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April 18, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Kutcher tweets to victory over CNN

Actor Ashton Kutcher triumphed over CNN in their race to be the first to reach a million followers on the microblogging Web site Twitter. Kutcher surpassed that benchmark early Friday.

At the same time, Oprah Winfrey made her entry to Twitter, joining the site and holding a Twitter special on her show Friday. She gained 100,000 followers in less than a day.

Sun critic honored

Baltimore Sun film critic Michael Sragow was chosen this week as one of the two top winners of the National Award for Arts Writing.

Sragow, 56, will split the $15,000 prize for an outstanding nonfiction book about the arts with author Brenda Wineapple. He was honored for Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master and she for White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

"The idea of the passionate but chaste Emily Dickinson on a blind date with Byronic, swashbuckling Victor Fleming, if only for one night, encompasses precisely the breadth of inspiration that these awards exist to honor," said book and film critic David Kippen, one of the three judges of this year's competition.

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