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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | January 3, 1997
Almost 15 years since he first sat in it, Bryant Gumbel is today vacating the host chair on NBC's "Today," leaving under his own power, with nary a hint of the cattle prod used on some of his predecessors.Did anyone ever suspect it would happen any other way? After the debacle that followed their roughshod treatment of Jane Pauley a few years back, there's no way the honchos at NBC were going to push Gumbel out the door. And any attempt to treat him the way Deborah Norville was treated, hung out to dry as the sacrificial lamb to her bosses' boneheadedness, probably would have resulted in bloodshed at Rockefeller Center.
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Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
In two terms on the Baltimore City Council, William H. Cole IV has earned a reputation as an enthusiastic champion of downtown development. That history - and his close ties to the business community - make him a great choice to jump-start the Baltimore Development Corp., his many supporters say. "He understands the balance that's needed between business interests and community interests," says Aris Melissaratos, interim dean of the business school...
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October 8, 1990
Betterton Mayor Carolyn Sorge, who was appointed to the post two years ago, won re-election Saturday by more than a 2-to-1 margin, handily defeating her predecessor, Frank S. Puleo.Mrs. Sorge, a teacher and Betterton native, received 113 votes to 49 for Mr. Puleo, a retired Pennsylvania highway worker who was elected mayor of the Kent County town four years ago.Nearly three-quarters of the town's 204 registered voters turned out for the election Saturday, Mrs. Sorge said yesterday.she said.
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By Jules Witcover | June 20, 2014
As Oliver Hardy used to tell Stan Laurel is those old black-and-white movie comedies, "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" That continues to be Barack Obama's refrain to his predecessor, George W. Bush, as he struggles in his sixth year in the Oval Office to bring about the change in Washington he promised in 2008. Mr. Obama's latest quandary is how to cope with Iraq's Islamist insurgency and revived sectarian conflict in the war he essentially declared over in 2011 by withdrawing the last American fighting troops.
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By John Steadman | May 23, 2000
Gary Kerkorian, a predecessor of John Unitas as Baltimore Colts quarterback, died yesterday of lung cancer at age 70 in Fresno, Calif. Kerkorian had been a judge in the California court system for more than 20 years. The Stanford graduate played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1952 and with the Colts from 1954 through 1956. Jim Mutscheller, his former roommate, said, "He was just a first-rate gentleman, studious and a friend to everyone." Kerkorian attended the 40th reunion of the 1958 NFL title-winning Colts in Baltimore two years ago because he had become an emergency member of the team when Unitas was injured.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 21, 2001
MANILA, Philippines - Having ridden to power on a wave of popular revulsion at the corruption of her predecessor, Gloria Macapgal Arroyo began her term as the 14th president of the Philippines with a call for national healing. President Joseph Estrada was forced from office early yesterday by a groundswell of protest that erupted after attempts to impeach him collapsed when the Senate voted to block access to bank records that prosecutors said would have convicted him of corruption. Arroyo, Estrada's vice president, faces considerable challenges in leading this poor but proud Southeast Asian nation of 90 million people, who have grown almost accustomed to political chaos, military coups, island insurgencies and economic instability.
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By Theo Lippman Jr | November 22, 1998
MOTHERS USED to say to little boys, "This is America. You can grow up to be president of the United States." Today's version is, "If you don't watch out, you could grow up to be president of the United States."What a scary threat. Look what being president has meant in the 20th century:Bill Clinton faces impeachment. Maybe even jail. His predecessor, George Bush, was fired by the voters after one term. Bush's predecessor, Ronald Reagan, got shot in his first FTC term and got hammered for Iran-contra in his second.
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August 8, 1995
It's a Maryland tradition, it seems, for incoming governors to give the back of the hand to their immediate predecessor -- and to rehabilitate chief executives who had previously been sent to the political gulag. The latest example: Harry Hughes.Under Gov. Parris Glendening, Mr. Hughes -- who served two terms as governor from 1978 to 1986 -- has been reborn. He was chosen by the new chief executive to revive the state Democratic Party as its chairman. He was named a University of Maryland regent.
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August 8, 1995
What a difference a new governor makes! It has meant a new political life for Harry R. Hughes. Where once he was shunned, now he's a very important person again.Under Gov. Parris Glendening, Mr. Hughes -- who served two terms as governor from 1978 to 1986 -- has been reborn. He was chosen by the new chief executive to revive the state Democratic Party as its chairman. He was named a University of Maryland regent. Last week he was appointed to the board of the Chesapeake Bay Trust.That's quite a reversal for a guy relegated to Politicians Anonymous by Gov. William Donald Schaefer, whose feud with Mr. Hughes started when Mayor Schaefer felt Governor Hughes didn't care enough about Baltimore City.
