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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | March 20, 1993
If you don't have HBO, you better ask a friend who does to set the VCR tonight for "Barbarians at the Gate." This is a film people are going to be talking about.In fact, there are three TV movies this weekend that are likely to get people thinking and talking about them. Each is better in its own way than the true-crime, ripped-from-the-headlines trash the networks have been drowning in since the tremendous ratings success of the Amy Fisher trilogy.Two of the films are on cable. Besides HBO's "Barbarians," the Arts and Entertainment channel premieres the first installment of "A Year in Provence," a TV adaptation of Peter Mayle's best-selling account of how he and his wife turned in their pin stripes and moved to the south of France.
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By Luke Broadwater | July 22, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. Articles  • They clearly need counseling: Gay 'barbarians' protest Bachmann clinic. ( Think Progress )  • This was probably a good use of money: Poll says God's approval rating at 52 percent. ( PPP )  Quote • "Not continuing a tax cut is not technically a tax increase," - Grover Norquist  Video • Tim Pawlenty's campaign is so amazingly analogous to the greatest hockey upset in history:   
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By Gregory Kane | January 16, 2002
STUDENTS ROLL dice outside the school, roam the halls and pack themselves into the restrooms. "You can't teach a disorderly mob," laments one teacher. "This is the garbage can of the educational system," chimes in another. Later, a student tries to rape a teacher. A portrait of Northern High School? No, the school is a fictional one. Think back 47 years, to 1955, when the film Blackboard Jungle came out. It starred Glenn Ford, then a major star, and Sidney Poitier, who was some five years into his film career.
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By JEFF SEIDEL and JEFF SEIDEL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 5, 2005
The Howard County Run & Shoot Football League's games are touch football contests played Sunday mornings for men who are trying to be competitive and play a sport they love. But the contests bear a striking resemblance to football games fans watch on television. There's the quarterback who is often scrambling to get away from a rush or moving around to buy time and find an open receiver. Four receivers are trying run pass patterns to get open while the defenders are working hard to cover them.
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By Dan Berger | May 24, 2000
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the Orioles that cannot be completely cured with seven-inning gmes. Congress could always build a Great Wall of China, to pen the barbarians in. The collapse of the buffer zone between Israel and terrorists in Lebanon is bad news for Israel, worse for Lebanon and potentially catastrophic for Syria. Super-Pegasus flies, it seems, slower than a speeding Bullet.
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By Michael Pakenham and Michael Pakenham,SUN STAFF | June 23, 1997
VENICE -- Built on 117 once-swampy islands, laced with 177 canals both huge and tiny, the miracle of civilization that is Venice was begun in the fifth century as a refuge from barbarian hordes. Lately, the barbarians seem to be winning.The battle goes on, one hopes forever. But this summer the city runneth over with the international art mob, all here for the "XLVII Esposizione Internationale d'Arte, La Biennale di Venezia 1997," the enormous contemporary art exposition. Among that mob's subtribes are culture warriors who would make a Visigoth blush.
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By Russell Baker | May 6, 1992
IN YOUR face" is on all lips. It fulfills the present American urge to talk like a lout. This singularly nasty way of expressing muscular, bust-skull contempt for one's fellow man and companionate woman is now so popular that it is even being used in an advertising campaign by ESPN.And yet you tell me not to despair for civilization. Not despair? We live in a world where men, women and their small, ill-educated issue can say "in your face" without feeling vile, and I should not despair for civilization?
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By JEFF SEIDEL and JEFF SEIDEL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 5, 2005
The Howard County Run & Shoot Football League's games are touch football contests played Sunday mornings for men who are trying to be competitive and play a sport they love. But the contests bear a striking resemblance to football games fans watch on television. There's the quarterback who is often scrambling to get away from a rush or moving around to buy time and find an open receiver. Four receivers are trying run pass patterns to get open while the defenders are working hard to cover them.
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January 7, 1996
Hunting debateIn response to Maria Alvarez's letter (Dec. 24) where she referred to hunters as "bloodthirsty barbarians," I would like to point out a few things. It must be OK for someone else to kill the meat that goes on your table. If you're a vegetarian, everything you put in your mouth was alive at one time.Certainly, you must co-exist with all of nature's "little living creatures" like mice, roaches, spiders and ants. Your animals are covered with fleas and ticks. You must not own or use a fly swatter.
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April 10, 1997
Flood plain plan bad for neighborhoodHow unfortunate for the neighborhood of Cheswolde that we have no Barbara Mallonee, whose passionate and articulate voice decried the impending loss of ''the ribbon of timber'' in her Mount Washington woods that border Northern Parkway (Opinion Commentary, March 25).In nearby Cheswolde, our sellout is the corner property at Greenspring Avenue and Cross Country Boulevard.Here, where now stands the somewhat renovated Carroll Hunting Lodge, built around 1790 on property belonging to Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Baltimore City and the Cheswolde Neighborhood Association are conspiring to build a five-story, 80-plus-unit ''assisted living facility'' for the elderly.
