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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2012
Once upon a time, the New York Times, of all publications, declared Blaine R. Young's political career over. It was more than a decade ago, Frederick washing its hands over and over after an escort service scandal and the young alderman's name had been one of those discovered in the madam's black book. Wouldn't that prognosticator be surprised to hear that less than a decade later not only is Young back in politics, he's pondering a run to be Maryland's next governor. It was back in 2001 when Young's name was one of those uncovered in the so-called black book of Madam Angelika Potter's Corporate Affair escort service, a sex scandal that provided Frederick and the rest of the state with salacious gossip for much of the early 2000s.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2012
Once upon a time, the New York Times, of all publications, declared Blaine R. Young's political career over. It was more than a decade ago, Frederick washing its hands over and over after an escort service scandal and the young alderman's name had been one of those discovered in the madam's black book. Wouldn't that prognosticator be surprised to hear that less than a decade later not only is Young back in politics, he's pondering a run to be Maryland's next governor. It was back in 2001 when Young's name was one of those uncovered in the so-called black book of Madam Angelika Potter's Corporate Affair escort service, a sex scandal that provided Frederick and the rest of the state with salacious gossip for much of the early 2000s.
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By Phoebe Flowers and Phoebe Flowers,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | August 6, 2004
The problem with the average romantic comedy is just how dumb it's likely to be. This is hardly a secret; Hollywood fortunes have been made by throwing together a cute woman and an unthreatening man and making them deliver a few tired battle-of-the-sexes jokes. In the rare case that the movie manages to be unconventional in even minor ways, it's something of a triumph. So, let's hear it for lowered standards, and, by extension, Little Black Book. Brittany Murphy stars as Stacy, who's got an entry-level job at a Jerry Springer-ish talk show and a cute boyfriend, Derek (Ron Livingston)
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2012
Buried at the bottom of today's CityPaper article about the Black Guerrilla Family gang is an eye-opening interview with an anonymous member, spelling out the gang's goal of infiltrating city government by masquerading as an anti-drug, black empowerment movement.  For anyone following the case, the statements aren't surprising - federal agents had said as much in the original court papers, and The Sun in 2009 obtained a copy of the gang's...
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | March 2, 2001
The political tangle in Frederick over an alleged madam's "black book" has taken another bizarre twist, as the city's mayor ordered the return of possible client lists seized in a police investigation of an alleged prostitution ring. The return was ordered by Mayor James S. Grimes as a local newspaper pressed its efforts in court to obtain the lists, which have been the focus of speculation that they identify prominent public officials. Grimes acted a week after the Frederick News-Post filed papers in Frederick County Circuit Court seeking to intervene in a legal proceeding brought by the city to determine ownership of the records.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,SUN STAFF | July 3, 2001
FREDERICK - In another city, in another time, it would have seemed a curious spectacle: the mayor and local newspaper publisher appearing jointly on the City Hall steps to try to calm their feud over coverage of a political scandal. But sensibilities have shifted in Frederick since the emergence of a "black book" seized by police during a 1999 raid on an alleged prostitution ring. The questions raised by the scandal - Are elected officials named as customers in the book? Should the contents be made public?
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | March 2, 2001
The political tangle in Frederick over an alleged madam's "black book" has taken another bizarre twist, as the city's mayor ordered the return of possible client lists seized in a police investigation of an alleged prostitution ring. The return was ordered by Mayor James S. Grimes as a local newspaper pressed its efforts in court to obtain the lists, which have been the focus of speculation that they identify prominent public officials. Grimes acted a week after the Frederick News-Post filed papers in Frederick County Circuit Court seeking to intervene in a legal proceeding brought by the city to determine ownership of the records.
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By Roger Moore and Roger Moore,ORLANDO SENTINEL | August 11, 2004
Brittany Murphy is, well, available. She's between beaus. Not that she's on a manhunt, mind you. But she is out there. And she's not shy about having baggage. "I'm an open book," she chirps in that adorable, Drew Barrymore-ish voice. Really? "I didn't start dating until I was 20, and I don't really date. So I've had five boyfriends in my life, and one fiance," she says. "And I'm still friends with most of them. You can look it up!" And so you can. The perky, edgy, scrawny blond with the big brown eyes has made headlines with her acting, and with her dating.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 11, 2007
For much of his career, Paul Verhoeven has specialized in films about people who will do anything to get ahead (Showgirls), the upper hand (Basic Instinct) or the bad guy (RoboCop). His movies have been relentlessly over-the-top, cinematic train wrecks from which audiences couldn't avert their eyes, even if they felt guilty afterward for reveling in such unapologetic exploitation. Black Book (Sony Pictures Classics) Starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch. Directed and co-written by Paul Verhoeven.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | February 8, 2001
FREDERICK - A legal tug of war over the public's right to know is titillating this city. That's because the dispute is really about sex, politics and the corrosive power of gossip when facts are in short supply. Two news organizations, smelling a juicy scandal, are trying to get their hands on records seized by Frederick police when they broke up an alleged prostitution ring in 1999. Speculation has swirled around town for months, since the case fizzled in the county's District Court, about whether prominent public officials are listed in the ring's so-called "black book" of clients.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | May 13, 2009
Two city educators whose endorsements appear on the back of what federal authorities describe as a gang handbook recommended the leader's teachings to Mayor Sheila Dixon's education liaison. The mayor's office refused to elaborate on the meeting, saying it did not pursue the suggestion and has no knowledge of the book or Eric Brown, 40, the man authorities say is the leader of the Black Guerrilla Family. But the disclosure sheds light on how Brown's efforts might have been disseminated from behind prison walls.
