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Thomas F. Schaller | February 4, 2014
Normally, I get neither sad nor particularly sentimental when celebrities die. But I'm really bent out of shape about Philip Seymour Hoffman's death Sunday from an apparent heroin overdose. According to friends, Mr. Hoffman had been living drug-free for more than two decades until recently relapsing. His death is a reminder that even a demon suppressed for a long time is never fully exorcised and may, at some point, burst forth with an arresting potency - an apt description, as it were, of so many of Mr. Hoffman's most memorable on-screen performances.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | July 13, 2014
Just two pages into the book "Unbroken," its protagonist is in the water, hiding beneath the deteriorating life raft in which he has been drifting across the Pacific Ocean for almost a month. Overhead, Japanese bombers are circling back to strafe him a second time. And sharks are approaching from below. Death is coming for him from two directions, and your impulse is to verify that this is not a novel, not some outlandish fiction from the Indiana Jones School of Narrow Escapes.
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By PATRICK ERCOLANO | October 10, 1993
His critics have likened him to Hitler, Stalin and Robespierre.They have called him "Satan's helper." Nasty rumors have been circulated about him, including one whopper that he had been indicted for heinous criminal acts.Perhaps the cruelest rumor of all alleged that he is related to writers for The Sun!No, the demon in question isn't Saddam Hussein. It's not General Mohamed Farah Aidid. Nor is it Rush Limbaugh. It's Stuart Berger, the superintendent of Baltimore County public schools since July 1992.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | May 11, 2014
Let's imagine for a moment a woman (we'll call her Nancy) who had a job but saw limited opportunity for advancement at her place of employment. So, Nancy began scribbling out unique product designs in her spare time - an exercise that eventually led to a patent for a brand new widget. But Nancy faced a problem common to every startup entrepreneur - lack of capital. She attempted to secure a loan from a number of local banks but was turned down due to lack of collateral. Seems our lending institutions have raised the stakes in the aftermath of the worst credit crunch in decades.
NEWS
By JEAN MARBELLA | September 15, 2006
The disdainful hoots rose up from parts of the audience, a couple hundred members of a group that no candidate wants to cross - the AARP. If there's one thing I learned living in retiree-rich Florida for some six years, it's that you don't want to cross these people if they're on their way to early-bird dinner, much less their polling places in November. What prompted the groans, the sarcastic mutters of "Oh please," the outright scorn? Did someone threaten to privatize Social Security?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2012
"Cleaner ways don't win wars. " -- Stannis Baratheon Everyone say it together now: Crazy shadow-demon birth! If the character of Melisandre hadn't drawn you in yet in "Game of Throne's" second season, I'm betting she had by the end of episode four, "Garden of Bones. " As the episode (a strong first effort by writer Vanessa Taylor) came to a close, Melisandre gives birth to King Stannis' shadow-demon son (who, if the show is consistent with the books, is the image of Stannis, himself)
SPORTS
By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | December 14, 2001
If Skip Prosser gets his way, Wake Forest will be a pressing, trapping, up-tempo, scoring machine that will flirt with the 90-point mark on a regular basis. Maybe that will happen later. For now, the first-year coach in Winston-Salem, N.C. is trying to teach new tricks with mixed results. Under former coach Dave Odom, the Demon Deacons were known as a plodding, half-court team that liked to work the shot clock and was content to keep games in the 60s or 70s. "The style of play is different now, and the hardest part is developing a mentality of always being in the attack mode," said Prosser, who learned his philosophy under Virginia coach Pete Gillen when he coached under Gillen at Xavier.
FEATURES
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | March 9, 1996
Another movie or two like "Hellraiser: Bloodline," and sado-masochism will pick up a bad name!This fourth installment in the all but incomprehensible Clive Barker-generated series of films about a pin-studded demon who wanders the Earth in search of a mechanism to open a gate to hell, it might even give incomprehensibility a bad name. It won't do hell any favors either. You either have to have an IQ over 150 or under 30 to get it; those of us in the dreary middle won't have much luck.This one opens on a space station, flashes back to pre-revolutionary France then forward to New York in the '90s, and wraps up in outer space again.
SPORTS
By From Sun staff and news services | January 29, 2009
Everybody figured Wake Forest would ask star scorer Jeff Teague to take the shot that would knock off No. 1 Duke. That was why coach Dino Gaudio drew up a play instead for the player whose defensive lapse let the Blue Devils tie it. James Johnson made up for a horrible final minute on defense by hitting the layup with 0.8 of a second left that helped the sixth-ranked Demon Deacons upend visiting Duke, 70-68, last night. "We knew everybody was going to key on Jeff Teague - he's the one who scores for us, puts buckets up for us," Johnson said.
