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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
It was in June 2010 that I inaugurated a weekly video joke at this blog, and you have since been favored with scores of groaners. Now comes a hiatus, which may be permanent.  It has become increasingly troublesome and laborious to find jokes that possess even a remote claim to being funny and are also clean enough to be published here. Besides, Hollywood never called. So I am taking a break, without having decided whether to resurrect the weekly joke or turn to some other feature yet to be devised.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has said he is considering a run for president in 2016, will report raising just more than $104,000 in two federal political committees during the first three months of this year. The number is a far cry from the $1.7 million the term-limited governor raised through the two committees last year, but aides say it reflects the fact that O'Malley did not solicit campaign cash during the state's General Assembly session that ended last week. The governor traveled extensively last year, headlining a major fundraising dinner for the New Hampshire Democratic Party in November, for instance, and there are indications he will step up the effort even more now that session is over.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has said he is considering a run for president in 2016, will report raising just more than $104,000 in two federal political committees during the first three months of this year. The number is a far cry from the $1.7 million the term-limited governor raised through the two committees last year, but aides say it reflects the fact that O'Malley did not solicit campaign cash during the state's General Assembly session that ended last week. The governor traveled extensively last year, headlining a major fundraising dinner for the New Hampshire Democratic Party in November, for instance, and there are indications he will step up the effort even more now that session is over.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
It was in June 2010 that I inaugurated a weekly video joke at this blog, and you have since been favored with scores of groaners. Now comes a hiatus, which may be permanent.  It has become increasingly troublesome and laborious to find jokes that possess even a remote claim to being funny and are also clean enough to be published here. Besides, Hollywood never called. So I am taking a break, without having decided whether to resurrect the weekly joke or turn to some other feature yet to be devised.
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April 4, 1999
Jan Brett, author of "The Mitten," recalls: "I remember the quiet times when, as a child, I felt I could enter my beautiful children's books. One of the joys of reading is that you can pause whenever you wish to think, imagine, dream, and then return with the turn of a page."-- "Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children," by Valerie V. Lewis and Walter M. Mayes
FEATURES
By NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | September 16, 1998
Couch potatoes need no longer wait for the commercials.A new VCR-like device will let TV watchers literally stop time: Replay Networks is rushing to shelves in November a black box that lets TV watchers pause live television.The 15-employee, 1-year-old Silicon Alley upstart is betting that its $999 Replay TV controller box will appeal to a broad base of TV addicts."People want more control over their TV-watching experience," said Jim Plant, Replay's marketing director.The box houses a 7-gigabyte hard-disc drive that starts recording when users hit the pause button on a special remote control.
NEWS
June 14, 1993
Music, speeches and fireworks will mark the 14th annual Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance tonight at Fort McHenry.The evening's ceremonies will begin at 6:15 p.m., and will feature a parade of state flags, a flyover by the Maryland Air National Guard, the singing of the National Anthem by Baltimore-born opera star Melvin Lowery and fireworks about 9:15 p.m.The recitation of the Pledge will take place at 7 p.m., led by state and local officials, including Senators...
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | February 18, 1998
MIAMI -- Do you pause in the Pledge of Allegiance?You could be violating a proposed Miami-Dade County Public Schools rule.Irked for years by people who pause in the Pledge of Allegiance, longtime school board member Holmes Braddock wants a new zTC rule that schoolchildren be taught to say "one nation under God" in one breath during their voluntary morning ritual.Braddock believes it's incorrect to pause, as many do, between "one nation" and "under God.""When you read it, there's no comma there," said Braddock, 72, an insurance underwriter who has been on the board for 36 years.
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By Tina Susman and Tina Susman,LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 12, 2008
BAGHDAD -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates endorsed yesterday the idea of a pause in the American troop drawdown this summer for the first time. . Gates' comments followed a meeting with the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, who favors a temporary break in the troop reduction after the last of five extra brigades leave as planned in July. The brigades were deployed in 2007 to quell Iraq's bloodshed, and their departure will bring troop levels down to about 134,000, the lowest since January 2007.
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By Richard Boudreaux and Richard Boudreaux,Los Angeles Times | January 8, 2009
JERUSALEM - Israel and Hamas scaled back their fighting in the Gaza Strip yesterday and considered a cease-fire proposal from Egypt and France, even as Israeli leaders weighed a deeper assault into the Palestinian militant group's urban strongholds. Fighting on the 12th day of the air, land and sea offensive all but halted for three hours during a unilateral Israeli pause. Israeli officials said they wanted to give diplomacy a chance, but they indicated that a decision to end or intensify the operation, aimed at halting rocket fire into Israel, could come by week's end. "From Israel's perspective, there's no contradiction between pursuing the military targets in Gaza and working in parallel on the diplomatic track," said Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev.
