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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2010
When the topic is whether school debate programs teach youngsters to better express themselves, Michael Koo would likely argue for the affirmative. "I like to argue a lot. It helps me think about how to answer arguments in everyday life," said Koo, 14, a rising high school freshman from Ellicott City who, along with teammate Devansh Srivastava, captured this year's national championship in policy debate at the Middle School National Speech and Debate Championships recently in Des Moines, Iowa.
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By Greg Couturier | January 1, 2014
The public outcry against the proposed construction of a $70-million juvenile jail in Baltimore City over the past several years - and the subsequent halting of that plan - sent a strong message to the governor, as well as juvenile services personnel statewide, that throwing money at the problem of juvenile crime just isn't going to cut it any more. Study after study has shown that incarcerating youth is not only incredibly costly - running about $80,000 per child per year, according to one estimate - but is actually detrimental to the rehabilitation of delinquent youth.
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By Los Angeles Times | May 8, 1991
CLEVELAND -- Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, who had previously ruled out the idea of running for the White House in 1992, says that he is now actively considering seeking his party's presidential nomination.Rockefeller's statement, made yesterday while he was attending the Democratic Leadership Conference convention, came only three days after another Democratic senator, Tom Harkin of Iowa, indicated that he was weighing the possibility of entering the race.The Democratic presidential field now consists of only one declared candidate, former Massachusetts Sen. Paul Tsongas, and one likely contender, Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder, who says that he will decide this summer whether to actually run.Even as the list of potential Democratic contenders grows, the policy debate over what sort of message the party should offer the country in 1992 is heating up.The centrist DLC approved resolutions curtailing congressional say on the proposed trade pact with Mexico and calling for a compromise on the civil rights bill now before Congress.
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Erica L. Green | April 26, 2013
Baltimore City College is celebrating another historic title this week, as national champions of the prestigious National Association for Urban Debate League Championship, held in Washington, D.C. last week. The school's team won the title after engaging in a heated debate about whether the U.S. federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the country, according to a release from the school. The school's debate team--students Sophie Bauerschmidt Sweeney and Dikshant Malla successfully--took on the affirmative, using the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina, to seal its victory against Chicago's Whitney Young High School in a 2-1 decision.
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Erica L. Green | April 26, 2013
Baltimore City College is celebrating another historic title this week, as national champions of the prestigious National Association for Urban Debate League Championship, held in Washington, D.C. last week. The school's team won the title after engaging in a heated debate about whether the U.S. federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the country, according to a release from the school. The school's debate team--students Sophie Bauerschmidt Sweeney and Dikshant Malla successfully--took on the affirmative, using the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina, to seal its victory against Chicago's Whitney Young High School in a 2-1 decision.
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October 8, 2012
President Obama finally showed America, especially his base, his inability to grasp America's complex economic machine. When elected, everyone knew he lacked leadership experience, but we hoped he would learn quickly and hire seasoned advisors who understood America's middle-class dilemma - rising prices, declining wages and disappearing jobs. Well, we gave him four years to learn and the proof is in the pudding: Mr. Obama's economic policy is a disaster. It is bad enough that as president, Mr. Obama was unable to articulate a cogent economic recovery plan, let alone execute a successful economic stimulus policy that produced jobs and rising incomes.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,sun reporter | December 10, 2006
Kevin Li was ready for passionate arguments and contentious opponents when he joined Centennial High School's new debate team, but he says he was not really prepared for the filing. "I thought it was going to be: `These are my beliefs and I am going to defend them,'" said Li, a sophomore. "It's definitely more analytical. Everything has to be backed up, everything has to be proved and supported." That means many hours reading and organizing hundreds of pages of support - including academic studies and government reports - so that they can be used at a moment's notice.
