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By TED SHELSBY | August 3, 2008
When Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner says agriculture is important to her state's economy, she backs up her words with bucks. In a move that makes Maryland look a bit cheap, Delaware is boosting its state funding for a farm crop insurance program after Maryland eliminated funding for a similar plan several years ago. Delaware's recently passed budget for fiscal 2009 included a $150,000 increase in the state's crop insurance cost-sharing program that helps...
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | August 1, 2008
Three yetis, a yak and a couple of yuks. That's all you get in the way of original entertainment in The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, an extravagant and frenetic third entry in the franchise about adventurer Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) and his continuing fights with the embalmed yet undead. It's like an Indiana Jones movie without rhythm, wit or personality, just a desperate, headlong pace. It does have a sense of the ridiculous (one character declares "You guys are like mummy magnets!"
NEWS
By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter | July 26, 2008
The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Domino Sugar $4,000 for allowing sugar dust to accumulate in its refinery, which is believed to have caused an explosion last year at the Key Highway plant in South Baltimore, according to a state report. The Nov. 2 explosion echoed across the harbor, and authorities said they suspected sugar dust might have ignited. Three employees suffered minor injuries, several pieces of equipment were destroyed and dozens of windows were shattered in the blast.
SPORTS
By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,SUN REPORTER | June 3, 2008
BENSALEM, Pa. -- Undefeated and wildly popular, Smarty Jones was the Big Brown of his day - the last horse before Big Brown to enter the Belmont Stakes with a shot at horse racing's Triple Crown. Four years later, John Servis, who trained Smarty Jones, is still attached to that chestnut colt and those fleeting weeks when Smarty was anointed racing's next star. Servis, who collects Smarty memorabilia and visits the retired horse each year, knows better than anyone that the risk of aspiring to greatness is that you might fall tantalizingly short.
NEWS
By LAURA VOZZELLA | June 1, 2008
Rain Pryor was getting divorced and looking for change nearly two years ago, when she left LA for Baltimore, home to two good friends. "Best move I ever made," the Charles Village resident and daughter of the late comedian Richard Pryor says today. Why is Charm City such a good fit for the actress, comedian, author and singer (who, by the way, will give a jazz cabaret performance to benefit the Maryland Center for Multiple Sclerosis at the Hippodrome on Friday)? Demographics? Pryor also does a one-woman show, Fried Chicken and Latkes, that's all about being Jewish and black, and Baltimore has lots of both cultures, if not lots of double dippers.
SPORTS
By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Special to The Sun | April 19, 2008
When Coal Dust was a youngster of 3, flat trainer Jimmy Murphy recommended that he be shifted to jumping, an unusual suggestion for a horse of that age. He even thought the horse could someday win the Maryland Hunt Cup. "Jimmy rode jumpers, so he knows what they look like," said Thomas Voss, who accepted his friend's view and converted Coal Dust into a steeplechaser. "On the flat, the horse was just a big, old rambling thing, and Jimmy thought he could be a pretty good timber horse. He did me a favor."
BUSINESS
By BILL HUSTED and BILL HUSTED,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | March 20, 2008
I have seen flat-screen TVs above fire- places numerous times. The salespeople at the leading electronics stores insist that this arrangement is fine for the TV. But they sell TVs for a living. Does the heat from the fireplace harm a plasma or LCD TV? - Bob Richards Bob, I would not mount a TV above a fireplace. That doesn't mean the heat would definitely cause harm. But the possibility seems real enough for it not to make sense to take a chance. Plasma TVs already run a bit hot (LCDs run cooler)
NEWS
By Paul West and Paul West,Sun reporter | January 29, 2008
The invisible man stepped back into the spotlight last night, if only for an hour. President Bush had been fading from view for months. In this campaign season, Americans seem far more interested in who will be their next president than they are in the current one. The speech in Washington yesterday that generated the most electricity wasn't Bush's final State of the Union. It was Teddy Kennedy endorsing Barack Obama. So, it might have been at least a mild shock to viewers to see Bush on TV and realize that he still has a year left in his term.
FEATURES
By KEVIN COWHERD | December 3, 2007
It's bad enough not knowing when you're going to die. It's even worse not knowing when your computer's going to die, so you can't deal with the shock, make arrangements for backup e-mail, plan for the tough Internetless days ahead, etc. Here's my story: Our Compaq Presario kicked the bucket a few days ago. Cause of death: old age. It was seven years old, which is like being in a nursing home on life support for a PC. But it went quickly, thank God....
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun reporter | November 21, 2007
Warren Gans Blosser, a World War II Navy gunner who participated in the assault on Iwo Jima and later worked as a railroader and insurance agent, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 14 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The former Fallston resident was 85. Mr. Blosser was born in Smithfield, Pa., and was raised there and in Uniontown, Pa. After graduating from Smithfield High School in 1939, he worked at U.S. Steel's Clairton Works in Clairton, Pa., before enlisting in the Navy in 1940.
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