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February 27, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

There's a documentary on MPT late tonight that's definitely worth staying up for.

"MPT On-Line" (7: 30 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- WJHU's Marc Steiner is the host for a live call-in program on the issue of racism. Studio guests will include representatives from the Women's Freedom Network, University of Maryland, Hispanic Community Center and American Indian Center.

"Diagnosis Murder" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- A pair of soap-opera staples, Kimberlin Brown and Dwight Schultz of "The Bold and the Beautiful," drop by, as a psychiatrist and a patient who's found lying next to his dead wife and clutching the murder weapon. Dr. Sloan and the gang set out to reveal the real killer. CBS.

"NAACP Image Awards" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Arsenio Hall and Patti LaBelle are the hosts as the NAACP, in a ceremony taped Feb. 8, honors achievements in the arts by African-Americans. Among tonight's honorees: Prince (or The Artist Formerly Known As ), Tracy Chapman, Denzel Washington and George Clinton. Fox.

"Suddenly Susan" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Rosie O'Donnell guests stars as Rosie O'Donnell, as Susan and Vicki (Brooke Shields and Kathy Griffin) appear on her show to plug their new book. Brooke fans will no doubt rejoice at her return to Thursday nights. Others of us will barely notice. NBC.

"Vital Signs" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Robert Urich is host of this new series, an anthology of medical stories taken from real-life. ABC.

"The Naked Truth" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The Comet sells an extra 20,000 copies one day, and Nora's so thrilled she throws a party. Then she finds out where those extra sales came from, and she has second thoughts. NBC.

"48 Hours" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- A bunch of CBS news correspondents tries to figure out exactly what makes for DTC boss from hell. Included are interviews with Scott Adams, creator of "Dilbert," and Herb Kelleher, the CEO of Southwest Airlines and by all accounts one of the best bosses around. CBS.

"Street Soldiers" (11: 30 p.m.-1 a.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- In 1987, two San Francisco educators, Joseph E. Marshall Jr. and Jack Jacqua, founded the Omega Boys Club, an organization dedicated to getting inner-city kids off the streets and into college. Comparing their efforts to the struggle against AIDS, they speak of fighting " 'hood disease," and note that, untreated, the prognosis is for either death or prison. Their strategy, their methods and their successes highlight this insightful look at both the program and the odds these kids are up against. "Street Soldiers" focuses on three high-school-age boys, and includes video footage shot by and interviews with them: Enoch Hawkins' story will lift your spirits, Kai Butler's will break your heart and Donald Gregory's will leave you hopeful and inspired.


"Serpico" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m.), "Scarface" (10: 40 p.m.-2: 40 a.m.) and "Glengarry Glen Ross"(2: 40 a.m.-5 a.m. tomorrow, TNT) -- Al Pacino fans anxiously awaiting tomorrow's premiere of "Donnie Brasco" may be able to satisfy themselves for now with this night-long Pacino film fest. Best advice: Stick with "Serpico," with Pacino in top form as an undercover cop in New York fighting graft. "Scarface" is simply too long and too over-the-top. "Glengarry," with Pacino as a real-estate salesman fighting to keep his job, is worth a look, but not to the point of staying up all night.

Pub Date: 2/27/97

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