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November 28, 2011
I've read several accounts of the proposed artificial turf fields for the county high schools. None has addressed the possible adverse environmental impact of the product, especially when spread across several county high school fields. It isn't necessarily something we should automatically promote. From what I've read about artificial turf, it not only poses a higher risk of injury to the kids who play on it than natural turf, it can leach carcinogens into the local ground water, and long-term, even costs more to maintain.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | December 29, 2013
Writer's note: And they said it wouldn't last … Today's is column No. 100. Thanks to my readers (even the haters) for the tremendous response. 1.) Our Libertarian and tea party friends would stop nominating candidates who screw up winnable races. Recall Nevada (Sen. Harry Reid in 2010), Delaware (Sen. Mike Castle in 2010), and last month's race in Virginia (more below). All probable GOP pick-ups. All lost opportunities due to primary challenge or third party candidacy. A factoid from Virginia: The petitions that helped the Libertarian gubernatorial candidate get on the ballot (and draw votes from Republican Ken Cuccinelli)
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December 14, 2007
Baltimore County, which has put artificial turf on two playing fields as part of a pilot program, will install the synthetic surface at eight more locations as part of an $8.5 million initiative. The locations will be announced today at the dedication of the artificial turf field at Seminary Park in Lutherville. Seminary Park's field is the second in the county to receive artificial turf as part of a pilot program to improve playing conditions at heavily used school and park fields. The county first installed the artificial surface on a field at Catonsville High School last year.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
TORONTO -- Kevin Gausman arrived in the visiting clubhouse of the Rogers Centre on Thursday to find about $300 worth of powdered mini doughnuts stacked inside and at the base of his locker, another nice welcoming gift from center fielder Adam Jones. The 22-year-old Gausman will make his major league debut tonight against the Blue Jays. Gausman -- who was known for eating doughnuts between innings at LSU -- apparently needed to go back to his apartment near Bowie to get his passport before joining the club.
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By Bill Glauber | June 16, 1991
Don Sutton was pitching against his boyhood idol, Robin Roberts. Playing second base for the Houston Astros was a future Hall of Famer named Joe Morgan. Clustered in the crowd of 25,000 at the Houston Astrodome were 12 astronauts, heroes who were racing to the moon.It was April 18, 1966. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Astros, 6-3, in an otherwise routine game made memorable by the presence of a concrete-hard green carpet. This was baseball's first game played on AstroTurf, and the landscape of American sports would never be the same.
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By GLENN GRAHAM | October 30, 2008
Everybody, at one time or another, has likely played with one of those bouncy Super Balls. For soccer teams used to playing on natural grass all season long, that's what the first 20 or so minutes of a game are like when trying to adjust to playing on artificial turf. Balls from in the air take higher bounces; ideal through balls instead find the goalie or quickly roll out of bounds. It's like, for the novice golfer, putting on a fast green and watching your ball streak past the hole, hoping it just stays on the green.
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By KATHERINE DUNN | October 30, 2008
Artificial turf is made for field hockey. It's fast. It's true. It accentuates all the fine passing and stick skills that girls develop in the Futures Program, at camps and through indoor field hockey. Many girls have told me they love playing on turf. Even some who had not played on it before said it didn't take long to adjust. They all want to play fast and show off their skills, something that's often hard to do on grass. Turf certainly won't hurt soccer either. Although more of the game is in the air and the ball bounces more, the short passing game is truer on a smoother surface.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | January 24, 1997
NEW ORLEANS -- The Green Bay Packers were built to play in the cold, harsh conditions of Lambeau Field in December.But if they're going to win their first Super Bowl in 29 years, they'll have to do it on the fast track and artificial surface of the Louisiana Superdome.Despite denials from the Packers all week, the numbers show Green Bay is less than invincible when it plays on plastic.In five seasons under coach Mike Holmgren, the Packers have a record of 8-19 on artificial surfaces. That includes an 0-7 mark in Texas Stadium against the Dallas Cowboys, and an 0-5 record in the Metrodome against the Minnesota Vikings.
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By Lowell Sunderland and Lowell Sunderland,SUN STAFF | March 21, 2004
A Columbia business executive is offering to pay to resurface one of Howard County's busiest playing fields with high-tech synthetic turf, a gift that would cost him nearly $500,000. If Bernie Dancel's offer is accepted by the Department of Recreation and Parks, his donation would constitute the second-largest gift the agency has ever received, said Gary J. Arthur, the department's director. Dancel, founder and chief executive of the Columbia-based Ascend One Corp., corporate parent of several businesses that provide services in the financial counseling arena, wants to install artificial turf on one multipurpose field in Columbia's Cedar Lane Park that is used by football, soccer and lacrosse teams.
