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By JOHN EISENBERG | July 2, 1993
In their attempt to reconfigure themselves as a real NBA team, the Bullets have demonstrated wisdom and foresight and all those good things. Unfortunately for them, what they really needed was luck.Yes, they'll be better next year. That was a 60-spot they dropped into the loss column last season. They can't get much worse. But they'll still lose their way back into the lottery next year, and keep losing their way back, until they stumble into some dumb luck.The kind that allows you to draft a Chris Webber instead of a Calbert Cheaney.
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April 2, 2009
glennmcnatt: writing about the new unemployment stats. anyone have a friend or relative who's lost a job or fears losing one? mrscarpediem: Dad called me wanting the "scoop" on situ w/ spouse not working, etc & is now upset I didn't open up on call. At work. At my desk. mrscarpedium: Very sad - passing little bridge today there was a new tent set up underneath. $2-5M homes all around it. Wiznutz: it's NEVER too early to fire someone. chrisrk: Sick of this recession, lost job at Nissan in Jan just got another for half of the salary i was on and everything is still going up in price.
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By Stephen J.K. Walters | March 31, 1993
IT might be dumb luck or it might be genius, but the Clinton recovery package is already looking like a winner.I'm inclined to chalk it up to luck, for there's enough that is foolish or wrongheaded in the plan to suggest that this president's grasp of economics is, to put it kindly, no better than the average politician's. His stimulus plan is unnecessary, his tax hikes are counterproductive and his spending cuts are far less courageous than they must be to make much of a dent in the deficit.
NEWS
By Rick Maese and Rick Maese,rick.maese@baltsun.com | January 19, 2009
PITTSBURGH - In the locker room, the rookie head coach didn't bother shedding tears. He didn't lament effort, performance or dumb luck - though he certainly could have. It shouldn't surprise us by now, but after the most disappointing defeat in this most surprising of seasons, John Harbaugh did what he does best: He looked ahead. "This is our beginning," Harbaugh said, fresh off the night's painful 23-14 loss to the Steelers in the AFC title game. "This is not an ending by any stretch."
NEWS
April 2, 2009
glennmcnatt: writing about the new unemployment stats. anyone have a friend or relative who's lost a job or fears losing one? mrscarpediem: Dad called me wanting the "scoop" on situ w/ spouse not working, etc & is now upset I didn't open up on call. At work. At my desk. mrscarpedium: Very sad - passing little bridge today there was a new tent set up underneath. $2-5M homes all around it. Wiznutz: it's NEVER too early to fire someone. chrisrk: Sick of this recession, lost job at Nissan in Jan just got another for half of the salary i was on and everything is still going up in price.
SPORTS
By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | November 24, 2000
Aaron Bartolain has a lot of football left in his heart. What he doesn't have a surplus of is time. He's not alone. It happens every year in college football across the country. Bartolain, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound terror of a pass rushing linebacker at Western Maryland College for the past four years, might be putting on his uniform for the last time tomorrow when the Green Terror travels to Abilene, Texas, to take on unbeaten Hardin-Simmons in the second round of the Division III playoffs.
BUSINESS
By Charles Haddad and Charles Haddad,Cox News Service | September 7, 1992
ATLANTA -- Once again, Robert E. Lee studies the thin blue line of soldiers huddled behind a field of boulders just outside Gettysburg.Dare he send 12,000 Confederates out across a vast field against this beleaguered center of the Union army? Or is it better to retreat -- even though victory appears a bayonet thrust away.We all know what Lee decided. Now it's your turn. Will you change history or blunder worse than Lee did 129 years ago.At last, the Civil War has come to the world of Macintosh.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mike Himowitz | December 6, 1999
Buying a new PC for the holidays can be exciting, but getting it working can turn into a nightmare of frustration and disappointment for the whole family if you don't have everything you need on hand when you open the box.Like forgetting to buy batteries for a new toy, it's easy to leave the computer store without some small but critical component whose absence won't become obvious until it's too late. So, to keep yourself from looking like an idiot in front of the spouse and kids, consider these observations:After years of hooking up PCs, I've learned that whatever location you choose for the system will be (a)
FEATURES
By Alice Steinbach | April 8, 1991
I should tell you right up front that if my phone rings, I'm going to stop writing this column and answer it.And if the voice on the other end of the phone is Orioles manager Frank Robinson or pitching coach Al Jackson asking me for my help in the Birds' opening game today, forget the column. If they need me, I'm out the door and headed for Birdland on 33rd Street.It could happen.See, like Jim Palmer, I'm convinced that I can still pitch.And, believe you me, if Frank hands me that ball I'm not going to hold back -- rotator cuff injury or no rotator cuff injury.
NEWS
By Rick Maese and Rick Maese,rick.maese@baltsun.com | January 19, 2009
PITTSBURGH - In the locker room, the rookie head coach didn't bother shedding tears. He didn't lament effort, performance or dumb luck - though he certainly could have. It shouldn't surprise us by now, but after the most disappointing defeat in this most surprising of seasons, John Harbaugh did what he does best: He looked ahead. "This is our beginning," Harbaugh said, fresh off the night's painful 23-14 loss to the Steelers in the AFC title game. "This is not an ending by any stretch."