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By Harold Jackson and Harold Jackson,Sun Staff Writer | November 20, 1994
It's no coincidence a best-selling book that contends African-Americans are less intelligent than whites has become popular just as Republicans have won control of Congress, some local scholars say."The Bell Curve," they charge, was written to boost support for conservatives in the public policy debate over social programs.The book, written by Charles Murray and the late Richard Herrnstein, has been widely criticized for its claim that intelligence is a largely inherited trait. But defenders say the book is a valid scientific study that should be viewed as a call for more research about human intelligence.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2010
They practiced speed drills, studied films of their opponents and outlined strategies - all to ensure that when the tournament began, they would be ready to perform. That is why the Howard County-based Capitol Debate team is one of the best nationally in a contest that is just as intense and competitive as any sport. They're hosting their fourth-annual Fall Classic Tournament at Centennial High School, starting Saturday and ending Sunday. The contest matches teams from Maryland as well as those from seven other states - including Florida, New Hampshire and Alabama - and Washington, D.C. It features policy debate, with more than 60 two-member teams competing.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,Sun Staff | June 18, 2000
The 15-year-old girl they call "Mouse," cheeks flushed the same hue as her bright pink shirt, stands before 40 pairs of staring eyes. When they read her name -- Heather Thompson, Patterson High School -- she loves being half of one of the day's best teams in Baltimore's Urban Debate League. And she hates being up here in front of everybody. She's the girl who would never raise her hand in class, then turn in the kinds of papers teachers dream of seeing. The girl her coaches had to drag into this brand-new debate program last fall in an effort to draw her out. Now it's February, and she is in the final round of a tournament, up against some cocky boys from Northwestern High.
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October 8, 2012
President Obama finally showed America, especially his base, his inability to grasp America's complex economic machine. When elected, everyone knew he lacked leadership experience, but we hoped he would learn quickly and hire seasoned advisors who understood America's middle-class dilemma - rising prices, declining wages and disappearing jobs. Well, we gave him four years to learn and the proof is in the pudding: Mr. Obama's economic policy is a disaster. It is bad enough that as president, Mr. Obama was unable to articulate a cogent economic recovery plan, let alone execute a successful economic stimulus policy that produced jobs and rising incomes.
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2011
The Senate's first and only openly gay member can point to three reasons why the state should permit same-sex marriages: His partner and their two adopted children. Two lawmakers from opposite ends of the political spectrum want medical marijuana legalized: a conviction fortified by their battles with cancer. And a naturalized citizen-turned-legislator wants to make sure that fellow immigrants may benefit from the same educational opportunities he enjoyed. The hot-button issues before the General Assembly this year already were guaranteed to stir policy debates.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2010
They practiced speed drills, studied films of their opponents and outlined strategies - all to ensure that when the tournament began, they would be ready to perform. That is why the Howard County-based Capitol Debate team is one of the best nationally in a contest that is just as intense and competitive as any sport. They're hosting their fourth-annual Fall Classic Tournament at Centennial High School, starting Saturday and ending Sunday. The contest matches teams from Maryland as well as those from seven other states - including Florida, New Hampshire and Alabama - and Washington, D.C. It features policy debate, with more than 60 two-member teams competing.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2010
When the topic is whether school debate programs teach youngsters to better express themselves, Michael Koo would likely argue for the affirmative. "I like to argue a lot. It helps me think about how to answer arguments in everyday life," said Koo, 14, a rising high school freshman from Ellicott City who, along with teammate Devansh Srivastava, captured this year's national championship in policy debate at the Middle School National Speech and Debate Championships recently in Des Moines, Iowa.
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By Steven Stanek and Steven Stanek,Sun Reporter | July 6, 2008
Nearly a year after Anne Arundel Executive John R. Leopold announced that the county would no longer hire contractors that employ illegal immigrants, no ties have been severed with any firm the county does business with. The order Leopold issued in August requires businesses to sign a contract swearing they do not employ people living in the country illegally and allows the county to end relationships with contractors that do. But the county does not actively screen contractors for illegal hires and will only take action if such practices are brought to light by federal authorities, which has not happened.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,Sun Reporter | February 28, 2008
WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress said yesterday that they plan to introduce legislation creating a national steroid policy, a proposal immediately opposed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and players' representatives from football and baseball. "It is my full intention to move a bill," Rep. Bobby Rush, chairman of an Energy and Commerce subcommittee, said during a hearing that brought together the commissioners of baseball, the NFL, NBA and NHL, as well as NCAA president Myles Brand.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,sun reporter | December 10, 2006
Kevin Li was ready for passionate arguments and contentious opponents when he joined Centennial High School's new debate team, but he says he was not really prepared for the filing. "I thought it was going to be: `These are my beliefs and I am going to defend them,'" said Li, a sophomore. "It's definitely more analytical. Everything has to be backed up, everything has to be proved and supported." That means many hours reading and organizing hundreds of pages of support - including academic studies and government reports - so that they can be used at a moment's notice.
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