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By David Driver | February 6, 2014
Dominique Banville was on the ice at the National Capital Curling Center, and she shouted encouragement to three young women who were new to the sport of curling. "Hips back! Push! Go! Sweep it hard!" Banville shouted Saturday night at The Gardens Ice House in West Laurel. On a night when many of their peers may be at the movies or trying to stay warm, several 20-somethings and others tried their hand at curling for the first time with the Potomac Curling Club at their home base at the National Capital Curling Center, located at The Gardens Ice House off Old Gunpowder Road.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
Vladimir Luxuria, Europe's first openly transgender parliamentarian, was reportedly detained twice in Sochi this week for supporting LGBT rights at the Winter Olympics. Luxuria, a former Communist member of parliament in Italy, was stopped by four men after donning rainbow-colored garb and yelling "It's OK to be gay" outside the Olympic hockey stadium, according to the Associated Press .  The men reportedly escorted her to a car, stripped her of her Olympics pass and dropped her off in the Russian countryside.
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Lorraine Mirabella | January 7, 2014
Under Armour-sponsored athlete Lindsey Vonn  is pulling out of next month's winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia because of a knee injury. "I am devastated to  announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi," Vonn said on her Facebook page. "I did everything I possibly could to somehow get strong enough to overcome having no ACL but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level. " The world champion downhill skier said on her post she is having surgery soon to be ready for the World Championships in her hometown of Vail next February.
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By Jonah Goldberg | February 17, 2014
Hannah Arendt coined the term "the banality of evil" to describe the galling normalcy of Nazi mass murderer Adolf Eichmann. Covering his trial in Jerusalem, she described Eichmann as less a cartoonish villain than a dull, remorseless, paper-pushing functionary just "doing his job. " The phrase "banality of evil" was instantly controversial, largely because it was misunderstood. Ms. Arendt was not trying to minimize Nazism's evil, but to capture its enormity. The staggering moral horror of the Holocaust was that it made complicity "normal.
SPORTS
February 6, 1994
The Olympics begin in Lillehammer, Norway, on Saturday, with CBS coverage of opening ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. on Channel 11.Here are highlights of The Sun's coverage planned for the week leading up to the XVII Games:* Tomorrow: War-torn Sarajevo, 10 years after it played host to the Winter Olympics.* Tuesday: Donna Weinbrecht and Trace Worthington, two of America's hottest "hot dog" skiers.* Wednesday: Duncan Kennedy, the U.S. luger who stood up to skinheads in Germany.* Thursday: Speed skater Dan Jansen, still chasing his first gold medal.
NEWS
August 5, 2013
Kevin Rector made some good arguments for not boycotting the Sochi Olympics, but he is overlooking some important issues (" Why boycotting Winter Olympics in anti-gay Russia isn't the right move," Aug. 1). First, the law prohibiting gay propaganda is an adjunct to a recently passed law that prohibits gay people from adopting children. Both these laws are based upon a scientific fallacy that the citizenry accepts as doctrine. It's untrue he lie that gay people are a threat to children.
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By Kevin Cowherd | February 3, 1992
THE PROBLEM with criticizing the Winter Olympics is that you risk being thought of as some hayseed who just fell off the turnip truck and doesn't have the sophistication to appreciate the intricacies of, say, the luge.Which might well be true. I don't deny that patches of straw fall from my hair now and then, or that I occasionally wrestle the urge to pop a chaw of tobacco in my mouth and take in a stock car race.Still, that alone can't be responsible for the odd feeling of disinterest that descends over me each time I see a CBS promo for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
Those suggesting a boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia due to the country's recent passage of draconian anti-gay laws should reconsider. It's clear from the decades-long gay rights movement here in the United States that gays and lesbians have always changed hearts and minds and forced public policy changes by being counted, not by sitting it out. The gay community here has won key rights, including marriage in more than a dozen states like Maryland , not by refusing to participate in the political and legal systems that have discriminated against them, but by getting smart and using those systems to their own advantage.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 27, 1994
HAMAR, Norway -- The two policemen followed her into the interview room. The minicams circled her. Fans wanted her autograph. There was always one more interview to do, one more appearance to make.Nancy Kerrigan spent the first day of the rest of her life as she had spent much of the past seven weeks: pursued."What I've been going through is a circus," she said yesterday. "Pretty ridiculous. I didn't like taking anything away from the other athletes. I came here to skate. I didn't ask for the media to come in hordes to the practices.
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By RANDY HARVEY | February 15, 2006
Luge BRIAN MARTIN and MARK GRIMMETTE TV: Chs. 11,4; 8-11:30 p.m. -- It seems that the only thing standing between the U.S. luge doubles team of Brian Martin and Mark Grimmette and the gold medal is Curve 14. That bend in the track has bedeviled the pair - and other sliders - since last February. In the 10 years Martin, 32, and Grimmette, 35, have been a team, they've won the bronze in 1998 and the silver in 2002. But they've been on a puzzling downward slide for the past several months.
