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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2012
It's the day after American Copy Editors Society's New Orleans conference, the cat has grudgingly conceded that I still live here, and Haydn's Symphony No. 90 is bouncing away in the background. Life is good, and ACES was grand. So grand that I would like to share some high points of my time in the Crescent City, beginning with a personal triumph. Pretty much all 350 participants showed up for the stylebook session Friday morning, at which Associated Press Stylebook editors David Minthorn and Darrell Christian touched off the bombshell that AP will cease to use periods when abbreviating United States . The moment of triumph came when they responded directly to my post "Fix it, AP Stylebook.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
National anthem: Citizen Cope, a Washington-based singer and musician once dubbed "Washington's most soulful export since Marvin Gaye" gives a slowful rendition. Unlike most anthem singles who join fans in Maryland for their "O" moment, Cope waits until they're done to finish. First pitch ceremony: Scott McGregor, whose shutout to clinch the 1983 World Series in five games over the Philadelphia Phillies marked the last time the Orioles won it all, certainly does better than Boog Powell did with similar duties before Game 1 on Friday.
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NEWS
October 2, 2013
It is a sad day ("The unproductive shutdown," Oct. 1). Congratulations to our elected government officials. They have accomplished what the British could not do: They shut down Fort McHenry. H.J. McCormick, Linthicum
SPORTS
By Sam Mellinger and The Kansas City Star | October 6, 2014
KANSAS CITY -- By now, you have probably heard about Eric Hosmer and a bunch of his teammates using social media to invite friends to a bar downtown. You probably heard about the champagne being sprayed and that Hosmer -- how cool is this ? -- bought drinks for everyone there. But in the middle of that epic party after making the American League Championship Series, there was something else that tells a small but awesome story about a team and a town. The Royals star grabbed a bottle of champagne and handed it to a new friend of his, a salesman for a construction company.
NEWS
December 13, 2011
While the guilty verdict against former Gov. Robert Ehrlich's ex-campaign aide Paul Schurick is still fresh in people's minds, I'd like to remind readers that his conviction is not a referendum on our political persuasions ("Schurick convicted," Dec. 7). I am not alone in saying that Mr. Schurick's attempt to disenfranchise African-American voters was disgraceful. In my view, the jury responded swiftly and reasonably. Unfortunately, instead of restoring our confidence in the system and reminding us that his dirty campaign style and misconduct have no place in Maryland politics, many people seem to be taking out their score cards.
EXPLORE
July 27, 2011
During the evening of June 16, while driving south on Ingleside Avenue, my car's front windshield was struck and heavily damaged by a fouled hard ball from the fields near St. Timothy School. I immediately pulled over. It took several minutes to regain my composure after the sudden smashing of my windshield. As I exited the car, I saw a parent or coach retrieve the errant baseball. He appeared to not be the least concerned about my welfare. I approached the coaches, who explained that this sometimes happens when foul balls are hit. I asked who was in charge.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, b | August 5, 2011
There's a great moment at the beginning of this Swarovski clear video from Curren$y's performance at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival. "Y'all know what to do with your hands, right?" he asks. And then comes the sea of Jet signs, the thumb-and-pinkie gesture that represents everything Curren$y stands for - chillin', weed, women, sneakers and an appreciation for simple pleasures. (For Curren$y, JETS is an acronym for Just Enjoy This S---.) Seeing a whole crowd of fans at an indie/tastemaking-curated event takes the New Orleans rapper by genuine surprise; he lets out a hearty, I-can't-believe-this laugh straight into the microphone.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | June 30, 2011
While drinking my thermos of coffee and doing my daily morning roundup, I surfed upon an interesting item on Pro Football Talk. In a video segment, Mike Florio looked at the worst moments in Ravens history since the team came to Baltimore in 1996 -- that means all those awful Browns moments were excluded. The Ravens have certainly had more highs than lows in their 15 years here. There was the Super Bowl in 2000. They have drafted at least three Hall-of-Famers -- Jonathan Ogden, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed -- who have racked up a bunch of individual accolades.
SPORTS
June 3, 2011
His retirement Brian Schmitz Orlando Sentinel You're asking me — a longtime Orlando resident, writer and former Magic season ticket holder — to volunteer a favorite Shaq moment? Are you kidding? This is cruel and unusual punishment, like watching Shaq at the line. I'll tell you a great Shaq moment: Wednesday — when he retired. Orlando no longer has to look at him wearing another jersey. No longer will we be reminded of what never was. After four seasons, he bolted for L.A. in '96, taking the Magic's future with him. Yes, The Greatest Free-Agent Loss in Sports History.
