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By Scott Dance | April 25, 2012
Starting to think about your Preakness hat choices? Not sure whether to pull the trigger on tickets to join Kegasus and Maroon 5 in the infield? Fear not; it's forecast to be a beautiful day -- for now. The 137th Preakness Stakes, on May 19, has come into the window of AccuWeather.com's 25-day forecast. It calls for cloudless skies, a 74-degree high and 52-degree low. That is actually slightly below normal for that time of year, which averages 76-degree highs and 58-degree lows.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
Johns Hopkins University will bestow an honorary degree next month on Edith "Edie" Windsor, the woman who successfully challenged the constitutionality of the federal law banning same-sex marriage. Windsor's attorney in last year's historic U.S. Supreme Court victory, Roberta Kaplan, will also receive an honorary degree at the May 22 commencement ceremony on the university's Homewood campus. The two women, lauded as heroes of the gay rights movement, are two of seven "distinguished achievers" being honored by Hopkins.
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By Paul McCardell, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2013
Swimmers at the MSP Polar Bear Plunge are in for a cold one. The event, to support Special Olympics Maryland, will take place at Sandy Point State Park, with plunges as early as 11 a.m. NOAA National Data Buoy Center 's buoy near Annapolis registers the water temperature at 35.5 degrees. The air temperature is expected to reach a high of 32, but it will feel more like 22 with the wind chill. The waves will be 2-3 feet near Sandy Point because of northwest winds of about 14 mph. Brave, warm-hearted plungers have another chance Feb. 23 at Deep Creek Lake.
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By David Wilson | April 19, 2014
Significant demographic obstacles stand in the path of the state's achieving its goal of ensuring that 55 percent of its population has a two-year post-secondary degree or higher by 2025. The baby boom "echo" - a primarily white phenomenon that resulted in a temporary increase in high school graduates beginning in 1995 - is over. The number of white graduates is now declining steadily and will continue to do so for some time to come. During the upturn, many campuses raised their admissions standards significantly to take advantage of the growing pool of relatively affluent and well-prepared students graduating from high school.
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By Scott Dance | July 30, 2012
Baltimore surpassed its annual total of 90-degree days last week but is still equal to or behind tallies of hot days for the past two years. Twenty-one days in July have reached 90 degrees or above at BWI Marshall Airport so far this year. That makes 34 days at or above 90 so far this year -- four more than the annual norm of 30 days. At BWI, two days reached 90 in May and 11 did in June. But despite the seemingly high tally, 2012 is on pace with 2011 and won't meet the pace 2010 set through the end of July.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2012
The Baltimore area hit 90 degrees for the first time since Aug. 10 on Monday, tying a heat record set in 2002. Temperatures briefly passed the milestone at BWI Marshall Airport at 3:51 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. It was the hottest day of a year that has already been marked with warmer-than-average temperatures. And the heat is not likely to linger — cooler weather was expected to move in behind a cold front overnight Monday. A high-pressure system settled over the Carolinas and sent warm southerly winds heating the region and keeping it dry, said Carrie Suffern, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. A cold front was expected to move through the region Monday night, bringing temperatures down to the mid-70s Tuesday.
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By Marty McGee | December 24, 1991
LAUREL -- High Degree surged between tiring rivals and drew off to a 1 1/2 -length victory in yesterday's Laurel Race Course feature.A Fur Piece led early in the $24,000 allowance race before I'm Wild overtook him in the early stretch. Then, High Degree rallied between those two before easily finishing clear of a belated bid from Seven Salutes.The winner completed 6 1/2 furlongs in 1 minute, 17 3/5 seconds on a track that was rated fast throughout the 10-race program despite intermittent rain.
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By MIKE PRESTON | May 9, 2004
RAVENS inside linebacker Ray Lewis has won the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player and been honored as the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year, but his greatest achievement may come Saturday when he walks across a stage on the University of Maryland campus. Nearly eight years after he left the University of Miami as a junior to enter the NFL draft, and on the day of his 29th birthday, Lewis will earn a bachelor of arts degree from Maryland in business administration. Talk about euphoria. To Lewis, this is better than taking out Eddie George and Steve McNair in a playoff game, or earning a sixth consecutive Pro Bowl appearance.
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By Dolly Merritt | February 3, 1991
A lifelong wish has come true for Mable Lewis. It's been 67 years since she left college, and the 85-year-old Ellicott City resident is finally getting her degree.The alumna of McMurry College, nowMcMurry University, in Abilene, Texas, has many fond memories of hertimes as a student there in 1924 and 1925."She is always talking about Texas and her days when she was astudent attending McMurry College," said Ken Brown, an associate minister at Glen Mar United Methodist Church in Ellicott City, where Lewis is a member.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | February 19, 2002
Carl Stahlman is a member of Towson University's alumni association, has an $800 class ring, his name on a memorial brick at the school and fond memories of his parents attending his commencement in 1997. But there's one thing Carl Stahlman doesn't have: a degree. Stahlman has filed suit in Baltimore County Circuit Court seeking a court order that would require Towson University to give him the bachelor's degree in law enforcement that he says he earned when he finished his course work in May 1997.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
Temperatures slid sharply Tuesday afternoon after a cold front brought 2 inches of rain, and lows were expected to drop below freezing by early Wednesday and bring snow flurries west of Baltimore. Temperatures peaked at 67 degrees around midday at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, but after a front bringing some thunder and lightning and heavy rain, they fell to 52 degrees by 3 p.m. As of 3 p.m., 2 inches of rain had fallen at BWI since 8 a.m.  The record for Tuesday's date is more than 2.5 inches.