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By Brian Griffiths | February 10, 2014
A lot of attention has been paid to the lead up to the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia this week. While there was a lot of anticipation for fans to watch the games themselves (I'm fond of curling myself) folks here in Maryland need to consider a different side to Sochi. A lot has been made about the problems with Olympic facilities in the greater Sochi region. Some of them have been outright hilarious , some have been outright nasty , some odd , some have been dangerous and all of them have been accurate .  All of those things could have a future impact here in Maryland.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
When Maryland first lady Catherine Curran O'Malley sits down to watch the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, she'll feel a little uneasy. Like many Marylanders and others around the world, the start of the games has left O'Malley wondering what more can be done for Russia's gay community, and what watching the games means. They wonder whether watching condones Russia's anti-gay record. Conversely, is not watching a protest? What can people do to support the athletes? O'Malley, who has spent time in Russia and admires its culture and people, will watch - but not without reflection.
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By David Driver | February 6, 2014
Dominique Banville was on the ice at the National Capital Curling Center, and she shouted encouragement to three young women who were new to the sport of curling. "Hips back! Push! Go! Sweep it hard!" Banville shouted Saturday night at The Gardens Ice House in West Laurel. On a night when many of their peers may be at the movies or trying to stay warm, several 20-somethings and others tried their hand at curling for the first time with the Potomac Curling Club at their home base at the National Capital Curling Center, located at The Gardens Ice House off Old Gunpowder Road.
NEWS
January 30, 2014
Both the International Olympic Committee and Russian President Vladimir Putin erred in placing the Winter Olympics in Russia and specifically in Sochi, for the IOC granting the games to Russia and for Putin choosing Sochi, so close to the regions where terrorist attacks have occurred ("Terrorists threaten to crash Putin's party," Jan. 28). While the ideals of the Olympics have been international cooperation and brotherhood linked with tolerance, the heads of the IOC have not represented these lofty principles.
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Lorraine Mirabella | January 10, 2014
Things will just be more expensive this year - including McDonald's Dollar Menu. DealNews has put together a top 11 list of some of the goods and services that will probably cost you more in 2014. You'd probably expect milk, stamps and the next iPhone to make the cut, but now even the Dollar Menu costs more. "Fans of bargain fast food received an unpleasant shock when McDonald's recently revamped its Dollar Menu, which features items that cost more than $1," DealNews' Marcy Bonebright writes.
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Lorraine Mirabella | January 7, 2014
Under Armour-sponsored athlete Lindsey Vonn  is pulling out of next month's winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia because of a knee injury. "I am devastated to  announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi," Vonn said on her Facebook page. "I did everything I possibly could to somehow get strong enough to overcome having no ACL but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level. " The world champion downhill skier said on her post she is having surgery soon to be ready for the World Championships in her hometown of Vail next February.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 6, 1994
LILLEHAMMER, Norway -- Tonya Harding has rights.The right to an attorney.The right to a fair hearing.And the right to skate at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.But it is apparent that the U.S. Olympic Committee is setting the stage to toss her overboard between now and the Feb. 21 draw for the women's figure skating event.Yesterday, the U.S. Figure Skating Association found that there were "reasonable grounds" to believe Harding was involved in the knee-bashing of Nancy Kerrigan.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 11, 1994
LILLEHAMMER, Norway -- This is for Bonnie Blair going for her fourth gold medal and Dan Jansen going for his first.It is for Donna Weinbrecht coming back from a knee injury and Brian Boitano coming back from the pros.It is for bobsledders you've never heard of and lugers you've never seen.This is for the 153 other American athletes at the Winter Olympics who are not named Tonya Harding or Nancy Kerrigan.Tomorrow, at least for a few brief hours, the American team will be on display during the opening ceremonies of the 1994 Winter Olympics.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
UPDATE: Olympic figure skating gold medalist Brian Boitano came out in a statement Thursday , making him the third openly gay athlete on the White House's Sochi delegation. In August, President Barack Obama told Jay Leno he had "no patience" for Russia's controversial anti-gay law. Months later, it appears he's standing behind those words. The White House announced Tuesday its delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and three openly gay athletes are among those who will represent the United States in Russia.
NEWS
August 14, 2013
President Vladimir Putin of Russia is an odious little man who formerly was a cold war colonel in the KGB and now sees himself as czar. He recently signed a dangerously vague law barring "homosexual propaganda" allegedly to protect children ("Obama knocks Putin's Cold War 'stereotypes,'" Aug. 10). Both Russia and Mr. Putin have miserable human rights records, and U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer describes Mr. Putin as a "bully. " This cruel and oppressive law, and Mr. Putin's granting asylum to U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden, are offensive and deserve unequivocal universal condemnation.
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