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By Michael Pakenham and Michael Pakenham,SUN BOOK EDITOR | March 23, 2003
It doesn't feel like a terrorist's lair. Harold Bloom greets me jovially. Just inside the front door of his house in New Haven, Conn., is a homey, 30-foot living room, where books cover almost every surface and a bit of the floor. Within minutes, eyes bright, he instructs me that he is a guerrilla. At 72, undaunted by severe illness, he is fighting on in the aftermath of -- in his view -- a lost war between classic academic principles and what he takes to be an anti-intellectual, anti-cultural, self-servingly political conquest of higher education.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
I had one of those soul-satisfying, I-love-Baltimore nights a few Saturdays back at Cafe Gia Ristorante, a colorful, cheerful and satisfying Italian restaurant on the corner of High Street and Eastern Avenue. We showed up for early dinner reservations and were whisked right upstairs to the narrow second-floor balcony, which was pretty darn magical on this particular night. The view from there isn't spectacular, but it's captivating, a mix of old and new. Across the street, you can see diners on the balcony at Dalesio's, and further back, the high- and medium-rise luxury apartment buildings of the Harbor East development.
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July 3, 2013
I choose Carol Loveless as candidate for the office of Maryland House of Delegates representing the newly drawn District 9B. I have known Ms. Loveless on a professional and personal level for 25+ years. I know her to be a loyal friend, and an honest, professional business woman who has much to bring to the table as state delegate that will be beneficial to all citizens of the District and the state of Maryland. Ms. Loveless is a dedicated and passionate conservative as demonstrated through her long support of the Republican Party and membership in the Howard County Republican Women's Club and Howard County Republican Club.
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By Morgan Eichensehr and For The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Jen Seidel had no idea that when she decided to shake things up at a costume party eight years ago, she would end up falling in love with body paint artistry and turning it into a successful career. Now, Seidel has released a coffee table book, "Covered," featuring photos of her modeled artwork and hopes to use it as a tool to help others and continue to "paint it forward. " In a recent phone interview, Seidel, 45, who lives in Reisterstown, talked about how she got started in body painting, where it's taken her in her career and why she, well, does what she does.
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By Marya Charles Alexander | May 28, 1993
Solo dining is a skill anyone can acquire. Just like baking bread, practice helps. The more you dine out alone, the more your comfort level will rise.* When you dine out with friends, note restaurants that allow singles to feel at ease. Highlight those restaurants on your list of places to try when you dine alone. Hotel concierges are a good resource for solo-friendly restaurants. Coffee shops and casual restaurants with counters are good choices for beginners.* Start with the meal most comfortable for you, which for many people is breakfast or lunch.
SPORTS
By Zach Helfand and The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2012
Greg Merson is eight players away from a win at poker's biggest event and a prize of more than $8.5 million. The 24-year-old originally from Maryland reached the World Series of Poker main event's nine-player final table. He's in third place with 28,725,000 chips, trailing leader Jesse Sylvia by 15,150,000. The players will break until Oct. 28, when they will play the remainder of the tournament. Merson took home more than $1 million dollars after winning Event 57 of the World Series two weeks ago and is the only bracelet-winner at the final table.
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December 31, 2012
Everyone needs to put something on the table for any resolution of the debt crisis to move forward ("McConnell key to 'cliff' deal," Dec. 27). I am newly retired and living on a fixed income, but I will rejoin the work world if I think I need the added security. I understand how Medicare and Social Security work, but I also recognize that my generation and the one just before mine are getting a subsidy that is too big for the country to sustain. I would put Medicare and Social Security on the table.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2011
Let's just say Tuesday night's Bloomberg-Washington Post debate was one of those times when TV got in the way of the story instead of bringing it to us. I am talking about the producers of the debate deciding to have the candidates sit around a big table instead of standing at lecturns to debate. The TV table onstage at Dartmouth College was intended to be an enlarged version of the table debate moderator Charlie Rose has become known for employing on his talk show. Memo to the folks responsible for making this decision: You don't shape presidential debates to the talents of your moderator.
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By Elaine Markoutsas | November 19, 1995
More than any other celebrations, the rich holidays of fall and winter demand that your table be properly dressed.The big question is what to put at the center of the holiday table. Most of us love flowers but tire of using the same bowl year after year, filling it with the standard blooms of the season.There's plenty of room for creativity. Don't shy away from mixing disperate elements.An innovative centerpiece is something you'll find so special during the holidays that you'll probably be tempted to bring some of those touches of folksiness, romance and elegance to the table all year.
