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By Gordon Livingston | December 26, 2012
In the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, people continue to ask the useless question, "Why?" We search for the shooter's "motive," as if we could discover a satisfactory explanation for why a depressed young man would decide to execute his mother, 20 first-graders and six of their teachers. Why did this latest alienated loner in our pantheon of mass murderers grab the stockpile of weapons his suburban mother had accumulated? How could people not have known? Was this a "failure of the mental health system?"
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April 14, 2014
According to its mission statement, Johns Hopkins Hospital seeks "to afford solace and enhance the surrounding community. " This goal is hardly consistent with the poverty-level wages paid by that fine institution to its core employees ( "Balancing priorities and resources at Johns Hopkins," April 11). Twenty-five percent of the employees who engaged in a three-day strike last week earn so little that they are officially considered to be living in poverty while 70 percent of them earn so little that they qualify for food stamps.
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SPORTS
By Edward Lee | January 23, 2012
Lardarius Webb continued a sparkling 2011 campaign, recording his third interception of the postseason when he leaped into the air to snatch a Tom Brady pass intended for wide receiver Julian Edelman in the first quarter. But the Ravens cornerback, who led the defense in interceptions with five in the regular season, took little solace in his performance in the playoffs. “Wasn't good enough,” he said simply. Webb, who finished with six tackles and one pass breakup, was also flagged for illegal contact on New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker - a costly infraction that negated an interception by strong safety Bernard Pollard on the very same play.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
No. 7 UMBC suffered its first loss of the season when Delaware pulled off a 1-0 upset in double overtime Tuesday night at Retriever Soccer Park. The loss was the team's first since a 2-1 defeat to Albany on Oct. 10 of last year, snapping an unbeaten streak of 18 games. Retrievers coach Pete Caringi would not have been faulted for being upset about the loss, but he sounded philosophical about the outcome, which dropped the team to 9-1-0 this fall. “You hate to lose, and obviously, we hadn't lost in a long time,” he said Wednesday morning.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2013
By rallying from a five-goal deficit in the third quarter to overcome the Charlotte Hounds, 16-14, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis on Saturday night, the Chesapeake Bayhawks (9-5) earned the No. 2 seed in the Major League Lacrosse playoffs and will face No. 3 seed Hamilton Nationals (9-5) Aug. 24 at 4 p.m. at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Perhaps more importantly, Chesapeake avoided a semifinal meeting with the top-seeded Denver Outlaws, who became the first team in league history to complete an undefeated regular season at 14-0.
NEWS
By Sun photographer | October 30, 2006
Doris Waldon has become something of a fixture around Harborplace at Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Waldon, who has been homeless for the past two years, has made a habit of feeding the pigeons that congregate around the downtown tourist destination. She says the area serves as an emotional oasis and a temporary escape from the burden of her circumstances.
FEATURES
By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,Sun Columnist | April 24, 2007
Of all the photos to emerge from Virginia Tech last week, one is particularly telling. A student is standing on a sidewalk, and at her feet lie a mesh laundry bag and a tote bag, a well-loved stuffed bear peeking out from its strap handles. The photo caption says she is waiting for a ride home, but if a bag of laundry and a stuffed animal don't say "college student going home," I don't know what does. A steady stream of students left campus last week in search of the comfort and safety of home.
NEWS
By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | November 21, 2002
After eight weeks in Baltimore, Florence and John Richter will go home to Haddonfield, N.J., tomorrow -- but, in a way, they will be leaving home. Hope Lodge, a 26-room free facility where cancer patients and their caregivers may stay during treatment, has become an unexpected refuge during John Richter's battle with prostate cancer. The sojourn will stay with the patient and his wife long after what they hope is the last dose of radiation. After closing for three months last summer, the lodge has become homier since a $500,000 renovation added new carpet to the lobby, spiffed up the library and added more handicapped-accessible rooms.
NEWS
By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | May 2, 1996
As a schoolgirl in church choirs, Parris Lane let music carry her off on dreams of success and fame.Later, when a loving marriage turned abusive, the 38-year-old Annapolis singer sought counseling from the local YWCA and solace from her music to heal the pain. Now that she has put the violence behind her, Ms. Lane has devoted much of her talent to helping others in the same plight.This week, she is preparing for Sunday's third annual Parris Lane Benefit Concert for the YWCA Domestic Violence Program.
