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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
There was a bit of a panic in Twitterland on Thursday night when Orioles' minor league pitcher Jon Keller tweeted, “Yoon just arrived in Sarasota. I couldn't be happier #Korea #YOOOON ” It was news because the Orioles are among several teams that are negotiating with Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon, a former MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization. But that's not who was in Sarasota, Fla., the spring home of the Orioles. The Yoon who was in Florida is Jung-hyun Yoon, a teenaged left-hander out of Korea whom the Orioles signed last year.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Online, discussions of grammar tend to display confusion about what the subject is, and the usual admixture of rubbish and emotion does not help. There is, of course, the confusion between grammar as grammarians and linguists discuss it technically, and spelling and punctuation. But other, unstated meanings are often involved. A post by Lucy Ferriss at Lingua Franca , "Grammar: The Movie,"  identifies some of the additional meanings that surface in a new documentary.
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July 4, 2012
President Barack Obama has succeeded in opening up a new legal specialty, namely interpreting and enforcing the incomprehensible health care reform law ("Romney: It's a penalty, not a tax," July 3). Certainly, the resulting maze will dismay the majority of the medical profession and their patients. The tax laws now are so complicated that the average layperson is totally baffled and for the most part has to consult tax experts who frequently also have problems, not to mention the IRS responders who try to give answers to citizens' questions.
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October 2, 2014
Something key has been lost in the debate about the future direction of the University of Maryland University College - its confusing name ( "UMUC should focus on education, not business ," Sept, 18). If it's really meant be a "college," perhaps in the same overkill spirit of its current name it should be called the "University of Maryland College College. " That way, no one would be confused about what it is. If, on the other hand, it's really a "university," then the "University of the University of Maryland University" might be more apt. Can we get a ruling on this key part of the institution's future from the Department of Redundancy Department?
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November 13, 2013
Through the end of the year my wife has an excellent health insurance policy for low income families. But due to the way we replied to health questions when applying at healthcare.gov, her application was connected to Medicaid, which I know she does not qualify for in Pennsylvania. We have called the Gov Help hotline multiple times and even contacted a local "application assister," but to no avail. So the end result is that we are qualified by income for a generous premium subsidy but do not see the tax credit reflected in premium prices when browsing the health care plans.
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By Jeff Seidel and Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2012
When all of us left the Fifth Regiment Armory very late Wednesday night after Baltimore City's Indoor Track and Field Championships finally ended, a lot of questions still remained.  Because of a timing system malfunction that led to computer and scoring glitches, some events needed to be checked over again. The No. 4 Western girls and Digital Harbor's boys both had big leads and were awarded the first-place trophies, but the final scores weren't known since the results to certain events needed to be re-checked.
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December 19, 1990
There's an old story of the country politician who always wound up his campaign speech with the ringing summation: "These are my most cherished convictions, and if you don't like 'em -- well, I'll change 'em."That exercise in candor must have been the model for the truly bizarre press conference held yesterday by Michael L. Williams, the U.S. Education Department's assistant secretary for civil rights.Williams is the man who ignited what he now concedes to be "a firestorm" last week with his ruling -- a wholly gratuitous ruling which no one had asked for -- that college scholarships designated exclusively for minority students were illegal.
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By Edward Lee | July 28, 2012
On Tuesday, several media outlets, including The Sun, reported that Ravens rookie Courtney Upshaw had failed his conditioning test, missed Monday's practice, and had been placed on the non-football injury list to begin training camp. But a few hours later, the outside linebacker said via his Twitter account that he had passed the test on Monday and did not sit out practice. On Thursday, Upshaw set the record straight. “I kind of gave out on my first rep on Monday,” he said.
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December 29, 1992
These are the days of hope and confusion in Russia.Many Russians are preparing to observe the New Year. Millions of others are returning to the observance of the spirit and traditions of Christmas, which was banned for more than seven decades by communists. Under the calendar used by the Russian Orthodox Church, the resurrected religious holiday falls on Jan. 7. Between these competing holidays, the whole country is a study of a society in cultural and political conflict.Only a year has elapsed since the ouster of Mikhail S. Gorbachev and the collapse of communism.
