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By Leslie H. Gelb | May 9, 1991
A SPHINX without a riddle" is how Bismarck described Napoleon III. As much could be said about Dan Quayle, ever awkwardly posed with a plastered, slight smile.No instant laundry lists of unheralded accomplishments as vice president, dutifully leaked by his staff, will make Quayle more than a nice and competent guy.No mere testimonials will alter public perceptions of him. No opportunity short of actual succession will likely permit him to prove himself a political heavyweight.Dan Quayle is no buffoon, as many in the media unfairly portray him. He is an average American and an average politician who, though he carries an argument well, strikes people as a kid. Even when his words are nicely manicured, he does not inspire confidence.
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BUSINESS
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,ed.gunts@baltsun.com | November 19, 2009
Baltimore would become home to the first East Coast museum devoted to Negro League baseball teams and players, under a $4.1 million plan that has been approved by the Dixon administration. The plan calls for redeveloping Pennsylvania Avenue's historic Sphinx Club and adjacent properties with a sports-themed museum, entertainment and dining complex designed to draw tourists and help rejuvenate the corridor. The largest part of the project would be a three-story BALL House museum, which stands for Black Athletes and Lost Legends, at the northeast corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Bloom Street.
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NEWS
By Chicago Tribune | March 28, 1991
CHICAGO -- Using modern computer technology, a University of Chicago archaeologist has coaxed a secret from Egypt's ancient, silent Sphinx -- the famous monument's face was modeled after the government figure who ordered it built.Egyptologists have long suspected that the Sphinx was modeled after the Pharaoh Chefren, who ordered it created in about 2500 B.C., but computer work by Mark Lehner, an `D assistant professor at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute, confirms the suspicion.
FEATURES
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | September 11, 2009
In "The September Issue," Anna Wintour, the high priestess of high fashion and longtime editor of Vogue magazine, never lets her colleagues see her perspire - and never reveals a spontaneous thought or emotion, or a fascinating one, either. Wintour granted director R.J. Cutler unprecedented access to her editorial processes for this documentary chronicle of her drive to break advertising records with her September 2007 issue. Unfortunately, the teapot tempests Cutler comes away with are neither gripping nor revelatory.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | April 19, 1992
GIZA, Egypt -- Pity the poor Sphinx.Through the ages, the Guardian of the Pyramids has suffered countless indignities. Target shooters shot off its nose during the Ottoman occupation. Explorers ripped off the half-man, half-lion's beard for the British Museum.For years, tourist buses zoomed around its base, rattling the weary old beast's foundation. Today, it sits atop salt water and sewage, partly swaddled in scaffolding, choking in smog.For centuries, Egyptologists frantically tried not only to stop the march of time, but also to turn the clock back to the days of the pharaohs when the noble monument was built 4,600 years ago.Restorers plastered it over with cement and then later peeled it open.
BUSINESS
By LAURA SMITHERMAN and LAURA SMITHERMAN,SUN REPORTER | January 10, 2006
Rydex Investments, a Rockville mutual fund company, may merge its SPhinX Fund into another fund after discovering that underlying assets have been frozen in the wake of the collapse of commodity broker Refco Inc. The independent board of the SPhinX fund, a basket of hedge funds, is expected to vote this month on the rollover into the Rydex Absolute Return Strategies Fund. If approved by the board, the plan would be put to investors for a vote in February, said Jeff Joseph, managing director of the alternative investment group at Rydex.
NEWS
By FRANK ROYLANCE | March 20, 2008
The spring equinox, or vernal equinox, occurred at 1:48 EDT this morning. That's when the sun, on its annual springtime journey from south to north, appears to cross the celestial equator into the northern half of the sky. Egypt's Great Sphinx faces due east, where the sun rises today. It is the official start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and fall in the Southern. The sun's apparent seasonal migration occurs because of our planet's 23.4-degree tilt with respect to the sun.
FEATURES
By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,Sun Art Critic | July 19, 1995
In exploring the early photography of Egypt, the Baltimore Museum of Art's "Excursions Along the Nile" sheds light on Egypt, but also on photography.With its thousands of years of history and its immense monuments, Egypt has always been a land of fascination. The introduction of photography in the mid-19th century only fueled an already intense interest, and by the 1850s photographers were recording Egyptian sites from the pyramids to details of hieroglyphic-filled walls.This show, organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and selected from the holdings of collectors Michael and Jane Wilson, contains works from five decades beginning in 1850 with the rich, evocative images of French photographer Maxime Du Camp.
SPORTS
By Bob Pickering | August 25, 1996
A double disqualification scrambled the result of the Bobby Hale Stakes, the opening-day feature yesterday at Timonium Race Course.Tactical and Time In The Making, the one-two finishers, were taken down and placed sixth and seventh, respectively, for bumping shortly after the gates opened.The interference resulted in the unseating of jockey Mark Rosenthal from his mount, Papa G. Rosenthal was not hurt.After reviewing the replay for several minutes, the stewards awarded the winning purse to the original third-place finisher and outsider in the betting, Lay Low Halo.
