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August 9, 2011
The old definition of the Yiddish word, "chutzpah," is the son who murders his parents and at his trial pleads for mercy because he is an orphan. The modern definition of chutzpah is for the Republicans, who held America hostage over extending the debt limit, to blame President Obama for the downgrading of Standard and Poor's credit rating of America from AAA to AA+. Leon Reinstein, Baltimore
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
CHICAGO -- Since returning from a left thumb injury that kept him out for three games, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy entered Tuesday with six hits in 16 at-bats, including three multihit games out of four. Through Monday, Hardy was batting .396 in August while still playing through pain in his thumb. “I don't know,” said Hardy, who turned 32 on Tuesday. “Maybe I'm not trying to do too much because I can't. That's my only explanation, but [the thumb injury] is definitely not in the past.
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October 27, 2012
In Dan Rodricks ' column on Christians' view of marriage he says "I can't imagine Jesus condemning gays, [who] should be able to marry under the law" ("Same-sex unions: What would Jesus do?" Oct. 25). But the law stipulates that marriage is between a man and a woman. With the referendum Question 6 on the ballot in November, its supporters are now trying to change the definition of the law. Marie Mullen, Joppa
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
George W. Hilton, a retired college professor, author and transportation economist whose works on railroads and shipping included the seminal history of Maryland's Ma & Pa Railroad, died Aug. 4 of heart failure at Lorien Health Park in Columbia. He was 89. "George was a great historian for lost causes and great failures like narrow-gauge railroads and the Ma & Pa," said Herbert R. Harwood Jr., a retired CSX executive and a nationally known railroad historian and author. "That resulted in the definitive histories of the American narrow-gauge railroads, the electric interurban railway industry, cable-powered street railways, overnight steamships along the coasts and in the Great Lakes.
NEWS
February 9, 2011
The state legislature needs to think before they act to change the rules of marriage that predate recorded history ( "Hundreds crowd Senate for hearing on same-sex marriage," Feb. 8). Marriage is and always has been between men and women. The last change was to one man and one woman. It is a sexual union between a man and a woman that creates a child to be raised by the family. Take away sexual intercourse from marriage and what is left? Love, caring, sure. But love and caring exists in many human relationships.
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By Steve Kilar and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2012
The federal definition of rape, used to determine how national crime data are collected, has been changed for the first time in more than 80 years, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday. A more inclusive definition of forcible rape is expected to improve the accuracy of the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports, which aggregate crime statistics from local law enforcement agencies across the country. The old definition, in effect since 1927, said that "forcible rape" was "the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2011
An FBI subcommittee made recommendations Tuesday at a meeting in Baltimore to create a new federal definition of rape, moving the agency a step closer to updating the way it counts sex crimes for the first time in more than 80 years. The new definition is expected to expand the number of crimes that would be reported as rapes to the FBI by local police agencies, though specifics were not available Tuesday night. Experts say many states already track such crimes but don't submit them to the federal Uniform Crime Reporting data collection program as rapes because of its narrower definition.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2011
The FBI is moving to change the federal definition of rape for the first time in 80 years, which authorities and women's advocacy groups hope will lead to improved tracking of the crime and an attitude shift among investigators. Critics have maintained that the current definition is archaic, too narrow and leaves crimes uncounted in police statistics, resulting in fewer resources for victims and law enforcement. Women's advocates accelerated their push for an updated definition last year with a hearing on Capitol Hill, spurred in part by reporting by The Baltimore Sun showing how city police had misclassified rapes and sexual assaults for years.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2011
A proposed revision to the federal definition of rape, the first in more than 80 years, would greatly expand the number of crimes reported to the FBI by local law enforcement agencies. The new definition would increase the likelihood that cases in which victims are drugged or are under the influence of alcohol are counted. The definition also would cover cases that include "penetration, no matter how slight" by a body part or an object without the consent of the victim. And it removes specific reference to female victims.
