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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | December 1, 1995
Unlikely as it might sound, a television talk show is a logical subject for an opera. After all, talk show hosts are the divas of TV.And the talk show diva whom composer and librettist Paul Mathews has invented in his satiric opera, "Chatter & Static," is a deliciously catty, larger-than-life "queen bee," as one of her underlings calls her. Mathews appropriately names her "Gabby" -- one of many appropriate touches in this accomplished, if not uniformly successful,...
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Jules Witcover | July 4, 2014
Some Republicans in Congress, having wasted the 2012 election trying to get rid of President Obama with Obamacare as their bludgeon, are now talking about crippling him in the 2014 midterm cycle by crying impeachment. With Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's ambition of making Obama "a one-term president" dashed in 2012, other GOP congressmen are also talking of trying to remove him on grounds that he is exceeding his presidential powers, on issues ranging from immigration to the minimum wage to gay rights and Obamacare.
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By MARY GAIL HARE and MARY GAIL HARE,SUN REPORTER | November 6, 2005
Colleagues count on Carolyn "Nicky" Ratliff to liven a stodgy meeting with a droll tale of an errant bull or marauding pigs. She has created media forums to find homes for bedraggled, unusual and aging pets. And she willingly matches wits with anyone. So when Carroll's Community Access Television sought an anchor for its live talk show on animals, the staff figured Ratliff, director of the Carroll County Humane Society, would fit the role perfectly. The station's first live show premiered last week, with Ratliff as host and animal trainer Laura Totis as her first guest.
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By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2013
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:  TITTLE-TATTLE However reluctant we may be to admit it, and however much we may regret it, much of today's journalism amounts to petty, idle gossip, scantily sourced trivial chatter. It shows in our obsession with celebrities, a broadly defined category, and it cheapens what passes for political discourse.  A word for that, tittle-tattle , has been around since the early sixteenth century, so the phenomenon is hardly novel.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | March 13, 2003
JERUSALEM - Senior Israeli officials are constantly reminding the public, and perhaps themselves, that the United States' threat of military action against Iraq "is not Israel's war." Despite official efforts to maintain a low profile on the subject, military and political leaders can't seem to shut up about it. The more they talk, the more stories appear in the Israeli press, annoying American officials concerned that talk about links between Israel and the United States risks inflaming the Arab world and potentially undermines support.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | December 6, 1991
PERHAPS THE last place any rap fan would expect to see a white-hooded Klansman would be onstage at a Public Enemy concert. Yet there he was, ol' "Bernie Crosshouse" himself, checking out the crowd before P.E. -- topping a seven-act bill -- hit the stage at the Baltimore Arena last night.How come?Call it a reality check. "Bernie" was Public Enemy's way of driving home a point -- that so long as the black community continues to put up with drug dealing, black-on-black violence and other self-destructive social ills, it will be doing the Klan's work for it.It's a tough message, and one even the best rap groups would have a hard time conveying without seeming preachy.
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By KRISTI L. GUSTAFSON and KRISTI L. GUSTAFSON,ALBANY (N.Y.) TIMES UNION | October 9, 2005
Let's talk about girl crushes, an age-old story once again generating chatter -- popping up on blogs, Web sites and online magazines. Women admiring other women. Looking to them for their physical beauty, grace, intelligence, strength, power, humor ... the list goes on. It's a butterflies-in-the-stomach, smile-to-your face kind of thing. Not sexual. Not romantic. But an attraction. The girl crush. "Attraction is not always sexual," says April Masini, who writes relationship advice for AskApril.
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By FRANK ROYLANCE and FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger | December 5, 2006
And so, the (almost) streak of Dec. 5 snowfalls in Baltimore evaporates like ... well, like late-autumn snow. The coincidence of snow at BWI on three of the last four Dec. 5s fascinated some weather watchers. We had 7.4 inches in 2002; 6.8 inches in 2003, and 3.3 inches in 2005. (There was snow Dec. 6-11, 2004; does that count?) So we've heard plenty of chatter about what today's weather would bring. Instead, we sit this week beneath cold, dry Canadian air, chattering, but snowless.
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By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2013
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:  TITTLE-TATTLE However reluctant we may be to admit it, and however much we may regret it, much of today's journalism amounts to petty, idle gossip, scantily sourced trivial chatter. It shows in our obsession with celebrities, a broadly defined category, and it cheapens what passes for political discourse.  A word for that, tittle-tattle , has been around since the early sixteenth century, so the phenomenon is hardly novel.
