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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
There's no way to sugar-coat it: the Maryland Terps are a mess right now. They were absolutely horrible in that 78-68 loss to Georgia Tech in Atlanta last night. And if they don't straighten out some major issues immediately, the rest of the season could go completely off the rails. Guard play, shot selection, working the ball inside - Maryland was awful in each category. Junior point guard Pe'Shon Howard is struggling so much with his passing and his shot that he's a liability when he's in there.
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March 17, 2014
The feds are going to look into Maryland's health exchange rollout fiasco and all the Democratic powers are saying they welcome the investigation ( "Federal inspector to audit Maryland health exchange," March 9). Really ? Any one who actually believes that must also believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. Actually , the only Democrats who "really" welcome this are Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's Democratic challengers in this year's gubernatorial race because it appears that Gov. Martin O'Malley's point man for the rollout has either been asleep for the past year or simply doesn't have a clue how to run anything.
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EXPLORE
April 12, 2012
"The Maryland General Assembly meets in Annapolis each year for 90 days to act on more than 2300 bills including the State's annual budget. " That's the first line in the Maryland General Assembly's official web page. But this year, it's a lie. Because this year, lawmakers failed to act on the state's annual budget, ending their 90-day session at midnight before they could vote on a hastily arranged compromise reached by their leaders, and prompting the so-called "doomsday" budget to kick in, a budget balanced by millions of dollars in cuts.
NEWS
November 16, 2013
Susan Reimer 's column regarding Sarah Palin does not speak well for the left ("Sarah Palin: the gift that keeps on giving," Nov. 13). Right now, Democrats in red states are running for political cover after supporting Obamacare. They prove right Governor Palin who warned against Obamacare's perils all along. Right now, we have more Americans in poverty and on food stamps than ever before and more Americans out of the workforce than ever before. Right now, Americans are losing health insurance and having their hours cut at work.
NEWS
September 10, 1995
Get ready for the mother of all train wrecks. Washington is fascinated by speculation that the Clinton administration and the Republican-controlled Congress are on a collision course that could shut down the government and even lead to economy-damaging defaults on the national debt.Paul Tsongas likens the situation to the big league baseball strike, with "true blood lust" prevailing over the true interests of the contending factions -- and, of course, the country as a whole. He warns that a real fiasco could confirm popular distrust of the present political system and bolster third-party sentiment throughout the land.
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By BEN WATTENBERG | June 23, 1993
Washington. -- Finally, President Clinton has appointed a task force to develop his famous plan ''to end welfare as we know it, to break the permanent culture of dependence.'' That's the good news.But Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan, D-N.Y., the man in politics who knows the welfare issue best, is not happy. He says that if the Clinton plan embodies the principles that have been ascribed to it, it will be ''a political train wreck waiting to happen.'' That, says Mr. Moynihan, is because ''there is a dirty little secret to it.''The secret is simple: The Clinton plan -- at least based on what has been said about it by the president and others -- will not end welfare as we know it. Not even close.
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By C. Fraser Smith | May 9, 2004
LIKE GOV. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., he's tax-averse. Mr. Ehrlich won't raise the sales or income tax. His county hasn't raised the property or income tax in 10 years. Like the Republican governor, he supports legalization of slot machines. He might accept slots parlors in his county as long as the fairgrounds in Timonium isn't one of the locations. He's a Democrat, but like the governor, he's had his difficulties with Democratic legislators: members of the County Council. Unlike Mr. Ehrlich, he seems to have found a way to work with his one-time detractors.
NEWS
July 21, 2001
HANDLING emergencies requires courage and decisiveness. In recent days, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley has shown he's up to the task. But Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend are still among the missing. When the downtown train wreck occurred at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Mr. O'Malley was politicking at an Eastern Shore clambake. He rushed back as fast as he could to take charge. Good thing he did: The subterranean fire fouled downtown routines and wrought untold millions in economic losses.
