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March 25, 2014
"Step therapy" is a perfect metaphor for corporate capitalism's continuing assault on human well-being (" Putting doctors back in charge of health care March 24). According to commentator Gene Ransom III, private health insurers can overrule a doctor's prescription by not paying for it until the patient has first tried a less costly therapy. In fact, however, the insurer can insist upon several less costly "steps" before paying for the prescribed medication, all in the name of cost containment -- or in other words, profit.
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By Michelle Jefferson | July 10, 2014
I came of age in 1980, just as the women's movement hit its full stride, and those were the days. At my first real job I had sign that read: "Women have to do twice as much to be thought of half as good as men; luckily, this is not difficult. " Unlike our mothers and grandmothers, we faced an open world of opportunity, possibilities, goals and achievable dreams. No more would we be limited to being receptionists, nurses and teachers - you know, the girls-only jobs. In fact, I and most of my girlfriends were in the science/math curriculum in school and attended some form of college.
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By Laura Vozzella | June 10, 2011
Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting stepped up after Sheila Dixon's fall to assume the role of top Charm City villainess. Now, with Honfest protests looming, a city stripped of its favorite term of endearment watches to see if Whiting will lose her hold on "hon" just as Dixon lost her fur coats and Jimmy Choos. Will rebel vendors defy Whiting's orders and sell cat's-eye glasses? Will aspiring mayors and other pols ignore her no-politics-in-a-public-street decree and work the crowd? One hopeful sign that, given enough pressure, Whiting's greedy grip can be loosed: She got so busy defending her "hon" copyright last winter that she let her Twitter account lapse.  "Cafe Hon abandoned this account, so we could swoop in and parody them," writes whoever is tweeting as @cafehon.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
Hunched over the kitchen table in an East Baltimore row home, E'Lexus Cole carefully arranged photographs of David Mbugua into a collage. It was important that she get the close-up photo, the one with him wearing a black knit hat, in the middle. Everyone agreed it was the best. One photo was separated from the others - a tiny thumbnail, which was being held in the hand of Mbugua's 18-month-old son, David Jr. David Jr. gazed at the picture. His family is unsure whether he understands that his father is dead.
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By Michelle Jefferson | July 10, 2014
I came of age in 1980, just as the women's movement hit its full stride, and those were the days. At my first real job I had sign that read: "Women have to do twice as much to be thought of half as good as men; luckily, this is not difficult. " Unlike our mothers and grandmothers, we faced an open world of opportunity, possibilities, goals and achievable dreams. No more would we be limited to being receptionists, nurses and teachers - you know, the girls-only jobs. In fact, I and most of my girlfriends were in the science/math curriculum in school and attended some form of college.
NEWS
May 16, 2012
As a resident of the Inner Harbor, I was shocked to read the details surrounding the St. Patrick's Day "mayhem" ("St. Patrick's Day violence exceeded initial reports, police dispatch tapes show," May 13). I appreciate The Sun report and Peter Hermann 's excellent investigative journalism. Your front page story, accompanied by extensive play-by-play transcripts, was impressive. Also, I'm grateful Maryland's Public Information Act makes it possible to finally learn the details. Perhaps our city government would rather have had the whole sorry matter swept under the carpet.
SPORTS
Compiled from Inside Lacrosse reports and news services | September 13, 2012
A little over a month after its proposal to outlaw the motorcycle grip in men's lacrosse came under a firestorm of criticism, the NCAA announced Thursday that the grip will remain legal while also giving updates on other proposals. The next step in the process is a review by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP). The weeks since the original proposal last month have been what Rules Committee chairman Jon Hind described as the “reconsideration and consideration” phase, accepting feedback from those affected by the new proposalsand considering changes before submitting to PROP.
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By ELLEN GOODMAN | August 27, 1993
Boston.--There was a Catskill comedian who used to tell a story about his first time away from home and home cooking. After a week in Army boot camp his stomach started to feel funny. He was convinced that something was terribly wrong with his digestive system, maybe his entire body.Well, after much medical consultation, the problem was diagnosed. For the first time in his life he wasn't suffering from heartburn.I think about him every summer during the dangerous season of vacations. People, even presidents, get away from the office for a week or two, and if they're not careful, they lose their disequilibrium.
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By SAM SESSA | October 27, 2005
Starting Sunday, St. John's College will display more than 50 works from Ben-Zion Weinman in an exhibit titled Ben-Zion: In the Grip of the Five Senses. The works are predominantly iron sculptures depicting common items such as shovels, nails and rocks. Other mediums include paintings, prints, drawings and poetry. His "Glory of War" is pictured. Ben-Zion: In the Grip of the Five Senses opens Sunday and runs through Dec. 15 at the Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College, 60 College Ave. in Annapolis.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | April 11, 1993
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The miracle is that Bernhard Langer is still a respectable member of society, that he has not committed some heinous crime or been sent to some padded room or escaped to some remote island to live out his days muttering to himself.The miracle is that he is still a functioning, successful golfer at age 35, a popular figure in his homeland and suddenly in possession of a four-stroke lead after three rounds of the 57th Masters. That's more than just miraculous. That's goofy.Sixteen years ago, Langer was struck by terrible misfortune.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
After escaping with a 9-8 overtime decision over Centennial Conference rival Ursinus on Wednesday night, No. 6 Washington College went through equal amounts of relief and confidence. “From a coaching standpoint, a huge sigh of relief,” coach Jeff Shirk said on Thursday afternoon. “I think from the players' standpoint, there was an excitement. We definitely dodged a bullet against a very good Ursinus team that played very well last night. But at the end of the day, it was a little more excitement than relief because we found ourselves in a dogfight right from the beginning and found a way to win at the end when it looked like we weren't going to. So I think it was a great experience that will help build the program and the team.” The Shoremen improved to 10-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference, further solidifying their grip on first place in the league.
