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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
A few years back, Nathan “Bodie” Barksdale had a public spat with “The Wire” creator David Simon over the extent to which he was an inspiration for drug boss Avon Barksdale in the series. All the while, he vowed that he was long out of the game. But now the Drug Enforcement Administration says Barksdale is a high-ranking member of the Black Guerrilla Family. U.S. marshals arrested him this week on federal heroin and gun charges after he spent a short spell on the run. Barksdale, 52, is accused of taking part in a heroin conspiracy with alleged drug supplier Suraj Tairu, who is also charged in the case.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Dressed in a maroon jail outfit and limping into court with the help of a cane, Nathan Barksdale did not look Wednesday like the notorious heroin dealer once sentenced to 15 years in prison for the torture of three people in a West Baltimore public housing development. As he sat at the defense table, Barksdale waved to two women who walked into the room. One blew a kiss before they sat down. It was light moment for the aging criminal before a federal judge would send him back to prison for the next few years.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 18, 2004
Season 3 of HBO's acclaimed drama The Wire begins tomorrow night with two young drug dealers, Bodie (JD Williams) and Poot (Tray Chaney), having a spirited conversation as they walk through a trash-strewn alley on a sunny morning in Baltimore. "I'm trying to say, those towers used to be home to me," Poot says. "You going to cry over a housing project now?" Bodie answers sarcastically. "Man they should have blown them [things] up a long time ago." At a nearby playground, Baltimore Mayor Clarence V. Royce (Glynn Turman)
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
Nathan "Bodie" Barksdale, who helped to inspire drug-dealing characters in the TV series "The Wire," pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to heroin conspiracy charges. The reputed high-ranking Black Guerrilla Family member agreed to a plea deal that calls for 42 months in prison as a result of a wiretap investigation. In a brief hearing, U.S. District Judge George Russell asked him whether he had any questions about pleading guilty. "No, sir," Barksdale replied. "I got busted.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
Nathan "Bodie" Barksdale, who helped to inspire drug-dealing characters in the TV series "The Wire," pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to heroin conspiracy charges. The reputed high-ranking Black Guerrilla Family member agreed to a plea deal that calls for 42 months in prison as a result of a wiretap investigation. In a brief hearing, U.S. District Judge George Russell asked him whether he had any questions about pleading guilty. "No, sir," Barksdale replied. "I got busted.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | December 18, 2004
Nothing is more difficult in the art-meets-commerce world of episodic television than crafting a season finale without knowing if the series will be renewed. If the show is the season finale of a series that will return, a narrative that looks ahead and positions its leading characters on new paths is the way to go. But if the episode is to be the last viewers will ever see, then thematic and emotional closure are demanded. Especially if the drama is as psychologically intense as HBO's Baltimore-based crime series, The Wire, which ends its third season tomorrow.
FEATURES
By Brooke Nevils and Brooke Nevils,Sun Reporter | November 10, 2006
Actors Wood Harris and J.D. Williams, best known as Avon Barksdale and Preston "Bodie" Broadus on the HBO series The Wire, are back on the streets of Baltimore this week, filming another gritty depiction of the city's drug scene. But don't be fooled. It's not The Wire. It's the Hollywood adaptation of A Thug's Life, Baltimore native Thomas Long's debut novel about two partners-turned-rivals in a brutal west-side drug gang, Dogs for Life. 4 Life, the direct-to-DVD movie from Tony Austin, the president of Russell Simmons Music Group, and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Adalius Thomas began filming its Baltimore segments this week, on location at the Sandtown Barber Shop, the Inner Harbor and Federal Hill Park.
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By David Simon and David Simon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 26, 2004
A FEW STRAY rounds have found their way across the great divide that separates actual Baltimore from its premium-cable facsimile, and those of us with responsibility for maintenance of the make-believe version feel compelled to reinforce the barrier between our world and yours. It seems that there are some HBO viewers who, upon encountering a youthful, energetic and ambitious city councilman concerned about the city's crime rate, have paired this fictional being with one of flesh and blood.
NEWS
December 9, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was right last week to defend Baltimore's Safe Streets program as an effective tactic for reducing gun violence, despite the fact that one of the initiative's workers was arrested recently on federal drug and firearms charges. The fact that one bad apple turned up among the dozens of people employed in the effort doesn't invalidate the need for such programs or the valuable service they perform in troubled city neighborhoods. Safe Streets is a juvenile-violence reduction initiative in four city neighborhoods that employs street-wise community outreach workers to persuade adolescent boys and young men to choose nonviolent alternatives for settling disputes.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | July 30, 2009
The last shirt Stringer Bell ever wore. Detective Jimmy McNulty's gun. Avon Barksdale's prison jumpsuit. For more than a year, those and about 150 other pieces of The Wire, the extended HBO morality play that spent five seasons exploring Charm City's meaner streets, have been on display at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. But just as the HBO show ended in March 2008, the BMI exhibit has reached the end of its run. What better excuse for a party? "Disconnecting The Wire ... What's Next?"
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | December 18, 2004
Nothing is more difficult in the art-meets-commerce world of episodic television than crafting a season finale without knowing if the series will be renewed. If the show is the season finale of a series that will return, a narrative that looks ahead and positions its leading characters on new paths is the way to go. But if the episode is to be the last viewers will ever see, then thematic and emotional closure are demanded. Especially if the drama is as psychologically intense as HBO's Baltimore-based crime series, The Wire, which ends its third season tomorrow.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 18, 2004
Season 3 of HBO's acclaimed drama The Wire begins tomorrow night with two young drug dealers, Bodie (JD Williams) and Poot (Tray Chaney), having a spirited conversation as they walk through a trash-strewn alley on a sunny morning in Baltimore. "I'm trying to say, those towers used to be home to me," Poot says. "You going to cry over a housing project now?" Bodie answers sarcastically. "Man they should have blown them [things] up a long time ago." At a nearby playground, Baltimore Mayor Clarence V. Royce (Glynn Turman)
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2011
With Felicia "Snoop" Pearson's guilty plea last week to conspiracy to sell heroin, one question being asked by fans of "The Wire" is how other cast members of the Baltimore-based series are doing. The answer: Several are doing just fine professionally. And a few are doing extraordinary work on and off camera. Some of it can be seen this week on TV. Two of the finest actors from the HBO series, Dominic West and Idris Elba, are about to help launch a prestigious drama showcase and series on BBC America at 10 Wednesday night.
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