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By Luke Broadwater | March 24, 2011
We've had a lot of unusual candidates for president this year, but perhaps none is stranger than Jersey Shore's Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, who proposed an authoritarian, pro-tanning platform for president on tonight's season finale of the biggest hit show in MTV history. Among Snooks' proposals are mandatory tanning laws for all Americans and a presidential edict banning all forms of music from radio other than "house. " Her vice presidential nominee? Veteran political analyst Deena Nicole Cortese, of course.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
The battle between birds and bureaucrats is over — and both sides won. With a helping hand from a state carpenter, an osprey couple finally got a home with a view of the water on the eastern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. And the Maryland Transportation Authority, which manages the toll facility, finally got the pesky birds to stop nesting in front of cameras that keep an eye on traffic on busy U.S. 50 below. It's a happy ending to a story that has gone viral over the last several days, generating buzz on social media and even attracting the attention of CNN and Fox News.
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September 9, 2012
The Democrats initially omitted any reference to God in their platform. In defense, a DNC spokesperson explained that some might find God offensive. Oh really! After much bad publicity about giving God the boot, a vote was taken. Even though the voice vote reflected the majority wanted God left out, the DNC allowed God back on their convention bus, but only as a passenger, not the driver. In an earlier interview, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois was asked why the DNC took God out of their party platform, and he replied "Don't accuse the Democrats of being godless.
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April 2, 2014
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December 26, 2011
I'd like to commend The Sun for its coverage of the life of Ron Smith, and for giving him an opportunity to share his views with us, despite the fact that his opinions and those of the paper were often at odds. Although I'm a Baltimore resident, I'm not a regular Sun reader and like Ron, I often find myself at odds with the editorial board's point of view. Having the perspective to see the other side's viewpoint, even if you disagree with it to your core being, is the only way to maintain even the slightest semblance of balance in this crazy world.
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April 21, 2013
The Maryland Transit Administration will put its new southbound train platform into service on Monday at the Halethorpe station, located along Southwestern Boulevard. The existing southbound platform and waiting shelters were closed after the last train departed Friday night, officials said. Starting with the first train Monday morning, April 22, all southbound boarding and detraining will take place on the new, high-level platform. The new station, located about a quarter-mile from the existing station, features handicap accessible elevator towers and a 700-foot raised platform.
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August 16, 1992
While Democratic platform-writers moved smartly last month from left toward center, where the votes are, the Republican document due approval in Houston tomorrow night represents a sharp swing to the extreme right. Such a shift is so dumb, politically, that it suggests some GOP ultras (Pat Buchanan?) are quite willing to see President Bush defeated so they can take over the party.First Lady Barbara Bush may have suspected as much when she broke silence on the abortion issue to say that the call for a constitutional amendment banning abortion in all circumstances has no business being in the platform.
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By New York Daily News | August 19, 1992
HOUSTON -- Barbara Bush yesterday criticized the Republican Party platform as judgmental and suggested that its ultra-conservative slant did not reflect the entire party membership."
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Staff Writer | June 13, 1993
ROCKVILLE -- It appeared that two Olympic medalists wer headed to victory in 10-meter platform diving events in the HTH Classic at the Montgomery Aquatic Center yesterday. Mary Ellen Clark had claimed the women's championship and Scott Donie had a 30-point lead with three dives left.But while Donie compiled average scores, Pat Evans scored two 80-point dives in his last three to come back from fourth place to first."I didn't know what I needed," said Evans, 27, of Cincinnati. "If I count numbers, I get away from what I am supposed to do. My last three dives are typically my best."
