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November 1, 1994
For Carroll County voters who may have been considering writing in Thomas Hickman's name for state's attorney next week, two recent developments offer ample reason for them to reconsider:Maryland's Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, upheld the acquittal of James Howard Van Metre III, and Mr. Hickman admitted he turned down a plea bargain that would have put this confessed murderer behind bars for 10 years.The Court of Appeals' refusal to even hear the Van Metre appeal confirms our earlier judgment that Mr. Hickman made a series of legal blunders that fairly call into question his competency as a prosecutor.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley is encouraging his supporters to launch an old-fashioned letter writing campaign to persuade Congress not to fast-track deportations of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who illegally crossed the U.S. border. O'Malley's political action committee, O' Say Can You See, on Thursday urged people to write letters to editors at newspapers across the country. The committee provided a form letter that invokes O'Malley's public comments.  The letter reads, "I agree with Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley when he said, "The greatest power we have as a people is the power of our principles, and that we should not send these kids back without a chance for them to make a case that they fled their country from fear of violence.' " O'Malley has gained national attention - and a rebuke from The White House - for his comments on dealing with what he has called a "humanitarian crisis" at the border.
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By JoAnne C. Broadwater and JoAnne C. Broadwater,Special to The Sun | November 20, 1994
When Harford County newspaper publisher Maureen Jones plans a staff meeting, she asks all her writers, editors, artists and ad designers to finish their homework before they arrive."
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By Michael Dresser | August 4, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley sidestepped a question Monday about whether he was writing a book -- a frequent prelude to to a candidacy for president -- while keeping the door open to a run for the Democratic nomination in 2016. In an interview on the Fusion cable and satellite network, O'Malley showed a deft ability to dodge inconvenient questions, such as interviewer Jorge Ramos attempt to lure him into saying whether the country would have been better off if Hillary Clinton had won the presidency in 2008.
NEWS
July 8, 1993
We could not help noticing a recent report that "Hal," the super-intelligent but malevolent computer in Stanley Kubrick's '60s-vintage sci-fi film "2001," may become a best-selling author in the 1990s. Actually, the modern-day "Hal" is a souped-up Macintosh personal computer whose hacker owner, 43-year-old Scott French, has programmed it to churn out steamy novels based on the example of the late author Jacqueline Susann's trash-to-the-max "Valley of the Dolls."It took Mr. French nearly eight years to write the intricate computer instructions that allowed his Mac to spew out such lines as "Her heart leapt into her throat and she jumped involuntarily as the stranger appeared in front of her."
FEATURES
By Deborah L. Jacobs and Deborah L. Jacobs,CHRONICLE FEATURES | October 22, 1995
Like it or not, we are writing more than ever at work these days. Faxes often require written responses. Computers, which many people thought would lead to the paperless office, have just made it easier to churn out reams and reams of memos. Even e-mail, a chat in cyberspace, depends on the written word.Much of what comes across our desks (and computer screens) is aimless, wordy and boring. To help you look better in writing, follow these 10 commandments:1. Be brief. Whether you're sending an official memo or --ing off a quick e-mail message, start with a clear statement of why you're writing.
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By Dave Barry and Dave Barry,Knight Ridder / Tribune | August 13, 2000
I am not jealous of the woman who writes the Harry Potter books. It does not bother me that her most recent book, "Harry Potter and the Enormous Royalty Check," has already become the best-selling book in world history, beating out her previous book, "Harry Potter Purchases Microsoft." It does not make me bitter to know that this woman's books are selling like crazy, while my own books -- some of which took me hours to write -- have become permanent nesting grounds for generations of bookstore-dwelling spiders.
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By Susan Reimer | August 17, 2008
I was a sportswriter when my bosses asked me if I wanted to be a family-life columnist. That was years ago. I had a pretty good idea of what a family-life columnist was, and I'd certainly never aspired to be one. They wanted me to write about my life as a wife and the working mother of school-age children. That was not anything any journalist who came of age in the Watergate era wanted to write about. "But I don't have a life," I objected. "My career is in the Dumpster. My home life is chaos.
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By ROGER SIMON | August 23, 1993
It was the year Charles Manson went to prison, the voting age was lowered to 18, the New York Times published the Pentagon Papers, and I wrote my first full-time newspaper column.Today, I write my 3,000th.People often ask me the secret to lasting so long in the column-writing business.Sincerity, I tell them. Once you can fake that, you've got it made.Which is typical of people who work for newspapers. We use sarcasm to avoid revealing genuine emotion.We don't like to admit the truth: That this is an incredibly romantic profession.
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By Jack W. Germond and Jack W. Germond,Staff Writer | September 13, 1992
LOS ANGELES -- The news that President Bush would be campaigning in California over the weekend raised some eyebrows among the politicians here. This is, after all, a state in which Mr. Bush is running so far behind Democratic nominee Bill Clinton that the operative question seems to be whether the president is "writing off California."In fact, Mr. Bush's campaign has committed itself to no fewer than six incursions into the state in the final eight weeks of the campaign. That is a schedule that could be reduced radically if it becomes apparent by, say, Oct. 1 that he is a sure loser here.
