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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2011
Kentucky Derby winnerAnimal Kingdom was made a 2-1 morning-line favorite Wednesday for the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes after he drew the No. 9 stall in the post position draw. Animal Kingdom, who is conditioned by Maryland trainer Graham Motion, will have his work cut out for him as he tries to become just the 12th horse to win the Derby and the Belmont. Only four winners have come from that position since 1905. But Motion said he doesn't think it will matter much. When horses are running a mile and a half, post position is less important.
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By Julie Scharper and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
For two years, the crew of the USS Jeannette was trapped in ice north of the Bering Sea. The sailors staged musicals, played football, ate seal meat (which they dubbed "arctic turkey") and even performed surgery on the eye of a crew member afflicted with syphilis. Then, in June 1881, the real adventure began: The Jeannette sank. The men loaded their provisions onto dog sleds and began the trek to Siberia, some 1,000 miles away. Journalist Hampton Sides tells the story of the Jeannette's star-crossed expedition in his latest book, "In the Kingdom of Ice. " Sides spent more than three years poring over thousands of pages of records kept by the ship's captain, letters, diary entries and testimony from the 13 men who survived the brutal journey.
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By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,Sun Art Critic | September 4, 1994
Most of the art of Africa before this century has been lost because of its fragile materials, such as wood and textiles. But from the West African kingdom of Benin comes one of the world's great treasures: bronze sculptures that date back as far as the 14th century. They record a highly centralized culture in which artists were so prized that they acted as the king's advisers on matters of state.Benin, says Baltimore Museum of Art curator Frederick Lamp, was "one of the most powerful and proud civilizations of Africa.
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March 21, 2014
Susan Reimer 's raging is in vain. ( "Is the death of Westboro Baptist leader Fred Phelps cause for celebration?" March 21.) Pastor Fred Phelps preached a faithful gospel to this generation, and he was the soul that The Lord our God used to teach the servants of God at Westboro Baptist Church how to be faithful and so forth. Pastor Phelps has not picketed a soldier funeral since 2007. That work was done by others, and The Lord willing, we will continue to be faithful to warn you, as the hour is short.
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By Tara Finnegan | August 25, 1991
For Roger Kingdom, keeping a tight rein on his Olympic 110-meter hurdles title is the focal point of his comeback.While training to make the U.S. team for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, Kingdom is running down an unprecedented dream."
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 21, 1996
ATLANTA -- There was magic in his name and an air of invincibility surrounding his persona. From the moment in 1984 when he upset Greg Foster in Los Angeles to win his first Olympic gold medal, and for much of the decade, Roger Kingdom was the dominant figure in the 110-meter hurdles and one of the most luminous in the track-and-field world.He won another Olympic gold medal in Seoul in 1988.He was ranked No. 1 in the world five times in seven years."He was the man," said Allen Johnson, then an aspiring decathlete growing up in Burke, Va., now ranked second in the world in the 110 hurdles.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Johannesburg Bureau | August 16, 1993
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The sight once struck fear into the heart of the British Empire -- thousands of Zulus, dressed in skins and feathers, carrying spears and shields, dancing, chanting, marching in unison.Their ancestors dealt the British a rare defeat on the field in the bloody advance of colonialism more than a century ago.Twice in recent weeks some 50,000 Zulus -- most clad and armed in the traditional fashion -- have gathered at the calling of their king, 45-year-old Goodwill Zwelithini.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | September 28, 2007
If the anti-terrorist thriller The Kingdom had been released in 2004, it might have helped John Kerry win the presidential election. With eye-opening audacity, it adopts the same message that brought ridicule on Kerry: The fight against terrorism should be a massive police action, not a war. And director Peter Berg, who directed the movie Friday Night Lights and is the creative force behind the TV show of the same name (one of the best network episodic dramas...
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By Jeff Griffith | July 7, 1991
The Editor heaved his vast bulk forward, hunched over his goblet, and attempted to appear thoughtful.He rubbed his chin as he spoke."The triumvirate hath amended the laws of the kingdom -- or at least decided to ignore some of them.""Indeed," said the Dead Politician, considering the innovative policies of his successors."Here's the deal, oh Great One. If Don Donaldo decrees that a law is a bad one, he may order that his liegemen ignore the violators of that law. 'Tis a most creative notion."
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | October 13, 1999
MARYLAND IS slowly building bridges from the kingdom of elementary-secondary to the kingdom of higher education.The instrument for this long-overdue development has a cumbersome title, the "Maryland Partnership for Teaching and Learning, K-16." Established in 1995 by the secretary of higher education, the chancellor of the university system and the state schools superintendent, the partnership is trying to create a seamless system from the earliest day children enter formal schooling to the day they receive their highest college degree.
