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By Patti Hartigan and Patti Hartigan,BOSTON GLOBE | January 10, 1999
Steve Baldwin didn't set out to be an online ghost-buster: It just sort of happened. It began on a summer night in 1996. He was drifting in Long Island Sound on a pleasure craft. The captain and crew had fallen asleep, leaving Baldwin at the helm. Now, Baldwin is a Webmaster (as in World Wide Web), not a shipmaster: In other words, he didn't have a clue. What did he do? "I had this sense of peril," he recalls, "and all of a sudden, I started thinking about the Internet." Of course.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:  ANODYNE Linguists call it "semantic drift. " Words start out with concrete meanings and develop metaphoric ones. Innocuous words turn into pejoratives. Over time a single word can amass quite a number of distinct, and sometimes contrary, senses.   Anodyne  (pronounced AN-oh-dine)
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By FRANCES K. SILL | September 24, 1995
The days drift by not with therhythm of my youthnor yet my middle yearsThey steal on slower feetThe Touch of TimeThe rust of ageEating away my last yearsYet content am I counting myblessings.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin drifted onto the field with his back turned to the play in the third quarter Thursday night, narrowly avoiding a collision with Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones during a long kickoff return. The bizarre sequence during the 73-yard return sparked a controversy and angered the fans at M&T Bank Stadium as the Ravens wound up settling for a field goal during the 22-20 victory. Although Tomlin wasn't penalized for sideline interference as he jumped out of the way at the last second to avoid blocking Jones' path, Jones did appear to have to adjust to his direction.
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By PETER BAKER | July 14, 1992
It was Friday afternoon, too early for the muscle boats to be making their thunderous runs into Annapolis for the parade of egos along the city docks, perhaps too hot for many other boaters to be about, and the Chesapeake was almost flat.The surface of the bay was rippled by the northwest wind, and to the south, inside Thomas Point, the gulls could be seen searching for baitfish schooling at the surface.On several days earlier this summer, we have chased the birds, caught up with them and often found them diving on menhaden fleeing the attack of larger fish feeding from below.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:  ANODYNE Linguists call it "semantic drift. " Words start out with concrete meanings and develop metaphoric ones. Innocuous words turn into pejoratives. Over time a single word can amass quite a number of distinct, and sometimes contrary, senses.   Anodyne  (pronounced AN-oh-dine)
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By LOURDES SULLIVAN | December 17, 1993
Geologists worry about continental drift; I worry about internal drift. Drift is a property of all matter. It's the tendency of stuff to stay put. Or, more accurately, it's the tendency of stuff to stray. All items have different degrees of drift, just as they have different weight and size.To illustrate: Paperbacks with lurid covers have a high degree of drift. You'll never find one in the last place you left it. Its drift increases with the garishness of the cover and with how close you are to the end of the story.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2013
The estimable Jonathon Owen has published an article on towards  and toward  at Visual Thesaurus , presenting an interesting and plausible theory that the prevalence of the latter form in American published writing can be attributed to the efforts of copy editors. I commend it to you.  One thing that caught my eye was a comment appended to the article, from one Craig J. of Mundelein, Illinois: Pity the poor prescriptivists who suffer the slings and arrows of outraged descriptivists for holding the line against anarchy (the inevitable result of untempered democracy)
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By Barbara M. Simon | January 3, 1994
The days fall like wordsinto silence, swallowedby the deepening lateafternoon. Shadows meltwith gray light, and wedrift into the hardheart of another year'sdying. In our windows,we've placed candles,their artificial glow, warmthfor all the handswe won't hold, allthe lives we can't touch.We face the turn in the season,the twist into the nextyear with smiles setand eyes like snowon a night when the driftspile up and travelers,even those returning homefor celebrations of long traditionand great anticipation, losetheir ways.
