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By Douglas Birch and Douglas Birch,Staff Writer | January 11, 1993
At dawn over Guadalcanal 50 years ago, two Japanese dive bombers plunged toward the cruiser USS Helena and ran smack into the future of warfare.Until that January morning, ships without air cover were sitting ducks. Anti-aircraft fire was frustratingly inaccurate. With ammunition that exploded on impact, even the best gunners had to fire about 2,500 rounds on average to score a hit. Timed fuses that exploded a set number of seconds after firing worked a little better, but not much."Almost no one ever hit an airplane with the old-fashioned fuses," recalled Dr. James A. Van Allen, the discoverer of the Earth's radiation belt, who worked on fuses at the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University during the war. "It would be just a sheer stroke of luck to hit anything."
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By Tionah Lee and For The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
O-M-G! Everything we thought we knew about Ali's “death” was wrong, and all of the real facts come from the source herself -- starting from the beginning and leading up to one of the biggest moments in "Pretty Little Liars" history.  Noel Kahn is alive, and working with Ali. When the girls end up at the empty space Ali has been hiding in, Noel is there to give Ali the signal on whether or not it is safe to come out and speak to them....
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | December 2, 1991
Greg Russell rides the mean streets of North County.He's out there at the crack of dawn and late at nights with his radar running andhis ticket-book poised.He's looking for the speed kings, the drunken drivers and the reckless ones who cruise down Ritchie Highway in cars with expired tags.His colleagues joke that Officer Russell can smell a suspended driver a mile away.In just one year since he's joined the Northern District Police Station, the 28-year-old officer has issued nearly 1,600 traffic citations.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2013
Jimmy Smith knew it was real the first time he walked up the big hill to football practice, his 18-year-old lungs unable to find enough air. In the years that followed, the images of husky linemen, gasping on the sidelines, only confirmed the potency of Colorado's thin, Rocky Mountain air. The Ravens cornerback played at the University of Colorado in Boulder, which sits about a mile above sea level. That's almost exactly the same elevation he and his teammates will encounter at Denver's Sports Authority Field on Saturday when they try to keep their season alive in an AFC divisional-round playoff game against the top-seeded Broncos.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun reporter | September 21, 2007
There's a spy in Paul Perry that wants to come out. If Towson University's senior wide receiver doesn't play in the NFL next season, he very well might be headed for a career in the CIA. "I want to be a spy, I guess, a James Bond type," Perry said this week. "I watch the movies, and I know it's not like the movies, [but] I'm just interested in what's going on in the government, how the government works." Perry, the fastest player on Towson's team, had an internship with the Department of Homeland Security last summer, and both his mother, Wanda, and father, Paul, have government jobs.
NEWS
By Dan Berger | August 2, 2000
George unveiled his secret weapon, a big tent. Looks like a winner. Someone better tell Al. Can the party of Laura Bush and Colin Powell really be the party of Tom DeLay and Strom Thurmond? Of course, they have it upside down. You'd want seasoned old Cheney for president, young George for veep. The showdown is Harvard v. Yale. For NY senator, it's Wellesley v. Vassar. (Lazio is Vassar. You could look it up.)
SPORTS
By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | November 4, 2000
A year ago, Lee Suggs was a spare part on a Virginia Tech football team that played the role of Cinderella right up until the second half of its 46-29 loss to Florida State in the national-championship Sugar Bowl game. A little more than a month ago, Suggs was very much a secret weapon for the Hokies, despite having scored seven touchdowns in the team's first three games, since defenses were still geared to stopping quarterback Michael Vick. Today, when Virginia Tech (7-0) puts its No. 2 ranking and national-championship aspirations on the line against third-ranked Miami (6-1)
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Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2012
Team Kaya's dragon boat sped quickly past others racing along the waters of Baltimore's harbor Saturday morning, leaving other teams to wonder if it had a secret weapon. "It's that girl in the front. Look how small she is," said one man, wondering out loud if smaller team members mean a lighter, faster boat. The 17 teams competing in Saturday's event hosted by The Baltimore Dragon Boat Club at Tide Point Marina had spent weeks training for the grueling races, in which they paddle at top speed for 500 meters - at least two minutes for most boats.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer | April 10, 1995
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Ben Crenshaw carried it around with him all week. It wasn't his not-so-secret wish to win the Masters for Harvey Penick, his longtime teacher and confidant who died last Sunday night at age 90.It was his secret weapon.Moments after Crenshaw tapped in his final putt last night at Augusta National to win the 1995 Masters, moments after he collapsed in tears as he plucked out the ball and fell into the arms of caddie Carl Jackson, Crenshaw let the secret weapon out of his bag."
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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | October 15, 1995
Business partners Clarence Wooten, 24, and Andre Forde, 26, understand the importance of first impressions. So when they meet with prospective clients, they sometimes use a secret weapon -- an older employee."