SPORTS
By From Sun news services | September 13, 2009
Riley Skinner scored on a 1-yard keeper with 2 seconds remaining and host Wake Forest rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Stanford, 24-17, on Saturday. Skinner finished 18 of 26 for 187 yards with a touchdown pass for the Demon Deacons (1-1). His 44-yard pass to third-stringer Lovell Jackson with less than a minute left set up his winning score. Redshirt freshman Andrew Luck was 23 of 34 for 276 yards with two touchdowns to Ryan Whalen for the Cardinal (1-1). They were denied their first 2-0 start since 2004.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
An inquiry came over the transom yesterday from a reader who cringed at an American Idol  contestant's use of "me and my mom" and "me and my sister," which the writer said was "like fingernails on a chalk board. " My standard reply is that I have my hands full editing the work of professional journalists for publication, and that people's speech, text messages, and other casual writings lie beyond the scope of my writ.  But that is a dodge. Actually, I don't mind the "me ands" all that much.* I think that that statement would strike horror in the English teachers of my childhood, who were at considerable pains to browbeat us into talking proper.** I suggest that you consider what it would be like if everyone spoke using the grammar of standard written English--that is, for example, if everyone were as pompous, polysyllabic, and priggish in speech as I am. You would recoil in horror.  One of the pleasures of encountering demotic speech (from the Greek demos , "the people")
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Thomas F. Schaller | February 4, 2014
Normally, I get neither sad nor particularly sentimental when celebrities die. But I'm really bent out of shape about Philip Seymour Hoffman's death Sunday from an apparent heroin overdose. According to friends, Mr. Hoffman had been living drug-free for more than two decades until recently relapsing. His death is a reminder that even a demon suppressed for a long time is never fully exorcised and may, at some point, burst forth with an arresting potency - an apt description, as it were, of so many of Mr. Hoffman's most memorable on-screen performances.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2013
The Maryland men's soccer team may still be smarting from Saturday night's 4-3 loss to Atlantic Coast Conference rival Wake Forest, but it won't have time to dwell on the setback. That's because the Terps (6-3-5) are slated to tangle with Drexel (7-5-2) at Ludwig Field Tuesday night. It's an awfully quick turnaround for Maryland, but coach Sasho Cirovski said he doesn't mind. “I'm just happy that we have a game to play shortly after the loss because you want to get back on the field and try to solve some of your problems,” he said Monday.
NEWS
By Michael O'Hanlon | November 25, 2012
Events of the last two weeks have been very tough and sad for all of us as a nation. As a good friend of both Gen. David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell, they have been very hard for me personally as well. Both made big mistakes, and they know it more acutely and profoundly than anyone. Thankfully, the nation knows how great a leader he has been, and that will never be forgotten. But I feel the need to correct the increasingly common and very negative perceptions about her. This is not to deny or excuse any of her mistakes, only to paint a more complete and fair portrait of her as an individual.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Zach Sparks | November 1, 2012
In a season full of psychological terrors, this episode used the ferocity of nature to induce fear into the show's characters. The newly possessed Sister Mary Eunice foreshadowed what was to come. “There's a storm coming Sister Jude…A big, fat storm.”    Luckily this episode aired after the arrival of superstorm Sandy so that viewers could watch the big, fat, fictional storm. American Horror Story fans also were treated to a drunken Sister Jude and Sister Mary Eunice's best impression of Shelley the nymphomaniac.
SPORTS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2012
As it prepares to open its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule Saturday against Wake Forest, Maryland is in an unaccustomed position. The Terps - who lost their last seven conference games last season - find themselves as favorites to beat the Demon Deacons and avenge a 21-point loss last season. The Terps (2-2), who were beset by early-season injuries, are as healthy as they have been all season. In Wake Forest (3-2, 1-2 ACC), they will encounter a team ranked near the bottom of the ACC in most statistical defensive categories.
SPORTS
By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | January 3, 1998
That Randallstown senior Demon Brown is having such a phenomenal season -- averaging 26.5 points, 9.5 assists and three steals -- is admirable on its own.The fact that in his first season of organized basketball -- last winter -- he made first-team All-Metro, averaging 22.5 points and 6.2 assists, makes his achievements even more commendable."
NEWS
June 25, 2012
I spent last Tuesday at the Maryland Senate listening to a variety of people talk about "pit bulls" and the Maryland Court of Appeals' ruling in Tracey vs. Solesky ("Parents of Towson pit bull attack victim testify in Annapolis," June 19). During the proceedings. Mr. Solesky made it a point to say several times that he felt that the animal advocates were minimizing his feelings by attending the hearing. After leaving the committee meeting, his comment stayed with me. As a dog owner and a parent, my heart goes out to the Solesky family.
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