NEWS
August 1, 2014
I enjoyed and agree with commentator Lynne Agress' essay on the value of writing ( "The presentation dilemma," July 28). Nobody stated it more succinctly or perceptively than Sir Francis Bacon: "Reading maketh a full man, conference (speaking) a ready man, and writing an exact man. " Art Moorshead, Lutherville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Lynne Agress | July 28, 2014
Presentations are big business today. When 34-year-old Chelsea Clinton, who has never held public office, can command $75,000 for a single presentation, people take note. Moreover, the fairly recent popularity of TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment, Design) has been extraordinary. The totally diverse topics of TED Talks range from the personal to the political, from medicine and science, to religion and philosophy and much more. Billed as "funny," "beautiful," "fascinating," "informative," "courageous" and "inspiring," TED Talks are presented by well known figures such as Bill Gates, Al Gore, and Sheryl Sandberg as well as "nerds" one has barely heard of. Merely click on TED and no fewer than 1,700 current presentation topics appear.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
When M.P. Mariappan was born 95 years ago, England's King George V was emperor of India. Mahatma Gandhi hadn't yet taken up India's struggle for independence. Most Indians lived in small, scattered villages instead of in cities. Mariappan survived plague, the Great Depression, World War II and a 1,700-mile death trek from Burma, where he was living at the time, to his homeland. He became a respected fruit merchant who struggled to educate his eight children, boosting the family decisively from their lowly caste and into the middle class.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
A week before Maryland's primary elections, prosecutors in Texas are seeking to extradite a Baltimore candidate for state Senate on a felony charge of theft. Will J. Hanna, 43, who is challenging Sen. Lisa Gladden in the Democratic primary for the 41st Senate District, is accused of stealing a car six years ago from an attorney in Guadalupe County, Texas. Hanna is also accused of writing $19,000 in bad checks in neighboring Bexar County, prosecutors there said. Those are misdemeanor charges.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
It took decades before serious documentaries about the civil rights struggle of the 1960s began to appear. But less than a year after some of the biggest victories in the fight for same-sex marriage, a social movement often compared to civil rights, compelling nonfiction films chronicling that history are already starting to arrive. I'm not certain whether such near-instant history will prove to be a good or bad thing, but it's sure to shape the way the fight for marriage equality and gay rights is perceived in future battlegrounds and by future generations.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
When Jisoo Choi moved to the United States from South Korea at the age of 6, all she knew of the English language was the alphabet. But this week Choi, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Burleigh Manor Middle School, was honored as the winner of the Letters about Literature national writing contest, which asks students in grades four through 12 to write to an author of a book - living or dead - about how the work changed their perspective on themselves or...
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By Phyllis Flowers and Phyllis Lucas | October 29, 1990
While many of us prepare to celebrate Halloween this week with thoughts of parties and trick-or-treating, a group of Brooklyn Park Elementary School students are sharing their feelings with our soldiers in Saudi Arabia.Evon Lindsey's third-grade class has sent letters to the American men and women stationed in the Persian Gulf. Some of the students have relatives and friends there.Lindsey got the idea of writing the letters after the students read "Dear Aunt Helen," a story that showed the importance and significance of writing letters to those far from home.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,sam.sessa@baltsun.com | September 24, 2009
When it comes to music, singer/songwriter Mat Kearney was a late bloomer. In high school, Kearney wrote intensely personal essays, poems and spoken word pieces. Literature was Kearney's obsession - until he started borrowing his roommate's guitar and slipping out to the front porch to write music. "Songwriting all of the sudden was this glove that totally fit," he said. "I had a limited musical ability, but my ability to dive in and pour my heart out - no one could stop me from that." Most budding musicians learn to play cover songs first, and then attempt to write their own stuff.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has sent letters to 10 e-cigarette manufacturers questioning what the companies are doing to prevent sales to underage buyers. The letters come as the safety and regulation of the devices face increased scrutiny. The makers of e-cigarettes say the devices are safer than traditional cigarettes and can help smokers quit, but reports of poisonings related to the products have spiked. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently said it is seeking regulatory authority over the devices.
NEWS
By Sheila Peter, sheila.peter@verizon.net | April 25, 2014
My friends, I am delighted to be back writing to you. My recuperation from hip surgery went very well and I am again "up and running. " In my absence, Karen Arnett de Rodriguez did a terrific job of writing about Rodgers Forge, a neighborhood that we both love dearly. For 26 years, I have recounted great moments in your lives and in that of the Forge. I have adored every moment - it has truly been a labor of love. Although those years haven't felt long, a quarter of a century is a long time.
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