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By Dion Thompson | January 29, 1995
"The Paperboy," by Pete Dexter, New York: Random House, 307 pages, $23."There are no intact men." Those are the final words in this fast-moving novel of newspaper life. Characters who started out whole end up broken by sexual violence, abandonment, a sense of being out of sync with life. Those already broken are further damaged.This is an oddly disturbing story about the nature of journalistic truth, and the price people pay for the choices they make. Mr. Dexter, a former newspaperman and winner of the National Book Award for "Paris Trout," explores deep moral issues in "The Paperboy," but at a distance.
NEWS
By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2011
Jenna Miller agreed to marry her longtime boyfriend, Benjamin Woods, just months after he rescued her from near-certain death by performing CPR when she experienced a sudden cardiac arrest. But on Jan. 8, two weeks after their first wedding anniversary, her heart gave out again, and she died as Woods held her in his arms. Miller — with her fiery red hair, bright smile and plans to help others — died at age 26 of cardiac arrest brought on by a decade of binge-eating and purging.
SPORTS
November 30, 2007
In the early morning hours on Nov. 17, a band of cadets from the U.S. Military Academy sneaked onto an 875-acre organic dairy farm, located about 15 miles outside Annapolis, and stole three goats. They raced back to West Point, N.Y., slapped together some photos and created a YouTube video that detailed "Operation Good Shepherd" -- the theft of the Naval Academy's unguarded and defenseless mascots. Yawn. This still passes as a legitimate prank in this rivalry? C'mon, cadets. Log off the computers and crack open a dusty copy of the Army-Navy Prankster History Book.
FEATURES
By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,SUN ARTS WRITER | February 28, 2002
The question, as it always is, is this: What about the bear? At Baltimore's Center Stage, it gallumphs into view, roaring and huffing, a great, blue manifestation of what must be Shakespeare's most bizarre stage direction. Blue? Yes, blue. "Exit, pursued by a bear," instructed Shakespeare in Act III, Scene 3 of The Winter's Tale. What was the Bard thinking? Did he intend for a real bear - or perhaps a man in a costume - to appear on stage? Should it be scary or amusing? Was the playwright who would become the most revered writer in the English language toying with the directors of his day, or toying with us?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dennis O'Brien and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 9, 2001
The final defendant to be sentenced in the killing of Baltimore County police Sgt. Bruce A. Prothero was given life without the possibility of parole yesterday by a judge who compared the crime to a "Wild West" shootout. Wesley Moore, 25, showed no emotion as Baltimore County Circuit Judge James T. Smith Jr. sentenced him, but the victim's widow sobbed quietly during the hearing. "You committed an act like something out of the Wild West, and you didn't even realize how outrageous it was," Smith said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kevin D. Thompson and By Kevin D. Thompson,Cox News Service | March 3, 2005
You can't take your eyes off Shohreh Aghdashloo. It's not because she's strikingly beautiful. She is. Or because her voice is deeper than Barry White's. It seems like it. Or because she's a good actress. She was nominated for an Oscar for House of Sand and Fog. No, it's because the 52-year-old Iranian actress is playing a chillingly sinister Middle Eastern terrorist on 24. As the wickedly cunning Dina Araz, Aghdashloo is stealing every scene she's in with her icy looks, throaty voice and scary ability to poison her son's girlfriend with ease.