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By Mark Hyman and Mark Hyman,SUN STAFF | March 5, 1996
Some Maryland State Bar Association officials are red-faced about the organization's response -- or lack of one -- to last month's fiery train accident in Silver Spring.Seven years ago, the state bar was one of the first in the country to deal with such tragedies, creating a "disaster information plan" to shield accident victims and their families from unscrupulous lawyers.But in the hours after the crash, as some attorneys canvassed the crash scene, gathering up clients and their multimillion-dollar lawsuits, the state bar was strangely absent.
SPORTS
By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | June 6, 1997
Rookie fullback Steve Lee's hunger can be satisfied in two ways. Give him a plateful of steak and potatoes, and put a linebacker or a defensive back in his path.Lee likes to tear through each of them. His appetite has helped him attain a bulky, 6-foot-1, 257-pound frame, which features calves that would fit the league's bigger linemen. His willingness to throw his body around unselfishly, clearing the way for ball carriers with crunching blocks, is the reason the Ravens made him a sixth-round draft pick.
NEWS
October 4, 2013
I used to be of the mind-set that secessionists were wild-eyed, "rugged individualism" folks who were rife with ideas that went against the grain of everything American. Now I find these same people are very intriguing. Secessionism is no longer a feared concept, what with the train wreck that has occurred down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Just a few years before I entered grade school, Hawaii was named our 50th state. It was at the time a perfectly rounded number for what I thought as a child was an idyllic time for our nation.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
An employee at a scaffolding company next to the railroad tracks in Rosedale was one of the first people to see the train leave its tracks after it rammed into a truck last month. "There's just a train wreck in front of us and it's on fire," the man said, in one of more than 40 recorded 911 calls released Friday by Baltimore County police. "There's just like a fire and it's nasty. " "Did the train derail?" the dispatcher asked. "What type of train is it?" The questions would continue in 911 calls from Bel Air to Baltimore City, dozens of them, for nearly an hour.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
There's no way to sugar-coat it: the Maryland Terps are a mess right now. They were absolutely horrible in that 78-68 loss to Georgia Tech in Atlanta last night. And if they don't straighten out some major issues immediately, the rest of the season could go completely off the rails. Guard play, shot selection, working the ball inside - Maryland was awful in each category. Junior point guard Pe'Shon Howard is struggling so much with his passing and his shot that he's a liability when he's in there.
NEWS
May 10, 2012
There's a tendency among some to shorthand the ongoing federal budget debate as between Republicans who want to reduce government spending and Democrats who don't. This isn't really the case, as recent actions in the House have demonstrated. On Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee took a close look at President Barack Obama's proposed $525.4 billion defense spending plan and decided that simply wasn't enough. The GOP-controlled committee voted to authorize nearly $4 billion more than what the Pentagon had requested for 2013.
EXPLORE
April 12, 2012
"The Maryland General Assembly meets in Annapolis each year for 90 days to act on more than 2300 bills including the State's annual budget. " That's the first line in the Maryland General Assembly's official web page. But this year, it's a lie. Because this year, lawmakers failed to act on the state's annual budget, ending their 90-day session at midnight before they could vote on a hastily arranged compromise reached by their leaders, and prompting the so-called "doomsday" budget to kick in, a budget balanced by millions of dollars in cuts.
NEWS
February 3, 2012
Raise the gas tax 18 cents a gallon over three years? That's really socking it to senior citizens on fixed incomes who need to drive to a doctor's appointment, or kids driving to a summer job to save up for college, or working-class folks driving to their jobs day in day out, or those in the sales and service industries who spend a good chunk of their working hours in their cars. How about Gov.Martin O'Malleyshowing some real leadership and instead tackle the bloated state bureaucracy, or those over-the-top state pensions, or the well publicized waste in our state agencies or the recent 100 person foreign trade junket.
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By Rebecca Oppenheimer | August 23, 2011
During one's school days, summer vacation offers the opportunity for reinvention. Who hasn't fantasized about returning in the fall triumphantly sporting a new look, a new skill, a new attitude? If you don't have three months off for that makeover, try one of these three books on for size. Each features an individual seeking his or her place in the world. "The Breaks" by Richard Price Picador, $16 "The Breaks" may surprise fans of Richard Price's work on "The Wire" and of his gritty recent novels.
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