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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
Nelson Cruz presents a deep rooting dilemma for the modern baseball fan. Is the Orioles outfielder the well-mannered son of teachers who built himself into a slugger step by painstaking step? In this version of the story, Cruz is the perfect baseball hero - a humble guy from the northwest coast of the Dominican Republic with Popeye forearms and a beatific countenance, one who belts home runs at a league-leading pace and still takes time to say hello to his young fans. Or is he just another in the stained mass of baseball stars who seemingly took the easy way out by turning to performance-enhancing drugs?
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 6, 2014
BOSTON - Nelson Cruz's five-hit night helped send Red Sox right-hander John Lackey to an early exit in the Orioles' 7-4 win over Boston in the nightcap of the teams' doubleheader, but after the game, Lackey didn't have much positive to say about Cruz. Cruz was 3-for-3 with a double and homer off Lackey. He doubled and singled off Lackey in his first two at-bats of the game, then hit a towering solo homer down the left-field line that cleared the Green Monster and hit a sign well above it. Cruz also hit an RBI single and a double after Lackey exited.
NEWS
July 1, 2014
The recent passing of Howard Baker provides significant contrasts as to how scandals are dealt with today ("Notable deaths elsewhere," June 27). Forty years ago, this country was engulfed in the monumental scandal of Watergate. What was initially proclaimed to be a third-rate burglary turned into a constitutional crisis that ultimately resulted in the resignation of a disgraced President Richard Nixon. This was due to the efforts of many people, but a substantial factor in the outcome was the persistence and skill of Howard Baker, a Republican senator from Tennessee.
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By Jonah Goldberg | June 23, 2014
For understandable reasons, the IRS scandal has largely focused on the political question of whether the White House deliberately targeted opponents. To date there's no evidence that it did. That's good for the president, but it may not be good for the country, because if the administration didn't target opponents, that would mean the IRS has become corrupt all on its own. In 1939, Bruno Rizzi, a largely forgotten communist intellectual, wrote a hugely controversial book, "The Bureaucratization of the World.
SPORTS
June 8, 2014
Problems in the Department of Veterans Affairs' medical system have been years in the making, and it's shameful that it took a scandal like the one now engulfing the department to prompt Congress to act. But the bi-partisan deal announced Thursday by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Arizona Sen. John McCain appears to be a solid effort to put veterans' needs, not politics, at the forefront of the national response to the debacle. Inspectors general have found thousands of instances of veterans who had to endure long waits for care and cases in which VA officials sought to cover up the delays through secret wait-lists and other means.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 25, 2014
"I want a love I can see. That's the only kind that means a thing to me. Don't want a love you have to tell me about. That kind of loving I can sure do without. " -- The Temptations, 1963 A few days ago in an airport restaurant, I saw a scene that has become commonplace in recent years. These soldiers were sitting there talking, waiting for their meal. And this guy on the way out detoured over to them. "Thank you for your service," he said. They nodded, thanked him for thanking them.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
It was almost like old times last week watching CNN's wall-to-wall coverage of the Veterans Affairs scandal story. I mean the good old times, when cable TV news mattered because it was doing journalism - not right- or left-wing talking points as Fox News and MSNBC do, and not whatever it was that CNN was doing in its weird obsession with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in recent months. And it made a real difference. CNN's investigative reporting by Drew Griffin, coupled with hard-hitting interviews like one anchor Jake Tapper did with White House chief of staff Dennis McDonough, forced the White House to pay attention to the medical plight of veterans in a way it had not come close to doing in the first six years of the Obama administration.
SPORTS
May 21, 2014
The scandal concerning the lack of health care by the Veterans Administration just continues with more deaths being attributed to the lack of attention to our veterans and horrible administration at VA hospitals. If the allegations are true, then the responsible individuals should be prosecuted and go to jail and not just be permitted to resign their positions in the VA. This is truly shameful, as it is being done to veterans who put their lives on line for this country. There is a 14-day waiting guideline for health care, but apparently some of these veterans were not seen for weeks and months, and to cover up this incompetence, fake waiting lists were created by VA hospital administrators.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | April 25, 2014
Amid reports that he not only tolerated but encouraged a nasty work environment rife with sex jokes and pornography, the Navy has relieved a two-time commander of the Blue Angels of his current post. Capt. Gregory McWherter has been fired as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado near San Diego and reassigned to other duties, the Navy said. He was last commander of the Blue Angels in 2012, brought back to straighten things up after the Blue Angels performed too close to the ground in a show.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
The U.S. Court of Appeals in March upheld a judge's decision last summer to dismiss three sexual abuse cases against Kevin Clash, the Dundalk native who served as the voice of Sesame Street's "Elmo" puppet. In affirming the lower court's ruling, the appeals court said it "considered all the plaintiff's arguments relevant to the accrual of their claims under the discovery rule and find them to be without merit," according to court documents filed last week by Clash's lawyer, Michael G. Berger.
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