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By Peter Schmuck | December 6, 2011
Dan Duquette has been pretty specific about what he is looking for in an extra/platoon outfielder. He said coming in that he wants to find a left-handed-hitting guy who can back up Adam Jones in center and possibly share time in left with Nolan Reimold. He hasn't thrown out any names, but here's a guy who fits that description and has been dangled in front of some teams. The Colorado Rockies are willing to move 29-year-old Seth Smith, a versatile outfielder who hits from the left side of the plate.
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August 17, 2014
Media coverage of the death of Robin Williams is still being debated for good reason: It was filled with ignorance and wretched excess. And the more time you have to reflect on it, the worse it seems. From Shepard Smith characterizing Williams as a "coward" on Fox News, to widespread misinformation about the comedian's finances, the coverage was pathetic -- especially on cable news channels where most viewers turned for information initially. If cable news would follow the simple dictate of publishing only what is known to be true, we would be a much smarter and less addled nation.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2013
Wednesday's appointment of former Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. as Maryland's secretary of transportation removes one prominent name from the guessing game over who the leading Democratic contenders for governor will choose as their running mates. Smith said Wednesday that he has no interest in any job other than his new one running the transportation department. Gov. Martin O'Malley announced the appointment at a news conference with Smith at the site of a new Beltway expansion project near Frederick Road.
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By Erin Cox and Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
Hours after winning their party primaries, Democrat Anthony G. Brown and Republican Larry Hogan exchanged the first salvos in November's race for governor. Hogan released an Internet ad calling the lieutenant governor "the most incompetent man in Maryland" and vowed to make the campaign a referendum on Gov. Martin O'Malley's tenure. Brown shot back that he would make the campaign a referendum on the "failed administration" of Maryland's last Republican governor, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., in whose Cabinet Hogan served.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2007
With the Ravens set to conclude the 2007 season with a regular-season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, speculation about offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden's career path has become rampant. As proficient as Ogden has been at warding off pass rushers, Brian Billick tried to do the same yesterday when the subject of Ogden's possible retirement was broached during the coach's weekly news conference. "We've all kind of kept that at arm's length," Billick said.
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By Liz Bowie | June 25, 2012
Speculation that Andres Alonso would leave the Baltimore City school CEO job for a new superintendent post has been rampant for years. Whenever an opening for the top job in an urban district appeared, Alonso's name seemed to be mentioned. He has always denied he was searching for a new job. When the Philly job came open, many education insiders insisted that Alonso was a strong contender. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote today that the school system has announced the name of two finalists, and Alonso isn't one of them.
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Tim Wheeler | July 12, 2013
Could Gov. Martin O'Malley be in the running to become the next secretary of Homeland Security? Not interested, says his press secretary. The National Journal named O'Malley Friday as a "dark-horse candidate " to replace Janet Napolitano, who announced earlier in the day she was leaving the Obama cabinet to become the first woman president of the University of California system. The Journal, which recently published a profile of Maryland's two-term governor asking if it was time to take his presidential ambitions seriously, noted that he had been tapped by President Obama earlier this year to be chairman of a national homeland security panel.
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By Jeff Barker | jeff.barker@baltsun.com | November 22, 2009
Ralph Friedgen declined to speculate about his future as Maryland football coach on Sunday -- one week before he is expected to meet with athletic director Deborah Yow to assess his performance and the state of the football program. Friedgen was asked during his weekly media conference call whether he anticipated returning after his worst season at Maryland. The Terps are 2-9 (1-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) and will be trying to avoid the first double-digit-loss season in school history when they host Boston College (7-4, 4-3 ACC)
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By Edward Lee | January 12, 2012
Nearing the end of his 16th year in the NFL, Ray Lewis could be on the cusp of cementing a Hall of Fame career that includes 13 Pro Bowls, two NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards and a Most Valuable Player honor in Super Bowl XXXV. But the Ravens inside linebacker seemed to throw water on the theory that he would retire after this season if the team captures Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Asked whether two Super Bowl rings would be enough, Lewis replied, “I don't know.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | August 18, 1994
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Is the merger between Blockbuster Entertainment and Viacom Inc. on again?Wall Street analysts have been talking about that possibility for weeks. Blockbuster Chairman Wayne Huizenga fueled speculation this week in a brief aside to a Miami Herald reporter."It looks like the Viacom deal is going to go through," Mr. Huizenga said.But yesterday, the company lips were sealed."The company has no comment at this time on the status of the transaction," said Senior Vice President and General Counsel Thomas Hawkins, who expressed disbelief over Mr. Huizenga's remark.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
One of the highlights of Mount St. Mary's sub-par 2013 campaign was a 14-6 demolition of Georgetown on March 12 that ended up being the team's second biggest win via margin of victory. Both sides will re-acquaint themselves on Wednesday at 3 p.m. when the Mountaineers (0-1) visit Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C., and Mountaineers coach Tom Gravante said he fully expects the Hoyas to use last year's outcome as motivation. “That was a great day for Mount St. Mary's - not so much for Georgetown - but it's a clean slate,” he said Monday.
