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April 17, 1995
AS OF April 1 the Scholastic Aptitude Test, scourge of America's youth, lost some of its bite. The average student no longer needs to worry about explaining those low test scores to their parents and school boards can stop agonizing over how poorly their pupils do on standardized tests.No, the students aren't any smarter and the schools aren't any better. In fact the only thing that has improved is the test scores. SAT administrators have decided that the best way to improve students' performance on the test is to give them free "bonus points" after their answers have been scored.
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By Eileen Ambrose | May 12, 2011
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. That’s according to a Bloomberg survey of more than 1,263 traders, investors and analysts this week. Fifty-four percent of respondents had an unfavorable view of Wall Street’s Goldman Sachs. That’s more than twice the percentage who had a negative view of JPMorgan Chase, Bloomberg reported. Some of the others in the running: 49 percent polled viewed Citigroup negatively, while 48 percent had a dim view of Bank of America.  Thirty-five percent had a unfavorable opinion of Deutsche Bank.
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FEATURES
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | December 21, 2007
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story has 20-20 hyperbole. For 45 minutes, it zings along on perfectly pitched overstatement. It gleefully puts elements of the Ray Charles of Ray and the Johnny Cash of Walk the Line into the story of rock star Dewey Cox (cue drum roll) ... a boy who could never please his father even after he became a man ... and a man who created classic rock even without a sense of smell. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Columbia Pictures) Starring John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Tim Meadows.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Peter.Schmuck@baltsun.com | May 29, 2009
Matt Wieters might or might not be the greatest Orioles prospect in history, but there is little doubt that he will arrive today at Camden Yards to greater fanfare than any young Orioles player who has come before him. Want proof? That's easy enough. The only O's prospect in the same category was pitcher Ben McDonald, who perhaps was a bigger deal when he was the first overall pick in the 1989 draft. He was valued by many as the top pitcher in the history of the amateur draft, and he didn't get anything close to the pre-promotion buildup that has accompanied Wieters to Baltimore for his debut against the Detroit Tigers.
NEWS
June 25, 1995
Republicans are gleeful they have come up with a consensus outline to balance the federal budget by 2002. But don't get caught up in the hyperbole: What's been achieved so far is the easy part. Making actual cuts in spending this fall will be agonizing work, even for dedicated deficit hawks.This week, the House and Senate will endorse the deal negotiated by Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole. It makes for great campaign rhetoric. Nearly $1 trillion in overall spending cuts including $190 billion from discretionary programs, $270 billion from Medicare and $180 billion from Medicaid.
NEWS
July 22, 2003
SINGAPORE, THE modern world's only Confucian state, has taken a long look in the mirror - and found itself, well, boring. And among the antidotes, the island's paternalistic government is suggesting - drum roll, please - legalizing bungee jumping. Oh yes, and reverse bungee jumping, which somehow sounds even worse. That's one of many recommendations of the Remaking Singapore Committee, set up by the authoritarians who run the city to keep it globally competitive by inducing more creativity, risk-taking and joie de vivre.
BUSINESS
By Knight-Ridder Financial Service | December 23, 1991
These are reviews of shareware programs for IBM and compatible computers. The programs are available from bulletin boards and computer clubs. Users try them, then pay a fee to register if they decide to use them regularly.But seriously, folks. Humor has finally come to shareware in the form of:Portable Punch Line -- "Sign outside a hospital nursery:"All babies are subject to change without notice."(Drum roll. Har har)"There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you."
NEWS
January 2, 2008
Taxes in Maryland are going up this week. It's regrettable, but certainly no worse than any other price increase. Government has to be paid for the same as mortgages or milk. At least there's comfort in knowing that higher tax rates will allow the state to avert a projected $1.7 billion budget deficit next year. And everyone will be getting a bit more for the money - more aid for schools and colleges, more help with health care costs, better roads and transit. Yet even as the new rates settle in (changes to most, such as the income tax, are already in effect while the extra penny in the sales tax arrives tomorrow)
SPORTS
By PETER SCHMUCK | June 10, 2007
It didn't seem likely three weeks ago, but Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo appears to have weathered the storm. Speculation about his tenuous job security has died down, and he received a big ovation from the Camden Yards crowd in the sixth inning Friday night when he got ejected from the game by first base umpire Larry Vanover. That represented a quantum shift in fan opinion since late May, when the message boards and talk-show types were calling for Perlozzo's head after every discouraging late-inning defeat.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Peter.Schmuck@baltsun.com | May 29, 2009
Matt Wieters might or might not be the greatest Orioles prospect in history, but there is little doubt that he will arrive today at Camden Yards to greater fanfare than any young Orioles player who has come before him. Want proof? That's easy enough. The only O's prospect in the same category was pitcher Ben McDonald, who perhaps was a bigger deal when he was the first overall pick in the 1989 draft. He was valued by many as the top pitcher in the history of the amateur draft, and he didn't get anything close to the pre-promotion buildup that has accompanied Wieters to Baltimore for his debut against the Detroit Tigers.
