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  • Turkey Joe Trabert lived a large life full of laughter

    Turkey Joe Trabert lived a large life full of laughter

    Some men live larger than others, and you see that in the range of their experiences and interests, the number of stories they tell and lives they touch. They have insatiable desires to go somewhere new, to meet new people, make friends, read books, listen to music, raise a glass and have a good...

  • Remembrance: On the death of a springtime friend

    Remembrance: On the death of a springtime friend

    Eight years ago, on a Saturday morning in April, I did what I had done each of the previous 18 springs: I drove to beautiful Darlington, in Harford County, parked my car near the Stafford Road Bridge, across from the old Flint Furnace, donned chest waders, set up my fly rod and stepped into Deer...

  • Broadway legend Carol Channing always made a splash when she came to Baltimore

    Broadway legend Carol Channing always made a splash when she came to Baltimore

    Carol Channing, the Broadway legend who died Tuesday at 97, was as big a star to ever land in Baltimore, and she played her part beautifully on stage and off. Each time she came to Charm City in the 1970s, dramatic things happened. One time, someone stole her full-length mink coat. Another time,...

  • Can Big Pharma keep getting away with price gouging? Not if Elijah Cummings has anything to say about it

    Can Big Pharma keep getting away with price gouging? Not if Elijah Cummings has anything to say about it

    Know why big pharmaceutical companies in the United States raise the prices of some prescription drugs to outrageous levels? Because they can. There are few obstacles to jacking up prices so the companies that sell brand-name drugs — and spend millions to advertise them ad nauseam — do pretty much...

  • Mickey Light followed his bliss and sang like Sinatra

    Mickey Light followed his bliss and sang like Sinatra

    I doubt Mickey Light ever met Joseph Campbell, the eminent scholar of myth and folklore, but I know of no one who better practiced what Campbell preached: “Follow your bliss. If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you ...” When...

  • Pugh scores a surprising turnaround on police commissioner

    Pugh scores a surprising turnaround on police commissioner

    Mayor Catherine Pugh surprised me, the governor of Maryland and just about every Baltimorean on Tuesday with her quick turnaround on getting a new police commissioner in place. She went from floundering to a flourish in less than 24 hours. Pugh looked downright decisive — like Ravens coach John...

  • Memo to Trump: The real crisis is within, not at America's borders

    Memo to Trump: The real crisis is within, not at America's borders

    The crisis President Donald Trump should be talking about is this one: Life expectancy in the United States is in decline, something not seen in a century — back to World War I and the influenza pandemic that killed an estimated 675,000 Americans and 50 million worldwide. Immigrants are not to...

  • Forty years ago today, Dan Rodricks wrote his first column in The Sun. It's a doozy.

    Forty years ago today, Dan Rodricks wrote his first column in The Sun. It's a doozy.

    In early 1979, The Evening Sun ran a full-page ad announcing a new columnist lineup, including a promised thrice-weekly offering from a puppy-faced young reporter by the name of Dan Rodricks. “Dan Rodricks will slice bits and pieces of Baltimore and serve them up in a reporter’s stew. The column...

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