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Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down for Sept. 4

Thumbs up: Amber Ramirez is the winning artist in this year's promotional poster contest for the Maryland Wine Festival. The 25-year-old Westminster resident, a full-time artist and part-time barista at Birdie's Cafe, will receive a $1,000 cash prize for the design, which will be featured on posters, T-shirts, brochures and various other promotional materials for The 2015 Maryland Wine Festival. Ramirez said she used Prismacolor pencils on white stock paper for the design, which was inspired by tattoos. The design incorporates crabs, the Maryland flag, the state flower and, of course, wine. Thumbs down: Carroll County's sports landscape lost a recognizable and devoted figure...