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By Robin Rudner, Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2012
Each week a nutritionist from the University of Maryland Medical Center provides a guest post to The Baltimore Sun's health blog Picture of Health (baltimoresun.com/pictureofhealth), which is reprinted here. This week, Robin Rudner weighs in on goal-setting. Jan. 1 has come and gone. If you made a resolution to improve your health and fitness (and you're serious this time), have you evaluated your progress? Do you have a plan? Consider SMART goal setting, an approach often used in corporate training.
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NEWS
By Robert B. Reich | September 17, 2014
I was phoned the other night in middle of dinner by an earnest young man named Spencer, who said he was doing a survey. Rather than hang up, I agreed to answer his questions. He asked me if I knew a soda tax would be on the ballot in Berkeley, Calif. in November. When I said yes, he then asked whether I trusted the Berkeley city government to spend the revenues wisely. At that moment I recognized a classic "push poll," which is part of a paid political campaign. So I asked Spencer a couple of questions of my own. Who was financing his survey?
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NEWS
April 16, 2012
The recent news of the cease fire in Syria met with a "ho-hum," skeptical and less-than-enthusiastic reaction ("Shaky cease-fire starts in Syria," April 13). I was stunned. Can't we rejoice for the moment over the historic change in a method based on reason and wise counsel to alleviate a violent situation? We see in Syria's cease-fire the results of a committed dialogue from the U.N. and Arab League. I believe the cease fire of today event holds great hope for mankind. Cassandra S. Naylor, Stevenson
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Gov. Martin O'Malley called on the legal community to address the shortage of attorneys available to represent immigrant children and touted Maryland's progress in making the state more hospitable to newcomers in an address Thursday to the Hispanic National Bar Association. O'Malley, a Democrat who is considering a run for president in 2016, noted the passage of a 2011 state law that allows some immigrants who entered the country illegally to attend Maryland colleges and universities at in-state tuition rates, as well as a more recent decision to limit the impact of a controversial federal program known as Secure Communities.
NEWS
September 9, 2012
Your recent editorial ("We built that," Sept. 3) clearly shows that along with President Barack Obama you do not understand America's entrepreneurial history - the engine which is the basis of the great and unprecedented economic and social progress and achievements of the United States. Of course, only government can provide the infrastructure for a functioning society - roads, bridges, levees, educational systems and all the other services that are the basic functions of government and serve all of the people.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2012
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles left-handed pitcher Zach Britton continued to progress in his throwing program recovering from left-shoulder inflammation Monday, throwing about 60 long-toss throws from 100 feet, including 15 pitches from his full delivery motion. The 24-year-old Britton is slated to throw another 60 pitches again Tuesday, the first time he will throw for back-to-back days. "The best way to sum it up is that I feel as good on the morning I wake up and I'm throwing as the day after," Britton said.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2012
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman wants to throw more strikes, he wants to pitch more scoreless innings and he wants to keep himself in contention for a spot in the rotation. After Friday's 3-1 exhibition victory against the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium in which Tillman allowed one run in 3 1/3 innings, the 23-year-old right-hander called his spring a "work in progress. " But Orioles manager Buck Showalter was a little more effusive about Tillman, who has allowed just three runs in 8 1/3 innings in three spring games.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec | July 26, 2013
At the mandatory minicamp last month, Ravens Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata still looked to be favoring the knee he hurt in the Super Bowl, forcing him out of the game in the third quarter. However, that hasn't been evident this week as Ngata has been moving around freely. “Once I left here [in June], I was able to start running a little bit and the weight kind of went down at the same time,” Ngata said. “It was great to be able to run for the last month and a half. It was great timing.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly | September 17, 2012
Left fielder Nolan Reimold, who hasn't played since April 30 because of a neck injury that required the removal of a bulging disk June 25, is progressing to the point that he could be released from his supervised rehab program in two weeks. And that means he could go into the offseason and work out the way he normally would. “He's got mostly all of his strength back. That's going well,” Showalter said. “He's got X percentage, I'm not gonna give it out publicly, but his strength is about X percent back, which is well above average, so he is getting there.
NEWS
July 24, 2006
During a decade of welfare reform, many states have shown tremendous progress - not only in reduced numbers on the welfare rolls but also in better prospects for families and children once a parent has gained steady and meaningful employment. But recent proposed federal regulations meant to help implement the next phase of reform seem to turn progress on its head. The new rules, which go into effect Oct. 1, represent changes to the welfare reform program that were passed as part of the Deficit Reduction Act this year.