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April 14, 2014
Maryland is already one of the best educated states in the nation, ranking at or near the top when it comes to the percentage of residents with college and post-graduate degrees. But state leaders, looking at an increasingly competitive, knowledge-based global economy, think that's not going to be nearly good enough. About 45 percent of the state's adults have at least an associate's degree now, but state leaders decided in 2009 that it should aim to bump that up to 55 percent by 2025.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Mild weather and mostly cloudy skies are forecast in the Baltimore area Monday, with highs around 60 degrees. After temperatures were expected to drop into the mid-30s by early Monday morning, they were forecast to reach the lower 50s by midday. Lows in the mid-40s were expected overnight Monday into Tuesday, with highs Tuesday again in the lower 60s with mostly cloudy skies. Rain was forecast to move through the region Wednesday as a cold front brings another burst of chilly air. Highs could reach the upper 50s Wednesday before gusty winds and lows in the mid-20s move in overnight Wednesday into Thursday.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2014
The 11-year-old Dundalk girl found after a frantic, multistate search has been reunited with her twin sister, family members said Sunday. Caitlyn Virts and her twin sister, Cayla, were back together in the care of Baltimore County social services workers, according to the twins' grandmother, Anna Trainor-Goodwin. Police found Caitlyn in a Florence, S.C., hotel Friday after issuing an Amber Alert and fielding thousands of tips. "I'm hoping and praying that they let me have them," said Trainor-Goodwin, who lives near Patterson Park in Baltimore.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
Tuesday morning was Baltimore's coldest for the month of March since record-keeping began in the 1870s, with a low of 4 degrees reported at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport by 6 a.m. The National Weather Service confirmed the record later Tuesday morning. The reading at the airport, Baltimore's point of record since 1950, was 1 degree lower than a record low for Tuesday's date and for the entire month, 5 degrees set on March 4, 1873 at the U.S. Customs House downtown.
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By Sean Cullen | February 4, 2014
Promoting the best officers is essential to having the most powerful military force on the planet. The de facto requirement for officers in the U.S. Air Force to obtain a master's degree in order to be promoted is blatantly ridiculous because it hinders the organization from properly valuing professional experience to identify its best and brightest for leadership. Starting at the first competitive promotion from captain to major, there is no "official" requirement to have a master's degree.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | June 19, 1996
Robert J. Harwood Jr., accused of killing a fellow Johns Hopkins University student in April, may have to spend the rest of his life in prison, but right now he's got a more academic concern -- he's upset that the university will not send him a diploma.The university recently informed Harwood, 22, that he is suspended from Hopkins -- and therefore will not receive a degree -- until the outcome of charges of first-degree murder in the killing of student Rex Chao, 19.According to police, Harwood fired two bullets from a .357-caliber Magnum into Chao outside the campus library April 10, as Chao's horrified girlfriend looked on. The two men had had a close friendship, but in the weeks before the shooting, Chao tried to cut off communication and complained to university officials that Harwood was obsessively calling him and sending electronic mail.
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By Kristi E. Swartz and Kristi E. Swartz,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 2, 1997
Students taking classes at Anne Arundel Community College soon will be able to finish their degrees at University of Maryland University College with a minimum of academic, bureaucratic or financial hassle.The two institutions announced a new partnership yesterday that will allow for the seamless transfer of credits from the community college to the university adult education center, which caters to part-time students.The partnership enhances the area's most extensive and well-developed bachelor's degree programs that can be completed without much time, travel or expense, UMUC President Ben Massey boasted at yesterday's announcement.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
A 41-year-old Reisterstown man has been charged with killing his wife and then burning down their house last month, Baltimore County police said Wednesday. Anthony Paul Rutherford, of Fox Run Court, faces first-degree murder and arson charges in the Dec. 8 death of his wife, 35-year-old Kendra Michelle Rutherford. Firefighters found Kendra Rutherford unresponsive in the burning house and took her to Northwest Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy later found she had been asphyxiated, and an investigation determined the fire had been intentionally set. Anthony Rutherford was arrested and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2014
Tuesday was Baltimore's coldest day in 18 years, with temperatures cold enough to shatter two records, strain the region's electricity supply, fill homeless shelters and even render fire hydrants near a South Baltimore blaze useless. The air temperature plummeted to 3 degrees with wind chills of 16 degrees below zero in the early morning at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, five degrees below a record set in 1988. The airport reached only 16 degrees in the afternoon, six degrees lower than a record dating to 1996, and with wind chills only as high as the single digits.
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