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By Nancy Menefee Jackson and Nancy Menefee Jackson,Contributing sports writer | September 1, 1991
Westminster High coach Jeff Oeming heads into the season with one good omen -- last year's junior varsity record.But he also has one persistent worry -- the big play.The Owls JV team was 7-1 last year, providing Oeming with a pool of talented, disciplined players to augment the 20 seniors he has on this year's 43-man roster.But Oeming worries about the big plays of other teams. He knows his power-oriented team needs time to play its game on the ground and score touchdowns."Our offense has to bepredicated on not making mistakes," he said.
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August 30, 2012
I am a dedicated Democrat, but one has to have some compassion for the Republicans who scheduled their convention in Florida during hurricane season ("Short session but high spirits," Aug. 28). In my circle, the jokes are flying. If the Republicans are that daring, what other chances would they take with our lives if they were in power? Are they gamblers or conservative thinkers? Why did they choose Florida at this time of the year? One of my friends reminded me that in September 2005 the Rev. Pat Robertson and other conservative religious leaders claimed that hurricane Katrina "was sent by God as an omen or a punishment for America's alleged sins.
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July 23, 2004
Jerry Goldsmith, 75, the Emmy- and Academy Award-winning composer who created scores for films as varied as Planet of the Apes, Patton, Chinatown and The Omen, died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. Nominated 18 times, he won an Oscar for 1976's The Omen. He also composed "Fanfare for Oscar," played on every Academy Award telecast since 1998.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2012
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has yet to name an Opening Day starter, but a slight adjustment to the team's pitching schedule might have shown his hand. Right-hander Jake Arrieta's scheduled day to pitch was Friday against the Tigers at home, but he's been moved back, according to Showalter, who said Arrieta will pitch on Saturday here in Bradenton against the Pirates. That would put Arrieta on pace have five days rest before starting Opening Day on April 6 against the Twins at Camden Yards.
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August 30, 2012
I am a dedicated Democrat, but one has to have some compassion for the Republicans who scheduled their convention in Florida during hurricane season ("Short session but high spirits," Aug. 28). In my circle, the jokes are flying. If the Republicans are that daring, what other chances would they take with our lives if they were in power? Are they gamblers or conservative thinkers? Why did they choose Florida at this time of the year? One of my friends reminded me that in September 2005 the Rev. Pat Robertson and other conservative religious leaders claimed that hurricane Katrina "was sent by God as an omen or a punishment for America's alleged sins.
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By Dan Berger | February 28, 2000
Some people think Democrats should not be allowed to vote in Republican primaries. Others want them banned from general elections. The way elected officials kick judges around, you would never guess how many of them or their spouses aspire to the bench. There is no more cheerful omen of spring than the first lacrosse player on the wing. A. "Homicide," homicide and drive-by shootings. Q. So why do you live here?
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By Michael Dresser | February 16, 1997
Note: Because of a production error, the 1996 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages Nouveau featured here last week was pictured with the wrong label.1996 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages Nouveau ($9). I don't make a practice of recommending Beaujolais Nouveau (I see most of them as pale versions of nonnouveaus), but this Duboeuf offering warrants notice. It is especially lively and vibrant. The intensity of the black cherry and raspberry flavors is an auspicious omen for the 1996 crop of "real" -- that is, nonnouveau -- Beaujolais.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | June 9, 2006
The separation of church and state has grown ever-fuzzier in our civic life. Before things get even further out of hand, I'd like to propose a separation of church and state in our horror movies. I don't mean religion; good and evil, heaven and hell, souls saved and savaged are at the core of horror fiction. But when moviemakers exploit church traditions to give their ghouls and goblins higher tone, the holiness rings hollow. And few combinations are as unsavory as sanctimony and sensationalism.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 25, 1999
PASADENA, Calif. -- The biggest problem with "Dilbert," the new UPN series based on the comic-strip satire of corporate life, is expectations.The United Paramount Network lost almost one-half its audience in the last year after a disastrous fall lineup of flops, like "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer," and "Dilbert" has been positioned as the show to stop the bleeding at UPN.That is too much to ask of any new series. And, judged in that super-hit context, some are going to call "Dilbert" a disappointment.
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By VITO STELLINO | October 21, 1990
At first glance, the San Francisco 49ers game against the Pittsburgh Steelers today is nothing special.It's supposed to be just another stop on the 49ers' road to their Dec. 3 battle with the unbeaten New York Giants in what may be the only game the rest of the season that really means anything.But if you believe in omens, today's game could mean a lot.The last time a 3-3 Pittsburgh team went to Candlestick Park to play an unbeaten 49ers team -- in 1984 -- the Steelers pulled a 20-17 upset.
