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June 16, 1992
Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker is once again walking a tightrope with one of the county's unions. This time, Mr. Ecker has chafed the Howard County Police Officers Association in a dispute over merit increases.The county executive has trudged this way before. Last year, Mr. Ecker was embroiled in a battle with county teachers over similar pay increases that he nixed in mid-contract. While there is a difference in that police officers are at the end of their contract, the union cries are the same.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2012
Believe it or not, a seventh-generation member of the Flying Wallenda family plans to walk a high wire above Baltimore's Inner Harbor on May 9. Nik Wallenda's feat will promote the opening next month of a new Ripley's Believe It or Not "odditorium" in Harborplace's Light Street Pavilion. It's also a tip of the hat to a similar wire act by his great-grandfather Karl Wallenda, who walked between two cranes above the harbor in 1973 to open the fourth annual City Fair. "When I was approached about this, I was so excited because of just that," the 33-year-old Wallenda said.
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By Dave Edelman | October 11, 1993
OPERATION SHYLOCK. By Philip Roth. Simon & Schuster. 398 pages. $23.00.Jerusalem is the land of contradictions. It's the city of the hunted and oppressed that has inspired countless acts of violence and oppression, the city that several of the world's largest and most conflicting religions claim as holy ground, the city that's at the heart of the notion of paradox -- Israel: contender with God.It's also the city chosen as the setting of Philip Roth's latest...
SPORTS
By Kevin Cowherd | August 3, 2011
I want to know how well John Harbaugh slept Wednesday night after hearing that Marc Bulger retired. I want to know how well Ozzie Newsome slept, too, knowing the Ravens' backup quarterback right now is Tyrod Taylor, the rookie out of Virginia Tech. This is no knock at Taylor, who seems like a nice kid and may very well end up being a legitimate NFL quarterback. But if you're a team with a real shot at the Super Bowl, do you really want a guy who was your sixth-round draft choice taking snaps if your starting quarterback goes down?
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | September 27, 1993
WASHINGTON -- At the same time AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland was announcing his executive council's wholehearted support for President Clinton's health-care reform proposals the other day, television viewers around the country were digesting the union federation's hard-hitting commercial castigating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that Clinton has presented to Congress.The juxtaposition underscores the political difficulties that the new president has invited by taking on more than one important legislative endeavor at a time.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Staff writer | May 22, 1991
Maybe Mount Hebron High School's softball team should add a tightrope to its equipment bag. After all, the Vikings have spent the last week walking one.Saturday's exhilarating 4-1 victory over Patapsco not only gave Hebron (14-6) its first regional title since 1988 and sent the Vikings to yesterday's 2A state semifinal against Damascus (after the Howard County Sun deadline), it also marked the fourth straight game the Vikings have won in their final at-bat.And the Vikings have played each game with no room to maneuver.
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By Terry Edmonds | May 29, 1992
In the ocean's languid yearningWet sand recedingIn the water's stillness movingFeel the TaoIn the child's tightrope tiptoeFeel security of mother's armsThe watchful eyeSoft sand belowIn the ocean's heave and breathingBreaking cold upon meWith you naked beside meSleeping lateI reawaken
FEATURES
By Tim Swift and Tim Swift,Sun reporter | November 12, 2007
Mario is finally super again. In Super Mario Galaxy, the classic franchise is back and better than ever after years of so-so adventures. Galaxy nimbly walks a tightrope to give gamers just the right mix of substantial innovations and familiar features that have been built up over decades of past incarnations. Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo) Available on Nintendo Wii. Rated E for everyone. Retail price: $49.99.
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By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,Art Critic | September 24, 1992
A first glance at one of Paul Klee's odd, quirky images would hardly lead one to the conclusion that its creator (who lived from 1879 to 1940) was one of the most profound artists of the 20th century.But he was. As critic John Canaday has pointed out, the seeming naivete of his works springs from an extreme sophistication, and it is no less true that his humor is based in despair. His work contains elements of everything from Orientalism and symbolism to cubism, dada, surrealism and expressionism, and it combines an over-arching view of the human condition with piercing psychological insight.
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By Devin Rose | July 8, 1999
With no classes and no homework, summer's the perfect time to try something new. Wish you knew the names of butterflies in your neighborhood? Longing to brush up on your painting skills? Then do what we did -- grab a book and get busy.There's a lot to love about the "Fun With Nature Take-Along Guide" ($15, NorthWord Press). It's jammed with fascinating info and fabulous drawings.The book also provides activities to try -- and that's where we ran into trouble. We had to try, "Watch Chipmunks Walk a Tightrope" and asked reader Robin B., 11, to do the experiment for us.THE EXPERIMENTWhat you need:* 6 peanuts in shells* 6 pieces of string, each 8 inches long* A clothesline or a rope tied between two trees about 5 feet off the groundWhat to do:1.
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By Tim Swift and Tim Swift,Sun reporter | November 12, 2007
Mario is finally super again. In Super Mario Galaxy, the classic franchise is back and better than ever after years of so-so adventures. Galaxy nimbly walks a tightrope to give gamers just the right mix of substantial innovations and familiar features that have been built up over decades of past incarnations. Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo) Available on Nintendo Wii. Rated E for everyone. Retail price: $49.99.
