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By Liz Bowie | June 20, 2012
Confidence in public schools has dropped five percentage points in the past year and is at its lowest point since 1973, according to a recent Gallop poll.  Only 29 percent of people  surveyed said they had a great deal of confidence in public schools, less than other institutions such as the military, small businesses, theU.S. Supreme Court, the presidency, and police. The highest confidence was reported in a poll in 1973 when it was 58 percent.  Gallup reported that a drop in public confidence in American institutions as a whole, with Congress coming in last.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
Right-hander Darren O'Day has been one of the Orioles' most dependable late-inning relief pitchers this season. And even though he has struggled recently, manager Buck Showalter said before Saturday's game that he wasn't worried about how O'Day would rebound after allowing a 10th-inning home run Friday in the Orioles' 8-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. O'Day received his next chance Saturday in Game 2, entering with two outs in the eighth.
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April 2, 2012
In The Sun's news accounts of Police chief James E. Teare Sr. and the votes of "no confidence" by county police unions, a salient fact has been omitted. The first union vote of "no confidence" in mid-February was an expression of resentment regarding tight county budgets and the partial repeal of the county's binding arbitration law. Acting in the interest of county taxpayers, the decisions made regarding the budget and binding arbitration were made by the county executive, not the chief of police.
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Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they have trust in federal employees , a spike in public confidence that some are attributing to last year's partial government shutdown. In a recent Battleground Poll by George Washington University, 22 percent of registered voters surveyed said they had "a lot" of confidence in federal workers , and 51 percent said they had "some. " The public's confidence in the federal workforce waned in 2012 and 2013 after scandals involving the Internal Revenue Service and the General Services Administration but rebounded after the shutdown last October.
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By Edward Lee | December 20, 2011
Less than a year removed from earning his first invite to the Pro Bowl, Billy Cundiff is having a season to forget. The Ravens kicker has missed a career-high nine field goals this season, including a 36-yarder in the team's demoralizing 34-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers Sunday night. Despite the swoon and an injured left calf, Cundiff said he still believes in himself. “This year has been a learning experience,” he said. “I've felt like unfortunately, I've learned a lot of hard lessons.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2013
The undisputed No. 1 team in Division I, Maryland is enjoying the fruits of its labor after Saturday's 12-10 upset of Loyola, the reigning national champion and the previous top-ranked squad. Off to their third 3-0 start in the last four seasons, the Terps are widely regarded as the team to beat thus far, but coach John Tillman wants to make sure that those accolades don't overinflate the players' assessment of their progress. “The confidence thing is always a tricky thing,” he said during his weekly conference call Tuesday morning.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2011
Baltimore police are urging residents to be wary of a series of confidence schemes that have bilked several people out of thousands of dollars and are leading some to be duped into participating in illegal enterprises. Detectives Robert Elkner and Sarah Connelly of the fraud unit described several variations of the scheme and urged people to not divulge personal information such as bank account and Social Security numbers and dates of birth on the Internet. One scheme is called "remailing," in which unsuspecting victims become "middlemen" in a shipping enterprise.
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By Edward Lee | April 11, 2012
Granted the program's first ranking in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll, Washington will test that No. 15 ranking this Saturday when No. 17 Gettysburg visits Roy Kirby Jr. Field in Chestertown. The Shoremen (8-2 overall and 5-0 in the Centennial Conference) own a half-game lead over the Bullets (7-3, 4-0), who have captured the league championship 13 times. But Washington, winners of eight straight, is riding its own wave of confidence. “It's one of those things where that can absolutely work in our favor,” coach Jeff Shirk said Monday.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2012
I remember talking to an Orioles executive at the trade deadline in July. I asked him about whether they needed another bat, maybe some more power from the right side. He responded: “If we could get the Mark Reynolds we thought we had, we'd be fine. We just don't have him right now.” At the time, Reynolds had eight homers and his streak of three consecutive seasons with 30 or more home runs wasn't just in jeopardy, it was on life support. He's hit 12 since, including eight in his last seven games.
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By Matt Vensel | January 2, 2012
Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked to comment on Ed Reed's recent tackling issues, which the Pro Bowl free safety acknowledged Sunday after he was unsuccessful in his attempt to bring down Cincinnati running back Bernard Scott with an arm tackle during Scott's third-quarter touchdown run. Harbaugh wouldn't say if Reed was playing injured and told reporters to ask Reed personally. “I've got a lot of confidence in Ed Reed and I'm sure everybody else does,” he said Monday at his weekly press conference.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2014
I like Pen & Quill, the new restaurant on the corner of Charles and Lanvale streets in Station North. It's pretty and comfortable, and the food, from executive chef Bella Kline, is tasty, rib-sticking and satisfying. I sure like it a heckuva lot better than The Chesapeake, which was the name of the previous restaurant that occupied this space. The Chesapeake, which lasted for less than a year, should not be confused with another similarly named establishment, Chesapeake Restaurant, a dining institution that flourished on this corner in the middle of the last century.