NEWS
By Joe Stumpe and Joe Stumpe,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | February 6, 2005
Sometimes only roast beef will do. You know the kind of roast we're talking about - seasoned crust, big beefy flavor and juicy center. Not a fancy steak you can cut with a butter knife, or a pot roast braised until it's falling apart, but an honest piece of meat with flavor and texture. The problem is how to achieve this ideal roast. All too often, roast beef turns out as tough, dry, stringy and flavorless as the proverbial shoe leather. In fact, I'm convinced that's why roast beef seems to turn up on a lot fewer tables these days.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith | tim.smith@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 19, 2010
A half-century after his untimely death at the age of 38, celebrated tenor and movie star Mario Lanza is receiving fresh medical attention from a Baltimore doctor who takes a dim view of one of the singer's weight-loss treatments - injections of the urine of pregnant women, a controversial therapy with new followers today. Dr. Philip A. Mackowiak, vice chairman of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and director of the Medical Care Clinical Center at the Veterans Administration Hospital downtown, teamed up with Armando Cesari, Lanza's Australia-based biographer, for an article about the singer's health issues just out in The Pharos, the journal of the medical honorary society Alpha Omega Alpha.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | January 11, 1998
Baltimore was just supposed to be a brief stop on the way to big-time TV success.Some brief stop. Two decades later, Marty Bass is still plugging away on WJZ, Channel 13, doing the weather, playing Costello to Don Scott's Abbott, firming up his reputation as one of the most irrepressible (some might prefer incorrigible) talents on Baltimore's airwaves.A native of Kentucky, Bass has spent the past 16 years as co-host of WJZ's morning show, a ratings champion that outdraws the competition by a greater margin than any other local weekday news show.
NEWS
By Janet Gilbert | November 27, 2010
Everyone loves the smell of piping-hot pizza. But no one loves the smell of a burning pizza box. Turns out, this is a difficult scent to eradicate from the home, and I've tried — even frying tilapia for dinner one evening. But the scent of flaming cardboard somehow persists. Almost all of my friends use the oven, set very low, to keep their pizzas warm in the box while they wait for their guests to arrive, for the evening news to be over or for the salad to be made. No one I know has encountered a problem with this.
NEWS
By Imre Karacs | August 1, 1999
GERMANS are at odds over claims that harsh potty training is to blame both for Nazism and modern thuggery.A friend of mine is convinced that the German national character in all its complexities can be traced back to Germans' rigorous potty training.Teutonic infants, he claims, are made to sit on their lowly thrones for hours on end, until pronounced spiffy clean, usually at a remarkably tender age.Out of this early purgatory of life emerges a nation of precision engineers obsessed with waste disposal, with an unquenchable yearning for order and authority.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | February 27, 2009
A city councilman is demanding that the Police Department take action against three city officers - including the brother of Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III - who have yet to be disciplined for internal violations in connection with a federal race discrimination complaint. Councilman Bernard C. "Jack" Young sent a letter last week to several high-ranking city officials asking why no action has been taken since charges were sustained early last year against three former homicide detectives - Lt. James W. Hagin Jr., Detective Paul A. Kidd and former Detective Charles E. Bealefeld - stemming from an incident in which a black homicide detective said he was ordered to look at Ku Klux Klan Web sites.
NEWS
By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | July 24, 2000
Police are investigating seven slayings that occurred in the city between late Friday and yesterday evening. Arrests were made in two of the incidents. About 9:30 p.m. yesterday, an unidentified man was shot in the 400 block of N. Port St. and was pronounced dead minutes later at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said. They said his death was related to the shootings minutes earlier of at least three other men in the 2400 block of Jefferson St. nearby. At least one victim in those shootings was in critical condition at Hopkins, police said.
FEATURES
By New York Times News Service | January 4, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- Sheryl Lee Ralph, Eddie Murphy's larcenous cousin in "The Distinguished Gentleman," is described by the movie's director, Jonathan Lynn, as "immensely talented, very inventive and terribly funny."So why has this 36-year-old actress been teetering on the edge of stardom for more than a decade?Ms. Ralph answers with a story. When she first arrived in Hollywood, in 1977, a casting agent announced: "You're obviously beautiful and talented, but what do I do with you? Team you up with Tom Cruise?
NEWS
By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | April 22, 2002
Lots of teen-agers ask their parents for money, but 17-year- old Jenna Newman asks her friends, her neighbors, even complete strangers - all to help disabled children and their families. Over the past year, the Pikesville High School senior's fund-raising efforts have yielded $10,000 for a charitable foundation she created. When she was a junior, Jenna was an intern at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, which serves children with disabilities. She saw firsthand that "it is very hard when you have a disabled child, financially," she said.
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