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By C. FRASER SMITH | March 5, 2000
THIS years race for Howard County school board made at least two important contributions to the commonwealth. By Tuesday evening, voters will have chosen four contenders for the two board seats that come open at the end of this year. Beyond that -- and almost as important -- the campaign produced a checklist of citizen concerns that the current board must pause to consider. If the candidates can be thought of as hyper-sensitive members of the community at large, their criticisms should be viewed as the findings of a blue ribbon panel.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
I only have 2 million other better things to write about. But after 24 hours of waiting for someone else to unload on Sean Hannity, the Fox News host who defines political stooge, I have to say something. I held off when this GOP tool ran around on the Texas border in sunglasses and a baseball hat on backwards with Gov. Rick Perry. I even ignored the picture Hannity tweeted of him with his arm over a machine gun as he posed in a boat on the Rio Grande alongside Perry -- who we now know is really an intellectual giant because he has glasses with thick rims.
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BUSINESS
By Julius Westheimer | February 5, 1999
With the S&P 500 stock index up 4.1 percent last month -- and the Dow Jones industrial average ahead 1.9 percent and the Nasdaq composite up a hefty 14.2 percent -- the "January Barometer" offers an optimistic outlook for the year.The 1999 Stock Trader's Almanac says, "Since 1950 the January Barometer predicted the annual market direction with amazing accuracy. Whether the S&P 500 index was up or down in January, 43 out of 48 times the entire year followed suit -- a 90 percent batting average!"
NEWS
December 4, 2013
To view the latest measure of the state of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed, the Chesapeake Bay Program's "Bay Barometer," is not unlike receiving the interim report card of a chronically underachieving student. Whatever modest progress is reported, it's difficult to get past the miserably low overall grades. This sort of science-based snapshot may be useful, but it's also a bit bracing - or "sobering" as some environmentalists have described it. Less than one-third of the Chesapeake Bay's tidal areas meet federally-approved water quality standards while three-quarters of 92 tidal areas tested positive for chemical contaminants, and underwater grasses continue to decline.
NEWS
By Gina Davis and Gina Davis,SUN STAFF | August 25, 2004
A mercury spill from a barometer in the science teachers' office at South Carroll High School has officials pushing to make sure the school is safe for students returning next week. An inspector from the Maryland Department of the Environment, which has been monitoring cleanup efforts since late last week, was expected last night to conduct additional testing to determine whether the area can be safely occupied. Principal George Phillips expressed cautious optimism. "I anticipate things will be good to go" by this morning, Phillips said yesterday.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | August 9, 1998
At the Target in Aberdeen, shoppers have begun swarming the aisles hunting for Spice Girls folders. At Cohen's Clothiers in Cockeysville, they're loading up on khaki pants. And at Hess Shoes in Towson, youngsters are slipping out of sandals and into athletic shoes and oxfords.Long, lazy days of summer might as well be over: Retailers have kicked off the back-to-school selling season, second only to -- if not bigger than -- Christmas.The duds are more casual, the season longer and the students more discriminating than in years past, but some things never change in the generations-old tradition of shopping for school.
NEWS
By FRANK ROYLANCE and FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger | November 4, 2006
Maurice Richard from Street, is just getting around to asking why, during those "monsoon" rains in Maryland at the end of June, his barometer hardly changed at all. "Usually I can tell the low-pressure system has passed by watching the ... pressure start to rise." True. For weeks, the barometer hardly budged. Lows are weak in summer anyway. Then weather systems stalled. An offshore high pumped very wet, tropical air northward, straight into a stationary cold front. The collision led to six inches of rain here in seven days.
NEWS
By Gina Davis and Gina Davis,SUN STAFF | August 25, 2004
A mercury spill from a barometer in the science teachers' office at South Carroll High School has officials pushing to make sure the school is safe for students returning next week. An inspector from the Maryland Department of the Environment, which has been monitoring cleanup efforts since late last week, was expected last night to conduct additional testing to determine whether the area can be safely occupied. Principal George Phillips expressed cautious optimism. "I anticipate things will be good to go" by this morning, Phillips said yesterday.
FEATURES
October 16, 1991
In general, color is the barometer of ripeness when purchasing bananas. Bananas with green tips will be firm. If the peel is golden yellow the interior will be a bit sweeter.* Once bananas have reached the desired degree of ripeness they should be refrigerated. Chilling will darken the peel, but will not affect the fruit.* Should bananas become overly ripe, mash them with a small amount of lemon juice, place the pulp in a moisture-vapor proof container and freeze. Add to the container until there is enough to make a loaf of banana bread or muffins.
