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By From staff and news services | March 25, 2011
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is calling for the elimination of college athletic scholarships, saying the move is necessary to "de-professionalize" college athletes. "As we near the exciting conclusion of 'March Madness' — which would more accurately be described as the 2011 NCAA Professional Basketball Championships — it's time we step back and finally address the myth of amateurism surrounding big-time college football and basketball in this country," said Nader, whose League of Fans is proposing that the scholarships be replaced with need-based financial aid. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the proposal Thursday, ahead of its official release.
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July 17, 2012
The Green Party's candidate for president will only hurt the environmental cause, and increase the chance that the Republicans will win the presidency ("Green Party nominates Jill Stein for president at Baltimore convention," July 14). Remember what happened when Ralph Nader was on the ballot in 2000? The Green Party got enough votes in Florida to tip the election toGeorge W. Bush. We got Iraq and the Great Recession! Carolyn C. Battle
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By Steve Weinberg and By Steve Weinberg,Special to the Sun | January 6, 2002
Crashing the Party: How to Tell the Truth and Still Run for President, by Ralph Nader. Dunne / St. Martin's. 352 pages. $24.95. Ralph Nader wants you to know that even if he is not holier than thou, he is certainly holier than Al Gore and Joe Lieberman, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Hence this combination chronicle of the 2000 presidential campaign, political reform tract and Sunday morning comin'-down sermon. Holier than Gore-Lieberman, Bush-Cheney? Let Nader count the ways for us, with a campaign stop in Los Angeles as the backdrop.
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dmiller@patuxent.com | December 8, 2011
The French say Plus ├ža change, plus c'est la meme chose: "The more things change, the more they stay the same. " You'll still be seeing my melon-headed mug around Howard County, but not in this space anymore. Next week is my last with this newspaper, which has been home for most of my professional life. Since I first came here as a reporter in 1988, the news business and life in general have changed dramatically with the advent of various digital technologies. However, the conflicts and concerns this publication reports on remain essentially the same - commercial and residential development and their effects on traffic and infrastructure, school crowding, the "achievement gap" between ethnic groups as measured by standardized tests, crime and punishment, government action and inaction.
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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | November 2, 1997
When the graying and almost gaudily accomplished alumni of Princeton's Class of 1955 set out to find a project that would be their enduring legacy, they didn't think small.They didn't purchase a piece of public art, start a scholarship fund or endow an academic chair -- although they had done much of that sort of thing over the years.Instead, they took on a problem of slightly greater significance: the international control of tuberculosis, the disease that claims 3 million lives a year and remains the leading infectious killer of adults around the world.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | November 4, 2000
The old brick building in Northeast Baltimore was once a branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and as you approach it on a recent fall morning, it so looks the part that you half expect it to be enveloped in silence. But the buzzing whine of a power saw fills your ears. A tall, bearded young man, stooping over a pile of wooden slats, sends geysers of sawdust into the air. As he spots you, he stops a moment. "That's right," says Mike McGuire with a laugh, "I'm also a carpenter. You have to do a little bit of everything around here."
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By Jonathan Rabinowitz and Jonathan Rabinowitz,NEW YORK TIMES | August 2, 1998
WINSTED, Conn. - Who would want to visit a museum dedicated to the seemingly arcane topic of tort law?Indeed, it would be hard to blame the people of this old mill town for seeming a bit skeptical that a proposed museum to honor some of the most reviled professionals in the country - trial lawyers - was a sure-fire way to transform their downtown into a mecca for weekend visitors.But listen to Ralph Nader, this town's most famous native son, as he details his dream of a Museum of American Tort Law."
NEWS
By Dan Berger | July 5, 2000
Save Belvedere Square!!!!! Sell it. If kicking ruling parties out of power is so good for Mexico, we ought to try it here. It took him a long time to get there, but Ralph Nader is just another politician. If Baltimore had a parking authority, parking would be no better but you would have someone to blame. No more bird's eye view of Gettysburg. Unless you can fly.
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By Dan Berger | May 29, 2000
The state of MD cannot prove that Linda Tripp taped anybody: So all of this never happened; it was just a dream. The national economic boom must be ending. It just reached downtown Baltimore and that's usually a leading indicator. Hezbollah is no threat to Israel. It is a very grave threat to Lebanon. This year's hot contest is between two old warhorses, Pat Buchanan and Ralph Nader, for the soul of Reform
NEWS
July 17, 2012
The Green Party's candidate for president will only hurt the environmental cause, and increase the chance that the Republicans will win the presidency ("Green Party nominates Jill Stein for president at Baltimore convention," July 14). Remember what happened when Ralph Nader was on the ballot in 2000? The Green Party got enough votes in Florida to tip the election toGeorge W. Bush. We got Iraq and the Great Recession! Carolyn C. Battle
SPORTS
By From staff and news services | March 25, 2011
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is calling for the elimination of college athletic scholarships, saying the move is necessary to "de-professionalize" college athletes. "As we near the exciting conclusion of 'March Madness' — which would more accurately be described as the 2011 NCAA Professional Basketball Championships — it's time we step back and finally address the myth of amateurism surrounding big-time college football and basketball in this country," said Nader, whose League of Fans is proposing that the scholarships be replaced with need-based financial aid. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the proposal Thursday, ahead of its official release.
