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By Shirley Leung and Elaine Tassy and Shirley Leung and Elaine Tassy,Sun Staff Writers | June 18, 1995
Two families were left homeless, and one firefighter was injured when a three-alarm fire that investigators said was set intentionally gutted two East Baltimore homes and badly damaged two others about 6 p.m. yesterday.A vacant house, 1602 N. Port St., caught fire first, investigators said, and the flames quickly engulfed the two occupied rowhouses. Another vacant house also was gutted, city fire officials said.Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, spokesman for the city Fire Department, said investigators were treating the fire as an arson after neighbors reported seeing a man coming out of the door of the vacant house just before the fire was spotted.
By Jamie Bacon, For The Baltimore Sun and By Jamie Bacon, For The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2013
Getting engaged or married means you will now be a part of two different families and have to coordinate how you will celebrate the holidays while trying to make everyone happy.  My fiancé and I have been together for five years and at the start of our relationship we would do our own thing with our families because we didn't want to give our family traditions up.  As the years went on and our relationship became more serious, we decided we...
By Suzanne Wooton | November 18, 1990
A gubernatorial commission is recommending landmark changes in Maryland's tax structure that would attack the growing disparity between the state's richest and poorest areas.Today, The Sun looks at this disparity through the eyes of two families, foreshadowing some of the political difficulties inherent in resolving it.What attracted them really wasn't that different. Both families wanted affordable homes with yards and trees and open space. The Selhorsts settled on a neighborhood in Northeast Baltimore just blocks from Herring Run Park, with its majestic expanse of trees, fields and streams.
By Pat van den Beemt | July 15, 2013
The Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture is broadening its horizons when it hosts a pair of events, one old and one new, at its Shawan Road site Aug 10. Considering the array of interests - beef cattle, goats, worms, vegetable gardens, rabbit-jumping contest, heirloom tomato tasting and scavenger hunt - involved, one might even describe the festival as eclectic. Everything listed, and a whole lot more, can be found at the Ag Center that day after both groups decided to hold their events on the same day in hopes of attracting more visitors.
By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,Sun Foreign Reporter | March 13, 2007
MARPINGEN, Germany -- The snapshots show a family across an ocean in a foreign city called Baltimore. There is Denise Brown, thin and pretty with her dark hair pulled back, alongside her father, Robert L. Brown Jr. There is Denise's aunt, cheek to smiling cheek with her uncle. There is a gaggle of cousins, and her grandmother, in a silly purple wig. It was about a half-dozen years ago when Denise Brown, now 25, last saw her American father, a man who was in and out - but mostly out - of her life since childhood.
By Walter F. Roche Jr. and Walter F. Roche Jr.,SUN STAFF | November 3, 2003
SARASOTA, Fla. - For two families in Florida, the pain of an adoption gone wrong is plainly visible on their faces. Carmen and Darlene Scoma talk sadly about the child from the Marshall Islands they thought they had legally claimed in Hawaii in 1997. For 4 1/2 years, Atina Erakdrik had been their daughter, until they lost her early last year after a bitter court battle. "She's our daughter. She will always be our daughter," says Darlene Scoma, her voice quavering. In Fruitland Park, 130 miles north, Atina's birth mother, Molly Juna, 31, who traveled more than 7,000 miles to reclaim her child, talks about the pain she endured during the protracted court fight.
By David Simon and David Simon,SUN STAFF | October 2, 1995
To hear the neighborhood tell it, what happened to Keisha Brown on Saturday night began as a fight between two families -- one involved in the drug trafficking at East Baltimore's Bonaparte Street and Garrett Avenue and another living at the rough-and-tumble intersection.The feud is not about the drugs -- drugs are business as usual there -- but about bad blood between families, neighborhood residents say. It goes back to the beginning of summer, when words were spoken and one woman took a bat to another woman's child, whose cousin then scuffled with an older boy. There has been fighting for months now, and Saturday, punches were thrown again.
By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun | July 26, 1995
THURMONT -- A summer dinner outing at scenic Cunningham Falls State Park turned deadly for two friendly farm families Monday evening, despite prompt rescue efforts.Three boys -- brothers 15 and 12 years old and a 15-year-old friend -- drowned after the youngest fell into the park's 44-acre lake about 7:15 p.m. Park rangers said the two 15-year-olds died after jumping into Hunting Creek Lake to save the youngest boy, who had slipped from a rock into a section of the lake that is 15 to 20 feet deep.
By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | June 15, 1999
Vincent E. Dobson Jr. and Brandi Logan had talked of getting married. He dreamed of being a computer engineer. She was preparing for nursing school at Coppin State College. Relatives described a bright future for the young couple.Nothing, they said, foreshadowed a violent Saturday night when Dobson pulled up at Logan's house in Northwest Baltimore in a rented green Dodge Durango and told his girlfriend: "You know I love you."Logan answered "Yes," then was shot once in the chest, Brandi told her family.
