By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2013
Despite all the cliff drama in the past week that sent stocks spiraling downward, all three major U.S. stock indices ended the year higher — which might come as a surprise to many investors U.S. stocks rallied Monday in the last hours of trading for 2012, as it appeared Washington lawmakers had reached a deal to prevent a combination of automatic spending cuts and tax increases known as the fiscal cliff. Despite the recent political drama that sent stocks spiraling downward, all three major U.S. stock indices ended the year higher — which might come as a surprise to many investors "If you just read the headlines and took people's pulse, you would think the market was down 5 to 10 percent," said Andy Brooks, head of U.S equity trading at Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price.
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2012
Mercifully, the recent vogue for making a statement with which the speaker does not really agree and canceling it by saying "Not" appears to have crested and subsided. Not particularly witty in the first place, it quickly became monotonous through parroting. Surely no one mourns its passing.* Today, by chance, I discovered that it was not all that original. From the opening of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe story "Immune to Murder," published in 1955: "'A fine way to serve your country,' I told him. 'Not.'" No doubt research would turn up even earlier examples of this feeble device.
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2012
A Pew study on coverage of the presidential race reveals a generally negative press for both candidates -- and a particularly hostile social media. It also catalogs a sharp shift toward more favorable coverage for GOP candidate Mitt Romney after President Obama's poor first debate performance. Obama does, however, get a slight edge in favorable coverage over the length of the study. The first finding might seem like only piling up of data on the obvious, but if you go inside the numbers and think about them, there is much to chew on. I think the resolutely negative tone on Twitter and Facebook especially is a real problem for democracy.
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2012
BOSTON -- After he was hit in the head in the ninth inning of Friday night's game, Orioles second baseman Robert Andino was out of the starting lineup for this afternoon's game. Andino, who took a 94-mph fastball to the back of his helmet from Mark Melancon, went to a local hospital after Friday's game to get a CT scan, the results of which were negative. He was scheduled to take a concussion test before today's game. He'd have to pass that before he's cleared to play. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he's optimistic that if cleared Andino would return to the starting lineup on Sunday.
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2012
One of the biggest mysteries involving the Orioles' success this season is how they can be 18 games over .500 and yet have been outscored by 21 runs this year. The easy answer is that they have won 27 games by one run and 22 more by two runs. And 23 of their 63 losses have been by five runs or more. So they win close ones and get blown away in their losses. Only two other teams that are currently above .500 have a negative run differential - and both of those teams have won one more game than they have lost.
September 10, 2012
After watching parts of both the Republican and Democratic conventions, I have one thing to say to the candidates and members of both parties: You can't build yourself up by tearing someone else down. To me, respect for self and others is the best way to keep our nation growing. Faith F. Arrington, Dayton
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2012
The space sure looked like a science lab, with beakers full of brightly-hued potions and a dry-erase board covered in graphs and mathematical scrawl. But at the heart of the operation sits a hunk of metal with a hand crank on the side. "It's a pasta maker," said Barry Margulies, a biology professor who presides over the Towson University lab. No joke. When it occurred to Margulies' graduate researcher that Williams Sonoma might have the answer to their prayers, it was a major breakthrough for the lab's efforts to treat one of America's most prevalent sexually transmitted diseases.
By Doyle McManus | August 2, 2012
When the Olympic Games began almost 30 centuries ago in ancient Greece, rulers of city-states proclaimed an "Olympic truce," a ban on warfare to allow athletes, poets and spectators to attend without getting speared. It would be nice to think that this year's Olympics might turn into the occasion for a domestic political truce, a summer vacation from the ferocious character attacks each side has been leveling at the other's candidate. But it's not going to happen. Why? Because negative advertising works.
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2012
X-rays taken on shortstop J.J. Hardy's left side following the Orioles' 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday afternoon were negative. Hardy, who was drilled in the side by a 91-mph fastball from James Shields in a five-run fifth inning, said he had a sizable bruise. He entered the Orioles' clubhouse with his torso wrapped in ice. "They're fine," he said. "They hurt but they're fine. They hurt a lot. " Hardy has started in 96 of the Orioles' 99 games this season and is playing through a sore throwing shoulder.
By Dan Connolly | July 21, 2012
The Orioles, who have been dealing with plenty of bad injury news recently, may have gotten some good news Saturday night. Reliever Matt Lindstrom, who had to leave Friday's game in the eighth inning after getting hit on the inside of his left knee by a liner, had an X-ray on Saturday. And, according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter, it came back negative. Although Lindstrom's knee is still swollen and tender, the belief is that it is just a nasty bruise, and the hope is he can avoid a disabled list stint.
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