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By Chicago Tribune | July 14, 1992
NEW YORK -- Hoping to avoid the "pandering to special interests" tag that has dogged it in the past, the Democratic Party tailored its 1992 platform to such broad middle-class concerns as college loans, free-market incentives and affordable health care.While there is still the odd mention of special pleadings like the rights of native Hawaiians and statehood for the District of Columbia, once staples in Democratic documents, such items are fewer in this platform.The 1992 platform drapes some liberal ideas in conservative language, referring to "investing" in America rather than raising taxes to pay for roads and education.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2013
Stephen Janis definitely took a path less traveled to the world of TV news. For one thing, he was already 47 years old when he got his first full-time TV job. And at that age, he had virtually no TV training or experience - had never even written a script. He had produced songs like the 1996 chart-topper “Let Me Clear My Throat” for the rapper DJ Kool, played on and scored parts of the soundtrack for John Waters' “Cecil B. Demented,” done first-rate reporting for the Baltimore Examiner, founded the Investigative Voice website and served as a substitute radio host for Ed Norris.
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By Pamela Wood and Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 6, 2013
Kyle Aldridge died after stepping off a parade float being driven by his grandfather, who was preparing to steer onto the Annapolis route for the annual Fourth of July procession of dance teams, antique firetrucks and hand-shaking politicians. The 7-year-old's death came during a longstanding tradition in Annapolis, not unlike local parades organized in communities across Maryland on Independence Day . The popular event is held in the evening before a display of fireworks is launched from a barge off City Dock.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2013
Former Washington Post media critic and Daily Beast Washington bureau chief Howie Kurtz is joining Fox News, the network said Thursday. Kurtz, who is the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources," will appear in that role for two more Sundays, and then will join Fox. "Howie Kurtz has served as host of Reliable Sources for 15 years, developing it into a leading source for commentary and critique on the media," a statement for CNN said.  "We thank him...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
If you live around the BMA, the Walters or the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, Kanye West is coming to a wall near you Sunday night. Or, at least his image, words and music are. West has been using public walls the last two weeks to promote the "New Slaves" song from his next release, which is expected to be released in June, according to Rolling Stone . Images of West along with his words and music were projected and broadcast last week...
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April 21, 2013
The Maryland Transit Administration will put its new southbound train platform into service on Monday at the Halethorpe station, located along Southwestern Boulevard. The existing southbound platform and waiting shelters were closed after the last train departed Friday night, officials said. Starting with the first train Monday morning, April 22, all southbound boarding and detraining will take place on the new, high-level platform. The new station, located about a quarter-mile from the existing station, features handicap accessible elevator towers and a 700-foot raised platform.
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By Edward Lee | January 25, 2013
Brendon Ayanbadejo doesn't need Super Bowl XLVII to assist the cause for gay rights and gay marriage. But the Ravens inside linebacker won't turn down the opportunity during the week in New Orleans to champion the push for equality. Ayanbadejo, who contributed to Maryland passing an initiative to legalize gay marriage in November, was peppered about using the lead up to the Super Bowl as a platform, but he pointed out that he doesn't really need to seek the cameras or recorders. “Organically, it was going to happen anyway,” he said after Friday's practice.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Sun Staff | July 20, 2003
Platform, by Michel Houellebecq. Translated from the French by Frank Wynne. Knopf. 272 pages. $25. Toward the end of this mordant misadventure in international sex tourism, the narrator of Platform begins emerging from catatonic emotional detachment to consider alternative ways of being. Imagine: Love. Heavens: A wife? Mon Dieu: children. Not to worry about these horrors. No way such reassurance winds up in a book by French novelist Michel Houellebecq, at least not at this point in the writer's career.
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By Rafael Lorente and Rafael Lorente,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | July 11, 2004
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Liberals wanted a target date for pulling American troops out of Iraq, but the Democratic Party platform for 2004 instead calls for remaining until that country is secure. The party's platform committee approved a 35-page draft covering a variety of issues, including the war, national security and gay marriage, at a meeting yesterday in the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Fla. Final approval will come during the Democratic National Convention in Boston this month.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | November 18, 2012
Monday-morning quarterbacking is typically the preferred sport of the losing party. And the post-election GOP is no exception. The chattering class is full of explanations for Mitt Romney's loss: The candidate was too wealthy to be empathetic, too many voters continue to blame former President George W. Bush for the recession, a "pro-life party" is unable to appeal to younger women, Jewish voters will never trust the religious right, an increasingly secular...
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