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January 28, 2010
It would be more informative and credible Laura Vozzella's gossip column citing unnamed reliable sources who say incoming Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake is behind an effort to have Councilman Bill Cole succeed her actually included any verifiable facts ("Developer B on council president's race: Who, me?" Jan. 28). Instead she seems to want to smear not only the incoming mayor by suggesting she is conspiring with developers and old Dixon cronies, the governor and his brothers for having the audacity to be involved in Baltimore politics and Councilman Cole for -- well, that is unclear.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2013
As their church's cardinals gathered in Vatican City to select a new pope, Catholic schoolchildren in the Baltimore area joined the worldwide buzz over the secret balloting process in an online chat with a fairly well-placed source: Archbishop William E. Lori. "I'm not going to predict who the Holy Father is going to be," Lori told eighth-grade students at 20 schools in the Baltimore Archdiocese on Monday. "But what we can't miss is that at least two of the American cardinals have been spoken about as possible candidates.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2013
I don't care if Al Gore got more money than he ever deserved for his pathetic channel, or Glenn Beck got the short end of the stick in trying to buy it as an escape from his prison of media marginalization. All of that is ideological and personality-obsessed, pop-culture nonsense that misses the point of the sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera. What's important is that Al Jazeera has found a way into an estimated 40 million American homes through the purchase of Gore's mismanaged channel, and that is a good thing - a very good thing.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
That was Gov. Martin O'Malley spinning away in Denver Thursday morning, putting the best possible face on a debate performance by President Obama that even his supporters considered a disappointment. Appearing on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown" with Chuck Todd, O'Malley praised Obama's  demeanor and command of facts in his face-off with Republican nominee Mitt Romney. "One of the things you look for in a president is consistency," O'Malley said.  "Over the long term, the president is well-served by that dignified command reserve.
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By Edward Lee | October 3, 2012
Despite his 5-foot-8 frame, easygoing nature and ear-to-ear smile, Ray Rice is widely regarded as one of the toughest players in the NFL. And according to one Kansas City Chiefs player, the Ravens running back is also one of the most talkative. Outside linebacker Tamba Hali said that Rice talks more trash than any other running back he has encountered in the league. “I don't remember a lot of running backs talking that much trash,” Hali said during a conference call Wednesday.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
The Baltimore City Fire Department plans to implement new social media guidelines after Chief James S. Clack said he found that firefighters and officers were "crossing the line" by posting inappropriate or sensitive information online. The social media website Twitter has become a forum for griping about City Hall policies in 140 characters or fewer - the maximum allowed in postings. The new policy comes after fire personnel have written a number of heated, politically charged barbs aimed at the department, Clack, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City Council over a recent budgetary decision to close three fire companies in the city.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2012
COLLEGE PARK - It's the time of the college basketball season when many coaches become amateur statisticians and bracket pundits, sizing up their schools' records against scores of other would-be participants in the NCAA and NIT tournaments. But not Mark Turgeon. As the Terps (16-11, 6-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) prepared for Saturday's game at Georgia Tech (9-18, 2-11), the Maryland coach was in a Ratings Percentage Index-free zone. "I'll be honest with you guys, I haven't looked at the RPI, the Dick Vitale Bald Dome [Index]
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,Sun Staff Writer | April 20, 1995
Spring is here and all across this great nation, Little League is gearing up for another season of turning young ballplayers into hopeless neurotics.This year I'm coaching the Phillies of the Cockeysville Pony League along with my partners John Alecci and Rich D'Adamo, and we're certainly doing our part to thoroughly confuse the 12 boys on our team.This was evident the other day at practice as the three of us took turns shouting advice to one aspiring slugger:"Be a hitter up there!""Patience!
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October 22, 2006
A little skepticism is in order now that Washington is suddenly abuzz with talk about an inevitable change of direction in Iraq. It's no surprise that Republican members of Congress are falling off the stay-the-course wagon, because the war is truly unpopular and elections are just two weeks away. Of course some of the alarm is genuine, but there's nothing like an impending congressional upheaval to focus candidates' minds. But will there be a change of strategy? Sen. John W. Warner, the respected Virginia Republican, may want one, and the Iraq Study Group led by James A. Baker III and Lee H. Hamilton may recommend one, sometime around January, and the one-star generals may be agitating for one - yet the man in charge at the White House has made it quite clear that "victory" is his only exit strategy, and it's not at all certain that he will be susceptible anytime soon to pressures from outside his immediate circle of aides.
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By Matt Vensel | December 11, 2011
The Ravens had a lead foot in the first half, pulling away from the winless Indianapolis Colts by scoring the first 17 points of Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium. The game never in doubt, they coasted to a 24-10 win. Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes. Ray Rice topped the century mark, giving him back-to-back 100-yard rushing games for the first time ever. And Terrell Suggs had three sacks to set a new single-season personal best. Here are my quick-hit thoughts after the Ravens improved to 10-3 on the year and held serve in the AFC North: 1. Terrell Suggs was already being considered as a candidate for NFL Defensive Player of the Year by many, but with seven sacks in his past three games, he now has enough sacks to catch the eyes of those who only pay attention to stats.
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By Doug Miller | June 1, 2011
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