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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2013
I'm tempted to send a mash note to George Stanley, the managing editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , who, Jim Romenesko tells us , has circulated a memo to the staff saying that they have been overusing iconic and it's time to stop. Bless his heart. Iconic is like legendary , dramatic , prestigious , and the other empty adjectives that are no more than upholstery. It's not only the writers of features sections who go in for this, though they are prime repeat offenders, but any writer trying to puff up the importance of a story by telling rather than showing will be prone to resort to such words.
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NEWS
By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | March 16, 1997
Two evil forces drive the movie "Shine." The first is Peter Helfgott, whose brutal, domineering discipline is responsible for the descent of his sensitive, piano-prodigy son, David, into schizophrenia. The second is the man-eating Rachmaninoff Third Concerto, a piece so dangerously difficult that attempting to learn it before one is mature is to invite a nervous breakdown.These demons are fearfully effective in the movie. But the case in real life appears to be rather different. Most of the members of the Helfgott family deny that Peter was the brute that "Shine" makes him out to be. And the Rach 3 (as the concerto is called in the movie and by almost all musicians)
NEWS
By Victor Paul Alvarez and Victor Paul Alvarez,Contributing Writer | January 10, 1995
Walt Whitman would be surprised to know it came to this: Nancy Miller used his poems to name streets in Columbia's River Hill village.Alone in a library, with a stack of poetry books and a note pad, the Rouse Co. development representative pulled the names from the works of Whitman and other American greats.Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Carl Sandburg and Nathaniel Hawthorne all have had a hand in creating the bookish blocks of Columbia.You think the Rouse Co. just invented names such as Liquid Laughter Lane, Apple Blossom Ride and Barley Corn Row?
BUSINESS
By Ellen James Martin | February 18, 1991
"It's an expensive ordeal to hire someone who doesn't wor out," observes Joe Babinski of the Baltimore-based Becker Group.That's why the Becker Group, which does seasonal shopping center decoration at malls throughout the country, is turning increasingly to a personality test, the Activity Vector Analysis, in its hiring."We're very pleased with the AVA," says Mr. Babinski, Becker's vice president and chief operating officer. The AVA goes beyond the skills and experience needed for ajob, to determine whether an applicant has the right personality fit for the position -- eliminating costly hiring errors, he explains.
BUSINESS
Yvonne Wenger | May 29, 2012
If you're considering a move to Baltimore, figuring out where, exactly, can be daunting. The city has more than 225 neighborhoods. One place you can start: the nonprofit Live Baltimore . The group, founded in 1997 to market the city, offers online tools and welcome kits stuffed with glossy brochures and colorful fact sheets. You can order one of the $15 relocation kits here . As a newcomer myself , I would recommend checking out Live Baltimore's site to discover what neighborhoods fit your needs.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2012
You see jam; Geoffrey Pullum sees syntax.  Professor Pullum is teaching at Brown this year, and heading off to the store to buy some organic preserves, he picked up a jar of Nature's Promise Organic Raspberry Fruit Spread. Then he discovered that the product is not purely organic, and his analysis of the syntax of the label  at Lingua Franca explains some of the treacherous aspects of English. English, you will have noticed, is given to transvestism.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter | January 18, 2008
Predictable but utterly engaging, 27 Dresses will likely be remembered as the film that made Katherine Heigl an A-list star. At the very least, it's the film that places her in the forefront of a long line of actresses who have enjoyed quite the career playing America's Sweetheart. As Jane, the living embodiment of the old adage "always a bridesmaid, never a bride," Heigl gets to play pure, selfless, smart, funny and - although everything about the film, from the script to the cinematography to the costuming, tries to play it down - beautiful.
NEWS
May 2, 2012
In your recent article about the incredibly low assessments and taxes on unsold luxury harbor condos in Baltimore City, Owen C. Charles, the deputy director for Maryland's Department of Assessments and Taxation, defended the assessments on some condos ("Millions slip away from city," April 29). After reading the details of the issue, the kindest assumption one can make is that Mr. Charles is incompetent to fill the position he holds. If he is not being completely accurate in his statements, then perhaps other adjectives would be more fitting.
NEWS
July 22, 1999
David Ogilvy,88, the advertising man who put the eye patch on the Man in the Hathaway Shirt and created the distinguished Commander Whitehead to sell Schweppes tonic water and club soda, died yesterday at home in Bonnes, France.His death was announced in New York by Ogilvy & Mather, the agency he started in 1948 with two staffers and no clients.While his advertising ideas have become American icons, his greatest legacy was an approach to his business that assumed the intelligence of the consumer.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown | November 19, 2000
A sellout crowd packed the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall lobby for the Chimes' "Hall of Fame 10" night, sipping cocktails, browsing a dinner buffet and socializing. But the crackle of excitement in the air had more to do with what the night held next -- a concert by a 14-year-old Welsh singing sensation, Charlotte Church. The most frequently asked question overheard at the get-together? Forget "Hi, how are you?" Rather, it was "Have you heard her before?" Adjectives like "incredible," "unbelievable" and "fabulous" also seemed to get quite a conversational workout in this gathering.
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