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July 9, 2002
IN A GAME in which achieving success four out of every 10 chances is almost perfection, Ted Williams was just about perfect. He was, of course, the last major-league baseball player to hit .400 over an entire season - to be precise, .406 in 1941. Mr. Williams' death last week at age 83 is a sharp reminder of just how long this record has stood, of just how difficult it is to hit that well for that long, and of the validity of the notion that he was the greatest hitter who ever lived. Mr. Williams brought to the game 20/10 vision, a scientist's approach to the mechanics of hitting, and a pride and tempestuous intensity that at times alienated dedicated fans and friends.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 7, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - In a historic move, the NCAA's Division I Board of Directors voted Thursday to grant its five power conferences the right to make many of their own rules. The decision has to survive a 60-day override period. If it does, changes could go into effect as early as January. Student-athletes likely will be the primary beneficiaries. Paying athletes will remain off limits. But the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pacific-12 and Southeastern conferences are expected to find ways to provide more money to athletes, either through bigger scholarships or stipends to better help cover the cost of college living.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | February 23, 1998
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- The British and Irish governments have decided that terrorist attacks by sectarian splinter groups will not be allowed to derail the Northern Ireland peace talks, which are working toward a May 1 deadline for an agreement on the future of the British province, officials close to the negotiations say.They call the decision more a new attitude than a new policy regarding the talks, which will resume today without Sinn Fein, the...
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February 6, 2009
Celebrities are often counseled not to do or say anything they'd be ashamed to read about on the front page tomorrow. Critics would be wise to follow a reverse philosophy: Before they throw brickbats, they ought to imagine their son, daughter or some other loved one on the receiving end. Really, the tidal wave of journalistic outrage over a British tabloid's photograph of Olympian Michael Phelps inhaling from a bong - a water pipe for smoking marijuana -...
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D. and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D.,SPECIAL TO THE SUN King Features Syndicate | February 17, 1998
What's the best way to sterilize a needle? Every time our 5-year-old gets a splinter there is a family argument. My husband insists on waving a lit match under the needle for about five seconds. In my family we always dipped the needle in alcohol. Our daughter gets upset when we disagree over this and sometimes refuses to let us remove the splinter at all.We're not sure either technique will sterilize a needle. A few seconds under a match may not be adequate and a quick dip in alcohol is unlikely to kill all germs either.
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By New York Times News Service | June 22, 1993
TOKYO -- Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party continued to splinter yesterday, as a group of 10 young legislators broke off to form yet another new party that further reduces the chances that Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa's government will be able to retain power.The defection would in ordinary times pose little threat to the Liberal Democrats. But another 35 to 40 party members, who led the rebellion that forced a no-confidence vote against Mr. Miyazawa through Parliament Friday, are expected to announce tomorrow that they also will form a rival party.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | March 23, 2007
Fans should be satisfied, but it's hard to imagine anyone else will be much interested in TMNT, the fourth film to chronicle those anthropomorphized warrior reptiles known as the teenage mutant ninja turtles. A franchise that dates back to their comic-book debut in 1984, the turtles - four brothers, named after Renaissance painters and trained as warriors by a rat named Splinter - began their lives as a spoof of superhero and martial-arts comics. TMNT (Warner Bros.) Featuring the voices of Mitchell Whitfield, James Arnold Taylor, Mikey Kelly, Nolan North.
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By Marjorie Priceman | July 5, 2000
Editor's note: At the same time her teacher is talking about life under the big top, a wandering student sees it up close. Emeline's teacher, Ms. Splinter, said the circus would be a great learning experience. Ms. Splinter should know, because Ms. Splinter knows everything. As soon as the second grade was seated, Ms. Splinter gave them instructions on how to enjoy the circus. "Sit up straight. No shouting. No fighting. No fidgeting. No standing on the seats. No wandering off. If you get lost, you'll spend the circus in the Lost and Found -- a dark little room with no windows.
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,Washington Bureau of The Sun | January 15, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court sternly warned states yesterday not to put up election barriers that make it hard for small splinter parties to get started by running candidates for local offices.The 7-1 ruling nullified an Illinois law that required a new, Chicago-area political party, comprising mainly black candidates and their black voting supporters, to gather far more voter signatures to get on a local ballot than the number needed for statewide ballots.Justice David H. Souter's opinion for the majority said that states must meet a heavy burden when they seek to prevent "like-minded voters" from gathering in new parties "in pursuit of common political ends."
NEWS
June 15, 2000
THE CONVICTIONS of three men for running guns from Florida to the Provisional IRA in Ireland, following the guilty pleas of two accomplices, casts an obligation on that organization to prove its commitment to putting its weapons permanently beyond use. The guns were mailed after the IRA had declared a cease-fire and after its partner organization, Sinn Fein, had signed on to a power-sharing regime in Northern Ireland that required the IRA to disarm....
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By Philip Jenkins | January 28, 2008
For conservatives, 2008 is shaping up to be a year as baffling as it is dreadful. Evangelical voters are deeply divided, and even religious voters who remain concerned about abortion and homosexuality are unhappy about Iraq, torture and climate change. At least for the present, the dependable Republican coalition forged during the 1970s looks terminally ill. These strains are easier to understand, however, if we recall how improbable the seemingly inevitable GOP coalition has always been.
