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By Craig Timberg | June 6, 1991
Thousands are expected to sample local wines and food while grooving to the rhythms of acoustic folk rock this weekend at the fourth annual Celebrate Annapolis Wine, Food & Music Festival.An elaborate stage and larger sound system are part of an overall expansion this year. "We want this to represent all of Annapolis hospitality, not just wines," said Darlene Pisani, festival coordinator.Nationally known musicians Lowen & Navarro and David Wilcox headline the list of mostly local artists, who, Ms. Pisani promised, "won't get on your nerves even if you're 85."
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
For many opera fans, Maria Callas was the last word on lyrical passion. But there was another extraordinary soprano before, during and after La Divina's relatively brief reign -- Magda Olivero, who developed something of a cult following for her visceral singing and acting. Olivero died Sept. 8 at the age of 104. The tributes will be many. ( Tom Huizenga has posted a fine one for NPR. ) I regret that I didn't pay enough attention to Olivero, never sought out her recordings as energetically as I did those of Callas.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 3, 1998
HOUSTON -- President Clinton plunged into the debate over race, politics and the U.S. Census yesterday, urging Congress to permit the use of a new method for counting the population that Democrats say is more accurate but Republicans contend is unconstitutional.The president, joining forces with other members of his party and Census officials, contended that the 1990 Census missed whole segments of the population, largely members of minority groups, thereby throwing off decisions by government and business on issues from health care to advertising.
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By D. A. Henderson | August 6, 2014
The only known stocks of the deadly smallpox virus are now kept in two designated research laboratories, one in Russia and one in the United States. This has troubled many who believe that destruction of the virus would provide greater assurance that it would never again threaten the world. Some scientists, however, insist that the intact smallpox virus is essential for their studies of new vaccines - even though the vaccines themselves are entirely different viruses. The decision to destroy the virus has thus been debated and postponed repeatedly in the World Health Assembly over the past 15 years.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 1, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Negotiators from the White House and Speaker Newt Gingrich's office have reached a tentative agreement that would allow the Census Bureau to test its hotly debated new method for estimating the country's population, administration and congressional officials said yesterday.The deal, the details of which must be fleshed out and sold to Republican and Democratic members of the House, would allow the Census Bureau to test the use of statistical sampling next year, a procedure the bureau would like to use for the next census, in 2000.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 25, 1999
WASHINGTON -- While Republicans and Democrats in Congress continue high-stakes maneuvering over the 2000 Census, the state of Arizona has sent Washington a defiant message on what kinds of numbers will -- and won't -- be acceptable inside its borders.A new Arizona law, whipped through the Republican-controlled Legislature on a largely party-line vote and signed Thursday by GOP Gov. Jane Dee Hull, would require the state to use only population figures from a straight head count as it remaps legislative and congressional districts.
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By Gareth Branwyn | November 22, 1999
Like it or not, music in the late 20th century is all about sampling. Pop music, hip-hop, rock, techno, and even jazz, are increasingly being built around sampled sounds and bits and pieces of existing music that are cut, pasted and played repeatedly in what are called loops. The software company Sonic Foundry has built a stellar reputation among musicians, amateur and pro, with its excellent desktop sound editing tools. The latest release, Acid Pro 2.0 ($399), is an amazing piece of software that is as easy to use as it is powerful and sophisticated.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | February 22, 1998
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Newt Gingrich has filed his much anticipated lawsuit seeking to prevent the Clinton administration from using a new and controversial method for estimating the country's population in the 2000 census.The suit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington, states that the method, known as statistical sampling, violates the Constitution and the federal Census Act. The suit asks that the decision of the court be immediately appealed to the Supreme Court."The House seeks a prompt and expeditious resolution on the merits of your administration's sampling plan because it is clearly in the national interest to resolve the issue now, before the 2000 census begins," Gingrich said in a letter to President Clinton.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | February 29, 1996
WASHINGTON -- To cut costs and improve accuracy, the Census Bureau said yesterday that it would actually count only 90 percent of the United States population in 2000 and rely on statistical sampling methods to determine the number remaining.The plans, announced at the Commerce Department, mean that for the first time, the official tally of the U.S. population, done every 10 years and used to apportion seats in the House of Representatives, will be based in part on a scientifically determined estimate rather than the actual head count conducted through a massive direct mail campaign.
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October 12, 1998
IT IS NOT a pretty fight, but the outcome will be significant. It is a tale that is a blot on Republicans and the Republic.Census takers in 1990 failed to count 8.4 million Americans while double-counting another 4.4 million.They missed 4.4 percent of all African Americans, 3 percent of Latinos, 12.2 percent of Native Americans and 0.7 percent of whites -- mostly poor, homeless, young, recent immigrants or urban dwellers. A study, commissioned by Congress, pointed out that the 2000 census will be worse if the same methodology is used.