NEWS
By FRANK ROYLANCE | May 8, 2008
Mitchell Thompson of Easton needs help with a new digital barometer. "Readings have ranged from 998 to 1016 MBR," he says. "I am accustomed to readings such as 29.1 to 30.8." Welcome to the metric system. Your old readings were in "inches of mercury." Your new instrument displays millibars. One millibar equals 100 newtons per square meter. Huh? Standard pressure at sea level is 1,013 mb. Hurricane Katrina's pressure sank to 902 mb. For a conversion table: pcwp.com/mb_conversion.html.
FEATURES
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
More than 70 percent of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams are falling short of water quality goals, according to a report released Tuesday. The "Bay Barometer" report is issued annually by the Chesapeake Bay Program, the federal-state partnership that oversees restoration efforts for the bay. This year's report includes a new category that combines water quality readings such as dissolved oxygen and clarity. The bay and its tributaries are broken into 291 sections, of which only 29 percent had an adequate score.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2013
No. 9 Johns Hopkins has enjoyed a 5-1 start in which the team has outscored its opponents by an average of 8.0 goals in the wins; the only hiccup was an 11-8 loss to Princeton on March 1. Saturday's road contest against No. 10 Syracuse (3-1) will be a measuring stick of the Blue Jays' development since that setback to the Tigers, coach Dave Pietramala said. “I would say that this is an opportunity to see how we've grown since we've kind of started this,” he said Wednesday.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2013
No. 5 Johns Hopkins had thought that Friday night's contest against No. 14 Princeton would be a good barometer of the team's progress thus far. The result, however, was not what the Blue Jays had been hoping for. The 11-8 setback exposed Johns Hopkins on several fronts. The defense was slow on its slides and had problems with the Tigers' picks, the offense was inaccurate and couldn't take advantage of a retooled defense, and the team was turnover-prone. It all adds up to what should be a good deal of soul-searching among the Blue Jays.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | January 31, 2013
The Chesapeake Bay is showing increased resilience in the face of natural and man-made abuses, though it's still seriously impaired, according to the latest official report on the regional restoration effort. The annual " Bay Barometer " released Thursday says that only 34 percent of the mainstem of the Chesapeake has enough oxygen in it during summer for fish and shellfish to thrive, oyster populations remain a fraction of what they once were and a majority of streams throughout the six-state watershed are in poor or very poor condition.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2012
Charmington's is just a short walk from the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, but it's an even shorter walk for another thriving community of educators. They live in the same building. Charmington's occupies a sunny corner space in Miller's Court, a former manufacturing plant that provides discounted housing for teachers and office space for nonprofit organizations. Although Charmington's menu of sandwiches and wraps isn't very ambitious, either in size or culinary outlook, the food is wholesome, fresh and affordable.
NEWS
By Yvonne Villarreal and Yvonne Villarreal,Tribune Newspapers | April 10, 2009
HOLLYWOOD -Being a teenage sensation can be exhausting. Just ask Miley Cyrus. It means performing your current hit, "The Climb," on American Idol and at the Academy of Country Music Awards, accepting a miniature orange blimp for favorite female singer at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, gracing the cover of the latest Glamour magazine, attending Hollywood premieres and starring in your own - according to the teeny-bopper barometer - wildly successful show....
BUSINESS
By Chicago Tribune | January 2, 1992
CHICAGO -- Beginning today, the stock market will be tapping its barometer for a glimpse at the rest of the year. The fate of stock prices in January has been a remarkably accurate predictor of performance for the full year.According to Yale Hirsch's "Stock Trader's Almanac," the Standard & Poor's 500 index has followed the direction it set in January for 36 out of the last 41 years through 1990.Last year maintained the trend. A bullish January -- with the S&P 500 index up 14 percent -- foretold a strong, 26 percent gain for 1991.
BUSINESS
By Walter Hamilton and Walter Hamilton,Los Angeles Times | March 6, 2009
NEW YORK -Stock prices sank yesterday to fresh bear-market lows on renewed worries about the country's banks and about General Motors Corp. The market opened lower and fell steadily throughout the day, with the Dow Jones industrial average sagging 281.40 points, or 4.1 percent to 6,594.44, falling below the nearly 12-year low it set Tuesday. Yesterday's decline marked the second time this week that the blue-chip barometer fell nearly 300 points. The Standard & Poor's 500 dropped 30.32 points, or 4.3 percent, to 682.55, its lowest level since September 1996.
NEWS
By FRANK ROYLANCE | May 8, 2008
Mitchell Thompson of Easton needs help with a new digital barometer. "Readings have ranged from 998 to 1016 MBR," he says. "I am accustomed to readings such as 29.1 to 30.8." Welcome to the metric system. Your old readings were in "inches of mercury." Your new instrument displays millibars. One millibar equals 100 newtons per square meter. Huh? Standard pressure at sea level is 1,013 mb. Hurricane Katrina's pressure sank to 902 mb. For a conversion table: pcwp.com/mb_conversion.html.
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