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By Doug Brown | August 20, 1992
COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland's football team worked out in pads for the first time yesterday in anticipation of a closed-to-the-public scrimmage Saturday. No. 1 running back Mark Mason suffered a bruised elbow, but still participated in the second session.After four days of two-a-day workouts on the artificial turf, the grass field was finally dry enough to stage the afternoon workout."It's good to get on grass," said quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen. "Artificial turf takes its toll on the players' legs."
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles arrived at the visiting clubhouse of Tropicana Field with the 2012 playoff caps and postseason “O's for October” T-shirts hanging in their lockers. For the first time in 15 years, the Orioles could call themselves playoff-bound, but the Orioles came to Tampa Bay to complete one of the unlikeliest of missions - to win an American League East title. But the Orioles' title hopes took a hit here Monday night. A 5-3 loss to a desperate Rays team still clinging to its faint playoff hopes - along with the New York Yankees' 10-2 drubbing of the Boston Red Sox - dropped the Orioles to one game back with two to play.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2012
Linebacker Joel Gordon had gotten used to playing football on the dusty, stone-strewn field behind City College, so when he stepped back out onto Alumni Field in August, he could hardly believe how it felt to play on the new artificial turf. "It's just a wonderful feeling," Gordon said. "I never thought my senior class would get the experience to play on that. All season, it's just made us work harder, because we know we've got this new field and we just want to make the alumni who paid for it happy with the way we play.
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By Katherine Dunn | September 14, 2012
The Division I women's lacrosse final four will be played at Villanova on Memorial Day weekend, the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Committee announced Friday morning. Championship weekend heads to Villanova Stadium after two years at Stony Brook on Long Island, N.Y. The last time the title was decided in Pennsylvania, it was played at Franklin Field in Philadelphia in 2007. This is the first time Villanova will host the event. “We are thrilled that the 2013 championship will be making a return to Pennsylvania and are excited to be working with Villanova as host,” Ann-Marie Guglieri, chair of the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Committee, said in a news release.
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November 28, 2011
I've read several accounts of the proposed artificial turf fields for the county high schools. None has addressed the possible adverse environmental impact of the product, especially when spread across several county high school fields. It isn't necessarily something we should automatically promote. From what I've read about artificial turf, it not only poses a higher risk of injury to the kids who play on it than natural turf, it can leach carcinogens into the local ground water, and long-term, even costs more to maintain.
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October 27, 2011
Like a veteran quarterback seeing a defensive formation that gives him pause, the county school board has exercised the sensible option and called time out. The Board of Education last week nixed a proposal to use $2 million from the state to build artificial-turf athletic fields at Hammond and Atholton high schools, directing the superintendent and his staff to come up with a new list of priorities for the $4 million total that the state Board...
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October 5, 2011
Was married to Martha Arthur, with three sons from a previous marriage Scholarship football player at Clemson University Rose from recreation director in 1979 to director of Recreation and Parks, a position he held until his death in 2010. Worked to form strong relationship with the county school system. Under his leadership, Howard County received accrediation from the National Recrationa and Parks Association, an honor held by fewer than 100 agencies in the country.
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By JEFF SEIDEL and JEFF SEIDEL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 19, 2006
In the past few years, the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks has tried to figure out how to keep some of its fields playable. Department officials crunched numbers and looked at the various costs involved in making overused fields safe for residents to play on. That's when they found something interesting. They realized that, over the long term, paying for and installing an artificial surface would be economically feasible. "We would almost break even," said Gary J. Arthur, director of Recreation and Parks.
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October 5, 2011
Was married to Martha Arthur, with three sons from a previous marriage Scholarship football player at Clemson University Rose from recreation director in 1979 to director of Recreation and Parks, a position he held until his death in 2010. Worked to form strong relationship with the county school system. Under his leadership, Howard County received accrediation from the National Recrationa and Parks Association, an honor held by fewer than 100 agencies in the country.
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By Eric Meany, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2011
There are many new sights and sounds to be experienced at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium this season, but it was a smell that caught the attention of second-year Maryland baseball coach Erik Bakich. "It smells like a ballpark," he said. The source of the appealing aroma was the Third Base Grill, a newly opened seating area and concession stand down the left-field line that is one of many improvements recently made to the university's baseball facilities in an effort to inject some life into what has traditionally been a dormant program.
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By Eric Meany, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2011
There are many new sights and sounds to be experienced at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium this season, but it was a smell that caught the attention of second-year Maryland baseball coach Erik Bakich. "It smells like a ballpark," he said. The source of the appealing aroma was the Third Base Grill, a newly opened seating area and concession stand down the left-field line that is one of many improvements recently made to the university's baseball facilities in an effort to inject life into what has traditionally been a dormant program.
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