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By Jules Witcover | April 25, 2011
How are Americans to reconcile the Barack Obama who says Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi must go with the one who drags his heels on providing the military means to achieve his departure? The president's schizophrenia on the Libya crisis has been revealed again by his decision, under pressure from his British and French allies, to start deploying unmanned drone aircraft in the North African civil war, under the guise of merely providing additional civilian protection. The decision may technically adhere to President Obama's pledge that he will put no "boots on the ground" in Libya, meaning no uniformed American combat troops fighting side by side with the rebels.
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March 23, 2011
My fingers and toes are crossed in the hope that President Obama will be able to withdraw the main U.S. forces from the current no-fly zone over Libya, and on cue. The U.S. military is not exactly famed for subtlety and delicacy of touch in its operations, and mission creep hangs over this latest chapter of foreign intervention as the generals and politicians wrestle for control. Handing over the shebang to the countries north and east of the Mediterranean Sea seems the wiser course Of the loose conglomeration of countries signing on to patrol the no-fly operation, Britain needs to continue dabbling its fingers in the Libyan oil wells, French President Nicolas Sarkozy to work off the latest round of personal insults from the Gadhafi family and the need of both France and Italy to close the Libyan conduit of northward moving, illegal, migrants to the underbelly of Europe.
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By Cedric Dark | December 2, 2010
A report in The Wall Street Journal raised troubling questions about the recent decision of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a 16-member panel of independent medical experts, to cancel a meeting that had been set for around Election Day. One of the important items on the agenda was to have been a vote on the utility of prostate cancer screening. The most recent recommendations, from 2008, state that prostate screening should not be conducted for men older than 75. For younger men, the evidence around the preferred screening test (the prostate specific antigen, or PSA, blood test)
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By Frank Roylance and Sun Reporter // Weather Blogger | January 14, 2010
T oday is Jan. 1, 2763, on the old Julian calendar . The years were originally counted from the founding of the city of Rome. The system was seriously flawed, however, and slowly got out of sync with the seasons. So it was replaced, beginning in 1582, with the Gregorian calendar we use today. Its leap-year rules were devised to solve the calendar creep problem. The Julian system, meanwhile, continues to fall behind. Jan. 1 (Julian) will slip to Jan. 15 (Gregorian) in 2101.
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By Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld,Special to The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2009
My daughter-in-laws from Delaware and Virginia think my house is dirty because stinkbugs keep getting in. What can I do? We get many calls about the marmorated stinkbug, an insect pest recently arrived from overseas. Because the bug is without the natural predators that evolved with it, its population has exploded here. It does not damage homes or carry disease, but dealing with it can be frustrating. Vacuum or sweep it up, but don't spray toxic chemicals in your house or "rescue" it for release outdoors.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | October 25, 2008
Movies featuring a bunch of profoundly disturbed people dominate today's TV schedule. What better way to celebrate the Saturday before Halloween? That most messed-up of mama's boys, Norman Bates, gets to show off his prowess with a knife in Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece of horror, suspense and misdirection, Psycho (8 p.m., TCM). The 1960 film, made cheap and fast by the unit that worked with Hitchcock on his television show, packs more surprises than a truckload of Cracker Jacks. But often overlooked is the mastery of Anthony Perkins' performance as Norman.
BUSINESS
By Dallas Morning News | April 5, 2008
DALLAS -- Big incentives are edging back into new-car dealerships. With the economy slumping and gas prices spiraling, incentives that began creeping up in January gathered steam last month, increasing to an average of $2,435 per vehicle sold in February, according to Edmunds.com. The 8.4 percent increase from February 2007 is significant because it suggests that automakers - particularly the Detroit Three - are being forced to return to the high, profit-sapping incentives they have all renounced.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Sun reporter | February 5, 2008
Feeling awful? Could be the flu. Influenza activity has been climbing across Maryland in recent weeks, and several Baltimore-area hospitals report emergency rooms crowded with patients complaining of fever, headache, coughs and body aches. "We've been extremely busy. We noticed it cropping up a week or so ago," said Dr. Neal Frankel, assistant chairman of the emergency department at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. "We're in the thick of it right now." Two miles south, at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, emergency department Chairman Dr. Jeffrey Sternlicht said his staff sees 20 to 30 cases a day - a bigger surge of cases than he remembers from the past three or four years.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN REPORTER | October 10, 2007
A backgammon table and a dart board: Those were the closest sports-related activities the Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille offered customers when it opened more than 30 years ago with a single location in Ocean City. The original owners first decorated the bibliophile-themed pub with stacks of books. Then they sold the bar to two former jocks from Salisbury University who immediately added a couple of televisions and began courting sports fans to come watch their favorite game. Today, the Greene Turtle is one of the area's best-known watering holes, with 16 restaurants in Maryland and Washington.
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By Michael Finnegan and Michael Finnegan,LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 12, 2007
Washington -- Republicans antsy for a conservative standard-bearer in the presidential race have begun to rally behind Fred Thompson, propelling the former Tennessee senator to within hailing distance of the lead for the party's nomination, a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll has found. Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani was first in the survey, with support from 27 percent of the Republicans and independents who said they plan to vote in the party's 2008 primaries. Thompson, who plays a prosecutor on NBC's Law and Order, was second with 21 percent.
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