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February 17, 2010
F or an unassuming engineering professor, C.D. "Dan" Mote Jr. took on the presidency of the University of Maryland, College Park in 1998 with a bold agenda: to bring Maryland's flagship university into the same class as the nation's crown jewel state schools, like the University of Virginia and the University of California. A dozen years later, as Mr. Mote announces his plans to step down in August, that no longer seems so far-fetched. Mr. Mote's singular accomplishment as leader of the state's largest public university campus was to establish what he called "an expectation of excellence" - the idea that College Park could be a first-choice school for the state's most talented students and take its place among the top tier of public research institutions.
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May 25, 2014
Baltimore School for the Arts is one of Baltimore's greatest treasures. I know I am playing the long odds in working toward a career in acting. I hear the jokes correlating the arts and the McDonald's drive-through. I recognized in middle school that, without connections in the business, a strong education in the field is my best shot. I am fortunate to live in this city with its school uniquely devoted to preparing aspiring artists for a professional environment. Baltimore School for the Arts, where I am finishing my sophomore year, has recently fallen under scrutiny ( "Who is responsible for Jabril?"
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By John Lindner, Special to The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2011
Occasionally, I'll find an ethnic restaurant that makes me feel like an expatriate in my own country. These are places firmly rooted in another culture, resistant to American attitude, and clearly catering to a different demographic. Zhong Shan Restaurant on Park Avenue is such a place. It has the feel of somebody else's home away from home. And the most tangible agent of the you're-not-in-Kansas vibe is the flat screen TV. First of all, it seems out of place in a formal dining room.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2013
The mouth is a little quieter, but the body is leaner, the feet are quicker and the mind is sharper. It's been said and written that Terrell Suggs, who has seven sacks this season, has recaptured his 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year form after an injury-plagued 2012. But those who know the rush linebacker best insist that they're watching an even better player, one who is combining physical skills with a deeper knowledge of the game, an increased focus and a stronger desire to lead.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
Another day, another inquiring mind wanting to know what it's like to be baseball's next big thing. Manny Machado is ushered into the large conference room at the Orioles' Ed Smith Stadium training complex, his attention quickly drawn to the portraits on the far wall. Brooks Robinson. Frank Robinson. Boog Powell. Cal Ripken. All in a row. "Someday," he says almost sheepishly, "I want to be up on that wall. " Someday, he probably will, but first things first. There is the small matter of living up to the advance billing and Machado instinctively knows that he won't be able to do that if he takes his eye off the ball.
FEATURES
By MARYANN JAMES | February 9, 2008
I despise Valentine's Day, and yet I end up celebrating it: The rampant commercialism works. We're bombarded with commercials, e-mails and fliers, all sharing the best way to show our love. I noticed that a pizza franchise is even getting in on the act -- selling heart-shaped pizza for a limited time. Katrina Birrell, 33, of Patterson Park agrees with me -- at least on the heart-day hate. "I'm a little bitter and twisted when I'm not with someone," she says. "I like [Valentine's Day] in theory.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | March 5, 2004
Look upon me!" commanded Dickens' Ghost of Christmas Present. "You have never seen the like of me before!" Look upon the works of Dickens' best adapter, David Lean; we will never see the like of him again. When Lean, the total filmmaker, died at age 83 on April 17, 1991, the last creative giant of Britain's classical cinema was gone. An acclaimed director of Noel Coward from the start of his career, Lean achieved his true artistic breakthrough with his thrilling rendering of Dickens' 1861 novel, Great Expectations (1946)
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | January 30, 1998
When it comes to movies, April isn't the cruelest month, January is.It's not enough that movie audiences have been forced to endure such poor-to-mediocre fare as "Firestorm," "Hard Rain," "Fallen" and "Phantoms" during the film industry's favorite month to dump bad product. Now comes "Great Expectations," an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic that has all the emotional ballast of a Victoria's Secret catalog and all the intellectual depth of an MTV video.This may be going out on a limb, but it's doubtful that even the most rabid young fans of Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow, who star, will find anything of interest in "Great Expectations," aside from the opportunity to consider Miss Paltrow's chiseled jaw line and perfect clavicles from every conceivable angle.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 8, 1999
The producers of Mobil Masterpiece Theatre say they took a "dark, deep psychological approach" to Dickens in their version of "Great Expectations," which starts tomorrow night on PBS.And the moment Miss Havisham opens her mouth to tell young Pip, "I have sick fancies, Pip," you know you are sailing down Psycho River, heading straight for Freudian Falls, pulled by a narrative undertow impossible to resist. Nobody does "sick fancies" like the Brits.This is Dickens you could drown in and love every wet and wild minute of it. I am not a great fan of Dickens, but I love this rich, daring, psychologically charged interpretation.
