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TODAY'S SUN COLUMNISTS
Left out in the cold
Lots of people are feeling out of the loop when it comes to picking Baltimore's top cop. Among those feeling left out: the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement.
Playing to earn a job
The Ravens' final exhibition game tonight in Atlanta is all about long-shot players trying to earn a job. Key decisions have to be made regarding backups at several positions.
Rick Maese on the Orioles -- Sports
Chris Kaltenbach on Md.'s Microcinefest -- Today
Jean Marbella on news conference -- Maryland
5 THINGS TO DO TODAY
"Fences" -- August Wilson's Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play kicks off the 92nd season of the Vagabond Players at 8 p.m. at the Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway. $13-$15. 410-563-9135.
George Clinton -- He performs at 8 p.m. with the P-Funk All Stars at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. $29.50-$35. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com.
"Death Sentence" -- The vigilante drama starring Kevin Bacon as a father out for revenge after the killing of his son hits theaters today.
BALPEX 2007 -- Stamp fans should head to the 69th annual exhibition by the Baltimore Philatelic Society. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley. $4 gets you in all weekend. balpex.org.
Eclectic mix -- Live performances will take place in the Harborplace Amphitheater, between the Pratt and Light street pavilions celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Gallery. 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Free. 410-332-4191.
The art of obsession
A look at Baltimoreans who bypass the labor-saving advantages of cutting-edge technology in favor of incredibly complex, handcrafted works of art produced the old-fashioned way.
Sunday in Arts & Life Today
A 'sweet New Year'
Nearly 60 years ago, a Baltimore woman started celebrating the "sweet New Year" of Rosh Hashana with a huge cookie party for her family. Today her granddaughter is carrying on the tradition by making more than 1,000 cookies for the gathering.
Wednesday in Taste
5 THINGS TO LOOK FOR @BALTIMORESUN.COM
FAB FIVE FRIDAYS
Nightlife writer Sam Sessa lists the best places to lounge in Baltimore.baltimoresun.com/midnightsun
Fashion writer Tanika White weighs in as the women of the U.S. Open serve up daring fashions on the tennis court.baltimoresun.com/criticalmass
Former Maryland basketball player Lonny Baxter, a member of the 2002 national championship team, to be sentenced for federal firearms violation. baltimoresun.com/sports
Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon will formally commence demolition and a groundbreaking at the Lutheran Hospital site at 730 Ashburton St.baltimoresun.com/metro
Fed Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke is scheduled to speak on monetary and housing policy today at the central bank's annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo.baltimoresun.com/business
Drought easingFrank Roylance says Maryland's drought continues to ease, and the hurricane season is still on track.marylandweather.com
SUN BLOGS -- BLOGS.BALTIMORESUN.COM
City issues -- The pick for police commissioner and the SATs part of discussion.baltimoresun.com/rodricks
MOST VIEWED STORIES YESTERDAY AS OF 8 PM.
1. Couple killed in collision -- A Finksburg man was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter. Police say alcohol was a factor in the Carroll accident that also injured a 3-year-old girl.
2. Former Howard teacher pleads guilty -- Kirsten Ann Kinley pleaded guilty yesterday in Circuit Court to one count of third-degree sex offense for improper sexual conduct with a 15-year-old boy at her Columbia apartment more than two years ago.
3. Muslim sect causes stir in Walkersville -- Group buying farm for retreat; town considers zoning change.
4. City police fatally shoot man -- A Baltimore police officer shot and killed a man during a struggle this morning on a Northwest Baltimore street while investigating reports of a road rage incident on Liberty Heights Avenue, a department spokesman said.
5. High-priced struggle -- Despite $42 million spent on revamping it, the Orioles bullpen is back where it was in '06 -- near the bottom.