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By Rita St. Clair and Rita St. Clair,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | October 30, 1994
Q: We want to add a contemporary-style Parsons table to a long wall in our entrance hall. At 78 inches in length and 20 inches in depth, the light-colored table fits well in the available space but looks a bit spindly. How can we give it more weight and importance? Should we change its color?A: That's one possibility, though it's difficult to beef up a table of this kind simply by redoing its color and texture. Another option is to add a lower shelf as a means of giving the table a bit more bulk.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
You can thank Wolfgang Puck. The era of good casino dining is generally traced back to 1992, when the Los Angeles-based chef opened a version of his famed Hollywood restaurant, Spago, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. From then on, you didn't have to know a flush from a straight to have a good time in Sin City. Within a decade of Spago's opening, Vegas was a paradise for restaurant lovers. Michelin-star chefs like Thomas Keller and Joel Robuchon came to town. Nobu, Le Cirque and other famous New York restaurants opened on the strip.
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By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
Chef-prepared dishes to sample and freshly picked local produce to buy - what could be more appetizing in July when local harvests are peaking? Mix in socializing with like-minded folks who care where their food comes from and a menu of short documentary films, and you've got the recipe for the fifth annual Howard County Film Feastival on Tuesday, an event that is free and open to the public. The Feastival, at Clark's Elioak Farm off Route 108 near Centennial Lane, also helps launch the 2014 Farm-2-Table weeks - with a theme of "Love Local" - at 23 restaurants around the county starting Monday.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
Alice Johnson noticed the checker boards that recently popped up behind her house, a neat brick rowhouse in the Barclay neighborhood of Baltimore. "People will definitely use them," she said. "I play. I wish I could play chess, too. " She should have time to learn. The boards have been etched permanently into 1,000-pound slabs of marble in a new community courtyard. The stones are salvaged steps from several area houses, and the artist who placed them in the courtyard hopes they become a new kind of Baltimore front steps - where urban dwellers have long gathered, told stories and played games.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
The Baltimore Teachers Union has filed a class action grievance against the city school system after the district made last-minute changes to its evaluation system, which knocked teachers down in ratings that are also tied to their ability to earn pay raises. In an email to members, Marietta English, president of the BTU, said the union filed the grievance because of changes the district made to the "cut scores," which affect whether a teacher is rated "highly effective" "effective," "developing" or "ineffective.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
Tucked in a corner of an older shopping center in Ellicott City, from the outside, White Oak Tavern is unassuming and nearly anonymous. But that's just the facade. Inside, White Oak (named for Maryland's state tree) is warm and food-centric, with an impressive craft beer selection and a well-executed menu that shines a light on local farmers. Scene & Decor White Oak's space is open and airy, with a large bar to the right, a dining room to the left and, in keeping with the "oak" theme, wood everywhere, from the floors to the benches to the walls.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | February 6, 2014
It's an odd thing. Sometimes, when I speak before high school or college students, someone in the audience, knowing I began my professional life as a pop music critic, will ask what I think of music today. I always demur that I don't listen to a lot of it, but that most of what I do hear kind of, well ... bores me. While there are exceptions -- i.e., Adele -- much of it feels corporate, cold, plastic, image-driven, less reflective of talent than tech, more programmed than played.
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By Rita St. Clair and Rita St. Clair,Contributing Writer | September 5, 1993
My friends often wonder how I can write a column every week on the same topic. Where do the ideas come from?I tell them, first of all, that I don't write on the same topic. One week the column is about color; the next week it focuses on furniture; then it will be lighting, window coverings, bathroom fixtures and so on.Occasionally, too, I will be inspired in unexpected ways. Here's an interesting example.This photo from the Baker furniture company recently arrived in my mail. At first glance, it seemed as if it might provide the basis for a story about how to use step tables.
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By Rose Bennett Gilbert and Rose Bennett Gilbert,Copley News Service | January 19, 1992
C Q: I really enjoy rooms that look different. I mean rooms that don't have the usual kinds of furniture used in the same old ways.For instance, my living room "sofa" is actually an old iron daybed with cushions on three sides, and my bed head once was a Gothic church pew I had cut to fit the mattress. Of course, I've had everything from a wicker Victorian wagon to tree stumps under glass for a cocktail table. Now I'm about out of ideas. Got any to spare?A: A bunch, from the sophisticated to the surprising.
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By Karen Mawdsley, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2014
GAITHERSBURG - It started 7,000 miles away, in China - that was the first time Crystal Wang held a table tennis racket. "Her grandparents introduce her to this game," Crystal's father, Quandou Wang, said. Crystal was visiting them in the summer of 2007, and they took her to a local community center where table tennis abounded and an instructor suggested she give it a shot. Five years old at the time, Crystal could barely see over the table - the average 5-year-old stands 40 inches tall, and a standard table tennis table sits 30 inches off the ground.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
Matt Hatton doesn't hide or run away from McDaniel's sub-.500 record in 2013. But the coach also can't help wondering what might have been had the team been on the positive side of some narrow defeats. The Green Terror was involved in nine games decided by two goals or fewer, and lost seven of them. Those results played a direct role in the team's 5-11 overall mark and 2-6 record in the Centennial Conference. “I think the real big difference for us between last year and the years before that is that we lost the majority of those one- or two-goal games, rather than winning them,” Hatton said.
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