By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV, | April 3, 2009
A scuffle at a Howard County high school between adults and teens from two feuding families led to six arrests, police and school officials said. Four students and two adults were charged with disorderly conduct in the incident Tuesday at Reservoir High in Fulton, police said. The members of the two families - students ages 15 to 17 and two female adults - encountered one another in the front office during the school day and began to bicker, said school system spokeswoman Patti Caplan.
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2013
A three-alarm fire heavily damaged two attached homes and lightly damaged a third in Annapolis on Wednesday, displacing three families, according to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Firefighters responded to the homes in the 2600 block of Compass Drive about 11:40 a.m. to find heavy fire coming from the rear of one of the homes in the "double duplex" grouping of four homes, said Lt. Jack Beall, a department spokesman. As the fire spread, a total of 64 firefighters from the county, the city of Annapolis and the U.S. Naval Academy responded, bringing the blaze under control at 12:52 p.m., Beall said.
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2013
If you don't mind, I'd like to devote some blog space to something very personal. Last Saturday, my warm and witty father, Ken Smith, died, an event that has not fully registered on the family he led for so long. On Tuesday, in the midst of preparing for his funeral later this week, I got the word of another death that hit close to home -- Mary Corey, the vibrant and endearing editor who guided the Baltimore Sun through some rough years. If anyone could make a newspaper seem more like a family, Mary could.
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2012
Maryland's medical community is concerned about the potential fallout from two multimillion-dollar malpractice judgments awarded by Baltimore juries to families who blamed local hospitals where their babies were delivered for their children's disabilities. Doctors and hospital officials worry that juries, particularly in Baltimore City, are making decisions out of sympathy for sick patients rather than science. In the process, physicians said, these decisions may create an unrealistic benchmark for what future juries are willing to award — and lawyers are willing to seek — in such cases.
With Harford County Council Bill 11-51 enacted into law, any new one- and two-family dwellings will now have to be built with automatic residential fire sprinkler systems. The bill was an update to its building and mechanical codes to the applicable 2012 International Codes, which took effect Sunday. The 2012 I-Codes is applicable to building and mechanical permits that are applied for on or after July 1, including the new requirement locally for installation of an automatic residential fire sprinkler system in new one- and two-family dwellings.
By Mary Carole McCauley and Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2012
In the old Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill, the congregation on Sunday gave a prayer of thanks for what the Rev. Andrew Foster Connors described as "the new light of hope arising from the Maryland State House. " Barely two miles down the road in the Greater Harvest Baptist Church, where members demonstrate their devotion by swaying in place and calling out their approval to their pastor's words, the Rev. Rev. Errol Gilliard Sr. issued a call to arms. "They took your tax dollars to push an immoral bill," Gilliard preached into his microphone, holding a white handkerchief by his side.
By Julie Rothman, Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2011
For this year's holiday cookie contest, we asked readers to share the story of the recipe they were submitting, and in response, we heard tales of tradition, memories and love. One of the most striking stories came from Dell Smith, who shared her mother-in law Kitty Smith's recipe for Molasses Lace Cookies. Dell began baking the cookies after her mother-in-law's death in 1973, but she said she was never a big fan of the molasses cookie, mostly because "they were tricky to get off the pan. " One year she announced she would not be baking them anymore.
September 1, 1994
FROM Forum, the journal of the National Institute for Dispute Resolution, by Beth Roy:"Family feuds are a vivid part of American folklore. How easy to assume we know what they are about -- hostilities among 'ignorant' hill people, handed down from generation to generation. Indeed, family feuding could be a prototype for truisms about escalation and intractability. . ."In their study of Appalachian feuds, Kathleen Blee and Dwight Billings set out to challenge the notion that feuds are irrational responses to petty disputes.
By Robert Nusgart and Robert Nusgart,SUN REAL ESTATE EDITOR | June 14, 1998
Sandra Cassard fancies herself as a take-charge woman, a self-admitted "control freak." But now she was facing decisions that she couldn't just make by herself. These were situations that eventually confront most adults with aging parents. In Sandra's case, it was her husband's father and ailing mother.Her husband, Willem, had seen his parents live in the same Chevy Chase house for the past 25 years. But now their family -- the entire family -- was at a crossroads.Sandra and Willem, known to the family as Wim, decided to sell their Baltimore home and move to the county to take advantage of the elementary public schools for their three girls.
By Ari Beser | August 5, 2010
"We have to find a way to get along, because we now have the wherewithal to destroy everything." — Jacob Beser, 1985. "If you asked individual people about the bombing, I don't think anybody would want it. It's war that's bad, not the people." — Hiroko Tasaka-Harris, 1985. —Sixty-five years ago today, an atomic bomb was used in warfare for the first time. Eleven crewmen aboard the Enola Gay deployed the weapon known as "Little Boy," devastating the city of Hiroshima.
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