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By Zachary Karabell and Zachary Karabell,Los Angeles Times | June 27, 2004
The Sword and the Cross: Two Men and an Empire of Sand, by Fergus Fleming. Grove Press. 350 pages. $26. Through the second half of the 19th century and into the first decades of the 20th, the French engaged in one of the oddest, most futile acts of manifest destiny ever attempted: They tried to conquer the Sahara. The desert covers an area larger than the continental United States and stretches from the Atlantic to the Red Sea and from the Atlas Mountains of North Africa south to what is now Nigeria.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2013
A 17-year-old girl died after she was struck by a car on Route 40 in Catonsville Sunday night, Baltimore County police said. Sahara Malishan, of the 900 block of Wildwood Parkway in Baltimore was hit by a Mazda 6 headed east on the 6400 block of Baltimore National Pike just before 10:30 p.m. Malishan was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was pronounced dead. The driver, a 62-year-old man, remained at the scene, police said. No citations have been issued and the crash remains under investigation.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | April 8, 2005
Sahara doesn't waste time on introductions. It wastes time in other ways. The first hour offers a frenzy of explosions, showdowns and exotic pow-wows as director Breck Eisner strains to set up the essentials of the first (and maybe last) big-screen adventure starring Matthew McConaughey as Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt. (Cussler wrote the original 700-page-plus novel.) Pitt and his friend from childhood, Al Giordano (Steve Zahn), former Navy SEALs, now belong to the National Underwater Marine Agency (NUMA)
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By Thomas H. Maugh II and Thomas H. Maugh II,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 15, 2008
The tiny skeletal hand jutted from the sand as if beckoning the living to the long dead. For thousands of years, it had waved unheeded in the most desolate section of the Sahara, surrounded by the bones of hippos, giraffes and other creatures typically found in the jungle. A chance discovery by American scientists has led to the unearthing of a Stone Age cemetery that is providing the first glimpse of what life was like during the still-mysterious period when monsoons brought rain to the desert and created the "green Sahara."
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By Baltimoresun.com Staff | February 24, 2005
Actor Matthew McConaughey will be at The Senator Theatre at 6:30 p.m. on Monday to introduce a special screening of his new film, "Sahara." The screening is for members of the armed forces. In the film, McConaughey plays explorer Dirk Pitt, based on author Clive Cussler's popular character. The film follows Pitt's adventures as he searches for the Ship of Death, a long-lost Civil War battleship. Steve Zahn stars as Pitt's sidekick, Al Giordino. Penelope Cruz also stars. McConaughey has been traveling across the country in an Airstream trailer to promote the film, which opens nationwide April 8. He is also submitting regular reports from the road to MTV.com.
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By Joshua S. Howes and Joshua S. Howes,Chicago Tribune | July 20, 2003
There are things that awe us to rapture -- grand canyons, wild cascades, the immense rolling ocean. And there are other things -- cool-rooted flowers, sunrise in a meadow -- that awe us to silence, that "seal the hushed casket of the soul," as John Keats said. The Sahara at night awes to silence. Yet the ordinary has a way of impinging on the sublime. While I was stretching my limbs atop the world's tallest sand dunes, my traveling companion, Mark, who had come to the Sahara hoping the great dunes might be the elixir for his broken heart, was shut away in a concrete toilet, victim of a bad bowl of tagine stew.
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By Story and photos by Lester A. Picker and Story and photos by Lester A. Picker,Special to the Sun | June 10, 2001
The ringing in my ears has finally stopped. Only now, for the first time since I arrived here 36 hours ago, can I hear the true sound of the great Sahara desert: silence. Utter, absolute, total quiet. In the desolate landscape of Egypt's Eastern Desert, part of the vast Sahara that stretches across much of northern Africa, there are no tree leaves to rustle in the wind. Most of the time there is no wind at all. Trees, like the acacia, are few and laced with thorns and rigid, needle-like leaves.
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By Thomas H. Maugh II and Thomas H. Maugh II,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 15, 2008
The tiny skeletal hand jutted from the sand as if beckoning the living to the long dead. For thousands of years, it had waved unheeded in the most desolate section of the Sahara, surrounded by the bones of hippos, giraffes and other creatures typically found in the jungle. A chance discovery by American scientists has led to the unearthing of a Stone Age cemetery that is providing the first glimpse of what life was like during the still-mysterious period when monsoons brought rain to the desert and created the "green Sahara."
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By ROBERT C. COWEN and ROBERT C. COWEN,Robert C. Cowen writes on science for the Christian Science Monitor | August 30, 1991
Deserts on the march. Sahara advances. It's a standar environmental alarm.But is it true?The Sahara has been caught creeping southward on occasions. And there are instances around the world where overgrazing and other human impacts have created wastelands in semi-arid areas where plants once grew.As so often happens in earth science, however, truth is more likely to be found in observing research programs covering large areas over long periods of time than it is in dramatic localized cases.
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January 9, 2002
A DESERT THAT IS NOT A WASTELAND The wildlife, people and sandy dunes of the Sahara are taking a break from the heat at www.pbs.org / sahara / . The inhabitants of this sandy region are featured in the People section, where you can learn about their religion and way of life. Don't be fooled when you see a body of water in the middle of the desert. Those are mirages, and you'll find tons of info about them in the Geography section. There you can also find a timeline of the many wars that have been fought in the Sahara desert.