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By John Fritze and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
Rep. John Delaney, the Potomac Democrat who has emerged as a leading critic of Maryland's troubled health exchange, is fueling speculation that he is interested in running for governor — a move observers said could shake up the state's premier political contest this year. A former banking executive who rose from political obscurity to gain an improbable win for Congress in 2012, Delaney has done little to quell the buzz generated by his repeated criticism of Gov. Martin O'Malley or the revelation that his name appeared alongside other gubernatorial candidates in a recent poll.
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By Jules Witcover | January 6, 2014
Much is being made of former President Bill Clinton's swearing-in of New York's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at their side at City Hall. The cameo apparently sought to declare Democratic harmony in Gotham, that supposed bastion of liberalism. In a sense, it was a gathering of the Clinton political clan. Mr. De Blasio was a one-time subordinate at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton administration under then-Secretary Andrew Cuomo, son of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, himself a liberal icon.
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By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:  BALLYHOO Living as we do in a culture of promotion, self-promotion, exaggeration, and sensationalism, it is good that we have a fine old American word, both noun and verb, to apply to the phenomenon. Ballyhoo  (pronounced BAL-ee-hoo) is ever so much more colorful and evocative than hype , the clipped, gray, featureless word more commonly in use today.  The etymological origins are obscure and the subject of much fanciful speculation,* but the various authorities agree that ballyhoo emerged in the United States around 1900, perhaps as the spiel of carnival barkers trying to draw customers to a performance.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
Coach Rob Ambrose made no attempt to hide his displeasure over the Towson football team being left out of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs last season despite the program going 7-4 and sharing the Colonial Athletic Association championship with three other teams. With No. 6 Maine (10-1 overall and 7-0 in the league) having already clinched the conference title and earning the automatic bid, the Tigers' focus has shifted to grabbing an at-large berth, and Ambrose acknowledged thinking that the team has already locked one up with a 9-2 overall record and a 5-2 CAA mark.
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By Rada K. Dagher | October 9, 2013
Miriam Carey, a 34 year-old dental hygienist, created a media frenzy last week when she was shot and killed by Capitol police after ramming a White House barricade in her car while her one-year-old daughter was in the back seat. Why did she do it? What mental illness did she suffer from? Ms. Carey's mother said her daughter was diagnosed with postpartum depression after her baby was born, and months later she was hospitalized for feeling sick and depressed. Some media outlets took that to mean that postpartum depression was behind Ms. Carey's erratic behavior.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2013
For some reason, there has always been speculation that if the Ravens got to another Super Bowl, general manager Ozzie Newsome would retire. Newsome says that isn't true. "That's not even close," Newsome said. "Really, I enjoy the guys I work with and I think we have a great staff. I really, really enjoy the players and my relationships with them and that helps me in coming to work every day. Of course, winning helps, too. " Newsome is in Mobile, Ala., at the Senior Bowl.
BUSINESS
By Bloomberg Business News | March 17, 1993
NEW YORK -- The dollar tumbled against the Japanese yen yesterday on news of disappointing housing starts and speculation that the Clinton administration might press for a stronger yen.Elsewhere, the British pound jumped against the dollar and the mark as the British government's budget plan left interest rates there unchanged and kept alive the prospects for economic recovery.The dollar began its slide against the yen after Japanese news reports said economist C. Fred Bergsten was advising the Clinton administration that the dollar should be weakened 10 percent against the the Japanese currency, according to MMS International.
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