NEWS
September 4, 2014
As members of the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission's policy subcommittee, we are honored to be able to serve our fellow citizens to develop a program that makes medical marijuana available to those Marylanders who have not found relief from conventional treatments and may benefit from its many medicinal uses in a safe, affordable manner ( "Proposed medical marijuana rules under fire," Aug. 27). As we have been writing the regulations to implement this new law, we are very mindful to balance the concerns of the General Assembly to assure ease of access for the patient and provide necessary security safeguards.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
NEW ORLEANS --  Attempting to convince the Ravens to keep three quarterbacks on the roster, rookie Keith Wenning saved his best performance of the preseason for the final game. Wenning completed 8 of 13 passes for 117 yards for a 90.9 quarterback rating Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints during a 22-13 victory at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. "It was fun to be out there," Wenning said. "I wasn't nervous. I was just trying to make a play. I am pleased. I feel like I made some plays.
NEWS
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
Maryland health exchange officials have been saying for months that everything is on track for a smooth launch of their new website, where residents can buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The thousands who had trouble enrolling on the last dysfunctional website may be skeptical, but they have no choice but to take the officials' word for it. Exchange officials have declined to release a new audit of their preparation, despite requests from...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
“You can get your hair wet, just stay in the shallow end, please,” said Dave Johnston to his daughter earlier this week from his Boulder, Colo., home. The banjoist and singer of the bluegrass act Yonder Mountain String Band was on dad duty, “trying to squeeze in some pool days before summer is gone.” Johnston, 40, knows tour season - which includes a headlining gig at Rams Head Live on Friday - is approaching. But this is nothing new for him or his bandmates, Adam Aijala (guitar, vocals)
NEWS
Ian Duncan | August 16, 2014
Malik Smallwood lounged in front of Baltimore's Juvenile Justice Center, puffing on a cigarette and his recalling his teenage years spent in and out of the facility - he called it "kiddie camp. " Now 18, Smallwood said temptation loomed on the streets. Detention, in a way, was easier and saved him from that. Yet any attempts to rehabilitate him at the East Baltimore facility didn't do much good, he acknowledged. He had returned for a hearing on his latest juvenile charge. Baltimore law enforcement officials and child advocates have long questioned the efficacy and ethics of locking up juveniles accused of breaking the law, arguing it can doom them to a life of crime.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
When the Ravens drafted imposing Virginia defensive end Brent Urban in the fourth round, the hope was that he would be fully ready by training camp after undergoing ankle surgery in February following the Senior Bowl. Urban is already well ahead of that schedule, though, as he was able to participate in everything this spring after being sidelined for a rookie minicamp. During the first week of training camp, the 6-foot-6, 298-pound former hockey player from Canada hasn't experienced any setbacks.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2012
The Orioles didn't return to Baltimore from the winter meetings with the power bat they coveted, but club executive vice president Dan Duquette was satisfied with the team's progress this week in Nashville, Tenn. One of the team's top priorities was to sign an outfielder, and the Orioles were able to agree to terms with left fielder Nate McLouth on Wednesday. In Thursday's Rule 5 draft, the team selected 23-year-old left-hander T.J. McFarland. “I'm glad we signed an outfielder,” Duquette told reporters Thursday morning following the Rule 5 draft.
NEWS
September 25, 2013
As Baltimore area natives who retired to Chincoteague in 2006, we have a first-hand view not just of the launches but of the development of the various programs, infrastructure, policies and commercial by-products related to NASA's Wallops Research Facility in Virginia ( "The Eastern Shore's space-age opportunity," Sept. 23). Many people who visit the Virginia Eastern Shore say it is like "going back in time. " That is an accurate observation. We hope the upcoming report on the potential for space-related economic development here is grounded in reality.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
When Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco handed the football off and threw swing passes to Ray Rice this spring, he had a close-up view of the three-time Pro Bowl running back's physical transformation. Rice had regained much of his old quickness, displaying an ability to run away from defenders that all but disappeared during the worst season of his NFL career last year. Rice has lost roughly 20 pounds since last season, when he weighed as much as 225 pounds while struggling with hip and quadriceps injuries that robbed him of his ability to elude pursuit or break tackles.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | June 27, 2014
While Maryland and most other Chesapeake Bay states are making decent progress in reducing pollution fouling the estuary, Pennsylvania is "substantially off track" and will receive additional federal help and backup action if necessary, the Environmental Protection Agency reported Thursday. In a review of how all six bay states and the District of Columbia are doing in meeting their federally mandated cleanup targets, the EPA downgraded its rating of Pennsylvania's performance after finding the state fell short of meeting most of its pollution reduction targets for 2013 and appears unlikely to achieve its next "milestone" goals unless efforts are intensified.
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