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September 4, 2007
President Bush shares a hug with a soldier at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq. He made a surprise visit to troops yesterday. [Article, Page 7a]
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Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Football players sometimes get creative with their ankle tape. Instead of wrapping their feet before a game, they ask a trainer to loop white or brightly colored tape around the outside of the shoe in a way that obscures the shoe company's logo. Known as "spatting," it is considered a fashion statement by some and by others a safeguard against sprained ankles. But it better not occur at the University of Maryland. After an initial warning, the school would be liable for at least $160,000 for a second violation and a minimum of $240,000 for a third offense, according to the new contract between the university and Under Armour, its official outfitter.
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By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,Art Critic | May 16, 1993
As Robert P. Bergman looks back on his 12-year tenure as director of the Walters Art Gallery, he considers his greatest achievement not the building renovations or the exhibitions that most people will associate with him. He says, "We've . . . embraced the community. Even more importantly, I feel every day the strengthening of the community's embrace of us."We enjoy close relationships with constituencies that span the spectrum of our community," says Mr. Bergman, who is about to leave the Walters to become director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. "We have become highly active in relationships with African-Americans.
SPORTS
By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
Friday presented perfect weather for a doubleheader between the Orioles and rival New York Yankees, and a chance for the Orioles to build on their lead in the bid for a division crown. Yet as fans filed into a sun-filled Oriole Park at Camden Yards at noontime, a cloud also rolled in with word of infielder Chris Davis' 25-game suspension by Major League Baseball. He tested positive for a banned amphetamine. "I'm so disappointed," said Gary Martin, a 55-year-old from Annapolis who came to the early game of the doubleheader with his wife, Trisha.
ENTERTAINMENT
By JOHN MUNCIE and JOHN MUNCIE,SUN STAFF | June 27, 1999
"The Embrace: A True Vampire Story," by Aphrodite Jones. Pocket Books. 384 pages. $23.Aphrodite Jones is a vulture of crime. Every year or so she swoops down in the aftermath of some bizarre murder, picks over the grisly details and a few months later regurgitates a book. She's on daytime talk shows; Hollywood's got her phone number.Her latest bit of journalistic voyeurism, "The Embrace," examines the sensational murder of a Florida couple in 1996. Sensational because the accused were five teen-agers who dabbled in ritual blood-sucking and occult practices.
NEWS
By Douglas Brown and Douglas Brown,The Denver Post | May 29, 2005
The hug, long reserved for women, celebrating sports victories, and men from other countries, is muscling its way into everyday American Guydom. Stoic machismo still thrives, but at its heels yaps a touchier, Dr. Phil version of virility. Boundaries are eroding. Defenses are being scaled. The male hug is complicating everything. Men accustomed to the automatic and dependable hand clasp accompanied with a brisk up-and-down pump at dinner parties and college reunions, now must preface their greetings or goodbyes with intricate and split-second calculations based on body language, length of friendship and other factors.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | April 30, 2006
St. Francis of Assisi embraced the leper. Doug the Mechanic, who received the Franciscan spirit as a student at Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, tried to embrace the felon, but now he says he's done. "Never again," he declared the other day. "It's a lost cause." Doug the Mechanic asked not to be identified in this column. He prefers that customers of his repair shop in Harford County not know that he's had an ex-offender working on their cars. Having an open mind about hiring people with criminal records is not something businesses generally want to advertise.
SPORTS
By MIKE LITTWIN | October 6, 1991
My advice for those who have tickets is to bring along the family-size box of hankies because the going-away party today for Memorial Stadium is a guaranteed all-day cry. Another thing, either take along someone to hug or be prepared to bond with the stranger in the seat next to you. That's the kind of day it's going to be. All together: Mem-o-ries . . .It's bound to be emotional. The entire weekend has been emotional. You try to squeeze 38 years into three days of celebration, and you can't help but produce some tears.
SPORTS
August 20, 2006
Those Orioles sure could learn a thing or two from the Kansas City Royals. I realize that sounds like an odd thing to say - after all, the Royals own the worst record in the majors and would be a middle-of-the-pack Double-A team - but you probably haven't seen their commercials. In the one area where the Orioles struggle most (hint: It's not pitching), the Royals might as well be punching Hall of Fame tickets. The Royals' current ad campaign is called "Your team, your town," and as an outsider watching the commercials, you can't help but think that it's exactly what the Orioles need.
NEWS
By Ellen Goodman | January 27, 2005
BOSTON -- The odd, and oddly infuriating, experience of agreeing with an enemy is often followed by an impulse to disagree, an urge to poke holes in the argument or to dismiss the honesty of the arguer. Anything not to nod in approval. I have been thinking about this ever since the president delivered the inaugural address that will go down in history, or down in flames, as the Freedom Speech. Try these words on for size: "America's influence is considerable, and we will use it confidently in freedom's cause."
