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By CLARENCE PAGE | November 16, 1992
Washington. -- Spike Lee called on African-American students and workers to play hooky to see his new movie on the life of Malcolm X when it opens this week. (What? It hasn't opened yet? Haven't we been wearing his ''X'' caps for about a century now?)Black conservatives dutifully called press conferences to denounce the suggestion, which, of course, only helps hype the movie more. Mr. Lee responded that his movie is no worse than ''Gone With the Wind,'' which his teachers forced him to see. How about that for moral equivalency?
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By Matthew F. Ferraro | June 9, 2014
In the year since Edward Snowden's first leaks, the reputation of the U.S. intelligence services has taken a beating, especially by the millennial generation. After everything that's been said about the alleged malevolence of the CIA and the other agencies, many in the under-33 set wonder why anyone would want to get mixed up with them. As a millennial who grew up on a steady diet of scandals - in business, government and even religious organizations - that shook our confidence in almost every major institution, I get it. I'm a natural skeptic, too. But when I took an intelligence job in my early 20s, I encountered a different, heartening reality.
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By Mark Heisler, Tribune Newspapers | March 13, 2011
Catching up with Blake Griffin … That's just it. You can't catch up with him, or no one has yet. No one saw him coming until he broke out as an Oklahoma sophomore. Even as runaway No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft, no one thought he'd be this good this soon. In the biggest surprise of all, he may just be warming up. Before Blake, phenoms didn't come out of nowhere, they were preceded by marching bands, or jet escorts. LeBron James was on the cover of Sports Illustrated and ESPN the Magazine in high school.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -   There's an innocence about Maryland freshman basketball player Damonte Dodd. Everything seems new and promising to the 6-foot-10, 250-pound center, without boundaries or baggage or bravado. Put Dodd into the cauldron of blue-faced students and blue-chip talent that is Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium, and he reacts as if he's back on the Eastern Shore, just playing ball. “He acted like he was at the park, not playing on national TV against Duke,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said a couple of days after Dodd helped the Terps nearly beat the then-No.
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By KEVIN ECK | April 7, 2009
I agree with the consensus that the Undertaker-Shawn Michaels match at WrestleMania more than lived up to the hype and the Triple H-Randy Orton encounter fell short of expectations. (For more, go to baltimoresun.com/ringposts)
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By DAVE BERRY and DAVE BERRY,KNIGHT RIDDER/ TRIBUNE | September 19, 1999
RECENTLY IT CAME TO MY attention that I was one of the eight remaining Americans who had not seen "The Blair Witch Project."In case you're one of the other seven, I should explain that "The Blair Witch Project" is a hugely popular movie that was featured simultaneously on the covers of both Time and Newsweek (mottoes: "We Both Have The Same Motto"). "The Blair Witch Project" stunned the Hollywood establishment, because it proved that, to make a hit movie, you don't need big stars, an expensive production and a huge promotional budget to generate hype.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
I like Oprah Winfrey, and I was happy to see her Tuesday morning on CBS with her old pal, Gayle King, hitting on all cylinders as they hyped the gate for her interview with Lance Armstrong. She promised King, Charlie Rose and everyone else on the last-place morning show set, "You will be satisfied," by the interview that airs Thursday night on the OWN cable channel. "You will come away understanding that he brought it," she said, though she did hedge on the  specific extent of his confession versus her expectations.
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By Phil Jackman | January 21, 1993
Back when the Super Bowl got under way in 1967, the idea o a week's delay prior to the kingpins of the American and National Football leagues squaring off was for the purpose of hyping the event and selling tickets and ad time on television.No one is quite sure what effect it had, because only about two-thirds of the Los Angeles Coliseum seats were filled for the "World Championship Game" at a measly $10 per ticket.By the way, the conference-title games that year were staged on Jan. 1, the pros stealing New Year's Day away from the collegiate bowls because it was Sunday.
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By Jim Peltz and Jim Peltz,Los Angeles Times | February 18, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Run silent, run fast. Several Nextel Cup drivers will start today's Daytona 500 atop a wave of hype or under a cloud of controversy, but there's another group lurking quietly beyond the headlines with fast stock cars that could find Victory Lane. Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla., today, 2 p.m., chs. 45, 5
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 26, 2006
Back in 1998, Gretchen Mol appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair's September issue, wearing a nearly transparent white gown and looking about as alluring as humanly possible. The accompanying article (and one got the feeling it was the cover photo that prompted the article, not the other way around) proclaimed her the next big thing. In fact, it treated the 25-year-old actress as though she already were a major star. Eight years later, thanks to her winsome, absolutely unselfconscious performance as a 1950s pin-up queen in The Notorious Bettie Page, she may finally be living up to the magazine's hype.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2014
Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. Five years ago, I knew exactly how I felt about the tabloid website TMZ. It sometimes paid for news, and that put it outside the realm of trustworthy journalism. End of story. But last week, with TMZ posting video of Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his apparently unconscious fiancee off an elevator at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, I realized my attitude has been changing. Or maybe, as President Barack Obama says of his view on same-sex marriage, I should say it's evolved.
