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October 8, 2012
I was disappointed by Wednesday's presidential debate ("Battle is joined over jobs, taxes," Oct. 4). Something happened to make President Obama shut down. Maybe it was the anniversary comment. The debate reminded me of Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Hare. " In all the fanfare over who said what about how to fix the economy - should it be from the middle class up or from the 1 percent down? - the bottom line is clear: Romney portrayed the hare in his bragging, boisterous performance.
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By Kim Fernandez
For The Baltimore Sun
| September 27, 2013
Alexandra Roosevelt's back yard feels very empty these days. Tortley, her beloved giant African Spur Thigh tortoise, has vanished from her Homeland property and is nowhere to be found. "He's gotten out a few times in the last 20 years, but people see him right away," she says of her tortoise, estimated to weigh at least 150 pounds and be 3 feet long and about 2 feet high. "He's so big and strange to people, and it's very surprising that not a single person seems to have seen him. " The family, especially daughter Grace, 9, is heartbroken, and combing the area to try and find their pet before winter.
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By Vida Roberts and Vida Roberts,Sun Fashion Editor | February 20, 1997
Tortoise shell is the hot finish for all things fashionable. Harvested from the shells of hawksbill turtles, it has been a prized and costly material for small decorative objects and jewelry since ancient times. However, today's plastics technology makes handsome faux tortoise available to all. Its translucent and variegated gold-to-brown shadings are popularly used for sunglass frames and bangles. This season tortoises show up as shoes, handbags and even printed fabrics. They're a summer natural.
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By Larry Perl, Baltimore Sun Media Group | April 21, 2013
Humans had their hands full at Sunday's 18th annual March for the Animals in Druid Hill Park. Adam Mittadam, 30, of Canton, held fast to the leashes of six French bulldogs - Mango, Kiwi, Coconut, Scooter, Vespa and Moped - all wearing colorful capes for the occasion on a nippy spring morning. "Oh my God, they're the cutest things," said Catherine Roberts, 27, also of Canton, stopping to take a photo with her cell phone. Mercy Hospital anesthesiologist Katie Amundson of Annapolis, who weighs 103 pounds, held on for dear life to her Newfoundlands - Simon, 125 pounds, and Maggie, 100 pounds.
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By Kim Fernandez
For The Baltimore Sun
| September 27, 2013
Alexandra Roosevelt's back yard feels very empty these days. Tortley, her beloved giant African Spur Thigh tortoise, has vanished from her Homeland property and is nowhere to be found. "He's gotten out a few times in the last 20 years, but people see him right away," she says of her tortoise, estimated to weigh at least 150 pounds and be 3 feet long and about 2 feet high. "He's so big and strange to people, and it's very surprising that not a single person seems to have seen him. " The family, especially daughter Grace, 9, is heartbroken, and combing the area to try and find their pet before winter.
NEWS
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2011
Seven people and a tortoise, among other pets, were displaced by a duplex fire in downtown Elkton Friday afternoon that also caused one firefighter to have a heart attack and sent another to the hospital. Shortly after noon, one half of a duplex in the 100 block of Church St. caught fire, bringing fifty firefighters from several nearby jurisdictions to the scene, according to a statement from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. While fighting the fire, a member of the Chesapeake City Volunteer Fire Department went into cardiac arrest, said Elkton Fire Chief Bill McCall.
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By Mike Bowler | January 10, 1992
TC TO ANNA CURRY, director of the Enoch Pratt Library:Dear Ms. Curry:At some point in the next few days I will quietly leave a book at the desk of the central library on Cathedral Street.It's a children's book, "The Hare and the Tortoise," based on the fable by La Fontaine, with wonderful pictures by Brian Wildsmith.You know the tale: The hare and the tortoise were having an argument. The hare,who could run very fast, thought he was much more clever than the tortoise, who could only move slowly and had to carry his house around on his back.
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By JONATHAN POWER | March 18, 1994
London. -- In Aesop's fable of the tortoise and the hare, we read one of life's repeating stories: ''Slow and steady wins the race.'' By the year 2000 we'll learn this lesson once again. It will be India, not China, that will be on its way to becoming the giant of Asia, and before long, the largest economy in the world.My own eyes were opened in 1981 when, for the first time since Mao Zedong revolutionized Chinese agriculture with the introduction of the commune, there were reports of widespread food shortages.
SPORTS
By San Francisco Chronicle | October 9, 1991
DANVILLE, Calif. -- Sheriff's deputies in the exclusive community of Blackhawk sprang into action when Jose Canseco's pet tortoise, Rafael, escaped his pen and nearly trundled into traffic.Responding to a passing motorist's cellular-phone alert, Deputy Megan Garry-Wintich of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department puzzled for a moment and then made ready to sweep the green, hard-shelled creature to safety as it lumbered toward busy Blackhawk Drive."She was saying, 'What am I supposed to do with this thing?
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | August 7, 1999
Baltimore police issued a citywide lookout yesterday for a brown and yellow leopard tortoise that was stolen late Thursday or early yesterday from a nature center in Leakin Park.The unusual pronouncement was delivered by a police dispatcher in a monotone voice, using typical law enforcement vernacular: "Any officer coming in contact with said tortoise should hold same and notify."Police said someone broke into the city-run Carrie Murray Center and took the tortoise named Sophia, who is given free run of the building.
