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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 20, 2001
Loyola College conferred an honorary degree on political commentator Christopher J. Matthews at commencement exercises yesterday and asked that he deliver a few of his famous hardballs to its graduates. The author, host of "Hardball with Chris Matthews" on MSNBC and a commentator on NBC's "Today," congratulated the 771 undergraduates and nearly 1,000 others who received advanced degrees from the North Charles Street institution. Loyola's faculty took seats on the stage of the Baltimore Arena with the college's seal and motto "Strong Truths Well Lived" in the background.
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June 27, 2012
The American Legion Columbia Post 300 Patriots captured the 22nd annual Hillbilly Hardball Classic duringFather's Day weekend (June 14-17) in Elkins, WV. The Patriots went 7-0-1 in the tournament, playing eight games in four days with eight different starting pitchers, including Ben Goldsmith's 10-strikeout, one-hit shutout of then-undefeated host Elkins Post 29, the runner-up in the West Virginia state tournament each of the last two years....
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff writer | April 28, 1991
Columbia developer Patrick McCuan said he will "play hardball" in his fight to prevent Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust Co. from putting two Columbia landmark office buildings into receivership to collect onmore than $11 million in unpaid debt.McCuan's attorneys have staved off Mercantile's attempt to get a hearing tomorrow in county Circuit Court to consider the bank's petition to put the Equitable Bank Center and the Clark Building in Town Center under the control of court-appointed trustees.
NEWS
October 31, 2011
The man who came to town nearly a decade ago promising to be the horse racing industry's salvation has lately become its frustrating nemesis. Franck Stronach, a Canadian billionaire and racing enthusiast who has exerted an erratic will since buying the Maryland Jockey Club in 2002, has single-handedly upended a deal that was supposed to give horse and track owners and others involved in the industry time to develop a new business plan. He is now proposing an unworkable plan to lease Laurel Park to the horsemen and to run a mere 40 days a year at Pimlico - not nearly enough to sustain the industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ron Dicker and Ron Dicker,Special to the Sun | September 23, 2001
TORONTO -- Keanu Reeves jokes with his young co-stars in a hotel hallway about their experience in Hardball, the heart-tugging baseball movie currently in local theaters. They have gathered to meet journalists, and Reeves finishes the reunion by saying, "Thanks for watching my back." Then he walks into the room for this interview, and his joy deflates faster than a whoopee cushion. He now has to dole out information, a role that makes him far more uncomfortable than playing the hustler-turned-coach in Hardball.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2004
What has become rewarded in political discourse is the extremity of viewpoint. People like the conflict. Conflict baby! It sells. Crossfire! Hardball! Shut up! You shut up! -- Jon Stewart of The Daily Show
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | July 15, 1994
Los Angeles -- It's retro, ultra-male and mainly dumb. But it's probably going to be one of the hits of the fall season on Fox.I'm talking about "Hardball," the locker-room sitcom about a major league baseball team called the Pioneers.It wants to be a little bit "Major League" and a little bit "Bull Durham." And it has some of those jock-jokey moments that you can't help smiling at. But, I promise you, "Hardball" is going to be the subject of one hot gender debate -- with some men being told by spouses and lovers to choose between watching "Hardball" and having a relationship.
NEWS
By Richard B. Schmitt and Richard B. Schmitt,LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 8, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert testified yesterday that he never gave former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby information about the wife of a Bush administration war critic, contradicting the premise of Libby's defense of perjury charges. Russert became the third journalist in the federal court trial to offer testimony that counters statements that Libby told investigators and a grand jury probing the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. The conversations - and alleged lies that Libby offered about them - form the crux of his perjury and obstruction indictment.
FEATURES
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | July 1, 1992
Here's a fundamental truth of baseball: the ball doesn't care who hits it.It goes, according to the laws of physics, where it's supposed to go and the whimsy of its destiny is determined by the strength of the blow that launched it, a gust of air, a pebble on the field, the sun in the sky -- and never the gender of the hitter or the pitcher.So when the women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitched and threw and hit, what they were playing was not girls' baseball, but baseball baseball, country hardball, the national pastime, as "A League of Their Own" makes clear.
NEWS
By Michael Kinsley | July 6, 1994
Washington -- IT SEEMS the self-proclaimed Christian right followers can dish it out, but they can't take it.They have called President Clinton every name in the book.The Rev. Jerry Falwell is selling videotapes that -- without a shred of evidence -- accuse the president of murdering political opponents back in Arkansas.The Christian Coalition has said Mr. Clinton's inauguration was "a repudiation of our forefathers' covenant with God."They have strayed far from traditional religious issues to proclaim the "Christian" position on matters like health care reform.