SPORTS
By John Eisenberg and John Eisenberg,SUN STAFF | July 6, 2004
Michael Phelps is about to take on Ian Crocker, Aaron Peirsol, Ian Thorpe and other champion swimmers seeking to keep him from ruling the pool at the 2004 Olympics. Phelps will also face a daunting opponent he can't see: the weight of great expectations fixed on his broad shoulders. It's called pressure. Advertising campaigns, a million-dollar bonus, national pride and a place in Olympic history are riding on his performance, which will be deemed a disappointment if it doesn't produce multiple gold medals.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. Each week, I hope to chat with one of them in a regular feature called Blogger on Blogger. This week, I exchanged emails with Joe Polek, who blogs about the Orioles for Eutaw Street Report . MV: How important do you think it is that the Orioles get off to a good start like they did a year ago? JP: It's Opening Day and the Orioles need a big win. They have won their last two Opening Days, 10 of their last 12 and overall are 64-42 when Opening Day is in April.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
Another day, another inquiring mind wanting to know what it's like to be baseball's next big thing. Manny Machado is ushered into the large conference room at the Orioles' Ed Smith Stadium training complex, his attention quickly drawn to the portraits on the far wall. Brooks Robinson. Frank Robinson. Boog Powell. Cal Ripken. All in a row. "Someday," he says almost sheepishly, "I want to be up on that wall. " Someday, he probably will, but first things first. There is the small matter of living up to the advance billing and Machado instinctively knows that he won't be able to do that if he takes his eye off the ball.
NEWS
January 29, 2013
The debate over the redevelopment of downtown Columbia has often focused on how to best utilize Symphony Woods, the park setting that includes Merriweather Post Pavilion and, even more importantly to many, some of the oldest trees in the Columbia downtown. To some, including County Executive Ken Ulman just this past week, this parcel represents the "centerpiece and lynchpin" for downtown Columbia's future development. With such great expectations for the property, there has been a great deal of debate on how to use the land.
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By Jake Fewster and Midnight Sun contributor | July 23, 2012
After performing a free acoustic set at Fells Point's Sound Garden record store on Friday, New Jersey-based quartet the Gaslight Anthem performed to a sold-out crowd at Washington's U Street Music Hall. Intern Jake Fewster had this report: The U Street Music Hall lights went out and Fugazi's “Waiting Room” blasted through the speakers as the Gaslight Anthem took the stage Friday night. Just as the second verse began, the band crashed in with a single chord that rang out as the crowd erupted in excitement.
SPORTS
By Jean Marbella and The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2012
She's still the giggler who charmed as the sweetheart of the 1988 Seoul Games. But now, what has the 40-year-old Janet Evans laughing is her age -- or rather, that of her competition. "There was a 16-year-old," the three-time gold medalist said, her eyes widening at the youth of a swimmer two lanes over from her. She's "closer in age to Syd," she said, referring to her 5-year-old daughter. Evans, attempting an unlikely comeback after about 15 years away from competition, is not the only swimmer watching time pass before her eyes at the qualifying trials for the team that will go to the London Games.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2011
Harry Nye , who co-owns Norman Asbjornson, the Preakness contender trained by Chris Grove , is blunt when asked about his horse's chances in Saturday's race. "We're going to win," he said. "The horse is peaking at the right time and we're going to surprise the hell out of everybody. We're going to kick everybody's butt. " Hello, Mr. Subtle. Nye, 65, lives in Harrisburg, Pa. He and his partner, Thomas McClay , own about 22 horses; this is their first trip to the Preakness.
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By John Lindner, Special to The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2011
Occasionally, I'll find an ethnic restaurant that makes me feel like an expatriate in my own country. These are places firmly rooted in another culture, resistant to American attitude, and clearly catering to a different demographic. Zhong Shan Restaurant on Park Avenue is such a place. It has the feel of somebody else's home away from home. And the most tangible agent of the you're-not-in-Kansas vibe is the flat screen TV. First of all, it seems out of place in a formal dining room.
SPORTS
Peter Schmuck | February 19, 2011
This is a good problem to have. Adam Jones says that this is a no-excuse year for him, and sees no reason he can't have a breakout 2011 season no matter where he hits in the Orioles upgraded batting order. Buck Showalter, who certainly wouldn't mind seeing his flashy center fielder have a big offensive year, bristles a bit at the notion that Jones has somehow fallen short of the great expectations that followed him here from the Seattle Mariners organization three years ago. "I think a lot of people miss that this guy hit .280 and had about 20 home runs and played center field in the upper echelon of center fielders," Showalter said.
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