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By Robert B. Reich | June 5, 2013
Economic forecasters exist to make astrologers look good. But the recent jubilance is enough to make even weather forecasters blush. "The economy is going gangbusters! Just look at consumer spending!" "Look at home prices! Look at the bull market!" Please. I can understand the jubilation in the narrow sense that we've been down so long, everything looks up. Plus, economists who are paid by Wall Street or corporations tend to cheerlead because they believe that if consumers and businesses think the future will be great, they'll buy and invest more -- thereby creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
I like Oprah Winfrey, and I was happy to see her Tuesday morning on CBS with her old pal, Gayle King, hitting on all cylinders as they hyped the gate for her interview with Lance Armstrong. She promised King, Charlie Rose and everyone else on the last-place morning show set, "You will be satisfied," by the interview that airs Thursday night on the OWN cable channel. "You will come away understanding that he brought it," she said, though she did hedge on the  specific extent of his confession versus her expectations.
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By Chris Trevino, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
When someone has coached for as long as Gilman's Biff Poggi, it becomes difficult to remember the finer details of past games. But he still remembers the moments. Like when Poggi and his Greyhounds found themselves in a "tough situation" locked in a close game a few years ago. The coach recalls becoming overexcited and focusing too much on the outcome of the game. While he may not remember what year the game was or which team Gilman was playing, he can recall a player approaching him. "He comes up to me and says, 'Don't worry, Coach.
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By Arda Ocal | October 4, 2012
Before sitting down to watch CM Punk: Best in the World , I had already heard a lot about it. Most people unanimously praised it, going so far as to say it was the greatest WWE DVD documentaryever created. The words “honest,” “open” and “real” were often used. I can confirm these sentiments. The DVD is honest, open and real. But what I found most intriguing about the DVD is how much I found myself relating to CM Punk, and how likely it is that many working-class people watching the DVD will also relate to CM Punk's trials and tribulations, even if you don't have much in common with him. The DVD follows a logical life timeline, with sprinkles of Punk's interests and happenings in between chapters.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2012
The Ravens are the sudden darlings of the NFL after they pulverized the Cincinnati Bengals in a prime time setting on Monday night. But as they prepare for a Philadelphia Eagles team that barely edged the Cleveland Browns in their season opener, recent history suggests that the Ravens shouldn't get too comfortable with their sudden status near the top of many NFL power rankings. In the last three seasons, the Ravens are 5-7 following victories in the season opener and wins against teams with winning records.
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By M. Dion Thompson and M. Dion Thompson,SUN STAFF | December 23, 1996
Two days till Christmas, and the meltdown is upon us. In less than 48 hours, we'll get a chance to catch our breath amid piles of torn wrapping paper.But only for a day. The after Christmas sale is coming, then Evita, then the Super Bowl. And, there's still time to see "101 Dalmatians" before it hits the $1.50 theater in South Baltimore.Forget what you've heard about this being the computer age, or the information age. This is the Age of Hype. And Christmas is its high season. The holiday's religious foundation is almost lost under the piles of wrapping paper, mistletoe and 25 percent off sales notices.
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By CHILDS WALKER | July 31, 2008
Given its ratio of hype to real-world importance, baseball's trading deadline has to rank with preseason football among the most overblown happenings in human history. Every year, baseball scribes spend July concocting trade scenarios, most of which never happen. The deals that do go down? Well, they rarely make much of a difference. Yet ESPN will give us a multihour "deadline special" today, and many Orioles fans will doubtless feel disappointed when the club fails to consummate a deal.
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By Arda Ocal | September 5, 2012
WrestleMania 29 is shaping up to be a blockbuster event. I know it's eight months away, and WWE has at least six pay-per-view events before it, but hear me out. Today, we live in a big-name, part-time environment. What I mean by that is that the biggest draws in WWE - like Brock Lesnar, The Rock, etc. - appear sporadically. One place you can almost guarantee they will appear is at WrestleMania, the biggest event of the year. The Rock appeared at the WrestleMania 29 press conference in February and confirmed that he would be a part of the festivities.
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Kevin Cowherd | August 12, 2012
The kid came pretty much as advertised. Mid-90s fastball with all sorts of hop. A back-breaking change-up that had batters swinging 20 minutes early. All sorts of poise, the kind that comes from having a ton of God-given talent and playing for a big-time college program like LSU's. Yeah, Kevin Gausman, the Orioles' top choice in the 2012 draft, pretty much dazzled in his home debut Sunday at Ripken Stadium in the Aberdeen IronBirds' 3-1 win over the Connecticut Tigers. Working as if he had a plane to catch, the tall right-hander held the Tigers to one hit over three innings, striking out three and walking none.
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