SPORTS
By Mike Preston | November 19, 2012
Uh, oh, several of the Ravens were heard singing the song "Renegade" by Styx on their way back to the locker room. It's a very popular song that is often played at Heinz Field and several of the Ravens were reportedly wearing the "Terrible Towel" around their heads. It was certainly noticed by some members of the Pittsburgh media, and you can assume it will be talked about until the Ravens play the Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium in two weeks.  The rivalry continues.  
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
They have so much in common, these three long-dead holy women, their corpses dripping with jewels, that it's as though they've been calling back and forth to one another from across the centuries. Now that their images are in the same room at the American Visionary Art Museum , the murmur of their voices is almost audible. There's St. Kateri, holding a bouquet of her talisman - lilies - and reciting the Lord's Prayer in the Mohawk language. Embedded in the icon is a vial of water taken from the spring where Kateri lived in the 17th century.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
Pregame introductions: As the Orioles are introduced before Game 3, former Tigers outfielder Delmon Young does not get a friendly reception. And it's difficult to tell whether Tigers fans are booing Nelson Cruz because it sounds the same as when Orioles fans cheer him. National anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner is performed nicely by local a capella group, Vision Male Vocal Ensemble. Orioles fans make their presence known at the appropriate moment. Pregame ceremony: Former Detroit infielder Placido Polanco throws out the ceremonial first pitch, and the Tigers run a cool video tribute to the great stars of their storied history.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
National anthem: Soprano Chelsea Buyalos provided the second straight operatic anthem of the postseason. Ceremonial first pitch: Orioles vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson, an American League Division Series hero in his playing career, threw the ceremonial first ball Friday. First pitch: Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen threw a strike to Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler at 12:08 p.m., one minute after the scheduled start time. It was 66 degrees and cloudy.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Player introductions begin at 5:15: Predictably, biggest ovations for Buck Showalter, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz. First ball ceremony: Interesting first ball ceremony. Manny Machado, who was lost for the season with a knee injury in August, throws ceremonial first pitch to Matt Wieters, who missed five months of the season with an elbow injury. National Anthem: Rolando Sanz delivers terrific rendition. Shockingly, fans shout "O!" at just the right moment.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The TV audience for Tuesday night's division-clinching victory was almost twice as large as normal for an Orioles game on MASN this season, according to figures provided by the channel. O's games averaged a 5.9 household rating this season, which means 5.9 percent of cable TV homes in the Baltimore market watched the games throughout the season. But Tuesday night the percentage of cable TV homes in the Baltimore market tuned to the game was 11.6 percent. That translates to 127,000 homes and 179,000 viewers.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | September 13, 2014
After reading Chris Davis' apologetic statement on his suspension from the Orioles for taking a drug he wasn't allowed to take under the rules of Major League Baseball, I had to look up the word "mistake. " A "mistake" is what Davis said he made. His manager, an Orioles broadcaster and a teammate used the word as well. "I made a mistake by taking Adderall," Davis said. "We all make mistakes," said Buck Showalter. "The big boy made a mistake," said Joe Angel, one of the voices of the Orioles on radio.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
After throwing his first career shutout Wednesday, Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez was being interviewed by MASN's cameras when his teammate, Adam Jones, smashed a pie in the starter's face. As it was happening, Gonzalez uttered an expletive that was broadcast. “I knew [Jones] was coming, but I didn't know when, that's why he got me off guard,” Gonzalez said. “And I honestly didn't even realize it until someone told me what I said.” Gonzalez said he saw references to his slip up on Twitter and Facebook and he received texts from friends and family.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2012
The NFL will honor former Ravens and Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell with a moment of silence before each game played this weekend. Modell's two sons, John and David, learned of the news today after meeting with members of the media at the Ravens training complex in Owings Mills.  Both were touched by the announcement delivered by team president Dick Cass from commissioner Roger Goodell. Modell, 87, died Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital from natural causes.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
After throwing his first career shutout Wednesday, Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez was being interviewed by MASN's cameras when his teammate, Adam Jones, smashed a pie in the starter's face. As it was happening, Gonzalez uttered an expletive that was broadcast. “I knew [Jones] was coming, but I didn't know when, that's why he got me off guard,” Gonzalez said. “And I honestly didn't even realize it until someone told me what I said.” Gonzalez said he saw references to his slip up on Twitter and Facebook and he received texts from friends and family.
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