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By John Eisenberg and John Eisenberg,Sun Staff Writer | February 3, 1995
When a new movie about Babe Ruth was being planned several years ago, a researcher called a sportswriter known for his knowledge of Ruth." Is it true," the researcher asked, " that the Babe once hit a ball that went between a pitcher's legs and over the center fielder's head for a home run?"The sportswriter laughed. " Of course not," he said, explaining that such a feat was physically impossible.Yet it is true that Ruth once hit a ball between a pitcher's legs and over the center fielder's head.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
When M.P. Mariappan was born 95 years ago, England's King George V was emperor of India. Mahatma Gandhi hadn't yet taken up India's struggle for independence. Most Indians lived in small, scattered villages instead of in cities. Mariappan survived plague, the Great Depression, World War II and a 1,700-mile death trek from Burma, where he was living at the time, to his homeland. He became a respected fruit merchant who struggled to educate his eight children, boosting the family decisively from their lowly caste and into the middle class.
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November 1, 1994
For Carroll County voters who may have been considering writing in Thomas Hickman's name for state's attorney next week, two recent developments offer ample reason for them to reconsider:Maryland's Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, upheld the acquittal of James Howard Van Metre III, and Mr. Hickman admitted he turned down a plea bargain that would have put this confessed murderer behind bars for 10 years.The Court of Appeals' refusal to even hear the Van Metre appeal confirms our earlier judgment that Mr. Hickman made a series of legal blunders that fairly call into question his competency as a prosecutor.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
A week before Maryland's primary elections, prosecutors in Texas are seeking to extradite a Baltimore candidate for state Senate on a felony charge of theft. Will J. Hanna, 43, who is challenging Sen. Lisa Gladden in the Democratic primary for the 41st Senate District, is accused of stealing a car six years ago from an attorney in Guadalupe County, Texas. Hanna is also accused of writing $19,000 in bad checks in neighboring Bexar County, prosecutors there said. Those are misdemeanor charges.
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By JoAnne C. Broadwater and JoAnne C. Broadwater,Special to The Sun | November 20, 1994
When Harford County newspaper publisher Maureen Jones plans a staff meeting, she asks all her writers, editors, artists and ad designers to finish their homework before they arrive."
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July 8, 1993
We could not help noticing a recent report that "Hal," the super-intelligent but malevolent computer in Stanley Kubrick's '60s-vintage sci-fi film "2001," may become a best-selling author in the 1990s. Actually, the modern-day "Hal" is a souped-up Macintosh personal computer whose hacker owner, 43-year-old Scott French, has programmed it to churn out steamy novels based on the example of the late author Jacqueline Susann's trash-to-the-max "Valley of the Dolls."It took Mr. French nearly eight years to write the intricate computer instructions that allowed his Mac to spew out such lines as "Her heart leapt into her throat and she jumped involuntarily as the stranger appeared in front of her."
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By Deborah L. Jacobs and Deborah L. Jacobs,CHRONICLE FEATURES | October 22, 1995
Like it or not, we are writing more than ever at work these days. Faxes often require written responses. Computers, which many people thought would lead to the paperless office, have just made it easier to churn out reams and reams of memos. Even e-mail, a chat in cyberspace, depends on the written word.Much of what comes across our desks (and computer screens) is aimless, wordy and boring. To help you look better in writing, follow these 10 commandments:1. Be brief. Whether you're sending an official memo or --ing off a quick e-mail message, start with a clear statement of why you're writing.
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By Dave Barry and Dave Barry,Knight Ridder / Tribune | August 13, 2000
I am not jealous of the woman who writes the Harry Potter books. It does not bother me that her most recent book, "Harry Potter and the Enormous Royalty Check," has already become the best-selling book in world history, beating out her previous book, "Harry Potter Purchases Microsoft." It does not make me bitter to know that this woman's books are selling like crazy, while my own books -- some of which took me hours to write -- have become permanent nesting grounds for generations of bookstore-dwelling spiders.
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By Susan Reimer | August 17, 2008
I was a sportswriter when my bosses asked me if I wanted to be a family-life columnist. That was years ago. I had a pretty good idea of what a family-life columnist was, and I'd certainly never aspired to be one. They wanted me to write about my life as a wife and the working mother of school-age children. That was not anything any journalist who came of age in the Watergate era wanted to write about. "But I don't have a life," I objected. "My career is in the Dumpster. My home life is chaos.
