By Oz Bengur | June 6, 2013
As the Arab Spring unfolded in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East, Turkey was held out as a model for how Islam and democracy could co-exist. This week's massive civil unrest in Turkey, erupting over the destruction of the Gezi Park in Istanbul's center, raises the broader question of whether that model is viable. The response to the protests has been harsh. Police liberally used tear gas and water hoses in a counterproductive attempt to quell the unrest. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was dismissive of the protesters' demands and, showing his characteristic pugilism (he is a former boxer)
By Robert Maranto | March 14, 2013
When I was a kid back in the 1970s, my postal manager father told me about the post office in Baltimore where the mail didn't get delivered. It was a laid-back sort of place, where dozens of postal employees with the work ethic of Seinfeld's notorious Newman whiled away the hours "RIP" (retired in place) until officially retiring from public service. Yet in some ways that post office was the most important one in town. Without that one postal station, mail delivery all over Baltimore would have suffered.
The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2012
Several lacrosse stars held a youth clinic Thursday in Newtown, Conn., in the wake of a shooting that killed 20 children and six adults Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Players who took part in the clinic are sponsored by Brine/Warrior and included former Chesapeake Bayhawk and Lacrosse Hall of Famer Mark Millon , Eric Lusby (Loyola University), Kyle Hartzell (Salisbury, CCBC-Essex), Matt Bocklet (Johns Hopkins), Steven Brooks (Bayhawks) and Jeremy Sieverts (Maryland, McDonogh)
November 27, 2012
The deadline for submitting sports copy is 9 a.m. on Mondays. We prefer email ( We do not accept results by phone. When two Howard County teams play, players from both teams (first and last names) must be mentioned in the write-up. Questions? Call 410-332-6606. Running The 332 participants in the Turkey Trot 10k Prediction Run had to run 6.2 miles through Jeffers Hill, with the winner finishing closest to 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning without the benefit of any timing devices.
By Barbara and Ken Beem, For The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2012
The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the … wait, those aren't sheep, they're alpacas. And those rangy bovines look an awful lot like bison. And what about those long-legged turkeys running loose in the barnyard? St. Mary's County, site of Maryland's first capital, has long been economically dependent on agriculture, and until a few decades ago, tobacco was king. One look at the farms scattered about the countryside, though, makes it clear that change has taken place. Living green, eating fresh and appreciating local heritage have resulted in a rise in agritourism in this Southern Maryland county, where visitors can experience on a personal level the trials and triumphs of unconventional approaches to farming.
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2012
I told myself I wasn't going to go here -- I wasn't going to weigh in on the pasting Matt Lauer was taking on Twitter Thursday and Friday for his less-than-stellar performance as TV host for NBC's coverage of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. But where there is vitriol like this, there is definitely something deeper happening -- something worth thinking about. Actually, I think there are several things going on. I wouldn't call it a perfect storm, but there are some ill cultural winds blowing Lauer's way -- and it could mean some rough weather ahead for him and the "Today" show in the battle with ABC's "Good Morning America.
By Andrea K. Walker | November 23, 2012
Now that you are stuffed with Turkey Day dinner, you're probably looking for ways to get rid of some of those leftovers. If you're looking for a healthy recipe, has some suggestions. The Turkey Squash Soup sounded the tastiest to me. You can find other leftover recipes on their website. Turkey Squash Soup Ingredients 2 teaspoons canola oil 2 leeks, trimmed, chopped and rinsed 1 red bell pepper, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, (1 small to medium)
By Matt Vensel | November 22, 2012
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down gravy and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he'll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too. RUNNING IT BACK Running back Ray Rice said he wasn't being disrespectful with that "Terrible Towel" after the Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend.
By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2012
Anthony Clark hadn't even gotten a plate of food and already he was overcome with emotion, just seeing friends, having a medical student check his blood pressure and knowing hundreds of people had given their time to make sure those needier had a taste of Thanksgiving. "Without them, a lot of people wouldn't have no meal," said the 53-year-old from Glen Burnie, tears rolling down his cheeks. "This is really a beautiful place to come. " Clark meets his adopted holiday family every year at Project Feast, in what's become a tradition organized by University of Maryland School of Medicine students.
By Rich Scherr and For The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2012
Sprinting down the sideline in single coverage with just over a minute left in Thursday's 93rd Turkey Bowl, Calvert Hall senior Logan Kurek knew this was the chance he had dreamed about. Moments later, the receiver turned that dream into one of the most dramatic moments in the history of the storied rivalry, hauling in Colar Kuhns' deep ball and outrunning his defender for an 83-yard touchdown that gave the No. 4 Cardinals a 21-14 win over Loyola before an announced 9,298 at M&T Bank Stadium.
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