NEWS
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 8, 1996
The November ratings book is in, and to the surprise of no one, things remain pretty much as they have been in the local news biz.WBAL, Channel 11, thanks in no small part to NBC's dominant prime-time lineup, continues to dominate the 11 p.m. news. WBAL and WJZ, Channel 13, continue slugging it out at 5 p.m., where Channel 11 emerged victorious by one-half a ratings point. And WJZ continues to pound the competition at noon, garnering more than twice the viewers of its nearest competition.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
One year ago, when one hour of sleep a night was all Mark Mayr could manage in his grief, he set a goal: "I've got to make it through a year. " Eventually, sleep returned. But last week, as the first anniversary of his daughter Rose Mayr's death in a train derailment in the heart of Ellicott City approached, reminders were everywhere and the sleepless nights returned. "I felt myself slipping," he said. For Eric Nass, whose daughter Elizabeth "Liz" Nass died alongside Rose Mayr when the coal train left its tracks, the anniversary also weighed heavily on his thoughts - the only comfort being that there would never again be a first Christmas without Liz, or a first birthday.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2013
By rallying from a five-goal deficit in the third quarter to overcome the Charlotte Hounds, 16-14, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis on Saturday night, the Chesapeake Bayhawks (9-5) earned the No. 2 seed in the Major League Lacrosse playoffs and will face No. 3 seed Hamilton Nationals (9-5) Aug. 24 at 4 p.m. at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Perhaps more importantly, Chesapeake avoided a semifinal meeting with the top-seeded Denver Outlaws, who became the first team in league history to complete an undefeated regular season at 14-0.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2013
There's a light and dark theme running through the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 2013-2014 season, which includes works dealing with great loss, as well as great compassion. “Sometimes through tragedy, whether a world war or a personal loss, the beauty of humanity comes out in art,” said BSO music director Marin Alsop. “Great art brings us together in a very authentic and pure way.”    The season will feature Benjamin Britten's large-scale, profoundly moving “War Requiem” from 1962, written for the reconsecration of England's Coventry Cathedral, destroyed in 1940 by bombing.
NEWS
By Gordon Livingston | December 26, 2012
In the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, people continue to ask the useless question, "Why?" We search for the shooter's "motive," as if we could discover a satisfactory explanation for why a depressed young man would decide to execute his mother, 20 first-graders and six of their teachers. Why did this latest alienated loner in our pantheon of mass murderers grab the stockpile of weapons his suburban mother had accumulated? How could people not have known? Was this a "failure of the mental health system?"
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | October 31, 2012
Some homeowner's insurance policies contain a hurricane deductible, which is a percentage of the home's value. In other words, you might have to pay a deductible of 1 to 5 percent of the home's value before insurance kicks in during a hurricane. But the Maryland Insurance Administration says that for Sandy no hurricane deductibles will apply. That's because the  National Weather Service didn't issue hurricane warnings for any counties here. That's some solace for residents who suffered property damage from the storm.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee | January 23, 2012
Lardarius Webb continued a sparkling 2011 campaign, recording his third interception of the postseason when he leaped into the air to snatch a Tom Brady pass intended for wide receiver Julian Edelman in the first quarter. But the Ravens cornerback, who led the defense in interceptions with five in the regular season, took little solace in his performance in the playoffs. “Wasn't good enough,” he said simply. Webb, who finished with six tackles and one pass breakup, was also flagged for illegal contact on New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker - a costly infraction that negated an interception by strong safety Bernard Pollard on the very same play.
NEWS
By Sam Sessa | October 7, 2007
Guitarist and singer Shelly Blake-Plock's newest project may be his most eclectic and ambitious yet. Blake-Plock (aka R. Richard Wojewodzki), a 32-year-old who lives in Elkridge, has been a musical force in the local and European experimental folk scenes for several years. His latest album, The Violencestring, bridges the continental gap with a cast of more than a dozen musicians from as far as France and Sweden and as close as the Peabody Institute. The Violencestring's central narrative centers on a boy abused by his father and mother who seeks solace in the violin.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | December 6, 1994
All things are skewed through the eye of the Newt.Charles Town West Virginia without racing is like Harpers Ferry without John Brown.Bill went to Budapest, one place the Republicans didn't carry, for solace.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jordan Bartel and Wesley Case, b | January 11, 2012
Unless there's some sort of football fast we're unaware of (and if there is, that should be outlawed), chances are you'll be eating and drinking during Sunday's playoff game. A lot. So we're here to make it just a bit more fun as you watch the Ravens take on the Texans. Things may be “bigger” in Texas, but our Ravens Playoff Drinking Game™ is better. Enjoy (responsibly)! Drink •••• When Joe Flacco overthrows a pass of 20 yards or more •••• Each time Arian Foster fails to pass the line of scrimmage •••• For every unnecessary mention of Tim Tebow •••• Whenever the camera shows Poe •••• Whenever the commentators remind viewers the Steelers lost to the Broncos •••• When there's a random reference to “The Wire” Do a shot •••• If T.J. Yates gets knocked out of the game •••• Wow, George W. Bush makes an appearance!
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2011
The vigil began on an ominous note. The organizers had asked police to be there so they could mourn without looking over their shoulders, but the squad car pulled away, lights and sirens, to respond to another call. Relatives and friends of Marquis Jones pushed down the dark East Baltimore alley anyway, holding Mylar balloons and candles, and shaking off a steady rain that plopped through the canopy of trees above. They gathered one night last week at the spot where the 19-year-old was recently gunned down.
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