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By Pat van den Beemt, pvdb@comcast.net | October 10, 2011
I don't have an art history background, so I hadn't heard the name Alexander Calder before. Then, in the course of one week, the famous artist/sculptor's name came up in connection with two completely different stories I was writing. I met Alexander Calder's great-nephew, Jim Calder, who was hired to carve an eagle out of a dead tree trunk in White Hall. When I asked him about his amazing artistic ability, he told me about his long line of relatives who excelled in art, including Alexander Calder.
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By Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
A satellite that has been hurtling toward Mars for the past 10 months slammed on the brakes Sunday night, gliding into the red planet's gravity field to spend a year studying its atmosphere - and hopefully collect evidence that Mars might once have supported life. On a mission managed from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, the MAVEN spacecraft neared completion Sunday night of a 442 million-mile journey by firing six thrusters in reverse and being pulled into Mars' gravity field.
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July 15, 2013
Look at all the shooting and killing after the death penalty was repealed. I believe this was a bad time to do this. As for doubts about whether we execute the innocent, we could simply require that anyone who gets this penalty have a DNA test so we know they are 100 percent guilty of the crime. Gerald Yamin, Pikesville
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
As Ocean City braces for Senior Week, the annual migration of graduating high school students to the beaches, thousands more young partyers are expected to join them. A loosely organized College Takeover Beach Week also starts this weekend, an event that surprised Virginia Beach last year when an influx of up to 40,000 visitors was accompanied by a rise in cases of violence and disorderly behavior. Ocean City officials say they won't be caught off-guard and have prepared for both Senior Week and the "takeover" with increased patrols and new boardwalk surveillance cameras that will be monitored in real time.
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October 17, 2005
KICKING OFF -- SCHEDULING -- It's no coincidence that the Bengals, Colts and Bucs have a combined two losses, given their shockingly favorable schedules.
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By Margie Burns | June 8, 1994
RECENTLY I watched a great 1942 movie, "To Be or Not to Be," and was jolted by a familiar name in it.The movie is set in Warsaw in 1939, during the German invasion of Poland: Jack Benny and Carole Lombard play the leads -- husband-and-wife state actors in the grand tradition, Polish Barrymores, who get caught up in the resistance.Late in the movie, Lombard has an appointment at Gestapo headquarters. We see the Gestapo officer's list of appointments. Beneath the name of Lombard's character is the single name: "Schindler."
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September 9, 1993
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr.'s withdrawal from the gubernatorial race on the same day Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Gov. William Donald Schaefer were staging a love-in at the Inner Harbor adds froth to the Democratic political pot. Mr. Curran's decision to seek re-election to his present office was no surprise; his candidacy was going nowhere. But the Schmoke-Schaefer rapprochement is something else -- a carefully staged affair serving the ambitions of both.Mr. Schaefer is not a man to have a love-hate relationship simultaneously; rather his feelings pro and con about certain personalities are sharply sequential.
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By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | February 2, 2000
Over the past two years, depth has kept Notre Dame Prep's swimming team at the top of the private schools winner's podium. Earlier this season, the Blazers pulled out a tight dual meet against top rival McDonogh. On Sunday, they edged the Eagles again to win the first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland swimming championship at UMBC. After eight of 11 events on Sunday, the Blazers trailed McDonogh by 25 points, but with strong finishes in the breaststroke and backstroke and a thrilling victory in the meet-ending 200-yard freestyle, the Blazers pulled out a 405-398 victory.
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By Sylvia Badger | July 5, 1991
AN DIE MUSIK, Towson's elegant new "European" style record store, was jammed with people last Saturday. The attraction -- David Zinman, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's talented music director, who was there with WJHU-FM (88.1)host Lisa Simeone for an autograph party to launch the BSO's newest release of music by Stravinsky on the Telarc label.I'm told the maestro purchased a few compact discs before he left the store. The "Mighty Lemon Drops," "Siouxsie and the Banshees," and the "Gang of Four" to name a few. Is our director trading Bach for rock?
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Letter to The Aegis | April 17, 2014
Last week as I was driving down Route 22 around Amyclae development, I was amazed and gratified to see a very large red headed Tom Turkey glided in front of me across Route 22 and into a wooded lot adjacent to Amyclae. This coupled with the flocks of geese habitually in the fields at Eva Mar Farm, along with the many deer, fox and hawk and an occasional eagle in the wood line that borders Amyclae, Tudor Manor, Fox Chase and Wagner Farms developments makes me appreciate where I have chosen to live for the past 12 years.
