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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
Returning from a religious service (let's omit the denomination), I described it to my college roommate, who asked, "Why do those people bother to be there? What's their purpose?" I answered, "I believe that their purpose is to mean well . "  I have the same reaction to most public prayer at secular occasions: little anodyne sentiments that appear to do little to establish comity and civility. Wouldn't mind dispensing with dragging God into zoning disputes and school boundaries.  But then there are those who want their public prayer full-blooded, invoking not only God but insisting that Jesus participate in the proceedings.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard and For The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, around 6 in the evening, eight adults gather in a garage in the Allview Estates neighborhood in Columbia. The garage, which has been converted to a gym, serves as the training ground for this small group of serious athletes - powerlifters who spend two hours squatting, bench-pressing and dead-lifting their way to better health. One of those lifters - and the owner of the house - is Caryn Daniel. At 51, Daniel is a fundraiser for the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, the mother and stepmother of four children ages 14 to 28, and grandmother of a 3-year-old.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | August 1, 2012
In a move that most saw coming, BioWare will open up its “Star Wars” MMO, “The Old Republic” for free play this fall. Reports over the last six months of the game losing subscribers have been steady, with the company confirming Tuesday that the amount of paying customers has “dipped below one million.” BioWare has tried to bolster interest in the midst of the falling subscription numbers by offering free trial weekends to new players...
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
I am romping through* Fred Kaplan's recent biography of John Quincy Adams, and I offer you this sentence from Adams in 1801: "There is not a party in this country with which an honest man can act without blushing. " From the dawn of the Republic to the present day, a thread of continuity.      *I plead nolo contendere to an additional count of nerdity.   
ENTERTAINMENT
By Paul Duke and Paul Duke,Special to the Sun | December 19, 1999
"Republic of Denial" by Michael Janeway. Yale University Press. 256 pages. $22.50.It is hardly news that politicians and the media are not among the most popular groups these days. Or that both stand condemned by many Americans for contributing to a public cynicism about government that has led to a deepening spirit of alienation.In an exceptionally strong indictment, Michael Janeway concludes that a dumbing-down of standards is at the heart of the disaffection. While no one suggests that the politicians and the press are co-conspirators, the author believes that a merging of mutual trends has eroded support for the civic community and made it more difficult to achieve a sense of common purpose.
NEWS
By Scott Shane and Scott Shane,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 10, 1991
VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Thousands of Lithuanians cheerfully defied Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and flocked to the polls yesterday to show their overwhelming support for independence, while the Kremlin dispatched troops to the republic to show they haven't won it yet.With all but a few precincts reporting by early this morning, just over 90 percent of voters had backed Lithuania's self-proclaimed status as a "democratic, independent republic," the...
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | July 9, 1995
MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- On a patch of land along the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, disgruntled farmers say they have formed the world's newest nation. They call it the Republic of Airrecu.Authorities are not amused.Nicaragua's Foreign Ministry called the plan "absurd" and "a desperate act." It threatened to send in police.Costa Rica's Foreign Ministry described the secessionist republic as "nonexistent."The quirky independence proclamation follows years of dispute over the exact location of the remote border.
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By Laura Silber and Laura Silber,Special to The Sun | December 9, 1990
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Hard-line Communists in Yugoslavia's biggest republic, Serbia, are fighting for survival in today's elections, which mark the end of one-party Communist rule.Meanwhile, in neighboring and traditionally pro-Communist Montenegro, Yugoslavia's smallest republic, the vote is being contested by the Communists and 10 other parties, including some who seek union with Serbia. Serbia's Communists have -- until the last possible moment -- resisted the wave of democracy that swept Eastern Europe last year.
