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Baltimore Sun staff | April 29, 2012
Baltimore Sun reporters and editors give their early grades for the Ravens' 2012 draft performance. Jeff Zrebiec, Ravens beat reporter: As usual with the Ravens, there was a lot to like about their draft haul. To get Courtney Upshaw in the second round while also acquiring another pick was a huge coup. You can bet that there was a lot of head shaking going on around NFL war rooms that another potential impact defensive player had fallen into the Ravens' laps. Bernard Pierce and Tommy Streeter also have a lot of athleticism and upside.
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September 26, 2014
Diabetes living healthy The University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology will offers classes on healthy living through nutrition and exercise. Classes will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1; 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 10; and 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Oct. 27 in the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, Suite 223, 300 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information 410-787-4940. HPV vaccine The department of health provides free HPV vaccine for both males and females ages 9 to 26 at the following clinics.
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September 26, 2010
Quarterback: B+ Joe Flacco did a good job making his reads and being on the same page with his receivers. His passes had some velocity on them, and his best throws were high and tight. He missed on one long one to Anquan Boldin, but he delivered when he had to make plays. Flacco had a QB rating of 128.7. Offensive line: B Cleveland threw a lot of different blitz packages at the Ravens, and the Ravens handled them fairly well. Left tackle Michael Oher and left guard Ben Grubbs were dominant, and the right side of tackle Marshal Yanda and Chris Chester turned in solid performances.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
Baltimore's harbor earned a failing grade for water quality in the latest assessment of its ecological health, despite fewer reported sewage overflows last year. Though the harbor's overall grade for 2013, to be released Wednesday, is down from a C-minus the year before, the city's signature water body didn't actually get more polluted last year, according to organizers of the Healthy Harbor campaign. Instead, the harbor campaigners said they've just decided to stop grading on a curve and deliver a more straightforward assessment - that it's far from safe to swim or splash around in the trash- and sewage-fouled upper reaches of the Patapsco River.
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Mike Preston | September 19, 2010
Quarterback D Joe Flacco threw four interceptions. Enough said. Running backs A Halfback Ray Rice ran 16 times for 87 yards, but he touched the ball only 8 times per half. When Flacco is having a bad day, Rice, Willis McGahee and Le'Ron McClain need to carry the load. Rice was the Ravens' offense. Offensive line C- This group is good when the Ravens run the ball and use a lot of play action. But once they get behind and become predictable, a lot of weaknesses are exposed.
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Baltimore Sun staff | October 2, 2011
The Orioles spent the final weeks of the 2011 season making life tough on the wild-card contenders in the American League, which ranks as a small consolation prize after they spent the rest of the year making life tough on themselves and their fans. So, at the very last minute, because they put an apple on our desk, we're changing the team's final grade from an F to a D-. It's hard to cut them much more slack with the fourth-worst record of the 30 major league clubs. Here's the rest of our annual report card, which rates the individual performance of every position player who got at least 75 at-bats and every pitcher who threw at least 15 innings for the Orioles over the course of the past six months.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
The Chesapeake Bay's health remained steady overall last year, despite heavy rains that normally flush pollution into its waters, University of Maryland scientists reported Friday. Declines in Eastern Shore rivers, however, indicated problems with polluted farm runoff there, researchers said. The bay as a whole earned a 45 percent score, a 'C' grade for the second straight year in the annual ecological health checkup performed by the university's Center for Environmental Science.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
It isn't often that one hears the word "stellar" used to describe a federal form. Nevertheless, that's the term Annetta Cheek, a leading advocate of clarity in how government communicates with citizens, uses to praise the form that took the Grand ClearMark Award this spring in the annual contest run by the Center for Plain Language. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau uses the form to lay out exactly what a home mortgage will cost. It shows in concise, clear terms and large print the interest rate and how the monthly payments break down.
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December 4, 2013
To view the latest measure of the state of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed, the Chesapeake Bay Program's "Bay Barometer," is not unlike receiving the interim report card of a chronically underachieving student. Whatever modest progress is reported, it's difficult to get past the miserably low overall grades. This sort of science-based snapshot may be useful, but it's also a bit bracing - or "sobering" as some environmentalists have described it. Less than one-third of the Chesapeake Bay's tidal areas meet federally-approved water quality standards while three-quarters of 92 tidal areas tested positive for chemical contaminants, and underwater grasses continue to decline.
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Mike Preston | November 28, 2013
QUARTERBACK A Joe Flacco had one of his best games. The most impressive part was his footwork in the pocket. When the Steelers got pressure, Flacco bought time by stepping up or moving around in the pocket. It might have been his most complete game of the year. RUNNING BACKS C+ The Ravens didn't run for a lot of yardage but both Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce ran hard. Rice even ran over Pittsburgh free safety Ryan Clark in the third quarter. There were several times when Pierce had nothing inside and bounced outside for a few yards.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
Maryland fourth- and eighth-graders scored slightly lower in math on a national test than two years earlier, though the state's pass rates still remain among the best in the country, according to data released Thursday. "I was pleased that we are trending above the national average in all areas," said state schools Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery. She acknowledged the state has had more difficulty with math achievement. Maryland's reading scores rose in both grades on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, one point in fourth grade and three points in eighth grade.
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Tim Wheeler | July 15, 2013
Legislators in Annapolis were less reliably green this year, as many saw their scores slip in the annual report card issued Monday by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters . While lawmakers earned praise for approving bills promoting offshore wind and boosting transportation revenues, the league noted that "several of our priorities were weakened, rolled back, or killed. " The group's report card echoes the mixed reviews many activists gave the General Assembly at the end of its 90-day session in April.
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By Erica L. Green | June 14, 2013
A Washington-based think tank has named Maryland No.1 in the country for the performance of its low-income students, finding that in the last eight years, Maryland's poorest students made the most academic progress than any comparable population in the nation. The report, published by Education Sector, an independent policy and research group, examined what it called the "The New State Achievement Gap," and whether new waivers from the federal No Child Left Behind Act could help or hurt the growth states have experienced under the embattled education policy started under the administration of George W. Bush.  Critics and supporters of NCLB agree that, while controversial for its elusive goals, the policy has helped target the achievement of students that have historically been disadvantaged in the classroom, such as low-income and special education students.
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