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By MIKE BOWLER and MIKE BOWLER,SUN STAFF | September 3, 2000
MARK D. MUSICK greeted the 1998 national assessment scores last year with an optimistic prediction that reading performance across the nation would improve quickly. If that didn't happen, said the chairman of the National Assessment Governing Board, he'd be "surprised and disappointed," because there was so much interest in reading improvement in so many places. Musick was in Baltimore on Wednesday, a few days after release of the 1999 scores. "At the moment, I'm surprised and disappointed," he said.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | April 1, 2005
Sin City raises the question, "Does every milestone comic book demand to be made into a movie?" and answers it with a resounding "No." Frank Miller has co-directed three of his own Sin City graphic novels with Robert Rodriguez, who also shot and cut the film, composed the music and plays a corrupt priest. The result is probably the most literal adaptation of a published work ever committed to celluloid - also the most repetitive and assaulting. The grabby graphics exert a hypnotic spell.
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By David Zurawik and Mary Carole McCauley and David Zurawik and Mary Carole McCauley,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2005
In movies and on television, white is black. And black is now white. African-American actor Ving Rhames, in a revival of the 1970s TV detective series Kojak, premiering tonight on the USA Network, has the role once played by the Greek-American actor Telly Savalas. And in film, white actor Ashton Kutcher is reprising the part of the fiance played by Sidney Poitier in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. The remake, which opens today, is called Guess Who. The pattern extends beyond the big and small screens, with James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams about to open in a Broadway revival of On Golden Pond in roles originally played by Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn, while Denzel Washington portrays Brutus just down the street at the Belasco Theater in Julius Caesar.
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By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,SUN STAFF | March 9, 1998
Pulitzer-winning author David Shipler spent five years traveling the country to talk to black and white Americans about their perceptions of one another, visiting places that bring blacks and whites into daily contact -- schools, colleges, military bases, police departments, corporations.His conclusion:Racial prejudice remains ever insidious, often unconscious. Many right-minded Americans have deep-rooted racial prejudices they've never considered until they sit down to discuss them.A former reporter for the New York Times, Shipler is the author of the 1983 "Russia: Broken Idols, Shattered Dreams" and "Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF | July 27, 2004
Sunday was Little League Day at Oriole Park for the New Windsor Cubs. Forgive the fans if they didn't recognize the undefeated team from 1954. Instead of gangly kids in baggy uniforms, they were gray-haired granddads in matching T-shirts. On the front of the shirts: CUBS FOREVER. Fifty years after this Carroll County team won a pennant on its first try, the players still flock for reunions from places like Wyoming and North Carolina. Three still have their Little League uniforms, neatly folded and tucked away.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 30, 1996
Prime-time network television is not the place you might expect to find a serious discussion of race -- especially during a season drowning in sitcoms about young friends.But, contrary to notions of network entertainment as essential mindlessness, an informed and highly charged discourse on ethnicity, power and race is now taking place every weeknight on ABC, CBS, NBC and even Fox.To an extent without precedent, millions of Americans are bearing witness nightly to symbolic representations of some of their deepest feelings on one of the deepest issues in the national psyche.
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By This article was reported by Sun staff writers Dan Fesperman, Ivan Penn, Lisa Respers and Craig Timberg and written by Fesperman | January 18, 1998
It would seem to be the simplest of stories. A politician gets caught making money in ways that he shouldn't, then his embarrassed colleagues vote to expel him.But when the politician is black and the powers that oust him are mostly white, simple things can get complicated in a hurry.Whether out of genuine anguish or political opportunism, supporters of ousted state Sen. Larry Young tapped into old, deep channels of black pain and mistrust when they rose to Young's defense last week by invoking the most divisive theme in American culture: race.
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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson | December 19, 2006
City officials in Vidor, Texas, screamed foul when news broke that their town was once one of America's notorious "sundown towns" for blacks. In the segregation era, that was the town fathers' not-so-discreet way of warning black people that they would be jailed, assaulted or worse if they were caught in town after dark. Vidor officials vehemently insisted that they have long since disavowed that naked, in-your-face racism. They contend that the press latched onto the town's woeful past to grab cheap, sensationalist headlines.
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By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington,kelly.brewington@baltsun.com | March 19, 2009
Young African-Americans are 20 times as likely as whites to develop heart failure, according to a new study published today. The deadly illness strikes one in every 100 blacks under the age of 50. "We usually thought of heart failure as a disease of older people, but that's based on studies by mostly white participants," said Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco and the study's lead author....
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | April 17, 2000
To many, Annapolis in the 1800s was a town with grand Georgian mansions, white property owners and black slaves. But a few months ago, amateur historian Janice Williams made an interesting discovery while researching the history of an African-American church in Annapolis: John Wheeler, a free black, owned land at 176 Main St. in 1803. The finding stunned Williams and her research partner, Joan Scurlock. "You don't really think that there were black people walking around town, running businesses" in the early 1800s, said Scurlock, 57, a retired federal employee who lives in Annapolis.
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