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By Laura Silber and Laura Silber,Special to The Sun | December 23, 1990
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Slovenia's imminent departure from Yugoslavia has been announced so often that it may go unnoticed when or if it really happens.Today, nearly 2 million Slovenes vote in a referendum on independence and are expected to overwhelmingly support going their own way.But whether the tiny republic actually leaves depends on whether it can achieve a consensus within the federal Parliament and with the leaders of Yugoslavia's other republics. It also hinges on the 12-nation European Community, which will accept any outcome as long as it does not endanger stability in the volatile Balkan region.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 6, 2004
GROZNY, Russia - Alu Alkhanov, the Kremlin's latest hope for stabilizing its foundering strategy in the Caucasus, was sworn into office here yesterday as president of Chechnya, taking control of the government of a republic with its infrastructure in ruins and its nights racked by lawlessness and terror. The ceremony took place on the first day of what is supposed to be a four-year term. Of all the difficult tasks ahead - and there are many - Alkhanov's chief chore may be to stay alive.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2014
Oliver L. Hoffman Jr., a retired steel company executive who enjoyed watersports, died April 11 of complications from Parkinson's disease at his Arnold home. He was 87. The son of Oliver Lee Hoffman, a coal company executive, and Mayme Manges Hoffman, a homemaker, Oliver Lee Hoffman Jr. was born and raised in Windber, Pa., where he graduated from Windber High School in 1944. From 1944 to 1946, he served in the Army Air Corps at Gettysburg College. After leaving the service, he attended Carnegie Tech, which is now Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied civil engineering on the GI Bill.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
Returning from a religious service (let's omit the denomination), I described it to my college roommate, who asked, "Why do those people bother to be there? What's their purpose?" I answered, "I believe that their purpose is to mean well . "  I have the same reaction to most public prayer at secular occasions: little anodyne sentiments that appear to do little to establish comity and civility. Wouldn't mind dispensing with dragging God into zoning disputes and school boundaries.  But then there are those who want their public prayer full-blooded, invoking not only God but insisting that Jesus participate in the proceedings.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
Patrick H. Vogel, former president of Republic National Distributing Co.'s Maryland division, died Feb. 21 of cancer at his home in Louisville, Tenn. He was 62. The son of Herman Lentz "Bunny" Vogel, who was a corporate officer of H.C. Spinks Clay Co., a family-owned business, and Caroline Carothers Vogel, a homemaker, Patrick Herman Vogel was born in Memphis and raised in Paris, Tenn. He attended E.W. Grove High School in Paris, and graduated in 1970 from Henry County High School, also in Paris, where he was an accomplished athlete.
NEWS
February 24, 2014
The swiftly unfolding of events in Ukraine over the weekend saw chanting crowds depose the country's president, political prisoners freed from jail, the emergence of an interim government led by opposition figures and warrants for the arrest of former security officials who ordered police to fire on demonstrators in Kiev. The rapid developments apparently caught both U.S. and European Union officials by surprise, coming as they did only hours after those powers had signed a deal with Russia for a more gradual transition.
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By Mark Newgent | December 5, 2013
One-party rule breeds cronyism. While Maryland's one-party Democratic rulers, like Gov.  Martin O'Malley , fancy themselves progressive angels above such things, the fact is, Maryland has devolved into an oligarchy. Exhibit A: KO Public Affairs, the consulting firm run by Steve Kearney, Governor O'Malley's former communications director, and Damian O'Doherty, who was a top aide to former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, who is now the state's transportation secretary.
SPORTS
Sports on TV | November 15, 2013
FRIDAY'S TELEVISION HIGHLIGHTS NASCAR Nationwide: EcoBoost 300, Practice FS110 a.m. Truck Series: Ford 200, Practice FS111 a.m. Sprint: EcoBoost 400, Practice ESPN21:30 Sprint: EcoBoost 400, Qualifying ESPN26 Truck Series, Ford 200 FS18 F1 United States Grand Prix, Practice NBCSN1 M. bask. Samford@Indiana BIGTEN7 Holy Cross@North Carolina ESPNU8 Ark.-Pine Bluff@Oklahoma State MASN28 Columbia@Michigan State BIGTEN9 W. bask.
BUSINESS
By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | August 25, 1998
Republic Industries Inc., the Florida-based automotive retail giant headed by H. Wayne Huizenga, said yesterday that it has backed off plans to construct a $7 million used-car reconditioning center in Anne Arundel County."
NEWS
By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | June 4, 2000
CHARLESTON, S.C. - More than 100 people greeted Linda R. Tripp yesterday at a coming-out of sorts for the woman they consider a hero: Linda R. Tripp, whose illicit tape-recording exposed a sex scandal in the White House and led to President Clinton's impeachment. Tripp was scheduled to address the group last night at a conference organized by members of the conservative South Carolina chapter of FreeRepublic.com, a Web site that operates a discussion forum and advocates such positions as abolishing the income tax and the popular election of U.S. senators.
SPORTS
The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
Adam Jones delivered again at the World Baseball Classic, driving home a run in the seventh inning of the U.S. team's 7-1 win over Puerto Rico in Miami on Tuesday night. Jones' single up the middle against former Orioles lefty J.C. Romero stretched the U.S. lead to 4-0. The Orioles center fielder had the go-ahead hit in the U.S. team's win over Canada on Sunday, which sent them through to the double-elimination second round. The U.S. is off Wednesday and faces the Dominican Republic on Thursday at 7 p.m., also at Marlins Park.
NEWS
January 21, 2013
In the capitalist-communist People's Republic of China, people encounter problems returning products that stink. In our capitalist-democracy of the United States of America, a refund on stinky products is an honored business practice. An overt sense of fairness is the glue of invisible integrity that hinges an economy based on spending. If you buy it and it stinks, you return it and get your money back. No questions asked. In the U.S. economy, one cannot sell snake oil and call it orange juice.
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