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By New York Times News Service | March 9, 1993
TOKYO -- Business confidence is deteriorating, analysts are cutting their forecasts for corporate profits, the economy is still backpedaling and the political world is beset by a serious scandal, yet the Japanese stock market broke from its doldrums yesterday to stage one of its biggest rallies in the last several years.The 225-stock Nikkei index shot up from the opening and rode the crest of a heavy wave of buying to close at 17,686.47, up 868.77 points, a 5.17 percent gain.Volume totaled 550 million shares.
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NEWS
January 27, 2014
Celebrate the arts at "The Winter Doldrums: A Sunday Afternoon of Music and Fine Art," the annual Harford Community College music faculty concert and fine art faculty art and photography exhibition. The event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Chesapeake Theater and Student Center on the HCC campus. The HCC music faculty will perform in the Chesapeake Theater. After the concert, visit the Chesapeake Gallery in the Student Center and enjoy works created by HCC's Visual, Performing and Applied Arts faculty who present an exhibit of paintings, sculpture, photographs, digital art and ceramics.
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SPORTS
By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | October 8, 1997
Chessie Racing, the Baltimore-Annapolis entry in the Whitbread Round the World Race, spent most of the past week racing solidly in 4th place -- moving at a snail's pace on some days and racing at breakneck speed on others."
NEWS
Thomas F. Schaller | June 25, 2013
Presidential second terms tend to be disasters, but, to paraphrase Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, each is disastrous in its own way. The big domestic initiative of George W. Bush's second term was Social Security privatization. Politically, it was a complete failure: Coupled with his administration's botched Hurricane Katrina response - or rather, non-response - Mr. Bush's failed Social Security gambit plunged the domestic side of the Bush presidency into a political death spiral from which it never recovered.
SPORTS
By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | March 25, 1998
Chessie Racing, the Maryland entry in the Whitbread Round the World Race, was running in sixth place in today's second position report at 6 a.m. (GMT) as the fleet neared Barbuda and the last turn toward Fort Lauderdale, Fla.Once the turn is made, it is possible Chessie will benefit from a broader sailing angle, and make up ground lost during the past week - although crew member Tony Rey reported in an e-mail that the Maryland boat has been flying for days."We are ripping down the trade wind pipeline under jib top, staysail and full main," said Rey, aboard the Maryland boat for the first time on this leg that began in Sao Sebastiao, Brazil.
FEATURES
By Mike Royko and Mike Royko,Tribune Media Services | January 21, 1992
Mike Royko is on vacation. In his absence, we are reprinting some of his favorite columns. This column originally appeared in 1981. WE'VE ENTERED the dullest, most depressing time of the year. People suffer from the post-holiday blahs. The miserable weather keeps us indoors. Election excitement is over. Football is winding down and baseball hasn't started. Wallets have been tapped out by Christmas spending and the Social Security bite.So the question we face is how to glide through January, February and March as painlessly as possible; how to find a way to brighten our spirits and keep busy and make the time fly by until spring arrives.
SPORTS
By PETER BAKER and PETER BAKER,SUN STAFF | October 1, 1997
With the heady first few days of the Whitbread a week behind them, skippers and crews are beginning to look ahead to the Doldrums, a strategically important belt of light, unpredictable winds near the Equator.During the past couple of days, the leaders have been sailing in lighter winds and the rest of the 10-boat fleet has been slowly gaining, with Chessie Racing moving solidly into 4th place ahead of Silk Cut (Britain)."We obviously lost a bit to the boats behind, and it's now a very close race in the front [of the fleet]
SPORTS
By GILBERT A. LEWTHWAITE and GILBERT A. LEWTHWAITE,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | March 11, 1998
SAO SEBASTIAO, Brazil - The next leg in the Whitbread Round the World Race is perhaps the trickiest. The winds can be tTC fickle, the Doldrums have to be crossed, and the north-flowing Gulf Stream must be negotiated before the 4,750 nautical miles to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., are finished.The secret of success in Leg 6, according to American Paul Cayard, skipper of overall leader EF Language of Sweden, will be to seize an early lead off the east coast of Brazil, be lucky in finding a path through the Doldrums, and be first to pick up the trade winds in the Caribbean.
FEATURES
By Lisa Pollak and Lisa Pollak,SUN STAFF | June 28, 1997
The temperature is rising, but Ann Everton lies in bed, no reason to get up, no need to hurry. That is what summer is like when you are 15 and no one will hire you, when you are too old for -sleepaway camp and too young to drive. What day is it? What difference does it make? Today is no different from yesterday, which will be just like tomorrow. Time floats in front of her, a shimmering haze.L "She has options that she hasn't explored," says her mother.Options. Yes. She could volunteer to tutor little kids with her friend, Ellie.
