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January 4, 2012
As a psychologist who works with parents, students, and school districts I think we have to keep talking about bullying like you did in your article ("Despite the law, too many schools fail to take bullying seriously," Dec. 27). The saying out of sight is out of mind certainly applies. We don't need another tragedy to happen before we try to find solutions. The last 30 years I have seen an increase in bullying and violence, and treating these problems doesn't happen overnight, but it can happen.
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NEWS
October 6, 2014
Marriage equality took one of its biggest leaps forward today without anything happening at all. By deciding not to hear any of the same-sex marriage cases appealed to it, the Supreme Court immediately voided bans on gay marriage in five more states - Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin - and likely did so in six others that are part of the same appellate circuits. It was the largest number of states to realize marriage equality on one day, topping the three (including Maryland)
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By Jennifer Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun Media Group | June 27, 2013
Loud noises are a major source of strife and irritation for mothers of napping babies everywhere. (Or maybe it's just me?) Once the princess is asleep, shouldn't it be the unified mission of the household -- nay, the broader community -- to maintain ideal conditions for slumber? They say babies can sleep through a lot, but that hasn't stopped me from spiraling into a panic upon hearing the following. I sometimes catch myself (whispering) aloud: "Are you serious?!" (Note: A self-reality-check usually follows.)
NEWS
September 29, 2014
Reginald V. Truitt was a zoologist at the University of Maryland and a pioneer in scientific studies to better understand and protect the precious resources of the Chesapeake Bay. In 1925, Truitt founded the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, which became the foundation for what is now the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). It is truly fitting that UMCES has a prestigious environmental award in his name, but what would Truitt think of the most recent award winner?
NEWS
April 3, 2014
All those who feel they must profess their faith before governmental meetings should realize that the rights of other faiths and non-believers are just as important as theirs ( "As Carroll debates prayer, founding fathers' faith comes into focus ," March 29). I think a moment of silence would be sufficient for individuals to call upon whatever force they feel will help them in their decision making. Christians should remember their history. Religion was used politically throughout time for world domination.
NEWS
May 8, 2014
Why get so complicated about prayer before government meetings ( "Carroll commissioners to discuss handling of sectarian prayers Thursday," May 6)? Wouldn't it be satisfactory for the person in charge of a government meeting to say: "Now we will begin our meeting with a moment of silence"? Al Funk, Catonsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
August 4, 2012
Thanks for your continuing coverage of the abduction of former Orioles Cal Ripken's mother, Vi. ("As Vi Ripken abduction case continues, police silent on details," Aug. 2). It's been 10 days since this unfortunate incident and still very few facts have been revealed while many questions remain unanswered. I saw family spokesman John Maroon's statement, but why has the victim not described what happened to her? Why have authorities not divulged more details of the investigation?
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By Liz Atwood and For The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2012
From Liz Atwood: Silent Night. The beloved Christmas carol got me thinking recently that we just don't have enough silence anymore. Kids -- at least my kids -- seem especially addicted to noise. I walked into the family room recently to find the 16-year-old doing homework on his laptop while listening to music on his phone and watching a movie on the TV. The middle schooler usually plays games on his iPad while watching television. I'm constantly turning down the volume on the car radio and warning the kids they are going to hurt their ears if they listen to loud music through their earphones.
NEWS
December 19, 2013
Please accept my gratitude and congratulations for your enlightening report on male victims of sexual assault in the military ( "Military sexual assault victims break the silence," Dec. 15). It was shocking, eye-opening and tragic to read about this abuse, which has remained hidden for so long. The reporting was solid and comprehensive. The writing was crisp and compelling, and you did a beautiful job of blending the heart-rending stories of the individual victims with a sweeping overview of the problem.
SPORTS
By Edward lee | September 12, 2011
The decision to part ways with tight end Todd Heap elicited questions about the ability of Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta to succeed Heap. Those questions continue to linger, but perhaps not as prominent as they did in the preseason. Dickson led the Ravens in receptions with five, for 59 yards and one touchdown, while Pitta caught two passes for 45 yards in Sunday's 35-7 pasting of the Pittsburgh Steelers. After the game, Dickson could've used part of his interview to rail at critics, but he declined to take the bait.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
In an emotional message, the wife of former Ravens running back Ray Rice broke her silence Tuesday morning, one day after Rice's contract was terminated and he was indefinitely suspended by the NFL. Those events followed a graphic video surfacing in which Rice punched his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, whom he later married and now has his last name. The couple has been in counseling since the incident in February, which occurred at Revel Casino, which has since closed, in Atlantic City, N.J. The Baltimore Sun has verified that the following unabridged message from her official Instagram account is from Janay Rice and was intended to be released publicly: "I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend," Janay Rice wrote.
