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By CLARENCE PAGE | March 18, 2008
Here's the $4,000 question in the Eliot Spitzer case: Why did he do it? Mr. Spitzer, alias "Client 9" to authorities, stepped down as governor of New York yesterday after it was disclosed last week that he was caught on a federal wiretap discussing payments and arranging to meet a prostitute in a Washington hotel room in February. The adultery, in these times, is not as scandalous as the hypocrisy, incongruity and self-destructive recklessness. Client 9 had it all: an Ivy League education; money; power; a supportive, Harvard Law-educated wife and three young daughters.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 16, 2014
It's your fault Justin Bieber is a jerk. That's the contention of attorney Roy Black, who is defending the 20-year-old singer on a DUI charge stemming from a Jan. 23 arrest in Miami Beach. Mr. Black spoke to reporters this month as video of Mr. Bieber's deposition in the case of an alleged assault by one of his bodyguards -- you can't keep this young man's legal woes straight without a scorecard -- was making the rounds on the Internet. It was not a pretty picture. Mr. Bieber comes across as a twerp so snotty and insolent even Mother Teresa would want to smack him. It's been suggested that opposing counsel baited Mr. Bieber by asking provocative questions unrelated to the matter at hand, such as his on-and-off relationship with Selena Gomez.
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January 31, 1997
SECRETARY OF STATE Madeleine Albright's skills in diplomacy will be sorely tested at the end of her initial world trip, on Feb. 24, in Beijing. She will arrive with the State Department's annual human rights report card concluding that China suppressed all dissent "by intimidation, exile or the imposition of prison terms, administrative detention or house arrest."The United States demands that other nations boycott Communist Cuba to improve its human rights record; Communist China's is no better.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee | July 24, 2012
Athletes have been making news recently, and it hasn't been entirely positive. From domestic violence to drunk driving to confrontations with media and fans, sports figures have been highlighted in the news. Those stories have pushed aside those of athletes who are working to improve their hometowns and their communities. Ray Lewis said he has come to accept that athletes behaving badly will always grab more headlines than those working to make a difference. “That's just the way it is,” the Ravens inside linebacker said Monday evening during an appearance at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore where he announced a partnership between the United Athletes Foundation and accounting firm Baker Tilly.
NEWS
November 25, 2003
IT'S HARD to believe that the state's best choice for Baltimore's ailing Department of Social Services is someone who does not meet the job qualifications set down by law. It also is hard to believe that Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley can't make his objection heard without filing a lawsuit. One certainly could argue with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s installing Floyd R. Blair as interim director, bypassing the spirit and the letter of the law that states the director must be chosen jointly with the city.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | September 18, 1996
Lots of new stuff tonight..."Ellen" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Ellen decides it's time to buy a house, but she can afford it only by selling her bookstore to a huge chain. This may not be the only big decision Ellen has to make this year. ABC."Townies" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Molly Ringwald is the big name among three young women trying to live (and make us laugh) through the boredom of a New England coastal town. Afraid they don't do a very good job. ABC."The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | September 19, 2008
Lakeview Terrace starts out mixing social burlesques and melodrama and ends up one more failed thriller about men behaving badly - and stupidly. Interracial couple Chris and Lisa Mattson (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) move to an L.A. suburb and almost immediately suspect their neighbor, Abel Turner (Samuel L. Jackson), a veteran black cop, is plotting to drive them out of the neighborhood. This movie is so obvious, the audience never suspects: It knows. Abel reacts like a pop-eyed fool to the realization that Chris is not a mover, but Lisa's husband.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | November 8, 1996
As a portrait of a man behaving badly -- and I don't mean because he has both eyes on one side of his face but because he talked out of both sides of his mouth -- "Surviving Picasso" takes a nasty look at asatyr named Pablo who treated the feminine gender like his own private harem as he smeared his way to fame and glory."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 14, 1996
Notoriety is a two-edged sword, and no film proves that better than "Bastard Out of Carolina."When Ted Turner decreed the movie's depiction of child abuse in a rural Southern family was too graphic and should be banished from his television kingdom, he ensured that more people would watch it when it was aired somewhere else. No doubt, it will be one of the highest-rated films of the year when it debuts on Showtime at 9 p.m. tomorrow.But Turner's decree also ensured that viewers would be watching the violence so carefully that they'd pay little attention to the film itself.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Fran Wood and By Fran Wood,Special to the Sun | September 15, 2002
Blessings, by Anna Quindlen. Random House, 224 pages, $24.95. Had Anna Quindlen been inclined to subtitle her new novel, "The Odd Couple" would have been an apt choice -- couples don't come much odder than a wealthy octogenarian widow and her young ex-convict estate manager whose hearts are captured and healed by an abandoned infant. Then again, Quindlen could have subtitled it "Men Behaving Badly" -- because although male protagonist Skip is a wonderful guy, Blessings also details how a woman's life can be decimated by the men she cares about.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2012
Though just two Baltimore officers accused of taking kickbacks from Majestic Auto Repair are on trial this week in federal court, witnesses, prosecutors and attorneys have broadly described police behaving badly . One of the defendants falsified police reports to curry favor with a woman, and he let a drunken driver who had just crashed his car stumble into a liquor store, according to witnesses. Another officer, who previously pleaded guilty, falsely reported his personal vehicle stolen because he couldn't make the payments, according to one witness, while another officer used the Rosedale body shop for on-duty rendezvous with women, a defense attorney alleged.
