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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2013
Otis R. "Damon" Harris Jr., a Baltimore singer who performed with the Temptations during the 1970s and later used his own diagnosis of prostate cancer to help raise awareness of the disease in African-American men, died Feb. 18 from the disease at Joseph Richey Hospice. The Owings Mills resident was 62. "Singing was his thing. When we were kids, his ambition was to be a singer for the Temptations. We did talent shows where we played Temps records and he'd sing," said Chuck Woodson, a cousin and broadcaster who recently retired as general manager of WFBR-AM 1590.
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September 9, 2013
Raising Maryland's minimum wage has faced tough going in Annapolis ever since Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. left office. It was the Republican governor's steadfast opposition to raising the minimum wage that spurred Democrats to support an increase in 2005 - and then override his veto. Since then, interest in setting wage levels has been, shall we say, minimal. So it came as a bit of surprise to hear Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller jump on the bandwagon last week, announcing his support for raising Maryland's minimum wage, particularly given that such a proposal died in the Senate Finance Committee on an 8-3 vote just months ago. Suddenly, it's become a front-burner issue.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
Baltimore native Otis "Damon" Harris, a one-time member of the legendary Motown act The Temptations, died on Monday after losing a 14-year-long battle to prostate cancer, according to family spokesman Chuck Woodson. Harris was 62. Harris, a resident of Owings Mills, died at the Joseph Richey Hospice in Seton Hill. Woodson said he was in remission until three years ago. The cancer had "gotten pretty bad" by the end of last summer, Woodson said, leaving Harris in the hospital from November until last week, when he was transferred to the hospice.
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By Jordan Littman, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
Lutherville native Charlie Singer is juggling school and a lifelong dream. He'll have a chance to realize that dream starting Friday. Singer, 19, is a rising sophomore at Tulane studying business and architecture. He also is enrolled in the Oakcliff Sailing Center's Sapling program, an exclusive summer-long camp that helps give 12 to 15 aspiring professional sailors ages to 18 to 30 the skills they need to succeed in yacht racing. Beginning Friday, Singer, along with seven other Sapling members, will be part of a team competing in the Annapolis to Newport Race aboard the Temptation-Oakcliff, a 50-foot yacht sailing from the mouth of the Severn River to Castle Hill Light in Newport Neck, R.I. Singer said focusing exclusively on yacht racing this summer has been a welcome change, especially because he will get to compete in his longest race to date this weekend.
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By Los Angeles Times | October 6, 1992
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Eddie Kendricks, whose soaring falsetto was one of the signatures of the Temptations' remarkable vocal versatility, has died at age 52.Mr. Kendricks was a founding member and lead singer of the singing group that played such an integral role in the early history of Motown Records.A spokeswoman for Baptist Medical Center-Princeton said the singer died of lung cancer last night. Mr. Kendricks, a native of Birmingham, had been hospitalized since Sept. 25. Another early Motown artist, singer Stevie Wonder, had visited him Saturday.
FEATURES
By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | September 15, 1994
No matter how much Motown might have insisted through the '60s that all the record label's artists were equally important to the Motown family, the fans knew some acts were more equal than others. It was no secret that the Supremes were a bigger deal than the Marvelettes or Martha Reeves and the Vandellas -- or, for that matter, that Diana Ross was seen as a brighter star than Mary Wilson or Florence Ballard.Nowhere was Motown's private pecking order more apparent, though, than with the Temptations, who clearly were considered the company's classiest act. Even those who felt the Miracles had more sophisticated material, or that the Four Tops had a stronger front man (the incredibly soulful Levi Stubbs)
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | October 7, 1992
Last year, Eddie Kendricks sat in a pew in Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church, hunched over and weeping steadily as he said farewell to David Ruffin -- his singing partner in and out of the Temptations.Ruffin's death was "tough on Eddie," said a friend seated nearby. "They've been through a lot together. They loved each other, hated each other, but they were always better together than they were apart."At 10:35 p.m. Monday, Mr. Kendricks joined his partner in death, succumbing to lung cancer in Birmingham, Ala. He was 52.Mr.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | November 11, 1998
America loved "The Temptations" miniseries, but nobody loved it like Baltimore.Nationally, 45 million people watched last week's two-night, four-hour NBC film about the Motown singing group, according to Nielsen ratings released yesterday. That makes "The Temptations" a hit by any standard, especially since it was up against such November "sweeps" counterprogramming as an Oprah Winfrey "presents" movie on ABC, a Chuck Norris made-for-TV film on CBS and the creatures from Jurassic Park on Fox.But the Nielsen figure that is absolutely staggering is that one out of every three TVs in the Baltimore market that were turned on from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 2 was tuned to "The Temptations."
