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SPORTS
By Aaron Oster and The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
The WWE routinely goes through highs and lows during the year. Unfortunately for wrestling fans, the WWE is in one of those lulls, and Sunday night's 8 p.m. Payback pay-per-view reflects that. Now this doesn't necessarily mean that this will be a bad pay-per-view. However, since Extreme Rules, the storylines have been more or less stagnant. There are two rematches on the card - three if you include Hornswaggle-El Torito  - and those storylines are more or less exactly where they were a month ago. Throw in the fact that the top title won't even be defended, for the first time on pay-per-view since December 2012, and you can see why there isn't a whole lot of buzz for this show.  This is one of those pay-per-views that shows why the WWE might want to consider dropping down to nine or 10 a year, especially now that the shows are on the WWE Network.
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NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
A developing El Nino is forecast to suppress tropical storms and hurricanes this summer and fall, contributing to a below-normal storm season, U.S. forecasters said Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts eight to 13 tropical storms will develop in the Atlantic this year, three to six of which will become hurricanes. One or two of those could intensify into what are considered "major" hurricanes. Forecasters urged preparation despite the predictions of a below-average season, citing seasons like 1992, which came at the tail end of an El Nino and brought devastation to Florida with Hurricane Andrew.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
After an unusually cold and snowy winter, many Marylanders are expected to take advantage of the sun forecast for this holiday weekend by getting out of town. More than 754,000 people throughout the state will travel between Friday and Memorial Day, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic, which is scheduled to release its annual summer travel numbers at an event Tuesday. That's a 1.7 percent increase from last year and the highest number of projected travelers since the pre-recession 2005 estimate of 865,000, the driver advocacy group said.
SPORTS
By Aaron Oster | May 4, 2014
Remember when WWE Extreme Rules used to feature “extreme” matches? Before 2012, Extreme Rules (or One Night Stand, as it was previously called) was a pay-per-view event that featured big stipulations in every match. In 2012 and 2013, although not every match had these stipulations, a majority of the matches still were considered “extreme.” This year, even if you include the WeeLC match, there are only three matches that have an extreme stipulation to them. Now, that doesn't mean that this won't be a good pay-per-view.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
Maryland's top elections official expressed confidence Friday that the state will deliver absentee ballots to voters smoothly and on time despite a change in plans ordered just two months before the June 24 primary. The State Board of Elections decided this week not to move forward with a system that would have allowed voters who receive an absentee ballot through the Internet to mark their choices on a computer screen before printing the ballot and mailing it in. Linda H. Lamone, administrator of the elections board, said the agency will do what is needed to comply with the decision of the five-member panel.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
The future of a system that would let voters download absentee ballots before mailing them in was cast into doubt Thursday when the State Board of Elections refused to move forward with part of the plan amid fears it would open the door to widespread fraud. The five-member panel declined to certify a system for marking the ballots on a computer screen despite assurances from its staff that the system was secure and ready to be used in this year's June primary and November general elections.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
Australian meteorologists predict a 70 percent chance  El Niño will develop this year, higher than the 50 percent odds U.S. forecasters called for last month. "It is now likely (estimated at a greater than 70 percent chance) that an El Niño will develop during the southern hemisphere winter", from May-July, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday. The National Centers for Environmental Prediction in the U.S. has said it expects the global climate pattern to develop around the same time, by summer's arrival here in the Northern Hemisphere.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | March 12, 2014
Georgetown University scientists reported this week on what they believe to be a promising - not to mention easy and inexpensive - blood test for Alzheimer's disease. Writing in the journal Nature Medicine, Dr. Howard Federoff and his team reported finding bio markers that were an accurate predictor of the disease 96 percent of the time. There are other tests, including scans, spinal taps and genetic tests, that reveal or predict Alzheimer's, but this blood test has the possibility of becoming something your doctor can order up during an office visit.
NEWS
March 1, 2014
Harford County is in the path of yet another winter storm, one that some forecasts are suggesting could dump as much snow as any in this bitterly cold, snowy season. Harford County Fire and EMS Association officials are asking Harford County residents to be prepared and to be smart as the storm passes Sunday and Monday. "According to the National Weather Service they are now looking at 8 to 10 " of snow for Harford County," the Harford Fire and EMS Association posted on its Facebook page at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, "however there is discussion of the potential for up to 14 inches of snow based on the European Model.
SPORTS
By Aaron Oster and For The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
There are some wrestling fans who believe that a good show, particularly a pay-per-view event, has to be unpredictable. I'm not one of those fans, and this year's WWE Elimination Chamber illustrates why. The Elimination Chamber card, from top to bottom, looks very strong. Most of the matches have been built well and have some sort of backstory to them. And most of them look like they could be fairly decent matches. But very few of them leave much doubt as to who is going to win. The reason for that isn't simply a matter of, “Oh, the WWE has gotten stale and predictable.” The main reason is that the WWE is trying to tell a coherent story, and the matches need to end a certain way to continue that story.
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