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By Art Winslow and Art Winslow,Chicago Tribune | May 13, 2007
Fellow Travelers By Thomas Mallon Pantheon / 356 pages / $25 In Many Are the Crimes, historian Ellen Schrecker's examination of McCarthyism in America, she sketches the growth of post-World War II loyalty programs at departments such as State and Commerce, whose employees were subject to repeated attacks, most prominently from the Capitol Hill redoubts of Sens. Joseph R. McCarthy of Wisconsin and Pat McCarran of Nevada. Public Law 733, passed in 1950, had authorized 11 departments and agencies to dismiss employees summarily if they were deemed security risks, and President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order the following year that replaced the "reasonable grounds" standard for considering someone disloyal with a less-rigorous threshold of "reasonable doubt."
ENTERTAINMENT
By SAM SESSA | April 26, 2007
Hometown -- Baltimore Current members --Andy Stack, drums, vocals and bass; Jenn Wasner, vocals and guitar Founded in --2006 Style --indie folk rock Influenced by --Smog, Yo La Tengo, Deerhoof Notable --The band's brand-new first album, If Children, is thickly layered with instrumentation. Live, Stack plays the drums with one hand and the keyboard bass with the other while Wasner handles guitar and sings. Quotable --"It's almost like a circus act - a tightrope walk that I'm doing," Stack said.
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By MARY BETH REGAN | March 3, 2006
Stressed-out Girls: Helping Them Thrive in the Age of Pressure By Roni Cohen-Sandler Viking/$24.95 It's no piece of cake being a young girl in today's competitive world. This book, published last year, paints a troubling picture of the pressures adolescent girls face. Even to an adult the list is exhausting: Acceptance to the "right" school, excelling at sports and academics, performing well on the SATs, getting into the "right" college. Cohen-Sandler is clinical psychologist and author of I'm Not Mad, I Just Hate You!
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By JILL ROSEN and JILL ROSEN,SUN REPORTER | November 12, 2005
As they attempt to craft a plan for how the last undeveloped stretch of Key Highway will evolve, city planners will walk a tightrope this month between a community afraid of losing its charm and developers afraid of losing the best deal. The effort follows months of awkward mediation games and tense meetings. City officials did anything they could think of to get business and community interests to see eye-to-eye since their first try, a proposal that would have traded muddy waterfront lots for high-rise condos, jolting nearly every South Baltimore neighborhood association into near revolt.
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By Marissa Lowman and Marissa Lowman,SUN STAFF | August 28, 2003
You may know him by the Fox show that bore his last name. You may know him as the standup guy who made you laugh about heart attacks. Either way, you can get to know fast-talking actor and comedian Christopher Titus better this weekend when he appears at the Baltimore Improv. Although his road to success has been marked by potholes, including parents who were everything but role models, Titus persevered. Now in his mid-30s, he knew he wanted to be a comedian when he was 5 years old, after listening to Bill Cosby.
FEATURES
By James Marshall | March 15, 1998
The TightropeOne morning when George looked out his window, he could scarcely believe his eyes. Martha was walking a tightrope."My stars!" cried George. "I could never do that!""Why not?" said Martha. "It's tons of fun.""But it's so high up," said George."Yes," said Martha."And it's such a long way down," said George."That's very true," said Martha."It would be quite a fall," said George."I see what you mean," said Martha.Suddenly Martha felt uncomfortable. For some reason she had lost all her confidence.
ENTERTAINMENT
By SAM SESSA | April 26, 2007
Hometown -- Baltimore Current members --Andy Stack, drums, vocals and bass; Jenn Wasner, vocals and guitar Founded in --2006 Style --indie folk rock Influenced by --Smog, Yo La Tengo, Deerhoof Notable --The band's brand-new first album, If Children, is thickly layered with instrumentation. Live, Stack plays the drums with one hand and the keyboard bass with the other while Wasner handles guitar and sings. Quotable --"It's almost like a circus act - a tightrope walk that I'm doing," Stack said.
NEWS
May 25, 2003
THE U.S. DOLLAR has been overvalued. Fueled by rapid economic growth and touted by strong-dollar champion Robert E. Rubin, the former treasury secretary, the dollar soared in the late 1990s. Then it stood tall through the Sept. 11 attacks, the crash of the American economy, interest-rate cuts and a sudden rise in the federal budget deficit. Given all that, a weaker dollar was likely. It was already significantly down when Treasury Secretary John W. Snow startlingly broke from Washington's eight years of strong-dollar talk last weekend - by indicating in unusually candid terms that the Bush administration is comfortable with its decline.
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | April 9, 2003
As bombs and missiles explode half a world away, and fears mount over terrorism and the deadly respiratory virus SARS, companies with related goods and services face a quagmire: how to get the word out about their products without looking like profiteers. It's a fine line. And it's an issue that Jean L. Miskimon, senior vice president at Eisner Petrou and Associates Inc., a Washington public relations firm with an office in Baltimore, is facing right now with a client. "We very much worry that we're going to be perceived as trying to take advantage of the war," Miskimon said.
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