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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2012
An article in The Wall Street Journal  goes on about "bad grammar" in the workplace and quotes someone raving about the Oxford comma and Bryan Garner's dislike of "I could care less. " William B. Lawrence, dean and professor of American church history at SMU's Perkins School of Theology, takes up the cudgel  and execrates data  and media  used as singulars. Tom Chivers of The Telegraph   has some fun with a C of E vicar  who thinks that ordinary literary competence has rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible.* Upon examination, these complaints turn out to be the customary farrago of minor errors, superstitions, and private prejudices.
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NEWS
August 8, 2012
If Maryland legislators are looking for a sign to tell them whether to support Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to expand the state's gambling program to include a sixth casino, they got it this week when Penn National Gaming asked if it could give back a third of the slot machines at its Hollywood Casino in Perryville. That facility had been reeling since a new competitor,the Cordish Cos. Maryland Live, opened in June, and Penn National officials said having fewer machines would save them money and make the casino look a little less depressingly empty for those who still gamble there.
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July 14, 2012
Parents of rising high school seniors with college aspirations have likely spent a good chunk of time this year experiencing that peculiar educational tradition known as the "college visit. " Even those who have already criss-crossed the country catering to the whims of a child enthralled with the prospect of attending school on the West Coast or maybe in the Northeast or perhaps Florida, or all three simultaneously, if that were only possible, may have miles to go yet before they sleep.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2012
As of midday Friday, forecasters at the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., were uncertain that the Baltimore area would see any thunderstorms at all later in the evening. Without a cold front or a low-pressure system in place, they lacked the markers that would guarantee violent weather. If a disturbance did occur, however, all the heat and humidity in the lower atmosphere would serve as fuel. "We knew that any thunderstorm that did develop could become severe," said Stephen Konarik, a meteorologist with the weather service.
NEWS
June 19, 2012
If life were a movie, the president of the United States (probably played by Will Smith) would be leaping into action to save humankind from the calamity that a new scientific report says is about to befall Earth. A paper prepared by 22 international scientists and just published in the journal Nature warns that overpopulation, environmental destruction and climate change have pushed the world toward a tipping point beyond which lie irreversible, frightening alterations in the biosphere that supports life on this lonely planet.
NEWS
June 5, 2012
Morgan State University has gone on lockdown. Unfortunately, it was not before one of its students, Alexander Kinyua, allegedly beat a man in a campus apartment with a baseball bat, or before Mr. Kinyua admitted to killing, dismembering and eating some body parts of his off-campus roommate. Instead, the school's officials, from the president and regents chairman on down, have gone into a defensive crouch in response to increasingly difficult questions about whether someone at the university should have heeded what, in retrospect, look like warning signs that something was amiss with the former engineering student and ROTC cadet.
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By Peter Hermann | June 4, 2012
Last week's startling news that police have charged a man with killing, dismembering and eat part of his housemate in Harford County has raised man questions. Yes, certainly about why, but also about whether anything in the suspect's past could've indicated such deviant behavior. Already, we're learning details of a troubled history of this suspect, who along with his father and victim are tied into Morgan State University. We're trying to pull more reports and get more information as any clues that might have sent up warning signs.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2011
People should avoid direct contact with Beards Creek in Riva between Hoot Owl Road and Berkshire Drive, Anne Arundel health officials said Wednesday. A warning for the area is in effect until Jan. 4 because of a sewage spill that was caused by a blocked sewer line, according to a statement from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. About 2,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the creek Wednesday. Warning signs have been posted and do not restrict boating, fishing or crabbing, the health department said.
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December 22, 2011
I agree with Rolling Road residents and Councilman Tom Quirk ("Speeders slow to change behavior despite cameras," Catonsville Times, Dec. 7) that speeding on Rolling Road is a problem that needs solving. However, in these hard economic times does anyone believe that fining drivers, mostly other Catonsville residents driving to or from work, nearly $40,000 in 10 days is the way to go about it? I drive by the speed camera twice a day. I have not received a warning or fine, so I am not grinding a personal ax. For a fraction of $40,000, more conspicuous and forceful warning signs reminding drivers that the speed limit is photo enforced could be installed.
NEWS
October 13, 2011
The killing of two dozen unarmed Coptic Christians - and the wounding of hundreds of others - by Egyptian security forces and Muslim extremists in Cairo this week has thrown a dark shadow over the country's prospects for a peaceful transition to democracy. The elation following the popular uprising that drove former President Hosni Mubarak from power last winter has gradually given way to disillusionment and distrust of the military generals running the country, who seem in no hurry to turn over power to an elected civilian government.
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