BUSINESS
By EILEEN AMBROSE | February 24, 2009
Two years ago, Bank of America gave Brian DeCunzo and his wife an unsecured line of credit for $40,000 - two-thirds of the couple's annual income. The Hampstead landscaper used about $23,700 of the line to pay off loans and consolidate other debt. That was then. Bank of America recently lowered the credit limit to $24,300. Suddenly, it appears the couple is maxed out and their credit has suffered as a result, DeCunzo says. A bank official told the couple their credit limit was cut because their debt level had gone up, but DeCunzo says they have less debt now than when they opened the account.
NEWS
October 13, 2008
Voter fraud is a serious issue, especially in an election expected to be as close as the presidential race in November, when the outcome may be decided by narrow margins in a handful of battleground states. But charges that the community group ACORN is committing widespread electoral fraud by flooding state elections boards with phony voter registration card applications sound more like partisan sniping than legitimate complaints aimed at protecting ballot box integrity. A story in last week's Miami Herald named seven states (Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Colorado and Washington)
SPORTS
By RICK MAESE | February 13, 2008
The crack of the gavel, the smell of freshly brewed coffee and the sight of overgrown men trying to blaze 100-mph lies wound tighter than a baseball past their star-struck target. Ahhhh. Must be spring. Must be baseball season. Today in Room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building - where they've argued health care, discussed terrorism and debated immigration - up to 40 members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will listen to tantalizing testimony and try to decipher just who stuck what into whose backside and when.
FEATURES
By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | October 8, 2007
I am not a media critic!" said TV commentator Chris Matthews when I asked if he had any thoughts on the Bill O'Reilly-Keith Olbermann "feud," which rages almost nightly on the Fox and MSNBC networks. Chris added: "You can never win criticizing someone in your own business." Although Chris works for MSNBC, he has high praise in person and in his new book for Fox tycoon Roger Ailes, who did so much for MSNBC before he went to the Rupert Murdoch empire. In fact, when we discussed ABC's late genius, Roone Arledge, Chris said that Roger is the only person in television who comes up to Roone, creatively.
NEWS
By Chris Kaltenbach and John Woestendiek and Chris Kaltenbach and John Woestendiek,SUN REPORTERS | February 18, 2007
If Tom Kiefaber loses his Senator Theatre on Wednesday, the day the revered art deco movie house is slated for a foreclosure auction, it would mark the closing chapter in a two-decade odyssey filled with equal parts Hollywood glamour and backroom sniping. The Senator under Kiefaber's watch has been a saga of mounting debt and last-minute bailouts, of political deal-making and business hardball - played against a backdrop of the last of Baltimore's grand movie palaces. But whatever happens this week, many agree that if Kiefebar loses the Senator, it will not be because he has not fought hard enough.
NEWS
By Richard B. Schmitt and Richard B. Schmitt,LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 8, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert testified yesterday that he never gave former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby information about the wife of a Bush administration war critic, contradicting the premise of Libby's defense of perjury charges. Russert became the third journalist in the federal court trial to offer testimony that counters statements that Libby told investigators and a grand jury probing the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. The conversations - and alleged lies that Libby offered about them - form the crux of his perjury and obstruction indictment.
NEWS
By William Pfaff | May 20, 1996
PARIS -- The purpose of the Clinton administration, so far as one has been able to discern its purpose, has been the re-election of Mr. Clinton to a second term. In that effort, the caution, ''it's the economy, stupid,'' proved a key to domestic political success.It has been bad advice in other respects, notably in the country's foreign relations. However, Mr. Clinton has little to fear from his Republican rival in that respect, as Sen. Robert Dole's claim to the presidency has no coherent foreign-policy framework.
FEATURES
By Lou Cedrone | October 5, 1991
MOVIESSentimental 'Paradise' "Paradise" is a weeper, but it's a very good one. Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith play a couple mourning the death of their 3-year-old boy. Elijah Wood is the 10-year-old boy who comes to live with them for the summer and helps them overcome their loss. The movie is unabashedly sentimental, but it works. The actors are terrific. Sex, nudity. Rating: PG-13. ** At 8 tonight, both Maryland Public Television and WJZ (Channel 13) have goodbye specials. MPT is screening "Baseball: The Birds on 33rd," followed by "Baseball's Heirlooms" (a tour of other venerable parks in the United States)
SPORTS
By PETER SCHMUCK | December 16, 2004
YES, NORTHERN Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. The dithering D.C. Council has left an opening that may be wide enough for the Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority to drive a team bus carrying the Washington Nationals all the way into the suburbs, and I can't wait to see how this latest twist in the District stadium drama plays out. The Anacostia waterfront ballpark may still get built, but the hopes of baseball fans in Northern Virginia and even Las...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2004
What has become rewarded in political discourse is the extremity of viewpoint. People like the conflict. Conflict baby! It sells. Crossfire! Hardball! Shut up! You shut up! -- Jon Stewart of The Daily Show
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