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August 21, 2012
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., in his Aug. 19 column in The Sun, views Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan to be his running mate as a "bold" choice ("Paul Ryan is a good pick - but very risky"). I see it, instead, as a move of desperation. Mr. Romney is not popular with the right-wing fringe who feel he is not conservative enough for them, so he has chosen "the darling of the Tea Party" in order to shore up his image as being a true conservative. Just another example of Mr. Romney pandering to the right.
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October 6, 2014
I had to shake my head when I read Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's op-ed in The Sun about how he would enforce Maryland's strict gun law that went into effect about this time last year ( "Brown: I will enforce gun safety law," Sept. 4). This new law was enacted with the support of several knee-jerk politicians in the wake of the Newtown shootings. The Firearm Safety Act banned the sale of military style assault rifles and high-capacity magazines. It also required enhanced fingerprint based background checks on gun sales to supposedly prevent criminals from getting those deadly weapons Of course, Mr. Brown goes on to insinuate that if the extreme right wing and supposed NRA puppet Larry Hogan is elected he will work to "gut" this law and therefore make all of us Marylanders less safe.
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SPORTS
By Edward Lee | December 9, 2011
For the second time in five years, the Ravens meet an opponent desperately seeking its first win of the season in the month of December. On Dec. 16, 2007, the Ravens were stunned in overtime by a 0-13 Miami Dolphins team. The head coach of Miami at the time? None other than Cam Cameron, who is currently the Ravens offensive coordinator. The 0-12 Indianapolis Colts visit M&T Bank Stadium Sunday, but Cameron, who knows a thing or two about desperate teams, said he doesn't feel it is necessary to give the Ravens a lesson on that subject.
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Dan Rodricks | September 30, 2014
I went on YouTube to watch a gruesome video of a wild animal called a fisher, or fisher cat, attacking a silver fox - someone told me it would be educational, if you must know why - but I had to watch Anthony Brown tear into Larry Hogan first. It was a 30-second political ad that opened with a question: "Who is Larry Hogan?" and went on to say Hogan, the Republican candidate for governor in November's general election, opposes a woman's right to choose an abortion, even in the case of rape or incest.
SPORTS
By John Eisenberg | October 6, 2004
DESPERATION was a powerful motivator Monday night. The Chiefs, winless in three games, clearly needed a win more than the Ravens, who entered the weekend tied for first place in the AFC North. The difference was evident on the field, where the Chiefs surprisingly pushed around the Ravens. It was also was evident in the post-game locker room, where the Ravens were rational, professional and ABD - anything but desperate - in defeat. "That wasn't us; we will be back and we know it," linebacker Ray Lewis said after one of his least effective games.
BUSINESS
By Hay Hancock and Hay Hancock,Sun Columnist | April 24, 2007
How desperate is big pharma for new medicines? More than I or anybody else dreamed, as demonstrated by AstraZeneca yesterday. To try to refill its hollow pipeline of future products, AstraZeneca is paying $15.6 billion for MedImmune, the Gaithersburg-based biotech company. It's the biggest corporate buyout in Maryland history - for a company with essentially no earnings. The deal is a landmark not just for big pharma, which has traditionally opted for joint ventures with biotech companies rather than buyouts.
NEWS
By MICHAEL OLESKER | December 6, 1990
On Baltimore's South Broadway last week, stickup guys hit four stores and a tavern in a two-block stretch. In one afternoon. A few streets away, a bar on Gough Street got knocked over by somebody with a gun. On two straight days. At Aliceanna Street two days ago, the line for food came out of the front door of the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen called Beans and Bread, and it twisted around the corner to South Bethel, where it kept on going."It's the season of desperation," said the owner of a shop on Broadway above Eastern.
NEWS
By Richard H.P. Sia and Richard H.P. Sia,Washington Bureau of The Sun | September 11, 1990
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration continued its verbal assault against Saddam Hussein yesterday by calling the Iraqi president's overtures to Iran and his offer of free oil to Third World countries acts of "desperation" aimed at undermining the trade embargo imposed on Iraq.The tough talk, which underscored Washington's desire to show that international solidarity can make economic sanctions against Baghdad work, came as a special United Nations Security Council committee, meeting in New York for the seventh time in three weeks, discussed whether the U.N.-imposed trade embargo should be softened to allow the delivery of food to Iraq.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | August 3, 1995
Cal Ripken Jr. for Mayor!Psst, buddy, wanna be school superintendent in a top suburban district?Anyone who doubts that Baltimore is the big time can find reassurance in the desperation of the phone company to give city and county separate area codes.
SPORTS
By JOHN EISENBERG | July 31, 1995
Desperation is trading your best minor-league prospect when you're still waging war on .500 as August nears.Desperation is maxing out your payroll for next season when there are still two months left in this season.Desperation is caving in to another team's trade demands only because George Steinbrenner, who hasn't been to the playoffs in 14 years -- not exactly a smart lead to follow -- is just as desperate as you.Desperation, the wrong mood in which to make a trade, is what drove the Orioles to acquire Bobby Bonilla.
