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By TIM SMITH and TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | May 1, 2006
Those endearing, if hapless, bohemians are back at the Lyric Opera House - shacking up and breaking up, romanticizing the simple things of life, trying to avoid the tougher stuff as long as possible. The characters in Puccini's La Boheme are so familiar, their stories so inevitable, that you might think they would have worn out their welcome by now, 110 years after the opera's premiere. But they've never really lost their freshness, partly due to the ingenuity and beauty of Puccini's music, and partly because, at heart, they're still so much like us (or, at the very least, like people we know)
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By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
When it comes to picking their next state senator, many Harford County voters will choose between two familiar names. The Democrat is Mary-Dulany James, a four-term state delegate whose father, William S. James, was a Maryland Senate president. The Republican is Bob Cassilly, who served on Bel Air's board of town commissioners and on the Harford County Council — and whose two brothers are also running for office in Harford this year. Both James and Cassilly believe they have the experience and vision to represent Harford's interests in Annapolis, replacing Nancy Jacobs, a Republican who is retiring after 16 years in the Senate.
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By Joe Graedon and Dr. Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Dr. Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | May 2, 1995
An ancient proverb tells us that a good name is better than great riches. But many of today's over-the-counter drug makers see a good name as the path to wealth.Actifed, Alka Seltzer, Anacin, Bayer, Benadryl, Maalox, Midol and Tylenol are just a few of the familiar brands being applied to a wide range of products.Once upon a time you could walk into a pharmacy and know what you were buying when you purchased a package with a trusted name. Those days are long gone.Millions of Americans grew up identifying Bayer with aspirin.
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By Bob Hough and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 17, 2014
Severn's defense, goalkeeping and the timely scoring of Eddy Shoop have helped the girls soccer team get off to a quick start this season. That same formula helped the No. 4 Admirals win again on Wednesday. Shoop scored late in the game and the Severn defense was strong once again in front of Alayah Hightower in a 1-0 Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference victory over No. 12 Notre Dame Prep. The Admirals won their second straight game and sixth in seven tries.
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By Michiko Kakutani and Michiko Kakutani,New York Times | November 17, 1994
On the surface, these two books about Bill Clinton have little in common."Highwire," by John Brummett, a newspaper columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, is a chatty, anecdotal meditation on Mr. Clinton's rise to power, which provides a lively, discursive and often highly subjective portrait of the president and his circle."
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | March 13, 1992
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Glenn Davis said it was nice to see a familiar face, even if it belonged to Pittsburgh Pirates pitching ace Doug Drabek.Drabek probably would not agree, not after Davis' all-too-familiar swing sent another baseball into the stratosphere yesterday, but he can take solace in the fact that it hit the scoreboard at McKechnie Field instead of Three Rivers Stadium or the Astrodome.Davis can take some satisfaction from his second home run in four games. It was further proof that his upper-body strength has returned after a freak neck injury cost him most of last season, but it also illustrated something less encouraging.
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By LAURA VECSEY | September 9, 2002
NEW YORK - These are times when familiar things, rituals, are in order, particularly here, where, over the next three painful days, the anniversary of Sept. 11 will be commemorated. The U.S. Open's grand finale supplied a small, comforting dose. After all, what could be more familiar than the sight of Pete Sampras, 31, ambling slump-shouldered across center court? What could be more familiar than Sampras gunning 129-mph aces into the green concrete, dropping delicate touch volleys over the net for whisper winners or slicing that lethal, one-hand backhand crosscourt, into the night, out of reach?
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By Dan Rodricks | October 30, 2000
I SELDOM USE this space to respond to letters from readers. But reaction to a recent column suggesting that the poor - and the community generally - would fare better if low-income families from inner-city public housing are dispersed to better neighborhoods brought a small flood of mail and phone calls, the vast majority of them angry or cynical. The fact that we're on the cusp of a presidential election might have contributed to the emotional pitch of some of the more strident comments.
