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By Brent Jones | brent.jones@baltsun.com | February 11, 2010
Off the top of his head, Herscheld Cooper can recall only one other storm - which he believes was in 1958 - that could rival what the state has seen the past five days. Back then, work crews didn't have the equipment to move the snow as they do now, and the 69-year-old Baltimore native remembers the event less for its intensity and more for how it crippled the city. "It wasn't real coordinated," Cooper reminisced as he smoked a cigar outside his senior apartment building.
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Mike Preston | October 12, 2014
TAMPA, FLA. -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has several other issues going on right now, but there is another one he needs to address. The quality of play in the league continues to drop off, and it was certainly evident Sunday as the Ravens routed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 48-17. League loyalists like to talk about parity, but some of these games and teams have become an embarrassment, and several are still on the Ravens schedule like Atlanta, which struggles to win a game on the road, and Jacksonville, which finds it hard to win anywhere.
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NEWS
March 29, 2010
I found Julie Bykowicz's March 28 article about the Ehrlichs quite interesting up until the moment I saw one of the pictures that was chosen by the editors to accompany the article ("Ehrlich misses being in the arena"). Others in my family independently had the same reaction after seeing this picture. I would like to know how many other pictures taken of Kendel Ehrlich at work behind the microphone at the radio station were discarded before the editors chose the most unflattering one of all?
SPORTS
By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 6, 2014
In its first Big Ten home game, Maryland lost, 52-24, to Ohio State on Saturday. From a Terps perspective, here is a look at what went well and what did not during the game. THE GOOD Kicker Brad Craddock Craddock hit a school-record 57-yard field goal and is one of just three kickers nationally yet to miss a field goal after 10 or more attempts this season. Craddock also had touchbacks on three of his five kickoffs Saturday. Wide receiver Marcus Leak Leak had a highlight-reel-type catch during the third quarter, jumping and reaching above an Ohio State defensive back for a 25-yard gain along the sideline and then holding onto the ball as he fell out of bounds.
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By Jay Merwin | March 16, 1992
BAD: Or the Dumbing of America. By Paul Fussell. Summit Books. 201 pages. $19. WHAT is it that unnerves us in an expensive restaurant when a blow-dried person in an apron presumes intimacy by saying: "My name is Sandy and I'll be your server tonight"? Why does the recitation of the "specials" -- bloated with adjectives about the sauce slathered on them and the sensuous pliability of their fibers -- make us worry we're being taken?Finally, Paul Fussell explains this experience, and many others like it, in his new book, "BAD: Or the Dumbing of America."
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2013
"Breaking Bad" went out big Sunday night for AMC in the ratings attracting an audience of 10.3 million viewers for its final episode. That was three times the audience it drew for last year's season finale. Here's the release from AMC: AMC's Breaking Bad capped its historic run last night, delivering a series-record 10.3 million viewers, including 6.7 million adults 18-49. Ratings for the final episode were up 300% over last year's finale, demonstrating the remarkable growth of this iconic series.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | June 18, 1995
On the surface, it seems as if the stewards at Laurel Park received an unmistakably harsh message from their employer -- the Maryland Racing Commission -- last week:Wake up, and stop making bad calls.No one spoke those words publicly, but it seemed the board gave a pretty strong indication of how it felt about some of the stewards' recent decisions when it overturned three of their judgement calls.But that's not so, said Allan Levey, a member of the commission, who added that the other board members also felt that what happened was "an anomaly.
FEATURES
By ROGER SIMON t | December 29, 1991
GOOD ROGER SAT AT HIS WRITING TABLE early in the morning of New Year's Eve. He was dressed in white silk pajamas and a plum smoking jacket."Let me guess," Bad Roger said to him. "You're entering a Hugh Hefner look-alike contest."Good Roger didn't say a thing. Good Roger believes that if you can't say something nice about a person, you shouldn't say anything at all.That is only one reason Good Roger is such a pill."I suppose," Good Roger said, turning from the writing table and looking at Bad Roger, "that your garb is supposed to reflect your keen sense of savoir-faire?"
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By ROGER SIMON | November 13, 1994
Bad Roger took a final glance at his notes, cleared his throat and looked directly into the TV camera."Attention!" he said. "Under the new rules of Republican America, you will stand up when I am speaking to you!"All over the country, Americans stood up.Good Roger remained flat on his back in bed, moaning softly to himself, something he has been doing ever since Tuesday night."Woe is us," he kept saying, "woe is us. The Bad Rogers everywhere have taken over the country."Good Roger is the decent, honest, compassionate side of me, the side that cares about the poor, the tired, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
NEWS
By ROGER SIMON | July 29, 1992
Good Roger threw down his newspaper in disgust."This is an outrage to journalism!" he shouted."Pipe down!" Bad Roger said from deep in his Barcalounger. "I'm trying to watch women's weight lifting on the Olympics Triplecast.""Since when did we get the Triplecast?" Good Roger asked."Since I found your credit card in the couch cushions," Bad Roger replied.Good Roger is the decent side of me, the side that went into journalism to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.Bad Roger went into journalism for the free felt tip pens.
