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BUSINESS
By Paul Adams and Paul Adams,SUN STAFF | April 19, 2003
Baltimore publishing company Agora Inc. isn't in the business of subtlety. The 25-year-old firm markets its 50 financial, travel and health newsletters with bombastic pitches that promise subscribers advice that will lead to riches and better living, or your money back. Guaranteed. It's a hard sell designed to grab attention in a market crowded with big-name market gurus and forecasters, and it works. Agora's success has paid for founder and President William Bonner's chateau in France, and placed him and a few partners among the top five newsletter publishers in the United States.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2011
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson has spent much of the past two decades drawn to the gritty glamour of life on the streets, and nearly as much time and energy struggling to break free. Critics will see the arrest of the 30-year-old Baltimore actress on Thursday on drug charges as evidence that she's a career criminal — an image that only was heightened by her portrayal of a cold-blooded assassin on HBO's "The Wire. " But Pearson's friends, and there are many, are profoundly saddened by her latest run-in with police.
NEWS
By GREGORY KANE | June 5, 1999
CHILDREN of the world, you are surrounded by a confederacy of adult dunces.So your parents take you out to see a movie. It just might be the one called "Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace." You see this funny-looking critter running around named Jar Jar Binks, talking in some unknown accent and providing the movie's comic relief. You figure the character is harmless and perhaps amusing.Then those pain-in-the-butt grown-ups step in. Jar Jar Binks, according to this assortment of grinches who skipped childhood and went straight into curmudgeonhood, is neither funny nor cute.
NEWS
By Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | April 30, 2000
Q. I have a scalp condition for which I have used Nizoral for years. It also affects my facial skin and eyebrows, causing scaling and itching. I have used a prescription cortisone cream for this, but it is no longer very effective. After reading in your column about the person who used Vicks for bad dandruff, I tried it on my face and had almost immediate results. The scales in the nose creases disappeared overnight. The scaling on my forehead and in my eyebrows is also disappearing, but more slowly.
FEATURES
By Newsday | March 25, 1991
NEW YORK -- The couple of the '80s who split in the '90s, Donald and Ivana Trump officially brought down the curtain Saturday when they settled on the divorce deal of the decade.In discussions Friday that went from 5 p.m. to midnight, Donald and Ivana met face to face in the Park Avenue law office of Jay Goldberg, who represents Donald. Things were testy for a while. But, Mr. Goldberg said, "As with all final divorce negotiations, things started off hot, and then reason overcame emotion."In the end, the $14 million cash settlement came down to who gets the old Mercedes (Ms. Trump)
NEWS
By Huntley J. Cross | November 25, 1990
There is a product that can be found in many Anne Arundel County liquor stores that I believe is dangerous and a threat to anyone who mistakes it for a wine cooler.This product is a fortified wine, which has a labeled alcohol content of 20 percent by volume (40 proof). Wine coolers have an alcohol content that ranges from 4 percent to 7 percent. Regular table wines average about 12 percent alcohol.Fortified wine, or "Cisco," comes in five flavors: red, peach, orange, berry and gold. It is bottled in two sizes: 375 and 750 milliliters.
BUSINESS
By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | January 12, 1997
WOOD-BURNING stoves provide two kinds of heat: radiated and conducted. Both contribute to the warmth and well-being you get from a fire, but both carry the potential hazard of overheating, even setting ablaze, anything that gets too close for too long.Radiated heat comes through the air -- it's what makes your face glow when you sit near the stove. Conducted heat is more direct -- the warmth the stove transfers to the surface it is sitting on, for instance.Radiated heat can become conducted heat if it warms a nearby surface -- say, an ordinary wall -- and conveys heat to whatever is behind the surface -- in the case of the wall, to the studs behind the drywall.
NEWS
By Judy Foreman and Judy Foreman,Special to the Sun | March 4, 2005
Do cold medications cause prostate problems? No. But pseudoephedrine, which is ubiquitous in decongestant cold remedies, may bring undetected prostate problems to light. Usually, these problems -- chiefly trouble with urination due to an enlarged prostate -- go away when the medication is stopped. Virtually all men develop an enlarged prostate as they age, which makes them urinate more frequently, but is not an indication of cancer. Pseudoephedrine acts on molecules in muscles and blood vessels: In the nose, it constricts tiny blood vessels and dries up nasal secretions.
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 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.
FEATURES
By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | September 24, 1994
A well-built cinder-block wall can be a thing of beauty -- sides that are straight, courses that are level, space that is neatly enclosed.Cinder-block walls are the foundation of choice in new construction, but rehabbers might find a need for such a wall in an addition, in rebuilding a failed masonry wall, or in walling in an urban garden. The outside of the block wall can be finished with facing bricks, or parged or stuccoed for a more finished look.The first step in building a block wall is pouring a concrete footing for the blocks to rest on. The footing has to be below frost line and as level as you can make it. For a foundation wall with 7 courses (rows)
FEATURES
By Ken Fuson and Ken Fuson,sun staff | August 2, 1998
If he walks like a Gallagher, talks like a Gallagher and smashes overripe watermelons with a 16-pound wooden mallet like a Gallagher, is he a Gallagher?Well, yes, but that's not the question.This is the question: In a world still debating whether it's necessary to have one comedian named Gallagher, is there room for a sequel?If there's not, someone had better tell Ron Gallagher, because he's making a decent living reproducing his older brother's act. In fact, Gallagher II, as he is known, so resembles his brother that many people leave his show believing they have seen the original.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 11, 1997
YONKERS, N.Y. -- Concluding the latest chapter in a tortuous saga of family suffering, Malcolm Shabazz, the 12-year-old grandson of Malcolm X, pleaded guilty yesterday to the juvenile equivalent of second-degree manslaughter for starting a fire that killed his grandmother, Betty Shabazz.Malcolm's lawyers, Percy Sutton and David N. Dinkins, the former New York City mayor, said after a hearing in Family Court that, in consultation with the boy and his mother, Qubilah Shabazz, they had decided to accept a plea bargain to avoid an intimate description of Malcolm's troubled childhood in open court.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2012
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and his show "Kitchen Nightmares" blitzed into Hampden's Cafe Hon Wednesday to see how the restaurant has fared since his visit last fall. Ramsay stepped out of an SUV and into the cafe, capturing owner Denise Whiting in an embrace, calling her "darling," and handing her a gift. Things only went up from there. Before Ramsay arrived, Whiting, looking camera ready in a vivid turquoise top and matching earrings, said she'd begin given almost no information about what the chef would be doing or looking for during what promised to be a quick filming stint -- about three hours.
FEATURES
By Dr. Simeon Margolis | February 5, 1991
Q: Is tuberculosis a contagious, or "catchy" thing? Can you get it if you have sexual relations with a person who has tuberculosis? If someone does this, should he or she see a doctor for a TB test?A: Tuberculosis is contagious but it is not one of the diseases transmitted through sexual relations. The explosive problem of sexually transmitted diseases includes AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes simplex, chlamydia, lymphogranuloma venereum, chancroid, granuloma inguinale, condyloma acuminata (genital warts)
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