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By Russell Warren Howe | August 16, 1999
TAIWAN has enjoyed de facto independence since Chiang Kai-shek left the mainland in 1948 and established his Nationalist government there.Today, it enjoys prosperity and a growing measure of democracy. The notion that it would surrender its independence to China is about as likely as Lebanon (invented by France during its League of Nations mandate in the 1920s) asking to be reincorporated into Syria.Or Kuwait, hived off from Mesopotamia by Britain in the same period, asking for readmission to what is now called Iraq.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
As close to a standout as Hood has, James Weger forged one of the best performances among Commonwealth Conference men's lacrosse players this spring. The junior defenseman led the Blazers (4-12 overall and 1-7 in the league) in caused turnovers with 49 and ranked second in ground balls with 73, trailing only junior faceoff specialist Randolph Clark's 108 ground balls. Only Lebanon Valley senior defenseman Ryan Lanigan finished with more caused turnovers (56) and ground balls (101)
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By WILLIAM PFAFF | June 24, 1991
Paris -- Secretary of State James Baker's address Tuesday in Berlin to the Aspen Institute was potentially the most important American policy statement since the Cold War began in the 1940s. One has to qualify that statement because of the shadow that lies between the word and the act.But Mr. Baker's speech marked not only a departure from what until now has been said about the American role in the aftermath of the Cold War, but was of an intelligence and breadth -- and a sobriety -- rare in the official American discourse of recent years.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
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:  KENTUCKY Yes, this week it's a proper noun, and one that is hardly obscure, but because today is my birthday I thought I would pay tribute to my native state.  It is, you may know, not a state but a commonwealth, like Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, from the last of which it was calved in 1792.  The name (pronounced ken-TUCK-ee)
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By New York Times News Service | December 14, 1991
MOSCOW -- The confusion over the new Commonwealth of Independent States begins, but doesn't end, with its name.The word in Russian is "sodruzhestvo," which can mean either community or commonwealth. In the context of the proclamation, it was evidently meant to mean something resembling the European Community, though the documents allowed a wide leeway in interpretation.The confusion was compounded by the fact that the presidents of Russia, Ukraine and Byelarus declared Sunday that the old Soviet Union and all its "norms" ceased to exist as of the signing of the agreement.
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By Kathy Lally and Kathy Lally,Moscow Bureau of The Sun | December 11, 1991
MOSCOW -- The parliaments of Ukraine and Byelarus ratified the creation of a new commonwealth yesterday, but their swift action did little to clarify who was in charge of the former Soviet Union.Russian officials, speaking for President Boris N. Yeltsin, said the Commonwealth of Independent States -- formed Sunday by Russia, Ukraine and Byelarus -- was running its own affairs.Soviet officials, speaking for President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, said the government of the Soviet Union was in charge and would remain so until all the republics made a decision about its future.
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By KENT BAKER and KENT BAKER,SUN STAFF | February 16, 2006
The conditions didn't exactly appear favorable for Towson to score a major breakthrough last night. With leading scorer Gary Neal sidelined by an injured foot for the second straight game and Virginia Commonwealth coming to the Towson Center off a victory over defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Old Dominion, the Tigers seemed to be destined for a long night. But, in coach's parlance, what happened is "why they play the games." Towson registered a near-perfect first half with a mere one turnover, Dennard Abraham erupted for a career-high 27 points and the Tigers fought off a late Rams rally for a 59-57 upset before 1,048 fans.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | January 30, 2003
Towson University encountered a speed trap last night and received a ticket to another worst-ever defeat at the Towson Center. Overwhelmed by Virginia Commonwealth's quickness and athleticism, the youthful Tigers suffered an 82-47 Colonial Athletic Association drubbing in which they were never in contention. Virginia Commonwealth (10-7, 5-4 CAA) exploited 29 Towson turnovers for 41 points while rebounding from its worst defeat in four years. That occurred Saturday when UNC Wilmington beat the Rams on their home court by 31 points, a game coach Jeff Capel impressed upon his team as "one game and over with, but I don't want them to ever forget it."
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By Lem Satterfield | April 7, 1998
Former Lake Clifton star Kevin Braswell, who graduates in June from Maine Central Prep in Bangor, has accepted a full scholarship to play for Georgetown and will sign with the Hoyas tomorrow, the first day of the spring signing period for basketball players.Also, St. Frances star Shawn Hampton, a 6-foot-8, two-time All-Metro center-forward, will sign with Virginia Commonwealth University tomorrow, a source within the Rams' athletic department said. Hampton averaged 20.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks, earned Catholic League Player of the Year honors and led the Panthers to their fourth consecutive regular-season title.
