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By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com | December 30, 2009
Each Wednesday we'll bring you a Q&A with a Ravens player to help you learn a little more about the team. Today's guest is strong safety Dawan Landry, who is tied with cornerback Domonique Foxworth for the team lead in interceptions with four. Landry talked about the team's push to the playoffs, the issue of self-discipline and his role as a leader. Question: Does this team have what it takes to make the playoffs? Answer: Look at the heart that we show each and every week.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
While introducing Dave Wallace and Dom Chiti to Camden Yards this offseason, Orioles manager Buck Showalter pointed out the bronze statues of the team's six Hall of Famers beyond the left-center-field fence. “You know, if you two guys figure out this pitching here,” Showalter joked, “there will probably be a statue out there of you two guys.” And after the strides the pitching staff has made under Wallace, the pitching coach, and Chiti, the bullpen coach, in their first year working with the Orioles, Showalter recently joked that he's going to have to make good on his promise and give the duo miniature statues of themselves.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | November 26, 1992
So many things for which to give thanks, and so little time to do it.What, again?Yes, again!It's time for this column's 17th consecutive list of Things to Be Thankful For -- our annual (and occasionally sarcastic) counting of our blessings before the first of the drumsticks and the last of the Alka Seltzer fizzies.To wit:Be Thankful if Eli Jacobs manages to get his finances in order. (You've been staying awake nights worrying about that one, haven't you?) Otherwise, how does the name Mercantile Trust Orioles strike you?
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September 18, 2014
A former Arizona state senator named Russell Pearce resigned as vice chairman of the state's Republican Party recently because he suggested that if he ran Medicaid, the first thing he'd do would be to put female recipients on birth control implants or require tubal ligation. Then he'd test all recipients for drugs and alcohol. If you want to reproduce or use drugs or alcohol, he reportedly told listeners on his radio show, "then get a job. " It's not surprising that a conservative Republican might perceive poor people as lazy and irresponsible, but the attack on Medicaid — the government-financed insurance program for the poor and working poor and, of course, the possibility of forced female sterility — was beyond the pale.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | November 24, 1994
With gratitude for all our blessings on this Thanksgiving Day. . . .And with, let's face it, our customary measure of holiday sarcasm . . . .This column hereby presents its 19th annual collection of things for which Baltimoreans should give thanks.For example:Be thankful you never took graciousness lessons from Roger Hayden.Be thankful if they settle the baseball strike soon. That way, ballclubs won't raise ticket prices to finance their losses again so that we're paying more money for more games that were never even played.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | November 24, 2005
As you sit down to eat a Thanksgiving meal today, your inner sports fan might wonder, "OK, exactly what do I have to be thankful for this year?" It's a fair question. The Orioles are coming off their eighth straight losing season, a whopper that included steroid busts, drunken-driving arrests and the airing of organizational dirty laundry in Congress - a run of ugliness that might never be surpassed. The Ravens were expected to provide relief this fall, but they, too, have fallen hard, losing 11 of their past 16 games going back to 2004.
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By Robin J. Holt | November 24, 1993
THANKSGIVING once again, and I've just emerged from an interrogation by an old friend. It was one of those ritual pre-holiday questions: Are you ready for (1) Thanksgiving, (2) Christmas, (3) Guy Fawkes Day? On this occasion, my friend threw me a curve. He asked, "What are you thankful for?"I've been pondering this question ever since, and I've arrived at the conclusion that, yes, I am thankful, and I am most thankful that I was born white, male and American.No doubt some readers already have branded me racist, sexist and chauvinist.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | November 20, 1990
So many things for which to give thanks, and so little time to do it.What, again?Yes, again!It's time for this column's 15th annual list of Things to Be Thankful For in Baltimore, brought to you two days before Thanksgiving this year in order to get everyone into the proper (that is: thankful, with a sarcastic overlay) mood.To wit:Be thankful you're not the one who told Dennis Rasmussen, ''You need to spruce up your image a little. Get some new suits and some monogrammed shirts. And why not get yourself a new car?
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | November 25, 1993
With pride on this Thanksgiving Day. . . .With great heapings of thanks for all blessings. . . .And with, let's be honest about this, more than a little sarcasm. . . .This column hereby presents its 18th annual collection of things for which Baltimoreans should give thanks.Thus, without further ado, dear friends:Be thankful if Dr. Neil Solomon finally understands the phrase: "Physician, heal thyself."Be thankful Mayor Schmoke only got shoved by that 13-year old whose fight he broke up. Sure, the kid's behavior was appalling.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | November 28, 2002
LEST ANYONE forget, this is the day for pushing aside both that fourth helping of turkey giblets and our anxieties about the state of the world, as we utter thanks for our abundant blessings. In time, state budgets will crumble, city homicide rates will tumble, but our column on Things to be Thankful for ... well, it's here to stay (unless it's eliminated in the next round of government downsizing). And so, for the 27th straight Thanksgiving, we offer you a slight pause between the first battle of the drumsticks and the last of the Alka-Seltzer fizzies: a few blessings to count, even in these nervous times.
