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By Michael Dresser | July 21, 1991
Three-quarters of the 50 states have at least one commercial winery, but only a few have a bona-fide wine "industry."California, of course, has a huge wine industry that dates back more than a century. So, on a lesser scale, does New York, although much of its production is hardly the kind designed to appeal to selective palates.The rest of America's wine-producing states, with one exception, have what you could charitably call "mini-industries" -- clusters of tiny "farm wineries" that have more economic significance as tourist draws than as employers or producers.
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By Pamela Wood and Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
A Republican state Senate candidate from Annapolis has admitted he falsely claimed to hold a college degree, saying he hasn't yet graduated. Don Quinn, who is running against longtime Democratic Sen. John C. Astle, said he's been taking online courses from Washington State University for about four years, but is 12 credits shy of earning his degree. Quinn's LinkedIn profile and an online biography he submitted to The Baltimore Sun claim he holds a degree from Washington State.
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By Bonnie DeSimone and Bonnie DeSimone,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 1, 2003
PASADENA, Calif. - Washington State has a lame-duck coach and a slightly gimpy quarterback, and the Cougars say they will be hobbled by neither. What they do have is a small advantage of familiarity. Washington State (10-2), making its fourth Rose Bowl appearance and second since 1998, plays at the grand old colossus against conference rival UCLA every other year. Three weeks ago, quarterback Jason Gesser limped onto this field in a leg brace and lit up the Bruins for a 48-27 victory that sealed a Pac-10 co-title.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley joined U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez at a popular burrito restaurant in this Washington suburb Thursday to praise its higher-than-minimum wages and to call for a pay raise for other American workers. The event at Boloco gave O'Malley an opportunity to lend public support to a top priority of President Obama at a time when the governor has been at odds with the administration over how to shelter immigrant children from Central America. Appearing with Perez, Montgomery County Executive Isiah "Ike" Leggett and Boloco chief executive Patrick Renna, O'Malley said the 22-restaurant chain does well by treating its employees well.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | November 23, 2000
As far as you can get from Florida and still be in the continental United States, another election recount will begin next week: Washington state's Senate race, decided yesterday when the remaining absentee ballots put Democratic challenger Maria Cantwell over the top, will go to an automatic recount as state law requires in all close contests. But don't expect any Florida- esque turmoil from these quintessentially mellow Westerners, who by a 1,953-vote margin ousted longtime Sen. Slade Gorton in favor of Cantwell, a dot-com millionaire.
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By Mary Beth Kozak | August 12, 2002
Alan Cox Position: Punter College: Washington State Who he is: This rookie free agent was a two-year standout at Washington State after transferring from Snow (Utah) Junior College. He compiled 2,628 yards on 64 punts and averaged 41.1 yards a punt as a senior. His longest punt was 62 yards, and he kicked 15 inside the 20-yard line. He also had seven punts of 50 yards or longer as a junior. Favorite football moment: "When I was at Washington State, we were at the Sun Bowl and playing Purdue just this last winter, and I got the opportunity to pick up the snap and run the ball and pick up a first down.
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By Ginger Thompson | October 31, 1991
Although they are thousands of miles away, the members of the Hemlock Society of Maryland feel that the struggle in Washington state to legalize doctor-assisted suicide is their fight, too.They have sent checks to support the "Yes on 119" campaign. They have made telephone calls to friends and relatives in Washington state, asking them to vote for the referendum. They are taking notes on the strategy used by Initiative 119 proponents and have begun laying the foundation for a similar effort here.
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By From Staff Reports | November 27, 1993
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Coppin State rallied from an 11-point deficit late in the second half but came up short, losing, 57-55, to Washington State in the first round of the San Juan Shootout yesterday.Stephen Stewart hit one of two free throws with 1:49 remaining to cap a 10-2 Coppin run, cutting Washington State's lead to 55-52. Isaac Fontaine hit a free throw with 11 seconds left and Mark Hendrickson added another to put the Cougars up, 57-52.Sidney Goodman's three-pointer with three seconds left cut it to 57-55, but Washington State's Tony Harris ran out the clock.
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November 8, 1991
Initiative campaigns are as close as this country gets to direct democracy. That lends special interest to the game of analyzing the results, especially when the ballot questions center on controversial issues like those facing Washington state voters earlier this week. Two of those measures -- strict term limits on elected officials and a measure that would, for the first time, legalize a physician's active assistance in dying -- were sharp challenges to the status quo in politics and health care.
