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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2012
NEW YORK - When Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez takes the mound for Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Wednesday, , it will be the rookie's third start at Yankee Stadium. The 28-year-old Gonzalez, who signed as a minor-league free agent in February, has assembled impressive numbers in the Bronx, so getting the call from Orioles manager Buck Showalter to start the first game in New York had to be by design. In two starts, Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA, allowing four earned runs and 10 hits over 13 2/3 innings.
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Peter Schmuck | March 31, 2014
It was special because it was Opening Day, but the Orioles' tense victory over the defending world champion Red Sox did not represent a dramatic departure from the way these two AL East rivals have been mixing it up since the end of the 2011 season. The Orioles played tight defense and emerged on top because of a dramatic seventh-inning home run off Boston ace Jon Lester. The Red Sox contested every pitch and made O's starter Chris Tillman use everything up in the first five innings.
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February 1, 2011
On a recent Saturday afternoon, I found myself cutting up a dictionary. As a writer, it felt just plain wrong, like a violation of some wordsmith's oath. But I was at a retreat at the Bon Secours Spiritual Center, and the hacking of the Webster's tome was for the sake of art. Besides, this particular dictionary already had been sufficiently snipped through. We were collaging, based on our personal interpretations of happiness. I am by no means an artist, and all of the obvious spiritual words were already conspicuously absent - peace, love, family, hope, faith, prayer.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
Sonja Santelises stood before a room of Baltimore educators whose faces were filled with angst as she spoke about a rigorous new curriculum that would soon change everything they thought they knew about teaching. Three years later, when she pulled up a new English and language arts curriculum aligned with new standards - known as the "common core" - that will be rolled out this year, a room of educators erupted into cheers. "That didn't mean that everything is perfect, because there's no magic bullet to this common core thing," Santelises, the city schools' chief academic officer, recalled recently.
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January 29, 2003
STATE OF THE UNION addresses are known for the rote phrase and the time-worn cliche, but surely last night's was the first to mention mutilation with electric drills and the cutting out of tongues. President Bush gave Saddam Hussein his best verbal shot. He painted the Iraqi dictator in the most lurid of colors - all, undoubtedly, accurate, up to and including the lingering descriptions of torture by Baghdad's police. But Americans weren't looking for emotion last night. No one in this country disputes that terrible things have been carried out under Saddam Hussein's rule.
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December 13, 2000
The student: Betsy Thomas, 7 School: Talbott Springs Elementary The achievement: Betsy was awarded a college scholarship in the form of a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond for winning the Eastern Area division of the 2000 National Project Walking Fete Poster Art Contest. Competing with first- through third-graders, then-6-year-old Betsy painted a poster portraying people walking for health. A rocky start: "At the beginning, it was hard for me. ... At first, maybe I got mad because I couldn't draw or paint very well and usually the paint dripped and dropped everywhere and my drawings usually messed up a lot."
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By SANDRA McKEE | November 2, 2003
On Tuesday at CART's annual awards ceremony in Palm Springs, Calif., Paul Tracy will be honored as the series' new champion. For Tracy, it will be a sign of his accomplishment and a reward for his perseverance. The 13-year veteran, who will turn 35 next month, has done things his way. "You could say that," he said shortly after clinching the championship last weekend. "I didn't go out there racing for points. I won it by racing the maximum every weekend. I went out and gave it everything I had every weekend, and sometimes I won and sometimes I failed."
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer | May 31, 1992
Few coaches are as self-deprecating as Mike Siegert.When Centennial was concluding its best regular season in a decade, Siegert, the Eagles' 15-year boys lacrosse coach, said, "I let [Assistant Coach Bill] McDermott take care of the tough stuff. All I worry about is the [team] laundry and making sure the kids get on the bus."When he learned that the Eagles had qualified for the postseason for the first time since 1982, Siegert said, "It's been so long since we've made it that I've forgotten how it works."
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | May 16, 2001
About 200 community leaders, parents and youths gathered in Westminster yesterday to discuss "creating a community where young people thrive," an attempt to strengthen and promote assets such as caring, integrity, restraint and responsibility that are key to communication and learning. The daylong conference attracted leaders and officials from Harford, Howard, Baltimore, Allegany and Frederick counties. It was sponsored by Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County Inc., which promotes a "Healthy Communities - Healthy Youth" initiative developed by the Search Institute in Minneapolis.
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By The Palm Beach Post | May 16, 2009
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - -Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. has known New York Yankees All-Star Alex Rodriguez for 16 years, but the two have not spoken since Rodriguez admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs while playing for the Texas Rangers. But when they do, he has one question. "I really want to know why," Ripken told the audience at the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County's Men's Night Out banquet Thursday. "I'm going to make it my business to find out." Ripken avoided the topic of steroids during his 40-minute speech but was later asked about baseball's black eye. "The steroid era really puts a dark cloud over baseball," Ripken said.
