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By Matt Slovin and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2012
A pair of SEC rivals took the top two spots in USA Today's preseason college football coaches poll, which was released today. LSU is No. 1 with 18 first-place votes, while Alabama check in at No. 2. The Crimson Tide earned 20 first-place votes - the most of any team. It's the first time since 1991 that the first-place team did not receive the most first-place votes. The last time was in 1999 with Florida State and Tennessee. The Seminoles went on to win the national championship.
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FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | June 12, 2012
As the Miami Heat prepare for the NBA finals, star LeBron James has been turning to books to relax. USA Today reports that he has finished "The Hunger Games" trilogy and is now reading "Decoded" by singer Jay-Z. Since the playoffs started (it seems like months ago), he also has " West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life,"   "The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream" and "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.
NEWS
By Paul McCardell | May 12, 2012
The weather map was first published in an American newspaper on May 12, 1876, at the International Exposition at Philadelphia, according to the U.S. Weather Bureau. The New York Herald was working with the Weather Bureau, which telegraphed data to make a demonstration map. The weather map didn't begin to appear regularly in a newspaper until May 9, 1879, in the New York Daily Graphic. USA Today first published on Sept. 15, 1982, and revolutionized the weather map with color and more data, causing the newspaper industry to change and update.
NEWS
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | March 25, 2012
The most important six hours of recent American history will start to unfold on Monday. That day, the Supreme Court begins three days of oral argument on the legal challenge to President Barack Obama's health care reform law ("Obamacare"). The Court's decision will have a profound impact on the quality of American health care. The political repercussions will be equally strong: The decision will either reinvigorate an Obama campaign looking to make good on its signature legislative initiative or fuel a united Republican counterattack along the lines of, "We told you so. " Casual observers may not realize there are 26 states and one business organization (The National Federation of Independent Business)
SPORTS
From Sun staff reports | March 16, 2012
The No. 5 boys basketball team in the Baltimore metropolitan area, John Carroll, ran into the No. 5 team in the country as ranked by USA Today, St. Benedict's Preparatory School (New Jersey) in the opening round of the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament Thursday at Frostburg State. The Patriots (28-8) hung with the Gray Bees (32-1) for a while, but got outrebounded and outscored on the foul line, losing, 69-65. St. Benedict's outrebounded John Carroll 32-16 and made five more free throws, 18 of 32 to 13 of 21. The Gray Bees used their size to force John Carroll outside in the half-court.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 29, 2012
Built in part on the premise that even some of the smartest and most savvy news consumers sometimes feel themselves drowning in a sea of information online, the Daily Download aims to be an island of orientation. The online site that debuted last week is part of an important movement among educators and journalists to help citizens find their way online and in social media to the kind of data, context and analysis needed to make informed choices about their lives. The idea is that such sites are crucial to the future of democracy.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | February 18, 2012
When one writes about moral convictions, it's probably a good idea to consistently live up to them. That way people can still disagree with your convictions, but they have a difficult time accusing you of hypocrisy. Last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, I failed to live up to one of my highest principles. Here's the background. The story about the Obama administration's attempt to force Catholic and other faith-based institutions to offer employees free contraception in their health care coverage was still fresh.
NEWS
June 23, 2011
In Baltimore, schools CEO Andrés Alonso put in place extensive measures to ensure that cheating is not possible ("Cheating, tampering found at 2 schools," June 23). He suspected cheating and referred schools to the state. Then, when there was indication that tests may have been tampered with, he announced the investigation and findings to the public and the press — no digging needed by the press, no denials. In stark and notable contrast, this week it was reported that the Atlanta superintendent first ordered her staff to edit out negative findings from a cheating investigation and later ordered the destruction of documents that detailed "systematic" cheating on standardized tests.
SPORTS
May 20, 2011
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | April 27, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. National  • Birthers are so passe the media has changed its focus to the much more important issue of Trig Trutherism . (Salon)  • Oh, U.N., will you ever learn? Syria to join U.N.'s Human Rights Council . (Fox News)  • Please die already bin Laden: WikiLeaks docs show  more Al-Qaeda attacks planned . (Fox News)
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