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July 13, 2012
I found it highly amusing that a majority of those taking your reader poll on climate change are still in denial that the looming environmental disaster is man-made. They remind me of the Kevin Bacon character at the end of the movie "Animal House," who is frantically stamping his feet and screaming "all is well" just as an oncoming stampede of people tramples him to death. I guess if you sit in your air conditioned living room watching Fox News and listening to Rush Limbaugh, you can still pretend climate change isn't happening - as long as you avoid going outside in the real world.
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NEWS
October 22, 2012
I had to laugh when I read the letter from the Republican die-hard who insists that President Barack Obama never used the words "act of terror" to describe the attack on the Libyan embassy the day after the event ("Obama lied about Libya," Oct. 19), despite the fact that he did say it, on video, and it was broadcast on all the major networks (except Fox News, of course as they live in a fantasy world 24/7 over there anyway). But just to set the record straight, President Obama did say, quite clearly, that he considered the attack on the Libyan embassy to be an "act of terror" the very next day after it happened.
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NEWS
October 22, 2012
I had to laugh when I read the letter from the Republican die-hard who insists that President Barack Obama never used the words "act of terror" to describe the attack on the Libyan embassy the day after the event ("Obama lied about Libya," Oct. 19), despite the fact that he did say it, on video, and it was broadcast on all the major networks (except Fox News, of course as they live in a fantasy world 24/7 over there anyway). But just to set the record straight, President Obama did say, quite clearly, that he considered the attack on the Libyan embassy to be an "act of terror" the very next day after it happened.
NEWS
July 13, 2012
I found it highly amusing that a majority of those taking your reader poll on climate change are still in denial that the looming environmental disaster is man-made. They remind me of the Kevin Bacon character at the end of the movie "Animal House," who is frantically stamping his feet and screaming "all is well" just as an oncoming stampede of people tramples him to death. I guess if you sit in your air conditioned living room watching Fox News and listening to Rush Limbaugh, you can still pretend climate change isn't happening - as long as you avoid going outside in the real world.
NEWS
April 10, 1991
It would take a hard-hearted person indeed not to feel some sympathy for the Reagans today as they confront the equivalent of a supermarket tabloid scandal carried to the 20th power.Reagan has issued a more or less all-points denial of what is contained in the sensational "unauthorized biography" of Nancy Reagan by the indefatigable celebrity giant-killer Kitty Kelley. The problem is that a fair amount of what Kelley reports is now a matter of public record, and it is not a flattering picture of the couple who purported to be the standard-bearer of "traditional family values" in America.
NEWS
January 30, 2000
" 'Two and Too Much' by Mildred Pitts Walter is about a boy named Brandon who had hard trouble with his sister, so his mother said if his sister got into anything, she will do the cleaning. I like this story because my little brother always gets into everything, too." -- Antonique Peterson, Running Brook Elementary "The 'Magnificent Mummy Maker' by Elvira Woodruff is about a boy named Andy Manetti, who has a stepbrother named Jason. Andy calls Jason 'Mr. Gifted' because he can do everything better than Andy.
NEWS
May 17, 2010
At least since the first petals of the counterculture bloomed across Europe and the United States in the 1960s, it has been fashionable to affirm that all religions are beautiful and all are true. This claim, which reaches back to "All Religions Are One" (1795) by the English poet, printmaker, and prophet William Blake, is as odd as it is intriguing. The most popular metaphor for this view portrays the great religions as different paths up the same mountain. "It is possible to climb life's mountain from any side, but when the top is reached the trails converge," writes philosopher of religion Huston Smith.
SPORTS
By CHILDS WALKER | September 23, 2005
I'm one of you. I maintain a reasonably normal veneer, going to work, watching movies, doing errands at my wife's behest. But deep down, in places I only talk about with others who share my affliction, I'm a total degenerate - not for booze or the ponies, but for fantasy sports. After years of acting as if fantasy sports didn't exist (I found only a few articles explicitly about fantasy football or baseball since 1990), The Sun is acknowledging that make-believe games are a major part of the way we enjoy real games.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | June 17, 1998
For Chuck Jackson, taking over as morning news anchor on WBAL-AM (1090) is simply a matter of returning home. And, he adds, it's about time."It's just really great to be back in the business I guess I never should have left for public relations work," says Jackson, a WBAL alumnus who's a familiar voice to journalists throughout Maryland, having spent seven years as spokesman for the state police.Jackson, 47, will take over for the semi-retiring Alan Walden July 13. The two men will share the morning airwaves the week of July 6-10; after that, Jackson will take over the 5 a.m.-9 a.m. shift, with Walden continuing his commentaries ("Walden Ponderings")
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | July 11, 2001
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is being promoted as a great leap forward for animation, a precursor to the day when pen and ink and computers will make actors obsolete. Well, OK. Maybe if you're easily fooled or not paying attention, you might believe those are flesh-and-blood beings up there on the screen. But the greatest thing about Final Fantasy (and there's a lot to like) is that such hyperbole misses the point. The characters here are definitely real. Not human, perhaps, but real.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | March 15, 2012
Westminster businessman Ellwood "Bunky" Bartlett is like a lot of gamers - he knows what he likes and doesn't like in his games. The difference between Bartlett and most gamers is that in 2007, he won the Mega MillionsĀ jackpot, clearing roughly $27 million after taxes. After years of marauding through massive online multi-player games like "World of Warcraft," "Rift" and "EverQuest," Bartlett is embarking on his own quest: to create his dream game. Now all he needs is a mere $1.1 million to get started.