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December 30, 1992
Half the Brazilians in a public opinion poll conducted last summer could not identify Itamar Franco as their vice president. Shortly before he became acting president, on Oct. 2, only 18 percent thought he had the capacity to resolve the country's problems. By the time he was sworn in as president for the remaining two years of his predecessor's five-year term, Tuesday, that figure was up to 58 percent.What Mr. Franco did in the interim was very little. It included no major speeches. Whether this former supporter of state intervention, who opposed President Fernando Collor de Mello's rapid privatization of the economy, will reverse, slow or fulfill those reforms is sheer conjecture.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
Last in a series of profiles of gubernatorial candidates. As Anthony G. Brown runs for governor, he often appears to be walking a political tightrope. If the lieutenant governor tips too far in the direction of independence, he risks looking disloyal to Gov. Martin O'Malley, whose firm support has given him a leg up in the Democratic primary race. If he shows too much deference to O'Malley, he risks looking more like a sidekick than a leader in his own right. So far, if the polls are correct, Brown hasn't tumbled.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - If there is one thing you need to know about reliever Tommy Hunter, it is that he is the interpersonal opposite of the guy the Orioles hope he replaces in the critical closer role. Jim Johnson, who last year became the first American League reliever with 50 or more saves in back-to-back seasons, remained all business, all the time. Whether he was warming up for a big save situation, going about his duties as the clubhouse union representative or putting together the club's annual spring training charity golf tournament, there was not a lot of nonsense.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
The success that No. 12 Johns Hopkins has enjoyed in victories over then-No. 13 Ohio State and No. 18 Towson can be credited to the offense and defense. A faceoff unit paced by junior Drew Kennedy has also played a role. Kennedy has won 75.6 percent (34-of-45) of his draws and scooped up 23 ground balls thus far. His play has helped allay concerns over the graduation of Mike Poppleton, who won 64.8 percent (328-506) and collected 167 ground balls as the team's primary faceoff specialist over the past two seasons.
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By Matteo Faini | January 7, 2014
Fifty years ago, Harry Truman wrote an article in the Washington Post expressing his disappointment over what the Central Intelligence Agency had become. He had established the CIA in 1947 to provide his office with objective information. But it had since "been diverted from its original assignment," Truman wrote, and "become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the government ... injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. " He wanted the CIA to be restored to its original intelligence function and asked "that its operational duties be terminated or properly used elsewhere.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
So Ray Rice says he will consider retirement when he turns 30 years old . Can you really blame the guy? The running back plays one of the most punishing positions in sports. At least a dozen times a game - or more, if the Ravens are winning and he is running well - Rice runs full speed at 250-pound linebackers who are running full speed right at him. Those collisions are like slow-speed car crashes, and even modern technology can't create helmets that totally absorb the blows.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
When the Towson football team captured a share of last year's Colonial Athletic Association title, the offense was helmed by dual-threat quarterback Grant Enders. This fall, the program - ranked No. 3 in the latest Football Championship Subdivision poll by The Sports Network - is off to a 5-0 start and a 1-0 record in the conference with an offense guided by Peter Athens, who is more of a traditional pocket passer. To Sean McDonnell, the difference between Enders in 2012 and Athens in 2013 is only stylistic.
NEWS
November 16, 2004
ACTING Baltimore Police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm didn't waste any time getting rid of his predecessor's allies -- three were gone within hours of his appointment last week. Among them was the head of the organized crime division, a former New York cop, who led the department's assault on the city's narcotics trade. As Commissioner Hamm assembles his new team, the importance of rousting drug dealers and shutting down their suppliers can't be stressed enough. This culture of violence preys on the addicted, corrupts communities and drives the city's ever increasing murder rate.
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December 7, 1995
ONE YEAR AFTER his triumphant departure from office turned into a nightmare of humiliation, former Mexican President Carlos Salinas has launched a campaign for vindication that has instantly increased his country's political turmoil. Murder and money, corruption and conspiracy, even a contest between rival economic theories -- all these figure into a Salinas offer to return from self-exile to face justice and, by implication, meet smear with smear, scandal with scandal.His threat, his open break with a predecessor, is a distinct departure from the closed-circle traditions by which his party has held power since 1929.
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June 12, 2013
Henceforth, let there by a rule that nothing can be compared to Maryland's failed investment at Rocky Gap, located just outside Cumberland in Western Maryland, except for Rocky Gap and perhaps any other $55 million white elephant loss that comes along. We know Rocky Gap. Rocky Gap is an acquaintance of ours. Sorry, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay resort in Cambridge, but you're no Rocky Gap. Incidentally, let us insert a reminder here. Even the infamous Rocky Gap hotel and conference center isn't Rocky Gap anymore.
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By Matt Vensel | May 30, 2013
Jacoby Jones has been back cutting and catching balls on the practice fields for the Ravens, a week after he Cha-Cha-ed and waltzed his way to a third-place finish in the latest season of ABC's “Dancing with the Stars.” We won't get a look at the wide receiver-kick returner-playoff hero until Friday's organized team activity, but Jones will be trying to buck the trend of recent “DWTS” contestants who struggled after returning to football....
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