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By Justin Fenton and Sara Neufeld and Justin Fenton and Sara Neufeld,justin.fenton@baltsun.com and sara.neufeld@baltsun.com | May 9, 2009
Four local educators - including a two-time Baltimore mayoral candidate - are listed among endorsers of a black empowerment handbook that federal authorities say was written and distributed by the leader of a violent prison gang to spread its message. The most prominent is Andrey L. Bundley, who garnered 33 percent of the votes in a 2003 mayoral primary, ran again in 2007 and now oversees alternative education for the Baltimore school system. He is quoted on the book's back cover as giving "kudos" to Eric Brown, an alleged leader of the Black Guerrilla Family and the book's author.
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By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,Sun reporter | January 24, 2008
Karibu Books started off as a kiosk specializing in books for African-Americans, but over the years transformed into something more. It became a place where African-American authors could promote their books when mainstream stores turned them away. Some went on to become best-selling authors. Now, after 15 years, Karibu (ka-REE-boo) is going out of business, leaving behind what some say will be a cultural void.
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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | November 26, 2007
Never give a party that's better than the movie!" says the veteran movie hit-maker David Brown. This is quoted in Hearst prexy Cathie Black's new book Basic Black, a how-to-succeed advice tome for aspiring women, which is in its fifth Crown printing. It bowed recently on the best-seller list, and the Wall Street Journal lists it as the numero uno biz advice book of the moment. What tickles me is all the women 50 and older and their men who read this book and say, "Gee, I wish I had seen this 20 years ago!
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By GREGORY KANE | May 16, 2007
Warren Sweeley is a 16-year-old junior at Doris M. Johnson High School. He has five cats, one dog and his favorite movie is High School Musical. Like most kids his age, Warren learned his history in public schools. No wonder he'd never heard of the 1942 "March on Annapolis." Until recently, that is. Warren said he learned early in school about the famous 1963 March on Washington in which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. But Warren knew nothing about the March on Annapolis in late April of 1942, when some 1,800 black Marylanders went by train, bus, car or foot to the state capital to protest police brutality and racial discrimination in Baltimore.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 11, 2007
For much of his career, Paul Verhoeven has specialized in films about people who will do anything to get ahead (Showgirls), the upper hand (Basic Instinct) or the bad guy (RoboCop). His movies have been relentlessly over-the-top, cinematic train wrecks from which audiences couldn't avert their eyes, even if they felt guilty afterward for reveling in such unapologetic exploitation. Black Book (Sony Pictures Classics) Starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch. Directed and co-written by Paul Verhoeven.
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By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,SUN STAFF | April 24, 2001
FREDERICK - It was December 1995 when Angelika Potter broke the news to her parents: She was starting her own escort service, offering attractive young females to the men of Frederick for $250 an hour. Her dad absorbed the blow, then slowly shook his head. "I knew that you'd end up somehow in the porn industry," he said. "I always knew that." Then he sat down to help write the business plan. Thus did Potter set herself on a collision course with notoriety. Now, nearly two years after a police raid put her escort service out of business, she is aswirl in a spicy small-town brew of gossip and lawsuits.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2001
FREDERICK - Like many in town, Charlene Y. Edmonds is dying to know whether public officials are named in the "black book" of an alleged prostitution ring broken up by city police. Hers is more than idle curiosity, though. Edmonds, president of the Frederick County NAACP, says she has been told that local elected officials were on the client list and covered it up. The state prosecutor said this week that he will look into her claims. At first glance, it's an odd cause for an NAACP leader, since no African-Americans are reputed to be involved.
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By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,Sun Columnist | May 8, 2007
The morning after the night before -- when we had played that worn-out game of musical cars necessitated by yet another round of auto repairs -- my husband realized to his horror that he'd driven off with my briefcase in the back seat of his car. He knew immediately the seriousness of this, but rather than call me, he called Joseph, our son and his ally. "Joe," he said, somberly. "I drove off with Mom's briefcase this morning, and you know what's in it, don't you?" Joe paused before speaking, the better to take in the magnitude of what had happened.
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