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By Jamison Hensley and jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | January 15, 2010
The Ravens are likely catching another break in regards to the officials for Saturday night's playoff game at Indianapolis. Carl Cheffers' crew has called the least amount of pass interference penalties in the NFL this season. That group has thrown five flags for pass interference in 15 regular-season games. That could be an important part of the game for the Ravens, who might have to defend between 30 to 35 passes from Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. In fact, Cheffers' crew has called the fifth-fewest penalties this season (180)
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | May 17, 2007
Maybe it's the first sign of a reversal of fortune - and maybe not. But Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and second-place finisher Hard Spun drew each other's Derby starting gate numbers yesterday for Saturday's 132nd Preakness at Pimlico Race Course. "This time, we got the seven hole and they got the eight," said Hard Spun's trainer, Larry Jones. "Maybe that means this time we'll get the win and he gets second." If that was supposed to put pressure on Street Sense trainer Carl Nafzger, Jones will have to try again.
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By Robert Little and Robert Little,Sun reporter | March 1, 2007
NEW YORK -- The signs were everywhere, all of them bad. A television commentator standing on Wall Street chattered on about the Nikkei index in Japan, which had plunged almost 3 percent. A stock ticker inside the deli around the corner rolled through the results of every market from London to Hong Kong, most of them startlingly negative and printed in red, like blood. The American markets, it seemed, were doomed. Yet, as traders in colored vests and men in black trench coats disappeared inside the New York Stock Exchange yesterday to resume trading after the market's largest percentage drop since March 2003, they shrugged off the omens with a smile or a wink.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | June 9, 2006
The separation of church and state has grown ever-fuzzier in our civic life. Before things get even further out of hand, I'd like to propose a separation of church and state in our horror movies. I don't mean religion; good and evil, heaven and hell, souls saved and savaged are at the core of horror fiction. But when moviemakers exploit church traditions to give their ghouls and goblins higher tone, the holiness rings hollow. And few combinations are as unsavory as sanctimony and sensationalism.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | June 6, 2006
John Moore's remake of The Omen is an almost scene-for-scene remake of the original 1976 film, so what's the point? Other than to have something in theaters today - 6/6/06, the much-heralded day of the devil - there probably is none. The new film certainly doesn't re-interpret anything, doesn't move the proceedings from black-and-white to color, and doesn't change the point-of-view or flesh out some characters or even fool around much with the tone. Besides offering the giddy pleasure of seeing Mia Farrow play a demonic nanny, there's not much to the film that a repeat viewing of its earlier incarnation couldn't provide.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | March 4, 2006
The labor strife gripping the NFL is actually two separate disagreements. The one between the players and owners is making headlines because it involves the salary cap and could lead to wholesale lineup changes, but the disagreement between the rich and not-as-rich owners figures to be more important in the long run. It centers on what has to be the most dangerous phrase in sports, the one that football owners have studiously avoided while watching it...
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By Jacques Kelly | October 16, 1999
THE HORSE THAT RAN in Wednesday afternoon's 10th race at Laurel was no ordinary entry. His name was Joe Kelly, proudly named after my father, the Joe Kelly who resides in the Guilford Avenue house that I so often recall.My father joined this newspaper in 1944 and soon began a lengthy career covering horse racing. One of my earliest childhood memories is the drive to Pimlico, over the spindly iron Belvedere Avenue Bridge to Old Hilltop. My father retains the same parking space today as he had in 1954, perhaps 1944.
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By Peter A. Jay | January 5, 1997
HAVRE DE GRACE -- In the evolution of human organizations, life cycles vary enormously. Some endure almost unchanged from generation to generation. Others, like over-fertilized plants, suddenly grow to tremendous size and then, just as suddenly, collapse.I've been thinking for some time that McDonald's may be one of the latter, and in a way it's sort of sad. There's a soft spot in my heart for the Golden Arches. If all the McDonald's hamburgers I've eaten over the years were piled one on top of the other, I don't know how high they'd reach, but it would be an impressive albeit slightly nauseating spectacle.
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By Rick Maese | September 18, 2005
COLLEGE PARK - If you're the superstitious sort, you rub a bronze turtle when you come out of the tunnel and charge onto the field. That's what the Maryland Terrapins do before every home game. If you're the superstitious sort, you notice that your team posted a winning record two seasons ago. Then when your wife stops making crab dip before the games, your team goes 5-6. This season, you make sure Gloria Friedgen is making crab dip again. And if you're the superstitious sort and you find someone parked in your special parking spot at work, you get that car moved as soon as possible.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN STAFF | May 3, 2005
Mother's Day isn't until the weekend, colleges haven't held graduations yet and the mint juleps are still full to the brim in Louisville. It's barely May, barely a blip into spring, barely a fraction into the Major League Baseball season. To a man, the Orioles keep chirping that it is simply too early to get overly excited, too premature to start thinking, "Why not?" But then again ... The Orioles' 17-7 record heading into last night was their best start to a season since 1997, when they led wire-to-wire in winning the American League East Division.
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