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By San Francisco Chronicle | August 27, 1992
A national medical panel is issuing a new clinical definition of alcoholism, and for the first time, the alcoholic's denial of a drinking problem is included as one of the defining charasteristics of the disease.For centuries, physicians have recognized habitual drunkeness and alcoholism as serious threats to health. But formal attempts to define alcoholism go back only about 20 years.The new, 59-word definition expands earlier attempts, adding a phrase stressing that alcoholics often suffer from "distortions in thinking" that include denial of their drinking problems.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
Former Ravens safety Ed Reed stood in the middle of a makeshift softball diamond on a field he knows well and waved his arms as fans chanted his name. Reed, who played 11 seasons with the Ravens, has long said that Baltimore will always feel like home, even after his expected Hall of Fame playing career is over. When that will be, however, remains very much a mystery. Speaking at former teammate Lardarius Webb's charity softball game Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, Reed said that he is preparing to play in the 2014 season.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Surrounded by a large crowd of NFL scouts and coaches Monday afternoon at rain-soaked Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson star running back Terrance West cut sharply to his left and adeptly corralled an intermediate pass without breaking stride. West displayed sound hands, quick feet and impressive balance in front of 22 NFL teams during his Pro Day workout. He didn't drop a pass and maintained his footing despite a steady downpour. "If I had to run on fire, I'd do it, man," said West, a Northwestern graduate who measured in at 5 feet 9, 230 pounds.
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By Jonah Goldberg | February 24, 2014
Cancel the philosophy courses, people. Oh, and we're going to be shuttering the political science, religion and pre-law departments too. We'll keep some of the English and history folks on for a while longer, but they should probably keep their resumés handy. Because, you see, they are of no use anymore. We have the answers to the big questions, so why keep pretending there's anything left to discuss? At least that's where Erin Ching, a student at Swarthmore College, seems to be coming down.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2013
One hundred years ago, Bohemian-born William Oktavec, a butcher by trade and a would-be artist, arrived in Baltimore from New York with his wife and young son. He set up a grocery shop at the corner of North Collington and Ashland avenues in the area known as Little Bohemia. During the summer, Oktavec installed a screen on the front door of his business and made it more than an insect deterrent. He painted it with images of the meat and vegetables available inside. Passersby could not see through the wire mesh into the shop, but anyone inside could see out as easily as if the screen were unadorned.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
Like Gertude Berg, creator of "The Goldbergs," Moms Mabley is one of those remarkable women artists of the first half of the 20th century who never achieved the mainstream status and success her talent deserved. If you don't know who she is, I urge you to check out "Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley" tonight at 9 on HBO. You can get a taste of it from my podcast preview for Baltimore's WYPR (88.1 FM). Born in 1897, Mabley's career spans vaudeville to television, though like many black performers, she was kept off TV until the civil rights movement opened some doors on Network Row near the end of her career.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2013
It was clear from the beginning that Andrew Hoffman was born to be a firefighter. His father and grandfather were respected members of the city force. He wore a red fireman's hat at his first birthday party. And after hiding in a freezer during a childhood game of hide-and-seek, he told a sister that if she ever thought to try that spot, she should take a blanket with her. "He was the definition of a hero. He would help anyone at any time," said a longtime friend, Corinne Remmey, after Hoffman's funeral at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen on Saturday.
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By Melody Holmes | June 23, 1999
Words come alive on Merriam-Webster's Word Central Web site, www.wordcentral.com. It is full of ways for kids and parents to enjoy words and language.The site, produced by the well-known publisher of dictionaries and reference books, includes a dictionary that can quickly define most words for a puzzled reader. And it offers a daily "buzzword," complete with definition, pronunciation key and an example of its use in a sentence. Kids can use these words to stump their friends in a battle of brains.
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By New York Times News Service | May 8, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Signaling that the race to develop a standard for American high-definition television is in its homestretch, two of the four rival groups agreed in principle yesterday to hedge their bets by splitting royalties if either of them wins the government-supervised competition.The alliance will unite a group consisting of General Instrument Corp. and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with one consisting of Zenith Electronics Corp. and American Telephone & Telegraph Co.The pact reduces the financial risks of losing the competition.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2013
A website called GayStarNews has cheered the news that "the world's most renowned dictionary of the English language has officially changed the definition of 'marriage' to include gay people. " They mean the Oxford English Dictionary . News may not yet have reached them that Merriam-Webster's Unabridged  also has " (1)   :   the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife  (2)   :   the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
Any number of things might happen in - or to - our world between now and 2021, a year that seems so sci-fi-distant. But one thing can be counted on: Marin Alsop will be music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra the whole time. Last week, the BSO announced an extension of Alsop's contract, adding six years to her most recent deal, which was to have expired in 2015. Assuming all goes as planned, the conductor will have enjoyed a 14-year tenure by the time this new contract expires, making her the second-longest-serving music director since the BSO was founded in 1916 - a year less than Sergiu Comissiona (1969-84)
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