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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2013
The three players bidding to build a new casino in Prince George's County have shown their hands, and the state will pick a winner by the end of December. The stakes are high as the state prepares to hold a series of meetings beginning this week and culminating Dec. 20 to choose who gets to operate the state's closest casino to Washington. All three pitched casino resorts costing hundreds of millions of dollars to be built near where Interstate 95 crosses into Maryland. The decision will be made by a special casino site-selection body, known as the Video Lottery Facility Location Commission, based on what it deems best for the state.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2013
John Kinnaman III, a retired National Security Agency intelligence analyst and Olympics enthusiast, died Nov. 16 of lung cancer at Casey House Hospice in Rockville. He was 74. The son of a career Army officer and a homemaker, he was born in Indianapolis and raised in Japan and Germany, where he graduated from high school in Munich in 1956. He served in the Army from 1959 to 1969. Mr. Kinnaman worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for a year before going to work in 1972 as an intelligence analyst for NSA. He had been stationed in Turkey and Germany, and retired from the agency in 1993.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2013
The Fox telecast of the Baltimore Ravens' loss Sunday was far from perfect, but what a vast improvement over any coverage provided this season by CBS Sports. I am sure some fans are going to insist Fox analyst Daryl Johnston doesn't like the Ravens, or somehow “has it in” for them. But what a relief it was to hear someone call out Ravens coach John Harbaugh for his bad decisions Sunday. Johnston, who seemed about 10,000 times more focused in his thinking and crisp in his analysis than Dan Fouts or Dan Dierdorf has even been for CBS, laid the wood to Harbaugh's first-half miscues both at the time they were made and at the end of the game.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2013
It doesn't happen often, but in Sunday's game, the guys in the CBS broadcast booth got it mostly right in their "keys to the game" talking points just before kickoff. Give them credit for that in their call of the Ravens' 26-23 victory over the Miami Dolphins. “Gone are Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and other key members of the Ravens defensive unit,” play-by-play announcer Marv Albert said. “The question is: what can Baltimore do against a Miami offensive line that has really struggled ... allowing 18 sacks ... a league high?
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2013
Gary Jobson is not only a Hall of Fame sailor. He is also something of a history buff when it comes to a sport that has been a big part of his life since childhood. Which is why Jobson, of Annapolis, was happy to witness this year's America's Cup competition in San Francisco Bay up close, as someone who could both enjoy the event and appreciate its historical context. For those who were busy following the Ravens, Orioles or even Maryland, Oracle Team USA came back from the largest deficit in the competition's history to win and retain the cup. Trailing 8-1 to Emirates Team New Zealand, Oracle took the last eight races to win the 17-race competition and put Jimmy Spithill, the Australian skipper who headed Oracle's crew, in the company of the sport's legendary figures.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2013
Technical problems continued to frustrate people attempting to access the new state health insurance exchange on Friday The issues with marylandhealthconnection.gov, the online exchange set up under national health reform, prompted some analysts to suggest that the system's software and servers aren't robust enough. "They seem to be building this system on the go," said Robert Laszewski, a Washington-based insurance industry consultant. "It was not adequately tested, and it was not ready for prime time.
SPORTS
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
It was October 2011, and I remember standing just off the field inside Doak Campbell Stadium for media interviews after Florida State's 41-16 victory over the Terps . It was a rough day for the Terps. I remember that coach Randy Edsall made a memorably candid statement. "We just don't match up with the speed and athleticism of Clemson and Florida State. That's what we are going to have to do from a recruiting standpoint," said Edsall. He sounded determined, almost defiant, about the ultimate course of his program.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2013
It didn't take long Sunday for Dan Fouts and Ian Eagle to let us know we were watching a low-down-on-the-depth-chart broadcast team from the worst TV network doing NFL football. In the keys-to-the-game, pre-kickoff analysis, Fouts told viewers Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco didn't want to talk about “who's not here anymore” among his receivers. Instead, Fouts said, Flacco stressed how “excited” he was “about the continued progress of his new wide-out, Torrey Smith, his No. 1 wide-out.” You have to believe Fouts knows somewhere in his brain that Torrey Smith isn't really “new.” Don't you?
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2013
Retired Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis weighed in on the Aaron Hernandez situation, offering his opinion on the former New England Patriots star tight end during his debut as an ESPN football analyst. During a roundtable discussion with Cris Carter, Keyshawn Johnson and Tom Jackson, Lewis said he believes the Patriots should have had some idea that Hernandez, who remains in jail after pleading not guilty to the charge of murdering Odin Lloyd, was headed down the wrong path.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2013
James L. Akers Jr., a retired financial analyst and businessman who collected and restored vintage arcade machines, died Wednesday of kidney cancer at his Ellicott City home. He was 73. The son of a dentist and a homemaker, James Lee Akers Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised on Regester Avenue in Stoneleigh. Herbert W. Dorsey grew up a few doors away, and they remained lifelong friends. "It was a neighborhood of boys, and we naturally gravitated to his home because Jim had a pool table," said Mr. Dorsey, a retired Public Health Service officer who lives in Bethesda.
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