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By Joan Mellen and Joan Mellen,Special to the Sun | October 26, 2003
It would be best if this obscure chapter in the history of the world were terminated at once," the Magistrate says in Nobel laureate J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians (Viking, 156 pages, $14). In nine novels and two memoirs, Coetzee has chronicled unflinchingly the death of apartheid South Africa and its chaotic aftermath. Coetzee's influences are Dostoevsky and Conrad -- the chain marks around Friday's neck in Foe (Penguin, 157 pages, $13) recall Heart of Darkness. Kafka inspired The Life and Times of Michael K (Viking, 184 pages, $13)
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By Gregory Kane | January 16, 2002
STUDENTS ROLL dice outside the school, roam the halls and pack themselves into the restrooms. "You can't teach a disorderly mob," laments one teacher. "This is the garbage can of the educational system," chimes in another. Later, a student tries to rape a teacher. A portrait of Northern High School? No, the school is a fictional one. Think back 47 years, to 1955, when the film Blackboard Jungle came out. It starred Glenn Ford, then a major star, and Sidney Poitier, who was some five years into his film career.
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By Dan Berger | May 24, 2000
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the Orioles that cannot be completely cured with seven-inning gmes. Congress could always build a Great Wall of China, to pen the barbarians in. The collapse of the buffer zone between Israel and terrorists in Lebanon is bad news for Israel, worse for Lebanon and potentially catastrophic for Syria. Super-Pegasus flies, it seems, slower than a speeding Bullet.
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By Michael Pakenham and Michael Pakenham,SUN STAFF | June 23, 1997
VENICE -- Built on 117 once-swampy islands, laced with 177 canals both huge and tiny, the miracle of civilization that is Venice was begun in the fifth century as a refuge from barbarian hordes. Lately, the barbarians seem to be winning.The battle goes on, one hopes forever. But this summer the city runneth over with the international art mob, all here for the "XLVII Esposizione Internationale d'Arte, La Biennale di Venezia 1997," the enormous contemporary art exposition. Among that mob's subtribes are culture warriors who would make a Visigoth blush.
NEWS
April 10, 1997
Flood plain plan bad for neighborhoodHow unfortunate for the neighborhood of Cheswolde that we have no Barbara Mallonee, whose passionate and articulate voice decried the impending loss of ''the ribbon of timber'' in her Mount Washington woods that border Northern Parkway (Opinion Commentary, March 25).In nearby Cheswolde, our sellout is the corner property at Greenspring Avenue and Cross Country Boulevard.Here, where now stands the somewhat renovated Carroll Hunting Lodge, built around 1790 on property belonging to Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Baltimore City and the Cheswolde Neighborhood Association are conspiring to build a five-story, 80-plus-unit ''assisted living facility'' for the elderly.
SPORTS
January 7, 1996
Hunting debateIn response to Maria Alvarez's letter (Dec. 24) where she referred to hunters as "bloodthirsty barbarians," I would like to point out a few things. It must be OK for someone else to kill the meat that goes on your table. If you're a vegetarian, everything you put in your mouth was alive at one time.Certainly, you must co-exist with all of nature's "little living creatures" like mice, roaches, spiders and ants. Your animals are covered with fleas and ticks. You must not own or use a fly swatter.
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By Joan Mellen and Joan Mellen,Special to the Sun | October 26, 2003
It would be best if this obscure chapter in the history of the world were terminated at once," the Magistrate says in Nobel laureate J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians (Viking, 156 pages, $14). In nine novels and two memoirs, Coetzee has chronicled unflinchingly the death of apartheid South Africa and its chaotic aftermath. Coetzee's influences are Dostoevsky and Conrad -- the chain marks around Friday's neck in Foe (Penguin, 157 pages, $13) recall Heart of Darkness. Kafka inspired The Life and Times of Michael K (Viking, 184 pages, $13)
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By Robert Stone | March 8, 1993
An article by Baltimore writer Robert Stone published her March 8 said this about the person who bombed the World Trade Center in New York: "Or maybe he stood at the window of a mosque in New Jersey and looked at them [the twin towers of the trade center] thrusting so immodestly a thousand feet in the air . . ." Mr. Stone's original text, published in the New York Times before an arrest was made in the case, read this way: "Or maybe he stood in the window of a safe house in Queens or New Jersey . . ."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | November 29, 1993
The options tonight aren't many, but they're interesting.* "Barbarians at the Gate" (8-10 p.m., WBFF-Channel 45) -- James Garner is one of the two main reasons this HBO telemovie works. It's a docudrama -- actually, more of a docucomedy -- about a real-life hostile corporate takeover, and Mr. Garner's winning, easygoing acting has a lot to do with it.So does Larry Gelbart's script, which, except for some almost unavoidably clunky exposition, speeds along cleverly and crisply. It's an insider's view of the RJR Nabisco buyout, with Mr. Garner as CEO F. Ross Johnson.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | June 13, 1993
You always have to wonder why they do it.A film star may be a great actor or a lousy actor, but his talent is pretty much irrelevant, as witness Clint Eastwood or Arnold Schwarzenegger, who have never demonstrated gobs of it. What counts is that he builds a screen identity that becomes his persona, that is consistent picture to picture, that represents something in which a significant portion of the public can emotionally invest, that represents, in short,...
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