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By Gene Seymour and Gene Seymour,Newsday | April 20, 2007
Vacancy is a mangy-looking mongrel with a lot of familiar markings and a little more on the ball than you'd expect at first glance. Can a horror movie really get away with having so many familiar motifs such as its Motel in the Middle of Nowhere complete with creepy night manager (Frank Whaley) and support staff of hideously masked cutthroats? Not only does Vacancy get away with it, the movie executes its every borrowed, nerve-bruising plot twist with such gruesome efficiency that it makes you feel as grimy, wasted and worked-over as its prospective victims.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | September 16, 1995
How many times now have we seen two television characters interrupted in the throes of passion by one or both of their beepers going off? Think it's happened enough that we can safely call it a cliche for illustrating tension between personal and professional lives?The shopworn beeper scene is right there smack dab in the middle of "Almost Perfect," a new CBS sitcom about two young professionals, which premieres at 8:30 tomorrow night (WJZ, Channel 13). But I found myself smiling anyway at a small, original punch line delivered between the beeps.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
His eccentricity, boundary-pushing bravado and brilliant knack for flamboyance could have all made it so on their own, but it was perhaps Robin Williams' way of taking up queer characters with just the right balance of warmth and pitch-perfect irreverence that made us love him most. Yes, Williams -- gay cabaret owner in "The Birdcage" and the one-and-only dad-in-drag "Mrs. Doubtfire," among other favorites -- was an icon for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community just as much as he was a cherished persona for anyone in the world who loves comedy and could tell a genius of the form when they saw one. Williams' death by suicide this week was no doubt more cutting for many in the LGBT community because of the support he'd shown for them and theirs , decades before many of their own family and friends would do the same.
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August 12, 2014
The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis over the weekend has evoked a repeat of the turmoil that followed the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida two years ago. In both cases young African-American men just entering adulthood died violently under circumstances that fostered questions about whether they were targeted solely because of their race, and in both...
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Arnold M. Jolivet, a longtime advocate for minority- and women-owned businesses who was a familiar presence at City Hall, died of complications from heart disease Sunday morning at Sinai Hospital. The Village of Cross Keys resident was 71. "Mr. Jolivet was a consistent, devoted and vocal champion for minority businesses," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. "His unapologetic approach to overcoming obstacles will always be his legacy. He understood, as I do, that progress cannot be achieved without economic parity for minority-owned businesses.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
As they try to rebound from a 5-4 walk-off loss to the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum, the Orioles will face right-hander Jason Hammel - Baltimore's Opening Day starter in 2013 - for the first time this season. Hammel signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs in the offseason and was dealt to Oakland along with Jeff Samardzija earlier this month. The Orioles player who has had the most success against Hammel? Catcher Nick Hundley, who is 7-for-14 with one homer and two RBIs.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
It's just beyond the halfway mark of the season, and the Orioles have entered into a predictable groove. Hit home runs and they might win. Don't hit them, and they'll almost certainly lose. The Orioles (44-39) have hit at least one home run in each of their 32 wins since May 1, and they've lost their last 11 games when they were held without one, according to Stats Inc. In Tuesday's game, they followed the script with three early homers in their 8-3 rout of the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
This was supposed to be the World Cup in which a swashbuckling U.S. men's national team shed everything American about it and announced itself as elite at the World Cup. It very well still could be. But the 1-0 loss Thursday to Germany that sent the United States into the last 16 of this year's World Cup - its second straight trip to the knockout rounds - was as American as they come. That's OK, too. In 2002, the United States advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1930, but only after the same group-stage record it posted in Brazil - a win, a draw, then a loss that ultimately didn't matter.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | November 22, 2006
Deja Vu is a misnomer. This elaborate, action-packed thriller centers on a cutting-edge FBI surveillance unit that enlists ATF agent Denzel Washington to solve the bombing of a jammed New Orleans ferry. The film is tense and engrossing. But it lacks exactly what the title advertises: the sense of inexplicable familiarity that should haunt you as the story unfolds and leave you all a-tingle when it ends. Deja vu (Touchstone) Starring Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Jim Caviezel, Val Kilmer, Adam Goldberg.
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By JACQUES KELLY | September 30, 2000
IT DAWNED ON ME one Wednesday evening a few weeks ago. I was standing on Boston Street near the old licorice factory. It was 6 o'clock and the place was buzzing with little cars. Their drivers were intent on getting to health clubs and gyms. I soon realized this was the new Canton I'd heard so much about. Almost once a week there is some sort of story about how the blocks around Baltimore's harbor are changing. It's one thing to read of this, it's another to find yourself in the middle of a much changed but still familiar landscape.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
He has a new offense to learn, different voices in his ear and a couple of additional targets at his disposal. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, however, seems intent on keeping his approach unchanged, even after the most disappointing season of his NFL career. In his first extensive comments to the local media since the end of last season, Flacco expressed excitement about new coordinator Gary Kubiak's West Coast offense, acknowledged the need to take better care of the football and bristled at the suggestion that he hasn't put enough time in to learn the offense and gain more chemistry with his wide receivers.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
A year after Towson found itself as the No. 3 seed in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament before embarking on upsets of second-seeded Drexel and top-seeded Penn State to qualify for the NCAA postseason, the Tigers (8-6 overall and 2-3 in the league) are the No. 3 seed again with a semifinal date on Wednesday at Drexel (10-4, 4-1). It sounds like a case of déjà vu, and coach Shawn Nadelen said he hasn't had to revive last year's memory with the players. “The guys are kind of reminding themselves,” he said on Monday.
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