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October 12, 2000
A Virginia man was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore yesterday after the dump truck he was driving drifted off a private drive on Sheppard Lane in Clarksville and tipped over, Howard County police said. James Everhart, 34, of Purcellville was unconscious at the scene and was taken to the hospital with a possible neck injury, police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said. Police are investigating whether a medical condition might have caused Everhart to drift off the road while at the wheel of the three-axle dump truck.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. - When Orioles center fielder Adam Jones came off the Oakland Coliseum field after the bottom of second inning Thursday, he threw his glove dejectedly into the dugout and then made a pronouncement: "I'm going to pick us up. I got it. " A few batters later, Jones doubled to give the Orioles a 3-2 lead in a game in which they won 10-2. It was important for Jones, who was hitting .359 heading into Friday, to come up big with the bat. Because the two-time Gold Glove outfielder has been uncharacteristically shaky in the field since the season started.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2013
The estimable Jonathon Owen has published an article on towards  and toward  at Visual Thesaurus , presenting an interesting and plausible theory that the prevalence of the latter form in American published writing can be attributed to the efforts of copy editors. I commend it to you.  One thing that caught my eye was a comment appended to the article, from one Craig J. of Mundelein, Illinois: Pity the poor prescriptivists who suffer the slings and arrows of outraged descriptivists for holding the line against anarchy (the inevitable result of untempered democracy)
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March 20, 2012
An article in the March 19, 1937, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported the dangerous results from a sudden snowstorm that caught many residents by surprise. A surprise snowstorm that began hesitantly, as if it would turn to rain, last Saturday and which continued through Sunday suddenly turned into a real problem on Monday and Tuesday, when high winds dried out the wet flakes and drove them across many county roads, piling up drifts from fifteen to eighteen feet high in some places.
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By Jules Witcover | February 24, 2012
Presidential nomination debates are supposed to separate the sheep from the goats and finally identify the party's best candidate to run in the general election in the fall. But after 20 or more such talkathons this season, the Republican Partyremains pretty much leaderless. Wednesday night's debate in Mesa, Ariz., among the four surviving GOP aspirants demonstrated as much as anything that their party continues to struggle to find not only that candidate, but also a persuasive message for electing any of them.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2011
Anne Arundel County police were working to identify a man who was killed along with a dog in a pickup truck crash and fire early Friday in Harwood. Officers were called at 12:43 a.m. to the intersection of Solomons Island Road and Harwood Road, police said. Based on their initial investigation, the driver of the 1997 Ford F-150 was headed south on Solomons Island Road when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle drifted to the right just before the intersection with Harwood Road. The truck went across the median and through the southeast corner of the Southern High School parking lot, ending up in a small wooded area and catching fire, police said.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2010
Not so long ago, the young man accused of plotting to blow up a military recruiting station in Catonsville had a mundane job: selling children's clothes at Columbia Mall. When he was hired as a sales associate about a year ago, Antonio Martinez was polite, hardworking — and a newly baptized Christian, a former co-worker recalled Wednesday. He seemed like a typical young adult working a typical retail job. Then one day he surprised co-workers by declaring that he had converted to Islam.
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By PETER BAKER | September 1, 1992
We had passed more than a few times, the fellow in the red boat and I, while either drifting down tide or running a couple of hundred yards up tide. We were bottom fishing, letting the tide carry us over a hard bottom along the Eastern Shore.The fellow in the red boat had a rod in every holder and every now and again he could be seen scurrying around to tend his lines. From all appearances, the fishing must have been very good aboard the red boat.But on the third or fourth pass, the fellow in the red boat cut his engine and called across the water, "Flounder?
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By MICHAEL HILL | August 21, 1994
Fugitive's Drift, South Africa. -- Few, if any, days in military history can match the events of Jan. 22, 1879.In less than 24 hours, the British colonial army suffered one of its worst defeats and celebrated its most dramatic victory. In that same time span, the Zulu nation reached its military zenith and began the downhill slide that would lead to its subjugation.The events of that day resonate still in the politics of South Africa, empowering the beliefs of those who see this country as a collection of separate nations.
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By Dennis C. Alexander and Christine Guhl | September 1, 2010
"The end of America's tailpipe. " That description from Delaware Sen. Thomas R. Carper reflects what those of us in the Mid-Atlantic breathe, as millions of tons of pollution from coal-fired power plants spew into our communities year-round. But a new opportunity is here to help plug that tailpipe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a "good neighbor" rule, called the Clean Air Transport Rule, that would cut power plant pollution spreading across the border of 31 eastern states and the District of Columbia.
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By BRENT JONES | September 8, 2008
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police were searching last night for a person who might have gone missing while kayaking at Bynum Run near Abingdon on Saturday. About 6:15 p.m. Saturday, an off-duty Harford County sheriff's deputy was walking along Hookers Mill Road when he saw a person struggling in the water, according to Sgt. Ken Turner, a spokesman for the DNR. The person had on white headgear and appeared to have a paddle in hand, Turner said. Another witness said he saw someone in the water drifting under the Interstate 95 bridge, Turner said.
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