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December 11, 2013
Inner Arbor's Symphony Woods plan is certainly ambitious, but the recipe is seriously flawed and needs to be rethought, perhaps with fewer cooks involved. The most basic problem is that the plan has no central theme. There is no architectural continuity among the various structures being proposed. Nor is there any axis or natural progression as one moves through the park. The second problem concerns durability and maintenance. Structures in a public park take an enormous amount of abuse and need to be particularly robust and easy to repair if damaged.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2014
The pending arrival of new Ravens safety Darian Stewart comes with a scouting report. Stewart has built a reputation as a tough guy with a lot of pop and as a tackler who excels in run support. However, Stewart isn't known for making a ton of plays in pass coverage despite his above-average speed. "Good safety, good player," said retired former St. Louis Rams defensive tackle D'Marco Farr, an analyst for the organization's broadcasting team. "Good, smart, instinctive guy, underrated hitter.
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SPORTS
By McClatchy News Service | May 24, 1995
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Game by game, the innings pile up for Terry Steinbach.Steinbach, one of the more durable catchers in baseball, is on pace to give his body the test of its life, whether he likes it or not.He has caught 177 of the 208 innings (85 percent) the Oakland Athletics have played in 1995. That's a high percentage for the most demanding position on the field. There is concern, but Steinbach has maintained a high level of play, refusing to show signs of wearing down."Sure, I feel aches and pains," he said.
NEWS
December 11, 2013
Inner Arbor's Symphony Woods plan is certainly ambitious, but the recipe is seriously flawed and needs to be rethought, perhaps with fewer cooks involved. The most basic problem is that the plan has no central theme. There is no architectural continuity among the various structures being proposed. Nor is there any axis or natural progression as one moves through the park. The second problem concerns durability and maintenance. Structures in a public park take an enormous amount of abuse and need to be particularly robust and easy to repair if damaged.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | October 12, 2007
Matt Stover is an anomaly in the NFL. In a position that often lends itself to playing for multiple teams, Stover has shattered the stereotype of the vagabond kicker. In a job that can be one misstep away from a shortened career, Stover's durability draws comparison to another, more legendary, Ironman. Maintaining a much lower profile while playing in the same town, Stover has become the Cal Ripken Jr. of NFL kickers. "He's the most reliable and depend- able football player I've had in 45 years," said Art Modell, the majority owner of the Ravens and Cleveland Browns for 43 of them.
SPORTS
By Jon Morgan | August 29, 1995
In the biggest commercial deal of his career, Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken has agreed to become a national spokesman for Chevrolet trucks -- lending his image of durability to vehicles General Motors Corp. promotes as tough "Like a Rock."The two-year deal, scheduled to be announced today, calls for a series of television and print ads featuring Ripken. Ripken's fees will be about $500,000 over the two years, according to a source familiar with the arrangement.Ira S. Rainess, general counsel for the Tufton Group, a Baltimore County firm that coordinates Ripken's commercial contracts, declined to discuss the fees other than to say the deal is worth six figures but under $700,000.
FEATURES
By Rita St. Clair and Rita St. Clair,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | April 2, 1995
Q: In refurnishing a room, my biggest problem concerns the choice of fabrics. I'm aiming for an Empire look, elegant and richly colored. I have been advised that silk would be the most appropriate material for this styling, but I wonder about its durability.A: Silk is indeed the best choice -- not only in appearance but also in terms of durability.There are of course other possibilities, such as some of the synthetic yarns made to resemble the texture of silk. At first, these may appear less expensive than the real thing, but the more one knows about silk, the more reasonable its price will seem.
FEATURES
By Gerri Kobren | October 23, 1990
Is there a cloud behind our silver linings?In a recent study, Canadian scientists put "silver" fillings, which are half mercury and half silver-tin alloy, in young sheep, which showed signs of kidney failure within months. The scientists thought the mercury might be to blame.Mercury makes fillings pliable and hardens to a high state of durability. But it's toxic in high doses.Scientists have known for some time that small amounts of mercury leach out of fillings. But whether that adds up to human fTC risk is still unknown.
NEWS
By DENNIS O'BRIEN and DENNIS O'BRIEN,SUN REPORTER | March 24, 2006
What do you do with one of the world's fastest computers? You can forecast complex hurricane patterns. Or simulate how stars form, how nuclear bombs explode, or how a spacecraft handles solar winds. Or you can learn how to mix concrete. Don't laugh. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg are using a million hours of processor time awarded to them on NASA's fastest supercomputer to analyze the billions of possibilities created by the collisions of tiny particles of sand, gravel and cement whenever a cement truck pours a sidewalk.
SPORTS
By Jerry Bembry Kevin Eck of The Sun sports staff contributed to this article | July 13, 1991
It was a meeting called in March simply to discuss how to right what would turn out to be the worst season in Baltimore Blast history, but in the end it may have cost midfielder Tim Wittman his job.A decision was made Thursday not to re-sign Wittman, voted last season to the Blast's All-Decade team and who played more seasons (10) than any player in team history."I did everything the way they wanted me to, but I spoke my piece, and that's why I'm not here anymore," Wittman said last night from his home.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec | April 6, 2012
The Ravens' scouting system, envied around the league, has remained remarkably consistent under General Manager Ozzie Newsome . There have been a few tweaks along the way to adapt to technology and the times, but the organization still doesn't belong to the two main national scouting services, and still does put the onus on their own area scouts to do the bulk of the heavy lifting. "We still have our area scouts responsible for every player that's being drafted in their area.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee | January 6, 2012
Joe Flacco was one of 14 quarterbacks to start in all 16 games in the regular season. But Flacco's durability extends even further back. Flacco has never missed a regular-season start in his four years with the Ravens. Only the New York Giants' Eli Manning (2005-2011) and the San Diego Chargers' Philip Rivers (2006-11) have longer streaks than Flacco. Flacco, who played a portion of the 2009 campaign with a deep bruise covering his entire right hip, was reminded Thursday about his ability to stay relatively injury-free.
