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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | June 9, 2006
By turns grisly and hallucinatory, The Proposition is one of those grand, mythic Westerns, full of wide-open spaces and dank little hellholes, detestable bad guys and virginal women, laconic lawmen and wary natives. Only this rough-hewn land isn't the American West, but the Australian Outback; the doomed natives aren't warring Indians, but war-weary Aborigines. And while this all may sound like something out of the Sam Peckinpah playbook, the auteurs here are director John Hillcoat, working on only his third feature, and writer Nick Cave, better known as a musician than a screenwriter.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
No. 11 Maryland has looked overpowering in 16-3 and 14-3 routs of Mount St. Mary's and UMBC in back-to-back Saturdays, but the team's resolve will be tested in Saturday's road game against No. 2 and new Atlantic Coast Conference rival Syracuse. It will be the first time since 1983 that the Terps and Orange will meet in a regular-season contest, and it will be Maryland's first visit to Syracuse since 1960. The Terps will face an Orange program that has captured 11 national championships and will play in the fabled Carrier Dome before departing the ACC for the Big Ten conference next season.
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By GEORGE F. WILL | August 6, 1992
Washington. -- "France,'' wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, ''was a land, England was a people, but America, having about it that quality of the idea, was harder to utter.'' Garry Wills, in his new book ''Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America,'' says Lincoln uttered it in 272 words.By doing so, Mr. Wills argues, Lincoln finished the long founding of the United States. He made this a nation defined by the idea -- ''dedicated to the proposition'' -- that all men are created equal. It is, surely, no accident that Mr. Wills' book about the most potent presidential rhetoric in American history has become a best-seller in this political season.
NEWS
June 18, 2013
In passing Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's budget Monday night, City Council members said they hoped the whole thing would be more or less a wash for Baltimore residents. Property taxes are going down, but new fees are coming to pay for stormwater pollution mitigation, and new taxes will hit billboard advertising and taxi rides. No doubt some residents will pay more, and some will pay less, and in a city where poverty and joblessness are persistent problems, such changes are inevitably fraught.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,mary.mccauley@baltsun.com | July 19, 2009
Let's go straight to Body Electric," Robert Chew tells the three dozen teens sitting cross-legged on the orange carpeting in front of him. "I want to see - I'll wait until you've stopped talking - I want to see how much you've retained and how much you've forgotten."
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By GEORGE F. WILL | August 26, 1993
San Diego.--In November, California, frequent incubator of America's future, will conduct a vote eclipsing in importance last year's banal presidential choice. If passed, Proposition 174 will offer parents vouchers worth at least half the cost of educating a child in a public school (currently $5,200) and redeemable as private-school tuition. If the chosen school costs less than $2,600, the saving can be used for subsequent grades, or for college.Private schools often get better results (gauged by test scores and graduation rates)
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By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS | October 26, 1992
San Francisco. -- Future historians may be about to receive a gift from California voters that could enable them to chart just when America declined and turned from a society that values individual responsibility to one in which institutions reign.If California voters approve Proposition 161, the physician-assisted suicide initiative -- the Field Poll says 68 percent of polled voters support it -- chroniclers of this age will be able to pinpoint the moment America went soft, with California characteristically leading the way.Proposition 161 would allow mentally competent adults with a terminal illness to kill themselves with the assistance of a physician.
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By George F. Will | May 24, 1998
SAN FRANCISCO -- The decay of liberalism into a synonym for cynicism is writ large in the frantic dishonesty of the campaign against Proposition 226, the ballot initiative that would bar California unions from spending a member's dues for political purposes without the member's written permission, renewed annually. The opponents' mendacity is a measure of the intellectual poverty of their arguments, but also a natural byproduct of an anti-deliberative process for making laws.California unions spend $40 million a year on politics, 90 percent on Democratic candidates and causes.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 13, 1996
WASHINGTON -- In their most specific response yet to California's marijuana initiative, federal officials warned yesterday that under federal law, a doctor's prescription does not excuse pilots, engineers or bus and truck drivers who test positive for drugs."
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By Michael Finnegan and Michael Finnegan,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 3, 2004
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was closing in on a resounding vote of confidence yesterday with early returns showing state voters passing two ballot measures that are cornerstones of his plan for recovery from the state fiscal crisis. Proposition 57 authorizes the state to borrow $15 billion to balance the budget. Most of that would refinance previously approved debt that is under court challenge, but roughly $4 billion would be used to close current and future budget gaps, according to the nonpartisan legislative analyst's office.
