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By Los Angeles Times | August 6, 1995
JIUJIANG, China -- On New Year's Day, the Zhang family plastered red good-luck banners above their doorway, wishing for health, wealth and a good harvest in 1995. Now, the rain-smeared characters hover just above the water line in their flooded village -- testament to a run of bad luck.Mrs. Zhang looks at the flood waters -- reportedly the highest this century -- and shakes her head. "It's because of 'ren ba yue,' you know -- double August. This is an unlucky year."It's a lunar leap year in China, when an extra month is added to the lunar calendar to make it match the 365-day solar calendar.
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By Katie V. Jones | February 25, 2012
When Duncan Ferrin turned 3, his family took him out for dinner and then joined him for a fun game of laser tag. Plans are still up in the air for his fourth birthday this coming Wednesday, but the Century High School sophomore knows it will be fun. "We'll do something special," Ferrin said. While it's technically only his fourth actual birth date, Ferrin will be celebrating his 16 birthday, too. Ferrin's birthday falls on Feb. 29, a day that only occurs on calendars every four years — leap year.
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By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | August 2, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- How bad have state employees had it? So bad that even the calendar has conspired against them.First they were denied a pay raise. Then, because of ever-increasing budget deficits, they were stripped of automatic incremental raises and required to pay more for their health insurance. To top it off, the governor ordered those employees who were working 35 1/2 hours a week to work 40 hours a week with no increase in pay.Now they have to cope with -- of all things -- leap year.When Maryland employees opened their paychecks Wednesday, they discovered their take-home pay had actually gone down -- by about $1.05 for every $10,000 earned.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com | January 26, 2010
COLLEGE PARK -- At this time last year, the Maryland Terrapins were coming off a 41-point loss at Duke that left them 2-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. "Not our rivals," chanted the Duke students, always adept at hitting opponents where it hurts most. To many Maryland fans, the distance between the Terps and ACC powers Duke and North Carolina seemed to be lengthening at an alarming rate. It's hard to overstate how different the conference race feels a year later. Duke - which improved to 5-0 last season after dealing Terps coach Gary Williams his worst-ever Maryland loss - already has two league losses.
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By ROGER SIMON | March 9, 1992
Letters, calls and the roar of the crowd:Keith B. Levy, Severna Park: I have subscribed to The Sun for several years and each month I am billed $12.95 for the privilege.In January, which has 31 days, it is $12.95.In September, which has only 30 days, it is $12.95.Last February, which had only 28 days, it was $12.95.I don't have a problem with that and, when you write an especially good column, I even try to pay the bill on time.However, I just received my bill for this February and the bill contains a surcharge of 25 cents because it is a Leap Year.
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By Phyllis Flowers and Phyllis Lucas | February 24, 1992
We would like to say, "Happy Birthday!" to those who finally get to celebrate their birthday on their real birth date -- Feb. 29!And this year, it's on a Saturday, so you can celebrate all weekend to make up for the last four years. Have a nice weekend!Did you know that leap year, according to folklore, is the year that women get to pursue and propose marriage to a man? If you've beenwaiting for the past four years for your man to pop the question, take advantage of this leap year. Ask him now -- he may surprise you.*Belle Grove Elementary news: Congratulations to the students who were honored at a party Friday for achieving more than 100 points in the Math Super Stars program: Katie Chearney, Heather Clemmons, Kayla Cservek, Kevin Ebersole, Amanda LaBella, Jason Lhamon, Roger McGhee, Steven Moore, Charles Potts, Michael Renes and Shannon Whitmore.
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By Katie V. Jones | February 25, 2012
When Duncan Ferrin turned 3, his family took him out for dinner and then joined him for a fun game of laser tag. Plans are still up in the air for his fourth birthday this coming Wednesday, but the Century High School sophomore knows it will be fun. "We'll do something special," Ferrin said. While it's technically only his fourth actual birth date, Ferrin will be celebrating his 16 birthday, too. Ferrin's birthday falls on Feb. 29, a day that only occurs on calendars every four years — leap year.
