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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2012
Bombastic New York Jets coach and former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan was the talk of the combine last year when he guaranteed that his team was going to win the Super Bowl. Standing in the same room today, about a month and a half after his team endured an 8-8 season and a divided locker room, Ryan was significantly less brash. In fact, he blamed himself for what Ryan called a “terrible” season. “In all seriousness, looking back, obviously it was a huge mistake to make that guarantee,” Ryan said.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | October 3, 2014
The Orioles packed their bags and headed to Detroit late Friday afternoon, but it was clear that they were in no hurry to leave the orange embrace of the fans in Baltimore or the surreal environment that enveloped Camden Yards during the first two games of their American League Division Series. "I've been in World Series … I've been in the World Baseball Classic … I've been in the All-Star Game, and I never heard nothing like this," said Game 1 hero Nelson Cruz. "It was so loud, my ears were ringing.
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May 26, 2011
Thanks to another tea party candidate, a solidly Republican district in New York has lost its congressional seat to a Democrat. Liberals are celebrating the victory as a statement against the Paul Ryan Medicare proposal. But if you remove the senseless, wasted votes for the tea party candidate, conservatives would have won the seat by a 3 percent to 4 percent margin. If folks don't wake up soon to the reality that a vote for the tea party is a vote for the Democrats, they will definitely re-elect President Obama and reverse the U.S. House majority conservatives just acquired.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Maryland men's soccer coach Sasho Cirovski has seen more than a dozen of his players leave school early to pursue professional careers. The departures have often left Cirovski to wonder whether his former athletes would eventually come back to finish their undergraduate degrees. With a new program announced Tuesday by Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, athletes in all of the school's sports will be able to return with their scholarships intact as long as they left the university in good academic and social standing.
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By Matt Vensel | October 17, 2011
I love cheerleaders almost as much as I love football, and Esquire has an ingenious Monday morning football feature where they ask a cheerleader for the skinny on the team she waves her pompoms for every Sunday. This week it was veteran Ravens cheerleader Courtney L., who in my opinion is the squad's star performer. But my fiancée sometimes reads this blog, so I should probably digress here. In case you are wondering -- and I know you are -- the Ravens have done enough in the first six weeks of the NFL season to convince Courtney that the team is going to the playoffs this winter . A Super Bowl might be in their future, as well.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Staff Writer | February 16, 1992
Baltimore Blast fans and coach Kenny Cooper can relax.Billy Ronson is guaranteeing that the inconsistent Blast will make the four-team Major Soccer League playoffs this season.Ronson, in a rather bold move, said: "We're definitely going to make the playoffs. Without question, we have the team to make the playoffs. I don't mind going on record with this prediction."It's rare that any athlete in any sport will guarantee anything, but Ronson has done his mini-version of Joe Namath predicting that the New York Jets would beat the Baltimore Colts in the 1969 Super Bowl.
BUSINESS
By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,Staff Writer | June 17, 1992
The state of Maryland is trying to entice the former Yugoslavian republic of Slovenia to do business here by offering it loan guarantees to buy Maryland products or use state services.Although the U.S. government has yet to extend diplomatic relations to Slovenia, Gov. William Donald Schaefer and members of his Cabinet have decided to extend their own recognition. The state has agreed to guarantee up to $1 million for each transaction between that country and Maryland, officials said.Such transactions include buying goods from Maryland companies, employing state brokers for purchases or shipping through the port of Baltimore or Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 20, 1997
Several Caribbean resorts are compensating guests when hurricanes occur during their vacations. Last year, Superclubs resorts began reimbursing guests for the cost of any day disrupted by a hurricane. A voucher for the number of disrupted days is also awarded for a future stay during the same month the next year. This offer does not include air fare.In addition, Superclubs guarantees sunshine at all its resorts in Jamaica. If the sun does not shine any day during a stay at a Superclubs resort in Jamaica, the guest receives a voucher for a day's stay within the next year.
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By KENNETH HARNEY | October 9, 2005
It is by far the most common consumer complaint to the federal government about the home-buying process: Uncertainty about the bottom-line costs of obtaining and closing the mortgage. Unlike other major purchases, most homebuyers cannot be absolutely sure what fees they'll be expected to pay at settlement to their lender, title insurance company and other service providers connected with the transaction. Though buyers routinely receive "good-faith estimates" of their expenses, there's a gaping hole in the law that allows those costs to balloon - sometimes sharply - between the time they are made and final settlement.