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September 20, 2013
From: Columbia Valley, Wash. Price: $11 Serve with: Grilled hamburgers, steak; pasta This medium- to full-bodied red wine from Washington State punches above its price in terms of quality. It delivers intense, penetrating flavors of black cherry. It's not particularly complex but it's pure cabernet character with great appeal for drinking right now. It's one more example of the increasing quality of Washington cabernets as winemakers learn how to tame harsh tannins. -- Michael Dresser
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
Charles Lollar, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, says he wants to audit the state's tax laws and force state agency heads to "justify every penny they intend to spend. " The Charles County businessman told about a dozen attendees at a Baltimore Sun Newsmaker Forum on Tuesday evening that he would phase out Maryland's income tax over five years to make the state friendlier to taxpayers and businesses. Lollar, who is from Washington state, said he got interested in Maryland politics when he was working as a senior executive for a Prince George's County business and realized a competitor in Richmond, Va., was turning higher profits.
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Editorial from The Aegis | October 31, 2013
From time to time, the pages of this newspaper are graced by a story about someone like George Throop, who passed through Harford County recently on a walk that started in Washington state and is slated for an end on Long Island. His cause: promoting healthy living. "As I walk across America I am encouraging people to get up and take a walk today," Throop told reporter Krishana Davis last week when he stopped by a Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company station. He also wants everyone to know he believes there's a good chance eating right, exercising regularly and avoiding stress will probably help people live longer, more rewarding lives.
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October 16, 2013
As a government contractor who was sent home without back pay, I really appreciated your article on our plight ( "The shutdown's forgotten victims: Government contractors," Oct. 14). I haven't seen any other articles about the contractors. I'm in an area in Washington state were we have four naval bases within a 40-mile radius. The strange thing was that when they sent us home on furlough, they kept slightly less than half of our contractor personnel on stand-by to do their jobs as well as ours.
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September 20, 2013
From: Columbia Valley, Wash. Price: $11 Serve with: Grilled hamburgers, steak; pasta This medium- to full-bodied red wine from Washington State punches above its price in terms of quality. It delivers intense, penetrating flavors of black cherry. It's not particularly complex but it's pure cabernet character with great appeal for drinking right now. It's one more example of the increasing quality of Washington cabernets as winemakers learn how to tame harsh tannins. -- Michael Dresser
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2013
For nearly a quarter-century, members of the airborne electronic attack squadron VAQ-209 have launched their jets from this air base in Prince George's County for deployments over Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Earlier this month, Navy Cmdr. James King and Lt. Cmdr. Justin Van Hoose climbed into the cockpits of the squadron's last two EA-6B Prowlers for a final flight before the squadron moves this summer from Maryland to the West Coast. The Navy has ordered the squadron - the only one of its kind staffed by reservists - to join the dozen active-duty squadrons at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington State.
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By Don Markus | November 14, 2012
Washington State is barely on anyone's radar when it comes to college football, so fans on the East Coast might not be following what has transpired in Mike Leach's first season in Pullman. It has a striking resemblance to Randy Edsall's first season in College Park.  After a 2-1 start - including a win over Football Championship Subdivision power Eastern Washington - the Cougars are in free fall, having lost their last seven games, and they've gone winless in the Pac-12 Conference.
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October 13, 2010
An explosive cover story in this week's Sports Illustrated details how former NFL agent Josh Luchs paid more than 30 players during their college careers from 1990-96 in an attempt to sign them as clients. Luchs names dozens of NFL players he paid off, lists a few who refused his money and details the tactics used by agents both dirty and clean. Luchs claims he paid Ryan Leaf more than $10,000 his final two seasons at Washington State and paid first-round picks Jamir Miller of UCLA and Chris Mims of Tennessee.
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By Matt Vensel | March 1, 2011
When I saw on SI's Hot Clicks this afternoon that there was a new trick shot video floating out in the blogosphere, I rolled my eyes. Then I squinted to read the summary and saw that the video came from a long snapper, so I had to click the link. It was worth it. Kudos to Washington State long snapper Zach Enyeart for having a sense of humor about his oft-overlooked role and putting together a pretty entertaining trick shot video. It also helps that the soundtrack is "Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant and that Enyeart seems legitimately stoked after every successful snap.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2012
Annapolis Middle School teacher Beth Foster trumpets the importance of STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — programs for all students, convinced that science and math disciplines aren't, as she puts it, "just for brainiacs. " The school's science department chair said her convictions were bolstered by her work on a research project during a recent fellowship at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. Foster was one of just 20 teachers nationwide selected to work with a team of scientists in a fellowship that offers practical applications for STEM instruction.
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By Dan Connolly | August 8, 2012
The Orioles continue to have interest in recently released first baseman Lyle Overbay, who is expected to make his decision on his next team soon. According to an industry source, the Orioles inquired about Overbay last week while he was still with the Arizona Diamondbacks and have made their interest known again after he was released Monday. Several other teams are reportedly courting the 35-year-old Washington state native, including the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds.
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