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Mike Preston | October 5, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Ravens were involved in a statement game on Sunday, and they sent the wrong message. If they wanted to prove they were a contending team after missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2007, they failed. In fact, some of the same things that kept them from the playoffs in 2013 showed up again in a 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts before a crowd of 65,258 at Lucas Oil Stadium. It's not like Indianapolis had been dominant this seaosn.
NEWS
October 4, 2014
Grant Sizemore's recent letter ( "Feral cats pose a serious health threat to humans," Sept. 26) betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of statistics and serves as a textbook example of how such misinterpretations can lead to poor public policy. According to Mr. Sizemore, the Labor Day weekend closing of an Anne Arundel County elementary school, the result of animal control officers' search for a stray cat who'd wandered inside, "demonstrated prudent concern for the health and well-being of students.
NEWS
October 3, 2014
Alexa Fraser's recent commentary promotes the idea of legalizing physician-assisted suicide ( "Political candidates should debate the right to die," Sept. 28). The term "physician-assisted suicide" means that a physician provides the means or information to enable a patient to perform a life-ending act, such as through a lethal prescription. The premise of Ms. Fraser's commentary is that legalization of physician-assisted suicide will eliminate other types of suicides, such as those resulting from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
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By James B. Astrachan | October 2, 2014
Violations of civil rights by the Baltimore City Police Department are at best a callous disregard for the rights of citizens; at worst, they are criminal. They are also horrendously expensive for the city's taxpayers. More than $20 million has been paid out in the past decade, according to reports in The Sun and Daily Record, to resolve claims that officers used excessive force or engaged in otherwise improper conduct, such as denial of due process, unreasonable searches and seizures and other violations of civil rights.
NEWS
September 26, 2014
Thank you, thank you, thank you for finally putting out a worthy and truthful account of the Ray Rice issue and its handling by the Ravens ( "The Ravens' story shifts," Sept. 23)! I am a domestic abuse survivor and I would really like to see that this situation could educate and really help victims, survivors and abusers. I was extremely hopeful when Ray Rice was handed a two-game suspension and when it was criticized by the public, many of whom do not even really know the whole story, know Ray Rice as the man and humanitarian he is or know anything about domestic violence.
NEWS
September 22, 2014
Maryland's decision to join a handful of states that allow undocumented immigrants the chance to obtain driver's licenses was a pragmatic one designed to keep residents safe. Border security, deportation policy and pathways to citizenship are not within Maryland's purview, but ensuring that drivers on the road are competent, that their vehicles are registered and that they purchase insurance are the state's responsibility. The establishment of a two-tiered license system here - in which those who cannot document their immigration status are allowed the chance to obtain a license valid for driving but not purposes like getting on airplanes or entering federal buildings - was simply a rational response to the twin facts that some hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants live in Maryland and that by necessity they will drive whether we like it or not. The policy is of a piece with others the state has adopted in recent months.
NEWS
By ROGER SIMON | October 29, 1993
Bad Roger pulled on his St. Louis Stallions helmet and began warbling his new song:"Meet me in St. Louie, Louie, meet me at the fair!"I'll be watching local football, while Baltimore tears its hair!"
NEWS
By ROGER SIMON | December 25, 1992
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the hous Bad Roger was acting just like a louse."Have we got enough coal and switches for the Christmas stockings?" Bad Roger asked. "And if it snows, I'm going to need some rocks to stick inside the snowballs."Bad Roger is the twisted, demented, though --ingly handsome, side of me. If you see me on the street, it's Bad Roger.Good Roger is the kindly, decent, goofy looking side of me. My column picture is of Good Roger.Good Roger looked up from where he was packing food baskets for the poor.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
The Ray Rice scandal is getting its own TV special. The Reelz network announced today that it will air "Ray Rice: Celebrity Bad Behavior" at 10 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 23). According to a press release, the OK! TV production is the network's way of "gearing up for the launch of TMZ Hollywood Sports," which premieres Sept. 29 on the network. TMZ Sports, of course, posted the longform Ray Rice hotel elevator security camera footage of him punching his then-fiancee (and now wife) Janay Palmer,  that led to his termination from the Ravens.
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