FEATURES
By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | November 10, 1993
The place to be tonight is PBS, where the nonfiction offerings are more entertaining than most of the fictional fare from the commercial networks.* "Beverly Hills, 90210" (8-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Why is Brenda (Shannen Doherty) like an orange melon? Because she cantaloupe. At least that's the consensus from her "90210" cohorts, who embark on a mad -- to Las Vegas in hopes of stoping Brenda before she goes through with her sudden marriage to Stuart (David Gail). Fox.* "National Geographic Special: 'The Power of Water' " (8-9 p.m., WMPT, channels 22 and 67, WETA, Channel 26)
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,Sun reporter | July 24, 2008
The storied Sphinx Club on Pennsylvania Avenue could be reborn as a museum, arts center, shops, housing or another community use, say Baltimore economic development officials, who are seeking redevelopment proposals for the now-vacant site in West Baltimore. The Baltimore Development Corp., which earlier this year acquired the former club in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Ave., said it hopes to attract proposals that incorporate the cultural significance of the former club located a few blocks north of city produce market The Avenue Market.
NEWS
By FRANK ROYLANCE | March 20, 2008
The spring equinox, or vernal equinox, occurred at 1:48 EDT this morning. That's when the sun, on its annual springtime journey from south to north, appears to cross the celestial equator into the northern half of the sky. Egypt's Great Sphinx faces due east, where the sun rises today. It is the official start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and fall in the Southern. The sun's apparent seasonal migration occurs because of our planet's 23.4-degree tilt with respect to the sun.
NEWS
By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN and FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN,SUN REPORTER | July 1, 2006
William T. Washington, who managed the famed Sphinx Club on Pennsylvania Avenue for nearly 40 years, died of renal failure Monday at his West Baltimore home. He was 77. Mr. Washington, who was called "Wash," "Sweet Pea" or "Willie Wash" by legions of his friends, was born in Baltimore and raised on Arlington Avenue on the west side. He was a 1948 graduate of Douglass High School. After serving as a postal worker for eight years, he became manager in 1956 of the Sphinx Club in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Ave. The Sphinx, which replaced the Club Manhattan, was established by Charles P. Tilghman.
BUSINESS
By LAURA SMITHERMAN and LAURA SMITHERMAN,SUN REPORTER | January 10, 2006
Rydex Investments, a Rockville mutual fund company, may merge its SPhinX Fund into another fund after discovering that underlying assets have been frozen in the wake of the collapse of commodity broker Refco Inc. The independent board of the SPhinX fund, a basket of hedge funds, is expected to vote this month on the rollover into the Rydex Absolute Return Strategies Fund. If approved by the board, the plan would be put to investors for a vote in February, said Jeff Joseph, managing director of the alternative investment group at Rydex.
BUSINESS
By JAY HANCOCK | July 11, 2004
It had to happen sometime, and sometime is now. Hedge funds have invited peons off the street, up the paneled staircase and into the tabernacle of leverage, derivatives and arbitrage. And why wouldn't they? Hedge-fund managers rake off 2 percent of the assets and 20 percent of the profits. Mutual funds, by contrast, are often considered expensive when they charge 2 percent of assets, period. In that light a hedge-fund dollar invested by Joe Schlub is as good as a dollar from Bill Gates - maybe better!
ENTERTAINMENT
By Larry Williams and Larry Williams,Special to the Sun | November 26, 2000
Through weeks of mud fights, lawsuits and political turmoil, Americans have been remarkably calm as they have waited to discover who their next president might be. There is a reason. The man we count on to keep the nation on course is still going to work every day and is not expected to leave his ornate Washington office until 2004 at the earliest. Presidents may come and go but Alan Greenspan prevails. As chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Greenspan has guided the nation through its longest peacetime boom in history, an extraordinary expansion that has added many trillions of dollars to our personal and national wealth.
BUSINESS
By JAY HANCOCK | July 11, 2004
It had to happen sometime, and sometime is now. Hedge funds have invited peons off the street, up the paneled staircase and into the tabernacle of leverage, derivatives and arbitrage. And why wouldn't they? Hedge-fund managers rake off 2 percent of the assets and 20 percent of the profits. Mutual funds, by contrast, are often considered expensive when they charge 2 percent of assets, period. In that light a hedge-fund dollar invested by Joe Schlub is as good as a dollar from Bill Gates - maybe better!
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | June 26, 1996
No more "Picket Fences" after tonight. Enjoy it while you can."Nightly Business Report" (7 p.m.-7: 30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Correspondent Darren Gersh reports on efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of the managed health-care industry -- a hot topic, with traditional health care becoming a dinosaur in modern corporate America. PBS."Where Are They Now? Part 2" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Ever wonder what happened to the Von Trapps (You know, "The hills are alive with the sound of music," and all that)
SPORTS
By John Steadman | February 14, 2000
All the qualities associated with genuine 24-karat characteristics were inherent in Tom Landry, who lived a straight-arrow life worthy of emulation. He provided a professional and personal example of decency, trust and consideration for others. A penalty was never called against Landry for violating any rules of what constituted, first and foremost, the laws of old-fashioned manners and following all the standards of ethical conduct. He personified the best that's found in humankind; never bending any requirement relating to fair play and square-dealing.
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