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By Jean Marbella | November 25, 1990
You bowl. Your pants are polyester and your hair is bouffant. You eat Jell-O with Cool Whip and a maraschino cherry. You think unicorns are beautiful, Tupperware darn handy and Cadillacs truly luxe.You have bad taste.Sez who? Sez Jane and Michael Stern -- she's the one wearing the leopard skin hat and he's the one in the flamingo tie.But the difference is that they know this stuff is in bad taste. It's ironic, get it?"There is a difference between being connoisseurs of bad taste and wallowing in it," says Michael, planting himself in the former.
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By Mike Brown | May 26, 2013
Whether you're barbecuing in Baltimore, in Bel Air or on the bay this Memorial Day, you will pay more for staple foods because our federal government continues to pit food versus fuel. Thanks to an unworkable federal energy policy, prices for animal feed have soared, burdening those farmers and ranchers that raise livestock and poultry, along with the companies that process them, with rising production costs. In addition to forcing farms and food producers to cut jobs or close their doors, the increased costs are reflected in the expanding grocery bills of every American.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 29, 1999
It is not supposed to be this way. Part two is never supposed to be as good as part one, especially when part one is a lifetime's labor of love that wins the 1998 Filmmaker's Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival for Best Documentary.But Baltimore filmmaker Steve Yeager has made a sequel to "Divine Trash," his award-winning documentary on the early career of John Waters, that is every bit its equal. "In Bad Taste," which covers Waters' career from "Female Trouble" to "Pecker," premieres tonight on cable's Independent Film Channel as part of an IFC salute to Waters that includes a showing of his classic "Polyester."
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2013
Towson's 10-9 overtime setback to Marist on Friday night wasn't just the team's fourth mark in the loss column. It was a missed opportunity. After opening the season with three consecutive losses, the Tigers thought they had turned the corner with back-to-back victories over Mercer and Mount St. Mary's. But the lack of execution against the Red Foxes was puzzling to Towson coach Shawn Nadelen. “It's frustrating because I thought we had executed at a pretty high level against Mount St. Mary's offensively, and I was looking forward to having our guys do the same thing,” he said Monday morning.
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By Michael Pakenham | December 19, 1999
In this loveliest, ugliest time of the year, the terror of obesity drives people from the temptations of flavor. So, instead, let's consider the question of taste. What's that? Among offerings, the Encarta World Dictionary does as good a job as any: "The distinctive quality of something ... The faculty of making discerning judgments in aesthetic matters ... A sense of what is proper or acceptable socially."Is taste -- good taste, bad taste -- important?Listen: Edgar Allan Poe, in his "The Poetic Principle," wrote that "The sole arbiter [of beauty]
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By Bruce McCabe and Bruce McCabe,Boston Globe | April 17, 1994
"John Wayne Gacy is obsessively fond of defending his innocence, which is imaginary."Alec Wilkinson's "Conversations With a Killer" in this week's New Yorker is a look at the murderer of 33 boys -- as such Gacy is America's most notorious killer -- and its lead is provocative. But the piece doesn't build and ends up demonstrating why it's not easy or simple to go slumming or dabbling in lurid journalism.Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood," which originated as New Yorker journalism, is the model.
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April 11, 1991
Should a family newspaper knowingly print something it feels is in bad taste or obscene? What if it is ordered to, by a court?That is the situation facing two papers in Massachusetts. Hampden County wants to try a book-video dealer for selling materials it considers obscene. According to the state law, it first must list the titles of the material in newspaper legal notices so that members of the public have a chance to challenge the classification. But the newspapers think some of the 355 titles are too racy to print.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun Theater Critic | February 21, 2008
The national tour of High School Musical running at the Hippodrome Theatre is urgently in need of a life-giving infusion of bad taste. Paging John Waters. If you go High School Musical runs at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., through March 2. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets $25-$70. Call 410-547-7328 or go to france-merrickpac.com.
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April 3, 1994
QUITE INAPPROPRIATEEditor: The magazine section of Sunday, Feb. 13, had a very interesting article for Valentine's Day. The quotes from writings of well-known historical personalities were appropriate. Quite inappropriate, however, were the captions for the quotes in several instances, as well as in very poor taste. An unusual presentation for the Sun Magazine.Davis StrakenSykesvilleIN BAD TASTEEditor: Thank you for your cloying piece of journalism, "A Gathering of Gourmets," Sun Magazine, Feb. 20. You give your reader more than enough food for thought.
