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By Eric Siegel | March 2, 1991
Morning listeners of WBAL-AM radio are going to have to "make this a good today" without the warm words of wisdom of Don Spatz.The commentator -- whose signature sign-off on his six-day-a-week radio spots was "make this a good today" -- retired yesterday after more than 30 years on air."To tell you the truth, I was getting just a little bit tired of it," he said. "I've done about 10,000 broadcasts. I can't believe it when I say it myself, but I started broadcasting Oct. 6, 1960."He also said the station wanted him to halve his three-to-four minute commentaries to include more news and information.
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NEWS
September 27, 2014
Regarding the Ray Rice scandal, Ravens president Dick Cass said in the team's rebuttal to an ESPN article critical of the team that he "did not think that pretrial intervention would prevent the [second] video from becoming public. I assumed that would eventually occur in any event" ( "Steve Bisciotti, Ravens issue rebuttal to ESPN report," Sept. 22). Yet he says he declined to request a copy of the second video, which shows Mr. Rice punching his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer. Let's think about this: The president of an NFL franchise knows there's an incendiary video out there that could very well embroil his franchise in a firestorm.
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NEWS
August 1, 2014
I enjoyed and agree with commentator Lynne Agress' essay on the value of writing ( "The presentation dilemma," July 28). Nobody stated it more succinctly or perceptively than Sir Francis Bacon: "Reading maketh a full man, conference (speaking) a ready man, and writing an exact man. " Art Moorshead, Lutherville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
August 30, 2014
Sometimes, you come across a quote or phrase that jolts your sensibilities.  The words can be as deep and thought provoking as those supplied by Golda Meir below, or as mind numbingly ludicrous as those uttered by the Dartmouth College protesters of last spring, also below.  Regarding the former, your response might be an immediate "Yep. "  On the latter, it could easily be a simple "Nope!" Herewith, a sampling of yeps and nopes from recent research. •"We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children.  We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children...
FEATURES
By Kristine Henry,
The Baltimore Sun
| August 21, 2013
This video is only two minutes long but it's a great thing to show the kids (or use as a reminder for yourself): Just because you're down doesn't mean you're out. Love it. (Keep an eye on the guy in red.) And I have to agree with the commentator: "Maximum respect to that man. That was sick. "     [Scroll down to bottom of page to leave a comment via Facebook.]
NEWS
By TRB | January 9, 1992
Washington.-- Patrick Buchanan will never be president for many excellent reasons and one bad one.The bad reason is that he has spent most of his adult life as a purveyor of political opinions. Goodness knows we don't want television commentators elevated to genuine power. But a political system that punishes strongly held and vividly expressed opinions -- whatever their merits -- has defects of its own.Even now, ''negative research'' munchkins in the Bush campaign are undoubtedly plowing through thousands of Buchanan newspaper columns and television transcripts.
FEATURES
By DAVE BARRY | July 21, 1996
IT'S TIME FOR an update on the current presidential campaign, which some of you older voters may recall started in approximately 1957. The next big event on the agenda is the nominating conventions, at which the two major parties will gather together and try, in the grand historic tradition of American democratic politics, to bore the nation to death. This is getting increasingly difficult, because the nation, which is not a total idiot, has pretty much stopped watching the political conventions.
NEWS
March 4, 2003
THE BALTIMORE County School Board adopted an $891 million spending plan at its regular public meeting last week with not even a breath of discussion. Picture that. And this: It's a place-holder budget -- school officials don't know whether their operating plan is achievable or their bottom line real, and won't know until the state figures out how much aid it will give counties, and yet ... no comment. Should county residents take this to mean that the board is all talked out, having debated the issues in previous forums, public and private?
NEWS
February 8, 2009
When asked for views on a proposed slots parlor at Arundel Mills, a number of people responded on Baltimoresun.com. Here is a sample of their opinions: No Arundel Mills is a poor site for a slots parlor. There is too much development currently with an infrastructure not capable of handling the extra capacity. Laurel Park is the way to go DAVE YOCHUM Parking is already a nightmare at Arundel Mills so I couldn't even imagine what it would be like with slots. Crime has also been an issue at that mall so adding slots will just deter more people from shopping there.