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By Henry Chu | November 15, 2007
LAHORE, Pakistan -- Leaders of this country's fractured political opposition began taking the first steps yesterday toward uniting against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who is facing widespread dissent after more than a week of emergency rule. But the difficulties of overcoming internal divisions and the rigors of de facto martial law were quickly made clear during the arrest of one of Pakistan's most famous public figures, cricketer-turned-opposition politician Imran Khan, at an anti-Musharraf student rally here that broke into factional fighting.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | March 23, 2007
Fans should be satisfied, but it's hard to imagine anyone else will be much interested in TMNT, the fourth film to chronicle those anthropomorphized warrior reptiles known as the teenage mutant ninja turtles. A franchise that dates back to their comic-book debut in 1984, the turtles - four brothers, named after Renaissance painters and trained as warriors by a rat named Splinter - began their lives as a spoof of superhero and martial-arts comics. TMNT (Warner Bros.) Featuring the voices of Mitchell Whitfield, James Arnold Taylor, Mikey Kelly, Nolan North.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 5, 2005
ATLANTA - The United Church of Christ became the first mainline Christian denomination to officially support same-sex marriages when its General Synod passed a resolution yesterday affirming "equal marriage rights for couples regardless of gender." The resolution was adopted in the face of efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage. It was both a theological statement and a protest against discrimination, said the Rev. John H. Thomas, the president and general minister of the denomination, which has 6,000 congregations and 1.3 million members.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | June 24, 2005
Watching My Summer of Love, a mood-swinging idyll set in West Yorkshire, England, you may laugh out loud when Tamsin, the dark upper-crust beauty who enthralls working-class gal Mona, tells her she would like Nietzsche, and then quickly adds Freud. The writer-director, Pawel Pawlikowski, displays a good ear for the intellectual name-dropping common in early adulthood; he also boasts a precise sense of rank-pulling in relationships. You hope that he won't leave satire far behind - but he does.
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By Lori Sears and Lori Sears,Sun Staff | June 6, 2004
Thinking of adding a deck, but don't want the high maintenance? Think about new composite decking products from Trex Company. While composite decking -- with its man-made wood replacement material -- has been around awhile, it often doesn't resemble wood decking. New this year, Trex Company has launched Trex Accents, a line of wood-grain-looking decking. Made of waste wood fiber and recycled plastic grocery bags, Trex decking is weather-resistant, slip-resistant and insect-resistant, and will never rot, crack or need stains or sealants.
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By David Wharton | August 13, 2002
LOS ANGELES -- The early days of Chick Hearn at the microphone were also the days of Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain and Jerry West, otherwise known as "Mr. Clutch." Mr. Hearn's career as the Los Angeles Lakers' announcer progressed through Magic and Silk. It was no surprise when, after watching forward James Worthy produce one clutch performance after another, Mr. Hearn coined the name "Big Game James." Mr. Hearn, who died Aug. 5, hailed from a more colorful time in our sporting past. It was a time when players had nicknames such as Pee Wee and Crazy Legs, Broadway Joe and the Bronx Bull.
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By LAURA VECSEY | February 13, 2004
IMAGINE. A LEAGUE full of Ichiros. Baseball back to its small-ball roots. Slap-hitting. Hit and run. Hitting in 56-game streaks like the Yankee Clipper - Joe DiMaggio - and hitting for average, like the Splendid Splinter - Ted Williams. Do you think the Splinter was a BALCO customer? Can a Splinter be juiced? Imagine gap-hitting. Base stealing. Suicide squeezes. Imagine the acumen of a manager not waiting for the three-run bomb to break open the game. Imagine the battle cry: Hit 'em where they ain't, just like Wee Willie Keeler used to say. And let's not forget that 100-year-old weapon of offensive production, the Baltimore Chop.
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By David Wood and David Wood,NEWHOUSE NEWS SERVICE | March 28, 2004
WASHINGTON - Shouldering aside legal and moral niceties, the United States has assassinated senior terrorists in the past. It has others in its sights today. But last week's events, from Israel's assassination in Gaza of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of Hamas, to the contentious hearings of the Sept. 11 commission in Washington, suggest there is no easy answer to a key question: Does killing terrorist leaders work? The question will grow more critical as the United States struggles against an expanding global terrorist threat that seems impervious to conventional military tactics - and as America tries to win friends in a global community where objections to U.S. actions seem to grow daily.
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By LAURA VECSEY | February 13, 2004
IMAGINE. A LEAGUE full of Ichiros. Baseball back to its small-ball roots. Slap-hitting. Hit and run. Hitting in 56-game streaks like the Yankee Clipper - Joe DiMaggio - and hitting for average, like the Splendid Splinter - Ted Williams. Do you think the Splinter was a BALCO customer? Can a Splinter be juiced? Imagine gap-hitting. Base stealing. Suicide squeezes. Imagine the acumen of a manager not waiting for the three-run bomb to break open the game. Imagine the battle cry: Hit 'em where they ain't, just like Wee Willie Keeler used to say. And let's not forget that 100-year-old weapon of offensive production, the Baltimore Chop.
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