NEWS
October 8, 2012
I was disappointed by Wednesday's presidential debate ("Battle is joined over jobs, taxes," Oct. 4). Something happened to make President Obama shut down. Maybe it was the anniversary comment. The debate reminded me of Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Hare. " In all the fanfare over who said what about how to fix the economy - should it be from the middle class up or from the 1 percent down? - the bottom line is clear: Romney portrayed the hare in his bragging, boisterous performance.
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March 19, 2012
Barclay Street 3200 block, between midnight and 1:25 p.m. March 12. Cash, Maryland tag 14659M5 stolen from 2002 Lincoln. Buena Vista Avenue 3800 block, between 10:30 p.m. March 1 and 6:15 a.m. March 12. Silver, 2003 Dodge Intrepid with Maryland tags 1BWX64 stolen. North Calvert Street 2700 block at 7 p.m. March 14. Green, women's bicycle stolen from rear yard. Ellerslie Avenue 3500 block at 11:20 a.m. March 12. Resident returned home to find someone using screwdriver to break in though rear door.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2011
Seven people and a tortoise, among other pets, were displaced by a duplex fire in downtown Elkton Friday afternoon that also caused one firefighter to have a heart attack and sent another to the hospital. Shortly after noon, one half of a duplex in the 100 block of Church St. caught fire, bringing fifty firefighters from several nearby jurisdictions to the scene, according to a statement from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. While fighting the fire, a member of the Chesapeake City Volunteer Fire Department went into cardiac arrest, said Elkton Fire Chief Bill McCall.
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By Margaret Erickson and Margaret Erickson,special to the Sun | March 7, 2008
A beat-boxing donkey, a grape-obsessed fox, and a narcissistic peacock provide a modern twist to ancient tales in Glenelg Country School's premiere production of Aesop's Foibles. Collaborators Carole Graham Lehan and Tom French created the original script and score for Aesop's Foibles, inspired by the well-known collection of stories, Aesop's Fables. This farcical musical follows the story of Thalia (Maeve Ricaurte), a fledgling muse sent to help Aesop fill a tome with his imaginative stories.
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By Ellen Nibali and David Clement | October 20, 2007
What is this huge turtle I found in my yard? The shell is 12 inches long, 8 inches high, and light brown with black squares. We took the turtle to the state park and let it go near water so it wouldn't get hit by a car. The African leopard tortoise you found was undoubtedly someone's pet. This animal can grow to 20 inches. Try to retrieve the tortoise and contact your neighbors to find out who lost it. Also, alert park staff, so they can be on the lookout for the tortoise and help save it. If the tortoise is not found and brought indoors, it will not survive the winter.
NEWS
By Ronald K. L. Collins | March 15, 2007
Sen. Arlen Specter wants TV cameras in the Supreme Court. The usually guarded Republican from Pennsylvania wants to pass a law to require such coverage, subject only to a due process/fair-trial exception deemed necessary by a majority of the court. Similar proposals have been around for decades. However one feels about the merits of such legislation, such proposals may sweep too widely and too swiftly. There is a more pragmatic proposal: live radio feeds. This solution would be salutary and could carry the day for those of us who urge the court to be more open.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer | July 7, 1995
When Aesop wrote the fable, "The Tortoise and the Hare," it's likely that he never imagined a race like the one in the original children's play that will be presented at Theatre on the Hill starting tomorrow.This adaptation of "The Tortoise and the Hare" has been scripted for sheer exuberance by director Jean Burgess, who also directed "The Emperor's New Clothes" for Theatre on the Hill in 1993."What I did was create a scenario -- an outline -- and the actors improvise a script, creating the story as they go along," said Ms. Burgess, who is in her sixth season with the summer professional theater company at Western Maryland College.
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By Andy Knobel and Andy Knobel,SUN STAFF | August 26, 2001
Swimmer Eric "The Eel" Moussambani of Equatorial Guinea brought the crowd to its feet at the 2000 Olympics by flailing through the preliminaries of the 100-meter freestyle in 1 minute, 52.72 seconds -- more than a minute slower than the world record. Ski jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards of Great Britain earned international adoration with his earthbound performances in Mr. Magoo glasses at the 1988 Olympics. Now, in that fine tradition of overmatched athletes, it's time to make room for Trevor "The Tortoise" Misipeka -- and be careful, the 6-foot-1, 300-pound Misipeka needs plenty of room.
NEWS
By Victor Davis Hanson | September 22, 2006
Despite their dreams of recapturing one or both houses of Congress this November, the Democrats seem determined to reprise their poor showings in 2002 and 2004. Now, as then, they are dozing in the campaign's homestretch, like Aesop's hare, lulled by rosy predictions and the premature applause of Hollywood and the mainstream press. Soon, however, they may wake up to discover that while they snoozed before the finish line, President Bush hunkered down in his tough shell, kept his slow legs moving, and inched them out. The president has had a rough time since his re-election.
NEWS
By MARY HARRIS RUSSELL and MARY HARRIS RUSSELL,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | April 2, 2006
Dreamhunter Elizabeth Knox Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship Isabella and Craig Hatkoff and Dr. Paula Kahumbu; photos by Peter Greste Scholastic / $16.99 / Ages 8-12 Photos of a baby hippo, orphaned by the December 2004 tsunami, who took up company with a 130-year-old giant tortoise caught the attention of many. What's likable about this book is that it's not syrupy but looks closely at how animals adapt to difficult situations. Owen the hippo was part of a pod living freely, near the eastern Kenyan coast, and Mzee the tortoise lived in an animal reserve north of that.
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