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April 4, 2013
The Baltimore Orioles are back in town for their home opener on Friday, and this is the moment when newspaper editorialists generally wax poetic about baseball in spring, fathers and sons, the uncertain state of the national pastime and hope springing eternal. There's usually a bit about how baseball is like life, how you have brief moments of action but mostly it's about planning and anticipation and how even the greatest ballplayers and teams do not succeed much of the time. Oh, we could go on. References to baseball movies like "Field of Dreams" or "The Natural" are big, too. And there's usually a few jokes about how baseball relates to the politics of the day or maybe a famous quote or two. Like how Harry Truman once presciently warned the owner of the Washington Senators to look out for Richard Nixon's curve.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2013
(Note: This post has nothing to do with Baltimore other than the fact the performance discussed took place sort of close to it. And, Beyonce is performing at the Super Bowl this year -- where the Ravens will take on the 49ers. This is more of a rant that I felt needed to be said.) Congratulations Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o, there's a new national nightmare for everyone to debate ad nauseam . This one, at least, is simpler: Beyonce. Inauguration. Lip-syncing. Huh, really?
TRAVEL
By Zach Sparks, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2013
Whether you're stuffing your face with a KFC Double Down sandwich or watching Gordon Ramsay roast professional chefs on "Hell's Kitchen," you're sharing in one of society's biggest obsessions: food. "Food is hot," said Paula Johnson, curator for the new exhibit "FOOD: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000," which opened recently in Washington. "It's a topic people are very interested in, as evidenced by TV, books and blogs. " Johnson's exhibit, on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, examines the transformation of food and the ways it has shaped American culture.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | December 24, 2012
When will liberals stop living in the past? Specifically, when will they accept that they aren't all that stands between a wonderful, tolerant America and Jim Crow? I was in the room when, during the Democratic National Convention, civil rights hero John Lewis suggested that Republicans wanted to "go back" to the days when black men like him could be beaten in the street by the enforcers of Jim Crow. I thought it an outrageous and disgusting bit of demagoguery. The audience of Democratic delegates cheered in a riot of self-congratulation.
NEWS
September 4, 2012
The fact that the Baltimore Grand Prix happened at all - much less that it went smoothly - is remarkable and a testament to the professional management its new organizers brought to the event. Race On LLC and Andretti Sports Marketing took over management about 100 days before the race, and many - including this editorial page - questioned whether they could pull it off in that time. They did, and by many accounts they improved on some aspects of last year's grand prix. That said, we defer judgment on whether the race should be considered a success.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | July 21, 2012
Once in a while, a politician lets slip how he really feels about something. To wit: Curt Anderson, leader of Baltimore delegates in the Maryland General Assembly, on negotiating a casino deal with Gov. Martin O'Malley — "It really makes you feel kind of unclean. " I mean, when it comes to political quotations, that's practically Biblical in grandeur. Here's the full precious statement, as reported by the Associated Press: "This thing is all so murky, it really makes you feel kind of unclean.
FEATURES
By Lauren Schein and Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2012
As is the case with many 20somethings looking to kill some "down time" at work, I've developed a pretty healthy relationship with the blogosphere. From daily reads to the love-to-hates, my routine involves a standing date with the half dozen or so on my Rolodex of favorites. These run the gamut from cooking adventures to vapid model types chronicling their daily "my life is a catwalk" shtick, to a few truly decent sites where I honestly care about what they have to say.  Prior to my betrothed status, I would occasionally sneak into the wedding blog world -- quickly exiting before someone yelled "Imposter!"
SPORTS
By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2012
Milford Mill boys basketball coach Albert Holley begins knocking out his checklist the night before a big game. The clothes are washed and neatly folded. The dishes are clean, and the kitchen's granite countertop is free of fingerprint smudges. The rest of the house is just as spotless. In the morning, he feels the need to stick around until his wife leaves for work and their two daughters are off to school, making sure no last-minute messes are left behind. As he heads to the front door, Holley passes through the foyer where the frills on the rug have to be perfectly straight.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | February 12, 2012
It sounds good, like something all of us would want to join: Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government. But my perusal of the organization's website reveals little more than obsessive concern with transgender people being in society - and having to use, as all of us must at times, public restrooms. The organization suggests that transgender people are just a bunch of perverted, cross-dressing men who want access to women's bathrooms and locker rooms. Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government has been fighting state and local efforts to outlaw specific discrimination against the transgendered.
SPORTS
By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2011
At 19, faced with the possibility of not being able to play baseball for the summer, Dan Duquette struck out on his own. He created a semipro team to represent his hometown. Duquette corralled players, drummed up sponsors and even dragged the ballfield. He went door-to-door in the mill town of Dalton, Mass. (pop. 6,500), begging donations for bats, balls and travel costs. He persuaded the owner of the local bar, The Hard Hat, to buy uniforms. And he organized a 30-game schedule for his team, the Collegians, an adventurous slate that encompassed a four-state area.
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