NEWS
October 30, 1991
As noted above, Democratic domination of the City Council virtually assures incumbent Council President Mary Pat Clarke of re-election. Her Republican opponent, Anthony D. Cobb, impresses with his thoughtfulness, integrity and the grace with which he has waged a monumentally uphill campaign on a shoestring budget. Cobb, a liberal Republican in the McKeldin-Mathias tradition, is the sort of candidate who, under less lopsided circumstances, might help lead the city GOP out of its long political doldrums.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | January 3, 2012
Dear Year 2011: Goodbye and good riddance. Don't let the door hit you in the behind on your way out. Or, rather, let it hit you. You deserve it. How bad have you been? Let me count the ways: •The economy has been a nightmare. For all the new (insufficient) stimulus President Barack Obama tried to get to provide jobs and to rebuild the country's deplorably decaying bridges, roads and other infrastructure, his American Jobs Act has been pretty much a nonstarter. •In the disgraceful tug-of-war between the president and the practically-do-nothing Congress over entitlement cuts, tax increases and keeping the federal safety net for the neediest Americans from being shredded, both branches of government came up with a whopper of a black eye. •It took Mr. Obama nearly a year of knuckling under to the Republican obstructionists, particularly in the House, mugged repeatedly by the tea party freshmen, before he finally stood up to them in the final go-around on a paltry two-month extension of payroll tax and unemployment benefits.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2011
Some workplaces hope to shake off the economic doldrums this year with holiday affairs for their employees. But few are going to party like it's 2007. IMRE, a Baltimore advertising and marketing firm, struck a balance between the extravagant pre-recession bash and the quieter affairs of recent years, with a night out to dinner for employees at Power Plant Live last week. Employees at Devaney & Associates, a Towson public relations company, will get a night out for a holiday dinner this week and a day trip to a Hunt Valley spa for facials, manicures and massages.
NEWS
Marta H. Mossburg | September 13, 2011
Would that Baltimore were Radiator Springs, the dilapidated, melancholy town off Route 66 revitalized almost single-handedly and instantaneously by race car Lightning McQueen in the Pixar movie "Cars. " Fate dealt Radiator Springs a bad hand when Interstate 40 bypassed the town, detouring traffic from the once thriving, neon-lit locale to new destinations. McQueen rescued it, however, repairing not only the road he destroyed but all the businesses, too. Later, he attracts a Ferrari and other luminary cars to the once-abandoned city in New Mexico.
NEWS
June 8, 2011
In addition to making us miserable, the recent stretch of scorching weather seems to have affected our brains. The record heat — in the high 90s — not only makes it feel like the stultifying days of last summer, it also made some of us display the kind of brain-dead behavior usually reserved for the doldrums of August. How else can you explain these recent events: In the torpor of a 93 degree day, a 25-year-old Baltimore woman decides this would be a good time to teach her 14-year-old niece how drive by letting the teen wheel a van around Lake Montebello.
SPORTS
By Kevin Cowherd | May 6, 2010
It's May, the air is sultry, the flowers are blooming, the Orioles stink and the Preakness is right around the corner. So the logical question is: Are you ready for some football? Maybe you'd better be. I say this because unless you're a masochist who enjoys watching the Orioles get pounded every night, you might want to turn your attention to the Ravens' first minicamp this weekend in Owings Mills. In the NFL, of course, there's really no such thing as the offseason.
SPORTS
By PETER SCHMUCK | September 11, 2007
CINCINNATI-- --There came a point in last night's regular-season opener when it no longer was a question of whether the Ravens would win or lose the game, but at what cost. When Ray Lewis and Jonathan Ogden left the game with injuries in the first half, you could be forgiven if the whole season flashed in front of your eyes. I mean, how can this team expect to stay healthy for 16 games if it can't stay healthy for 30 minutes? Lewis eventually returned with a wrap on his sore right arm. Ogden was not so fortunate.
SPORTS
By Peter Baker | October 1, 1997
Chessie Racing, the Baltimore-Annapolis entry in the Whitbread, has been sailing comfortably in 4th place as the fleet of 10 looks ahead to the Doldrums, passing the Equator and entering the South Atlantic.In recent days, Chessie and Silk Cut, the British entry skippered by Lawrie Smith, have been fighting over 4th and 5th places, with Chessie settled in 4th."If someone told me we would be in a gybing duel in the middle of the Atlantic with Silk Cut after a week of racing, I wouldn't have believed them," Chessie watch captain Grant Spanhake reported.
FEATURES
By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | December 27, 1991
If you sense that you've rented and bought fewer videocassettes during the year, you've got a heap of company. In fact, 1991 is going out as the year the video customer finally slammed on the brakes, much to the consternation of store owners.Overall videocassette spending (rental and sales) in 1991 is expected to reach $10.5 billion, up $1 billion from 1990. That 10.5 percent increase is no disaster, but it's a far cry from the 30 percent and 40 percent annual increases typical since the mid-1980s.
FEATURES
By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | July 8, 2005
Fantastic Four is the opposite of Batman Begins -- and I mean that as a compliment. Instead of following the current chic for brooding heroes and pompous story lines, director Tim Story (Barbershop) bases this superhero extravaganza on giddy wish- fulfillment and rapscallion humor. He spins refreshing variations on the basic comic book fantasy that with one fateful push even the sorriest personality can become a glorious legend. The movie has a welcome offhand air about special effects and flights of fancy; the sequence that sets up the formation of the Fantastic Four has the same breezy shock as the outer-space opening of James Bond's You Only Live Twice.
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