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By Tony Grossi, The Plain Dealer | December 21, 2011
Nobody doubts the Browns' young defense has had its shining moments. Goal-line stands in Pittsburgh and Arizona the past two games were two of them. But there have been some clunkers that have elicited flashbacks of previous defensive "Seasons From Hell", too. And the first game on Dec. 4 against the Baltimore Ravens, whom the Browns play on Christmas Eve, was the stinkiest egg laid by this group. "It left a bad taste in all of our mouths," said defensive tackle Phil Taylor.
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By Edward Lee | December 31, 2011
Albert McClellan rolled his eyes and chuckled when posed with the inevitable question: what has happened with the Ravens special teams? The second-year linebacker is naturally tired of answering questions about that subject, but the fact that the Ravens have surrendered three returns for touchdowns this season continues to persist. But before panic sets in, linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, the long-time special teams ace, said the unit has fixed the gaffes caused by the coverage teams.
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By Tony Grossi, The Plain Dealer | December 21, 2011
Nobody doubts the Browns' young defense has had its shining moments. Goal-line stands in Pittsburgh and Arizona the past two games were two of them. But there have been some clunkers that have elicited flashbacks of previous defensive "Seasons From Hell", too. And the first game on Dec. 4 against the Baltimore Ravens, whom the Browns play on Christmas Eve, was the stinkiest egg laid by this group. "It left a bad taste in all of our mouths," said defensive tackle Phil Taylor.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com | September 8, 2008
Considering what happened the previous night in Murfreesboro, Tenn., it wasn't surprising to hear Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen say yesterday that he is considering making some changes for Saturday's noon game against California (2-0) at Byrd Stadium. "I'm going to have to marinate overnight on that and think about it and get some guys in the right spots maybe, getting a little more production," Friedgen said on a conference call. Friedgen declined to be specific, but one of the changes could involve quarterback Josh Portis.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun Theater Critic | February 21, 2008
The national tour of High School Musical running at the Hippodrome Theatre is urgently in need of a life-giving infusion of bad taste. Paging John Waters. If you go High School Musical runs at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., through March 2. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets $25-$70. Call 410-547-7328 or go to france-merrickpac.com.
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By BILL ORDINE | January 9, 2008
The confetti had hardly stopped falling in the Superdome after LSU's 38-24 win over Ohio State in the national championship game Monday night when there was a call for a playoff system for college football's big schools. That the bleating for a tournament was almost immediate was not surprising, but what was off-putting was where it came from - the president of the University of Georgia, Michael F. Adams. Adams is also a big shot in the NCAA as chairman of the executive committee.
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By Ann Powers and Ann Powers,Los Angeles Times | June 5, 2007
Whatever view one takes of R. Kelly -- that he is obscene, insane, outlandish, played out, musical kingpin or joker -- one thing is irrefutable: America deserves him. Five years after being indicted on charges of child pornography, dozens of hits into a career spent raunching up R&B, Kelly's enjoying yet another climb up the charts with his eighth solo album, Double Up. Defenders of morality and good taste must wonder how the honey-voiced potty mouth...
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | July 25, 1992
As a marketing concept, "Mom and Dad Save the World" is a complete catastrophe. It's a movie astutely engineered for an audience of zero.It has no big stars; it's too camp for the hip and too hip for the camp. It's too sophisticated for very young kids, and not not nearly sophisticated enough for teen-agers. It even honors a mom and a dad, those backward, groping, awkward figures of folly and dwindling authority. Only an idiot could love it.Naturally, I adored it.The movie is just loopy enough and manages to find just the right off-kilter tone and my expectations were just low enough TC (no pre-release screening for critics)
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By BILL ORDINE | January 9, 2008
The confetti had hardly stopped falling in the Superdome after LSU's 38-24 win over Ohio State in the national championship game Monday night when there was a call for a playoff system for college football's big schools. That the bleating for a tournament was almost immediate was not surprising, but what was off-putting was where it came from - the president of the University of Georgia, Michael F. Adams. Adams is also a big shot in the NCAA as chairman of the executive committee.
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By RAY FRAGER | December 3, 2004
THE GEARS of the Bowl Championship Series machine will grind to a halt for another year come Sunday, when we learn who will be matched in the Orange Bowl for college football's supposed national championship. But there are three unbeaten teams at the top of the BCS poll - plus another two in the top eight - and even for someone who got through four years of college without taking a math course, it's clear this formula doesn't quite add up. (Or divide down. Or whatever. As I said, no math credits.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | March 1, 2004
Caught between the ABC network's need to attract young male viewers and the motion picture academy's insistence on a "dignified" program in the wake of Janet Jackson's Super Bowl debacle, last night's 76th Annual Academy Awards telecast began as a tightrope act. "Expect the unexpected," was the network's mantra last week, according to Louis J. Horvitz, director of the telecast. To further entice younger television viewers, the telecast was peppered with such MTV-friendly performers as Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell.
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