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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2010
Old age ain't for sissies. — Bette Davis Her father had lived for a decade and a half in a big house on the Eastern Shore. Then he started showing signs of dementia. In 2008, Barbara Turner finally had to take the reins. It was tough enough that Turner, a retired newspaper journalist, was forced to move her dad into assisted living. But what should she do with his stuff? She wanted to keep it all — the chairs, the old photos, even the lawn equipment. But her own home started filling up. Then it hit her. "There's an opportunity cost for everything you keep," she says.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman didn't have his best outing Sunday night against the New York Yankees, but he still extended his remarkable streak of consistency that has now lasted more than three months as he has solidified his spot as the club's ace. After allowing one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings in the Orioles' 3-2, walk-off victory over the Yankees, Tillman has recorded 19 straight starts of allowing three earned runs or fewer. That mark ties him with Milt Pappas (1965)
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Susan Reimer | October 23, 2013
Apparently, when your daughter gets engaged you have to paint your house, even if you aren't holding the wedding there. I am not sure why, but the minute the ring was on her finger, I hired a painter. And the first place he tackled was the area of our basement where we keep all our stuff. And there was a lot of stuff back there. I know, because all of it had to be moved out of his way. Now the paint is dry and it is time to move it back and I am determined to do what I didn't have to do when all that stuff was behind closed doors.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Maryland lawmakers are poised to raise the minimum wage and decriminalize marijuana today as this year's General Assembly's session cruises to a close at midnight. Both measures are on the verge of passage, barring unforeseen last-minute snags, because of compromises forged in the final week. The wage bill, Gov. Martin O'Malley's top legislative priority in his final year, would gradually increase the hourly minimum pay for hundreds of thousands of workers from the current $7.25 to $10.10 by July 2018.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
The former owner of the Senator theater said Friday that he is not leaving town and giving away his worldly possessions. A "Curb Alert" ad was posted under Tom Kiefaber's name Thursday on Craig's List. It was republished Thursday to the social news and entertainment website Reddit, and offered seats, light fixtures, projector equipment and movie memorabilia, all for free. "[G]ood ol' Kiefaber is leaving town for good," the ad said. Kiefaber said the ad was not his doing, and he's not moving.
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By KEVIN COWHERD | June 12, 1995
A look at Kato Kaelin's diary:Monday, 10 a.m. -- My agent called today. And he's like: "I got you this gig, OK? It's this Poultry Festival in Kansas City. You dress up in this chicken costume, sign some autographs, pose )) for a few pictures. Two hours, max. It's good money, Kato."And I'm like: "No way! You want me to do that biker bar where the smoke shoots from the stage and the waitresses balance tequila shooters on their chests, fine. But I'm not dressing up in some stupid chicken costume."
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff | May 15, 1991
It wasn't pretty, but the Orioles' 6-1 win over the Oakland A's last night looked like a Rembrandt to a pair of Robinsons.Jeff Robinson left runners scattered all over the basepaths (1hits and three walks), but never lost control of himself or the game. "Did I have you jumping around more than usual out there?" the righthander asked bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks after Mark Williamson had come on to record the last four outs of Robinson's second win in five decisions."No," replied Hendricks, "I thought you were in command all thway."
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By Marta Salij and Marta Salij,McClatchy-Tribune | January 6, 2007
Peter Walsh is the charming Australian organizational guru behind TLC's Clean Sweep. He's also a no-nonsense taskmaster when it comes to detaching you from your clutter. Don't tell him you'll need it some day. Don't tell him your Great Aunt Tillie left it to you. If it doesn't have a place in the life you dream of for yourself -- and he has everyone define that vision before he'll hand them a single Hefty bag -- it has no place in your life today. Because it's not about the stuff, as Walsh puts it in his new book, It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life With Less Stuff.
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By JEAN MARBELLA | November 24, 2006
Black Friday indeed. Not that we needed it, but some of the malls opened at 12:01 a.m. today to jump-start this year's holiday shopping season. At a time when you can pretty much shop 24/7, online and in real life, and when we've already had the seasonal merchandise rioting - over the new PlayStations - did anyone really need to be at KB Toys at midnight? I love and loathe this time of year. All that sparkly stuff at the stores both attracts and repels me. Part of it is working at a newspaper, where, if you're around any length of time, you've so often done the day-after-Thanksgiving shopping story - not to mention the day-after-Christmas returns story, and the back-to-school shopping story, and the tax-free shopping week story - that you want to move to a remote mountaintop and live like a Zen monk who owns just a robe and a mug for tea. At a paper where I previously worked, there was a perhaps apocryphal story about a photographer who got so tired of being assigned to take the annual picture of shoppers flooding downtown on the day after Thanksgiving that he turned in a photo from the rolls he shot the year before.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | December 22, 2002
WASHINGTON - Every year, we take this picture. It's late on Christmas Eve after the fat man has gone and the last bike has been assembled. We are exhausted, ready to tumble into bed. But before we do, we take a snapshot of the finished product. It's usually impossible to fit it all into one frame. The loot spills across the floor, covers couches and chairs. A sea of Barbie dolls and remote-control cars, athletic shoes and video games. I used to like that picture. I'd look at myself or my wife standing before that bounty and I'd feel the distinctly masculine pride of the provider who has once again provided.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
The former owner of the Senator theater said Friday that he is not leaving town and giving away his worldly possessions. A "Curb Alert" ad was posted under Tom Kiefaber's name Thursday on Craig's List. It was republished Thursday to the social news and entertainment website Reddit, and offered seats, light fixtures, projector equipment and movie memorabilia, all for free. "[G]ood ol' Kiefaber is leaving town for good," the ad said. Kiefaber said the ad was not his doing, and he's not moving.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
Just less than three months shy of his 41st birthday, free-agent right-handed pitcher Brett Tomko hopes for one last chance to get back to the major leagues. Tomko will throw for the Orioles on Friday morning in Orange County, Calif. He aims to impress the club enough to earn a minor-league deal with an invitation to major league spring training. Tomko hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2011. He spent most of last season pitching for the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League while hoping to join a Triple-A team, an opportunity that never came.