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By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,Washington Bureau | March 17, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Key Democratic senators warned the Clinton administration yesterday that a new round of negotiations with Mexico and Canada, opening here today, could decide the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).Unless strong new guarantees on environmental and labor law enforcement are obtained from Mexico, the legislators said they would oppose the plan to create the world's largest free-trade zone.In the negotiations, U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor will seek to meet their demands for financial penalties on persistent Mexican violators without imposing the sort of outside interference that would offend Mexico's keen sense of national sovereignty.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
When developing countries need to deepen a canal for irrigation or navigation, they frequently call on Ellicott Dredges, a 129-year-old Baltimore-based maker of dredging equipment. To sell their massive, multimillion-dollar machines abroad, Ellicott Dredges often turns to the U.S. Export-Import Bank — an obscure federal agency that facilitated more than $37 billion in exports last year. The 80-year-old bank, a New Deal-era institution that provides loans and credit guarantees, is now at the center of a debate between conservative Republicans and the rest of Congress.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
A planned Southern Maryland power plant that was to be built with state help — an arrangement that set off an industry fight — landed financing Friday to start construction despite a court ruling quashing the assistance. Silver Spring-based Competitive Power Ventures and its partners said they received financing from 15 lenders, including GE Energy Financial Services, which anchored the effort. Major construction on the $775 million Waldorf plant is expected to start in September.
NEWS
July 8, 2014
The tentative contract reached early Tuesday between Johns Hopkins Hospital and the labor union representing about 2,000 of its service workers represents a victory not only for the hospital and members of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East but for Baltimore. The contract raises wages, in some case dramatically so, allowing Hopkins to set an example of what a "living wage" can mean for the health and security of workers in this city. It was a hard-fought effort that included a three-day strike in April and, more recently, intervention by Gov. Martin O'Malley to avert another such action.
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By Stephanie Citron, For The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, thereby making "nonstop" one of the most fetching words in travel today. Luckily for us, BWI-Marshall Airport seems to be piling up flights that will get you to your destination without interruption. BWI offers so many nonstop routes that you could choose a different city each week and not run out of places to go for more than a year. For our new series of occasional articles, we'll be exploring some of these destinations that are perfect for a quick getaway from Baltimore.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
Members of the Baltimore County police union have overwhelmingly approved a new two-year contract. Employees ratified the agreement by a vote of 1,057-45, according to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 4. The deal guarantees no layoffs or furloughs through June 2016. Under the agreement, officers hired after July 1 will contribute 10 percent of their base pay toward their pensions, an amount higher than that of current employees. It also provides 3 percent bonus in November and a 3 percent cost-of-living increase in July 2015.
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March 15, 2014
I would like to comment on the March 10 op-ed, "Shale study should stick to timeline. " I object to the comforting tone of the commentary in describing the current situation as being "on track. " Marylanders should know that the commission's work is under significant time pressure and may not be completed by Aug. 1. This has been openly discussed between MDE staff and commissioners. Front and center should be the fact that we need protection in place before Gov. Martin O'Malley's executive order against fracking expires on August 1. There is enormous public resistance to fracking in Maryland, and we can be sure the General Assembly is aware of it. In Annapolis this session, there are bills to ban fracking completely and others to extend Governor O'Malley's moratorium on fracking.
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By Cox News Service | February 24, 1992
JERUSALEM -- Chances are fading that Israel will receive $10 billion in loan guarantees from the United States to house Soviet immigrants, according to a government minister and confidante of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.In a veiled threat to the peace talks, Zalman Shoval, Israel's ambassador to the United States, said yesterday it was unfortunate that the United States had chosen to link both the talks and the guarantees to expanding Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.These comments support the views of several other Israeli officials and of Western diplomats in Jerusalem that Israel won't get the guarantees anytime soon.
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By Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Jerusalem Bureau | August 7, 1992
JERUSALEM -- It's back: The issue of loan guarantees to Israel has returned like an old summer rerun.Yitzhak Rabin, the new Israeli prime minister, arrives in the United States today. On Monday and Tuesday he will see President Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine. He hopes to leave with a promise the United States will guarantee $10 billion in loans.He may not get all of it. But U.S. officials have been dropping broad hints that Mr. Rabin will secure a promise for at least the first installment of guarantees, about $2 billion, in return for Israel's new enthusiasm for the peace talks.
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By Arnold Packer, Jodie Allen and Robert Lerman | February 17, 2014
In his State of the Union speech last month, President Barack Obama charged Vice President Joe Biden to "lead an across-the-board reform of America's training programs to make sure they have one mission: Train Americans with the skills employers need and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now. " We respectfully ask that Mr. Biden consider beginning in Baltimore and that he take the following into account: We have learned a...
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By Jules Witcover | February 14, 2014
The Obama administration's latest delay in fully implementing the employer mandate in its embattled health-care insurance law confirms the harsh fact that it remains a huge political albatross hanging around the president's neck. The conceding of another year or more of time to employers to offer health-care coverage to their workers guarantees that the contentious issue will continue to plague Barack Obama as he struggles to free himself of the legislative near-paralysis that has gripped Washington throughout his Oval Office tenure.
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