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By Wesley Case | August 25, 2011
The latest episode of "Jersey Shore" was about men behaving badly. The boys were in full-on meathead mode, driven by poor, drunken decisions and steadfast refusals to back down. It was mainly uncomfortable to watch the women having to react to the boors, their looks of horror and tears telling the story. We enjoy "Jersey Shore" for its mindless escapism. But when Vinny - quickly pulling ahead as the most insufferable person in the house - says, "It's called tag-team, not tag-rob.
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By Jordan Bartel, b | July 13, 2011
1. Sum up Artscape? That’s one of the best things about it — you can’t. Especially since this is the free arts festival blowout’s 30th year (celebrating everything 1980s, which we assume you love). And, of course, there’s the usual greatness: street performers, the cooler-than-cool alt-Midway, the unique vendors. Oh, and Matisyahu and Fantasia. We haven’t even scratched the surface. Noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday; centered on Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 12, 2011
Let's roll out the list. It includes, in no particular order of sluttishness: Kwame Kilpatrick; Jesse Jackson; James McGreevey; Ted Haggard; Gary Condit; Mark Sanford; John Edwards; Bill Clinton; Newt Gingrich; Rudy Giuliani; Eliot Spitzer; Antonio Villaraigosa; Arnold Schwarzenegger; James West; Larry Craig; David Vitter; John Ensign. And now Anthony Weiner, Democratic representative fromNew York. The thing these individuals have in common is as obvious as, well ... the erect penis in Mr. Weiner's underwear in that risqué picture he claimed he never tweeted to a young woman and wasn't even sure was really him - only to confess last week that he was lying on both counts.
NEWS
August 11, 2010
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was of the mindset that the State's Attorney and Baltimore City Police Commissioner work for the "same team", so to speak. What Patricia C. Jessamy is doing by her incendiary comments is to create a large, permanent impassable chasm between herself and Commissioner Bealefeld ("Jessamy calls for probe of Bealefeld," Aug. 11). Ms. Jessamy is taking this issue to a very personal and juvenile level. This certainly does not bode well for the city of Baltimore for the next few months (at least until election day)
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Susan Reimer | July 19, 2010
It has been a busy few weeks for those of us in the Glass House Club who keep track of the bad behavior of others. Almost before we finished shaking our heads and tsk-tsking at Al Gore's purported bad massage table behavior, we had Lindsay Lohan's bad nail polish behavior and Mel Gibson's bad telephone behavior. Anyone concerned about the coarsening of the cultural conversation has got to admit that that horse has left the barn. We are now hip-deep in I-can't-believe-anyone-would-actually- do -that.
NEWS
October 3, 2008
Eagle Eye ** 1/2 ( 2 1/2 STARS) $29.2 million $29.2 million 1 week Rated: PG-13 Running time: 118 minutes What it's about: A mysterious woman who seems able to control any electronic device coerces an aimless slacker (Shia LaBeouf, above) and a single mother (Michelle Monaghan) into implementing a plot that may bring down the U.S. as we know it. Our take: It's moderately gripping, but, too often, watching this movie is like seeing someone else crack a jigsaw puzzle. Nights in Rodanthe * 1/2 ( 1 1/2 STARS)
NEWS
By Ellen Goodman | July 26, 2004
BOSTON - Of all my campaign 2004 memories, one of the fondest is from November when the Democratic candidates at a New Hampshire debate were asked the wife question. What role would the first lady play in your administration? The twice-married, twice-divorced Dennis Kucinich brought the house down when he said that "as a bachelor, I get a chance to fantasize about my first lady." He then proceeded to do just that. He fantasized about "a working partner ... a dynamic, outspoken woman," who was also "fearless in her desire for peace in the world, for universal single-payer health care and a full-employment economy."
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By SUSAN REIMER | October 26, 2009
In yet another example of powerful men behaving badly with women underlings, ESPN baseball announcer Steve Phillips admitted last week to having an affair with a 22-year-old production assistant at the network. Unlike the even more powerful David Letterman, who admitted having affairs with women in his employ, Mr. Phillips was fired Monday by ESPN and has been served with divorce papers by his wife. It looks as if both CBS and Mr. Letterman's wife are sticking by the late-night host for the moment.
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