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By Lauren McEwen and For The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
Tonight is the night that we say goodbye to the people and supes of Bon Temps, La., forever. We open up with Sookie and Bill - the end of this show is mirroring the beginning. He's come over to talk about his decision to die. He's waxing all nostalgic. Her living room is the first place where he “called” on her, meeting Jason and their grandmother. She's confused because “nostalgia and suicide don't mix.” Basically, Bill is realizing the same thing that Angel realized with Buffy: Vampires and humans can't have long-term relationships.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Pole dancing got a toehold on Ocean City's boardwalk over the weekend, and neither city officials nor area merchants seem too thrilled. Saturday night, an unidentified woman wearing a bikini set up a pole on the boardwalk and danced for onlookers. Police were powerless to do anything - a federal court recently ruled that street performers have a right to perform in public places like the boardwalk, apparently even if what they do is decidedly adult-oriented. And though she doesn't seem to have been back since, the dancer clearly made an impression.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
Your Midweek Madness supplier confesses ignorance of Shakira. Please forgive. The first awareness of this global sensation came a couple days ago with the accidental discovery of a cover made of one of Shakira's mega-hits, "Hips Don't Lie," sung by an a cappella ensemble of Oxford University students called Out of the Blue. (They've been raising money to support a children's hospice with downloads of the performance .) The infectious Out of the Blue video has gone viral, needless to say, so it is posted here only for the benefit of those few who remain pitifully unaware of Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie" or a bunch of "Glee"-worthy, wiggling warblers from a posh British school.
NEWS
July 22, 2014
I just read Susan Reimer 's wonderful column in The Baltimore Sun and it took me back through the past six months to relive the amazing experience my son Thomas and the boys have been through ("Collabro hits all the right notes," July 19). It has been one hell of a roller coaster ride, ups and downs, twists and turns and it's all still crazy and go, go, go for the boys. I can't tell you how proud I am of Thomas and I know all the other boys have tremendous support from their families.
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July 17, 2014
Nature blessed the Catonsville Fourth of July parade with an exquisite, blue sky and, as always, an enthusiastic, patriotic crowd. I want to thank the Catonsville Celebrations Committee for granting me the privilege of being this year's grand marshal. Thanks also to the people of Catonsville for watching, cheering, and waving United States flags along the two-mile parade route. What a good time it was — smiling and waving to family, friends, business buddies and the crowd while riding in a sleek, classic 1975 Cadillac Eldorado convertible!
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June 29, 2014
I extend my sincere thanks to the 75 percent or more of my fellow Marylanders who chose to avoid the polling places on June 24 ( "Excuses aside, Maryland voter turnout an embarrassment," June 25). You have multiplied the impact of my vote significantly, and I do appreciate the increased influence. I can only hope that even more of you will stay away in future elections, upping the potency of my choices even further. I promise that I will use the opportunity to look after my self-interest.
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By Michael Olesker | November 25, 1999
FOR THE 24th consecutive time in the history of this newspaper column, we go for the gluttony. It is our destiny. On this Thanksgiving Day, in the brief moments between the first of the turkey giblets and the last of the televised football games, we pause to consider all those things for which we give our deepest, most heartfelt community thanks.If you believe that part about "heartfelt," we've got a deed to the Hanover Street Bridge we'd like you to consider. Still, in our annual spirit of good nature and sarcasm, here are this year's nominees of Things for Which to be Thankful:Be thankful for Kurt L. Schmoke, who gave it his best shot for 12 difficult years.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | November 28, 1996
This column takes pause, somewhere between the first of the TV football games and the last of the turkey and sauerkraut and Bromo Seltzer, to present its annual listing of things for which Baltimoreans should give thanks.To wit:Be thankful for Gov. Parris N. Glendening's proposal of a 10 percent income tax reduction. His is a sophisticated economic strategy borrowed directly from Ellen R. Sauerbrey -- which, in turn, was a sophisticated economic strategy she borrowed directly from the tooth fairy.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 12, 2014
How about some good news for a change? Last month, I wrote about the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls by a band of putative men who style themselves "Boko Haram" -- "Western Education is Forbidden. " Taken in concert with the 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan and the 2008 acid attack on Shamsia Husseini in Afghanistan, this latest outrage cements an impression that Islamic extremists are petrified of girls and what they might become with a little education.
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Letter to The Aegis | June 5, 2014
On behalf of The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation and its volunteers in Chesapeake Cancer Alliance (CCA) we want to express our sincere appreciation to all who participated and attended the recent inaugural Amanda Hichkad CCA Celebration Walk at Ripken Stadium. This celebrates family, friends and community to honor and memorialize cancer patients and their families. Over 1,500 walkers participated, raising over $100,000 for Cancer LifeNet programs at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health's Kaufman Cancer Center.
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