FEATURES
By Rachel Gatulis, Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2012
Sometimes I have to stop and think, how did I get so lucky? I found the greatest, most incredible guy who is crazy enough to marry me. It is both terrifying and thrilling. For me, the most terrifying part, so far, is the wedding planning. It can be very overwhelming. Luckily, Andrew is organized, prepared and has an unhealthy obsession with Excel spreadsheets. I, on the other hand, am forgetful and often find unfinished “To-Do” lists in various bags, jacket pockets and under the seat in my car. What do we need to plan?
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Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2012
Team Kaya's dragon boat sped quickly past others racing along the waters of Baltimore's harbor Saturday morning, leaving other teams to wonder if it had a secret weapon. "It's that girl in the front. Look how small she is," said one man, wondering out loud if smaller team members mean a lighter, faster boat. The 17 teams competing in Saturday's event hosted by The Baltimore Dragon Boat Club at Tide Point Marina had spent weeks training for the grueling races, in which they paddle at top speed for 500 meters - at least two minutes for most boats.
SPORTS
By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2010
For an offensive lineman at the U.S. Naval Academy, it's as much a calling as it is a job. Much like being in the military. You must be strong, but also athletic. You need to be relatively tall and broad shouldered, yet nimble enough to chase after, and then block, safeties. You need to be an intellectual in the classroom, but also have a nasty streak on the football field. You need to be heavy, but not too heavy, because of the academy's intense fitness requirements. And you need to play in virtual anonymity despite having, arguably, the most crucial job in the Midshipman's rushing juggernaut.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun reporter | September 21, 2007
There's a spy in Paul Perry that wants to come out. If Towson University's senior wide receiver doesn't play in the NFL next season, he very well might be headed for a career in the CIA. "I want to be a spy, I guess, a James Bond type," Perry said this week. "I watch the movies, and I know it's not like the movies, [but] I'm just interested in what's going on in the government, how the government works." Perry, the fastest player on Towson's team, had an internship with the Department of Homeland Security last summer, and both his mother, Wanda, and father, Paul, have government jobs.
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By Candus Thomson and By Candus Thomson,SUN OUTDOORS WRITER | August 14, 2005
This is for all the anglers who sigh at the end of a fishing trip and say, "I wish this day could last forever." It almost can. Fishing across Maryland from sunrise to sunrise wrings out every last bit of the experience, presenting a diverse sampler of the state's angling opportunities, from swift-moving freshwater rivers to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. A stunt? For sure. A challenge? Definitely. But we do it, as Everest climber George Mallory explained, "because it is there."
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | April 7, 2004
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's greatest asset is not his former special assistant, Karen Hughes, who will soon be returning to "active duty" to help him with his re-election campaign. It is his wife, Laura. I was reminded of this during an interview with her Thursday for my Fox News Channel show. Mrs. Bush can keep her cool, even when prodded with selected quotes about her husband from prominent liberals: "A miserable failure" -- Rep. Richard A. Gephardt "A bumbling governor from Texas with a terrible record, who couldn't put three sentences together with a cue card" -- Ralph Nader "A moral coward" -- Al Gore And from Sen. John Kerry: "The Bush administration has run the most inept, reckless, arrogant and ideological foreign policy in the modern history of our country."
FEATURES
By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | October 22, 1996
Just as some comedians have a hankering to play Hamlet, Phil Collins has liked to seem serious and reflective. It may not be the way every fan likes to see him, but it certainly has its appeal; after all, his consider-the-homeless song, "Another Day in Paradise," was the biggest single of his solo career.But after 1993's assiduously self-involved "Both Sides," people were beginning to think they'd had enough of his "Alas, poor Yorick!" routine -- including, it would seem, Collins himself.
SPORTS
By Jamison Hensley and Brent Jones and Jamison Hensley and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | November 6, 2003
After playing in half-filled stadiums in Arizona and Cincinnati, Ravens rookie quarterback Kyle Boller is about to experience what the St. Louis Rams refer to as their "dome-field advantage." Noise levels at Edward Jones Dome have been known to reach as high as 125.8 decibels, which is akin to standing next to a jet engine. In what has become one of the NFL's most intimidating stadiums, the Rams have won 10 straight games - the league's longest current home winning streak. "I heard it's one of the loudest stadiums," said Boller, whose only dome experience was a preseason game in Atlanta.
FEATURES
By John Woestendiek and John Woestendiek,SUN STAFF | October 14, 2003
He didn't use a telephone. He didn't wear a trench coat. He didn't meet anyone in a parking garage, demand anonymity or insist - though some secret signals were involved - upon a code name. All it took for this "leak" was a good horse and a healthy set of vocal cords: "The British are coming! The British are coming!" The unauthorized release of classified government information - and to British eyes, at least, Paul Revere's midnight ride was exactly that - has been an American phenomenon since colonial times.
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