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By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF | March 1, 1996
Glenn S. Segal braced for it, and he got it right on schedule."Happy Birthday, Mr. Segal. We're older than you are," chanted his sixth-graders yesterday at Dumbarton Middle School when he walked into his classroom, which had been decked out with cards, presents and "Happy Birthday, Big 8" chalked across the blackboard.As one of the nearly 10,000 leap year babies born in the United States on the quadrennial Feb. 29, Mr. Segal said he enjoys the jokes that seem to be the fate of people like himself.
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By FRANK ROYLANCE | January 31, 2008
February arrives at midnight. It's a leap year, so the month will have 29 days this year. The daylight hours are slowly lengthening, and average high temperatures at BWI rise a bit, from 42 tomorrow to 48 by month's end. Overnight lows climb from 24 to 29. The records range from 83 (Feb. 25, 1930) to minus 7 (Feb. 9, 1934 and Feb. 10, 1899). Five of Baltimore's 10 biggest snowstorms have struck between Feb. 11 and Feb. 19.
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By Victoria A. Brownworth and Victoria A. Brownworth,Special to the Sun | February 29, 2004
It's not some New Age metaphor or Taoist riddle. We all learned the rhyme in elementary school -- it was one of those catchy little ditties like "I before E, except after C, or when sounding like A, as in neighbor and weigh." Thirty days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest have thirty-one, though February's underdone with twenty-eight -- hold the line! Leap Year makes it twenty-nine. Thus, as with any other astronomical anomaly, like Halley's Comet or a solar eclipse, this very day -- leap day -- won't come again for another four years.
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By Michael Phillips and Michael Phillips,Tribune Newspapers | January 15, 2010
I used to think the apocalypse was so "tomorrow." Lately at the movies, though, what with "Zombieland" and "2012" and "The Road" and "Daybreakers," the end of the world seems so yesterday. Another day, another sky full of ash. Another ribbon of highway littered with charred vehicles and human remains. While we're on the subject: Why doesn't the apocalypse ever figure into a film like "Leap Year" or "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" Where it could really do some narrative good ?
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By FRANK ROYLANCE and FRANK ROYLANCE,frank.roylance@baltsun.com | January 14, 2010
Today is Jan. 1, 2763, on the old Julian calendar. The years were originally counted from the founding of the city of Rome. The system was seriously flawed, however, and slowly got out of sync with the seasons. So it was replaced, beginning in 1582, with the Gregorian calendar we use today. Its leap-year rules were devised to solve the calendar creep problem. The Julian system, meanwhile, continues to fall behind. Jan. 1 (Julian) will slip to Jan. 15 (Gregorian) in 2101.
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By Michael Sragow | December 25, 2009
Opening in two weeks Broken Embraces ( Sony Pictures Classics) Before he can move on with love, a blind writer must heal from a car accident 14 years earlier that took his wife and directing career. With Penelope Cruz Daybreakers (Lionsgate) Humans have become an endangered species, hunted and forced into hiding after a mysterious plague transforms the majority of the world's population into vampires. With Ethan Hawke. Leap Year (Universal Pictures)
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March 2, 2008
As reported March 2, 1988, in The Howard Sun: Marian Sleeper has a special birthday party every four years. None of her friends ever forgets it. She's one of those chosen few who just happened to be born Feb. 29 - a leap year birthday baby. The 36-year-old mother of three and part owner of an outdoors supply store, Patapsco Outfitters on U.S. 40, officially celebrated her ninth birthday Monday. Actually, 25 people celebrated her birthday with a party Saturday at her Sykesville home.
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By Tyeesha Dixon and Tyeesha Dixon,Sun reporter | March 1, 2008
Shannon Radebaugh went into labor Thursday, but not in time to deliver her baby girl until midnight had passed. "I was hoping at first that it was not going to be a Leap Year baby," she said yesterday as she nursed daughter Heidi in their room at Mercy Medical Center. "I guess the big thing is, when do we celebrate her birthday?" By the afternoon, however, Mom was seeing things a little differently. "She knew she was destined to be a star," Radebaugh said. "She wanted to come into this world with a bang."
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February 29, 2008
Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer got us thinking about that extra day in the calendar during leap year - that would be today - and the possibility of breaking free from the constraints of daily life. The mayor urged Annapolitans to reflect on the gift of an extra 24 hours and not waste it. Consider taking another 10 minutes for lunch, she said. But why be stingy? If we've got an extra day, let's take it. Why not make leap day an official holiday? Heck, it only comes once every four years.
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