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By Dr. Modena Wilsonand Dr. Alain Joffe | November 27, 1990
Q: Is it OK for me to wash my baby's soft spot? I've always been a little afraid to touch it.A: It is perfectly fine for you to wash your baby's scalp all over, including the skin over the soft spot.Even though the skull bones are not completely formed for some months after birth, a very tough material is present where bone will be. It provides plenty of protection for the brain during ordinary child-care activities.The skull is made up of a number of bones that gradually enlarge and then grow together as a child's brain reaches its full adult size.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
When the Arizona Diamondbacks designated reliever J.J. Putz for assignment on Friday, it brought back all sorts of memories. Obviously, you have to have a soft spot in your heart for anyone named Putz, even if he claimed in an interview with me several years ago that it was not pronounced the way you might expect. He said that it rhymed with "toots" instead of "mutts" and insisted that he had didn't remember anybody making fun of his name when he was in middle school. Of course, this didn't ring true with me and I went ahead and wrote a column that generated hundreds of message board headlines around the country that read "Schmuck interviews Putz," probably because none of us ever really graduates from middle school.
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By Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe and Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 9, 1996
I'm 14 now, and get calls to baby-sit. I like babies and want to earn money but only have been taking jobs with older children. I'm scared because I've heard babies have soft spots on their heads.My mom says I'm silly. What should I do?We don't think you should take sitting jobs that make you feel really nervous, but hope that more information will decrease your fear of "soft spots."First, what are soft spots and why do babies have them? When babies are born, their skulls are works in progress.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2013
The happy convergence of Midweek Madness time with Barbra Streisand's 71st birthday means a little levity is in order. I always did have a soft spot for every moment of "Color Me Barbra," because it was the first Streisand album I owned and the beginning of a life-long, unrequited romance. The TV special that generated that album includes this comic gem -- a harried Marie Antoinette getting a hurried last song in.
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By Eric Carle | May 17, 1998
Hermit Crabs live on the ocean floor. Their skin is hard, except for the abdomen, which is soft.To protect this "soft spot," the hermit crab borrows a shell and makes this its "house."Then only its face, feet and claws stick out from the shell. That way, it can see, walk and catch its food.When a hermit crab is threatened, it withdraws into its shell until the danger has passed.Pub Date: 5/17/98
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2013
The happy convergence of Midweek Madness time with Barbra Streisand's 71st birthday means a little levity is in order. I always did have a soft spot for every moment of "Color Me Barbra," because it was the first Streisand album I owned and the beginning of a life-long, unrequited romance. The TV special that generated that album includes this comic gem -- a harried Marie Antoinette getting a hurried last song in.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2010
Bob Byrnes writes: A young lady, Anna Koliais , is trying to put together some information for the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum on Martin and his relation to the outdoors. There are bits and pieces about his hunting, fishing and conservation work in several places, but nothing that pulls it all together. Do you know of anyone she could talk to about Glenn Martin and his outdoors exploits? He moved his plant to Maryland because he was familiar with the Chesapeake Bay from hunting trips.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
When the Arizona Diamondbacks designated reliever J.J. Putz for assignment on Friday, it brought back all sorts of memories. Obviously, you have to have a soft spot in your heart for anyone named Putz, even if he claimed in an interview with me several years ago that it was not pronounced the way you might expect. He said that it rhymed with "toots" instead of "mutts" and insisted that he had didn't remember anybody making fun of his name when he was in middle school. Of course, this didn't ring true with me and I went ahead and wrote a column that generated hundreds of message board headlines around the country that read "Schmuck interviews Putz," probably because none of us ever really graduates from middle school.
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By Mary Clare Fischer, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2012
Patti Smith has a soft spot for Baltimore, dating back to the early '80s, when she and her husband would visit the city for soft-shell crabs and beer. These days, she "hardly ever" gets to play in Charm City, so when her current tour gave her a day off in the area, she booked a performance here - on Saturday at Rams Head Live . "I always liked Baltimore," Smith said. "I've always loved [Edgar Allan] Poe, too. The end of Poe's life is so mysterious - I like to contemplate that.