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January 1, 2006
Almanac--Jan. 1-- 1863: President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves. 1901: Commonwealth of Australia was proclaimed.
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By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | December 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:  PRATE Prate is a venerable verb in English, and it might turn out to be just the thing to have in hand as we embark on an election year.  In the fifteenth century, the Oxford English Dictionary  records, it represented "the characteristic sound of domestic poultry.
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By Michael Dresser and Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2013
The governor of Virginia has thrown a new wrinkle into a Maryland debate by calling for abolition of the commonwealth's gas tax and increasing the sales tax to pay for roads and transit - a move that would alter the competitive balance between the two states. This week's proposal by Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, is part of a five-year $3.1 billion plan that seeks to address that state's lack of money for transportation projects - which parallels a similar shortfall in Maryland - by shifting from a dwindling revenue source to one with the potential to grow with inflation.
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By Patrick Gutierrez and Patrick Gutierrez,patrick.gutierrez@baltsun.com | January 15, 2009
When Towson coach Pat Kennedy first looked at the three-game stretch that began with Colonial Athletic Association co-leaders Northeastern and George Mason and wrapped up against pre-season favorite Virginia Commonwealth, he said he knew his team had its work cut out for it. Last night at the Towson Center, Kennedy's worst-case scenario became a reality as the Tigers dropped their third straight, this one to the Rams, 78-71, before an announced 1,379....
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March 17, 2007
Good morning--Mike Krzyzewski--We're sure the Virginia Commonwealth coach will never appear in any of your commercials.
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By Heather A. Dinich and Heather A. Dinich,Sun Reporter | March 16, 2007
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Duke's uncharacteristic season ended last night with an equally non-traditional exit in the first round of the NCAA tournament, as Virginia Commonwealth made the game-winning shot for a 79-77 upset and halted the Blue Devils' streak of nine straight Sweet 16 appearances. VCU guard Eric Maynor, whose late-game heroics were the reason the Rams beat George Mason to get the Colonial Athletic Association's automatic bid, again played an integral role in his team advancing. This time, his 15-foot jumper with 1.8 seconds remaining propelled Virginia Commonwealth into the second round of the tournament for the first time since 1985.
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By KENT BAKER and KENT BAKER,SUN STAFF | February 16, 2006
The conditions didn't exactly appear favorable for Towson to score a major breakthrough last night. With leading scorer Gary Neal sidelined by an injured foot for the second straight game and Virginia Commonwealth coming to the Towson Center off a victory over defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Old Dominion, the Tigers seemed to be destined for a long night. But, in coach's parlance, what happened is "why they play the games." Towson registered a near-perfect first half with a mere one turnover, Dennard Abraham erupted for a career-high 27 points and the Tigers fought off a late Rams rally for a 59-57 upset before 1,048 fans.
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March 17, 2007
Good morning--Mike Krzyzewski--We're sure the Virginia Commonwealth coach will never appear in any of your commercials.
NEWS
September 22, 1994
Jorge Luis Cordova Diaz, 87, who represented Puerto Rico in the U.S. Congress and served as a commonwealth Supreme Court justice, died Sunday in San Juan. He was a lifelong supporter of statehood for Puerto Rico.
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January 1, 2006
Almanac--Jan. 1-- 1863: President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves. 1901: Commonwealth of Australia was proclaimed.
SPORTS
By FROM STAFF REPORTS | December 20, 2004
Visiting Loyola shot 20-for-25 from the free-throw line but just 13-for-54 from the field in a 67-46 loss to Virginia Commonwealth yesterday in women's basketball. Katie Scherle led Loyola (2-6) with 10 points and six rebounds. Krystle Harrington followed with seven points and four assists. Michele Cosel came off the bench and scored a career-high 16 points for Virginia Commonwealth (3-3), including 3-for-3 from three-point range. The Greyhounds outrebounded the Rams 41-37. University of Dallas 72, College of Notre Dame 45: The Gators, who shot 3-for-26 in the first half and trailed 29-11 at the break, lost to the Crusaders in the final game of the University of Dallas Classic.
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