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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | May 10, 1992
The big horse fired, then fizzled.Best Pal, a 3-5 favorite in the Pimlico Special betting, had his shot at a fifth straight victory yesterday, but the Pimlico curse caught him again."
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Davidsonville author Melissa Stanton once had the world's best excuse for cutting work meetings short. "I have to go," she would say. "George Clooney is on the line. " It worked because it was true. Stanton, now 48, spent more than a decade at Time Inc., where she was a senior editor at Life and People magazines and worked on special projects such as the annual "Sexiest Man Alive" issue of People. Then came the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Stanton's husband went into work late that morning.
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March 8, 1992
ARCADIA, Calif. -- Running with screws and and an acrylic patch holding together a crack in his left rear hoof, Best Pal still outclassed the field in yesterday's $1 million Santa Anita Handicap.Best Pal, ridden by Kent Desmormeaux, overtook the front-runners in the final turn and pulled away down the stretch to become the richest horse currently running in North America.A California-bred son of Habitony, Best Pal beat Twilight Agenda by 5 1/2 lengths, with Defensive Play another 2 1/4 lengths back in third.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2013
Judy Pal, the chief of staff to Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts, is leaving after one year in the position, and sources say Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's former assistant will take her spot. Pal is a communications consultant who had worked in several police departments before her appointment, which was Batts' first personnel move. She began work here on Oct. 1, 2012 and oversaw administrative functions for the department. Pal could not immediately be reached for comment.  Sources with knowledge of the situation said Ganesha Martin, who worked as a special assistant to Rawlings-Blake, will be Pal's replacement.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | May 4, 1992
Barring any unexpected setbacks, Best Pal is set to run in the $700,000 Pimlico Special on Saturday after a workout yesterday morning that allayed trainer Gary Jones' doubts about the horse's liking for the racing surface."
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By Paula Lavigne and Paula Lavigne,SUN STAFF | June 19, 1998
The National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations (Nasdaq) made an investment in the futures of Baltimore's youth yesterday by donating leftover computer equipment to the Baltimore Police Athletic League.Fifty personal computers, retired when the stock marketupdated its operations in greater Washington, were delivered yesterday for distribution to youth centers used by the PAL. The PAL has a 3-year-old program designed to reduce juvenile crime by allowing young people to work with police officers in recreational and educational activities.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Evening Sun Staff | May 3, 1991
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- He is just a plain bay gelding.Hardly the stuff Kentucky Derby legends are made of.But, in this observer's opinion, Best Pal is going to be the first gelding since Clyde Van Dusen in 1929 to win the Kentucky Derby."
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | May 1, 1991
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Best Pal, like Ian Jory, is a model of composure. He seldom gets rattled, and he sleeps a lot. "But I don't know what he dreams about," Jory says.Jory draws laughs with that line because his star trainee is different from the other top contenders aiming for Saturday's 117th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Fly So Free, Hansel, Strike the Gold are all well-bred colts who could dream of future engagements in the breeding shed. Best Pal is a gelding.Male horses are usually castrated at an early age and for a variety of reasons -- not the least of which is the lack of a stellar pedigree.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | May 9, 1992
Trainers have said all week that they are running against Best Pal, the heavy favorite in today's Pimlico Special, just in case "he stubs his toe."Instead, the horse just might get stuck in the mud.The complexion of the $700,000 race changed considerably yesterday after heavy rains soaked the course.More sporadic showers are forecast for today, but even a drying-out course brings back memories of the same sort of track Best Pal caught last year in the Preakness. He finished fifth."What's the thing you dislike most about training horses that you have no control over?"
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1996
A Baltimore police major who was removed as head of the Police Athletic League program amid an internal investigation into his conduct has retired from the force, ending a 26-year career with the department.Maj. Frank Melcavage, 49, retired Monday. Details of the investigation, the subject of numerous rumors at the downtown police headquarters building, will not be made public."I'm not going to get in it," said spokesman Sam Ringgold. "It was an allegation that wasn't proved one way or another because the retirement stopped the investigation."
