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December 11, 2013
Seems like a lot of cover-your-butt emails were involved in the launch of Maryland's version of Obamacare's health insurance exchange. I wonder if that old, time-tested method of solving problems was ever used - at any time, did anyone actually talk to the other person? By the way, are there not enough insurance brokers agents, and insurance companies themselves that are actually able to sell their own policies? Why did they allow the government to take over their sales efforts? Could this be another case of "following the money?"
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By Michael Bodley, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Maryland-based EPIC Pharmacies will soon have a new CEO, when independent pharmacy owner Jay Romero takes charge at the beginning of next year. Romero, who has served on EPIC's board of directors since 2012, is expected to bring to the Cockeysville-headquartered network a "real-world understanding of the challenges facing independent pharmacists today and in the future," said Jeff Sherr, vice president of EPIC's board of directors, in a statement ...
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | March 21, 2011
I don't know about you, but when I think of exploratory committees I get excited.  That's why I'm glad Minnesota Republican Tim Pawlenty thinks as I do. When you're announcing that you're creating a committee to potentially explore the possibility of potentially running for president, that possible announcement should be accompanied with triumphant, celestial music, shaky action movie-inspired camera work, thunderous applause, and, of course, a...
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
Cockeysville-based Epic Pharmacies Inc. said Wednesday it is searching for a CEO and president to replace Angelo Voxakis, who plans to retire at the end of the year. Voxakis, a longtime advocate for community pharmacies and a pharmacy owner, has led the national network of independently owned pharmacies for 16 years. The company has formed an executive search committee. Epic has grown from 300 member pharmacies to 1,500 since Voxakis joined the co-op of community pharmacies. Membership in Epic Pharmacy Network Inc., which offers centralized contracting services, also has grown, from 280 to 2,200 stores.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | April 7, 2011
Tonight, Jon Stewart dedicated his program to an epic Glenn Beck-style parody that might be his best work this year.  Some of his best lines:  • "The only real difference between Glenn and Paul Revere is that when Paul Revere told you the British were coming, they were, in fact, coming. "  • "I don't think I want to live in an America where Charles Manson tells our children what [they] can watch on television. "  • "What I'm about to say to you is the kind of thing that will make you wonder how I even dress myself in the morning.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | May 20, 2011
In case you missed it yesterday, the campaign of Newt Gingrich sent out what's likely the most epic political press statement of all time . Gingrich press secretary Rick Tyler, clearly frustrated with media criticism of his candidate, sent to the Huffington Post the following statement replete with medieval imagery of hellfire and war.  Here it is, in its entirety:  “The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding,” Tyler...
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | March 9, 2011
Considering there is a goal scored maybe once in every six or seven soccer games, there is nothing more embarrassing than an awful blunder from a goalkeeper. The latest goalie goof to go viral is from Sammy Bossut, who plays for Zulte-Waregem of the Belgian Pro League, and it's a good one. After grabbing a corner kick out of the air, Bossut tried to toss the ball downfield, but somehow managed to throw it backwards and right to an opponent, who casually deposited it in the goal.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee | April 26, 2012
UMBC's thrilling 17-16 overtime decision over America East rival Albany last Saturday - which included a five-goal run in a span of 2 minutes, 18 seconds in the fourth quarter - put the Retrievers squarely in the mix for the top seed and homefield advantage in the conference tournament. While that victory was reminiscent of the program's nine-goal rally in a 14-13 win against the Great Danes in the America East Tournament final in 2008, coach Don Zimmerman said he would prefer if the team didn't dig itself such a big hole.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | July 27, 2007
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) attracts followers so fanatical that the chance to see it in 70 mm would draw them to a theater every day for a month of Sundays. Now they have a chance to see it in 70 mm every Sunday in a month, starting this weekend through Sept. 2, at the AFI Silver in Silver Spring. Especially in the days since Titanic, any film can be called an epic if the producers pour enough money and special effects into it. But Lawrence of Arabia comes from an era when epics boasted men and women of vision and appetite and the adventure of committing them to celluloid-filled theaters with a wind-storm of fresh air, not the whiff of the computer room.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | April 5, 1991
'1900'Starring Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu.Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.Released by Paramount.Rated NC-17.** 1/2 Does the number in the title of Bernardo Bertolucci's restored "1900" refer to the year or the running time? Somewhere around minute 850, it becomes hard to tell. Now at its full 5 1/2 -hour, NC-17 length and embalmed on the screen at the Charles for a week,the movie is foolishness on a grand scale--but still interesting foolishness."1900," originally released in 1975, was conceived as a 45-year epic of revolution and romance as played out in microcosm on one Northern Italian estate.
NEWS
December 11, 2013
Seems like a lot of cover-your-butt emails were involved in the launch of Maryland's version of Obamacare's health insurance exchange. I wonder if that old, time-tested method of solving problems was ever used - at any time, did anyone actually talk to the other person? By the way, are there not enough insurance brokers agents, and insurance companies themselves that are actually able to sell their own policies? Why did they allow the government to take over their sales efforts? Could this be another case of "following the money?"