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By Zainab Chaudry | September 11, 2014
Last night, in a televised address to the nation, President Barack Obama outlined his administration's strategy for battling the terrorist group ISIS. While I support and even welcome part of his remarks - such as his firm distancing of ISIS from the true tenets of Islam, his admission that the majority of ISIS' victims have been other Muslims and his commitment of U.S. support for Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad's regime - there are some issues that cause concern. We must acknowledge that ISIS is born partly as a result of extensive destabilization in the region caused by America's and Britain's 2003 invasion of Iraq in search of non-existent weapons of mass destruction.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
The Morgan State secondary that took the field at Hughes Stadium on Wednesday with the rest of the first defense consisted of junior cornerbacks DeShaun Summers and Delonta Hall, junior free safety Peterson Janvier and senior strong safety Nathan Ayers. Of that foursome, however, only Ayers started a game last season. The lack of starting experience in the defensive backfield might be alarming to some, but coach Lee Hull said it doesn't bother him. “They're a little green, but I'm not too worried about them,” Hull said after Wednesday's practice.
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July 30, 2014
Does the recent uptick in consumer confidence indicate that the agendas of the White House and Congress are misaligned with middle class aspirations? The U.S. consumer confidence index jumped to 90.9 in July, marking the highest level in seven years from a revised 86.4 in June. Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at The Conference Board recently stated that "job growth helped boost consumers' assessment of current conditions while brighter short-term outlooks for the economy and jobs, and to a lesser extent personal income, drove the gain in expectations.
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By Dan Singer and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
For Tyler Glenn, frontman of the Provo, Utah-based pop-rock quartet Neon Trees, seeing a therapist was a breakthrough in more ways than one. “It was definitely a profound thing,” said Glenn recently on the phone from Minneapolis. “I found that it was OK to have anxiety and it was OK to have some of the feelings that I had about myself.” Glenn used his therapy sessions as a creative muse when he began writing songs for April's “Pop Psychology,” Neon Trees' third album, and the therapy gave him the confidence he needed to publicly come out as gay in “Rolling Stone” earlier this year.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
County schools will launch the new academic year Aug. 25, but parents seeking to enroll their children in the district's new contract school should also pay attention to another date: June 18. That's the day school officials say it needs all funding in place for Monarch Global Academy Public Contract School, which is scheduled to open in August in the Laurel area. The $5.8 million that officials say they need for Monarch Global was not specifically earmarked in County Executive Laura Neuman's budget proposal to the County Council.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2013
Orioles reliever Pedro Strop said he's never lost his confidence even through some rough outings in the first three weeks of the season. And the Orioles' confidence in Strop to preserve a one-run lead in the eighth inning of their 4-3 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night was rewarded in turn. “That was huge because that was the game right there,” Strop said afterward. “I've been struggling lately and that's good to have some confidence back, and I feel even better because I gave my team the opportunity to win. Who knows?
NEWS
November 13, 2013
The election for Laurel council members is over and the residents realized who was right for the positions. The re-election of all current council members shows that the residents respect their past performance. They have proven that they can run a city by looking at all the facts first before spending our tax money. Team Laurel conducted themselves during the campaign with honor, dignity and class, taking the high road. They are a great example for young citizens to follow. I am amazed at how quickly the new shopping center is coming along and look forward to shopping locally again.
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Sports Digest | May 15, 2014
NBA playoffs Wizards confident despite poor home playoff record The Washington Wizards are 1-3 at Verizon Center in the 2014 playoffs, winning only in Game 4 against the Chicago Bulls, but they believe they can fend off elimination again tonight and upset the top-seeded Indiana Pacers, who lead their Eastern Conference semifinal series, 3-2. "Definitely, we feel like we can finish this," backup big man Drew Gooden said. "We know, you guys know and they know this series could be the other way around, with us leading.
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Susan Reimer | April 21, 2014
In 1978, Dr. Pauline Rose Clance described a pattern of fear she found among people who secretly believe they have climbed too high and will be found out at any moment. She called it "the impostor phenomenon. " It was, she wrote, a neurosis that exists in perfectionists who can never live up to their own high standards. Some men suffer from it, of course. But it reminds me of just about every woman I know, from the high-powered lawyer and lobbyist to the mom every other mother admires.
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