NEWS
August 28, 2014
To those who follow college athletics only casually, the announcement last week that the University of Maryland will henceforth award athletic scholarships on a multi-year basis instead of year-to-year may sound like a minor change. But in fact, it's a major reform that is not only welcome but is likely to attract a legion of imitators. From the effort to unionize athletes at Northwestern University as school employees (a year-long struggle that remains ongoing) to the legal fight over whether the NCAA can profit from the images of athletes in video games and elsewhere without compensating them, how colleges and universities treat athletes — or mistreat them — has sparked a pitched battle of late.
NEWS
By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre is capping its season with "Monty Python's Spamalot" an irreverent retelling of the quest for the Holy Grail. The silliness of "Spamalot" is totally at home in Summer Garden's outdoor theater, where a lively cast delivers a production of zesty dancing guys and girls, lusty choruses and zany comedians. The 2005 musical, with book and lyrics by Eric Idle, who also composed the music with John Du Prez, is based on the 1975 movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
NEWS
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
The Ravens are flying the Owings Mills coop to come to Annapolis, and the capital city is ready to greet them. The Ravens will be at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Monday for a 7 p.m. practice that's free and open to the public. Events include post-practice player autograph signings for children, activities for younger fans, giveaways, and cheerleader and mascot meet-and-greets. The session also features a youth football clinic on the field before the practice. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. It's the third year the team has made the trek to the state capital, solidifying a relationship between the team and Anne Arundel.
NEWS
By Alexandra Della Santina | July 8, 2014
I think I'm pretty. A sharp pang of embarrassment strikes me as I type these words. My heart rate elevates and a flush runs up my neck and blossoms across my cheeks. My first instinct is to go back and delete those incriminating four words, purging them as if they never existed. I figure the least I can do is qualify them. I want to pull out a grocery list of criticisms I have about how I look: I hate how my thighs brush together when I walk, I hate the softness of my belly, I hate the slight fuzz that rests along my upper lip, I hate the perpetual rosiness that splatters across my cheeks.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
As the Ravens await NFL commissioner  Roger Goodell's  ruling on  Ray Rice's   discipline, it's becoming more apparent that they won't be alone in going with the running back by committee approach during Rice's absence. There is wide-ranging opinion on how long Rice will be suspended for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy with his actions during a physical confrontation with his then fiancee and now wife in February. But it's certainly not impossible - and some view it as probable - that Rice is suspended for at least the first three games.
NEWS
By Allison Eatough and For The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
Gone are the days when factory-produced food went unquestioned. In the age of GMOs and climate change theories, a growing number of consumers are demanding to know how their food gets from the ground to their dinner plates, and local farmers are ready with answers. Whether they are reducing pesticide use, raising animals in pastures instead of confinement or rotating crops to keep the soil healthy, an increasing number of Harford County farmers are taking steps to protect the environment while running a healthy, thriving farm.
NEWS
By Rob Kasper | April 21, 2004
TO GET AN inkling of what's shaking in cuisine, I telephoned a handful of the 1,400 foodies attending the 26th annual conference of the International Association of Culinary Professionals in Baltimore this week and asked them two questions. What, in their opinion, is a smart idea now bouncing around in the food world, one they could embrace? And what is an idea they think is not so clever, an idea that might send them scurrying? At first, several respondents balked, saying this approach to the multilayered phenomenon of fine food and drink was too simplistic.
SPORTS
By Jeff Seidel and Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 5, 1995
In past years, what Francis Scott Key coach Alice Smith told her team at its opening meeting this year may have been considered a bit bold -- especially coming off a 7-15 season and facing a difficult schedule.The team that may benefit most from the change is Liberty.With new coach Bob Dawson taking over an inexperienced team that won just twice last year, time will help.
NEWS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Fifth in a series of profiles of candidates for governor. When he campaigns in residential areas, Democrat Douglas F. Gansler practically sprints from door to door. He's trying to meet as many voters as he can. But it can appear he is chasing somebody. Which, metaphorically, he is. With the June 24 primary for governor approaching, Gansler, 51, trails Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown in the polls and is playing a role that suits the state attorney general's personality - the scrappy challenger.
NEWS
May 15, 2014
It's Preakness Week in Baltimore, which is only slightly more sober than a New Orleans Mardi Gras, more tradition-filled than the Little League World Series and definitely more diverse than the Masters Tournament. It's the city's time to shine, and no amount of clouds or rain are going to dampen the celebration. A round of black-eyed Susans, please, for the guest of honor this year who can likely be found over at Pimlico Race Course 's Stall 40 where the Kentucky Derby winner is always housed.
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