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By Garrison Keillor | February 10, 2010
It is a large moment for Democrats, learning to stick with a good man through a rough period when the people who crave disillusionment have become disillusioned. It's like a winter vacation in the Caribbean when it rains buckets and you eat some bad shellfish and a shrieky teenager says you've ruined her life forever. You smile, take a shower and organize a volleyball game. You have to work at it. It's work. We the people are fond of hustlers and slick operators and the reverend with the diamond-studded Rolex and Sarah Palin slipping into Nashville and collecting a hundred grand for a 40-minute speech of no distinction whatsoever ("I'm so proud to be an American.
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By LAURA VOZZELLA | February 29, 2008
William Donald Schaefer has kept a low profile of late, but he is scheduled to give a lecture about his days as City Councilman and mayor on Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. He'll speak there again March 16 about his tenure as governor and comptroller. Both times, Schaefer will share the stage with C. Fraser Smith, the WYPR senior news analyst, Sunday Sun columnist and author of a Schaefer biography. All of which seemed to be news to Schaefer when I called him yesterday. "I'll be doggone," he said.
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By Leslie Hoffecker and Leslie Hoffecker,Los Angeles Times | February 25, 2008
WASHINGTON -- Consumer activist Ralph Nader launched an independent campaign for the White House yesterday, criticizing the Republican and Democratic candidates for not addressing issues "that are supported by a majority of the American people." "You take that framework of people feeling locked out, shut out, marginalized, disrespected," he told NBC's Meet the Press. "You go from Iraq to Palestine/Israel, from Enron to Wall Street, from Katrina to the bungling of the Bush administration, to the complicity of the Democrats in not stopping him on the war, stopping him on the tax cuts, getting a decent energy bill through - and you have to ask yourself, as a citizen, should we elaborate the issues that the two [parties]
NEWS
By CLARENCE PAGE | August 10, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Of all the little fish swimming beneath the currents of the major candidates in this presidential campaign season, none are making waves as surprising as those kicked up by Rep. Ron Paul. The Texas Republican, who embraces a libertarian point of view, has been riding an unimpressive 2 percent in the polls, but if there were an election for the president of cyberspace, he'd probably win. Dr. Paul's supporters are an enthusiastic bunch. They flood online polls such as the unscientific survey to which ABC News invited viewers after the Republican debate broadcast Sunday.
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By LARRY CARSON | April 2, 2006
With Democrats and Republicans constantly competing for power and influence, more and more voters are choosing neither affiliation, with about 32,000 independents among Howard County's 176,000 registered voters. But don't look for a strong third party to emerge as a voting alternative, said Donald F. Norris, professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Norris pointed out that since World War II, only a few independent leaders have had any political success, among them Alabama segregationist George Wallace, reformer John Anderson and fiscal conservative Ross Perot.
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By Paul West and Paul West,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | April 28, 2004
WASHINGTON - The Congressional Black Caucus hopes to arrange a meeting soon with Ralph Nader to try to persuade him to abandon his independent run for the White House, the caucus' chairman told the National Press Club yesterday. "We are very much concerned about Ralph Nader," said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat. "The fact is that we are worried that he will take votes away from our Democratic" candidate, Sen. John Kerry. Cummings said that New York Rep. Charles B. Rangel, one of the 39 Democrats who make up the caucus, had asked him to set up a meeting with Nader.
NEWS
May 12, 1992
WE HAVE A suggestion for consumer gadfly Ralph Nader: lighten up. Now the self-made public ombudsman has reacted in outraged and sanctimonious tones against the Postal Service's promotion of its poll to determine the design of a commemorative stamp in honor of Elvis Presley.Mr. Nader calls it "ballyhoo" and "a costly trivialization and diversion of the Post Office's main purpose: the dependable and reliable delivery of the mail." He even attacked an old nemesis, former postmaster general Anthony Frank, who authorized the Elvis stamp, calling it his "final zany pirouette."
NEWS
January 24, 2006
Janette Carter, 82, the last surviving child of country music's original Carter Family, who in recent years preserved her parents' old-time style with weekly performances, died Sunday in Kingsport, Tenn. She had been battling Parkinson's disease, her family said. She was the daughter of A.P. and Sara Carter. Her parents and her father's sister-in-law Maybelle Carter formed a singing trio discovered in 1927 when talent scout Ralph Peer came through the Tennessee-Virginia border town of Bristol to record mountain music.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 29, 2004
WASHINGTON - Ralph Nader vowed yesterday that he would stay in the presidential race to the end and said he wanted to "explain the nature" of his independent campaign. So he held forth for nearly 90 minutes at a news conference, thrashing the "two-party electoral dictatorship of this country," and calling President Bush "a chicken hawk, draft-dodging, messianic militarist presiding over a no-fault government." Nader's monologue seemed less a call to arms than a not-so-fond farewell to a bitter campaign in which many of his former allies have denounced him. Even his former running mate from the 2000 campaign, Winona LaDuke, has endorsed Democrat John Kerry.
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