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By ROGER SIMON | August 23, 1993
It was the year Charles Manson went to prison, the voting age was lowered to 18, the New York Times published the Pentagon Papers, and I wrote my first full-time newspaper column.Today, I write my 3,000th.People often ask me the secret to lasting so long in the column-writing business.Sincerity, I tell them. Once you can fake that, you've got it made.Which is typical of people who work for newspapers. We use sarcasm to avoid revealing genuine emotion.We don't like to admit the truth: That this is an incredibly romantic profession.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
It took decades before serious documentaries about the civil rights struggle of the 1960s began to appear. But less than a year after some of the biggest victories in the fight for same-sex marriage, a social movement often compared to civil rights, compelling nonfiction films chronicling that history are already starting to arrive. I'm not certain whether such near-instant history will prove to be a good or bad thing, but it's sure to shape the way the fight for marriage equality and gay rights is perceived in future battlegrounds and by future generations.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
When Jisoo Choi moved to the United States from South Korea at the age of 6, all she knew of the English language was the alphabet. But this week Choi, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Burleigh Manor Middle School, was honored as the winner of the Letters about Literature national writing contest, which asks students in grades four through 12 to write to an author of a book - living or dead - about how the work changed their perspective on themselves or...
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has sent letters to 10 e-cigarette manufacturers questioning what the companies are doing to prevent sales to underage buyers. The letters come as the safety and regulation of the devices face increased scrutiny. The makers of e-cigarettes say the devices are safer than traditional cigarettes and can help smokers quit, but reports of poisonings related to the products have spiked. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently said it is seeking regulatory authority over the devices.
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By Sheila Peter, sheila.peter@verizon.net | April 25, 2014
My friends, I am delighted to be back writing to you. My recuperation from hip surgery went very well and I am again "up and running. " In my absence, Karen Arnett de Rodriguez did a terrific job of writing about Rodgers Forge, a neighborhood that we both love dearly. For 26 years, I have recounted great moments in your lives and in that of the Forge. I have adored every moment - it has truly been a labor of love. Although those years haven't felt long, a quarter of a century is a long time.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
The brain injury Navy slotback Will McKamey suffered Saturday in Annapolis came during a noncontact practice drill, his parents wrote in an email distributed by an athletic department spokesman at the academy Monday. McKamey, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound freshman from Knoxville, Tenn., was airlifted from the practice field to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he underwent surgery and, as of Monday, remained in critical condition in a coma. The first padded drills of spring practice typically do not include any contact, and McKamey "did not sustain a bad hit or unusual or extreme contact in practice," his parents wrote.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
Responding to growing public support for medical use of marijuana, the House of Delegates approved legislation Monday that would allow specially licensed physicians in Maryland to recommend the drug to patients with debilitating medical conditions. The bill now goes to the Senate, where supporters are optimistic about its prospects. The legislation would replace a system put in place last year that is widely regarded as a failure. That system restricted medical marijuana use to patients seeking care at academic medical centers, but none of the centers agreed to participate.
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By Jack W. Germond and Jack W. Germond,Staff Writer | September 13, 1992
LOS ANGELES -- The news that President Bush would be campaigning in California over the weekend raised some eyebrows among the politicians here. This is, after all, a state in which Mr. Bush is running so far behind Democratic nominee Bill Clinton that the operative question seems to be whether the president is "writing off California."In fact, Mr. Bush's campaign has committed itself to no fewer than six incursions into the state in the final eight weeks of the campaign. That is a schedule that could be reduced radically if it becomes apparent by, say, Oct. 1 that he is a sure loser here.
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By Phyllis Flowers and Phyllis Lucas | October 29, 1990
While many of us prepare to celebrate Halloween this week with thoughts of parties and trick-or-treating, a group of Brooklyn Park Elementary School students are sharing their feelings with our soldiers in Saudi Arabia.Evon Lindsey's third-grade class has sent letters to the American men and women stationed in the Persian Gulf. Some of the students have relatives and friends there.Lindsey got the idea of writing the letters after the students read "Dear Aunt Helen," a story that showed the importance and significance of writing letters to those far from home.
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By Cal Thomas | March 15, 2014
Every year we are subjected to lists. Forbe's magazine lists the world's wealthiest individuals. Time magazine lists the most "influential" people, though real influence is difficult to define or quantify. What I've never seen is a list of satisfied people, much less stories about how they attained satisfaction. Arianna Huffington is trying to fill that gap. One of the world's biggest Type A personalities, Huffington, who launched The Huffington Post in 2005 and whose picture appears alongside celebrities, politicians and business icons, is now asking a question popularized in an old song by the late Peggy Lee: "Is that all there is?"
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
Union officials warned Thursday that as many as 200 maintenance workers and building monitors at Baltimore's public housing properties could lose their jobs under a plan intended to infuse the buildings with private money. Employees such as maintenance mechanic Lucky Crosby Sr., who has worked for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City for a decade, say they took the jobs with the understanding that the pay was relatively low, but the work was secure. "By working for the Housing Authority, we joined the credit union so we could buy homes that we have to finance," said Crosby, 46, of Sandtown-Winchester.
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