HEALTH
By Catherine Mallette and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2013
Right from the start, I knew we would have problems in our relationship. We were too much alike, he and I. Type A. Achievers. The kind who love lists and checking things off. The kind who love control. And yet, as the new year rolled in with all its resolutions and promises of change, I made a commitment to him. I downloaded the app to my phone and linked myself for the foreseeable future to MyFitnessPal. He made promises, and I did, too. But could we keep them? After all, we both wanted the same thing: We were determined to get rid of the eight pounds that had crept onto my frame in the last year.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2012
Michael Phelps surprised his best friend and roommate earlier this week by dropping into his poker match in Montreal. "Pumped for the kid today!!" Phelps Tweeted when he arrived at the World Poker Tour competition to support Jeff Gross. "Just surprised him for the final 6 of the #wptmontreal. " Phelps later said in an interview with WPT.com that he had to be there for his buddy. "Gotta support the kid," he told WPT. "Jeff has been my best friend for a long time. I know how excited he is about tonight.
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By John-John Williams IV | September 28, 2012
One person who was noticeably missing from the Emmys red carpet was Baltimore-native Stacy Keibler. Sure, she didn't have a link to this year's awards, but she's been a designer's dream -- being named to the New York Post's Best Dressed list for New York Fashion Week with the likes of Anna Wintour, Tyra Banks and Paris Hilton. Keibler was busy tweeting shout-outs to the Ravens as they squeaked out a last-second win versus the New England Patriots. Keibler tweeted numerous messages about the game, including this one about Torrey Smith: "So proud of you @TorreySmithWR.
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By Matt Slovin and The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones will be reunited with the Tigers' Quintin Berry this weekend when Baltimore hosts Detroit at Camden Yards. Berry and Jones grew up together in San Diego and played high school baseball together. The former teammates plan to eat dinner together before the series begins, according to a story in the Detroit Free Press . “It will be awesome,” Berry said told the Free Press. “My biggest dream since he got to the big leagues was to get the opportunity to play against him one day.” The outfielders took different routes to get to this point.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2012
Pit bull owners and other animal advocates won't get a chance to overturn a recent Court of Appeals decision labeling the breed as dangerous during the special General Assembly session now under way, but they might get their chance if the legislature reconvenes this summer to consider gambling issues. Senate PresidentThomas V. Mike Millerindicated that he's amenable to putting the issue on the agenda and encouraged people who want action before next January to make their views known to Gov.Martin O'Malley.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2011
The Roth family moved to Phoenix in Baltimore County a year ago to be closer to better services for their 7-year-old daughter, Avery, who is autistic. By chance, their new neighbor, Katherine "Kay" Holman, was experienced in crafting inclusive programs for children with autism. "We were still in the process of moving in when she introduced herself," Jenni Roth recalled. "I looked her up, and said, 'Oh my.' It worked out really well. " The families quickly formed a friendship that led to Holman's organizing a neighborhood group called PAW Pals.
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | June 22, 1997
Nine-year-old Jonathan Thomas spent part of yesterday making a stomp rocket at the Baltimore Police Athletic League's second Summerfest, a police-sponsored fair that attracted about people to eat, dance, and play in sweltering Gwynns Falls Park.Thomas, who lives in Randallstown, rolled a blue square of paper around an 8-inch wooden dowel, taped it closed, added orange triangles to make wings, then closed off one end. He attached his hand-fashioned rocket to a rubber hose, then connected it to a rubber pump called an air bladder.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | May 1, 2003
Baltimore police are taking over the day-to-day operations of 18 Police Athletic League recreation centers from a nonprofit organization that no longer can handle running the program, city officials said yesterday. Mayor Martin O'Malley and Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark said residents will notice no changes in the centers, which are scattered throughout the city. "It's about the kids, and we're not going to close any centers," O'Malley said. The takeover from the nonprofit Police Athletic League Inc. is expected to begin soon.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2011
In the annals of holiday nostalgia, it's hardly up there in "Christmas Carol" territory. Still, the news that layaways are back has me feeling less Scrooge-like than I usually do when the holiday spend-a-thon season approaches. Major retailers like Walmart, you might have seen, are bringing back or expanding their layaway programs — those old, pay-by-installment plans that went by the wayside when credit cards became all too common. I'm not really a layaway type myself, but I'm glad it's made a comeback anyway.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers | August 4, 2011
AKRON, Ohio — The job isn't exactly one that takes applications. Not that a few dreamers haven't tried. "There's been a few," Tiger Woods said. "We've gotten a lot of interesting ones. " But one just doesn't ask to caddie for Tiger Woods. When the time is right, Woods will pick up the phone and ask someone to caddie for him. Only time will determine whether the new guy can generate the kind of chemistry Woods had with Steve Williams. Maybe he doesn't need to. No question, though, they'll face an adjustment period.
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