NEWS
September 19, 2013
If there was any doubt about how cowed America is by the gun lobby, it was erased today by Howard Schultz, the president, chairman and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company. After months of controversy over whether patrons should openly be allowed to carry firearms in the company's stores, Mr. Schultz issued an open letter to his fellow Americans announcing that he would not adopt a no-weapons policy but would kindly request that customers keep their guns at home. The letter appeared (among other places)
NEWS
September 9, 2013
I am a registered Democrat, and like many on both sides of the aisle, I am torn over Syria ("Deep Democratic misgivings over Syria," Sept. 5). I know this is not an easy or clear-cut issue, as it is one that I myself have vacillated over. But when I think about how the international community is sitting on its hands; how we could be drawn into another long, protracted and expensive war - a war that will disproportionately shoulder the burdens of battle on those who mainly come from poor and minority communities; how this war could reignite the ad nauseam talk about deficit reduction and how it is imperative that we cut more domestic spending - which, by the way, plays right into the hands of those who want to turn this country into a poor, sick nation of undereducated and exploited labor - I have to take pause.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2013
When top-ranked Loyola and No. 3 Maryland meet Saturday at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore in what is being billed as a rematch of last year's national title game, one interested observer who won't be actively involved in the proceedings is Kevin Warne. Warne was the defensive coordinator responsible for aiding the Terps' back-to-back appearances in NCAA tournament finals, but on August 14, he agreed to succeed Dave Urick as the head coach at Georgetown. The move wasn't surprising - what assistant coach doesn't dream of helming his own program?
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2013
Just two days away from its season opener against No. 6 Duke, No. 10 Denver still isn't sure which goalkeeper to start Saturday. The competition has boiled down to junior Jamie Faus and sophomore Ryan LaPlante, and coach Bill Tierney said he's contemplating giving playing time to both goalies over the next two or three weeks. “Everybody will tell you that you've got to develop your starting quarterback, that you've got to develop your point guard, and in this sport, you can only have one goalie.
NEWS
October 21, 2012
The unblinking eye of the camera is increasingly all around us. On the street corner, inside the convenience store, in office building lobbies - not to mention in the hands of everyone with a cellphone. So it's not surprising that the Maryland Transit Administration's plan to activate microphones on buses is raising concerns about privacy. But while there is a good conversation to be had about the slippery slope of lost privacy in Baltimore and elsewhere, this doesn't appear to be the place to draw the line.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
At Fort Meade, where the suicide rate among service members is six times higher than that of the entire state, a crowd of 75 soldiers offered mostly silence when Mark Fisher asked them to list potential warning signs that a colleague is about to take his or her own life. "The only way we're going to attack suicides is to talk about it," Fisher urged them. "We have to get it. And this is the only way. " Fort Meade's mandatory suicide prevention training Wednesday was part of an Army-wide initiative undertaken as the military branch is on pace to reach its highest-ever suicide rate.
NEWS
June 9, 1999
AMERICA has witnessed an explosion of legalized gambling in the past quarter-century. All but three states permit legal wagering of some kind, from lotteries to animal races to jai alai to casino games. Total wagering in the United States reached $638 billion in 1997, a fivefold increase in just 15 years. What happens when Internet gambling Web sites proliferate?A national commission has recommended that officials "pause" from future gambling expansion to examine the social costs. It even suggests "gambling impact statements" be drafted before government approves enlarged or added games of chance.
BUSINESS
By WILLIAM NEIKIRK and WILLIAM NEIKIRK,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 5, 2006
WASHINGTON -- A weaker-than-expected employment report for July might be all the Federal Reserve needs to take a pause from raising interest rates after 17 straight increases. That was a conclusion in financial markets yesterday after the Labor Department reported that payroll jobs rose 113,000 last month, about 37,000 below the consensus figure. The national unemployment rate rose to 4.8 percent in July from 4.6 in June. Central bankers have been looking for the right moment to bring its interest rate increases to a halt-- and analysts said that moment appears to have arrived as a result of the less-than-robust employment picture.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2012
It was the cellphone heard 'round the world. A bouncy marimba ring tone on an iPhone erupted during the final soft, almost unbearably poignant minutes of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 9 at a recent New York Philharmonic concert in Lincoln Center. Music director Alan Gilbert finally reached his tipping point. He stopped the orchestra and turned to face a seemingly oblivious patron. The man, speaking anonymously to The New York Times as "Patron X," later said he had put his newly acquired iPhone on silent but had no idea an alarm had been set on it. When the offending device finally stopped, the conductor tried again to bring Mahler's wrenching 80-minute symphony to a proper end. While cellphone nuisances are commonplace wherever people gather for plays, operas and concerts, they rarely lead to a drastic mid-performance suspension.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | December 24, 2011
"There's a grief that can't be spoken. There's a pain goes on and on. Empty chairs at empty tables Now my friends are dead and gone. " - Marius, from the musical "Les Miserables" "It's the most wonderful time of the year," Andy Williams reminds us over tinny speakers in crowded shopping malls. It may be wonderful for the majority, but for those whose fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers or children have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is a void this Christmas, and Christmases to come, that can never be filled.
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