NEWS
January 2, 2008
Taxes in Maryland are going up this week. It's regrettable, but certainly no worse than any other price increase. Government has to be paid for the same as mortgages or milk. At least there's comfort in knowing that higher tax rates will allow the state to avert a projected $1.7 billion budget deficit next year. And everyone will be getting a bit more for the money - more aid for schools and colleges, more help with health care costs, better roads and transit. Yet even as the new rates settle in (changes to most, such as the income tax, are already in effect while the extra penny in the sales tax arrives tomorrow)
FEATURES
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | December 21, 2007
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story has 20-20 hyperbole. For 45 minutes, it zings along on perfectly pitched overstatement. It gleefully puts elements of the Ray Charles of Ray and the Johnny Cash of Walk the Line into the story of rock star Dewey Cox (cue drum roll) ... a boy who could never please his father even after he became a man ... and a man who created classic rock even without a sense of smell. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Columbia Pictures) Starring John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Tim Meadows.
SPORTS
By RICK MAESE | September 16, 2007
To the best of my knowledge, the very first person to link Brian Billick with the term "offensive genius" was - drum roll, please - Brian Billick. I know, I know - but please temper your shock and bear with me here. Speaking with the Minneapolis Star Tribune the day he was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1993, he said, "My job, literally, is offensive coordinator. Not offensive genius, not offensive mastermind, not offensive guru." While Billick might not have been so overt as to pass out business cards advertising his football intellect - he's more the wink-and-nudge sort, don't you think?
SPORTS
By PETER SCHMUCK | June 10, 2007
It didn't seem likely three weeks ago, but Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo appears to have weathered the storm. Speculation about his tenuous job security has died down, and he received a big ovation from the Camden Yards crowd in the sixth inning Friday night when he got ejected from the game by first base umpire Larry Vanover. That represented a quantum shift in fan opinion since late May, when the message boards and talk-show types were calling for Perlozzo's head after every discouraging late-inning defeat.
BUSINESS
By JAY HANCOCK | January 11, 2006
The Dow Jones industrial average crossing 11,000 on Monday is huge news, with a few little qualifiers. The Dow doesn't represent the American economy. The Dow doesn't represent American business. The Dow doesn't represent the fortunes of its member corporations. Hardly anybody invests in the Dow per se. And 11,000 doesn't mean anything except having to type fewer kinds of keys on a word processor than, say, what "10,712" would require. (If earthlings used binary numbers yesterday's headline would have said: "Dow closes above 10101011111000."
NEWS
July 22, 2003
SINGAPORE, THE modern world's only Confucian state, has taken a long look in the mirror - and found itself, well, boring. And among the antidotes, the island's paternalistic government is suggesting - drum roll, please - legalizing bungee jumping. Oh yes, and reverse bungee jumping, which somehow sounds even worse. That's one of many recommendations of the Remaking Singapore Committee, set up by the authoritarians who run the city to keep it globally competitive by inducing more creativity, risk-taking and joie de vivre.
SPORTS
By Charlie Vincent and Charlie Vincent,KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | May 9, 1997
Usually, when an athlete writes a book, it is because he wants to remind you of how great he was.Of how the media mistreated him.Of how he overcame dumb managers, bad coaching and crummy luck to become (this is the place for the drum roll) rich and famous and great.Usually, when an athlete writes a book, it is to remind you that he is special and most of us are not.The absence of such self-serving verbiage is what makes Kirk Gibson's book "Bottom of the Ninth" both extraordinary and worth its $35 price tag.Not a whole lot of secrets are revealed in the 161-page coffee table book, written with Detroit sports writer Lynn Henning.
SPORTS
By JOHN EISENBERG | July 7, 1993
OK, class, we'll start with a stumper today: Among American Leaguers at his position, this player is one of the top hitters, tied for first in home runs and triples, second in RBI, tied for second in doubles and third in runs and hits. Who is it?Joe Carter, you say? Sorry. Albert Belle? Nope. Ken Griffey? Wrong.OK, a few more clues. Among American Leaguers at his position, this player is first in walks, sixth in on-base percentage and, among the hitters possessing any kind of punch, has easily the lowest ratio of strikeouts to hits.
ENTERTAINMENT
By M. Dion Thompson and M. Dion Thompson,Sun Staff | February 24, 2002
Dennis Chambers, drummer extraordinaire and Grammy-nominated child of East Baltimore, is on the phone for a few precious minutes during a brief stay with the home folks before the road claims him again. "It takes a toll," he said. "It all depends on who I'm with. Sometimes you're with a bunch of guys who have some personalities and it can be sort of a drag." Right now, he's touring with guitarist Mike Stern, whose album Voices -- on which Chambers played drums -- has been nominated for best contemporary jazz album by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
SPORTS
By Stan Rappaport and Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF | June 8, 1997
Katie Dougherty attacks politics as fiercely as she hits a tennis ball.So it shouldn't surprise anyone that the newly-elected president of next year's Centennial student government is -- drum roll, please -- Katie Dougherty.Dougherty competes to win, whether it is running for a class office -- she was junior class president this year -- or playing for a state title.It was Dougherty's goal this season to win a state singles championship, something no Howard County athlete had every done. That is, until now. Dispense with the drum roll -- Dougherty is a state champion.
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