NEWS
August 15, 2014
This week, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered state troopers to take over responsibility for maintaining order in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, following several days of unrest sparked by the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a local police officer. Mr. Nixon waited far too long to bring in the state Highway Patrol to calm the situation, but he was absolutely correct in his judgment that local authorities weren't up to the job and were actually making matters worse. Had police there exhibited the restraint shown by Baltimore officers on Thursday, when a peaceful crowd rallied near City Hall to support Ferguson's residents with a moment of silence, it's likely things never would have got to a point where the governor had to intervene.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | July 31, 2014
Cover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty. This has not been a pretty picture in the recent past. Who can forget then-South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer likening poor people to animals one feeds from the back door and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning calling them stray raccoons? And let's not even get into Mitt Romney's wholesale slander of the so-called "47 percent. " So one receives with a certain trepidation the news that Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, has issued a proposal aimed at curbing poverty.
NEWS
May 8, 2014
Why get so complicated about prayer before government meetings ( "Carroll commissioners to discuss handling of sectarian prayers Thursday," May 6)? Wouldn't it be satisfactory for the person in charge of a government meeting to say: "Now we will begin our meeting with a moment of silence"? Al Funk, Catonsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
April 3, 2014
All those who feel they must profess their faith before governmental meetings should realize that the rights of other faiths and non-believers are just as important as theirs ( "As Carroll debates prayer, founding fathers' faith comes into focus ," March 29). I think a moment of silence would be sufficient for individuals to call upon whatever force they feel will help them in their decision making. Christians should remember their history. Religion was used politically throughout time for world domination.
NEWS
March 21, 2014
Susan Reimer 's raging is in vain. ( "Is the death of Westboro Baptist leader Fred Phelps cause for celebration?" March 21.) Pastor Fred Phelps preached a faithful gospel to this generation, and he was the soul that The Lord our God used to teach the servants of God at Westboro Baptist Church how to be faithful and so forth. Pastor Phelps has not picketed a soldier funeral since 2007. That work was done by others, and The Lord willing, we will continue to be faithful to warn you, as the hour is short.
NEWS
July 1, 2010
How do you identify a conversation sustainer? Conversation sustainers are the folks who remove the fuzzies from the sweaters of our nation's social interchanges, razoring off the unpleasant bumps and ridges. Or, if you prefer a tastier image, we're the types who verbally cover the awkward gaps in conversations with an innocuous yet pleasant coating, not unlike the candy shell of an M&M. The conversation sustainer routinely smoothes out social interactions and fosters community.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2010
— Barry Jacobs has been a University of Virginia lacrosse fan for 50 years, ever since he unsuccessfully tried out for the team as a freshman. A season-ticket holder for many years after moving to Northern Virginia, Jacobs came to Klockner Stadium on Saturday night with mixed emotions. Jacobs, a retired State Department officer, was going to root for the top-ranked and No.1-seed Cavaliers against Mount St. Mary's in their opening game of the NCAA lacrosse tournament, but his heart was heavy from the killing of women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love nearly two weeks ago. Virginia men's lacrosse player George Huguely is charged with murder in her death.
NEWS
February 15, 2014
I totally agree with Melani McAlister's point that the "question of how Americans should respond to the deteriorating situation in Israel and Palestine - what our government should do, what we as individuals can or should do - should be openly and freely debated" ("Maryland bills would stifle academic freedom," Feb. 12). Already, social pressure tends to convince numerous concerned Americans to voluntarily refrain from criticizing Israel. Some stay silent because they do not want to be falsely labeled as anti-Semitic.
SPORTS
From Sun staff reports | December 21, 2013
Max Ferdinand scored three fourth-quarter goals as the Blast routed the first-year Pennsylvania Roar, 21-2, on Friday night in Reading in the first game of a home-and-home series that continues tonight at Baltimore Arena. Lucas Roque added three assists and one goal, and goalie Troy Hernandez allowed just one goal. The defending Major Indoor Soccer League-champion Blast (3-2) scored the game's first 14 points before Corey Maret put the Roar (0-6) on the board at 12:34 of the fourth quarter.
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