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By Lane Page | August 19, 2013
Just beyond their green pasture, something special has the attention of horses Vogue, Pagan and Brisk and their pony buddy Lotto. Workmen are putting the finishing touches on an array of solar panels, so that on this steamy summer day, Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary and Eco-Retreat goes off the grid. The electric meter has indeed stopped spinning, but that is likely the only thing that has ceased activity there since summer 2012, when the 10.5-acre Ellicott City property cemented its status as a nonprofit with a mission of providing care, a safe haven and a home for unwanted, neglected and abused livestock.
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June 11, 2013
The talk about city projects always goes round and round. The mayor's glowing study for the magic kingdom of Harbor Point shows that there will be 9,200 permanent jobs and 7,200 construction jobs ("Mayor, builder push for Harbor Point tax deal," June 7). Another study shows 6,611 new jobs, of which 4,320 employees will live outside of the city. The developers state the obvious - that without public infrastructure, no development can take place. The cost of infrastructure is the city's responsibility so if it costs nothing, why not go ahead with it?
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By Chris Korman | November 14, 2012
Team Valor International, owner of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, has announced that Maryland-based trainer Graham Motion is once again hoping to prep the horse for a run in the $10 million Dubai World Cup next spring. Animal Kingdom finished a charging second in the Breeders' Cup Mile on Nov. 3, despite not racing for 259 days while recovering from a small fracture -- his second such injury since the 2011 Belmont. The colt stood in Motion's barn in Fair Hill for the beginning of the year, as Motion trained his best 3-year-olds toward this year's Kentucky Derby.
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Sports Digest | October 3, 2012
Breeders' Cup Motion's 'Kingdom' to compete in Mile Animal Kingdom will return in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile on the Santa Anita Park turf on Nov. 3 with a chance to become the first Kentucky Derby winner to go on to Breeders' Cup glory since Unbridled in 1990. The reigning champion 3-year-old male of 2011, who finished second in last year's Preakness after winning the Derby, scored an easy turf win Feb. 18 at Gulfstream Park in his only start this year. He developed a stress fracture of the ilium three weeks later that knocked him out of the Dubai World Cup. Over the summer, trainer Graham Motion suggested the Mile as an option if the colt didn't encounter any setbacks.
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By Chris Korman | June 6, 2012
Really, the frustration began at last year's Belmont. That's when Animal Kingdom, Graham Motion's finest horse to date, was cut off and, while veering away, clipped heels and almost tossed his jockey. It took a thunderous run at the end - the colt's specialty - to place sixth after winning the Kentucky Derby and finishing a close second at the Preakness. Animal Kingdom was injured in that race, suffering a fracture in his left hind leg that would require surgery. He spent the rest of the year resting and rehabbing.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2012
Graham Motion can't help but hear snippets of news coming from Elmont, N.Y., where I'll Have Another is preparing for a shot at the first Triple Crown in 34 years. "It's great for the sport," the Fair Hill-based trainer said. "But for us, it's tough, too. The length that he won by at Preakness, we lost by that much last year. " Motion can take some solace in knowing the colt that gave him such a gallant run, Animal Kingdom, is finally headed back toward the race track.
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By ASCRIBE NEWS | March 2, 2000
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The remains of 18 people -- apparently left as they fell during an altercation at the end of the Old Kingdom in Egypt -- may shed light on the last days of the Old Kingdom, according to a Pennsylvania State University researcher. "Several texts suggest that some kind of upheaval resulting in civil disorder occurred at the end of the Old Kingdom," says Donald B. Redford, professor of classics and ancient Mediterranean studies. "Until now, there has been no archaeological evidence of these events."
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 15, 2003
WASHINGTON - The suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia this week have added new strains to a U.S.-Saudi relationship that has been under pressure for two years as a result of the U.S.-led war on terror and deep disagreements over Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The U.S. ambassador to the kingdom complained yesterday that Saudi authorities had failed to bolster their protection of Western residential sites in the kingdom, despite U.S. requests after threats of a terrorist attack had come to light.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2012
What a scene it would have been. Bodemeister, the 4-1 morning line favorite, seemed to run effortlessly around most of track at Churchill Downs on Saturday, opening a lead of four lengths coming out of the final turn. He would have been trainer Bob Baffert's fourth Kentucky Derby winner. He would have invoked reverential talk of horses gone by. He would have been the next one with a true shot at ending a Triple Crown drought that has lasted since 1978. But Bodemeister - whose name comes from a nickname for Baffert's son Bode - got tired.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2012
Graham Motion shrugs his shoulders when asked, then offers, as usual, a dirt-honest appraisal of his horse, Went the Day Well . "He's a good horse, deserves to be here," the trainer of last year's Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom , said about his entrant in the 138th running of the Triple Crown's first leg. "We'll find out if he's good enough to win it. " It takes a few seconds, but Motion then realizes it: he didn't feel...
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