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Letter to The Aegis | April 17, 2014
Last week as I was driving down Route 22 around Amyclae development, I was amazed and gratified to see a very large red headed Tom Turkey glided in front of me across Route 22 and into a wooded lot adjacent to Amyclae. This coupled with the flocks of geese habitually in the fields at Eva Mar Farm, along with the many deer, fox and hawk and an occasional eagle in the wood line that borders Amyclae, Tudor Manor, Fox Chase and Wagner Farms developments makes me appreciate where I have chosen to live for the past 12 years.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
For the past two offseasons, the Orioles have held a pitchers minicamp in January at Camden Yards to give the club's young pitchers and new acquisitions a jump-start on spring training. With three days of workouts each year, the club's coaching staff received its first look at the group of pitchers. The minicamp coincided with the team's annual FanFest. Pitchers would arrive a few days early, participate in the camp and stay for FanFest activities over the weekend. But because FanFest is so late this season -- it is scheduled for Feb. 1, just 12 days before pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report for spring training -- the Orioles instead plan to hold this year's minicamp in mid-January at the club's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla. They are aiming for the week of Jan. 13. About 15 to 20 pitchers attended the minicamp in each of the past two offseasons.
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By Jules Witcover | October 3, 2013
When Barack Obama was seeking the presidency in 2008, he pledged to change the way Washington works. Well, it has changed all right, but he has not been the architect. As emphatically confirmed in this week's government shutdown, that deed has been accomplished by the House Republicans, more specifically by their tea party element and by pliable House Speaker John Boehner, who so conspicuously has declined to push back against it. There has been much transparently disingenuous GOP talk about how President Obama and the Senate Democrats refused to negotiate on changes or refunding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
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By Robert B. Reich | August 15, 2013
Why is the nation more bitterly divided today than it's been in 80 years? Why is there more anger, vituperation and political polarization now than even during Joe McCarthy's anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the tempestuous struggle for civil rights in the 1960s, the divisive Vietnam War, or the Watergate scandal? If anything, you'd think this would be an era of relative calm. The Soviet Union has disappeared and the Cold War is over. The civil rights struggle continues, but at least we now have a black middle class and even a black president.
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July 15, 2013
Look at all the shooting and killing after the death penalty was repealed. I believe this was a bad time to do this. As for doubts about whether we execute the innocent, we could simply require that anyone who gets this penalty have a DNA test so we know they are 100 percent guilty of the crime. Gerald Yamin, Pikesville
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By Stephen Walters | April 7, 2013
When cities become dysfunctional, we do not quickly abandon them and our established social networks and routines. And after a city puts itself back together, we may take years to become convinced that the bad old days are over. Awareness of these facts likely accounts for City Hall's mature, muted response to the Census Bureau's latest population report: after six straight decades of embarrassing shrinkage, Baltimore has grown by about 1,100 residents since mid-2011. But there has been no triumphant rhetoric from Mayor Rawlings-Blake.
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By Ronald E. Cohen | May 21, 2000
THE LAST time United Press International turned a profit was 1961. Imagine. Still alive after almost four decades in the soup -- soup frequently so deep the monthly red ink number read a cool $2 million. Well, "alive" might be a trifle overstated. For 15 years, a succession of owners who gave thrilling new meaning to words like stupidity, cupidity, mendacity and convicted federal felon, destroyed the venerable news service. Speculation about its imminent death raced periodically through the legion of impossibly loyal alums, dubbed "Downholders" a mongrelization of "Hold Down Expenses" -- taken from the unofficial battle cry of the penurious, cash-starved agency founded in 1907 to do battle with its bitter rival, the fat, rich and sometimes lazy Associated Press.
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By John Steadman | April 6, 1992
It was a curveball thrown by a law firm that denied Rudie Schaffer the opportunity to become the first general manager of the major-league Baltimore Orioles. He had come, or so it was believed, in the deal with the St. Louis Browns. The understanding was he'd be in charge of the new franchise.But suddenly the attorneys representing owner Clarence Miles found a way to work their way out of what had been agreed upon. He wasn't going to be the general manager; a position that went to Arthur Ehlers, a home-grown baseball executive who left the Philadelphia A's and was named to the position that had been earlier promised to Schaffer.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | March 3, 2013
Those of you paying attention have noticed that the Obama administration is actually doing what it promised: transforming America into a gigantic welfare state. And there are plenty of takers willing to cash in on it and "get mine. " Numbers don't lie. Forty percent of the population was on some form of public assistance when the president took office; today, that number stands at 55 percent. And fraud is rampant. "Exhibit A" is the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI)
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By Edward Lee | April 25, 2012
Towson's three-game losing skid to Colonial Athletic Association foes has coincided with a disappearing act by the offense in those games. The Tigers have scored a combined two goals in the second halves of those contests: one in a 14-3 loss to No. 2 Massachusetts on April 7, zero in an 8-3 setback to No. 9 Penn State on April 14 and one in a 13-5 loss to Drexel last Saturday. The offense has been limited to less than 16 shots in the second halves in each of those games, and the unit hasn't gotten much help from a faceoff group that has won a combined 8-of-28 draws over that same span.
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