August 26, 2002
HER CRIME was adultery. Her punishment: death by stoning. Amina Lawal asserted her innocence: The man who fathered the 8-month-old daughter in her arms seduced her with a promise of marriage. But the high court was unmoved. The judgment would stand; the execution would take place once the mother had weaned her child. Under Hammurabi's Code of Laws (circa 1780 B.C.), Amina Lawal could not escape a death sentence. But the court that upheld this barbaric punishment didn't rule in ancient Babylon.
September 23, 1997
In 1977, Mick Jagger first sang, "Start me up, I'll never stop."Now, at 54, as the Rolling Stones begin their "Bridges to Babylon" tour, the legendary rocker has proved that phrase was more than a lyric. It's a way of life."He's lean, he's athletic, he's out there running around like a 16-year-old," says Greg Isaacs, corporate fitness director for Warner Bros. and personal trainer for celebrities including Melanie Griffith and Goldie Hawn. "I doubt he eats cheeseburgers every day."Other aging acts, such as the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, have hit the road lately as well.
July 21, 2012
Caroline Babylon was the recipient of the 2012 Clara Barton Award, the localAmericanRed Cross' highest volunteer honor. The award was presented last month during the 107th annual meeting of the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region. A 25-year veteran volunteer, Babylon has worked as part of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team to provide emergency shelter, food, clothing, emotional support and other aid to victims of regional disasters. Babylon has also participated in numerous national disaster responses including flooding in West Virginia, an earthquake in Los Angeles, flooding in Missouri and Illinois and was part of the response team for Hurricane Andrew.
November 24, 1998
Tomorrow night on TNT, "Babylon 5," the science-fiction fan's science-fiction series, ends the five-year odyssey its creator had always promised -- but only after an escape that would do even the most experienced starship commander proud.For last summer, it looked as though "Babylon 5" would follow the path established by "Star Trek," although not in the way its fans would have preferred.Just as "Star Trek" had promised, in that famous introductory voice-over from William Shatner, to take viewers on a five-year mission, "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski had always envisioned a five-year plan for his intergalactic space station.
August 17, 1997
His fans have designed a church for him, but Joe Straczynski is not a god.Church of Joe Home Page* http: //www.midwinter.com/lurk/lurker.html* http: //www.thestation.com/ (this is the official fan-club page)* http: //www.babylon5.com/L For a news group moderated by J. Michael Straczynski, go to:* rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderatedThe shows prime-time forgotHere's a sample of some recent sci-fi and fantasy shows that dared to go where TV had never gone before, and lost the dare.* "The Sixth Sense"Paranormal psychology leads to wacky adventuresESPremiere: January 1972Signal cut off: December 1972* "Kolchak: The Night Stalker"Crime reporter encounters supernatural villains, including vampiresFirst Blood: September 1974Dying Breath: August 1975* "Quark"Sci-fi parody featuring intergalactic garbage-manFirst sighting: February 1978In the trash: April 1978* "Battlestar Galactica"Big budget "Star Wars" rip-offBlast off: September 1978Abort mission: August 1980* "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"Tongue-in-cheek revival of '50s series, based on comic book characterLaunched: September 1979Lost: April 1981* "V"Aliens as allegory for NazisLiftoff: October 1984Crash landing: July 1985* "Amazing Stories"Anthology dealing with domestic pets and otherworldly occurrencesFirst howl: September 1985In the doghouse: May 1987* "Misfits of Science"Teen mutants (including Courteney Cox)
March 23, 2011
Elizabeth Taylor, who died early Wednesday morning of congestive heart failure at age 79, did something no other actor ever did. At every stage of her career she became a superstar all over again. As a magical little girl, a pristine ingénue and a voluptuous woman, she created characters and images that enraptured or fascinated international audiences. In the second half of the 20th century, no other Hollywood-bred celebrity was as frequently photographed, celebrated or vilified.
February 23, 2006
Andreas Katsulas, 59, a veteran character actor immortalized as imposing red-eyed alien ambassador G'Kar on television's Babylon 5 and a one-armed murderer in the 1993 film The Fugitive, died of lung cancer Feb. 13 at his Los Angeles home. Mr. Katsulas cemented his status as the actor to go to for villainous characters with his turn as mobster Joey Venza in Ridley Scott's Someone to Watch Over Me in 1987. He donned a prosthetic device in The Fugitive to portray the murderous one-armed Frederick Sykes, who frames Harrison Ford's Dr. Richard Kimble in the death of Kimble's wife.
August 13, 1998
FiresPleasant Valley: Firefighters responded at 3: 08 a.m. yesterday to a fire in the 4700 block of Babylon Road. Units were out 50 minutes.Taneytown: Firefighters from Taneytown, Harney, Union Bridge, and Emmitsburg, Frederick County, and Littlestown and Kingsdale, Pa., responded at 4: 32 p.m. Tuesday to a building fire on East Baltimore Street. Units were out 10 minutes.Pub Date: 8/13/98
August 24, 2006
Music Jamaican show at Ottobar Reggae Got Soul is tonight at the Ottobar. Bands and DJs will play ska, rocksteady and reg gae. Baltimore's the Rootwork ers, and the Pressure Sounds, a ska/rocksteady/reggae band from Washington, will perform. DJs Mike and Ryan and Bobby Babylon will spin. The Ottobar is at 2549 N. Howard St. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Call 410-662-0069 or visit theot tobar.com. FYI Kevin Cowherd is on as signment. His column does not appear today.
September 28, 2003
On September 26, 2003, WILMER "Buzz" E. FIDLER; beloved husband of Joyce Ann Fidler (nee Babylon); devoted father of William E. Fidler and his wife Stacie, Sharon L. Bell and her husband Fonzo, Steven Fidler and Janice Fidler Best; beloved grandfather of William Fidler, Jr., Anne Marie Fidler, Taylor Marie Fidler, Eric Lacey, Keith Freeman, Amanda Bell and other grandchildren. Also survived by two brothers, three sisters, their spouses and nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to call at the Burgee-Henss-Seitz Funeral Home, Inc., 3631 Falls Road, on Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 8 P.M., at which time funeral services will be held.