SPORTS
By Aaron Dodson, The Baltimore Sun and By Aaron Dodson, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Chesapeake Bayhawks attackman Drew Westervelt has been tuning in to the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships for the past week. After winning a gold medal with the United States at the 2010 championships, the John Carroll and UMBC graduate has been watching this year, but not only to support his country. Seven of Westervelt's Bayhawks teammates are competing in this year's championships in Commerce City, Colo. Despite the absence of those players, Chesapeake's season continues Thursday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against the Rochester Rattlers (7-3)
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
State Sen. Brian Frosh questioned Baltimore County Del. Jon Cardin's fitness to be attorney general Friday, citing the endorsement of his Democratic primary rival by a local rapper facing human-trafficking charges. "At least one of my opponents lacks the rudimentary judgment required for holding the office of attorney general," Frosh told The Baltimore Sun's editorial board during a previously scheduled meeting. "Can you imagine the attorney general of Maryland putting his arm around a guy and saying, 'I'm proud to have his endorsement,' not knowing this person has just been charged with 22 counts of human trafficking and prostitution, facing 190 years in jail?"
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
Eminence Capital LLC, a shareholder that's suing Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. for rejecting a $1.6 billion takeover bid from rival Men's Wearhouse, accused the Hampstead-based men's retailer Tuesday of resorting to "desperate tactics" to protect management jobs by planning to buy outdoor clothing retailer Eddie Bauer. In a letter to Bank's board, Eminence, a New York hedge fund that owns a 10 percent stake in Men's Wearhouse and about 5 percent of Bank's stock, called the $825 million cash-and-stock Bauer deal "a poor strategic decision for Jos. A. Bank at a price that is in our view excessive and almost surely destroys shareholder value.
NEWS
November 8, 2013
The recent discovery in Munich of what are reported to be more than 1,500 major artworks confiscated or banned by the Nazis is a reminder of how totalitarian regimes tend to view art as so dangerous a potential adversary as any enemy army. In the case of the Nazis, that view was entirely in keeping with the central irony of the Third Reich's benighted rule, which claimed to be saving European civilization at the very moment it was destroying it. Today, the same irrational hatred and fear of art can be found among the jihadists of the Taliban, al-Qaida and other Islamist extremists, along with the same consequences for their societies.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2013
At 6-7, Virginia's only hope for avoiding its first absence from the NCAA tournament since 2004 is upsetting No. 4 Maryland this Friday and then disposing of either No. 1 Duke or No. 2 North Carolina on Sunday to capture the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. The Cavaliers figure to be downright ornery as they fight for their postseason lives, and coach John Tillman acknowledged that he is worried about the Terps (9-2) matching their opponent's intensity at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. “That's certainly a concern,” he said during his weekly conference call Tuesday.
NEWS
Jacques Kelly | April 12, 2013
I laughed at a news report quoting an official who lamented that Lexington Market lacked a French bakery. The Lexington Market I know is a place that has a thriving bakery, but it sells red velvet cake by the slice and at a price to fit its customers' pocketbooks. As beat-up and poorly maintained as the market is, it possesses a thriving urban vitality. It's good to go there for a Baltimore reality check. The people-watching is incredible and a lot of money seems to change hands.
SPORTS
December 28, 2005
In a game between last-place teams, the Boston Bruins had the greater sense of desperation. The Bruins rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period and got Brad Stuart's goal 2:02 into overtime last night to earn a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. "We're at this point right now where we have to get it going," said Boston's Sergei Samsonov, who scored the tying goal with 7:14 remaining in regulation. "There's nothing really that can discourage us anymore. We're a desperate team, and I think we kind of showed that desperation tonight."
NEWS
By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF | January 11, 1998
A Glen Burnie couple who allegedly shared a cocaine habit will share a year of house arrest and five years' probation, and have to pay $833 in restitution after pleading guilty to theft in November.Michael Allen Oldaker and Tracey May Oldaker, both 32, were sentenced Friday to detention in their home in the 900 block of Princeton Terrace by Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Clayton R. Greene Jr.Their convictions on three counts each of theft over $300 followed Michael Oldaker's arrest in April on drug possession charges.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2013
After dumping Sarah Palin and Dick Morris, Fox News has hired Scott Brown and now Herman Cain as a contributor. The first three moves made some sense, especially the two firings. Palin's fling with fame was over, and the sleaze attached to Morris had reached the point where it was seriously hurting the Fox brand. But the hiring of Cain, which was reported Friday, feels like an act of desperation, a move made in reaction to sinking ratings rather than one done as part of a larger vision.
NEWS
By Jessica Gregg | December 23, 2012
I got lost on the way to the church. A few weeks ago, I was heading down Wolfe Street into the complex that is Johns Hopkins Hospital when I drove past Ashland Street. I had to stop at a Citgo station for directions to get back on track. There it was - the City of Hope Missionary Baptist Church - a two-story building that shared a block with some of the vast medical encampment that is both swallowing and saving East Baltimore. Just beyond the church were abandoned rowhomes, some of them roofless, all of them boarded up. This particular weekend marked City of Hope's fifth anniversary.
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