EXPLORE
November 23, 2011
Editor: I'm not one to write a letter to the editor, but I had to speak my mind on this issue. I find it insulting that Del. Rick Impallaria wants to put a tax on Wegmans supermarket just because they are calling it the Wegmans of Bel Air even though it's located in Abingdon. He strikes me as another politician who justs wants a way by any means to tax. The citizens of Harford County have welcomed with open arms this new Wegmans store. People from various counties are coming into Harford County to spend their money at this Harford County Wegmans.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones caused a bit of a stir Thursday during the pregame Social Media Night event at Camden Yards by behaving in a way that wasn't particularly sociable. The star outfielder irked some fans in attendance with short responses during the question-and-answer session, and he earned especially negative attention for saying his favorite place in Baltimore was the airport so he could fly home. After the game, Jones said he was joking, adding that he likes the airport because it's where he picks up his friends and family who come to visit and support him. “I guess my shtick wasn't appreciated at the time,” Jones said.
NEWS
August 1, 2014
I enjoyed and agree with commentator Lynne Agress' essay on the value of writing ( "The presentation dilemma," July 28). Nobody stated it more succinctly or perceptively than Sir Francis Bacon: "Reading maketh a full man, conference (speaking) a ready man, and writing an exact man. " Art Moorshead, Lutherville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Today is going to be crazy, with Ray Rice on the podium, but yesterday was kind of wild too. Here's what happened, courtesy of the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's sports headlines. - Ravens' defensive linemen Timmy Jernigan and Brent Urban went down on the same play yesterday, with Urban's knee injury expected to be serious. Defensive line was thought to be a position of strength , and still could be. - Ray Rice on Thursday will speak publicly for the first time since his two-game suspension.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Composed and seemingly contrite, Ravens running back Ray Rice apologized to his wife, Janay, and insisted that their physical altercation in February was a one-time incident from which he has grown. He also vowed to become a vocal advocate against domestic violence when the time is right. Taking questions from reporters Thursday for the first time since he was arrested and accused of striking his then-fiancee unconscious at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino in February, Rice said many of the things that people hoped to hear when he broke his silence in May. “My actions that night were totally inexcusable,” Rice said in Thursday's news conference, held after the team's training camp practice.
SPORTS
By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 28, 2014
CHICAGO -- Maryland football coach Randy Edsall is aware of the attention he has gotten for his remark that the ACC is a "basketball conference. " He has also read the comments from Towson coach Rob Ambrose  -- a former assistant of his at Connecticut -- stating that recruits “no longer want to go to Maryland. They want to go to Towson.” But Edsall isn't overly concerned with either situation as Maryland gets ready to begin preseason practice Aug. 4. “All I want to do is do the best I can for our guys,” Edsall said Monday at Big Ten media days . “I just worry about what I think is best for us. I don't worry about what other people think, what other people say to me. I don't worry about that.
SPORTS
By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 28, 2014
CHICAGO -  In May, new Penn State coach James Franklin drew the ire of Maryland coach Randy Edsall and fans of Terps football when he voiced his plans to consistently land the top recruits from the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area. Franklin, a former Maryland assistant, said at the time that he considers Maryland “in-state.” He said the same about New Jersey. He went as far as to say: “I know there are other schools around here, but you might as well shut them down.” He explained those comments Monday at the Big Ten media days.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
David Ortiz didn't let Buck Showalter's comments about the Red Sox checking their own backyard go by without taking offense, because of course he didn't. If you need a reset, Nelson Cruz smoked Red Sox starter John Lackey on Saturday, and Lackey, a noted hater of steroid users, said the media and fans have a short memory in relation to Cruz and his suspension last year for performance-enhancing drugs. The next day, Buck Showalter said the Red Sox should “check [their] own backyard” before looking elsewhere, which many took as a call out of the Red Sox's reported history with PEDs.
BUSINESS
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
On Sunday night, Walmart aired a commercial promoting watermelon during the BET Awards, one of the most popular TV programs among African-American households. The commercial features a grower who says "summertime is watermelon time. " The farmer extols the virtues of tending his crop and also of his relationship with Walmart, which offers a money-back guarantee that its watermelon will be fresh. With the Fourth of July right around the corner, consumption of the luscious red fruit is reaching its peak.
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