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By Andy Kilianski | July 26, 2014
Since smallpox was eradicated from the human population in 1980, the only labs permitted and known to currently have stocks of the virus are the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga., and VECTOR, a Soviet-era bioweapon lab that now carries out infectious disease research in Novosibirsk, Russia. The potential for the accidental or intentional release of smallpox from one of these locations created a discussion on whether these stocks should be maintained or destroyed to forever prevent smallpox from being reintroduced into the human population.
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Tim Wheeler | June 26, 2014
Scientists are predicting that the Chesapeake Bay's oxygen-starved "dead zone" will be slightly larger than average this summer. Using computer modeling underwritten by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , researchers forecast that by next month, nearly 2 cubic miles of bay water will have inadequate oxygen dissolved in it for fish and crabs to thrive. That's roughly 12 percent of the water in the bay and its river tributaries, according to Caroline Wicks of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science . If it follows the normal pattern, the dead zone will grow and intensify until mid-July, then slowly shrink.
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By Benn Ray benn@atomicbooks.com | May 20, 2014
A number of tastings are coming to the Wine Source, 3601 Elm Ave., in the next couple of weeks. On Friday, May 23, from 5-7 p.m., you can sample some impressive wines from two Italian producers, Le Ragose, of Valpollicella, and Marziano Abbona, of Piedmont. On Saturday, May 31 is an Italian white wines tasting from 1-4 p.m., and on Thursday, June 5 you can sample Catocin Creek distilled spirits. They are purveyors of rye whiskeys, gin and brandies. That tasting takes place from 1-4 p.m as well.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2014
Sunday night's installment of this season's "Downton Abbey" will be most talked about because of what happened below stairs while everyone else was attending a recital by the legendary Dame Nellie Melba. I figured dear old Melba deserved a wee bit more respect than she got at Downton, where, in addition to that dreadful business involving a beloved servant, some of the upper-crusties walked out on the diva to play cards and some others who stayed made snide remarks. Tres déclassé.
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January 3, 2014
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
After less than a month, Pro Musica Rara is halfway through its 2013-14 season. So you'd better be paying attention or you might miss the other half, which would be a pity, since the early music group is in fine fettle these days. (The remaining concerts are in February and April.) Three weeks ago in Towson University's intimate recital hall, Pro Musica artistic director and cellist Allen Whear was joined by fine violinist Cynthia Roberts, elegant harpsichordist and brilliant recorder player Paul Lennhouts.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN REPORTER | August 1, 2007
Ellen Reich likes her apples crunchy and tart, and her tomatoes "bursting with tomato flavor." So when she heads to one of the area's many farmers' markets every week for fresh produce, it's a ritual and a necessity that she do a little taste-test before buying. "It's part of the joy of the farmers' market," says Reich, who lives in Butchers Hill and owns Three Stone Steps, a fair trade import business. So imagine Reich's dismay when she learned, while shopping at the Baltimore Farmers' Market under the Jones Falls Expressway viaduct one Sunday recently, that sampling the produce was now prohibited.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2012
A federal judge signed off on a deal between government regulators and the owner of the Sparrows Point steel plant requiring the company only to look near its shoreline for toxic contaminants it might need to clean up. U.S. District Court Judge J. Frederick Motz accepted an agreement between RG Steel and the Environmental Protection Agency and Maryland Department of the Environment on how far into surrounding waters the company needs to look for...
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2013
Shortages of beds, doctors and nurses in the Baltimore VA Medical Center's emergency room resulted in nearly half of a sample of patients spending more than 6 hours at the facility, including one who waited more than 24 hours, according to a critical inspection report released this month. In that case, a 59-year-old woman who reported a racing and pounding heartbeat waited 24 hours, 8 minutes before being admitted to a unit where her heartbeat could be continuously monitored. In another example, a 52-year-old man with schizophrenia who expressed desires to kill himself or others waited 22 hours until he was transferred to a non-VA hospital for treatment.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
The District Sample Sale has become one of the region's most highly anticipated fashion events, attracting more than 700 savvy shoppers. On Tuesday, hundreds of cost-conscious fashionistas are expected to sashay into Washington to find end-of-season threads from some of the region's hottest boutiques. Participating stores include Zoe Boutique, Ginger, Julia Farr, Wink, and Charm from the D.C area and Babe, Poppy & Stella and Sassanova from Baltimore. A certain percentage of proceeds go to support the N Street Village Bethany Women's Center for an entire month.
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