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By Trudy Rubin | September 12, 2006
PHILADELPHIA -- Of all the misleading speeches about terrorism given by the Bush team in the lead-up to the 9/11 anniversary, the prize for chutzpah goes to Donald H. Rumsfeld. In a recent pitch to the American Legion, the defense secretary noted the failure of "a great many" to recognize the rise of Hitler and fascism in 1939. He then accused unnamed pols of eagerness to appease "vicious extremists." Then he charged that "moral or intellectual confusion" is sapping the war on terrorism and the fight in Iraq.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
Commuters entering Baltimore from the south on Monday morning found themselves in a massive traffic jam amid widespread confusion about how to navigate a new construction pattern, in part due to a failure by the Maryland Transportation Authority to update signage about the change. "It was way, way, way beyond anything I have seen," said Tamory Winfield, a MdTA spokesman, of the traffic problems on northbound Interstate 95. Crews are rushing to fix the issues before the afternoon rush hour, which will include a northbound influx of fans headed to tonight's Orioles game, he said.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
Wednesday is Baltimore's 285th birthday. Or is it? A quick Google search declares July 30, 1729, as the day the city was founded. That's when the colonial assembly of Maryland passed the bill that established Baltimore as a town. But historians such as Fred Shoken say deciding what day to celebrate the city's birth isn't so simple. "It's sort of like, take your pick," Shoken said. The native Baltimorean, who works as a historic preservation consultant, said he prefers Aug. 8. That's when Gov. Benedict Leonard Calvert signed the bill into law. Some also might consider Dec. 31, 1796, the date the city was incorporated, or maybe even Jan. 12, 1730, when surveyors laid out the town.
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By Simon Habtemariam and For The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
It's tea time and we've finally reached the all-important part of the story arch where people actually start trusting Jack Bauer. Margot Al-Harazi is a step ahead of the United States government and has six U.S. drones under her command. Hell hath no fury like a widow terrorist. President James Heller has no choice but to trust Jack, now that an Al-Jazeera style terrorist video hit the web, demanding POTUS turn himself in or people will die. Clever move, pulling one out of the Joker's hat from "The Dark Knight" (RIP Heath)
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Geoff Manne | May 14, 2014
If you happen to own a computer, television or other streaming device, you've probably heard that Netflix recently reached an agreement with Comcast to facilitate the delivery of its videos to Comcast customers. You've probably also heard that the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has circulated new "net neutrality" rules to govern how traffic moves across the so-called "last mile" connection between an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and your home. What do these have to do with each other?
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
A Florida supplements company that calls its products Inner Armour is violating Under Armour's trademarks, the sportswear manufacturer alleged in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. In a complaint illustrated with pictures of the allegedly offending products, Under Armour says the supplements company has been mimicking its advertising videos and in some cases dressing models in a mix of Inner Armour-branded clothes and Under Armour gear. "As a result of defendant's use of Inner Armour in connection with its products, activities, and promotions, consumers are likely to believe defendant and/or its products are made, approved, or licensed by Under Armour," the company's lawyers wrote.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
Opening a new hotel bar in Harbor East poses a challenge. Aesthetically, the neighborhood requires chicness, but there is also a desire to appeal to all comers, especially given the proximity to downtown. Straddling the line between comfort and sophistication demands a delicate touch. It all leads to the question: How does a hotel bar attract a local crowd? Apropoe's, the ambitious bar and restaurant inside the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, has attempted to find an answer.
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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 Jim Henneman | May 21, 1991
DETROIT -- It isn't just on the field that the Orioles have been confusing. The off-field moves are sometimes just as baffling.In dire need of a rested arm for their beleaguered bullpen, the Orioles summoned Kevin Hickey, who had pitched 2 1/3 innings for their Double A farm club the night before. The lefthander went the same distance in relief of Bob Milacki last night, but that wasn't nearly enough.Jeff Ballard, who went 2 2/3 innings as the starter the day before, had to finish the game when Mark Williamson was clubbed for five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
When Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz ran through first base on a close play April 19 at Fenway Park and was called out by first base umpire Ted Barrett, it sparked a chain of events that has become common in the major leagues this season. After almost one month of the new instant replay system, there have been plenty of praises and criticisms as teams, umpires and Major League Baseball continue to search for the best ways to reach accurate calls using replay. "I think when it's all said and done, people will like having it in the game," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2014
After Gregg Thomas pleaded guilty in 2004 to killing a teenager, a Baltimore judge ordered him to serve 15 years in prison. He was out in less than 10, and by last week he had been charged in the shooting ambush of off-duty Baltimore Police Sgt. Keith Mcneill. The shooting, which left Mcneill in critical condition, put the spotlight on a poorly understood feature of corrections policy that reduces most Maryland sentences. Thomas was able to leave prison early because he had received credit for good behavior and had completed work and education programs that helped him shave off more than a third of his sentence.
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