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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley is supposed to be Maryland's political TV star. Just ask him. But it was Congressman Andy Harris who drew the bigger national audience in his appearance on CNN's "Crossfire. " When O'Malley "debated" Texas Gov. Rick Perry Sept. 18 on "Crossfire," 329,000 viewers tuned in. When Harris appeared Monday on the CNN show with Anne Filipic, president of Enroll America, an organization trying to enroll people in Obamacare, the telecast drew 450,000 viewers. Before Harris starts thinking he's the most telegenic conservative since Ronald Reagan, or O'Malley sinks into a depression over the feared loss of his TV mojo, there's a major factor contributing to those audiences: the news flow of the day. Monday was a good night for cable news because of President Barack Obama's late afternoon appearance to talk about the deeply flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a Obamacare)
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | September 30, 2013
Harford County Public Library was once again pleased to participate in the One Maryland One Book program and partner with the Maryland Humanities Council and other organizations to bring King Peggy, author of "King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village" to the community on Sept. 18. More than 200 people of all ages gathered in the beautiful Chesapeake Theater on the Harford Community College campus to greet "Nana," as she is affectionately known, and hear first-hand how this naturalized American has worked to bring improvements to her homeland village of Otuam, Ghana.
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Dan Rodricks | September 25, 2013
A couple of reality checks in the aftermath of the foolish arrest of Robert Small at that forum last week on the new Common Core curriculum standards for public education - one about style, one about substance. First, about the form of this forum: I've attended many of these, and the experience is often eye-glazing. A panel of government officials or experts sits at a table and, after opening remarks, they take questions from the audience. The most engaging forums allow audience members to stand and ask a question.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
Sunday's 65th Emmy Awards telecast on CBS was watched by an average audience of 17.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research data supplied by the network. The telecast was up 33 percent over last year's, and did well with young viewers, according to the figures from CBS. While there was no dominant winner, HBO's "Veep," which is filmed in Baltimore, won two major comedy awards -- Julia Louis-Dreyfus as best actress and Tony Hale as best supporting actor. Netflix's "House of Cards," which is also produced in Maryland, won an Emmy for best direction in a drama.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
The Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament, a multi-week, single-elimination tournament, begins its second round matches Monday night. The independently produced event pits area chefs in head-to-head competition in front of an audience. Each chef, working with a team, prepares an appetizer and dessert for a judging panel as well as tasting portions of the entree for up to 30 audience member judges. This year, all of the matches are being held on Monday and Tuesday evenings, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Mari Luna Bistro in Midtown-Belvedere, where the contestants work in a "test kitchen" on the restaurant's main floor.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2013
HAGERSTOWN — Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler brought his all-but-official campaign for governor to Western Maryland on Friday, pledging to help rebuild the state's manufacturing base by giving Maryland companies preference in securing government contracts. Gansler, speaking at a United Auto Workers union hall near Hagerstown's Mack Truck/Volvo plant, laid out a seven-point plan to increase the manufacturing sector, which he said now ranks 43rd in the nation. The most significant of those steps would be a reversal of Maryland's decades-old policy of letting in-state and out-of-state companies compete on an equal basis for billions of dollars annually in state contracts.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2013
Nationally, the highest-rated shows among young adults in April and May were “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS, “Modern Family” on ABC and “The Voice” on NBC. But in Baltimore, those viewers preferred a different show: Baltimore Orioles telecasts on MASN. When Jim Palmer and Gary Thorne can trump Blake Shelton and Sofia Vergara, maybe there really is “Orioles magic.” Since the Orioles started playing never-say-die comeback baseball the second half of last season, TV viewing has spiked.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2013
HBO's Liberace film "Behind the Candelabra" was the highest rated premiere of a movie in the last nine years on the premium cable channel. And that's covering some very impressive ground, like "Game Change" and "You Don't Know Jack," to name a couple of made-for-TV movies on HBO in recent years. The first showing of the film at 9 p.m. Sunday drew 2.4 million viewers, according to Deadline. The last time any film did better was in May of 2004, when "Something the Lord Made," which was filmed in Baltimore, premiered to 2.6 million.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
Lotfy Nathan spent some five years putting together his film about West Baltimore's dirt-bike culture. Now, with national acclaim for "12 O'clock Boys" promising to turn it into one of the year's breakout documentaries after a February premiere at the South by Southwest arts festival in Austin, Texas, he's happily basking in the acclaim. "The reception in Austin was incredible," Nathan said last week from Toronto, where the film was being shown at the annual Hot Docs festival. "It was more than I could have asked for. " This week, a distribution deal with independent film distributors Oscilloscope Laboratories safely in hand, the Maryland Institute College of Art -educated Nathan is bringing his film home.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2013
Country singer Carrie Underwood will replace Faith Hill this fall in singing "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," the anthem of NBC's top-rated weekly football telecast. The Sunday night broadcast, which averaged an audience of 21.8 million to become prime-time TV's highest rated show, is one the most skillfully and carefully packaged events in popular culture. "It's going to be the same song, same lyrics, but it's going to be with my flair," the Grammy-Award-winning singer said in a teleconference Tuesday.
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