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By LAURA VOZZELLA | August 13, 2008
Turns out the Bush administration hasn't cornered the market on pay-for-puff journalism. The city of Baltimore has offered free trips to Portland, Ore., Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle to reporters willing to write positive stories about public transit projects there. "The city wants a total of 4 freelance journalists and/or bloggers (one person per trip) to accompany them on an expense-paid trip (air fare, hotel and meals) in exchange for positive stories in local newspapers or blogs about the transit tours before, during and after," wrote Sandra L. Harley, president of Sahara Communications, a city subcontractor.
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By Robyn Dixon and Robyn Dixon,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 14, 2005
DOUKOUKOUNEY, Niger - When the women of this village heard that free food was on the way, they were overjoyed that for the first time in months, they would not have to worry about how to feed their children. "We have been hungry for more than a year," said Mariam Garba, 35, a mother of seven who was nursing a baby as she waited in line for the aid last week. "Many times I would sit down and think, `How I am going to feed my children?' It kept me awake at night." But what the women from Doukoukouney and neighboring villages received disappointed many of them.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | April 8, 2005
Sahara doesn't waste time on introductions. It wastes time in other ways. The first hour offers a frenzy of explosions, showdowns and exotic pow-wows as director Breck Eisner strains to set up the essentials of the first (and maybe last) big-screen adventure starring Matthew McConaughey as Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt. (Cussler wrote the original 700-page-plus novel.) Pitt and his friend from childhood, Al Giordano (Steve Zahn), former Navy SEALs, now belong to the National Underwater Marine Agency (NUMA)
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | April 7, 2005
For more than 25 years, adventure novelist Clive Cussler has chronicled the derring-do of the fictional Dirk Pitt, an international explorer in the employ of the National Underwater Marine Agency (NUMA). Actor Matthew McConaughey started seeking Cussler out seven years ago in hopes of getting a chance to play Pitt on the big screen. Last year, his own version of creative stalking paid off. Tomorrow, moviegoers will get their first look at the final product. Sahara, a rollicking epic in the quasi-comedic Indiana Jones mode, takes McConaughey and co-star Penelope Cruz across West Africa in search of a mysteriously missing Civil War battleship.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | March 2, 2005
The guy in the dark glasses, knit cap and rumpled cargo pants sways in apparent ecstasy, his hands coaxing improvised rhythms from a bongo-like drum. The percussive sounds echo off the walls and the high ceiling, turning the atrium of the historic Senator Theatre into a noise chamber on a chilly midafternoon. It's not exactly the way you expected to meet actor Matthew McConaughey, who's in town for a couple of days to spread the word about his soon-to-be-released movie. Then again, the 35-year-old star-turned-producer has been following his own instincts when it comes to bringing Sahara, a wry, big-budget action picture slated to open April 5, to the public's consciousness.
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By Baltimoresun.com Staff | February 24, 2005
Actor Matthew McConaughey will be at The Senator Theatre at 6:30 p.m. on Monday to introduce a special screening of his new film, "Sahara." The screening is for members of the armed forces. In the film, McConaughey plays explorer Dirk Pitt, based on author Clive Cussler's popular character. The film follows Pitt's adventures as he searches for the Ship of Death, a long-lost Civil War battleship. Steve Zahn stars as Pitt's sidekick, Al Giordino. Penelope Cruz also stars. McConaughey has been traveling across the country in an Airstream trailer to promote the film, which opens nationwide April 8. He is also submitting regular reports from the road to MTV.com.
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By Alec MacGillis and Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF | December 14, 2001
The public relations firm hired by Morgan State University was looking for straight hair, but its request caused a tangle. Sahara Communications, a Baltimore company hired to create a television commercial promoting Morgan State, caused a brief uproar on campus this week with its letter inviting students to appear in the ad. The letter specified that the company wanted only students with straight, processed or short hair - no dreadlocks and no head wraps,...
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August 1, 2004
On July 26, 2004, EDWARD WYATT SR., devoted husband of Berniece Wyatt; he is also the beloved father of Bonita Wheeler, Edward Jr., Garry, David, Darryl and Stephanie Wyatt; loving grandfather of Kevin, Tiymera and Rommie Wheeler, Kelle' and Chris Wyatt, Kimberly Neal, La Crecha Chapman, James and Kennard Roy, La Donna, David Jr. and Sahara Wyatt; loving great grandfather of Joshua Neal, Ayanni Hirt and Chelsea Myers; he is also survived by a host of...
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF | October 16, 2004
Aran Gordon should be easy to spot amid the throng running in today's Baltimore Marathon. He's the one toting a knapsack. The guy who looks like he veered off the Appalachian Trail. Or a scoutmaster in pursuit of his troops. Which begs the question: Of the 3,000 runners, why is Gordon the one with a 10-pound pack strapped to his back? Because he's training for a bigger race, one that makes this one seem like a walk in Druid Hill Park. For Gordon, 44, of North Baltimore, today's 26.2-mile race is a prologue to the Marathon des Sables (Marathon of the Sands)
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August 1, 2004
On July 26, 2004, EDWARD WYATT SR., devoted husband of Berniece Wyatt; he is also the beloved father of Bonita Wheeler, Edward Jr., Garry, David, Darryl and Stephanie Wyatt; loving grandfather of Kevin, Tiymera and Rommie Wheeler, Kelle' and Chris Wyatt, Kimberly Neal, La Crecha Chapman, James and Kennard Roy, La Donna, David Jr. and Sahara Wyatt; loving great grandfather of Joshua Neal, Ayanni Hirt and Chelsea Myers; he is also survived by a host of...
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