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | October 31, 1998
It's got a nice beat, and you can dance to it.That's the way the teen guests on "American Bandstand" used to review records, and maybe that's the way we should review made-for-TV miniseries like "The Temptations," airing for four hours tomorrow and Monday nights on NBC."The Temptations" is the Hollywood version of the story of the famed and troubled Motown singing group that scored its first hit in 1964. For 10 points, baby boomers, can you name the tune?In the film, founder Otis Williams (Charles Malik Whitfield)
NEWS
By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,Joe Nawrozki is a member of the staff of The Evening Sun | June 6, 1991
THE LONG, thin body rolled into the emergency room of a Philadelphia hospital last Saturday had bright, multicolored Bermuda shorts, lime green sport shirt and white sneakers. He carried no identification.After he was pronounced dead, the doctors released the body to the city's medical examiner's office. In the routine of such procedures, it was tagged "John Doe."Not until the afternoon, when the FBI fingerprints came back, did the body get a name: Davis Eli Ruffin, 50, place of birth, Meridian, Miss.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | May 21, 2013
The Orioles snapped a six-game losing streak by beating the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. And then there was more good news for Orioles fans when news broke that Kevin Gausman was getting the call . With their rotation struggling, the temptation was too great for the Orioles, with a short-term solution and hopefully a long-term fixture in their rotation starting to dominate hitters just 30 or so miles down the road. Before Tuesday, their starting pitching this month had been mediocre at best as their replacement arms haven't been as effective as they were in 2012 . Meanwhile, down in Bowie, Gausman, the 22-year-old righty whom the Orioles drafted fourth overall last June, had settled in against Double-A competition.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2013
Otis R. "Damon" Harris Jr., a Baltimore singer who performed with the Temptations during the 1970s and later used his own diagnosis of prostate cancer to help raise awareness of the disease in African-American men, died Feb. 18 from the disease at Joseph Richey Hospice. The Owings Mills resident was 62. "Singing was his thing. When we were kids, his ambition was to be a singer for the Temptations. We did talent shows where we played Temps records and he'd sing," said Chuck Woodson, a cousin and broadcaster who recently retired as general manager of WFBR-AM 1590.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
Baltimore native Otis "Damon" Harris, a one-time member of the legendary Motown act The Temptations, died on Monday after losing a 14-year-long battle to prostate cancer, according to family spokesman Chuck Woodson. Harris was 62. Harris, a resident of Owings Mills, died at the Joseph Richey Hospice in Seton Hill. Woodson said he was in remission until three years ago. The cancer had "gotten pretty bad" by the end of last summer, Woodson said, leaving Harris in the hospital from November until last week, when he was transferred to the hospice.
NEWS
By Leonard Benardo and Jennifer Weiss | August 16, 2012
Since exiting the White House in January 2009, George W. Bush has effectively managed to keep himself out of the spotlight. While a handful of news stories have captured Mr. Bush's promotion of his cancer initiative in Africa and furnished updates on the progress of his presidential library, the former president has deliberately resisted the temptations of political life. Even his endorsement of the GOP presidential candidate, made public through a spokesman - "President Bush is confident that Mitt Romney will be a great president" - seemed tepid at best.
NEWS
July 4, 2012
The Taxpayers Protection Alliance, a Virginia-based nonprofit that advocates nationally for lower taxes and smaller government, has been running radio ads in the Baltimore area with a simple message: Don't give gaming companies a big tax break. That might seem like an odd message for an anti-tax advocacy group, but the explanation is in how the debate is framed. The spot argues that reducing the tax on slot machine proceeds - as lawmakers are contemplating in order to create a sixth casino site inPrince George's County - would amount to a huge giveaway to large gaming companies only a matter of months after the General Assembly raised Maryland's income tax rate.
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By Amy Watts | April 24, 2012
They start the show with a ridiculous graphic of Gavin in his rowboat on the dance floor, getting overwhelmed by a giant wave. Oh, silly dancing show, it's fun when you have a little bit of a big budget. It's Motown night and one can only hope that they've managed to rescue 71-year-old Fontella Bass for a performance on Motown night. That song is absolutely on my "Desert Island Jukebox. " Oh, cool - they've got a  spotlight replica of the Motown logo on the dance floor. And we start off with a performance from Smokey Robinson, "Tracks of My Tears" while the troupe dances.
NEWS
February 25, 1995
Melvin Franklin, 52, an original member of the Temptations whose deep voice anchored the harmonies on such hits as "The Way You Do the Things You Do" and "My Girl," died Thursday in Los Angeles after a series of seizures. Born David English, he sang with the Elgins, later called the Primes, who began recording for Detroit's Motown Records in 1960. Two years later, the group reformed as the Temptations.The group, which for much of its heyday featured Franklin, Otis Williams, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams and David Ruffin, recorded 43 Top 10 singles.
SPORTS
By PETER SCHMUCK | February 3, 2009
Michael Phelps is 23 years old, internationally popular and incredibly wealthy, which means he's going to face the same temptations as every other young athlete, though I'm crossing my fingers he doesn't shoot himself in the leg at a nightclub any time soon. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com/schmuckblog)
EXPLORE
January 8, 2012
Thanksgiving Day 2011 dawned bright and beautiful as over 60 volunteers made their way to help serve the Loverde Family Community Fund's Thanksgiving Day feast for the homeless. Around 1 p.m., the first of 160 guests from the Westside Homeless Shelter, Mosaic Community Services, and Spring Grove Hospital Center were greeted and shown to their tables. For the fifth year in a row, a delicious home-style Thanksgiving dinner would be servedScittino's, in Catonsville Junction, had expertly prepared the tasty, loosen-your-belt holiday feast.
FEATURES
Susan Reimer | October 20, 2011
I have often thought of downsizing. Even when the children were babies, I daydreamed about a smaller house to clean, with fewer rooms for them to scatter their messes. But I have never been sure I could leave my neighborhood behind. And I don't think I could walk away from the house that has been the scene of so many memories. And I am certain I could never leave my garden. I can't imagine driving by my old house a season or two later and seeing that new owners had plowed everything under because they know what I ignore: My garden is too much work.
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