Sun Rising

August 27, 2007

INSIDE TODAY

WHAT THEY'TRE SAYING

Viva Viagra

When you see the latest Viagra commercial - featuring a takeoff on Elvis' "Viva Las Vegas" - you start to wonder: Who knew ED could be so much fun?

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Rashod D. Ollison on ScreamfestToday

Michael Dresser on bridge dreadsmaryland

Edward Gunts on Hopkins' museumToday

Sidebar hijinksThe Sidebar Tavern, 218 E. Lexington St., throws a carnival featuring thumb wrestling, Natty Boh can tossing, face painting, balloon breaking and more. Some drink specials run all night. 9 p.m. Free. 410-659-4130 or sidebartavern.com.

Staind alumAaron Lewis of Staind stops by Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, for his "Have Guitar, Will Travel" tour. 7 p.m. for the all-ages show. $35-$59.50. 410-244-1131 or ticketing.ramsheadlive.com.

Missionary satireThe Unmentionables, Bruce Norris' satire about a group of American missionaries who stir up trouble in an African village, is at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. N.W., Washington, through Sept. 23. Tonight's pay-what-you-can preview is at 8 p.m. Tickets sold at the theater 90 minutes before showtime. 202-393-3939.

Human vs. BullSee 25 professional International Bull Riders attempt to survive some tenacious bulls in the rodeo at tonight's J Bar W Ranch "Battle of the Beasts." Watch as the riders try to stay on the bulls for eight seconds with one arm in the air. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Horse Show Ring, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. 410-252-0200 or marylandstatefair.com.

A skating lifePro skateboarder Ryan Sheckler, 17, is the topic of the new MTV reality show The Life of Ryan. He may live the good life on tour, but at home in California he still has girl trouble and a curfew. 10:30 p.m. on MTV.

Cool space

It is back to school time for the college set. Plenty of parents will miss their kids like crazy in less than a week, but Susan Reimer can't wait to get the refrigerator back.

Tomorrow in Today

Spotlighting scallops

Serve them with fruit or wrapped in pork. But however you serve them, make sure scallops are the center of attention.

Wednesday in Taste

ONLINE TODAY

5 THINGS TO LOOK FOR @BALTIMORESUN.COM

Rape trial closing

The child sexual abuse and second-degree rape trial of Charles Carroll continues with closing arguments this morning in Baltimore Circuit Court. Carroll was arrested in 2005. He had been teaching at Community Initiatives Academy despite having been convicted in 1995 of second-degree murder. His first trial ended in a mistrial after a school administrator improperly testified about two other teenagers accusing Carroll of sexual abuse.baltimoresun.com/maryland

Gardener of the week

Jim and Sue Hudson have managed to exercise their green thumbs on the small patio of their Abingdon apartment.baltimoresun.com/gardener

Box office report

Michael Sragow surveys the scene to see how the weekend played out in area movie theaters. baltimoresun.com/criticalmass

Televised mayoral debate

Baltimore's Democratic candidates for mayor are set to debate tonight, with both WBAL-TV and Maryland Public Television broadcasting the hour-long event.baltimoresun.com/maryland

First day of classes

Children across the Baltimore region return to public school classes this morning.baltimoresun.com/maryland

Back to SchoolStay up on important school developments throughout the region by reading our education blog.baltimoresun.com/classroom

Photo EdgeChris Assaf takes you behind the scenes of his assignments as a Sun photographer.baltimoresun.com/photoedge

1Drug dogsPit bulls are being bred by drug dealers in Baltimore's inner-city neighborhoods because of their aggressive nature, a breed quality that can be manipulated to sadistic extremes.

2Housing slumpAverage home-sale prices in the first six months of the year fell in more than half of Baltimore's suburban communities and a third of city neighborhoods.

3On the runwayGet a peek at the sleek, sophisticated fashions that will be big this fall.

4Football previewVirginia Tech is expected to win big this season, something the Hokie family would certainly welcome following recent turmoil.

5Budget battleWhen Gov. Martin O'Malley submits a balanced budget this January, it will reflect painful choices. See what choices you would make if you had to make the decisions.

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