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By PETER SCHMUCK | March 17, 2008
The travel sections and Web sites are advertising for St. Patrick's Day cruises out of Fort Lauderdale, though it's obviously just a marketing ploy to take advantage of today's holiday. I'm pretty sure of this because all the cruises are to the various islands in the Caribbean. None of them were to a beautiful island I like to call ... Ireland.
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September 14, 2014
In what on the surface seems like a remarkable turnaround, a number of conservative Republican Senate candidates this year are supporting a proposal to expand access to birth control by making it available without a prescription as an over-the-counter medication. Wider access to birth control traditionally has been a Democratic issue, so Republicans' sudden embrace of it seems almost too good to be true. Unfortunately, it is. This year four GOP Senate candidates in close races against Democratic incumbents have announced their support for over-the-counter access to birth control: Cory Gardener of Colorado; Thom Tillis of North Carolina; Ed Gillespie of Virgina and Mike McFadden of Minnesota.
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NEWS
March 15, 2012
Gov.Martin O'Malleyhas no case with his gas tax proposal ("Pay nor or later," March 14). The raiding in the past of the Transportation Trust Fund for other unnecessary spending destroys any credibility that he could have. This is just another ploy to buy votes for Democrats with giveaways. He should be impeached. F. Cordell, Lutherville
NEWS
December 10, 2012
With President Barack Obama holding his ground on tax increases for the wealthy, congressional Republicans appear intent to make a tactical retreat from the fiscal cliff to an issue where they believe they have more leverage: the nation's debt ceiling. It's the same trick they pulled to disastrous effect in 2011, and they try it again at their - and the nation's - peril. As we lurch toward the automatic tax increases and spending cuts that go into effect on Jan. 1, it's worth a brief recap of how we got here.
NEWS
May 6, 2011
Does anyone believe Osama bin Laden is dead? He supposedly died in 2007, we've heard nothing since, then all of a sudden he's dead again. This would not be the first time the government misrepresented the facts. Are we suppose to believe a president who wouldn't even make public his birth certificate? I think it's an Obama ploy to make himself look good for re-election. After all, how does a vastly inexperienced, non-military president eradicate bin Laden when previous, experienced presidents couldn't?
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | October 26, 2007
Can we please ban the tag "Unrated" from DVD boxes? The unstated promise is that these films will offer more sex, or violence, or perversity, or outrageousness, than Hollywood's R rating will allow. But is that really the case? Often, I've watched "unrated" DVD versions of R-rated films, and darned if I've been able to see any difference. I've never actually sat down and compared the versions scene by scene -- to be honest, watching most of these films once is tough enough -- but someone who has confirms my suspicions.
NEWS
February 18, 1996
ST. AGNES HOSPITAL, long known for going the extra mile for patients, found itself a winner of a marketing ploy -- a second day free for new mothers whose insurance might turn them out after 24 hours. Considering the black eye insurers are giving themselves on this issue, a hospital willing to take a hit on its bottom line to give minimally decent care to mothers and infants may end up attracting more revenue in new patients than it loses in offering the free day.Unfortunately, the offer has attracted the ire of state regulators -- the same folks who have done an admirable job of keeping the growth in hospital costs far below that of other states.
NEWS
By WILEY A. HALL | June 7, 1994
On December 3, 1969, a young man named Bill Clinton wrote a letter to the director of the Reserve Officers Training Corps at the University of Arkansas. In his letter, the 23-year-old law student explained that he opposed the war in Vietnam and therefore could not, in good conscience, participate in the R.O.T.C. program as he had agreed earlier -- even though reneging on that agreement meant he might be drafted.Wrote young Bill, "Because of my opposition to the draft and the war, I am in great sympathy with those who are not willing to fight, kill, and maybe die for their country (i.e.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | August 2, 2002
SUN SCORE ** Intermittently throughout Sunshine State, Mary Steenburgen, who gives a splendid comic performance as a small-town Chamber of Commerce honcho, can't help letting the effort to stay positive during her "Buccaneer Days" weekend (a new "tradition" minted as a tourist ploy) smudge her character's determined smile. Her expressions of weariness echo what moviegoers may feel, too, as writer-director John Sayles' latest attempt to craft a state-of-the-union movie - in this case, centered in Florida - marches toward its second hour en route to completing its 141-minute running time.
NEWS
November 5, 1990
A thief with a heart:The poster dog for Baltimore's Pets on Wheels program, an 11-year-old Bichon Frise stolen from her home near Catonsville in a burglary last Monday, was recovered unharmed by her owners last week. The burglar called Friday and directed the owners to a used-car lot in Remington, where the dog, Taffy, was left in a pet carrier."I apologize for stealing your dog," the burglar wrote on a torn scrap of envelope left with the dog. "It was out of order and totally out of my profession.