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March 2, 2013
President Barack Obama could have stayed out of the case against California's ban on gay marriage, known as Proposition 8. The federal government isn't a party to the case, and Mr. Obama could have hidden behind the precedent of previous administrations that declined to get involved in similar suits, like those that struck down bans on interracial marriage or laws criminalizing homosexual conduct. But instead, Mr. Obama's self-described "evolution" on the issue continued this week with a brief arguing that no compelling public interest is served by treating same-sex couples differently from opposite-sex ones.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2013
It was standing room only Thursday as family, friends and admirers of Robert Francell Chew said goodbye with a spirited and moving celebration of life ceremony for the actor known as Proposition Joe. More than 100 persons crowded into the chapel at the Calvin B. Scruggs Funeral Home in east Baltimore on a cold, snow-dusted morning. They ranged from other Baltimore actors who had won featured roles in HBO's "The Wire," like Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, to Raymond Parker, the high school music teacher who rook Chew under his wing at Patterson High, taught him to sing Italian opera and helped him get an audition that led to a four-year scholarship at Morgan State University.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2013
Click here for the gallery "The Wire: Where Are they Now?" Robert F. Chew, a 52-year-old Baltimore actor and teacher who portrayed one of television's most unforgettable characters as Proposition Joe on HBO's “The Wire,” died Thursday of apparent heart failure in his sleep at his home in Northeast Baltimore, according to Clarice Chew, his sister. Mr. Chew, who appeared in “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “The Corner,” as well as “The Wire,” also taught and mentored child and young adult actors at Baltimore's Arena Players, a troupe he stayed with as his television career blossomed in David Simon HBO series.
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By Amy Watts | October 26, 2012
So something happened and then something else happened but we don't care about all that because BEN PROPOSED TO LESLIE AND SHE SAID YES. Ok, fine. In the rest of the show, Ben's campaign for the Congressman has been so successful that they wrap up early. And Jennifer Barkley convinces him to consider her offer of running a gubernatorial campaign in Florida. He does meet with the candidate, and even with his proposal to end the show, it's unclear if he takes the job or not. After Leslie and Ann scare Jerry as he comes out of the bathroom (they meant to spook Tom)
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Letter to The Aegis | October 11, 2012
Editor:  I agree with The Aegis that welfare for the wealthy has no place in Harford County ("TIF is bad public policy," Sept. 26, 2012).  Fortunately, readers can rest assured that the James Run Corporate Campus and its tax increment finance package in no way fits that description.  As a supporter of the James Run project, let me explain. James Run, a proposed development of office, lodging and retail space in Creswell, includes the issuance of bonds -   or a TIF -  to pay for public road, sewer and infrastructure improvements.
NEWS
October 4, 2012
Supporting the Maryland Dream Act, which allows children of undocumented immigrants who have graduated from a Maryland high school to attend state colleges and universities at the same in-state tuition rate as other residents, is a win for them and for the state of Maryland. Brought to this country through no choice of their own, these undocumented children think of themselves as Americans. They have played on sports' teams, gone on class trips, attended birthday parties and "hung out" with children of American citizens.
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By GEORGE F. WILL | October 27, 1994
Washington.--Some pertinent pre-election reading is Dan Rostenkowski's brief in defense of himself and an audacious proposition.The proposition is that all the interesting things he is accused of doing with public money are no business of anyone or anything but the Congress in which he has flourished for 36 years and to which he will be returning in January in spite of his 17-count indictment for behavior that looks to the laity, and to federal prosecutors, a...
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February 7, 2012
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding a lower court's ruling that California's Proposition 8, which outlawed gay marriage, was unconstitutional is surely a good outcome and an advance for equality. Already backers of same-sex marriage in Maryland, including Gov.Martin O'Malley, are expressing optimism that it will provide a boost to their efforts here. But the 2-1 opinion is so narrowly drawn that, even if it is upheld by theU.S. Supreme Court in an inevitable appeal, it may have little bearing on the situation in Maryland and elsewhere.
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Peter Schmuck | October 28, 2011
News item: Cam Cameron and Joe Flacco are back in the spotlight - and not a happy one - as the Ravens prepare for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens are favored by nearly two touchdowns. My take: The good news is that the Ravens will wake up and take care of business. The bad news is that it will only be meaningful if they don't. Everybody knows the real test is next week in Pittsburgh. News item: The search committee charged with finding a replacement for departed Orioles baseball operations chief Andy MacPhail reportedly interviewed player development director John Stockstill on Friday.
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