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By Elise T. Chisolm | April 28, 1992
If it's spring at our house, it's a trip to the hardware store.I lose him to Hechinger's or Frank's or some other such place when the first flower blooms.I hear, "I'm going to the hardware store, I'll be back in a little while."A little while turns into hours.I would like to spend a spring day with him at the aquarium, on a garden tour or at the harbor.But here's the strange part of his home improvement sorties: When he gets back, he often does not fix the dripping faucet or the loose shingles.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2013
When I was putting together my story on Earl Weaver after his death Friday night I knew I wanted to talk to Jim Henneman, the former Sun baseball beat writer and current Orioles official scorer who is our unofficial beat historian. All of us Sun writers look up to Henny and love hearing the stories of the Orioles' glory days. Henneman first met Weaver back in 1959 in Georgia at the Orioles' minor league camp. He covered Weaver throughout the Hall of Famer's big league managerial career.
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January 17, 2013
Amid the boasting typical of a governor's budget proposal, Gov. Martin O'Malley's new spending plan includes this peculiar claim to fame: The O'Malley administration has managed to effectively eliminate Maryland's structural budget deficit not just once but two times. This is a bit like bragging that you've married the same person twice - it suggests you've gotten to the right place in the end but glosses over some unpleasantness in the middle. The fiscal unpleasantness, in Mr. O'Malley's case, was particularly severe, and to be fair, not really his fault.
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By Mary Clare Fischer, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2012
Patti Smith has a soft spot for Baltimore, dating back to the early '80s, when she and her husband would visit the city for soft-shell crabs and beer. These days, she "hardly ever" gets to play in Charm City, so when her current tour gave her a day off in the area, she booked a performance here - on Saturday at Rams Head Live . "I always liked Baltimore," Smith said. "I've always loved [Edgar Allan] Poe, too. The end of Poe's life is so mysterious - I like to contemplate that.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2012
Buck Showalter means business. As manager of the Orioles, Showalter has brought a shot of mojo to a moribund baseball team, thanks in no small part to his grim determination to win. In photos, his facial expressions usually range from "quasi-stern" to "full-on scowl. " But Showalter, 56, does have a soft side for Sader, Webster, Jasper and Opie - four floppy-eared basset hounds he and his wife, Angela, shuttle between their countryside home in northern Baltimore County and their off-season house in Texas.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2010
Bob Byrnes writes: A young lady, Anna Koliais , is trying to put together some information for the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum on Martin and his relation to the outdoors. There are bits and pieces about his hunting, fishing and conservation work in several places, but nothing that pulls it all together. Do you know of anyone she could talk to about Glenn Martin and his outdoors exploits? He moved his plant to Maryland because he was familiar with the Chesapeake Bay from hunting trips.
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By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com | February 19, 2010
No matter the outcome of Saturday's men's lacrosse game between Loyola and Navy, the Midshipmen will stand near the southern end of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and sing the "Navy Blue and Gold" song at game's end. And Charley Toomey will likely join them. That might seem odd considering that Toomey, as the coach of the Greyhounds, will do everything in his power to guide his team to a victory over Navy. But he is the former head coach of the Naval Academy Prep School team and a former assistant coach for the varsity squad, and Toomey's link to the Midshipmen still resonates with him today.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,mike.preston@baltsun.com | October 12, 2009
With two minutes left in the game, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was having a chat with Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis, whose Bengals had the ball at their 33-yard line. "He was chuckling with me, and I told him, 'Look, man, we got you exactly where we want you,' " Marvin Lewis said. He was right. Ten plays later, Andre Caldwell caught a 20-yard pass over the middle for the game-winning touchdown as the Bengals upset the Ravens, 17-14, at M&T Bank Stadium. It was the fourth time Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer had rallied the Bengals (4-1)
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,mike.preston@baltsun.com | October 12, 2009
With two minutes left in the game, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was having a chat with Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis, whose Bengals had the ball at their 33-yard line. "He was chuckling with me, and I told him, 'Look, man, we got you exactly where we want you,' " Marvin Lewis said. He was right. Ten plays later, Andre Caldwell caught a 20-yard pass over the middle for the game-winning touchdown as the Bengals upset the Ravens, 17-14, at M&T Bank Stadium. It was the fourth time Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer had rallied the Bengals (4-1)
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By CANDUS THOMSON and CANDUS THOMSON,candy.thomson@baltsun.com | October 21, 2008
OAKLAND - A confession: At this year's black bear hunt, I am rooting for the bear. Not every bear. Just one. With each black bear brought to the check station at Mount Nebo Wildlife Management Area, I hold my breath. Will the animal being weighed and inspected by state biologists be the one I held in my arms a little more than two years ago? So far, the bear known to the state as 472C4E7628, most likely a resident of Allegany County, has escaped hunters. The male bear must weigh about 200 pounds now, but when I saw him in April 2006, he and his three tiny den mates were nestled around their 238-pound mother, who was taking a nap induced by two tranquilizer darts.
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