NEWS
By Kirsten Scharnberg and Kirsten Scharnberg,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | September 21, 2003
NAGS HEAD, N.C. - The Fenz family rode out Hurricane Isabel's fury in the manager's quarters of their 45-room oceanfront motel. Jim and Wanda Fenz figured their 7-month-old daughter would cry when the howling 100 mph winds began, but Tiffany wasn't bothered by the racket at all. Her parents think maybe it's because the baby had something in common with the storm: Tiffany's middle name is Isabella. "It's her first hurricane," Wanda Fenz said. "We've already entered it into her baby book."
SPORTS
By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | November 24, 2000
Aaron Bartolain has a lot of football left in his heart. What he doesn't have a surplus of is time. He's not alone. It happens every year in college football across the country. Bartolain, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound terror of a pass rushing linebacker at Western Maryland College for the past four years, might be putting on his uniform for the last time tomorrow when the Green Terror travels to Abilene, Texas, to take on unbeaten Hardin-Simmons in the second round of the Division III playoffs.
FEATURES
By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | June 30, 2000
Greed and need, hubris and human frailty, superstition and hard science, destiny and dumb luck - all played crucial roles in Sebastian Junger's book "The Perfect Storm," the true story of the Andrea Gail, a swordfishing boat that sank in 1991 in a freak storm at sea. And all are evoked with technical skill and subtlety in the movie version of a story as gripping and tragic as anything a screenwriter could conjure. "The Perfect Storm" is that rare popcorn movie that pulls filmgoers to the edge of their seats and blows their hair back, but never sacrifices the human element to action.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mike Himowitz | December 6, 1999
Buying a new PC for the holidays can be exciting, but getting it working can turn into a nightmare of frustration and disappointment for the whole family if you don't have everything you need on hand when you open the box.Like forgetting to buy batteries for a new toy, it's easy to leave the computer store without some small but critical component whose absence won't become obvious until it's too late. So, to keep yourself from looking like an idiot in front of the spouse and kids, consider these observations:After years of hooking up PCs, I've learned that whatever location you choose for the system will be (a)
NEWS
By Linda DeMers Hummel | May 10, 1995
AS I WALKED into my English 101 classroom on the first day, a young man in a black watch cap slouched lower in his seat, as if silently daring me to open my mouth. A woman standing next to my desk informed me she was an interpreter for a deaf student."I'll sit next to you and translate everything you say into sign language," she said brightly. "Just try to pretend I'm not here."Three minutes into my opening monologue about course requirements, a man in the front row implored me in an Italian accent not to speak so quickly.
FEATURES
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | September 1, 1994
Nice guys finish second.That's the message in the summer movie season, where, as expected, Disney's "The Lion King" racked up yawningly awesome numbers in the $260 million range and where, as unexpected, Paramount's "Forrest Gump" trounced such pre-season favorites as "True Lies," "Wolf" and "Clear and Present Danger." It will clearly finish in second place by Labor Day, with earnings of $222 million by its eighth week of release (close to double "True Lies' " take!).I know an independent exhibitor in Baltimore who's still shaking his head and saying, "Why, why, why?"
FEATURES
By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | June 30, 2000
Greed and need, hubris and human frailty, superstition and hard science, destiny and dumb luck - all played crucial roles in Sebastian Junger's book "The Perfect Storm," the true story of the Andrea Gail, a swordfishing boat that sank in 1991 in a freak storm at sea. And all are evoked with technical skill and subtlety in the movie version of a story as gripping and tragic as anything a screenwriter could conjure. "The Perfect Storm" is that rare popcorn movie that pulls filmgoers to the edge of their seats and blows their hair back, but never sacrifices the human element to action.
NEWS
By Jada Fletcher | August 16, 1991
This essay won second prize nationally in ACT-SO, the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics, sponsored by the NAACP.I DON'T have many memories of friends in my younger years. I must have had some, but I am sure they were not close buddies or more than "walking home" companions. Occasionally, however, these same people would take it into their heads that they didn't like me as much as I thought they did and teased and taunted me. As a result, I often found myself running home instead of walking.
SPORTS
By JOHN EISENBERG | July 2, 1993
In their attempt to reconfigure themselves as a real NBA team, the Bullets have demonstrated wisdom and foresight and all those good things. Unfortunately for them, what they really needed was luck.Yes, they'll be better next year. That was a 60-spot they dropped into the loss column last season. They can't get much worse. But they'll still lose their way back into the lottery next year, and keep losing their way back, until they stumble into some dumb luck.The kind that allows you to draft a Chris Webber instead of a Calbert Cheaney.
NEWS
By Stephen J.K. Walters | March 31, 1993
IT might be dumb luck or it might be genius, but the Clinton recovery package is already looking like a winner.I'm inclined to chalk it up to luck, for there's enough that is foolish or wrongheaded in the plan to suggest that this president's grasp of economics is, to put it kindly, no better than the average politician's. His stimulus plan is unnecessary, his tax hikes are counterproductive and his spending cuts are far less courageous than they must be to make much of a dent in the deficit.
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