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By Brian Melton | January 9, 2014
It may be time for the reigning champ of the small sports sedan category to step aside. BMW's stellar 3 series has owned the niche for pretty much forever, but a worthy competitor is growling in the wings and has the Bavarian giant squarely in its sights: Cadillac. You read that right. Cadillac's resurgence over the past decade has been nothing short of amazing. When the fearsome CTS-V set a record at Germany's fabled Nurburgring for the fastest production sedan in 2008, the antiquated Caddy catchphrase “Standard of the World” suddenly seemed a lot less hubristic.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2013
You might think that major-college basketball players become immune to criticism over time. They play on such a public stage, after all. I was thinking about that as I listened to Maryland sophomore Shaquille Cleare talk to reporters after scoring 10 points (on 5-for-7 shooting) after the 66-62 victory over Florida Atlantic . Cleare had played arguably his best game of the year. But he seemed a little burdened by previous criticism. It had seemed to wear on him. Or maybe it was Cleare being his own worst critic.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | November 18, 2013
Employee volunteers from Booz Allen Hamilton's Aberdeen office delivered more than 200 backpacks filled with school supplies, in addition to several boxes of additional materials, to support Edgewood Elementary School students as they kicked off the new school year. For the fourth consecutive year, Edgewood Elementary School made their school supply list "optional" for students because of the current economic environment. With nearly 70 percent of students at the school receiving free or reduced-cost meals, the school views this as a way to reduce the financial burden on families.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2013
Ed Sloman spends a lot of time at work playing games. Sloman, the owner of Games and Stuff in Glen Burnie, says he's probably played thousands of the board, card and storytelling tabletop games he sells, but his all time favorite is Magic: The Gathering card game. That's because it has "a strong theme, elegant mechanics and high replay value," the three ingredients in all his favorites. The players are planeswalkers (ultra-powerful wizards) locked in a spell duel, he says. The goal is to reduce your opponent to zero life points.
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By Michael T. Dolan | June 3, 2008
Any day now my mailman, Bob, will be delivering a hefty check to my mailbox courtesy of the U.S. Treasury. With two kids worth $300 a pop, my wife and I are looking at close to $2,000 of something called "economic stimulus." Seems the economy is in trouble. Bear Stearns, now that it doesn't exist, has become a household name. Adjustable mortgage rates are now accepted for what they are - the mortgage industry's version of a fixed game of roulette. And fear of a possible recession is talk-show fodder for agenda-pushing politicos.
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By ELLEN GOODMAN | November 21, 2005
BOSTON -- We are taking my grandmother's china out for a spin. The plates, cups and saucers, wrapped carefully like ancient artifacts, will make their annual pilgrimage one doorway and one generation down the street from my aunt's house to my own. On Thanksgiving, four generations will eat off the dishes of a fifth, although this year the people finally outnumber the place settings and the youngest quartet will be safely relegated to plastic plates and...
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Susan Reimer | October 23, 2013
Apparently, when your daughter gets engaged you have to paint your house, even if you aren't holding the wedding there. I am not sure why, but the minute the ring was on her finger, I hired a painter. And the first place he tackled was the area of our basement where we keep all our stuff. And there was a lot of stuff back there. I know, because all of it had to be moved out of his way. Now the paint is dry and it is time to move it back and I am determined to do what I didn't have to do when all that stuff was behind closed doors.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2013
Running back Ray Rice could hardly believe what happened Sunday as another patented failure of the Ravens' running game unfolded. Rice was repeatedly stuffed, unable to reach the Green Bay Packers' end zone despite a first-and-goal at the 4-yard line during the second quarter of the Ravens' 19-17 loss at M&T Bank Stadium. Rice gained two yards and one yard before being tackled for no gain on third down. Then, backup Bernard Pierce was shut down on fourth down for no yards to squander a prime scoring opportunity.
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