SPORTS
By CHILDS WALKER | January 14, 2009
I respect Andre Dawson as a power-speed combination, an excellent outfielder and an all-around fine gentleman. I suspect he'll be the next guy to make the Hall of Fame from the current group of eligible players. He just didn't get on base at a high enough rate for my taste. On the other hand, it's a travesty that Bert Blyleven remains on the outside looking in. Blyleven ranks fifth all time in strikeouts and finished among the top 10 in ERA 10 times. He was 5-1 with a 2.47 ERA in six postseason starts and was a key rotation cog for two world champions.
SPORTS
By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Reporter | May 11, 2008
The breakdown of Eight Belles at the Kentucky Derby has reignited the debate over whether breeders are sacrificing durability for speed. Young horses breaking down on the track has become all too common. Eight Belles is the fourth high-profile thoroughbred to suffer catastrophic injury on the track in the past two years. Since the 2006 Preakness, that includes Barbaro, George Washington and Chelokee, who survived his mishap last weekend at Churchill Downs in Louisville. "We are not in crisis, but we are approaching a crisis situation at a relatively rapid rate," said Dr. Larry Bramlege, the attending veterinarian at the last weekend's Kentucky Derby when Eight Belles went down and at the 2006 Preakness when Barbaro pulled up. "For a while, we ran clean - for six or seven years.
BUSINESS
By CHARLES JAFFE | October 23, 2007
Investors are a lot smarter about mutual funds today than they were 20 years ago. One big reason for that is that they lived through Black Monday, Oct. 19, 1987, the day when the stock market suffered its biggest one-day percentage decline in history. It was part of a three-day skid in which the market lost one-third of its value, and investors lost a lot of their naivete. Twenty years later, it's clear that those were positive outcomes. Mutual funds had been around for over 60 years, but had been the investment for the common man for no more than a decade when Black Monday shook investor confidence.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | October 12, 2007
Matt Stover is an anomaly in the NFL. In a position that often lends itself to playing for multiple teams, Stover has shattered the stereotype of the vagabond kicker. In a job that can be one misstep away from a shortened career, Stover's durability draws comparison to another, more legendary, Ironman. Maintaining a much lower profile while playing in the same town, Stover has become the Cal Ripken Jr. of NFL kickers. "He's the most reliable and depend- able football player I've had in 45 years," said Art Modell, the majority owner of the Ravens and Cleveland Browns for 43 of them.
SPORTS
By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Reporter | May 11, 2008
The breakdown of Eight Belles at the Kentucky Derby has reignited the debate over whether breeders are sacrificing durability for speed. Young horses breaking down on the track has become all too common. Eight Belles is the fourth high-profile thoroughbred to suffer catastrophic injury on the track in the past two years. Since the 2006 Preakness, that includes Barbaro, George Washington and Chelokee, who survived his mishap last weekend at Churchill Downs in Louisville. "We are not in crisis, but we are approaching a crisis situation at a relatively rapid rate," said Dr. Larry Bramlege, the attending veterinarian at the last weekend's Kentucky Derby when Eight Belles went down and at the 2006 Preakness when Barbaro pulled up. "For a while, we ran clean - for six or seven years.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | May 4, 1996
Ben McDonald made his first visit to Camden Yards yesterday since he parted company with the Orioles, and expressed no regret over his decision to sign a multi-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.That, he says, is because there was no decision to make."I really didn't have a choice," McDonald said. "There was some confusion on that. People think I turned down a contract here, but I was never offered one, so the choice I had was to quit playing baseball or move on. Mr. [Pat] Gillick was saying they offered a contract, but the truth of it is, that offer was never made."
NEWS
By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,special to the Sun | November 1, 2006
Tiffany Webb of Alexandria, Va., needed a special kind of hunting jacket called a shadbelly, but she was having trouble finding one that fit well. "I'm bigger in the shoulders," she said. So she turned to Barbara Deckert for a custom-made garment. Deckert, owner of Barbara Deckert Couture in Elkridge, made the shadbelly by hand, which took about 24 hours and required three visits from Webb, Deckert said. Yet the price was comparable to a high-end, off-the-rack coat, Webb said. Deckert, who learned to sew as a child, started her business about 18 years ago. Most of her customers are brides and mothers of brides, but she takes on other assignments, such as the hunting jacket.
BUSINESS
By MARKETWATCH | June 24, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Orders for durable goods fell 0.3 percent last month, the second decline in a row, led by a big drop in the aircraft sector, the Commerce Department reported yesterday. Orders have been up and down for the past few months, but Bart Melek, an economist for BMO Nesbitt Burns, said, "The outlook for capital spending remains positive." Economists expected orders to fall about 0.2 percent. The report had little market impact. Orders for new aircraft plunged 17.9 percent in May, after a 30 percent decline in April, bringing that volatile category closer to normal levels after several months of extraordinary orders to Boeing Co., the large U.S. aircraft manufacturer.
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