NEWS
March 25, 2014
"Step therapy" is a perfect metaphor for corporate capitalism's continuing assault on human well-being (" Putting doctors back in charge of health care March 24). According to commentator Gene Ransom III, private health insurers can overrule a doctor's prescription by not paying for it until the patient has first tried a less costly therapy. In fact, however, the insurer can insist upon several less costly "steps" before paying for the prescribed medication, all in the name of cost containment -- or in other words, profit.
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Dan Rodricks | February 11, 2014
One day in February 2000, I sat in a police car on Poplar Grove Street in West Baltimore to observe a reverse sting: Instead of attempting to buy heroin from dealers, undercover officers were offering to sell it to users. They cleared out the regular salesmen, took over their corners and waited for the customers to arrive. The police arrested 53 people that day, including the daughter of a prominent contractor and a fellow who lived in an upscale city neighborhood. Almost all of the other heroin addicts had driven in from the suburbs - from Cockeysville, Gaithersburg, Essex, Woodlawn, Marriottsville, Crownsville, Jessup, Ellicott City, Linthicum and Columbia.
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By Jonah Goldberg | December 9, 2013
After you heard President Obama's call for a hike in the minimum wage, you probably wondered the same thing I did: Was Obama sent from the future by Skynet to prepare humanity for its ultimate dominion by robots? But just in case the question didn't occur to you, let me explain. On Tuesday, the day before Obama called for an increase in the minimum wage, the restaurant chain Applebee's announced that it will install iPad-like tablets at every table. Chili's already made this move earlier this year.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2013
The world has been awash in more Verdian sounds than usual this year, thanks to the preeminent Italian opera composer's bicentennial. Since Oct. 10 marks Verdi's actual 200th birthday (OK, it might have been the day before, but most sources go with the 10th), I figured I had to take extra note of the occasion. (The thumbnail photo for this blog post is the Verdi memorial on Broadway near Lincoln Center; I snapped it on Wednesday during a brief visit to New York.) Given all of the reasons why I love Verdi, I could bore you with a list of my Top 10 greatest this-and-that, those moments when his genius invariably blows me away with the curve of a melodic line, the shift of a harmony, the perfect coloring of orchestration.  But I decided to try to boil everything down to one example, one that combines the power of Verdi's music with an example of what can happen when an extra-inspired interpreter grabs hold of it. The piece is the Overture to "La forza del destino" (you can hear the whole opera starting this weekend in a new, bicentennial-saluting production from Washington National Opera)
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By Matt Vensel | May 14, 2013
Unless you are a football junkie, you probably don't know or don't care that the Kansas City Chiefs hired Chris Ault, the man who invented the Pistol offense and coached Colin Kaepernick at Nevada, to a consulting gig. But it might interest you that the Ravens reportedly expressed interest in adding Ault to their coaching staff. According to Dan Hinxman of The Reno Gazette-Journal , Ault's agent, Bob LaMonte, said that Ault received interest from a handful of NFL teams , including the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings and the Ravens.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | August 1, 1994
Regardless of what he's done or what happens from here on, the most consistent thing about Cal Ripken is destined to be overlooked and underappreciated.In any discussion of Ripken's career, defense will always run a distant third to The Streak and his run production in relation to the position he plays. Forgotten will be that he wouldn't have had the opportunity to set those offensive records as a shortstop had it not been for his extraordinary defensive ability.It is one part of Ripken's game that unquestionably has improved with age. And what has made it so spectacular has been its pure simplicity.
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By CAL RIPKEN JR | May 6, 2007
DEAR CAL -- Do batting gloves have any real use other than as a fashion accessory? Now that metal bats have grips already on them to help hold onto the bat and soak up some of the shock, it doesn't seem like the gloves are necessary. Plus, they're expensive! Don Marti, Triadelphia, W.Va. DEAR DON -- It is true that aluminum bats have grips, and I would imagine that a connection could be made between an aluminum bat grip and a tennis grip. You don't see too many tennis players using batting gloves.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2013
If you are a native speaker of English, you have English grammar in your head, and it has been there since you were a very small child. Unfortunately, the process of translating that grammar into terms for discussion of writing has not gone well. Traditional schoolroom grammar borrowed terms from Latin that were not always a good fit with English, and it codified English grammar into a rigid set of rules (some of them bogus) that oversimplified the language for pedagogical purposes.
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By Matt Vensel | October 22, 2012
Ravens coach John Harbaugh wrapped up his weekly Monday news conference a couple of hours ago, and now that I have gotten a chance to go through the audio and read the transcripts, I'm not sure Harbaugh has ever been this candid after a tough loss -- the kind of loss that results in a lot of tough questions from media. The podium session lasted more than 20 minutes -- a few more than usual -- and he addressed most, if not all, of the team's issues, including the five I addressed in my weekly “Five Things” manifesto -- shameless plus alert !
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