not a new concept ( "GOP's Obamacare insanity," Oct. 18). It is simply one that is legitimately expanding to assist those who need medical support and cannot afford the exorbitant costs of HMOs, managed care and other privatized - and very expensive - health care concerns.
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By Benn Ray, benn@atomicbooks.com | October 19, 2013
Man! it's Halloween time again. I've had all year and I still can't come up with a costume. I think Halloween costumes should be scary, not tributes to your favorite movie, cartoon or TV characters (unless they're scary). Admittedly, I have a hard time making any costume I wear not look sexy. But sexy (fill in the blank) costumes also seem, at best, antithetical to the holiday, and are, at worst bizarre. For example, two words that should never go together are "sexy" and "zombie.
SPORTS
By Terry Frei and The Denver Post | September 4, 2013
It hushed a Seattle stadium. Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was down and motionless. The Denver training and medical staff made every move with ultra caution. Rarely does this sort of scene portend the horrific, but it can. Ask Mike Utley, the Detroit Lions guard who was paralyzed from the waist down after suffering fractured neck vertebrae during a November 1991 game. He spent considerable time during rehabilitation at the world-renowned Craig Hospital in Englewood. Or think of The Citadel's Marc Buoniconti, New England's Darryl Stingley or Rutgers' Eric LeGrand.
FEATURES
By Kristine Henry,
The Baltimore Sun
| May 10, 2013
When Jill Smokler - more widely known as Scary Mommy - starts talking about motherhood, you'll hear a lot about sleepless nights, green snot and having kids walk into the master bedroom at the most inopportune times. Does she think her children are amazing and love them to death? Definitely. But mothering them didn't come naturally. As she says in her new book, "Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies)," what does come naturally is "Food. Sleep. Comfort. Privacy.
FEATURES
November 4, 2005
THE QUESTION With gruesome special effects easier than ever (and on full display in Saw II), we wonder: Are today's movies scarier than classic chillers or less so? WHAT YOU SAY The films coming out today are far from scary. Perhaps if the people making these movies would pay attention to the movie behind the special effects, the box office would be doing better. CHRISTINA MAZZETTA, ABINGDON Scariness or fear is not created with "special effects," but rather evolved through imagination and anticipation on the big screen.
NEWS
By ANDREI CODRESCU | January 4, 1993
New Orleans. -- I'm going to tell you a deep dark secret. When I was about 10 years old I went to a Pioneer summer camp in the Carpathian mountains. Pioneers were Communist boyscouts -- we wore little red kerchiefs around our necks and did stuff in the woods.My father came to visit one weekend. It was the first time I'd seen him in about a year so I was quite thrilled. We did some father-son stuff, kicked a ball for five minutes, and then I watched him smoke. When he finished his cigarette, he gave me 200 lei and left.
FEATURES
By Kristine Henry, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
Wee Chic, a children's boutique in Green Spring Station, is hosting a an event with author Jill Smokler on Wednesday, May 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be cocktails and "girl time" with the best-selling author who will be reading from her newly released second book " Motherhood Comes Naturally, (and other vicious lies) ," as well as signing books. Wee Chic is currently selling " Motherhood Comes Naturally, (and other vicious lies) " now through the event on May 29. Note: Smokler will be featured in The Baltimore Sun's Scene section this Sunday in honor of Mother's Day. Scroll to the very bottom of the page to leave a comment via Facebook. 
FEATURES
By Kristine Henry,
The Baltimore Sun
| April 26, 2013
I met Jill Smokler for coffee this morning for a Q&A that's scheduled to run in our Scene section on Mother's Day. She's the Scary Mommy blogger and author of the bestseller " Confessions of a Scary Mommy " and the new book " Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies) . " I won't steal my own thunder here but will say two things: She is not so scary that I wanted to call child protective services, and that she probably had the pleasure of looking up my nose way too many times as I threw my head back in laughter.
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