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
There was lots of mail on the Fox telecast of the Ravens' epic win Sunday over the Vikings. In the interest of getting more reader reaction into this post, I'll keep my words to a minimum. I'll try anyway. I've noticed the "Z responds" part is sometimes longer than that to which I am responding. What can I say? Let's start with Kitty, who writes: Dear Z, I thoroughly enjoy your column in the Sun.  I must comment on the last 4 paragraphs of your column today (12/9/13).  I am a FiOS customer and was totally frustrated by the audio of Sunday's game.  As you described, I heard no sound, then English, Spanish, English, etc. for the entire 1st half.   I thought something was wrong with my TV.   You seem to have enjoyed Fox's coverage, but a graphic on the screen explaining the audio difficulties would have been greatly appreciated.  I listened to WBAL , which was difficult as they are a few minutes ahead of the video.  I would have loved to have heard from Hale, Myers, and Ryan on the broadcasting team, but I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND anything being said!
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2013
Maybe it's because I grew up in Wisconsin watching Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers on all those snowy Sundays. But watching a great NFL game played in the snow is as good a TV experience as there is in my book. And I can't think of many NFL TV moments I've experienced that can compare with the final minutes of the Ravens 29-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday. Five touchdowns in the last two minutes and five seconds - are you kidding? You can hardly blame Fox play-by-play announcer Chris Myers for losing track and saying there were only four touchdowns scored in that crazed, final stretch.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2013
Shortly after the America's Cup began last month, the trophy Jimmy Spithill and his crew had taken home from Valencia, Spain four years earlier was put out for the 34-year-old skipper and his Team USA crew on their way down to the dock each morning. Already down a couple of races to Team New Zealand, the trophy known as the Auld Mug served as motivation for Spithill and the other 10 sailors on board Oracle in the first-to-nine wins competition held in San Francisco. "I didn't want to let it go," Spithill recalled Friday, during a public interview with Annapolis-based sailing legend Gary Jobson before a packed ballroom at the Annapolis Marriott as part of Sailing World magazine's seminar series at the U.S Sailboat Show.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2013
Epic Games Inc., a North Carolina-based video game manufacturer, closed its office in Baltimore County last month, laying off 40 employees, Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said Thursday. Epic announced in August it was opening Impossible Studios in Hunt Valley, hiring 36 employees, some of whom had lost their jobs months earlier at Big Huge Games of Timonium. Big Huge closed in May after its parent company, 38 Studios, abruptly shut down because of financial problems.
SPORTS
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2013
CBS came into Saturday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos with a clear story line in its mind: Peyton Manning is God, and all our cameras and announcers are here to worship him. During the first quarter, viewers saw more close-ups of Manning's right-hand glove than the one Johnnie Cochran made famous during the O.J. Simpson trial. And when Manning started to struggle in the second half and gave up a key fumble, analyst Dan Dierdorf told viewers during the replay and review, it wasn't a fumble at all, it was an incompletion.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Staff Writer | May 26, 1995
With its epic sensibility, magnificent camera work and passionate love story, "The Wooden Man's Bride" deserves to hit a home run. But this film comes to the Charles today for a week-long run with three strikes against it: It's got a peculiar title, it's a Chinese-language film with subtitles, and it's had no advance publicity.Ignore "The Wooden Man's Bride" at your peril, however. It makes action pix made in the West seem like neurasthenic nellies.Director Huang Jianxin sets "The Wooden Man's Bride" in the arid plains of the Northwest in the 1920s when China was still a feudal society.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunt and Stephen Hunt,Film Critic | October 8, 1993
There's a touch of Shelley's "Ozymandias" to the restore version of "El Cid," the gigantic 1961 epic with Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren that opens with a thunder of drums and bombast today at the Charles. To see it alone in that theater, its gigaThere's a touch of Shelley's "Ozymandias" to the restored version of "El Cid," the gigantic 1961 epic with Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren that opens with a thunder of drums and bombast today at the Charles. To see it alone in that theater, its gigantic crowd and battle scenes playing over a sea of empty seats, is to recall Ozymandias' proud boast on a scrap of ruined marble in a desert: "Look on my works, Ye Mighty, and Despair."
BUSINESS
August 10, 2012
Back in May, one of the biggest video game companies in Maryland -- Big Huge Games of Timonium -- imploded, as its parent company in Rhode Island, 38 Studios, collapsed from a lack of money. Somewhere around 90-100 or so were laid off abruptly at Big Huge's office, which helped design the "Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning" video game, which was released earlier this year. Big Huge was part of former baseball start Curt Schilling's 38 Studios, which left a trail of mess since its collaps and bankruptcy in Rhode Island . But there's a silver lining.
SPORTS
By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2012
A look at what some other media outlets have to say about the Orioles: * Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News gave the Orioles the top spot in the newspaper's power rankings before the O's were trounced 14-3 by the Texas Rangers  on Monday night : “OK, this thing with the Orioles is getting out of hand. After sweeping the maybe-they-really-are-just-cruddy Red Sox at Fenway over the weekend, they have the best record in baseball at 19-9, a half-game better than the Rays, and they are sending shock waves through our MLB Power Rankings this week.
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