NEWS
March 15, 2012
Gov.Martin O'Malleyhas no case with his gas tax proposal ("Pay nor or later," March 14). The raiding in the past of the Transportation Trust Fund for other unnecessary spending destroys any credibility that he could have. This is just another ploy to buy votes for Democrats with giveaways. He should be impeached. F. Cordell, Lutherville
NEWS
By Robert O. Freedman | August 22, 2011
In September, the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas plans to bring a statehood petition to the United Nations. The initial plan is to bring it to the Security Council for approval. If the U.S. vetoes it, as expected, the PA will then bring it to the U.N. General Assembly, where it hopes to mobilize a vast majority to support a Palestinian state along the pre-1967-war boundaries, with East Jerusalem as its capital. While such a ploy would not give the PA formal U.N. membership, it would legitimize PA state-building efforts and put Israel on the defensive.
SPORTS
By George Diaz, Tribune Newspapers | July 6, 2011
Once upon a time, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson were like blood brothers. Linked together, literally, chasing speed and the finish line as one. To the victor went the spoils. In Earnhardt's case, it was a pallet of beer for pushing Hendrick Motorsports teammate Johnson to victory at Talladega. But a few months later, any beer that's left will only chase down the misery of what happened last weekend at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Johnson left Earnhardt hanging on the final laps of the race, after crew chief Chad Knaus called Johnson into the pits.
NEWS
June 9, 2011
The debt limit vote in Congress that came up last week was a cheap political ploy with potentially catastrophic results. I applaud the three Maryland House Democrats — Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Donna Edwards — who had the good sense to support increasing the debt ceiling. Shame on their fellow Democrats who caved to the threat of a 30-second attack ad. They had a chance to do the right thing. Just because you vote to raise the debt ceiling does not mean you oppose spending cuts.
NEWS
May 6, 2011
Does anyone believe Osama bin Laden is dead? He supposedly died in 2007, we've heard nothing since, then all of a sudden he's dead again. This would not be the first time the government misrepresented the facts. Are we suppose to believe a president who wouldn't even make public his birth certificate? I think it's an Obama ploy to make himself look good for re-election. After all, how does a vastly inexperienced, non-military president eradicate bin Laden when previous, experienced presidents couldn't?
FEATURES
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2010
Getting There reader Jeff Hossfeld touched off a mini-furor recently when he reported a parking practice that appears to be prevalent in the otherwise civilized enclave of Canton. Once posted to the Getting There blog, the report attracted a volley of comments, pro and con, from readers. I'll let Hossfeld describe the deed that provokes such controversy: Many folks in Canton that own two cars are taking to the habit of driving one car out of a parking spot, and then slightly moving their other car to a position in such a way that it reserves two spots until the first car comes back.
SPORTS
By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | April 14, 1994
Did you ever notice that the percentage of hitters who walk and eventually score against pitchers with good control is generally higher than it is with those who consistently throw on the wild side?Or is that theory merely a figment of the imagination that tends to surface after games such as the Orioles' 6-3 loss to the Tigers in Detroit yesterday? Maybe it's a subject for research the next time baseball thirsts for another statistic.Certainly yesterday's loss cannot be blamed on the wildness of Jamie Moyer and Mark Eichhorn, a pair of control specialists.
NEWS
By JULES WITCOVER | June 6, 1993
Ever since the death of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles 25 years ago today, his followers have been looking in vain for a political heir.Last year, some hoped they had found him in Bill Clinton, another young presidential aspirant who spoke, as Robert Kennedy did, about the plight of the disadvantaged and the need for the country to address inequities and unmet social needs.One characteristic of Mr. Clinton in his 1992 presidential campaign bore a striking resemblance to the Kennedy of the 1968 campaign.
NEWS
September 20, 2010
Transit in Maryland takes a major, if overdue, journey forward Tuesday with the unveiling of the CharmCard, a reusable "smart" fare card that can be used to ride local buses, Metro subways and Baltimore's light rail system, as well as Washington-area transit systems. Perhaps now the phrase "exact change please" can be relegated to stories to scare grandchildren at bedtime. The technology is not exactly cutting edge — smart cards are standard in most European transit systems and increasingly in this country since the 1990s — but the convenience is undeniable.
NEWS
June 21, 2010
When the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee meets Wednesday, no one expects it to raise the federal funds rate — the overnight bank rate that now hovers below 0.25 percent. However, businesses, politicians and prognosticators are eager, perhaps inappropriately so, to hear clues about when it will begin raising short-term interest rates to a more normal level. Yet, Fed policy is much less relevant to U.S. growth and price stability than in the days of Paul Volcker, because China's yuan policy has substantially limited the importance of Fed interest rate decisions by severing the historic link between short interest rates — like the federal funds rate it targets — and long rates on mortgages, corporate bonds and the securities banks use to finance lending on cars and credit cards.
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