NEWS
May 17, 2010
At least since the first petals of the counterculture bloomed across Europe and the United States in the 1960s, it has been fashionable to affirm that all religions are beautiful and all are true. This claim, which reaches back to "All Religions Are One" (1795) by the English poet, printmaker, and prophet William Blake, is as odd as it is intriguing. The most popular metaphor for this view portrays the great religions as different paths up the same mountain. "It is possible to climb life's mountain from any side, but when the top is reached the trails converge," writes philosopher of religion Huston Smith.
SPORTS
By Kevin Eck | May 12, 2007
When it comes to current popular culture and sports, I feel as out of place as a Mensa member at a convention for Pittsburgh Steelers fans. I don't watch American Idol, I don't think Will Ferrell is all that funny and I couldn't name one Jay-Z song. I'm also convinced that I'm the only sports fan on the planet who isn't in a fantasy league. I know it sounds crazy, but I actually intently follow major league baseball and the NFL simply because I love the sports. The new mantra for sports fans, however, seems to be: It's not whether your favorite team wins or loses, it's how you play the fantasy game.
SPORTS
By CHILDS WALKER | April 5, 2007
As I sat in my basement Monday afternoon, flipping through the year's first wave of real baseball offerings, a wonderful thought hit me. I finally own enough fantasy teams that I have a player to root for at virtually any moment baseball is being played in this country. Tampa Bay Devil Rays rookie Elijah Dukes launches a drive over the center-field wall at Yankee Stadium? No problem. He's the fifth outfielder on my new American League team. Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez puts up four hits, four runs and two steals in his first four at-bats?
SPORTS
By CHILDS WALKER | November 9, 2006
Ihave a friend in the newsroom who's an expert on gambling and we sometimes talk about the parallel universes formed by fantasy players and bettors. This newspaper and others cover sports as a fairly straight enterprise. Teams make moves on and off the field to try to win games. Local fans alternately take glory in or bemoan those choices. It's a tried-and-true formula for engaging with sports. But every Sunday, hundreds of thousands, probably millions, watch NFL games without any parochial interest in which team wins.
SPORTS
By CHILDS WALKER | September 23, 2005
I'm one of you. I maintain a reasonably normal veneer, going to work, watching movies, doing errands at my wife's behest. But deep down, in places I only talk about with others who share my affliction, I'm a total degenerate - not for booze or the ponies, but for fantasy sports. After years of acting as if fantasy sports didn't exist (I found only a few articles explicitly about fantasy football or baseball since 1990), The Sun is acknowledging that make-believe games are a major part of the way we enjoy real games.
SPORTS
By Kevin Eck | May 12, 2007
When it comes to current popular culture and sports, I feel as out of place as a Mensa member at a convention for Pittsburgh Steelers fans. I don't watch American Idol, I don't think Will Ferrell is all that funny and I couldn't name one Jay-Z song. I'm also convinced that I'm the only sports fan on the planet who isn't in a fantasy league. I know it sounds crazy, but I actually intently follow major league baseball and the NFL simply because I love the sports. The new mantra for sports fans, however, seems to be: It's not whether your favorite team wins or loses, it's how you play the fantasy game.
FEATURES
By Judith Forman and Judith Forman,SUN STAFF | July 27, 1998
Scattered among Jennifer Toth's belongings are an exercise bike, a Brad Pitt movie poster, dried roses reminiscent of proms past and seven shelves of epic fantasy books.Six days a week, Toth is herself -- a 22-year-old, blond-haired, blue-eyed computer trainer living in Cockeysville. But come Sundays, she becomes "Rohan," a warlock vampire roaming the streets of "Chicago" in search of knowledge.Toth and six other faux bloodsuckers meet at her apartment every week for vampire sessions that run five to six hours.
FEATURES
By Robert K. Elder and Robert K. Elder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 16, 2001
Clever Muggle (that's a non-magical person), think you know everything about Harry Potter and his wizarding universe? Think again! With Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone opening today, Muggles and magicians alike have been clamoring over all things Potter - collecting as much information as they can about their favorite boy wizard and his first flight onto the big screen. J.K. Rowling's Potter books are a worldwide phenomenon, with more than 110 million copies - in 47 languages - in print in 200 countries of aspiring wizards.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | July 11, 2001
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is being promoted as a great leap forward for animation, a precursor to the day when pen and ink and computers will make actors obsolete. Well, OK. Maybe if you're easily fooled or not paying attention, you might believe those are flesh-and-blood beings up there on the screen. But the greatest thing about Final Fantasy (and there's a lot to like) is that such hyperbole misses the point. The characters here are definitely real. Not human, perhaps, but real.
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