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By Katie V. Jones, For The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
Ten years after starting his business, C.R. Dynamics and Associates, Charles Ramos began to wonder if it was ever going to work. He was confident in his business plan and strategy, but it was taking a lot longer than he hoped to get his marketing and sales-support business off the ground. "I didn't think it would be as difficult as it was the first 10 years," said Ramos, a Columbia resident. "We were most tested in the fourth and fifth years," he said. "I didn't think I could do this any more - and then things happened.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
Long before Isaiah 54:17 became a rallying cry during the Ravens' Super Bowl run and a fixture in Ray Lewis' speeches, an angry and withdrawn young boy heard the words and decided to put them over his bedroom door. "No weapon formed against me shall prosper. " Yet to celebrate his 10th birthday and already burdened by a lifetime's worth of tragedy, Matt Elam felt that the whole world was against him when he displayed the verse to give him a daily reminder of what mattered.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2012
NEW YORK - When Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez takes the mound for Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Wednesday, , it will be the rookie's third start at Yankee Stadium. The 28-year-old Gonzalez, who signed as a minor-league free agent in February, has assembled impressive numbers in the Bronx, so getting the call from Orioles manager Buck Showalter to start the first game in New York had to be by design. In two starts, Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA, allowing four earned runs and 10 hits over 13 2/3 innings.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2012
Zach Phillips keeps a few lucky quarters in his pocket. Pedro Strop wears Ninja Turtle boxers. And Jason Hammel - well, it got so extreme that he had to swear off the whole superstition thing. It was, he says, a distraction. "Yeah, I've actually gotten away from that," says Hammel, the Orioles right-hander who was among the league's elite pitchers this season until a recurring knee injury forced him onto the disabled list for much of the second half. "I used to do superstitions - where I went to eat, when I left to go eat, the way I put my socks on, wearing the same pair of underwear for each start.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
Here's another tale of toughness from inside the Orioles' clubhouse. Manager Buck Showalter said he had two different lineup cards filled out just more than 30 minutes before the first pitch of the Orioles' 12-2 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday - one with shortstop J.J. Hardy in it and another without. For the past two days, Hardy has been dealing with a painful hangnail on his right middle finger, and on Wednesday Hardy said it became so difficult to throw that he was gripping the ball with just three fingers.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2012
Last week, on what would have been his father's 79th birthday, Chad Unitas visited his grave at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. There, on the edge of a pond filled with ducks and ringed by weeping willows, he knelt by the marble marker and spoke with the one many call football's greatest quarterback. "I go there a couple of times a month, to ask my dad's advice about this and that," Unitas said. "He's been gone 10 years, but I can still hear his voice. " Johnny Unitas died of a heart attack Sept.
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By Gina Davis and Gina Davis,Sun Reporter | September 15, 2006
A colorful poster that hangs on the wall in one of the classrooms at North Carroll Community School reads, "Turn an obstacle into an opportunity." That motivational phrase has come into focus for the 85 children at the privately run school for pre-kindergarten through seventh grade in Westminster as they have been studying the value of perseverance. The pupils were preparing for today's visit with a nationally known Iraq veteran, Army Staff Sgt. Christian Bagge, who is a double-amputee.
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By Clarence Page | August 29, 1996
CHICAGO -- What do you call someone you invite to your house as a guest only to see him dump trash all over the carpet and wet all over your walls?There are words for such a guest, words that aptly describe Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan's recent appearance in a Nashville church at the invitation of the nation's largest annual gathering of black journalists.Speaking at the National Association of Black JournalistsConvention in Nashville, Mr. Farrakhan thrashed journalists of African descent who work in mainstream newspapers and other media, calling us ''slaves'' to white media owners.
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By Janene Holzberg | March 28, 2012
Linda Furiate's saga began when she noticed her head drifting to the right. The odd and uncomfortable sensation began shortly after a car accident whose date -- Nov. 13, 1995 -- is forever etched in her memory. The awkward positioning of her head led to her losing her balance and running into walls since she couldn't look forward as she walked. Soon she was regularly experiencing jerky movements and abnormal posturing that made people stare and steer clear. Cervical dystonia, a painful and incurable condition triggered by the trauma of her accident and marked by contracting of the neck muscles, was Furiate's diagnosis -- a fate that would eventually derail a number of her professional and personal relationships.
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By Janene Holzberg | March 28, 2012
Growing up in a Baltimore row house, Elaine Northrop had a happy, if somewhat unconventional, childhood. Her father was a dreamer and a gambler, recalls Northrop, who grew up to build one of the most successful real estate companies in Howard County from the ground up. Her mother was the family's breadwinner and dealt with their money woes, but her father was an eternal optimist who taught her to believe in herself. At age 23, such life lessons would be called into play when she agreed to marry her first husband on their second date.
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